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13 Typically, he even wrote Gen Luigi Cadorna, the Italian commander in chief, about his concerns and was twice reprimanded for his intemperate remarks. Beginning in 1916, Colonel Douhet s t a r t e d c o r r e s p o n d i n g with several government officials, including Leonida Bissolati, a cabinet minister known to be an airpower advocate. His letters to the minister were especially candid, even for Douhet. ” As a result, in September 1916 D o u h e t w a s a r r e s t e d a n d c o u r t - m a r t i a l e d for “issuing false news .
The weaker force also had no incentive to seek an air engagement that would likely lead to its destruction. The only hope for the weaker side lay in striking even more violently at an enemy’s homeland. Douhet t h u s envisioned a rather peculiar scenario in which opposing air forces studiously ignored each other while flying past to destroy the other’s airfields and factories—something akin to “ m u t u a l a s s u r e d d e s t r u c t i o n ” without nuclear weapons. He realized, however, that achieving aerial dominance was not an end in itself but an enabler that allowed airpower to conduct its primary task of reducing an enemy’s will a n d c a p a b i l i t y t o wage war.
Unfortunately, few of his many works have been translated into English. Indeed, fully one-half of the first edition of T h e C o m m a n d o f t h e A i r, c o m p r i s i n g a l e n g t h y appendix discussing the principles of flight and technical details of aircraft and seaplane construction, has never been translated and remains largely forgotten. 2 2 Giulio Douhet died of a heart attack on 15 February 1930, while tending his garden at Ceschina, near Rome. D o u h e t was profoundly affected by the trench warfare of World War I.
A-10 Thunderbolt II by Dana Bell