British Military Technology in the Interwar Years

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The period after World War I was known as the Interwar period. During this time nations such as France, the United States, Russia, and even Germany made changes in their armed forces. The changes included the reduction of force structure to technological improvements in weaponry. Britain became a leader among nations in military, particularly Army or ground innovations during the interwar years. Their ingenuity led to other nations taking all or some of the ideas to improve upon or add to their army. However, Britain's army was unable to achieve greatness from their innovations in armored warfare during the Inter-War period because of political constraints and an inability to foresee their future needs. We are all aware of the controversies surrounding the Treaty of Versailles and the End of World War I. Historically, most scholars believe that the treaty significantly contributed to events that would ultimately unfold as World War II and was ultimately unsatisfactory to all sides. Despite the agreement of war reparations to be paid, the Interwar period in Britain was devastating from an economic perspective. Prior to the War, Britain could simply not conceive of a world in which it was not at the apex of power. The cost of the war to all participants was, of course, devastating. Britain experienced almost 1 million deaths, or a bit over 2.2% of its population, with another 1.6 million wounded. Another 36,000 colonials died, which also had an effect on the economic welfare
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