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Air Superiority in international battle II and Korea: An Interview with Gen. James Ferguson, Gen. Robert M. Lee, Gen. William Momyer, and Lt. Gen. Elwood R. Quesada (USAF Warrior reviews)
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The 100-20 was really the emancipation proclamation, I call it, of air power, at least of tactical air power. It was the first time it was really set down in unequivocal terms as to the priority of missions. The first priority was to gain and maintain air superiority. The second priority was to isolate the battlefield. The third priority was to support the ground forces. That, I think then, you can say kind of summed up what came out of the North African campaign. Those three elements. For the first time, I think we had a doctrine that you could talk about in formalized terms and people could now see that this was the way it was going to be employed.
0512-810), Thomas A. Sturm, Office of Air Force History, and Hugh N . Ahmann, Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, with Gen. Laurence S . Kuter, USAF, Retired, Naples, Florida, October 7-10, 1974. 36 WORLD WAR I1 issues and drew them out was the joining of forces and the reality of combat-that on the one hand, and on the other the strength and vision of the airman (you mentioned Air Marshal Coningham) seeing combat and imposing solutions in the situation? Momyer: Perseverance and the hard lessons of what was seen, what was happening, the fact that your force was being attrited.
On our side U. S . air was a corps of the Army and considered an extension of the field artillery. The lesson was absorbed by air leaders on the scene, and we were permitted to take the “half step” of forming tactical *’The battle of El Alamein, Egypt, lasted from October 24 to November 5, 1942. It engaged the British with 195,000 troops and 1,000tanks against the Germans with 104,000 men and 500 tanks. Lt. Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery led the British to victory by shifting his attacking forces quickly and decisively at key moments in the battle to exploit weaknesses in Gen.