ISBN : 9780198818137
Aerial warfare which has dominated western war-making for over 100 years, and despite regular announcements of its demise, it shows no sign of becoming obsolete. Frank Ledwidge offers a sweeping look at the history of air warfare, introducing the major battles, crises, and controversies where air power has taken centre stage, and the changes in technology and air power capabilities over time. Highlighting the role played by air power in the First and Second World Wars, he also sheds light on the lesser-known theatres where the roles of air forces have been clearly decisive in conflicts, in Africa, South America, and Asia.
Along the way, Ledwidge asks key questions about the roles air power can deliver, and whether it is conceptually different from other forms of combat. Considering whether bombing has ever been truly effective, he discusses whether wars can be won from the air, and concludes by analysing whether there is a future for manned air power, or if it is inevitable that drones will dominate 21st century war in the air.
3: Theory and Practice; the Inter war years
4: The Second World War in the West
5: The Air War in the Pacific
6: Cold War 1945-1982
7: The Apotheosis of Air Power; 1983-2001
8: Aerostats to Algorithms; 2001-2018 and beyond
"Arguments surrounding the role of air power alongside land and sea power have raged for a century. The rise of digital networks and putative cyber power adds a new and urgent dimension. Ledwidge covers the gamut succinctly and with compelling good judgment, a stylish energy, and panache." - David Betz, Professor of War in the Modern World, Kings College London
"Frank Ledwidge's short and concise Aerial Warfare should be required reading for all military professionals and policy makers, as it ties strategy, tactics, and technology neatly together. It is a first-rate survey of the evolution, impact, and relevance of air power: past, present and future. Highly recommended." - Colonel John Andreas Olsen, PhD., Royal Norwegian Air Force
"A concise and up-to-date account of the evolution of air power and its various roles over time that is insightful and comprehensive. Aerial Warfare will appeal to anybody interested in contemporary strategic studies." - Bettina Renz, Associate Professor in International Security, University of Nottingham