Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant.
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"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant." Foreign Affairs

"Alan Beyerchen's essay on German, British, and American work on radar is alone worth the price of the book and is a splendid demonstration of how a cultural and scientific historian can make a major contribution to military history. The description of how culture, organization, and strategic predicament shape a military's reception of a new technology is simply brilliant." Foreign Affairs

"Military Innovation in the Interwar Period offers detailed insights into how to proceed with today's revolution in militray affairs. Those who find themselves today in the same position as Moffett, Towers, Liddell Hart, and Dowding did seventy years ago will want to study this book very closely." E.G.Hoffman, Naval War College Review

"This volume should make a big impact on American military academies and staff colleges, and would also make a good graduate course reader for students who have a reasonable foundation in the otherwise daunting historiography." Brian Bond, The International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521552417
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 1,306,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Armored warfare: The British, French, and German experiences 6
2 Assault from the sea: The development of amphibious warfare between the wars - the American, British, and Japanese experiences 50
3 Strategic bombing: The British, American, and German experiences 96
4 Close air support: The German, British, and American experiences, 1918-1941 144
5 Adopting the aircraft carrier: The British, American, and Japanese case studies 191
6 Innovation ignored: The submarine problem - Germany, Britain, and the United States, 1919-1939 227
7 From radio to radar: Interwar military adaptation to technological change in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States 265
8 Innovation: Past and future 300
9 Patterns of military innovation in the interwar period 329
10 Military innovation in peacetime 369
Index 417
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