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 (1939-1945) WWII Battles
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ColonelMac1775
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Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 6:05:59 AM
Excerpt of a series of lectures by military historian Victor Davis Hanson

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Rich
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Michigan Dave
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 8:37:16 AM
Hi Rich,

Thanks for posting, I'll watch it later, due to time constraints. But you got to believe Air Power, took center stage in WWII, replacing Naval power, just ask the RN!?

Looking forward to viewing it,
Thanks,
MD
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dt509er
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 10:19:23 AM

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for posting, I'll watch it later, due to time constraints. But you got to believe Air Power, took center stage in WWII, replacing Naval power, just ask the RN!?

Looking forward to viewing it,
Thanks,
MD
--Michigan Dave


Maybe in Europe but without the aircraft carriers in the Pacific, 'air power' would have been extremely limited due to the distances a/c had to travel, thus the reasons for the naval battles of Pearl Harbor, Coral Sea, the Eastern Solomons, Santa Cruz Islands & Midway. The island bases of Rabaul, Guadalcanal and Port Moresby were critical in their own right for air power and displayed continuous air battles but it was the carrier (naval power) that turned the tide in the Pacific even though they carried the weaponry of air power, IMO.

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ColonelMac1775
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 11:24:12 AM
This is actually just one of a series of lectures on WW II given at Hillsdale College. Following this one, he talks about Sea Power, followed by Land Power. Your counterargument about air power in the Pacific vs air power in Europe has nothing whatever to do with the lecture itself.
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 12:38:00 PM
The air warfare of World War II was a major component in all theaters and, together with anti-aircraft warfare, consumed a large fraction of the industrial output of the major powers.

Germany and Japan depended on air forces that were closely integrated with land and naval forces; the Axis powers downplayed the advantage of fleets of strategic bombers, and were late in appreciating the need to defend against Allied strategic bombing.

By contrast, Britain and the United States took an approach that greatly emphasised strategic bombing, and (to a lesser degree) tactical control of the battlefield by air, as well as adequate air defences. Both Britain and the U.S. built a strategic force of large, long-range bombers that could carry the air war to the enemy's homeland. Simultaneously, they built tactical air forces that could win air superiority over the battlefields, thereby giving vital assistance to ground troops.

The U.S. and Royal Navy also built a powerful naval-air component based on aircraft carriers, as did Japan; these played the central role in the war at sea.

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George
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 12:55:02 PM

Quote:
Hi Rich,

Thanks for posting, I'll watch it later, due to time constraints. But you got to believe Air Power, took center stage in WWII, replacing Naval power, just ask the RN!?

Looking forward to viewing it,
Thanks,
MD
--Michigan Dave


The European war on land demanded air and land forces working together. But I don't see how the RN saw its influence diminished by the increased use of air power. The RN was critical in the prosecution of the Battle of the Atlantic and provided most of the assets in the Normandy landings I believe.

All allied navies lent support to land forces so far as their range of fire would allow.

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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 12:58:29 PM
Nobody leaves a branch of their military idle if they can find a use for it. Partisans favor one branch over the others, professionals think All Arms.

dt509er
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 4/28/2019 4:03:10 PM

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This is actually just one of a series of lectures on WW II given at Hillsdale College. Following this one, he talks about Sea Power, followed by Land Power. Your counterargument about air power in the Pacific vs air power in Europe has nothing whatever to do with the lecture itself.
--ColonelMac1775


I commented to MD's post Col. not yours, which I found the link very interesting. Thanks for sharing...
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 5/6/2019 9:12:18 PM
Air Power, heck the Nazis were the 1st in space! Check this out!

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Comments??
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BTW Shoot, NASA should be the "Nazi Aeronautics & Space Administration"!?
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Re: Air Power - WW II
Posted on: 5/7/2019 7:08:29 AM
Operation Paperclip keeps important information out of Soviet hands.

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