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Charney, Michael W. (2024) 'Theory and Practice of Armored War during the Two World Wars.' In: Roy, Kaushik and Charney, Michael W., (eds.), Routledge Handbook of the Global History of Warfare. London: Routledge.

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From a technology that was practically non-existent prior to World War I, the tank had emerged by the end of World War II as the main battle weapon of land armies, as it has remained until the present. Tanks reoriented all other branches of the military into support functions for armour and became a measure of the strength and prowess of conventional armed forces. Yet, along the way it faced continual obstacles and resistance due to limitations of vision, conservative expenditures, and misunderstandings of lessons learned in battle. Ultimately, it was a weapon that only progressed due to the efforts of individual pioneers in multiple countries who each pushed for its advancement.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
ISBN: 9781138345386
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Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 17:04

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