The Rise of American Air Power

The Rise of American Air Power The Creation of Armageddon Michael S. Sherry This prizewinning book is the first in - depth history of American strategic bombing . Michael S. Sherry explores the growing appeal of air power in America ...

Author: Michael S. Sherry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300044140

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 435

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Includes material on firebombing and nuclear warfare.

Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare

14, Narrative History, Twentieth Air Force. 221. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power, 257–58. 222. Hansell, The Strategic Air War, 211, also 167, 177. 223. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power, 257–58. 224.

Author: Tami Davis Biddle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400824977

Category: History

Page: 416

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A major revision of our understanding of long-range bombing, this book examines how Anglo-American ideas about "strategic" bombing were formed and implemented. It argues that ideas about bombing civilian targets rested on--and gained validity from--widespread but substantially erroneous assumptions about the nature of modern industrial societies and their vulnerability to aerial bombardment. These assumptions were derived from the social and political context of the day and were maintained largely through cognitive error and bias. Tami Davis Biddle explains how air theorists, and those influenced by them, came to believe that strategic bombing would be an especially effective coercive tool and how they responded when their assumptions were challenged. Biddle analyzes how a particular interpretation of the World War I experience, together with airmen's organizational interests, shaped interwar debates about strategic bombing and preserved conceptions of its potentially revolutionary character. This flawed interpretation as well as a failure to anticipate implementation problems were revealed as World War II commenced. By then, the British and Americans had invested heavily in strategic bombing. They saw little choice but to try to solve the problems in real time and make long-range bombing as effective as possible. Combining narrative with analysis, this book presents the first-ever comparative history of British and American strategic bombing from its origins through 1945. In examining the ideas and rhetoric on which strategic bombing depended, it offers critical insights into the validity and robustness of those ideas--not only as they applied to World War II but as they apply to contemporary warfare.

American Arsenal

16. Haywood S. Hansell Jr., Strategic Air War Against Germany and Japan (Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1986), 218 . 17. Clodfelter, Beneficial Bombing , 210–11. 18. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power , 257–58 . 19.

Author: Patrick Coffey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199959749

Category: History

Page: 328

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American Arsenal examines the United States' transformation from isolationist state to military superpower by means of sixteen vignettes, each focusing upon an inventor and his contribution to the cause.

Making the American Century

Barry D. Watts, The Foundations of U.S. Air Doctrine (Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air University Press, 1984), 18; Pape, Bombing to Win, 62–63. 15. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power, 50. 16. Russell F. Weigley, The American Way of ...

Author: Bruce J. Schulman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199323968

Category: History

Page: 336

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The twentieth century has been popularly seen as "the American Century," a long period in which the United States had amassed the economic resources, the political and military strength, and the moral prestige to assume global leadership. By century's end, the trajectory of American politics, the sense of ever waxing federal power, and the nation's place in the world seemed less assured. Americans of many stripes came to contest the standard narratives of nation building and international hegemony charted by generations of historians. In this volume, a group of distinguished U.S. historians confronts the teleological view of the inexorable transformation of the United States into a modern nation. The contributors analyze a host of ways in which local places were drawn into a wider polity and culture, while at the same time revealing how national and international structures and ideas created new kinds of local movements and local energies. Rather than seeing the century as a series of conflicts between liberalism and conservatism, they illustrate the ways in which each of these political forces shaped its efforts over the other's cumulative achievements, accommodating to shifts in government, social mores, and popular culture. They demonstrate that international connections have transformed domestic life in myriad ways and, in turn, that the American presence in the world has been shaped by its distinctive domestic political culture. Finally, they break down boundaries between the public and private sectors, showcasing the government's role in private life and how private organizations influenced national politics. Revisiting and revising many of the chestnuts of American political history, this volume challenges received wisdom about the twentieth-century American experience.

Educating Air Forces

Thomas Kessner, The Flight of the Century: Charles Lindbergh and the Rise of American Aviation (Oxford, UK: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010). 11. Michael Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (New Haven, Conn.

Author: Randall Wakelam

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813180260

Category: History

Page: 254

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Compared to armies and navies, which have existed as professional fighting services for centuries, the technology that makes air forces possible is much newer. As a result, these services have had to quickly develop methods of preparing aviators to operate in conditions ranging from peace or routine security to full-scale war. The first book to address the history and scope of air power professionalization through learning programs, Educating Air Forces offers valuable new insight into strategy and tactics worldwide. Here, a group of international experts examine the philosophies, policies, and practices of air service educational efforts in the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the UK. The contributors discuss the founding, successes, and failures of European air force learning programs between the Great War and World War II and explore how the tense Cold War political climate influenced the creation, curriculum, and results of various programs. They also consider how educational programs are adapting to soldiers' needs and the demands of modern warfare. Featuring contributions from eminent scholars in the field, this volume surveys the learning approaches globally employed by air forces in the past century and evaluates their effectiveness. Educating Air Forces reveals how experiential learning and formal education are not only inextricably intertwined, but also necessary to cope with advances in modern warfare.

The Transformation of American Air Power

air power's newly acquired capability against an enemy's forces of all kinds, if they are to ensure that air power theory ... Weigley suggested that the centrality of urban-industrial bombing to the rise of U.S. air power has been a key ...

