The Air Weapon pp 109-127 | Cite as

The Deep Battle: The Strategic Air Offensive Campaign



The strategic air offensive is arguably the most controversial type of air campaign. The ability to strike directly at the enemy’s vital centres has been recognized since the advent of flying machines as a unique capability of air power; it has also been for many — and for some still is — the raison d’être of independent air forces. Indeed, the belief that strategic bombing could prove a war-winning technique led to the creation of the RAF in 1918, the RAAF in 1922 and the USAF in 1947; it remained predominant in RAF doctrine until the 1960s and in USAF doctrine at least until the 1980s.


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© Andrew G. B. Vallance 1996

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