Great Warrior Leaders/Thinkers


Italian army air officer known as the father of strategic air power.

February 1998

Prepared by Diana Simpson
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL

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Internet Resources

For online articles about Douhet, see Periodicals.


Douhet, Giulio. The Command of the Air. New York, Coward-McCann, Inc., 1984. 394 p.
Book call no.: 358.4 D737c 1984

Earle, Edward M., ed. Makers of Modern Strategy: Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1943. 553 p.
Douhet, Giulio, pp 485-503.
Book call no.: 355.09 Ea7m

Elting, John R. (Col). The Superstrategists: Great Captains. Theorists, and Fighting Men Who Have Shaped the History of Warfare. New York, Scribner's Sons, 1985. 368 p.
See pages 200-206.
Book call no.: 355.02 E51s

Flugel, Raymond R. United States Air Power Doctrine: A Study of the Influence of William Mitchell and Giulio Douhet at the Air Corps Tactical School 1921-1935. Norman, University of Oklahoma, 1966. 270 p.
Book call no.: 358 F646u

Keegan, John and Wheatcroft, Andrew. Who's Who in Military History: From 1453 to the Present Day. New York, William Morrow, 1976. 376 p.
Douhet, Giulio, p 95.
Book call no.: R 923.5 K26w

Sigaud, Louis A. Air Power and Unification; Douhet's Principles of Warfare and Their Application to the United States. Harrisburg, PA, Military Service Pub. Co., 1949. 119 p.
Book call no.: 355 S574a

Sigaud, Louis A. Douhet and Aerial Warfare. New York, Putnam, 1941. 134 p.
Book call no.: 629.133 Si2d

Vauthier, P. La Doctrine de Guerre du General Douhet. Paris: Berger-Levrault, 1935. 230 p.
Book call no.: 623.74 V381d

Watts, Barry D. The Foundations of U.S. Air Doctrine: The Problem of Friction in War. Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Press, Dec 1984. 166 p.
Douhet and Mitchell, pp 5-15.
Book call no.: 358.400973 W348f

Weigley, Russell. The American Way of War. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1973. 584 p.
Book call no.: 355.0973 W418a


Brodie, Bernard. The Heritage of Douhet. Santa Monica, CA, Rand Corporation, 1952. 40 p. (Research memorandum)
Doc. call no.: M-U 30352-9 no.l013

Burkhart, John S. One More Time-Can Airpower Win the War? Newport, RI, June 1992. 22 p. (Naval War College. Student thesis)
Doc. call no.: M-U 41662 B9591o

Capelluti, Frank Joseph. The Life and Thought of Giulio Douhet. 1967. 310 leaves. (Thesis: PhD., Rutgers University)
Doc call no.: M-U 43567-558

Dickman, Joseph L. A Re-Evaluation of the Douhet Theory. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1948. 50 leaves. (Air Command and Staff College. Student thesis)
M-U 32984 D553r

Gilbert, Silvanus T., III. What Will Douhet Think of Next?: An Analysis of the Impact of Stealth Technology on the Evolution of Strategic Bombing Doctrine. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1993. 48 p. (Air University. Air Command and Staff College. School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Student thesis)
Doc call no.: M-U 43998-1a G466w

Ketchum, Lowell D. Douhet's Contribution to United States Airpower Doctrine. Maxwell AFB, AL,1976. 58 p. (Air University, Air War College. Professional study)
Doc. call no.: M-U 32983 K43d

Latiolais, Stanley P. The Re-evaluation of Douhet's. MitchelI's, and De Seversky's Theories in the Light of Modern Weapons. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1948. 30 p. (Thesis--U.S. Air University. Air Command and Staff School)
Doc. call no.: M-U 32984 L357r

Mohn, William T. Leaders in Air Doctrine Theory and Practice. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1976. 69 p. (Air University. Air War College. Research reps)
Doc. call no.: M-U 32983 M6981L

Rose, John B. Re-evaluation of Douhet's Theories in Light of Modern Weapons. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1948. 23 p. (U.S. Air University. Air Command and Staff School)
Doc. call no.: M-U 32984 R796

Sharp, James M. General Giulio Douhet. Maxwell AFB, AL, 1965. 42 p. (Air Command and Staff College. Research study)
Doc. call no.: M-U 35582-7 S531g


Booth, K. History or Logic as Approaches to Strategy. RUSI Journal for Defense Studies 117:34-39 Sep '72.

Brodie, B. The Heritage of Douhet. Air University Quarterly Review 6:64-69+ Summer '53.

Brodie, B. Some Notes on the Evolution of Air Doctrine. World Politics 7:349-370 Apr '55.

Donnini, Frank P. Douhet, Caproni and Early Air Power. Air Power History 51:45-52 Summer '90.

Estes, Richard H. Giulio Douhet: More on Target than He Knew. Airpower Journal 4:68-78 Winter '90.

Eula, Michael J. Giulio Douhet and Strategic Air Force Operations--A Study in the Limitations of Theoretical Warfare. Air University Review 37:94-99 Sep-Oct '86.

Fitzgerald, E. M. Command of the Air: Command of Space? RUSI Journal for Defense Studies 122:45-52 Dec'77.

Franklin, William D. Douhet Revisited. Military Review 47:65-69 Nov '67.

Jones, John F. Giulio Douhet Vindicated: Desert Storm 1991. Naval War College Review 45:97-101 Autumn '92.

Kaysen, Carl. The Ultimate Bombing. Technology Review 98:66-67 Aug-Sept '95
In the final analysis, strategic bombing as the supreme mode of war has proved either ineffective or too hideously effective to be usable.

Manzo, Louis A. Morality in War Fighting and Strategic Bombing in World War II. Air Power History 39:35-50 Fall '92

Meilinger, Phillip S. Giulio Douhet and Modern War. Comparative Strategy 12:321-338 Jul-Sep '93.

Mitchell, Joseph A. (Col). Command of the Air: Douhet's Views in Perspective. Marine Corps Gazette 51 :49-53 Dec '67.

Saundby, Sir Robert. Prophet of Air Power. Aeroplane 90:342-343 May 4 '56

Segre, Claudio G. Douhet in Italy: Prophet Without Honor? Aerospace Historian 26:69-80 Jun '79.

Segre, Claudio G. Giulio Douhet: Strategist, Theorist, Prophet? Journal of Strategic Studies 15:351-366 Sep '92

Shiner, John F. (Col). Reflections on Douhet. Air University Review 37:93-95 Jan-Feb '86.

Spaight, J. M. The Ghost of Douhet. Roval Air Force Quarterly 2:117-121 Apr '50.

Supina, Philip D. To Withstand the Firestorm. United States Naval Institute Proceedings 106:42-46

Tomlinson, William H. (LtCol). The Father of Airpower Doctrine. Military Review 46:27-31 31 Sep '66

Walker, A. S. Douhet: An Assessment of His Work, Influence and Reputation. Royal Air Forces Quarterly 14: 131-137 Summer '74.

Wilson, Eugene E. Survival in the Air Age. United States Naval Institute Proceedings 84:76-81 Nov '58

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