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Turning the Vertical Flank : Airpower as a Maneuver Force in the Theater Campaign

By Robert P. Givens

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Book Id: WPLBN0002170408
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Reproduction Date: 10/15/2012

Title: Turning the Vertical Flank : Airpower as a Maneuver Force in the Theater Campaign  
Author: Robert P. Givens
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Technology
Historic
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

Description
The role of airpower in theater campaigns is a matter of heated debate among the military services and their supporters. Lt Col. Robert P. Givens’s Turning the Vertical Flank: Airpower As a Maneuver Force in the Theater Campaign addresses a question that is fundamental to that debate: to what extent can airpower function as a maneuver force in a theater campaign.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Clarifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2 FUNCTIONS OF A MANEUVER FORCE . . . . . 7 Ancient Greece––Shock Action through Direct Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rome—A Maneuver Force Exerts a Zone of Influence over the Enemy . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Neoclassical Period—A Maneuver Force Compels or Denies Battle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Napoleonic Era—A Maneuver Force Gains and Exploits a Position of Advantage . . . . . 13 Maneuver Force Performance Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Gettysburg Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 3 1973 YOM KIPPUR WAR . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Maneuver Force Characteristics of Israeli Air Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 4 1972 EASTER OFFENSIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Air Campaign Phases Related to Maneuver Force Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 5 NORMANDY CAMPAIGN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Maneuver Force Characteristics of Allied Airpower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 6 CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS . . . . . .81 Conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Implications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Final Thoughts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

 

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