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Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

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This study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s explores differences in innovating exploitation by the seven major military powers. This volume of comparative essays investigates how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explains much of the strategic and operative performance of the Axis and Allies in World War II.
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published December 16th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1996)
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Roger Burk
Aug 02, 2010 Roger Burk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone concerned about military innovation, and with an historical turn of mind, should read this insightful book. It discusses the successes and failures in Britain, the US, Germany, the USSR, Japan, and France of various kinds of innovation between World Wars I and II: in armored warfare, close air support, strategic bombing, radar, amphibious warfare, and other areas. It provides many lessons for the present, when another transformation in warfare seems to be underway. Notably, it concludes t ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was overall an excellent book on the process and origin of military innovation between the world wars. One of the strengths of this work is that it covers different nationalities and services in a way that shows a common thread through different types of innovation. The strongest chapter was on armored warfare, and the chapters on the development of amphibious warfare, close air support and carrier aviation were all almost as compelling. A significant insight drawn by the authors was the at ...more
Martin Samuels
May 01, 2016 Martin Samuels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a number of books of essays that Williamson Murray and Allan Millett have edited, each taking a comparative look at military innovation or effectiveness during the first half of the twentieth century. As with the previous books, this volume comprises a series of essays by experts, focusing on specific aspects of the topic, which are then brought together by several essays seeking to synthesise more general lessons from the various case studies.

This volume considers the interwar pe
Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millet’s Military Innovation in the Interwar Period is an edited collection of chapters on the response by the military institutions of major world powers to technological and tactical innovations over a twenty year period between the world wars. The multinational comparative collection is comprised of a brief introduction written by Murray and Millet, followed by ten topical chapters – armored warfare, amphibious warfare, strategic bombing, close air support, airp ...more
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Found this to be a vital resource for understanding context of U.S. Navy "Code Breaking" & fast fleet oiler/tanker UNderway REPlenishment (UNREP) innovations ...

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This was an interesting book. It discusses various technological advances between WWI and WWII. I read it in regard to a paper I was writing on aircraft carriers, so that was more the chapter I focused on, but I did skim through other sections of the book. It was very detailed, but it was also dry in parts. At some point, I will finish reading the other sections of the book; I never finished it because it became due at the library where I checked it out and somebody else was waiting for it.
The case studies were easier to read than the analysis chapters.
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