It was aircraft carriers that gave tactical advantage that won many of the battles in the Pacific theater. This was primarily because of the air superiority gained by the amount of aircrafts carried on such vessels. Further, the advancements of radar and sonar were indispensable while defending from German U-boats.
The US has been involved in several wars since Vietnam. However, the characteristics of warfare have varied each time. Airpower continues to play a vital role in all of them, and technology and experience have allowed airpower to establish itself as a cornerstone capability of modern warfare. Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom provide two excellent, but fundamentally different examples of how airpower provided a distinctive and overwhelming capability advantage to the US war fighting effort. Airpower has become more effective at achieving the strategic aims of defeating America’s enemies and minimizing civilian casualties by expanding the core mentality of strategic bombing alone, to a more flexible application where the type of war
Radar, was called RDF during WWII until the Americans dubbed it Radar. RDF, know to detect aircraft miles away helped to warn the Royal Air Force that Luftwaffe forces were arriving. RDF involved sending a signal out and when the signal interacted with the metal of the airplane the signal would ping back and show on the RDF command center around the British coast and then warn RAF an attack was coming, this allowed for the RAF to meet them before the enemy could bomb structures, (Cumming, 692). This surpassed what the ROC (Royal Observation Corps) could do since the ROC was usually more dependable up close, but if the skies were not clear or dark they could not do anything to help so it was up to RDF to do the job and locate the enemy. Of course RDF had its strengths but it had its limitations.
Bombers for the most part had two choices to become better, make the plane bigger to hold more bombs or more the bombs small so they could fit more. In the end, the engineers decided to make bombers bigger. As is stated “The B-26B carried a crew of seven. The pilot and co-pilot sat side by side in armored seats behind an armored bulkhead. The navigator, who also served as the radio operator, worked out of a small compartment behind the pilots.
The primary objective of the Luftwaffe Air Force was to force the British into a peace settlement, or even more ideally an outright surrender. Once the Nazis had diminished the air defence of Britain, it could launch an invasion of Britain from both the water and the sky which could have potentially been the first successful invasion of Britain since 1066. In Prior’s opinion however, a successful German invasion could never have occurred. Prior cites the strength of both the Royal Navy and Air Force as reasons for his confidence in Britain. He says that despite some losses to naval vessels at Dunkirk, there were more than enough resources within the Royal Navy to bring more ships in to fight the Nazis should it be necessary, and that despite how it may have looked, the British were actually in control of the aerial fighting throughout the battle, with still more aircrafts simply waiting in reserve.
With the bomber planes as well, this produced jobs for pilots to be able to fly bombs from country to country if needed in time of war. This helped families across the nation get a little more money in their pocket if they were running into problems and it increased the U.S. national economy because of it and gave them the upper hand over the Soviets. The Cold War, in my opinion, benefitted the United States the most economically. Though the cost for producing nukes and nuclear power plants was expensive, the cash flow the U.S. had from all of the factories, and it brought the U.S. together to help with the war effort and to help their allies in Europe who were neighbors with the
Citizens in the Revolutionary war period use Guerrilla warfare more so than militiamen, a well known example of this is the Boston Massacre in which 5 Boston Colonists were fatally shot, but it worked out, because british Captain Thomas Preston was arrested. After, the British militia had nobody to fill his spot. An example in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh in December of 1965 ordering a change in the way the war in the south was to be fought. From that point on they would avoid pitched battles with the Americans and unless the odds were clearly in their favour, they would otherwise focus on hit and run
There were additional factors contributing to the US continued involvement in the Vietnam war, including a mistaken belief that the US army and its allies could quickly win the war and an unwillingness to withdraw and signal defeat. These miscalculations led to increased casualties for US troops and a drawn out conflict which prevented a decision to end US participation in what many historians and US leaders considered a mistaken war. (Cook, 1) The US priority to prevent the spread of communism in that part of the world interfered with rational thinking. (Vietnam War, 3) As Robert McNamara, US defense secretary during the Vietnam war, stated: “We . .
Conclusion The Cuban Missile Crisis turned out to be nothing but a feud between some countries. It was an important part of the 1960’s still. One thing is that the United States knew better than to fight back because they knew it would lead to World War three. They decided to give things up that were important to save the people. Even though the Cuban Missile Crisis only lasted about 14 days it was still a scary time for people in
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the most controversial events that came out of world war two. This event of speculation should not be, simply because as a modern day society we can not fairly evaluate the situation as if we were there. Though killing many innocent lives the bomb ultimately stopped the war that would have ended even more lives. The bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should have been dropped because the bombing of these cities caused the political and militaristic changes and because of these changes, the United States benefited greatly. At the end of the war, devastating bombs were dropped on the two unsuspecting cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.