By Warren A. Trest
Lines using- and which means given to- the phrases "roles and missions" on the subject of the defense force and especially to the U.S. Air strength, from 1907 to the current.
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88 Meanwhile, if Mitchell’s extensive lobbying did not further the cause of Navy aviation, it undoubtedly raised public awareness about the naval air role. His writings included articles on air power versus sea power, and he proposed developing “airplane carriers to carry bombardment aviation” to replace battle- Despite the best efforts of Billy Mitchell’s to perform a convincing display of strategic airpower bombing capabilities, the USS Indiana stubbornly remained afloat in the Chesapeake Bay.
While there, however, Gorrell coordinated the AEF’s strategic planning with General Trenchard whose government ordered him to establish an independent bombardment force near Nancy to bomb German industrial centers. It was unclear whether American and French units would join Trenchard’s strategic bombardment offensive planned for the spring of 1919, but Trenchard later said 15 Roles and Missions Mitchell probably would have commanded the Allied Independent Air Force had the war lasted a few months longer.
Erich Ludendorff began his offensive in March 1918, driving deep into France toward Amiens. 53 To repair the loose operational coordination among Allied armies, the coalition governments appointed Marshal Ferdinand Foch as Supreme Allied Commander in Chief in April 1918. In his new role, Foch wielded unified command over the various national armies fighting on the Western Front. In July, Foch gave Pershing tactical control of a sector in the Chateau-Thierry region, with only one division assigned.
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