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Title: Douhet’s Impact

Action: Another portrait of Douhet appears screen left while links to the pop-up boxes, “Influence in Italy” and “Influence on the United States,” appear on the bottom right of the screen, below a graphic of a World War 1 era plane. Following is the text of the pop-up boxes:

Influence in Italy:
His influence on Italy was quite significant, in that he helped bring about the development of an air ministry and separate air force under Mussolini. Colonel Billy Mitchell shared many of Douhet’s beliefs and also corresponded with Count Caproni (who was closely associated with Douhet in the articulation of his theory) on airpower employment. The communication between many of the early theorists promoted a vital dialogue in formulating ideas on airpower.
Influence on the United States:

Voice: Douhet’s theories regarding airpower had a significant impact on many nations during his time. Again, the impact of Douhet’s theories can be viewed by rolling your cursor over the bullets.

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