A Historical View of Air Policing Doctrine. Lessons from the British Experience Between the Wars, 1919-39
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES
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This study reviews the historical accounts of the Royal Air Force RAF experiences in air policing during the interwar period, 1919-39. It analyzes the evidence from the view of operational doctrine and applies an in-depth look at the basic tenets of RAF air policing campaigns. It seeks to answer the question To what doctrine did air commanders subscribe It further analyzes the development of air policing tactical doctrine throughout the interwar period. It summarizes the conclusions and then offers this insight as it may apply to contemporary operations. This study seeks to provide an insightful view of the British experience and attempts to explain what has never been explained before, namely how air policing worked from the vantage point of those who conducted it. By tracing the RAF operations during the more significant air policing examples and looking at the indigenous response, it describes the actual operational mechanism at work.
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