Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of

Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of


Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II [Ebook] ➡ Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II By Thomas Alexander Hughes – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Over Lord is the fascinating story of how American tactical air power was developed by General Elwood Pete Quesada during World War II, including its decisive role in Operation OVERLORD and the libera Over Lord is the General Pete Epub Þ fascinating story of how American tactical air power was developed by General Elwood Pete Quesada during World War II, including its decisive role in Operation OVERLORD and the liberation of Europe Pete Quesada is one of World War II s unsung yet crucial heroes With his famous Ninth Tactical Air Command, Quesada established the best air ground Over Lord: PDF/EPUB ² team in the European theater he pioneered the use of radar in close air support operations, introducing weapons systems specifically geared to tactical operations He nurtured new flying methods designed for the kind of precision bombing the battlefields of Europe demanded And than anything else, Pete Quesada championed efforts to model air and ground officers into a single fighting unit His relationships Lord: General Pete PDF Î with ground leaders like Generals Omar Bradley and Lightning Joe Collins were a model for the kind of interservice harmony that was essential for dislodging the entrenched German Army At war s end everybody from General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower to ordinary infantrymen recognized Pete Quesada as the premier expert and dogged patron of close air support Allied airplanes over the battlefields of Europe had undoubtedly shortened the war and saved many thousands of lives, and Pete Quesada came home to a hero s welcome inBy then he was the personification of tactical air power Indeed, he was its over lord Unfortunately, Quesada s groundbreaking methods were all but forgotten after the war As the Cold War deepened, Air Force leaders stressed the role of big bombers flying deep into enemy territory and renounced the importance of close air support missions Quesada himself was shuntedinto jobs that were both illsuited to his fiery temperament and divorced from his wartime expertise in tactical aviation Frustrated, he retired from the Air Force inat forty seven years of age Fortunately, the story of Quesada s innovative tactics did not end there for the American military In Korea in the s and Vietnam in the s, US servicemen struggled and died relearning and recreating the kinds of tactics that Quesada had made commonplace in Had the US Air Force nurtured its capacity for close air support, those two conflicts may have unfolded differently Since then, the Air Force has struggled for a better balance between its bombardment missions and its support functions This is the definitive story of an extraordinary man, whose remarkable efforts to aid foot soldiers in World War II contributed significantly to the Allies success America s belated rediscovery of Quesada s precepts some forty years later in conflicts like Operation DESERT STORM only underscores the importance of Quesada s story.


10 thoughts on “Over Lord: General Pete Quesada and the Triumph of Tactical Air Power in World War II

  1. Mike H Mike H says:

    This book has a bit of an identity crisis It is attempting to be a partial biography of General Quesada, who was influential in using tactical air power during World War II However, this is a small part of the book, and Quesada as a subject is frequently pushed aside in favor of a larger study of the concept of tactical air power In this respect, the true function of the book is both to claim that tactical airpower was central to victory in in the war, and also to serve as a commercial for ta This book has a bit of an identity crisis It is attempting to be a partial biography of General Quesada, who was influential in using tactical air power during World War II However, this is a small part of the book, and Quesada as a subject is frequently pushed aside in favor of a larger study of the concept of tactical air power In this respect, the true function of the book is both to claim that tactical airpower was central to victory in in the war, and also to serve as a commercial for tactical airpower in the future The book is wonderful to read The prose is well done, flows nicely, and is incredibly entertaining Hughes discusses just enough operational detail to make his points without becoming bogged down It s clear that Hughes loves his subject His main point seems to be that tactical air power, meaning close support of ground troops particularly by fighter bombers, is key to victory He analyzes some key events, especially Overlord, Cobra, and Goodwood, as examples of how this concept either worked or was misapplied misconstrued and led to failure However, this is where the book goes off the rails a bit He is so enthusiastic that there are some gaps in his analysis and evidence He focuses almost entirely on 9th Air Force, which makes sense, as that was Quesada s unit However, to make his point about tactical airpower as a concept, some comparative analysis of other tactical groups both of the US and Britain, and of the Pacific theater, would have been incredibly beneficial The book is thus torn between trying to focus on Quesada and trying to make a point about tactical airpower Hughes evidence is also lacking in some areas Especially notable is the lack of german sources Much of his analysis depends on evaluation of bombing and tactics from a german perspective, yet he relies almost entirely on english language interviews conducted after the fact, and remains uncritical of them He also tends to use quotes from participants remembering events several years after they happened which is not always a bad thing, but when he is trying to make a detailed argument about a specific tactical development, using late interviews is problematic Further, he is aware of the problems of memory, as a large part of his analysis hinges on the point that military leaders often remember things incorrectly, or remember the wrong lessons from an event Thus, he is only critical of his sources when it serves his purposes This is not to say that Hughes is wrong in his points, just that his use of evidence brings up several questions Nonetheless, the book is still a good one and makes many solid points that deserve at least some consideration This book could easily have been split into two separate, better books one on Quesada, and another on the use of tactical airpower in WW2 But it is still a great read, and useful for students of the war or airpower in general


  2. Grant Grant says:

    An excellent synthesis of biography and military analysis, focusing on the neglected role of tactical air power in Europe in World War II While neither a full up biography of Quesada nor a comprehensive study of all tactical air operations in the ETO, readers will come away with a solid understanding of the most important aspects of both.


  3. Nicholas Kanakis Nicholas Kanakis says:

    A truly interesting examination of air ground integrations beginning in the post WW1 era through the interwar years and into WWII Quesada s efforts in support of Army ground operations across Europe proved several hall marks Aviation is not the End All Be All in combat similar to artillery, BUT easily integrated combined army s prove devastating to an enemy force.


  4. Jonathan Z. Jonathan Z. says:

    Describes integrating close air support throughout WWII.


  5. Matthew Dambro Matthew Dambro says:

    Excellent biography and analysis of close air support in the ETO Read this some years ago and the depiction of the tactical transition of close air support of the ground forces in Normandy and beyond is terrific.


  6. Relstuart Relstuart says:

    This book is both a biography of Pete Quesada and a history of tactical Airpower with analysis on the importance of being able to effect groud warfare and the limits of air power in relation to ground warfare As such it was slow paced in several areas It highlights the importance of tactical airpower, effective communications, and how big bombers and their proponents took over the Air Force after WWII Tactical air power is still a big deal to this day and the US Air Force and Army are still i This book is both a biography of Pete Quesada and a history of tactical Airpower with analysis on the importance of being able to effect groud warfare and the limits of air power in relation to ground warfare As such it was slow paced in several areas It highlights the importance of tactical airpower, effective communications, and how big bombers and their proponents took over the Air Force after WWII Tactical air power is still a big deal to this day and the US Air Force and Army are still in conflict about what role each service should play The A10 and tactical air power was huge in defeating Iraq in the first Persian Gulf war However, as many A10 have been sent to pasture the Aire Force has not replaced that Air Frame with a modern equivelant Drones seem to be the next big thing Time will tell if they will be an effetive replacement for the real thing


  7. David Olmsted David Olmsted says:

    Simply put, the development of an effective tactical air arm was critical to Allied success in Europe as it countered the German superiority in tanks The credit for that mostly goes to General Pete Quesada who had to overcome the strategic bias of most other air warfare supporters This is the story.


  8. John John says:

    Mostly a biography of Pete Quesada, this book contains a lot of extraneous material regarding his pre war career While I appreciated the insights into tactical air combat during WW2, I would have liked to seetechnical details regarding the command and control systems.


  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    My Great Uncle


  10. Barry Hunte Barry Hunte says:

    The founder of Air Force TAC


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