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Beyond the Battle Line : US Air Attack Theory and Doctrine, 1919–1941

By Major Gary C. Cox, USAF

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Title: Beyond the Battle Line : US Air Attack Theory and Doctrine, 1919–1941  
Author: Major Gary C. Cox, USAF
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Air Attack Theory
Collections: United States, Science Fiction Collection, Military Science, Authors Community, History, Chemistry, Naval Science, Literature, Favorites in India, Education
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Publisher: Air University Press
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C. Cox, Usa, M. G. (n.d.). Beyond the Battle Line : US Air Attack Theory and Doctrine, 1919–1941. Retrieved from http://self.gutenberg.org/


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This study examines the development and usefulness of US air attack theory and doctrine during the interwar period, 1919–1941. This period represents more than 20years of development in US Air Corps attack theory and doctrine. It was the first peacetime period of such development. Attack aviation during this time was a branch of aviation used to provide direct and indirect combat support to ground forces in the form of machine-gun strafing, light bombing, and chemical attacks.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 Principal Research Question . . . . . 1 Background and Significance of the Problem . . . . 1 Limitations of the Study . . . . . 2 Definitions and Assumptions . . . . 2 Preview of the Argument . . . . . 3 Notes . . . . . 3 2 ATTACK THEORY AND DOCTRINE OF THE AIR SERVICE, 1919–1926 . . . . 5 Attack Aviation’s World War I Legacy . . . . 5 Air Service Attack Theory . . . . 6 Attack Doctrine Established . . . . . 8 Early Training and Maneuvers . . . . . 11 Notes . . . . . 13 3 ATTACK THEORY AND DOCTRINE IN THE AIR CORPS, 1926–1935 . . . . . 15 Attack Aviation in the New Air Corps . . . . 15 Air Corps Attack Theory . . . . . 16 Attack Doctrine Matures . . . . . 20 Annual Training and Maneuvers . . . . 22 Notes . . . . . 24 4 ATTACK THEORY AND DOCTRINE BEFORE WORLD WAR II, 1935–1941 . . . . . 27 Attack Aviation in the GHQ Air Force . . . . 27 Attack Theory Refined . . . . 28 Attack Doctrine before World War II . . . . 29 Prewar Codification of Doctrine . . . . . 32 Exercises, Maneuvers, and Lessons of War . . . . . 33 Notes . . . . . 34 5 CONCLUSION . . . . . 37 Summary of Findings . . . . . 37 Principal Conclusions . . . . 39 Relevance of the Study and Its Conclusions . . . . . 40

 
 



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