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A peripheral weapon? : the production and employment of British tanks in the First World War

Author: David J Childs
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Series: Contributions in military studies, no. 173.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The tank was arguably the most important technological innovation that developed during World War I; however, without the support of the British Army and the allocation of important wartime resources, it would have remained merely a peripheral weapon. For far too long, the depiction of the British War Office and GHQ, France, as anti-technological and cavalry-oriented has persisted. While some historians have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Childs, David J., 1959-
Peripheral weapon?.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999
(DLC) 98047130
(OCoLC)40218762
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Childs
ISBN: 0313030243 9780313030246
OCLC Number: 55703388
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 210 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; PART I: ORGANIZATION AND PRODUCTION; 1. The Mechanical Warfare Department; 2. Production and Continuity; 3. Production and Manpower; 4. Production and Steel; PART II: OBSTACLES TO EMPLOYMENT; 5. Tanks Behind the Lines in France: Spare Parts, Salvage, and Transport; 6. The Fighting Arm; PART III: EMPLOYMENT; 7. The Search for a Tactical Doctrine of Employment; 8. The Last One Hundred Days; Conclusion; Selected Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y.
Series Title: Contributions in military studies, no. 173.
Responsibility: David J. Childs.

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Examines the role of the War Office in the deployment of the tank in World War I. The text puts forward the thesis that far from being anti-technological and cavalry-oriented, the War Office was in  Read more...

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