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By Stephen Budiansky

No unmarried human invention has remodeled struggle greater than the airplane—not even the atomic bomb. Even earlier than the Wright Brothers’ first flight, predictions abounded of the devastating and negative outcomes this new invention could have as an engine of battle. hovering over the battlefield, the aircraft turned an unstoppable strength that left no spot in the world secure from assault. Drawing on wrestle memoirs, letters, diaries, archival documents, museum collections, and eyewitness bills by means of the boys who fought—and the boys who constructed the step forward innovations and concepts—acclaimed writer Stephen Budiansky weaves a brilliant and dramatic account of the airplane’s innovative transformation of contemporary warfare.

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Toynbee (London: Oxford University Press, 1958), 319–63; and idem, “Partitioned Yugoslavia,” in Toynbee and Toynbee, 648–73. 8. For geographic details of the Axis partition, see The Times Atlas of the Second World War, ed. : Crescent Books, 1995). 9. Bennett, 43–46. 10. Among many biographical studies of Tito, see especially Stevan Pavlowitch, Yugoslavia’s Great Dictator: Tito, a Reassessment ( L o n d o n : Hurst, 1992). 11. See Bennett, chap. 4; and Woodward, chap. 2. On postwar Yugosla via’s economic system, see also Dennison Rusinow, The Yugoslav Experim e n t , 1 9 4 8 – 1 9 7 4 (London: Hurst, 1977).

On 25 and 26 May, NATO aircraft attacked ammunition storage sites in Pale , t h e B o s n i a n S e r b capital. 6 5 The Serbs responded as they had to previous air strikes, by taking 370 UN peacekeepers hostage, and placed many of them at strategic locations as human shields to deter further NATO air strikes. The bombing ceased, and by 18 J u n e t h e S e r b s had released all of the hostages. UNPROFOR redeployed the rest of its outlying units to protect them from capture by the BSA in similar circumstances in the future.

4 6 This ten dency towards chaos was further exacerbated by the fact that each army had only a limited ability to control the actions of many of its component units, especially—but not only—those consisting of paramilitary thugs. As a result, forces in the field often ignored cease-fire or safe-passage agreements made by s e n i o r c o m m a n d e r s , a n d a l t h o u g h m a n y a t r o c i t i e s were car ried out with the approval or knowledge of central authorities, m a n y o t h e r s p r o b a b l y w e r e n o t .

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