On the Evolution of War

analytical Essay
817 words
817 words

On the Evolution of War World War II was the first “high-tech” war. While there had been new technologies in World War I, they did not have the lasting impact on modern society like World War II innovations. During the Second World War, countries poured all of their resources into developmental and operations research. Scientists invented technologies for practical and immediate purposes instead of conducting experiments to more deeply understand the natural world. The World War II weapons race for advanced technologies, including radar, sophisticated aircraft, and the atomic bomb, forever impacted modern life and the methods of war. One of the most revolutionary war developments was radio detection and ranging, also known as radar. Radar systems were able to detect the location of distant objects by transmitting radio signals and measuring the time it took to bounce back to the receiving device. The British were the first to realize the importance of these systems and set up an extensive radar network to identify low-flying aircraft. In addition, the British helped the United States develop radar systems. To their detriment, Germany hesitated to create radar systems. They “had the opportunity to exploit radar technology… [but] the indifference of the country’s political leadership hindered the development of the technology.” Germany was greatly disadvantaged because of this, as “the [radar] system played an important role during the Battle of Britain in 1940, giving British defenders valuable advance warning of the relentless attacks launched by German Luftwaffe” (Radar: World War II). The victory of this battle was far reaching. As a result of radar, “surprise attacks” became obsolete and military strategies had to adapt and... ... middle of paper ... ...advantages or reacted to the research initiatives of other nations.” Effectively the dropping of the atomic bomb ended the Second World War, but its blast radius on history has extended until today. The constant competitive development of powerful weapons is what fueled the Cold War. Ever since then, nuclear war has been an enormous threat to the world (World War II: Aerial Innovations). The speedy development of new technologies eternally altered the methods in which wars are conducted and how society operates. Radar produced the ability to locate far away objects, whether it is oncoming enemies or a rain storm. Innovations in aviation changed how battles were fought and goods were transported. Finally the atomic bomb struck fear into people all across the globe. As demonstrated in World War II, technology dictates the evolution of war and ultimately humankind.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that world war ii was the first "high-tech" war, and that the weapons race for advanced technologies impacted modern life and the methods of war.
  • Explains that radio detection and ranging, also known as radar, was one of the most revolutionary war developments. the british were the first to realize the importance of these systems and set up an extensive radar network.
  • Explains the importance of radar beyond the military; it also changed broader society. radar's exceptional ability to navigate and locate complimented newly developing technologies in the sky.
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