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Title: Field Manual 100-20

Action: Present the following bullets as each is mentioned:

Voice: In spite of the doctrinal thinking on independent air operations and unified air striking power that occurred prior to World War Two, the U.S. entered the war with procedures that called for placing air units under the command of land commanders. This arrangement offered air commanders little flexibility in focusing airpower on theater objectives or implementing the major principles of air doctrine. However, in July of 1943, a watershed event occurred…

Action: Show an image of FM 100-20 when it is mentioned in the following narration this will be a link to the manual:

Voice: …when War Department Field Manual 100-20, or FM 100-20, Command And Employment Of Air Power, was published. This manual laid out a series of doctrinal principles for the employment of air forces, most of which remain valid today. So powerful was this document that many within the Army ground forces referred to it as the Army Air Forces’ “Declaration of Independence.”

Link to FM 100-20(opens acrobat pdf in new window): FM 100-20

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