Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

by Williamson R. Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521552419

ISBN-13: 9780521552417

Pub. Date: 07/01/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike down to the strengths of their companies and battalions and the designs of their battleships and cruisers. Differences were of degree rather than essence. During the interwar period, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This study of major…  See more details below

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In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike down to the strengths of their companies and battalions and the designs of their battleships and cruisers. Differences were of degree rather than essence. During the interwar period, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in innovating exploitation by the six major military powers. The comparative essays investigate how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explain much of the strategic and operational performance of the Axis and Allies in World War II. The essays focus on several instances of how military services developed new technology and weapons and incorporated them into their doctrine, organization, and styles of operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521552417
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Armored warfare: The British, French, and German experiences6
2Assault from the sea: The development of amphibious warfare between the wars - the American, British, and Japanese experiences50
3Strategic bombing: The British, American, and German experiences96
4Close air support: The German, British, and American experiences, 1918-1941144
5Adopting the aircraft carrier: The British, American, and Japanese case studies191
6Innovation ignored: The submarine problem - Germany, Britain, and the United States, 1919-1939227
7From radio to radar: Interwar military adaptation to technological change in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States265
8Innovation: Past and future300
9Patterns of military innovation in the interwar period329
10Military innovation in peacetime369
Index417

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