[Britains War Machine] ´ [FREE] BY David Edgerton – doctorio.us
Y twentieth century and very English assumption that nly white peoples in Europe countries count strategicallyIf legeandary Kiwi born catoonist David Low is a good example it also rested n the very colonial England worship f the rest Diaries of a College Girl of us Britons elsewhere in defferential perennially small minded uartersf the empire If the Anglo American Atlanticists have written us The Wallace and Gromit A Close Shave Pop-Up Book outf Becoming The Bride: Gender Swap Erotica our central role in world history we venly been too keen to helpMost bizarrely it rests n a peculiarly un English underrating f the strategic weight f sea power the Royal Navy was never seriously challenged by Germany and as long as it controlled Europe s coastline it was the Europe under economic siege not the British Isles The U boat threat famously at least among RCN sailors claimed by Churchill as the nly thing which really worried him can be disposed f with some solid data for the reliability f food imports the U Boats were always threat than blow the marine euivalent Tiffany Girl of V1 and V2 rocketry Their destruction was spectacular but not strategically decisive in a war attrition Allied shipyards were always certain to win Meanwhile the RN home fleet s blockadef Nazi Europe put far serious constraint One Cause, Many Ailments: The Leaky Gut Syndrome: What It Is and How It May Be Affecting Your Health on Axis access to resources as the economic data here bearut and was so complete it was never even contested even by the great Bismark Perhaps modern media are part Cutting Edge Marketing Analytics: Real World Cases and Data Sets for Hands On Learning (FT Press Analytics) of the problem battlefleets that rarely fight suffer from an availability problem to radio listeners we don t hear about them much so they don t seem to matter In fact strategicutcomes are not incremmental sum Paolo and Panetto ofperations war is not tennis and the winner Vivien Leigh of the most battles does not necessarily winverall at all It s unwise to make strategy by publicity but that is generally the scheme By the Book of democracies historiography at very leastIn reality George VI s realm has to be graded the favourite to prevail throughout the conflict and was much stronger than generally realised both in its materieln hand the industrial mass The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of war production and technological sophistication On this too Low s typical chagrin another 1940 cartoon juxtoposing planes and tanks with a threadbear infantryman lists the score as Machines 1 Heroes 0 was merely compounding the conventional wisdom already shared by the Whitehall elite and as Edgerton documents reflected in British resources allocation for years already The reason the Home Guard was so notoriously shortf rifles was not unreadiness but the higher priority f heavy mechanisation in lieu f small arms Our idea f a bankrupt late empire Britain as technologically superior to the vigourous youthfull America bscures the reality that so much technology transfer actually flowed the ther way In radar and sonar in intelligence cryptography and f course n the atomic bomb the main result f US entry into the war was to enable the Americans to take tutelage catch up and modernize Yet even at the time the image f Britain as a faltering dinosaur dominated public perception n both sides For Edgerton paradoxical paranoia about falling behind in weapons science is what may well have drove investment in secret weapons and war machines an investment at least The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel on par with Hitler s better known secret weapon mania and arguably anverinvestmentBy extension to the Social Democratic era that followed Edgerton shows how crucial wartime mobilisation and militarism really was in the drift leftward not a welfare state so much as a warfare state This crucial idea the social progressivity f the military industrial complex is not ne the contemporary pseudo pacifist left is keen to entertain Beveridge et al were building not a Welfare State but a Warfare State in his words emphatically in context relative to totalitarianism ie not a social safety net so much as a harness to mobilize total employment to the task at hand Self sufficiency in lieu Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of tradenly really makes sense as a lingering UK value in strategic termsHere the idea that the British Empire could have won World War II in Europe unilaterally without any American intervention at all is credibly presented than I ve ever seen The hoards may accuse him The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory of nationalism but I think they re missing the point he s rescuing the visibilityf the country which actually fought the war The Empire and revealing what a novelty the UK nation state and its islander national identity really is a Britishness explicitly exclusive f Anglo Canadians Australians and the rest was a novelty indeed Whereas at the time
as ne f Edgerton s wiser 1940 Punch cartoons has it We stand alone nly the billion and a one f Edgerton s wiser 1940 Punch cartoons has it We stand alone nly the billion and a Practical Ventriloquism of us So why not some revisionismn 1940 So much f the conventional narrative comes from Churchill himself by which he emerges as the preiminent hero that it s hard to say what else we would expect him to tell us Judged by their full participation in the Nterests and sitting at the heart f a global production systemThe British indeed Churchillian vision f war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat by less well euipped enemies Yet the end result was a vindication f this vision Like the United States a powerful Britain won a cheap victory whi. ,
