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Strike From the Sky

Strike From the Sky

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{detailed description}Strike from the Sky is the first book to trace the evolution of battlefield air attack and its impact on military operations worldwide. Noted aerospace historian Richard P. Hallion probes the context in which air-land operations occurred and how they influenced the outcome of specific battles and campaigns.
While it is popularly believed that the idea of "air-land battle" came about within the last two decades, air-land attack actually began as early as World War I. Even though aircraft development was in a primitive stage, air-land attack by air and land forces working together had a deadly synergy; for example, battlefield air interdiction played a decisive role in the collapse of Turkish forces in Palestine during the summer of 1917. At first only of nuisance value, air attack against ground forces assumed critical importance by the late 1930s (the time of the major interwar conflicts in Abyssinia, Spain, and China), and was of decisive significance during the Second World War.
The need for aircraft capable of undertaking such missions led to the development of entire categories of specialized attack, dive, and medium bomber airplanes. By the Second World War, such specialized attack planes had proven vulnerable both to opposing fighter planes and antiaircraft fire. World War II thus witnessed the evolution of the more potent, more flexible, and more survivable fighter-bomber: aircraft such as the P-47, the Typhoon, the FW 190G, and the Yak 7B. These became devastatingly effective weapons for the two principal missions of battlefield air interdiction and close air support.
Using case studies from World War I through 1945 to illustrate the evolution of battlefield air attack, Hallion examines such issues as technology choices, doctrine, military strategy, battlefield experience, and lessons learned. Strike from the Sky reveals how experience in air-land attack shaped and conditioned modern warfare. The concluding section offers an intriguing perspective on the nature of contemporary and future air-land warfare.

part of the Smithsonian History of Aviation Series
{Author / Publisher / Date}by Richard P. Hallion
published by Airlife 1989 1st U.K. edn. 323pp illustrated, index, bibliography 16x24
{condition}good inc. d/j.
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