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David E Johnson

Cornell Studies in Security Affairs: Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers (Hardcover)

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<p>The U.S. Army entered World War II unprepared. In addition, lacking Germany's blitzkrieg approach of coordinated armor and air power, the army was organized to fight two wars: one on the ground and one in the air. Previous commentators have blamed Congressional funding and public apathy for the army's unprepared state. David E. Johnson believes instead that the principal causes were internal: army culture and bureaucracy, and their combined impact on the development of weapons and doctrine.Johnson examines the U.S. Army's innovations for both armor and aviation between the world wars, arguing that the tank became a captive of the conservative infantry and cavalry branches, while the airplane's development was channeled by air power insurgents bent on creating an independent air force. He maintains that as a consequence, the tank's potential was hindered by the traditional arms, while air power advocates focused mainly on proving the decisiveness of strategic bombing, neglecting the mission of tactical support for ground troops. Minimal interaction between ground and air officers resulted in insufficient cooperation between armored forces and air forces.<i>Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers</i> makes a major contribution to a new understanding of both the creation of the modern U.S. Army and the Army's performance in World War II. The book also provides important insights for future military innovation.</p>

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The U.S. Army entered World War II unprepared. In addition, lacking Germany's blitzkrieg approach of coordinated armor and air power, the army was organized to fight two wars: one on the ground and one in the air. Previous commentators have blamed Congressional funding and public apathy for the army's unprepared state. David E. Johnson believes instead that the principal causes were internal: army culture and bureaucracy, and their combined impact on the development of weapons and doctrine.Johnson examines the U.S. Army's innovations for both armor and aviation between the world wars, arguing that the tank became a captive of the conservative infantry and cavalry branches, while the airplane's development was channeled by air power insurgents bent on creating an independent air force. He maintains that as a consequence, the tank's potential was hindered by the traditional arms, while air power advocates focused mainly on proving the decisiveness of strategic bombing, neglecting the mission of tactical support for ground troops. Minimal interaction between ground and air officers resulted in insufficient cooperation between armored forces and air forces.Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers makes a major contribution to a new understanding of both the creation of the modern U.S. Army and the Army's performance in World War II. The book also provides important insights for future military innovation.

Johnson examines the U.S. Army's Innovations for both armor and aviation between the world wars, arguing that the tank became a captive of the conservative infantry and cavalry branches, while the airplane's development was channeled by air power insurgents bent on creating an independent air force. He maintains that as a consequence, the tank's potential was hindered by the traditional arms, while air power advocates focused mainly on proving the decisiveness of strategic bombing, neglecting the mission of tactical support for ground troops. Minimal interaction between ground and air officers resulted in insufficient cooperation between armored forces and air forces. Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers makes a major contribution to a new understanding of both the creation of the modern U.S. Army and the Army's performance In World War II. The book also provides important insights for future military innovation.

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Language
English
Series Title
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
David E Johnson
Title
Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers
ISBN-13
9780801434587
Publication Date
December, 1998
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0801434580

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The First World War ab...

The First World War abruptly propelled the US Army into the 20th Century. One of the main questions was how to deal with new technologies, mainly tanks and aircraft. More specifically, the Army faced the question whether to integrate these weapons within the traditional structure, or to develop a dedicated around these technologies. The book describes these struggles and how finally both technologies acquired a certain autonomy. During these discussions, the doctrine for use of tanks and aircraft were developed, which in turn determined the kind of hardware that was produced: relatively light exploitation tanks and heavy self defending bombers. When the test of battle came, neither of these concepts worked exactly as advertised, and tactics had to be adapted to compensate for the shortcomings of the weapons themselves. The author deals mainly with organisational matters, ie how aircraft and tanks fit in the general scheme of the army, and the theories of their use. It is not a history of tank and aircraft units, nor of the technology itself. Although there is plenty of analysis, it is also, in the words of a reviewer 'densely factual'. This means that there a lot of who did what when, which can make it heavy going at times.

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