Author: Benjamin S. Lambeth

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501735950

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air power's newly realized strengths in joint warfare, Benjamin Lambeth, a defense analyst and civilian pilot who has flown in most of the equipment described in this book, explores the extent to which the United States can now rely on air-delivered precision weapons in lieu of ground forces to achieve strategic objectives and minimize American casualties. Beginning with the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia and detailing how failures there set the stage for a sweeping refurbishment of the nation's air warfare capability, Lambeth reviews the recent history of American air power, including its role in the Gulf War and in later conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. He examines improvements in areas ranging from hardware development to aircrew skills and organizational adaptability. Lambeth acknowledges that the question of whether air power should operate independently or continue to support land operations is likely to remain contentious. He concludes, however, that air power, its strategic effectiveness proven, can now set the conditions for victory even from the outset of combat if applied to its fullest potential.

American Airpower Comes of Age

Quoted in Michael S. Sherry , The Rise of American Air Power : The Creation of Armageddon ( New Haven , Conn .: Yale University Press , 1987 ) , 105 , note 77 . 132. Arnold , Global Mission , 249 ; and Wilson , 66 . 133.

Author: General Henry H. Arnold

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 9781410217356

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

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This volume has richly enhanced General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's reputation as the father of today's United States Air Force. Major General John W. Huston, himself an Army Air Forces combat veteran of the war, has edited each of Arnold's World War II diaries and placed them in their historical context while explaining the problems Hap faced and evaluating the results of his travels. General Huston, a professional historian, has taught at both the US Air Force Academy and the US Naval Academy. A former Chief of the Office of Air Force History and an experienced researcher both here and abroad in the personal and official papers of the war's leaders, he has been careful to let Hap speak for himself. The result is an account of the four-year odyssey that took Arnold to every continent but one as he took part in deliberations that involved Allied leaders in major diplomacy/strategy meetings with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, Charles de Gaulle, and Chiang Kai-shek. At those meetings, Hap recorded the comments of the various participants. His 12 diaries contain his own thoughts, which range from being lost over the Himalayas to comforting the wounded as they were airlifted from the Normandy beaches. He experienced an air raid in London and viewed the carnage in recently liberated Manila. Arnold recorded his honest impressions, from private meetings with King George VI in Buckingham Palace to eating from mess kits with his combat crews in the North African desert - all while perceptively commenting on the many issues involved and assessing the people, the culture, and the surroundings. This volume offers the best assessment we have of Hap as he survived four wartime heart attacks and continued to work tirelessly for proper recognition of airpower. It will also continue my emphasis while Chief of Staff of the US Air Force on encouraging professional reading through making historical accounts available to personnel of the finest air force in the world, a success achieved in large part because of Hap Arnold. Ronald R. Fogleman General, United States Air Force, Retired

American Airpower Comes of Age General Henry H Hap Arnold s World War II Diaries Volume 1

Quoted in Michael S. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1987), 105, note 77. 132. Arnold, Global Mission, 249; and Wilson, 66. 133. Craven and Cate, vol.

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American Airpower Comes Of Age General Henry H Hap Arnold s World War II Diaries Vol II Illustrated Edition

{833} James Gould Cozzens, A Time of War: Air Force Diaries and Pentagon Memos, 1943–1945, ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli (Columbia, ... {839} Michael S. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (New Haven, Conn.

Author: Gen. Henry H. “Hap.” Arnold

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786251523

Category: History

Page: 570

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Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 180 maps, plans, and photos. Gen Henry H. “Hap.” Arnold, US Army Air Forces (AAF) Chief of Staff during World War II, maintained diaries for his several journeys to various meetings and conferences throughout the conflict. Volume 1 introduces Hap Arnold, the setting for five of his journeys, the diaries he kept, and evaluations of those journeys and their consequences. General Arnold’s travels brought him into strategy meetings and personal conversations with virtually all leaders of Allied forces as well as many AAF troops around the world. He recorded his impressions, feelings, and expectations in his diaries. Maj Gen John W. Huston, USAF, retired, has captured the essence of Henry H. Hap Arnold—the man, the officer, the AAF chief, and his mission. Volume 2 encompasses General Arnold’s final seven journeys and the diaries he kept therein.

American Airpower Comes Of Age General Henry H Hap Arnold s World War II Diaries Vol I Illustrated Edition

Sea Power: A Naval History. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall Inc., 1960. Reynolds, Clark G. Admiral John H. Towers: The Struggle for Naval Air Supremacy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991. Richards, Denis.

Author: Gen. Henry H. “Hap.” Arnold

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786251515

Category: History

Page: 752

View: 758

Includes the Aerial Warfare In Europe During World War II illustrations pack with over 180 maps, plans, and photos. Gen Henry H. “Hap.” Arnold, US Army Air Forces (AAF) Chief of Staff during World War II, maintained diaries for his several journeys to various meetings and conferences throughout the conflict. Volume 1 introduces Hap Arnold, the setting for five of his journeys, the diaries he kept, and evaluations of those journeys and their consequences. General Arnold’s travels brought him into strategy meetings and personal conversations with virtually all leaders of Allied forces as well as many AAF troops around the world. He recorded his impressions, feelings, and expectations in his diaries. Maj Gen John W. Huston, USAF, retired, has captured the essence of Henry H. Hap Arnold—the man, the officer, the AAF chief, and his mission. Volume 2 encompasses General Arnold’s final seven journeys and the diaries he kept therein.