Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

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Williamson R. Murray, Allan R. Millett
Cambridge University Press, Aug 13, 1998 - History - 428 pages
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In 1914, the armies and navies that faced each other were alike right 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, however, the armed forces grew increasingly asymmetrical, developing different approaches to the same problems. This 1996 study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in exploitation by the seven major military powers. The comparative essays investigate how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explain much of the strategic and operative 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, organisation and styles of operations.

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About the author (1998)

Williamson Murray is the author of a wide selection of articles and books, including, with Allan R. Millett, the acclaimed "A War to Be Won", and has held numerous distinguished academic chairs.

Millett is Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Professor of Military History at The Ohio State University.

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