B-52 Stratofortress Units in Combat 1955–73 (Combat by Jon Lake

By Jon Lake

Designed to shape the spine of Strategic Air Command's nuclear deterrent, the B-52 strength was once dropped at larger states of readiness each time quandary threatened the us, so much significantly while Kennedy and Khruschev went eyeball-to-eyeball over Cuba. quickly afterwards, B-52s shaped the spine of the USAF's bombing crusade in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This publication follows the tale of the B-52 from its genesis to its first strive against missions in June 1965 and during to the in short sustained yet bloodily fought Linebacker II offensive in past due 1972. Even after the withdrawal people forces in 1973, B-52s remained in-theatre, flying education missions ordinarily from Guam.

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For an excellent comparative analysis of the so-called bean count models on their own terms, see Natalie J. Goldring, The Conventional Balance: How Far beyond the Bean Count Are We? : The Project, June 1989). All these models unwittingly premise the attrition approach to war, as do virtually all Lanchester and quantitative models. 4. See B. H. Liddell Hart, "The Ratio of Forces to Space," in Europe, Deterrent or Defense, ed. B. H. Liddell Hart (New York: Praeger, 1960), 94-109. 5 . Carl von Clausewitz, On War, ed.

The Soviets in their detailed postbattle studies (table 1) made elaborate correlations demonstrating this phenomenon. 0 Expenditure of ammunition units of fire Expenditure of diesel fuel for T-34 Tank Source: V . Y . Savkin, The Basic Principles of Operational Art and Tactics (A Soviet View), trans . C. : Government Printing Office, 1972), 137 . Finally, the implications of tempo and use of artillery are reflected in the manner by which maneuver armies are organized. Attrition armies are organized with relatively few divisions .

During wintertime some of the passes are usually blocked by snow. Much of the terrain is very broken and rugged, offering little scope for sweeping operations by large mechanized forces even if such forces had been available to either side. Both the nature of the terrain and the fact that this was, after all, one of the poorest countries in Europe meant that many, perhaps most, supplies had to be carried in horse-drawn wagons or even on the backs of pack animals . 26 29 AIR POWER AND MANEUVER WARFARE Besides, this was not simply a trinitarian conflict between the armies of two opposing states .

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