Lack Of Innovation In Germany

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Introduction
Coinciding with the Nazi takeover in 1933, Germany began a belligerent rearmament of the Wehrmacht by taking advantage of political and ideological strains in Europe and Russia. By rearming and reforming the German military, Hitler hoped to secure Germany’s global dominance by creating a powerful striking force, capable of rapid mobilization and decisive victory. In part, historians attribute Germany’s ability to rearm to liberating appeasement policies; however, another significant factor may have been the lack of innovation by Allied and Russian armed forces. Generally, effective innovation occurs when several favorable conditions coalesce, to include: political-military relations, civil-military collaboration, technology
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