A Peripheral Weapon?: The Production and Employment of British Tanks in the First World War

A Peripheral Weapon?: The Production and Employment of British Tanks in the First World War

by David J. Childs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313308322

ISBN-13: 9780313308321

Pub. Date: 09/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The tank was arguably the most important technological innovation that developed during World War I; however, without the support of the British Army and the allocation of important wartime resources, it would have remained merely a peripheral weapon. For far too long, the depiction of the British War Office and GHQ, France, as anti-technological and

Overview

The tank was arguably the most important technological innovation that developed during World War I; however, without the support of the British Army and the allocation of important wartime resources, it would have remained merely a peripheral weapon. For far too long, the depiction of the British War Office and GHQ, France, as anti-technological and cavalry-oriented has persisted. While some historians have recently challenged this view, much of the traditional versus progressive school of thought, in regard to the production and employment of the tank, still survives. By posing the question: was the tank a peripheral weapon? this work reveals the vital role of the War Office in the production and employment of this stunning new weapon.

The War Office was behind the creation of the original Tank Committee, the New or Advisory Tank Committee, the Tank Directorate and the Tank Board. It was these bodies, particularly the Tank Board, established in 1918, that facilitated the crucially important liaison between the users of tanks in France and the producers at the Ministry of Munitions. Without War Office involvement in this way, without its continued orders for more and better tanks, and without the consistently high priority status accorded to tank production by General Haig, it is inconceivable that the tank would have reached the level of technical sophistication, and therefore usefulness, that it had by late 1918.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313308321
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1999
Series:
Contributions in Military Studies Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Organization and Production

The Mechanical Warfare Department

Production and Continuity

Production and Manpower

Production and Steel

Obstacles to Employment

Behind the Lines in France: Spare Parts, Salvage, and Transport

The Fighting Arm

Employment

The Search for a Tactical Doctrine

The Last One Hundred Days

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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