Billy Mitchell's War: The Army Air Corps and the Challenge to Seapower

  • Title: Billy Mitchell's War: The Army Air Corps and the Challenge to Seapower
  • Author: Thomas Wildenberg
  • ISBN: 9780870210389
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Billy Mitchell s War The Army Air Corps and the Challenge to Seapower The years immediately after World War I was an era in which Congress was unwilling to spend money on armaments It was a time when politicians and the constituents they served were interested in disarm
    The years immediately after World War I was an era in which Congress was unwilling to spend money on armaments It was a time when politicians and the constituents they served were interested in disarmament than national defense For the military services this meant lean budgets and skeleton operating forces In this environment the Army and Navy struggled for funds tThe years immediately after World War I was an era in which Congress was unwilling to spend money on armaments It was a time when politicians and the constituents they served were interested in disarmament than national defense For the military services this meant lean budgets and skeleton operating forces In this environment the Army and Navy struggled for funds to support the development of their respective aviation services giving rise to an interservice rivalry over air power that would last until the national defense build up prior to World War II At War with the Navy is chronicles the struggle between the Army and Navy air arms for the resources needed to define and establish the role of aviation within their respective services during the period between the two world wars The main examples of this competition were the predatory attacks on the Navy orchestrated by Brigadier General Billy Mitchell between 1920 to 1925 and the response of the Navy s leadership Mitchell s attacks on the Navy were symptomatic of the Army Air Service s struggle to define a mission in the wake of World War I and its efforts to dominate coast defense, which became the main point of contention between the two services.When Billy Mitchell returned from World War I he brought with him the deep seated belief that air power had made armies and navies obsolete When Congress rejected the concept of a unified air service in 1920, Mitchell and his supporters turned on the Navy, seeking to substitute the Air Service as the nation s first line of defense Mitchell proved that aircraft could sink a battleship with the bombing of the Ostfriesland in 1921, but he was unable to convince the General Staff of the Army, the General Board of the Navy, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy, or Congress of the need to authorize an independent air force When these efforts failed, Mitchell turned to the pen in a further attempt to discredit the Navy Convicted by his own words and actions, Mitchell was court martialed in 1925 and forced to resign from the service After Mitchell s resignation, the rivalry for air power between the two services resurfaced when the Navy s plans to procure torpedo planes for the defense of Pearl Harbor and Coco Solo were brought to the attention of the Army The renewed controversy over coastal defense and the notorious MacArthur Pratt agreement is discussed in detail as are the various attempts by the Army Air Corps to intercept ships at sea that including the Mt Shasta incident, the bombing of the Utah, and the interception of the Rex.The book concludes with a description of the events surrounding the Air Corps abysmal performance at Pearl Harbor and Midway followed by a critical assessment of how the development of aviation was pursued by the Army and the Navy during the interwar period.

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    1. A great book covering various aspects of the development of Air Power in the interwar years. The title is a bit misleading as, though the author does include a lot of information about Billy Mitchell, the book is more about the political and budgetary battles between various factions, not just Navy-vs-Army, as they pushed for widely separated development ideas of a military use for air power. It became apparent that Mitchell was only one of many seeking to find a place for airplanes in the milit [...]

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    2. Another book hurt by my belated reading habit. It's not a bad book on basically two subjects, Billy Mitchell and interwar conflict between the Army and Navy. I found the later part more interesting, but adding the Billy Mitchell part in was needed.

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