Air warfare and air base air defense, 1914-1973 by John F Kreis

By John F Kreis

From the earliest improvement of wrestle aviation, the safety and persevered working potency of confirmed bases assured the winning software of air energy in smooth army campaigns. the standards affecting this safety are many and sundry. they're explored intimately during this choice of reports drawn from American and overseas event relationship from global struggle I to the Arab-Israeli clash of 1973. John F. Kreis accomplished this quantity whereas assigned to the particular reviews department, workplace of Air strength background. A graduate of Williamette collage, Mr. Kreis additionally earned a grasp of Arts measure in heritage in 1975 on the college of Delaware. As an Air strength officer he really good in air base safeguard and safety. As a part of his guidance for paintings during this box, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of research nationwide Academy at Quantico, Virginia

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S. "23 Organizationally independent, the Luftwaffe nonetheless remained in a real sense a creature of the Army; its main function was, by doctrine, equipment, and Hitler's wishes, army support. Service doctrine stated that until air superiority was established, units intended for protection of specific targets remained in that role. Protection of Army units was usually considered subordinate to airfield defense missions for the AA force, but antiaircraft assigned to the Army was under its operational control and was not withdrawn for air base defense.

8 In 1940, much remained to be done in the area of defense against low level air attack. At that time, only the new 37-mm gun was seen as a possible defense, and very little was known of its combat characteristics. "9 Germany Prepares In 1935, Hitler reorganized his armed forces, creating an independent air force, the Luftwaffe. Over the next few years, both offensive and defensive air weapon systems and employment doctrine appeared. Luftwaffe Directive 16, first issued in 1936, and revised slightly in 1940, was the basis for 32 INTERWAR CHANGES air operations and air force cooperation with other services.

Wright, Infantry, and Capt. W. J. Pearmain, Ordnance. The group visited thirteen major locations, only one of which, Colombey-les-Belles, was an air base. Chapman was a pilot who had previously served with Gorrell and Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois as part of the 1st Aero Squadron in Texas and Mexico in 1916. S. forces in the area, or by base support troops who had received some machine gun instruction. In the absence of trained AA crews, base commanders resorted to whatever expedient they could devise.

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