Command of the Air [Giulio Douhet, Charles a. Gabriel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Reprint of the translation by staff of the. The Italian General Giulio Douhet reigns as one of the twentieth century’s foremost strategic air power theorists. As such scholars as Raymond Flugel have . necessity of Douhet’s central vision—that command of the air is all important in modern warfare—has been proven throughout the history of wars in this century.

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The British developed an early warning system linked with a command-and-control network that allowed their fighters to intercept bomber squadrons. The same year he completed a hugely influential treatise on strategic bombing titled The Command of the Air Il dominio dell’aria and retired from military service soon after.

Douhet died in in RomeItaly.

He harboured ghe apocalyptic vision of the war to come: Be the first one to write a review. On the contrary, the battlefield will be limited only by the boundaries of the nations at war, and all of their citizens will become combatants, since all of them will be exposed to the aerial offensives of the enemy.

The Command of the Air

A supporter of Mussolini, Douhet was appointed commissioner of aviation when the Fascists assumed power but he soon gave up this bureaucrat’s job to continue writing, which he did up to his death from a heart attack in The command of the air Item Preview. More than 70 years on, many of his predictions have failed to come true, but some of his concepts gaining command of the air, terror bombing and attacking vital centers continue to underpin air power theory to this day.


The Command of the Air remains a visionary conceptualisation commad the potential power of massed strategic bombing. See also WorldCat this item. Navies were restricted to the sea and slowed by the heavy medium of water. Except for a few months as the head of aviation in Mussolini’s government inDouhet spent much of the rest of his life theorizing about the impact of military air power.

During that war aircraft operated for the first time in reconnaissance, transport, artillery spotting and even limited bombing roles. The probable aspects of the war of the future — Book three.

The Command of the Air. Kohn, Book Published by: Born in CasertaCampaniaItalyfrom a family of savoyard exiles who had migrated there after the cession of Savoy to France [1] he attended the Modena Military Academy and was commissioned into the artillery of the Italian Army in The Evolution Of Airpower Theory. Such, he claimed, was the destructive power of aerial bombardment that air power would become dominant in war, and national air-forces dominant over the other two services.

Operations of June 17 pp. In many cases, he had hugely exaggerated the effects of bombing. Inhe published a second edition, in which his conclusions were stated with yet greater force.


The Material Preparation—Germany pp. Douhet believed in the morale effects of bombing. The Battle of June 16 pp. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. The last category was particularly important to Douhet, who believed in the principle of total war. The war of The heavy bombers involved in the Combined Bomber Offensive did not win the war alone, as Harris had argued they would. The Allies’ Plan of Operation pp.

The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet : a Military Times Classic – Military History Monthly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The chief strategy laid out in his writings, the Douhet model, is pivotal in debates regarding the use of air power and bombing campaigns. He was exonerated in and promoted to general officer in In his book The War of he described a fictional war between Germany and a Franco-Belgian alliance in which the Germans launched massive terror bombing raids on the populace, reducing thf cities to ashes before their armies could mobilize.

Uploaded by associate-caitlin-markey on June 25, After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the douuhet.