The Forgotten Air Force

The Forgotten Air Force : French Air Doctrine in the 1930s

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Germany's 1940 defeat of the Armee de l'air, perhaps the world's preeminent air force at the close of World War I, is commonly attributed to incompetent French leadership. Drawing on primary French sources not previously available to historians, Cain argues that in the 1930s the French Air Force was intellectually and operationally constrained, owing to an insufficient interest in and understanding of aviation by the Army and Navy high commands and the French government. But there was certainly no shortage of qualified officers who understood the capabilities of a modern air force in warfare. Through this groundbreaking and innovative analysis, Cain brings a measure of balance to European interwar more

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  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 169.7 x 226.6 x 19.1mm | 449.06g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1588340104
  • 9781588340108
  • 1,388,213

About Anthony Christopher Cain

Lt. Col. Anthony Christopher Cain, USAF, was recognized by the Air Education and Training Command as Educator of the Year in 1995. He is a veteran B-52 radar navigator with more than 3,000 flying hours, and he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross while flying twenty-six combat missions during Operation Desert more

Table of contents

Part 1 1. Introduction Part 2 2. Sources of Reactive Air Doctrine Chapter 3 French Airpower and the Legacy of World War I Chapter 4 Airpower Contributions in the Rif War Chapter 5 Other Influences on Air Doctrine Part 6 3. Writing and Publishing Reactive Air Doctrine Chapter 7 Types of Military Doctrine Chapter 8 The Armee de l'air and Fundamental Air Doctrine Chapter 9 The Armee de l'air and Organizational Doctrine Chapter 10 The Armee de l'air and Tactical Doctrine Part 11 4. A Training System for Reactive Doctrine Chapter 12 The Training System Chapter 13 Managing the School System Chapter 14 Preserving the Training System Part 15 5. Maneuvers, Exercises, and Reactive Doctrine Chapter 16 Scenario Development Chapter 17 Realism in Exercises and Maneuvers Chapter 18 Exercises, Maneuvers, and Doctrine Part 19 6. The Denouement of French Airpower Doctrine: Mobilization, Offensive Plans, and War Chapter 20 A Mobilization System for Reactive Airpower Chapter 21 Offensive Strategies for Operational War Chapter 22 War - Phony and Real Part 23 7. Assessing Combat Performance and Air Doctrine Chapter 24 The Nature of Modern Warfare Chapter 25 Defining the Characteristics of Airpower Part 26 8. Neither Decadent, nor Traitorous, nor Stupidshow more

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