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Airpower Studies # 1 43-1716 The inter-war years were times of brilliant achievements and records for the Italian Air Force. Moreover, Italy became home to the most eminent air power theorists like Douhet and Mecozzi. In this period, the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force, RA) was shining as the most efficient and strongest air force in the world. With this attitude, Italy entered World War II, but the result was disastrous. Italy was defeated in nearly all theatres right from the beginning. In this essay, I will discuss how the Italian air force employed airpower between 1919-1945 and highlight its successes and failures. Because, most of the achievements were in the inter-war period and the failures were during World War II, I will divide the subject into two sections. In the end, I will explain the causes, which led to Italy’s failure in WWII using contextual and operational art elements. Italian pilots pioneered most of the roles in which aircraft would be employed. “Air doctrine was in its infancy in 1915, but Italy had profited from early and important experience in the operational use of aircraft during the Libyan War of 1911-12” (Millett,173). During the 1920’s, “the
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