The Strategic Bombing Campaign of the Korean War:

  • 2013

The Strategic Bombing Campaign of the Korean War:

A Comparison with World War II
Author:
Steven Hayes
Abstract:

The concept of strategic bombing and its success has been a controversial subject with both military historians and strategists. Immediately following World War II, many believed that strategic bombing had finally reached its pinnacle. The paper examines the strategic bombing campaign during the Korean War, 1950-1953, and why it was not deemed successful when compared to the bombing campaign during WWII. A holistic approach was taken to identify parallel and diverging points between the two wars including the economy, political factors, the threat of nuclear war, air superiority, and aircraft equipment. The importance of this subject rests in the idea that air power continues to play a dominant role in warfare today and that military strategists may still learn lessons from history regarding its use.