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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.

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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

"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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A study of major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s.

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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.

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Analyzing Military Innovation
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2008
Perhaps the most important insight this book offers is that military innovation is considerably more complex than simply building better mouse traps. The authors clearly demonstrate that the research, development, testing and evaluation (RDTE) process needed to create a... See more
Perhaps the most important insight this book offers is that military innovation is considerably more complex than simply building better mouse traps. The authors clearly demonstrate that the research, development, testing and evaluation (RDTE) process needed to create a new or improved military system is only the first step in a complex process. For such a military system to be effective, there must be corresponding changes in the tactical and strategic doctrines, training, and organizational structures that reflect the capabilities and limitations of the new system.

The history of military innovation in the twenty year period between WWI and WWII then is a complicated one filled with successes, failures, missed opportunities and brilliant theorizing. To begin with few soldiers really believed that WWI was a "war to end all wars" as did some of the more idealistic politicians of the time. They therefore begin a scramble to understand the lessons and innovations that were the result of that war. Within the ground forces serious efforts were made to understand the implications of mechanization, especially armored fighting vehicles (AFV) and motor transport, for a future war. In a similar manner the air forces struggled to understand the demonstrated capabilities of the airplane for close ground support, air superiority, and most importantly strategic bombing. The navies of the world had to struggle with the role of submarines in future wars as well as the challenges and opportunities of naval aviation as represented by aircraft carriers, float planes and the need for long range reconnaissance. All services were deeply affected as well by the clear utility of wireless radio and soon other electronic breakthroughs.

Perhaps the most interesting chapter of the book is titled , "Assault from the Sea" which really concerns the efforts by the U.S., Japan, and to a lesser extent the UK to develop the doctrines, technology, and organizational structure to conduct large scale amphibious warfare. In this case the examples from WWI served only as the starting points for some very original work. And it was the U.S. Marine Corp that took the lead in this work, in spite of severe fiscal restraints.

In spite of some weak spots this book provides valuable information on the thinking of the military and civilian visonaries of the principal participants of WWII as they attempted to build modern military forces.
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Murray and Millett on WWII Innovation
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2010
Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, Edited by Williamson R. Murray and Allan R. Millett is a very interesting little book covering a variety of technical and doctrinal innovations that were pivotal in how WWII was fought. The book is essentially a series of... See more
Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, Edited by Williamson R. Murray and Allan R. Millett is a very interesting little book covering a variety of technical and doctrinal innovations that were pivotal in how WWII was fought. The book is essentially a series of essays, each of which forms a chapter of the book and provides a detailed analysis of one technical or doctrinal issue. Doctrinal topics addressed include: Armored Warfare, Amphibious Assault, Strategic Bombing, Close Air Support. Technical issues of RADAR, Aircraft Carriers and Submarines are also examined. Finally three essays on innovation in general tie the book together thematically.

Each of the essays is written by a historian and each provides a very thorough but concise examination of its topic. I was particularly impressed with the chapter on Aircraft Carriers and the one on RADAR. The Aircraft Carrier chapter examined the parallel development tracks of the USN, the RN and the IJN. The thesis of the chapter is that the different development path taken by the RN (heavily armored flight/hanger decks which resulted in restrictions on the number of aircraft the carrier could operate) while influenced by the expectation that British Carriers would operate within the range of land based air, was primarily driven by the fact that the formation of the RAF toward the end of WWI, stripped the fleet of "air enthusiasts". Once all of the air minded naval officers transferred to the nascent RAF, there was no one left in the fleet thinking about carriers as major weapons systems in their own right. Instead the carriers were relegated to scouting and air defense roles.

Similarly, the RADAR essay Illustrates how the Germans started with a substantial lead in RADAR technology, but lost it when they failed to undertake the technical research necessary to perfect centemetric RADAR.

