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Title Why air forces fail : the anatomy of defeat / edited by Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (382 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Poland's military aviation, September 1939 / Michael Alfred Peszke -- L'Armée de l'air, 1933-1940 / Anthony Christopher Cain -- The Arab air forces / Robin Higham -- Defeat of the German and Austro-Hungarian air forces in the Great War, 1909-1918 / John H. Morrow Jr. -- Downfall of the Regia aeronautica, 1933-1943 / Brian R. Sullivan -- The Imperial Japanese Air Forces / Osamu Tagaya -- Defeat of the Luftwaffe, 1935-1945 / James S. Corum -- The Argentine Air Force versus Britain in the Falkland Islands, 1982 / René De La Pedraja -- From disaster to recovery : Russia's air forces in the two world wars / David R. Jones -- The United States in the Pacific / Mark Parillo -- Defeats of the Royal Air Force : Norway, France, Greece, and Malaya, 1940-1942 / Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris
Summary According to Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris, "Flight has been part of the human dream for aeons, and its military application has likely been the dark side of that dream for almost as long." In the twentieth century, this dream and its dark side unfolded as the air forces of the world went to war, bringing destruction and reassessment with each failure. Why Air Forces Fail examines the complex, often deep-seated, reasons for the catastrophic failures of the air forces of various nations. Higham and Harris divide the air forces into three categories of defeat: forces that never had a chance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Aeronautics, Military -- History -- 20th century.
Air forces -- History -- 20th century.
Military history, Modern -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Harris, Stephen John.
Higham, Robin, 1925-2015.
ISBN 0813171741 (electronic bk.)
9780813171746 (electronic bk.)