Saturday, September 27, 2014

Military Science: Air Strikes Against ISIS Require the Ground Counterpart to Be Effective

I've received numerous news clips with headlines stating that the air strikes are proving an inadequate measure with which to break the ISIS Crusade.

Unfortunately, that's only logical by reading the history of the use of air power against the ground troops of enemy forces.

Air strikes by Nazi Germany failed against the British population during the Battle of Britain.  The history is there starting with the air campaign against Nazi Germany. 

Both the USAF and the RAF combined bombed numerous German cities ad nauseum yet the German populations were not broken.  

The US bombing campaigns against North Vietnam failed to break the North Vietnamese war effort before, during, and after the Tet Offensive.  The US dropped more ordinance on Vietnam than it did on Nazi Germany.  The North Vietnamese were not swayed to come to the peace table.

The military operations against Saddam Hussein which began with air bombing in the 1991 war to liberate Kuwait did work however because air strikes were used only to soften up enemy targets before ground forces came in.

The Nazi Blitzkrieg against Poland in 1939 did work because Nazi air power was used as aerial artillery that would work in combination with Nazi German tanks and infantry as a coordinated, tightly networked military effort.

The same happened at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa in 1941 against Soviet forces. 

So then this article was written to explain why a campaign of air strikes against an enemy force on the move will amount only to pinpricks rather than serve as a forceful enough, persuasive enough measure to halt that advancing enemy. 

Unless a Hiroshima or Nagasaki type of nuclear explosive is being used, forget being able to rely on aerial artillery, i.e. air strikes.  You're going to need ground troops and ground artillery and tanks to carry out a complete military operation to break Isis.

No comments: