World War II Close Air Support Tactics

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World War II Close Air Support Tactics


In this illustrated study, an acknowledged expert charts the development of close air support and battlefield air interdiction in theory and practice during World War II.

In World War I the use of aircraft to support ground operations was in its infancy, and it was only after the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 that close air support (CAS) and battlefield air interdiction (BAI) began to evolve towards a recognizably modern form. Using innovative all-new artwork from renowned illustrator Adam Tooby, Richard P. Hallion shows how the Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939–41 saw the highly effective deployment of German dive-bombers, while the British, French and Soviet air forces strove to counter the Luftwaffe's CAS measures with variable degrees of success.

The British and Americans developed their own CAS doctrine in the Mediterranean during 1941–43, further refining it during the campaigns in Western Europe in 1944–45. Meanwhile during the fighting in Asia and the Pacific, the Japanese and their Allied opponents employed CAS techniques.

Full-colour tactical diagrams, carefully chosen archive photographs and insightful analysis reveal how by 1945, Allied CAS doctrine had reached new levels of sophistication, boosted by the growing availability of dedicated aircraft, ordnance and communications technology.

Table of Contents

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Origins 1916–39
Blitzkrieg 1939–40
The Mediterranean 1941–43
The Eastern Front 1941–45
Asia and the Pacific 1941–45
North West Europe 1944–45

Product details

Published Dec 19 2024
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781472858610
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 8 colour artwork plates; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Series Elite
Short code ELI 254
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Richard P. Hallion

Richard P. Hallion holds a Ph.D. in history from t…


Adam Tooby

Adam Tooby is an internationally renowned digital…


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