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World War I was perhaps the greatest catalyst for military innovation in modern history. The speed in which the doctrinal, technical and tactical changes were developed and implemented was astounding. At the end of World War I, Britain was at the forefront of doctrinal and technological innovation in the field of armor and aircraft warfare. The factors which caused Britain to lose their innovative edge in these areas prior to World War II was the 10 year rule policy, operational attitude of the British Army, and an emphasis on land based aviation.
At the conclusion of World War I, Britain had the largest navy in the world, a brand new Royal Air Force (RAF) and an army that had extended its technical, tactical and operational capabilities. Although the British military was strong, their economy was on the brink of collapse at the end of the war. The fiscal burdens of the rebuilding the economy required the British government to carefully consider their expenditures after the war. In 1919, it was decided for planning purposes the armed forces would not plan on …