The First World War was one of the great watershed events of the 20th century, not only costing millions of live but also disrupting existing social order, precipitating dramatic changes in the methods of waging warfare, and teaching victors new lessons about the treatment of vanquished foes. Now a new reference work helps to put this momentous historical milestone in perspective.
In the war the Luftwaffe performed well in —41, as its Stuka dive bombers terrified enemy infantry units. But the Luftwaffe was poorly coordinated with overall German strategy, and never ramped up to the size and scope needed in a total war, partly due to a lack of military aircraft production infrastructure for both completed airframes and powerplants when compared to either the Soviet Union or the United States.
The Luftwaffe was deficient in radar technology except for their usable UHF and later VHF band airborne intercept radar designs such as the Lichtenstein and Neptun radar systems for their night fighters.
The Messerschmitt Me jet fighter did not enter service until Julyand the lightweight Heinkel He appeared only during the last months of the air war in Europe. By it operated 39, flak batteries staffed with a million people in uniform, both men and women.
The Luftwaffe lacked the bomber forces for strategic bombing, because it did not think such bombing was worthwhile, especially following the June 3,death of General Walther Weverthe prime proponent of a strategic bomber force for the Luftwaffe.
They did attempt some strategic bombing in the east with the problematic Heinkel He A. Their one success was destroying an airbase at Poltava Air BaseUkraine during the Allied Operation Franticwhich housed 43 new B bombers and a million tons of aviation fuel.
Not until very late in the war did Germany share its aircraft and alternative fuel blueprints and technology with its ally Japan, resulting in the Nakajima Kikka jet fighter and the Mitsubishi Shusui rocket fighter, respectively based on the Me A and Me B—both of which, similarly, came far too late for Japan to improve its defensive aircraft systems, or to make alternative fuels and lubricants.
The Royal Air Force[ edit ] Main article: History of the Royal Air Force The British had their own very well-developed theory of strategic bombing, and built the long-range bombers to implement it.
From 42 squadrons with aircraft inthe RAF had reached squadrons and 3, aircraft by Their medium bombers were capable of reaching the German industrial centre of the Ruhrand larger bombers were under development. The RAF underwent rapid expansion following the outbreak of war against Germany in This included the training in other Commonwealth nations particularly Canada of half of British and Commonwealth aircrews, somemen in all.
It was the second largest in Europe. In Europe, the RAF was in operational control of Commonwealth aircrews and Commonwealth squadrons although these retained some degree of independence such as the formation of No.
Bomber Command participated in two areas of attack — the strategic bombing campaign against German war production, and the less well known mining of coastal waters off Germany known as Gardening to contain its naval operations and prevent the U-boats from freely operating against Allied shipping.
In order to attack German industry by night the RAF developed navigational aids, tactics to overwhelm the German defences control systemtactics directly against German night-fighter forces, target marking techniquesmany electronic aids in defence and attackand supporting electronic warfare aircraft.
The production of heavy aircraft competed with resources for the Army and the Navy, and it was a source of disagreement as to whether the effort could be more profitably expended elsewhere.
Soviet Air Force[ edit ] Main articles: Someaircraft were produced, of whichwere combat types for the Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily or VVS as the Soviet Union named their air armwhile the others were transports and trainers.
Army Air Forces[ edit ] Main article: Roosevelt gave command of the Navy to an aviator, Admiral Ernest Kingwith a mandate for an aviation-oriented war in the Pacific. FDR allowed King to build up land-based naval and Marine aviation, and seize control of the long-range bombers used in antisubmarine patrols in the Atlantic.
Roosevelt basically agreed with Robert A. Marshall rejected calls for complete independence for the Air Corpsbecause the land forces generals and the Navy were vehemently opposed. In the compromise that was reached it was understood that after the war, the aviators would get their independence.
In the Army reorganized into three equal components, one of which was the AAF, which then had almost complete freedom in terms of internal administration. It had full control over the design and procurement of airplanes and related electronic gear and ordnance.
Together with naval aviation, it recruited the best young men in the nation. Arnold headed the AAF. One of the first military men to fly, and the youngest colonel in World War I, he selected for the most important combat commands men who were ten years younger than their Army counterparts, including Ira Eaker b.
Although a West Pointer himself, Arnold did not automatically turn to Academy men for top positions. Since he operated independent of theatre commanders, Arnold could and did move his generals around, and speedily removed underachievers. Arnold, however, was officially Deputy Chief of [Army] Staff, so on committees he deferred to his boss, General Marshall.
Airmen were also underrepresented in the planning divisions of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and of the Combined Chiefs. Aviators were largely shut out of the decision-making and planning process because they lacked seniority in a highly rank-conscious system.
The freeze intensified demands for independence, and fueled a spirit of "proving" the superiority of air power doctrine.JAPANESE BIO-WEAPONS RESEARCH, MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS, AND UNIT THE TESTING PROGRAM. Between and scientists and doctors with the Imperial Japanese Army conducted thousands of medical experiments on human beings.
This testing program surpassed in scale, extent, and duration that of Nazi doctors in . World War II, also called Second World War, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years – The principal belligerents were the Axis powers— Germany, Italy, and Japan —and the Allies— France, Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, .
The air warfare of World War II was a major component in all theaters and, During World War II, air warfare became a means for rejuvenating authority domestically and increasing imperial influence abroad.
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