By Brett Steele
Analyzes the contrasting army responses of varied militaries to the interior combustion engine among global battle I and global conflict II to light up winning options and techniques to reengineering.
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Added to that, General Billy Mitchell was a master of public relations. He demonstrated this by violating the Navy’s rules to heighten the drama of the Ostfriesland bombing and then by performing mock air raids on New York and Annapolis. His carefully constructed media image of a progressive David ﬁghting against entrenched bureaucratic Goliaths was another tactic that won broad popular support for his vision of strategic air power. By cooperating, if not competing, with the Navy in coastal-defense duties, the Army Air Corps also attempted to whittle down Congress’s mistrust of its blatantly oﬀensive military orientation.
They were particularly impressed with the British armored warfare experiments of the late 1920s. ” Finally, there were cavalry oﬃcers, such as Colonel Edmunds and General Chaﬀee, who maintained that reconnaissance and long-range raids behind enemy lines were their ultimate missions, not horseback riding. There were also many perceptive American oﬃcers who rejected the mechanized-artillery theories—supposedly implied by the Spanish Civil War and championed by General McNair—that antitank destroyers were the most eﬀective means of stopping tank oﬀenses.
They strenuously objected to any attempt to establish an independent tank arm, such as the Mechanized Force of 1930–31. They also pointed to improvements in antitank weaponry as justiﬁcation for keeping tanks wedded to an infantry-support role. 27 Moreover, Chaﬀee and other pro-armor cavalry oﬃcers only proposed an armored cavalry doctrine that preserved the traditional cavalry processes of reconnaissance and raiding. Kromer’s replacement, John Herr, went one step further by insisting that cavalry mechanization would be tolerated only if there were a corresponding increase in horsemen.
Military Reengineering Between the World Wars by Brett Steele