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1 One of the more recent experiences had to do with the origins of US Air Force (USAF) tactical air doctrine in the World War II campaign in North Africa, the 50th anniversary of which has recently reached us. A common image over the last 50 years has been that an infant US air arm stumbled into the big leagues against Erwin Rommel, with no clue as to the rules of the game. The image also contains the notion that US Army airmen quickly showed their ignorance until the RAF came to their rescue with a proper doctrine and leadership.
B. , “Land/Air Operations in North West Africa,” RAF Historical Journal 9, 49, 52. , 1989). , The Army Air Forces in World War II, 7 vols. : Office of Air Force History, 1983), vol. 3, 807. 74 J. M. Ramsden, “Gulf Air War,” Aerospace 18, no. 3 (March 1991): 4. 75 John Gooch, “‘Hidden in the Rock’: American Military Perceptions of Great Britain, 1919-1940,” in War. Strategy, and International Politics: Essays in Honor of Sir Michael Howard, ed. Lawrence Freedman et al. (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1992), 172-73.
Eisenhower took the advice and canceled the II Corps plan for an offensive toward Sfax and instructed it to remain on the defensive. 26 For us, the point is that the activities of II Corps and its XII Air Support Command had probably not yet developed sufficiently to be a major cause of the reorganization and centralization decisions made at Casablanca. Just What Was Learned from the RAF? I have already argued on what was not learned from the RAF by the American airmen. Exactly what were some of the things they did learn?