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Defence policy 1933-1939

A biplane takes off from an aircraft carrier in the 1930s.
A biplane takes off from an aircraft carrier in the 1930s.
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The rise of potential aggressors in the early- to mid-1930s caused the government to reassess its policy of disarmament and defence spending. A rearmament programme was put in place to prepare the armed forces for war in the Far East or Europe.

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Search using Defence policy Defence Requirements sub-Committee (DRC) Rearmament

Further reading

  • Gibbs, N.H., Grand strategy, Vol. 1: Rearmament policy (1976)
  • Gordon, G.A.H., British seapower and procurement between the wars: a reappraisal of rearmament (Basingstoke: Naval Institute Press, 1988)
  • Roskill, S.W., Naval policy between the wars, Vol. 2, The period of reluctant rearmament 1930-1939 (Walker, 1976)