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Field Manual 100-20: The ‘Declaration of Independence’ for tactical airpower
Royal Air Force Air Marshal Arthur Tedder (left) and RAF Air Marshal Arthur Coningham, the architects of the ‘centralized control, decentralized execution’ concept, used with great success in North Africa after 1941 and later adopted by the U.S. Army Air Forces in its FM 100-20, The Command and Employment of Air Power, published in July 1943. (Courtesy photo)