An Assessment of British Transformation in the Interwar Years
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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The British armed services poorly executed transformation efforts between the world wars resulted in few tangible improvements, especially when compared to German and Japanese advances, leaving them ill-prepared for great power conflict. This was due to insufficient political support, incoherent military strategy, and a collective mindset mired in the past. Some might argue that it is too harsh to deem the British militarys interwar efforts as a failure given an environment unfavorable for transformation and its extraordinary development of the air defense system which would be key to the nations survival during the Battle of Britain. While certainly impressive, this alone does not offset, and in fact highlights, the larger British militarys institutional shortcomings in promoting critical thinking, standing in stark contrast to the Germans and the Japanese, and to a lesser extent, the Americans.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Government and Political Science