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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
'CONTRA SEVERSKY': Review article of Capt Ferdinand Otto Miksche's book, Is bombing decisive?
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Inter Avia, [Swiss aviation journal]

Administrative / Biographical history

Lt Col Ferdinand Otto Miksche, 11 Apr 1904-23 Dec 1992, was a soldier and a diplomat, an expert in central European politics, a military strategist, and a prolific writer on military affairs. Miksche's reputation as a military theorist flourished with the publication of Blitzkrieg (Faber and Faber, London, 1941) and Is bombing decisive? (Allen and Unwin, London, 1943). In London, he was a staff officer with Gen Charles André Joseph Marie De Gaulle's Free French forces and a regular military commentator for the London Times. His book Is bombing decisive?, or Contra Seversky as it was known in the United States, attracted attention in Britain and the United States due to its condemnation of the air power theories of Russian-American author Maj Alexander Prokofiev Seversky.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre in 1965 by the Department of Manuscripts, British Museum via Professor Michael Howard, Department of War Studies, King's College, London

Content & structure

Scope and content

Typescript copy of a review article of Capt Ferdinand Otto Mikshe's book Is bombing decisive? or Contra Seversky, as it was known in the United States, originally published on 16 Oct 1943 in the Swiss journal Inter Avia, and subsequently copied by the Ministry of Aircraft Production, possibly for the inter-servcies journal, Aircraft Recognition, 22 May 1944

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Compiled Oct 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Chemical actions and uses
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  • Military aircraft
  • Military engineering
  • Military theory
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  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • Vehicles
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Personal names

  • Gaulle, Charles André Joseph Marie, De, 1890-1970, French General and statesman
  • Miksche, Ferdinand Otto, 1904-1992, French Lieutenant Colonel and military theorist
  • Seversky, Alexander Prokofiev, 1894-1974, Russian aircraft manufacturer and military theorist

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