By Thomas Hippler
Charts how Giulio Douhet's pioneering technique of concentrating on civilian populations with air energy constructed from 1884 to global struggle II.
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Extra resources for Bombing the People: Giulio Douhet and the Foundations of Air-Power Strategy, 1884-1939
The primary objective of military aviation was to combat enemy aviation, and not to attack objectives on the ground or at sea. Virtually all of his other opinions on aviation follow from this basic insight: on the technical level, his preference for the aeroplane rather than the dirigible; on the institutional level, his idea of an independent air force; and on the ethical level, the condemnation of strategic bombardments. The most prominent feature in Douhet’s early writings on aviation is actually a technical consideration.
Given the fact that Mecozzi and others are virtually unknown to the English reader, it will be necessary to quote them extensively to provide an idea of the dynamic strategic milieu in Italy, especially in the interwar period. At the same time, however, I have tried not to separate unduly the Italian discussions from their international context. It has thus been a constant concern to adopt a comparative viewpoint, and to take other European discussions into account, mainly British, French and German.
A. Curami and G. Rochat (Rome: Stato Maggiore Aeronautica, Ufficio Storico, 1993), 204–7 (206–7). The early Douhet 29 of a supra-national institution, and indeed almost a world-state, that would be capable of abolishing war altogether. The problem that needs to be addressed is therefore how to explain the transition from this pacifist early Douhet, to the ruthless prophet of strategic air power that he became in the 1920s. It will be one of my objectives to suggest a reading of Douhet that is able to provide an explanation, while highlighting some of the antinomies of liberal pacifism.