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By Williamson Murray

ISBN-10: 067400163X

ISBN-13: 9780674001633

Nice ebook. sincerely breaks down and covers each point of worldwide struggle . covers themes completely. nice ebook for someone drawn to WWII.

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But the Soviets established their first mechanized corps in fall 1932, three years before the first German panzer divisions, and Red Army paratroopers made the first mass jump in the 1936 Soviet maneuvers, again well ahead of the Germans. The weakness of this emerging modern army lay in a lack of education among the bulk of its forces. Nevertheless, by the mid-1930s Soviet industry was already producing vast amounts of materiel. When the Germans invaded in 1941, the Red Army’s tank park contained well over 17,000 armored fighting vehicles.

Army had any claim to world-class expertise, it lay in motor transportation, a reflection of the mechanization of American society. MacArthur also wanted a mobile artillery force, which meant combining trucks, ammunition, and the M2A1 105mm towed howitzer, probably the single most effective weapon fielded by the army in World War II. Craig took the modernization further by sponsoring the adoption of weapons such as the Garand M-1 semiautomatic rifle, the 105’s only challenger as the American weapon of the war.

Its exercises provided little training and even less food for thought. The French trained lackadaisically, while their German opponents prepared with the Teutonic thoroughness that they brought to war. In contrast with the French Army, the Red Army made a distinct effort in the 1920s to break with the past. Despite the backwardness of Russia’s economy in the interwar period, exacerbated by World War I and the civil war, the Soviet state and its military pushed actively to address their difficulties.

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