This World War II Battle Gave Rise to 'Victory through Air Power'

September 16, 2017 Topic: History Region: Europe Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: World War IIMediterraneanNazisHitlerMussoliniAir PowerU.S. Air Force

This World War II Battle Gave Rise to 'Victory through Air Power'

The battle for the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria was an easy, but important, Allied victory.

It was not until half a century later that the promise of air power first revealed at Pantelleria was finally realized. From March to June 1999, NATO air power in Operation Allied Force caused Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo after 38 days of intensive bombing with precision munitions.

Generals Arnold, Spaatz, and Doolittle would have been proud.

This article by Jeff Patton originally appeared on Warfare History Network.

Image: U.S. Air Force