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The Effect of Science on the Second World War

The Effect of Science on the Second World War by Guy Hartcup
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Although scientists were involved on a limited scale in the First World War, advances made in science and technology between the wars made them indispensable from 1939 to 1945. This was recognized by the Allies but not by the Germans or their partners, who had neglected scientific innovations, hoping to exploit their enemy's unpreparedness by a blitzkrieg. Consequently the Allies, with superior radar, radio, anti-submarine weapons, computerized cryptanalysis, operational research to improve the quality of equipment, and ability to invent an atomic bomb, put them ahead of the Germans. Not only were physicists required but chemists and bacteriologists, had chemical and biological weapons been used; medical scientists reduced the prevalence of disease in theatres of war and mitigated the effect of wounds. Other innovations like rockets and jet propulsion, intended to turn the tide for the Germans, came too late to be effective.
Palgrave Macmillan; May 2000
239 pages; ISBN 9780230389878
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Title: The Effect of Science on the Second World War
Author: Guy Hartcup
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