Giulio Douhet

The Command of the Air

Giulio Douhet, an Italian Army general, was a controversial airpower theorist. Shortly after World War I he envisioned an independent air force as the supreme strategic weapon of the future. “To have command of the air,” he wrote, “means to be in a position to wield offensive power so great it defies human imagination.”

Quoted from the translation by Dino Ferrari, available for download from the Air University. The Command of the Air

The title page shown above is from a signed 1921 copy in Special Collections at the McDermott Library of the USAF Academy. A page from an earlier work by Douhet is in The Genesis of Flight on this website. Go to the “Later Books” section of The Genesis of Flight. Then search for “Douhet.” Genesis Later Books

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