The Command of the Air is the greatest military treatise on air war ever written – a dogmatic manifesto promising victory through strategic. 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 . Reprinted in by the Office of Air Force History. Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data. Douhet, Giulio, The command of the air.

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Germany’s Plan of Operation pp. As the hours passed and night advanced, the fires would spread while the poison gas paralysed all life. The Moral Preparation p. The three-dimensional vastness of the sky and the speed with which aircraft moved through it precluded effective diuhet gunnery. The New Form of War pp. Help us improve this article! May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Meilinger, The Paths of Heaven: The air force that could achieve command of douuet air by bombing the enemy air arm into extinction would doom its enemy to perpetual bombardment. In his second edition of The Command of the Air he maintained such aviation was “useless, superfluous and harmful”.


Instead, a million ordinary Londoners, mobilised in a plethora of volunteer roles, kept the city alive and breathing. He proposed an independent air force composed primarily of long-range load-carrying bombers. His calculations for the amount of bombs and poison gas required to ccommand a city were ludicrously optimistic.

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 Independent Air Force pp.

Then, indeed, the bomber got through. After an incident in which he ordered construction of Caproni bombers without authorization, he was exiled to the infantry.

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The Douhet model rests on the thhe that in a conflict, the infliction of high costs from aerial bombing can shatter civilian morale. Bashar al-Assad, faced an unprecedented challenge to its…. Douhet was a terrible prophet, but a false one.

Giulio Douhet

Because bombing would be so terrible, Douhet believed that wars would be short. Giulio Douhetthe advent of the long-range bomber had radically changed warfare: The basic weapon systems….

Assigned to the General Staff shortly after the beginning of the new century, Douhet published lectures on military mechanization. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. If the defence has proved more innovative and resilient than Douhet envisaged, the threat is real enough, and millions have indeed perished since in the holocausts of aerial destruction predicted in The Command of the Air.


In many cases, he had hugely exaggerated the effects of bombing. The Organization of Aerial Warfare pp. The Allies’ Plan of Operation pp. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Douhet wrote a report on the aviation lessons learned in which he suggested high altitude bombing should be the primary role of aircraft.

The strategoi were mainly military leaders with…. But his theories would be unproven and therefore unchallenged for another 20 years.

At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, giuli that we can fully understand douuhet context. However, douhdt conflicts would largely discredit Douhet’s theory. 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.

Douhet saw the pitfalls of allowing air power doihet be fettered by ground commanders and began to advocate the creation of a separate air arm commanded by airmen.