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The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval
Policy, 1900–1953$
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Peter V. Nash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033679

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033679.001.0001

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(p.217) 8 Conclusion
The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Peter V. Nash

University Press of Florida

This chapter draws some conclusions that place the key period between 1945 and 1953 into context, particularly in terms of its enduring legacy upon future developments for mobile logistic support. This book has suggested that the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy had neither the need nor motivation during the interwar period, or for that matter even in the early years of World War II, to foresee the full strategic and logistic ramifications of carrier-based air support for amphibious landings in the Western Pacific. The central premise underpinning this book is that the logistic challenges confronting both the armies in 1945 required such innovative solutions that their successful outcome was not only the most radical turning point in the history of mobile logistic support, but their execution also formed the yardstick by which foreseeable future mobile logistic support (particularly for carrier-based warfare) was to be judged.

Keywords:   mobile logistic support, Royal Navy, U.S. Navy, World War II, carrier-based warfare, Western Pacific

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