Aviation / History / Warfare

The Ghosts of Horrors Past: From Forager/Slaughter by the Sea

In continuing to write about the Pacific War in general and Midway more specifically, this series has overlooked the central story.  Write a seminal piece about the Battle of Saipan, but only briefly touch on the Battle of the Philippine Sea.  The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot doesn’t have the same attraction as the David versus … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

On Naval Strategy, Part 1

MHV, in responding to questions about the inefficiencies and inadequacies of the Wehrmacht before and during the Second World War, describes the Kriegsmarine as “not ready.” He further describes naval strategy as “build strategy,” noting accurately that it takes years, if not decades, to build robust naval power.  In this series, we will endeavor to … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

The Blitz Effect

As I mentioned in my previous posting, ACTS created a rather bizarre strategy prewar: The Air Corps Tactical School was established in 1920 as a Field Officer’s School at Langley Field, Virginia. It expanded its scope and placed emphasis on airpower employment at the end of the decade. In 1931, the school moved to Maxwell … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

Power Projection

Yesterday I began responding to Luke Parsnow’s “An Apology for Hiroshima is Unnecessary,” specifically pointing to the shocking conclusions in a 70-year-old interrogation report.  Sixth Army was arrayed to assault Kyushu on X-Day (Operation Olympic scheduled for 1 November 1945, the first stage of the larger Operation Downfall against the Japanese Home Islands) and Walter … Continue reading

Aviation / Current / History

Aviation Investigation Snow Job

Someone want to explain this possible claptrap to me? The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Thursday. “We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns … Continue reading