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Fast tanks and heavy bombers : innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917-1945

Author: David E Johnson
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1998.
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs.
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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
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Johnson, David E. (David Eugene), 1950-
Fast tanks and heavy bombers.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)607076332
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David E Johnson
ISBN: 0801434580 9780801434587 0801488478 9780801488474
OCLC Number: 38602804
Description: xii, 288 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. America, the Army, and the Great War --
2. The Tank Corps --
3. The Air Service --
4. The Army in the Aftermath of the Great War --
5. Peace and Quiet --
6. Infantry Tanks --
7. The Failed Revolution and the Evolution of Air Force --
8. The War Department --
9. From Domestic Depression to International Crusade --
10. Alternatives for Armor --
11. Autonomous Air Power --
12. A Crisis in the War Department --
13. The Arsenal of Attrition --
14. Armored Bludgeon --
15. Air Force Triumphant --
16. Coequal Land Power and Air Power.
Series Title: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Responsibility: David E. Johnson.

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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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