By John F Kreis

From the earliest improvement of strive against aviation, the safety and endured working potency of demonstrated bases assured the winning software of air energy in smooth army campaigns. the standards affecting this defense are many and sundry. they're explored intimately during this selection of reviews drawn from American and overseas adventure courting from international battle I to the Arab-Israeli clash of 1973. John F. Kreis accomplished this quantity whereas assigned to the designated reviews department, workplace of Air strength background. A graduate of Williamette college, Mr. Kreis additionally earned a grasp of Arts measure in background in 1975 on the collage of Delaware. As an Air strength officer he really good in air base safety and protection. As a part of his guidance for paintings during this box, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of research nationwide Academy at Quantico, Virginia

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Radar found an easier acceptance in the Navy and Marine Corps, which faced the need to defend forces put ashore in isolated parts of the world. S. Fifth Air Force during the Korean conflict and, later, the Air Defense Command. S. Army's prewar preparations, the Navy Department's base defense planning between 1937 and 1941 was less fragmented. In May 1938, faced with a growing threat from Japan, Congress directed the Secretary of the Navy to study the need for new and enlarged naval bases in America and overseas.

As much as anything else the inclusion of the Flakartilleriein the service made for a close relationship between attack and defense elements, and promoted useful, coordinated weapon development. Under Directive 16 as revised in 1940, fighters and flak operating in combat zones were part of a unified command. Separate flak units were assigned to the army for protection of its troops. Aerial reconnaissance was divided among the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy, with the Luftwaffe responsible for long range operations.

Machine guns were located about the bases to protect people and equipment; camouflage was used for deception and concealment and dummy installations drew attacks away. The year 1918 saw increasingly heavy attacks on air bases in support of the major campaigns that led to the war's conclusion. During that year, General Hugh M. 3" The AEF's First Corps observation base at Ourches, in the Toul sector, developed an extensive defense that used antiaircraft machine guns, camouflage, dispersal of buildings, underground dugouts and nighttime blackouts.

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