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Victory Through Air Power

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354 pages - 1942 - Good
This very interesting book - which contains photographs - has been written with the aim to describe how air power can change the balance in a conflict, such as the Second World War.


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Headband, BRADEL, Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Deckle edges, Dedicated copy, Second Printing
Condition Good
Number of pages 354
Published date 1942
Languages English
Size 15 x 22 x 3 cm
Author Major Alexander P. De Seversky






The most significant single fact about the war now in progress is the emergence of aviation as the paramount and decisive factor in warmaking. There is still some difference of opinion as to the precise role of aviation in the immediate future, its relation to the older military services, its role in this or that specific battle or campaign. ( ... ) All experts agree that air power will play an ever more decisive part in determining the power balance among the nations of the earth. ( ... ) It is inescapable in the day - to - day news from every theatre of conflict.


Since world empires have depended throughout history on the available weapons of domination, the advent of this new weapon - swifter and more destructive than any in the past, equally potent on land or at sea - must affect fundamentally the pattern of life on our planet.


( ... ) This process, it is self - evident, involves the United States as intimately as it does any other great nation. A realistic understanding of the new weapon, of its implications in terms of national security, of its challenge to America, is not a matter of choice. It is the very condition of national survival.

Major Alexander P. De Seversky

Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky ( June 7th, 1894 - August 24th, 1974 ) was born in Tiflis ( former Russian Empire, now Tbilisi, present - day Georgia ). 

He entered a military school at the age of 10. His father was one of the first Russian aviators to own an aircraft and, when Alexander de Seversky entered the Imperial Russian Naval Academy ( aged 14 ), his father had already taught him how to fly. 

Graduating in 1914 with an Engineering degree, Lieutenant de Seversky was serving at sea with a destroyer flotilla when the First World War began. He was selected for duty as a naval aviator, transferring to the Military School of Aeronautics at Sebastopol ( Crimea, disputed by both Ukraine and Russia since 2014 ). After completing a postgraduate programme on aeronautics ( 1914 - 1915 ), he was reassigned as a pilot in the summer of 1915 to an aviation unit in the Baltic Fleet. 

Shot down by enemy anti - aircraft fire before he could drop his bombs on a German destroyer ( his first mission ), he was badly wounded when the bombs exploded in the crash, killing his observer. After being amputed of one leg ( below the knee ), Alexander de Seversky was fitted with an artificial leg but was deemed unfit to return to combat. To prove that he could still fly, he appeared unannounced at an air show, but was quickly arrested. Tsar Nicholas II intervened on his behalf and in July 1916, Alexander de Seversky returned to combat duty. 

He flew 57 combat missions during which he managed to shot down 6 German aircraft ( his claims for 13 victories are disputed ). During the 1917 Revolution, Alexander de Seversky was stationed in Petrograd ( present - day St. Petersburg ). In March 1918, he was selected as an Assistant Naval Attaché in the Russian Naval Aviation Mission to the United States. He then decided to remain there and settled in Manhattan ( New York City ). 

In 1918, Alexander de Seversky offered his services to the War Department as a pilot with General Kenly, Chief of the Signal Corps. After the Armistice, he became an assistant to air power advocate General William " Billy " Mitchell ( 1879 - 1936 ). After joining the Army Air Corps Reserve, Alexander de Seversky was commissioned a Major in 1928. 

Founded in 1923, the Seversky Aero Corporation was unable to survive the stock market crash of 1929. On February 16th, 1931, with the backing of Wall Street millionaire Edward Moore and other investors, Alexander de Seversky resurrected the enterprise as the new Seversky Aircraft Corporation in Long Island ( New York ). When he left for Europe on a sales tour ( Winter of 1938 - 1939 ), the Board reorganized the operation on October 13th, 1939, renamed as Republic Aviation Corporation. 

Shortly after the Attack on Pearl Harbor ( December 7th, 1941 ), he wrote Victory Through Air Power ( published in April 1942 ), advocating the strategic use of air bombardment. Alexander de Seversky was one of a number of strategic air advocates whose vision was realized in the 1946 creation of the Strategic Air Command. In postwar years, he continued to lecture and write about aviation and the strategic use of air power. 

( source : Wikipedia )

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