‘One shot, one man’ – Military Innovation and the ‘lessons’ of the Second World War

The Second World War Military Operations Research Group

By Dr. Matthew Ford

A British soldier aims his SA80 rifle on a shooting range at Basra, Iraq. A British soldier aims his SA80 rifle on a shooting range in Iraq.

What can a shooting competition tell us about innovation? In this blog, I offer up a short description of the British Army’s post-war attitude towards the infantry and show that these apparently inconsequential discussions continue to frame the selection of NATO weapons and tactics.

The poor standard of rifle shooting in the Army to-day […] is a matter of great concern to me.

Field Marshal Sir William Slim, Chief of the Imperial General Staff, July 1949

In July 1949, Britain’s most senior Army commanders met at the Hotel Metropole near Whitehall. The meeting had been called to discuss Field Marshal Slim’s recent visit to the Army Rifle Association annual shooting competition at Bisley. At Bisley Slim had witnessed a ‘deplorable state of shooting’ by the Army; a humiliation that was only further compounded…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

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