Airpower in Small Wars

EPUB EBook by James S. Corum

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It would help if you are pretty interested in the history of counterinsurgency/irregular warfare (COIN/IW) before you pick up this book. Airpower in Small Wars EPUB EBookI am both personally and professionally, so it was nice to combine work and pleasure for this interesting 4 Star book. Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists is not exactly riveting but it is comprehensive. The authors begin with the use of airpower to track Pancho Villa and carry forward the theme of small wars and how airpower was used/misused. Airpower is the theme but the authors place it in context. If ground forces were predominant (and they normally were), how the air forces fulfilled the support role is explained. Some of the conflicts include:

- EPUBHaiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in the '20s and '30s
-Colonial Air Control (British, Spanish, French) during the interwar period
-Greek Civil War and Phillipine Huk Rebellion after WWII
-French colonial Wars in Algeria and Indochina
-British colonial wars in Malaya, South Arabia and Oman
-Airpower in South Vietnam
-Airpower in Africa (Portuguese colonies, Rhodesia, SW Africa)
-Latin America Insurgencies
-Mideast COIN/IW campaigns

After describing how airpower was used, the authors end each chapter with the lessons learned (or unlearned) with success (e.g. British in Malaya) or failure. Finally, the authors list the major themes over the conflicts and lessons to take away.

The book was published in 2003 and only covers up to the year 2000. Obviously, this was a timely reference as we saw the rise of COIN/IW in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 12 years. Did we use our airpower smartly? I expect the authors will update us on that one sometime soon. Like this book? Read online this: Star Wars Clone Wars Republic Heroes, American Airpower Comes of Age.

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