Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

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Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

Innovating Victory: Naval Technology in Three Wars

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The historical analysis is very structured, with each technology analyzed across three phases, its discovery, exploration, and exploitation.

The Confederate armored ship Virginia, a platform, destroyed the wooden vessels of the Union navy at will. Torpedoes had to be hardened to withstand the impact with the water when launched at the speeds necessary to keep aircraft aloft.

In naval terms, this change came in four major waves, with the first three climaxed by a major naval war.

The battleship, the preeminent naval platform of 1805, 1905, 1914, and 1939, had been superseded in general utility and overall importance by the aircraft carrier and the submarine, platforms that hardly existed at the turn of the century.This book relates the development and use of six important and successful technologies, but to focus on success might give the false impression that every invention has a use, or that every use has a lasting purpose, or even that technologies with the strongest pedigrees and the most clearly defined uses will continued to be relevant. Less than a month later, American bombers dropped two additional atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ultimately convincing the Japanese government to surrender. Dreadnought, on the other hand, needed to fear mines and torpedoes in addition to other dreadnoughts. Some of the new inventions helped the United States find the strategic goods necessary for fighting the war.

Three companies built prototypes—the Ford Motor Company, Willys-Overland, and the American Bantam Car Company. Losing battleships to mines or torpedoes without inflicting similar losses on the enemy would give the enemy an advantage that could be overcome only—if ever—by years of costly naval construction. Distances over sea are stated in nautical miles and over land in statute miles unless otherwise specified. During the Cold War’s long and grim decades, navies integrated new technologies such as nuclear power, missiles, and computers.In general, navies strive to win wars with better versions of existing weapons, tools, and platforms rather than use novelties in the front line.



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