All in all, this was a very interesting book on a series of topics that were vitally important to WWII. However, it is a bit dry and the topics are highly technical and fairly esoteric. Although I enjoyed it, you have been warned.
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Readable and Good
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2001
This is an anthology of various articles. Generally anthologies are the pits as they tend to lack a central them and the quality will vary. These articles are generally by the authors and as such they are of an even standard. There are a number of chapters that discuss... See more
This is an anthology of various articles. Generally anthologies are the pits as they tend to lack a central them and the quality will vary. These articles are generally by the authors and as such they are of an even standard.
There are a number of chapters that discuss a range of issues from the use of Tanks to the development of the Aircraft Carrier.
The book is interesting although the area covered is naturally enormous and the amount of space that can be devoted to complex subjects is naturally limited. Despite this most of the essays are interesting and not only for what they say. In the first essay about the development of armored warfare by way of an aside the writer attacks Gueridian as a sycophant and also as a person whose reputation was largely the result of self publicity. Later the English theorists Fuller and Liddell Hart are critiqued as presenting overly schematic histories of the First World War which warped the truth to fit in with their own theories. Interestingly the essay then goes on to suggest that the first world war infantry battles were so complex that even now we struggle to understand them and for that reason it was no surprise that Douglas Haig had the problems that he did.
All in all an interesting book although again very much a starting point for the issue it covers.
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Patrick C. Roe
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Much Information and many Analyses
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2013
This books contains examples and analyses of innovations which have changed the conduct of World War II. For any career military person understanding how new devices and new idea cause the evolution of tactics, operations and strategy is fundamental to understanding... See more
This books contains examples and analyses of innovations which have changed the conduct of World War II. For any career military person understanding how new devices and new idea cause the evolution of tactics, operations and strategy is fundamental to understanding military art. It is the basis on which the tactical doctrine is built. That being so, and since this book consists of ten different essays by six different authors, it is a crying shame that both the best examples and the best analyses are scattered here and there through the book. Never the less a dedicated student will dig out the pearls. The obvious pearls in the book are the RAF''s development of an early warning and a fighter direction system, the U. S. Navy''s development of carrier operation, and the German development of what came to be called the Blitzkrieg. The German armor successes were actually an innovation base on an innovation. Early in World War I the Germans began developing, and training troops, in the "infiltration attack," a method in which small groups, squads, advancing by fire and maneuver, and bypassing strong point for following troops to deal with. It was the method Ludendorff used to accomplish a limited breakthrough in the 1918 offensive. It was the method that Von Seekt established as the basic infantry tactic of the Reichwehr in the post war army. Replacing the squads with tanks was the innovation that created the Blitzkrieg. It took the Allied armies, including our own, another twenty years to adopt both innovations. Military Innovation in the Interwar Period
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Excellent book
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A collection essays about military innovation between WW1 and WW2 that covers how the US, Britain, Japan and Germany took the lessons of WW1 and applied them to military planning for armor, amphibious warfare, strategic bombing, close... See more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. A collection essays about military innovation between WW1 and WW2 that covers how the US, Britain, Japan and Germany took the lessons of WW1 and applied them to military planning for armor, amphibious warfare, strategic bombing, close air support, submarines,naval aviation, and radio and radar. The main emphasis was on the concepts involved in each and how each country did or did not understand, at least in part, the implications of the technology, and then integrated it into the planning, training, and development of that arm into the whole of the military structure. The authors don''t go into a lot of detail concerning the arms themselves, and spend most of the time discussing the above. Really enjoyed reading this book.
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Great Read, in-depth study
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2016
This book was written as a study to draw attention to the decisions at the various levels of warfare (tactical, operational, and strategic) that led to success and failure of those countries involved in WWII. Before reading this book I would watch WWII movies wondering... See more
This book was written as a study to draw attention to the decisions at the various levels of warfare (tactical, operational, and strategic) that led to success and failure of those countries involved in WWII. Before reading this book I would watch WWII movies wondering why certain tactics were not being utilized. Well, this book answers many of those questions and a whole lot more. Great Read, in-depth study, and well researched as it provides invaluable incite of how innovation influenced operations on land, in the air, and at sea.
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Very interesting look at military tactics between the wars
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2014
This is a book that looks at a variety of important tactics between the wars. It also looks at the militaries that were involved with those tactics development. It also takes a look at how militaries innovate and why some succeed and others fail. It is a just read for... See more
This is a book that looks at a variety of important tactics between the wars. It also looks at the militaries that were involved with those tactics development. It also takes a look at how militaries innovate and why some succeed and others fail. It is a just read for any WW 2 fan. Any one in the military who works with change would get a lot out of the book. Also anyone working in a bureaucracy would also like it. It is very interesting from many perspectives: military, history, innovation, or how to affect change.
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Cerebal Study of Pre War Military Preps
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2015
A collection of essays on Military developments amongst the future major combatants of WW2.
Specifics are slim,more of a conceptual study,and decidedly dry in places.
Reads more like a college text book at the service academies.
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軍事的イノベーションの集大成
Reviewed in Japan on January 5, 2004
この本は、編集者のマリー博士はじめ欧米の著名な軍事史専門家たちが、第一次大戦終了後から第二次大戦が始まるまでの平和な20年間(戦間期とも呼ばれています)に、欧米列強が軍事的イノベーションのためにどのようなことに努力し、あるいは全く努力を怠ったのかと言う観点でケーススタディを行ったものです。第一次大戦は悲惨な戦争でしたが、戦訓に対する戦後の取り組みは各国まちまちでした。その中でもドイツは、厳しい軍備制限の中で母国生存のために電撃戦や近接航空支援などの理論を発展させていきます。その努力はすさまじい限りと言ってもよいでしょう。そのほかにも戦略爆撃や水...See more
この本は、編集者のマリー博士はじめ欧米の著名な軍事史専門家たちが、第一次大戦終了後から第二次大戦が始まるまでの平和な20年間(戦間期とも呼ばれています)に、欧米列強が軍事的イノベーションのためにどのようなことに努力し、あるいは全く努力を怠ったのかと言う観点でケーススタディを行ったものです。第一次大戦は悲惨な戦争でしたが、戦訓に対する戦後の取り組みは各国まちまちでした。その中でもドイツは、厳しい軍備制限の中で母国生存のために電撃戦や近接航空支援などの理論を発展させていきます。その努力はすさまじい限りと言ってもよいでしょう。そのほかにも戦略爆撃や水陸両用戦、そして日本の空母機動部隊のことも書かれており、各章ごとに読んでもきわめて参考になること請け合いです。RMAというと何か大きな出来事のように思えますが、この本を読むと実は組織の下位レベルでもイノベーションを創造できることがよくわかります。
この本は、編集者のマリー博士はじめ欧米の著名な軍事史専門家たちが、第一次大戦終了後から第二次大戦が始まるまでの平和な20年間(戦間期とも呼ばれています)に、欧米列強が軍事的イノベーションのためにどのようなことに努力し、あるいは全く努力を怠ったのかと言う観点でケーススタディを行ったものです。第一次大戦は悲惨な戦争でしたが、戦訓に対する戦後の取り組みは各国まちまちでした。その中でもドイツは、厳しい軍備制限の中で母国生存のために電撃戦や近接航空支援などの理論を発展させていきます。その努力はすさまじい限りと言ってもよいでしょう。そのほかにも戦略爆撃や水陸両用戦、そして日本の空母機動部隊のことも書かれており、各章ごとに読んでもきわめて参考になること請け合いです。RMAというと何か大きな出来事のように思えますが、この本を読むと実は組織の下位レベルでもイノベーションを創造できることがよくわかります。
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