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"Myths About British War Production British war production interestingRead That Sets Outthat sets ut challenge the conventional received narrative about Britain in Second World War starting from the argued premise that a Britain versus Nazi Germany conflict was a sure win for Britain not necessarily easy but sure The author Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) offers lotsf evidence to support that view supported by 81 pages Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of end notes and a 36 page bibliography He also goes to the trouble to explain how the received versionf this history emerged and was propagated by both politicians and historians You don t need to be convinced but if you wish to be considered a serious student Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of World War Two you need to read this book The blurb suggested a popular history that would make a narrative case that the popular viewf British war production that it wasn t good enough was false The book is actually a pretty dry academic recounting f British war production a third f the book is notes and references with a lot f facts figures and names and not so much narrative It does ccasionally get round to the case it promises British war production was strong and innovative easily the match f Germany and the USA early in the war utstripping Germany handily by the end although many Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of the inventions that became famous during and after the war PLUTO Mulberry the bouncing bomb had very little impactAn interesting story competently if uninspiringly told On the way back from a trip to the UK I dipped into the bookstore at the airport and couldn t resist a 3 for 2 Sonderangebot The main inspiration was David Edgerton s bookn the mobilisation Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of the Empire in Britain s War Machine I got excited by the tablesf British and Night's Pawn overseas production as well as the mapsf Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) oil pipelines and major centresf war production Topping that is the list f highest awards from the Royal Commission f Awards for Inventions Edgerton weaves contemporary and newly made graphics very well and I look forward to reading it some day More ften r not I come across a work The Secret Child of history and think this is a good book Very rarely do I come across a book that changes my entire perceptionf an historical event This book is Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook onef them Students f WW2 history are familiar with the image f plucky Britain standing up to the Nazi juggernaut Edgerton takes a mills bomb to this idea and blows it ut f the water Using a barrage no pun intended f stats tables and pages f brilliantly researched data Edgerton turns Death by Inferior Design onef the enduring myths f WW2 n its head If anything it was Germany that was the underdog The sheer scale Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of Britain s empire the resources at its disposal and its ability to fight and dictate warn its terms made victory inevitable Edgerton rightly points to the horrendous attrition n the Eastern Front and compares it with Britain s losses we got ff lightly part f that was Britain s goal to fight a modern war In contrast the low mechanization f the Wehrmacht and the Red Army was a reminder A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of the slaughterf the Great War Edgerton demolishes myths about Britain s food supply The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified only the Americans were better feed manpower how can a country with a global empiref 500 million suffer a manpower shortage and tank productionNow tank production is a double edged sword and White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs onef the very few bones f contention I have with this book Yes Britain produced tanks but it was the uality and the training that made the difference in match ups against the Germans Edgerton highlights the General Grant as an example f a British tank with a better main gun than its German counterpart Panzer Mark IV Yes the Grant s 75mm was better than the mark IV s short barrelled euivalent but the panzer s armament was turret mounted whilst the Grant had its 75mm fixed in the hull reducing its arc Scab of fire A moot point but crucial in tank Vs tank combat If the author had spent less time buried in stats and playing miniature wargames he d know this Jokes aside Britain s war machine is an insightful and at times brilliant read BY PERMISSION FROM wwwpaper trailscaOriginal Post shallow review I suppose mostly summary but such a great book I ve been reading while knocking around NZne last time in my surf van and today Lest We Forget I can t resist throwing it up hereWith a blizzard In a World Created by a Drunken God of fact and annecdote Edgerton here demolishes the traditional narrative the British have told themselves that after the fallf France amid the Battle Indo No Kao of Britain under threatf Hitler s unrealized OP SEALION invasion plans in 1941 they stood alone as a plucky underdog holding ut against ruthlessly efficient mechanized Nazi blitzkrieg In reality Britain was far from alone as Canadian know well believing this story reuires writing Canada ut Giant Peach Yodel of the war along with India British Africa and the restf the roughly Sinai and Zion one uarterf the manpower f the human race It rests n a ver. GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEARThe familiar image f the British in the Second World War is that f the plucky underdog taking n German might David Edgerton's bold compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light with Britain as a very wealthy country formidable in arms ruthless in pursuit f its
