Britain's War Machine: Weapons, Resources, and Experts in by David Edgerton

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By David Edgerton

The widely used picture of the British within the moment global battle is that of the plucky underdog taking up German could. David Edgerton's daring, compelling new historical past indicates the clash in a brand new gentle, with Britain as a truly filthy rich kingdom, ambitious in fingers, ruthless in pursuit of its pursuits, and in control of an international creation method. instead of belittled through a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's so much complex mechanized forces. It had not just an exceptional empire, yet allies huge and small.

Edgerton indicates that Britain fought on many fronts and its many domestic fronts stored it quite good provided with guns, foodstuff and oil, permitting it to mobilize to a rare quantity. It created and deployed an enormous empire of machines, from the standard tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in immense factories across the world. Scientists and engineers invented new guns, inspired through a central authority and best minister passionate about the newest applied sciences. The British, certainly Churchillian, imaginative and prescient of struggle and modernity was once challenged through repeated defeat by the hands of much less well-equipped enemies. but the result used to be a vindication of this imaginative and prescient. just like the usa, a robust Britain gained an inexpensive victory, whereas others paid a very good rate.

Putting assets, machines and specialists on the center of a world instead of simply imperial tale, Britain's conflict laptop demolishes timeworn myths approximately wartime Britain and offers us a groundbreaking and infrequently unsettling photograph of an exceptional energy in motion.

"A lovely booktold with authority, readability and compelling energy."
--James Holland, writer of The conflict of england
"Absolutely attention-grabbing. This ebook will make you're thinking that in a different way approximately Britain's position within the moment global War."
--Laurence Rees, writer of Auschwitz: The Nazis and the "Final Solution"
"A striking fulfillment. He re-envisions Britain's function within the moment global conflict and with it Britain's position in modernity. The interval won't ever glance an identical again."
--Adam Tooze, writer of The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

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Hessell-Tiltman Prize Nominee (2012)

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But Germany had twice the population, meaning it had about half the national income per head of Britain. Germany would have to spend roughly twice as much as Britain just to keep its population going with basic supplies like food and other irreducible items. This would leave it with less, both relatively and absolutely, to spend on armaments and armed forces. 6 The optimistic view of the underlying economic power of the Allies and indeed of Britain survived the beginning of the war, and more surprisingly still, as we shall see in the next chapter, the fall of France in 1940.

The particular problem of detecting attacking aircraft was dealt with in many ways. 98 The feasibility of radar (or rather radio-location as it was then known) for aircraft detection was very quickly established in 1935 in experiments using a large radio transmitter. The reaction was dramatic. A development laboratory was set up in the same year, working mainly for the air force, but also for the army, and naval radar got going very quickly too. By 1940 Britain had a network of radar stations to detect incoming aircraft; some radar sets aboard aircraft; and radar-controlled guns for antiaircraft gun batteries and for ships’ guns.

95 The Eagle was the only one which went into even small 38 T h e A ssu r a n c e o f V i c to ry production, the last piston engine aero-engine from Rolls-Royce. 96 The Merlin was an inline engine using poppet valves which was developed from 1932. Troubled at first, it was to prove very adaptable, becoming the most made British engine of the war, defying the expectations of the 1930s. 97 At the end of the war Britain had three sleeve-valved engines in use, compared to none in Germany and the USA, whose largest engines with the power of the Centaurus and Sabre, such as the Wright Duplex Cyclone (R-3350) of the B-29 bomber and the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp, retained the poppet valve.

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