Armor Advancement During Interwar Periods


Armor Advances during the Interwar Years

Certain sounds bring fear to the battlefield.   First the sound of war; a shotguns “rack” as it loads, the sound of a machineguns “rack” as it loads in preparation for firing (and also when it fires!), the sound of an artillery shell coming towards you, the sound of Armor starting up and the “tracks” moving your direction.   These are the sounds of war.   For Infantry, the Armor was the sound they feared the most.   The sound they could not run from.   These are the sounds that bring fear to men, fear to Armies and certain death to many.   The direction of warfare during the interwar years developed all of these into more lethal killing machines, but none were developed and used as well as the Tank, Armor changed the face of modern warfare.   It was the true difference between World War I and World War II.
The face of war was changing.   The 1920’s with the industrial revolution was not limited just to America.   Western European leaders identified rapidly changing technology would take future warfare in a new and different direction then ever before.   Cambrai, the initial armored warfare of World War I, lessons learned proved the basis for developing Armor further.   Even though others had promise of great advances, air power, sea power, artillery and others, during this period, armor symbolized the greatest impending change to the technique of war.   Great Western leaders including those of Britain, France and Germany recognized this need.   They all viewed it slightly differently, but all were sure that armored warfare was the key to the future.   By comparing Britain and Germany in armored warfare, Germany was the leader regarding innovation throughout the interwar years, greater prepared and more skillful in armored warfare at the start of World War II.   What facilitated Germany’s innovation was their ability to perform in-depth analysis of prior wars, political support, forward vision, and a reinvigoration of their...