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Aerial Warfare
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Aerial Warfare

A form of waging war in and from the air with airborne or ground-based weapons against war-critical targets and the air power of the enemy, and in direct or indirect support of land or naval forces.

These forms and features of a war being fought in and from the air had been contemplated and partially put into practice in the years leading up to World War I, but the key concepts were laid down by the major powers based on their aerial operations between 1914 and 1918. In the highly-developed industrial nations, with th…

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Schmidt, Wolfgang, “Aerial Warfare”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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