It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Of course, this wasn’t always the case, and students of US military history often assume Gen Billy Mitchell led the drive to develop a strategic bombing doctrine during World War I and the 1920s. } 40 and 42. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. He wrote of subjecting the enemy’s productive capacities, “not so much the people themselves,” to bombing campaigns, as if the two could be neatly separated. Rather than ending the rivalry for air power, Mitchell's resignation set the stage for the ongoing dispute between the two services in the years immediately before WWII. Please try again. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Definitely worth the money.

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coded = "7b2dz733N0dNS" Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014, PIVITOL STRATEGIC THINKING OF 1919-1929 IMPACTING, SHAPING AND CRAFTING EVENTS OF THE TREATY NAVIES OF THE 1920'S, NAVAL ARMS RASE OF THE 1930'S, 1939-1941 PEARL HARBOR, SINGAPORE, HONG kONG, Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2017, Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2016. Mitchell staged a simulated bombing attack on New York City and mock bomb runs over other eastern cities, and he let the press carry the message to the public.

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Thomas Wildenberg’s Billy Mitchell’s War with the Navy: The Interwar Rivalry Over Air Power chronicles the conflict between aviation enthusiasts (personified and led by William Mitchell) and the establishment Navy during the interwar period.

Mitchell was disingenuous about making the civilian population a chief target in air warfare. 3) (Pacific War Trilogy), Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War, Volume I: July 1937-May 1942, Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy. With control over aviation assets at stake, the sides argued over the effectiveness of airpower against warships and shipping. Unable to add item to List. After Congress rejected the concept of a unified air service in 1920, Mitchell and his supporters turned on the Navy, seeking to substitute the Air Service as the nation's first line of defense. A staunch advocate of airpower, Brigadier General William Mitchell's ideas were controversial in a time when the general and the admiral were deemed the sole proprietors of modern warfare.

You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Lion Killers: Billy Mitchell and the Birth of Strategic Bombing (9780974860206): Schwarzer, William: Books 41-2. Schwarzer lives in Buxton, North Carolina, and this is his first book. Mitchell and his acolytes took a maximalist position, holding the air forces had effectively rendered surface navies obsolete, and that the United States government should redirect money away from battleships and aircraft carriers and towards heavy bombers. A more balanced look at an icon of air power, Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2015. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. After Mitchell's resignation, the rivalry for air power between the two services resurfaced when the Navy's plans to procure torpedo planes for the defense of Pearl Harbor and Coco Solo were brought to the attention of the Army. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. //-->, Pursuing justice for the crimes of September 11, 2001 and reducing the risks of terrorism, “Always” the target? He was court-martialed for his outspoken views and did not live to see the fulfillment during World War II of many of his prophecies: strategic bombing, mass airborne There was a problem loading your book clubs. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. E-mail: Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. 1, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1948; pp. The Book of Secret Wisdom: The Prophetic Record of Human Destiny and Evolution (Sac... Thomas Wildenberg is an independent historian/scholar specializing in the development of naval aviation and logistics at sea. link += (key.charAt(ltr)) While I was wary of a book written about an Air Force icon by someone that seems to specialize in Navy matters, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. William Mitchell, U.S. Army officer who early advocated a separate U.S. air force and greater preparedness in military aviation. When Billy Mitchell returned from WWI, he brought with him the deep-seated belief that air power had made navies obsolete. Lion Killers book. For the military services this meant lean budgets and skeleton operating forces. Naval Institute Press; Illustrated edition (February 15, 2014), Unpolarizing the reputation and history of Billy Mitchell, Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2014. key = "l_BGNzTakLvE9AMmofJPH8nq4xg.Vd2j5IUb-F6S0DKiyXhesuZQYcwt7r@R3C1pOW" A strategic bomber is a medium- to long-range penetration bomber aircraft designed to drop large amounts of air-to-ground weaponry onto a distant target for the purposes of debilitating the enemy's capacity to wage war. Vern Haughland, The AAF Against Japan, Harper and Row, New York, 1947; p. 451. 1; pp. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Interestingly, Mitchell’s doctrinal descendants at the Air Corps Tactical School in the 1930’s may have tended to downplay the achievement of air superiority thorough air battles, which many say led to a neglect of pursuit and attack aviation in favor of strategic bombing. Craven and Cate, The Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book.

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Billy Mitchell, quoted in W. F. Craven and J. L. Cate, eds., The Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. Please try again.