This Ain’t the First Time We Cut the Grass: Military Innovation in the Interwar Period

From the Green Notebook

size0*This post originally appeared on February 18, 2016 via Tom Ricks’ Best Defense

By Joe Byerly and Casey Dean

In 1929, William Lassister, a veteran of the First World War, wrote the following:

It is terribly difficult for military men to keep their methods adapted to rapidly changing times. Between wars the military business slumps. Our people lose interest. Congress concerns itself with cutting the Army than with building it up. And the troops… find a large part of their time and energy taken up with caring for buildings, grounds, and other impedimenta. In view of all the inertias to be overcome, and in view of the fact that our lives and honor are not in peril from outside aggression, it is not likely that our Army is going to be kept to an up-to-the-minute state of preparedness.

For many, his description of garrison life in between the wars accurately…

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