Virtual Lecture: The Role of Airpower in the Six-Day War
07 October 2021
At 6PM on Thursday 7 October, Christina Chatzitheodorou will explore the role of airpower in the Six-Day War.
This free Virtual lecture will be hosted online via Crowdcast.
Please Note: This lecture was originally scheduled to be held at the RAF Museum, London on 1 October, we apologise if the change causes any inconvenience.
Air power is often credited with playing a decisive role in the 1967 war between Israel and the Arab states. This talk will argue, however, that although Air Power played an important role, it was not the decisive cause of the Israeli Defense Force’s success in the war.
The lecture will demonstrate the role of airpower in the war — the Israeli air force managed to destroy most of the Egyptian aircraft — securing the air superiority required for the Israeli army to engage in harsh fighting on the ground. However, it should be noted that the role of the IAF have been exaggerated in terms of how decisive they were.
A myth surrounding the role of airpower in the 1967 War is that by securing air supremacy, the Arab armies were unable to send reinforcements to the Sinai or the West Bank completely, and by extension, the airpower was the decisive point in the campaign. In addition, the majority of IAF’s strikes were directed against logistics rather than the ground forces themselves. As Dr. Pollack argues, the main impact of the Israeli Air Force was not the physical damage but the psychological one.
The IAF’s significant role was in confusing the Arab armies and causing paralysis due to fear for future attacks. Moreover, the reasons for the successful campaign will be addressed. Even though the airpower played a significant role, wars are won by armies on the ground; this lecture will demonstrate that success in the Six Day War rested on the superior tactical performance of the Israeli ground forces.
The lecture will take place virtually on Thursday 7 October 2021.
Please note this lecture will begin at 6.00pm.
This lecture is free of charge and available to watch remotely. Booking is quick and easy:
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About Christina Chatzitheodorou
Christina Chatzitheodorou has recently completed an MA at King’s College London and will begin a PhD in 2021. Her research areas include irregular warfare, focusing on the Middle East region, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and airpower. She previously studied International Relations in Athens while conducting research at the Institute of International Relations in the sector of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. Christina’s research focus includes the comparative study of civil wars, the foreign policy of Greece, regional conflicts during the period of the Cold War, the War Phenomenon in the Modern World, the Grand strategy in the 21st c., and Greek-Turkish relations. Furthermore, she represented Greece in the TILIP Symposium 2020 about Genocide and Mass Atrocities. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently while she is learning Turkish, Hebrew, and Russian at the moment.