Factors Of Military Innovation During The Interwar Period

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The interwar period, which separated World War I (WWI) from World War II (WWII) is characterized as the period between 1918-1939. During this time, the world witnessed profound changes in how technologically advanced military organizations would fight. Often overlooked though, are other contributing factors that hindered innovation during the period. Much like any time in history, countries were faced with challenges, threats and opportunities. It is the tension, which is nothing more than an obstacle, between the interworking dynamic of these factors – which drives innovation – that will be examined during the interwar period. The most significant obstacles to military innovation during the interwar period are socioeconomic factors, poor military leadership and the disjointedness between operational concepts and technological advancement. The first major obstacle to military innovation was the global socioeconomic state of affairs. In Britain for example, from 1920 through 1939, the general mood of the public was that of antiwar and antimilitary. Isolationism prevailed and national willingness to invest financial resources into defense was minimal. These factors especially had a major impact on British ground warfare. At the conclusion of WWI Britain had led the world in every aspect of ground warfare: theory, technology, personnel and experience. Poor funding and other factors to be covered later, let it all slip away. These problems however, weren’t

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