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Raising Churchill’s ArmyThe British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945$
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David French

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246304

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246304.001.0001

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Weapons and Equipment

Weapons and Equipment

(p.81) Chapter Three Weapons and Equipment
Raising Churchill’s Army

David French

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the weakness of the British Army's weapons and equipment during Britain's war with Germany in 1939. Most of the equipment used by the British Army during World War 2 were designed primarily to meet the demands of colonial warfare and gave priority to mobility over firepower. And when this weakness was recognized, the design and development of new weapons did not proceed smoothly. It was impeded by three key factors. These include the army's large stockpiles for World War I vintage weapons, the rapid rate of technological progress, and the army's clumsy system of overseeing the design and development process.

Keywords:   weapons, military equipment, British Army, World War 2, Germany, weapons development

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