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The Struggle for an Innovative Doctrine and a Combat Car

George F. Hofmann

in Through Mobility We Conquer

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124032.003.0005
The Struggle for an Innovative Doctrine and a Combat Car

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This chapter examines the U.S.'s struggle to develop an innovative cavalry doctrine and a mechanized force. During the 1920s, the course of developing mechanization had been deflected by the president's national military strategy, budget restrictions, the Depression, and the mind-set of the traditional line branches. It was only in 1930 that the idea of mechanized force became a goal, because it offered a new way of warfare based on flexibility, maneuverability, mobility and speed, and surprise.

Keywords: cavalry doctrine; mechanized force; U.S.; military strategy; budget restrictions; Depression

Chapter.  12398 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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