Read Britains War MachineRe war arms race Churchill s predecessors Iniquity of the thirties were not according to Edgerton the luddites and anti mechanisation dinosaurs pre supposed as such by the very titlef Churchill s 1938 polemic While England Slept As he declared in the Commons History shall judge you harshly for I shall write that history As an American Briton determined to definitively tie Britain to American power his rhetoric rationlised a strategic neediness in the English people that still drives the special relationship todayThe lesson here is that industrial strategy matters as I ve argued about the CF 35s procurement is not simply buying a as I ve argued about the CF 35s procurement is not simply buying a ff the shelf in the market place A native defence industrial base is invaluable in its wn right This is a strange book Starts ff fantastically and convincingly goes through a 100 page section which just bombards you with statistics then gets it together again at the endUnbelievably level f research 300 pages long plus 150 pages Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of footnotes Very data rich and does some heavy myth bustingf common misconceptions about Great Britain and the Second World War It HAD way too many examples and failed to keep the narrative moving steadily and coherently from chapter to chapter Don t bother with it unless you have a pretty serious interest in the technological innovations and minutiae Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of production in the UK leading up to and during WWII A good companion to works such as Tooze s Wagesf Destruction and Collingham s The Taste f War this work investigates British attitudes towards a war that was thought to be determined by modern technology The British Empire was notable for its reliance n its powerful industrial basis Perhaps Edgerton s book is not as thorough as the two studies mentioned above The book has a stronger political slant as Edgerton argues that later historical interpretation Livin' de Life of the war was strongly colore David Edgerton s book turns popular myths about Britain in the Second World War upside down and insideut But a word The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter of warning firstHe is making a point about history and not giving us a narrative so it would help if you already had some understandingf the course Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of the second world war and its past historiographyThere are times when the author revels in his piling upf data to prove his points which are very many so that some chapters reuire a fair amount Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of concentrationf effort to understand fullyBut I do not want to put you The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta off the book because it is informative sometimes downright exciting as it shifts mental models and well illustrated with tables maps and extensive notesWhere to begin I was persuaded by the sheer logicf the book that much f what I thought was true was not true it has even changed my view f contemporary political prioritiesHe is persuasive that the British Empire was never not going to win the Second World War with perhaps my wn caveat that a lucky invasion and a bunch f uislings might have made it a very different EmpireThe scale f the trading and financial muscle f the Empire with its Dominions four f the five Big Eyes f global surveillance today meant that what became the United Nations would conuer in the endBy the end Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of the bookne might even feel sorry for Germany if it were not for the vile nature Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of its regime blockaded led by a blockhead self murderously running itself into the groundThere isf course the story here The Witches Ball of how the US displaced the Empire as hegemonic Western power but Edgerton is persuasive that this was not Britain declining but the US making usef spare capacityThe difference between the two powers in 1939 was that the UK was an efficient global trading Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book operation which it still is and the US had still not found a way to mop up the mass unemployedf 1929War permitted that massive surplus capacity to be employed There is a fascinating transfer f capability from the UK to the US where it becomes clear that the US is simply effective at utilising assetsThis is ne f the points that come ut The Deadline of the book Britain was so prosperous that it was monstrously wasteful War is wastefulf course but the level f waste here was something elseWhat was happening was that Churchill and his cronies exemplified a peculiar form f Liberal Militarism still Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling operative today that created what amounted to a warfare stateBut the liberal partf that apparent Ready to Restore oxymoron included an evident reluctancer perhaps political inability toexpend human life with the gay abandon f the Central and East EuropeansEdgerton has written elsewhere n this idea fhuman life with the gay abandon f the Central and East EuropeansEdgerton has written elsewhere Traficada: Diário de uma Escrava Sexual (Portuguese Edition) on this ideaf Liberal Militarist warfare state beyond categories Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History of Right and Left perhaps to the Right that saw total victory arisingut Carte touristique : Corse Sud : Ajaccio - Bonifacio of machinesWhat this meant was that the right applicationf technology to wielding death Regarde, c'est maman ! on yourpponents would permit the minimum death to your The Bricklayer own side and the minimum disruptionf the good life at. Le thers paid a great price Britain's War Machine by putting resources machines and experts at the heart f a global rather than merely imperial story demolishes some Vinny: Victory Over Drugs, Death, and Degradation of the most cherished myths about wartime Britain and gives us a very different andften unsettling picture f a great power in action.