1st ed., 1961. frontis., + 19 other photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. Between the early days when the potentialities of air warfare were foreseen only by a few, and 1961 (the time of publication) when the aircraft was itself only one means of dealing crippling blows from the air, lies a period of very rapid and significant development. The bitter inter-service controversies between the World Wars, the first clear test case provided by the invasion of Norway in 1940, the blitz, the Allied invasion of Europe and the defeat of Japan, are all stages in the techniques of air bombardment leading to the nuclear stalemate of 1961. Drawing his material from the United States, Germany, France, Russia and Britain, the author wrote this important and penetrating study of one of the most far-reaching developments of twentieth century technique.