Top Innovations of World War II
When one thinks of the people who won World War II, names such as Eisenhower, Montgomery, Zhukov and MacArthur may come to mind. But some (perhaps) lesser known names had every bit as much to do with the victory as the great generals, names such as Oppenheimer, Fermi, Turing and Donovan.
World War II was a war of great innovation, in technology and medicine, as well as intelligence and military tactics. We'll examine nine such innovations in this book. Each one is still affecting us today, including nuclear power, jet planes, computers, rockets, penicillin and radar.
The book contains 45+ illustrations.
The Top 10 Innovations of World War I
World War I was the first “world war”, in the sense that the conflagration wasn't just between two countries, but between large blocks of countries, intertwined in complex alliances. The model of the entire world being caught up in conflicts would continue in World War II and in the Cold War.
World War I was a testing ground for weapons and ideas that would impact the rest of the 20th century. Sometimes the innovations of World War I were technological in nature – U-boats, poison gas, machine guns, heavy artillery, tanks and battleships were all used either for the first time in World War I, or first used on a wide-scale in World War I. Sometimes, the impacts were from strategy and tactics - trench warfare, convoys and etc. And sometimes the innovation was a political idea. Communism as an actual political and economic system, rather than just a philosophy, debuted in World War I, and would have a worldwide influence until its fall in 1991.
The book contains over 50 illustrations and maps.