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The Decisive Factor: Air Power Doctrine by Air-Vice Marshal H.N. Wrigley

The Decisive Factor: Air Power Doctrine by Air-Vice Marshal H.N. Wrigley

Publish Date:  1990
Author(s): Alan Stephens and Brendan O'Loghlin (eds)
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Henry Wrigley is recognised as one of Australia's greatest airmen. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross in France with the AFC in 1917-18, and was the RAAF's senior officer in England during World War 11. In l919 he made AustraIia's first transcontinental flight, from Melbourne to Port Darwin.

But, as this book now shows, Wrigley's contribution to aviation extends beyond his achievements as a pilot and wartime leader. This collection of essays and notes from his personal notebooks, dating from the 1920s, establishes him as Australia's first authoritative commentator on air power.

Wrigley's analysis of such subjects as strategy, aerial bombing, air-to-air combat and the nature of war shows why, since 1920, air power has been the decisive factor in many conflicts. Interestingly, most of the lessons which emerge remain relevant today.

A feature of the book is a series of elegant and informative maps, diagrams and tables, all drawn by Wrigley, and copied direct from the original notebooks.

Air Commodore Brendan O'Logblin is Director-General, Military Strategy and Concepts, in the Headquaners of the Australian Defence Force. Prior to that he was the first Director of the RAAF Air Power Studies Centre.

Wing Commander Alan Stephens is the Research Fellow at the Air Power
Studies Centre; previously he was a principal research officer in the Australian Federal Parliament.

Both men are qualified RAAF pilots.


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