Accession Number:

ADA440967

Title:

Mortal Failings

Descriptive Note:

Essay

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

This essay presents a fictitious conversation between the God of War, Mars, and Italian General Giulio Douhet, one of the 20th centurys foremost strategic air power theorists. Douhet understood that the technological advances in weaponry made during World War I were not fully utilized by Allied commanders. So Douhet spent the decade after the war devising a theory that would facilitate the strategic use of what he believed to be the most important technological breakthrough in weaponry up to that time, namely, the airplane. In this conversation, Mars has Douhet reiterate his theories on air power, and then he analyzes three air battles conducted by the German Luftwaffe during World War II i.e., Poland, Holland, Great Britain and how Douhets theories were applied, or not applied, in each case. Topics discussed include strategic bombing, night bombing, the use of radar by the British military during the Battle of Britain, and the British resolve not to give up like the Poles and Dutch did.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE