Conquering The Night — Army Air Forces Night Fighters At War [Illustrated Edition] by Stephen L. McFarland

Conquering The Night — Army Air Forces Night Fighters At War [Illustrated Edition]

byStephen L. McFarland

Kobo ebook | November 6, 2015

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The author traces the AAF’s development of aerial night fighting, including technology, training, and tactical operations in the North African, European, Pacific, and Asian theaters of war. In this effort the United States never wanted for recruits in what was, from start to finish, an all-volunteer night fighting force.

For combatants, a constant in warfare through the ages has been the sanctuary of night, a refuge from the terror of the day’s armed struggle. On the other hand, darkness has offered protection for operations made too dangerous by daylight. Combat has also extended into the twilight as day has seemed to provide too little time for the destruction demanded in modern mass warfare.

In World War II the United States Army Air Forces (AAF) flew night-time missions to counter enemy activities under cover of darkness. Allied air forces had established air superiority over the battlefield and behind their own lines, and so Axis air forces had to exploit the night’s protection for their attacks on Allied installations. AAF night fighters sought to deny the enemy use of the night for these attacks. Also, by 1944 Allied daylight air superiority made Axis forces maneuver and resupply at night, by air, land, and sea. U.S. night fighters sought to disrupt these activities as an extension of daylight interdiction and harassment efforts. The AAF would seek to deny the enemy the night, while capitalizing on the night in support of daylight operations.

Title:Conquering The Night — Army Air Forces Night Fighters At War [Illustrated Edition]Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 6, 2015Publisher:Tannenberg PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1786252376

ISBN - 13:9781786252371

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