The Revolt of the Guards: Britain 1934-1953
Britain in 1934 was far from perfect. On its mind was the Nazi Parties rise in Germany, the pending collapse of Colonialism that many believed to be true, and the newfound Soviet Union's potential for aggression. Combine that with the weakening Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald and Great Britain was in trouble. Yet on its side Britain had what was considered the best Fleet in the World along with what at the time was considered the foremost military power by some.
Unfortunately this was wishful thinking. Britain was far from the best in terms of Military Technology. It was far behind Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union in terms of Doctrines, and was even more screwed in terms of Tanks. The U.K.'s lack of true investment in Tanks was reminiscent of the Militaries old line of thought. While Tank experiments had been run between 1928-1929, Britains military role of the time was Colonial Policing, and Tanks were deemed ill-suited for this role. Thus when Countries like the Soviet Union had commissioned Armored Divisions, Britain was still playing around with Post WW1 Tactics.
A Vickers Medium Mark II Tank
The Airforce was better off. It was still using old slow planes, but was better than most people consider it today. It was more than enough for the time, and Britain housed a large Bomber Compliment as well. The point at the time wasn't competing with the Soviet Airforce, or the non-existent Luftwaffe, but deterring attack by a power such as Japan or Italy. So while not ready for a major war, Britain's Airforce at the time was adequate.
The British Gloster Gladiator, First Flew in 1934
As for the Royal Navy, nobody could argue it wasn't world class. Even though few liked the Flagship H.M.S. Nelson, it was a world class Battleship. The Home Fleet could easily face the German Navy in a showdown. The only Navies that could truly threaten it would be the French or Swedish Navies. The Mediterranean Fleet had to face down the formidable Regina Marina, which boasted 4 Battleships and a large host of other ships. Add the French Mediterranean Fleet backing the British up and the chances of the Regina Marina challenging them were slim. The only Naval Powers that could truly take on the British were the U.S. and Japanese Navies, and they were Oceans away.
The H.M.S. Nelson, Flagship of the Home Fleet
All in all, Britain was in a solid strategic position. Few could have guessed the disaster that would come one day.
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