JEREMY BLACK    Book Number: 80790    Product format: Hardback

The period between the wars is often seen as a time of learning from the mistakes and successes of World War I and preparation for the next global conflict. But Black argues that British political and military interests were far less focused than this would suggest. In the 1920s and 30s the task for Britain was to maintain imperial control and influence in wars outside Europe, dealing with rebellions in the British colonies of Iraq, India and Palestine, and to tackle the problems of defending them against outside incursions. At the same time a Japanese threat to British positions in the Far East was arising. Even in the thirties it was far from clear that air power would be the decisive factor in achieving victory in the coming conflict with Germany, since the Japanese advance into China and the Italian occupation of Abyssinia did nothing to undermine resistance on the ground. The result was that Britain concentrated on naval defences and on reinforcing local garrisons. The author argues that it was not surprising that with the advent of World War II, the British military had not foreseen the need for tanks and ground-support planes to counter the German blitzkrieg, and it was this element of surprise which enabled Germany to occupy France at the start of the War. The author's analysis concentrates on small-scale global warfare in this military history from a new angle. 304pp.
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