Air power and maneuver warfare by Martin van Creveld, Kenneth S Brower, Steven L Canby, Air

By Martin van Creveld, Kenneth S Brower, Steven L Canby, Air University Press

268 pages - Manneuver war in motion - Germany - Russia - photographs - Israel - Air energy in Nineties

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At its peak, it was comprised of about 5,000 men and 100-150 aircraft, including liaison and reconnaissance machines, ground-attack aircraft, fighters, light bombers, and transports (Ju-52s) that were occasionally able to double as bombers. This organization never exceeded more than one-third of all the air forces fighting on Franco's side, including both Spanish and Italian . The German contribution in ground troops was nil. If the Germans had hoped to make Spain into a showcase of modern operativ warfare, they were disappointed.

34 However, that kind of warfare had hardly been practiced in Spain; as some Luftwaffe officers saw the problem, conditions in that 33 AIR POWER AND MANEUVER WARFARE country had more to do with war in China or Ethiopia than among major European powers . 36 To make matters worse, ground-to-air and air-to-ground communications had barely advanced beyond the point where they had been at the end of World War I . 37 No progress whatsoever had been made in the coordination of air power with armored forces, given that tanks in Spain were only present in small numbers and, in view of the nature of the terrain and of the struggle itself, tended to be used overwhelmingly in the infantry-support role .

51 The Polish Poznan Army, coming from the north and fighting desperately to avoid encirclement, made use of night marches in order to hide its preparations for a counterattack. Gen Johannes von Blaskowitz's German Eighth Army, making light of its opponent, was taken by surprise and driven back 10 miles over a 30-mile front. The 38 EARLY GERMAN CAMPAIGNS main German armored forces were far away to the east and separated from the scene by the river Vistula as well as the city of Warsaw itself. Accordingly, it fell to the Luftwaffe to play the decisive role in repulsing the assault.

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