Topic: Questions for Don Primarily.
Just finished the first Volume of Churchill's WWII history which I very much enjoyed (now delving into the second volume) and I was struck by the still existing class bias (including bias against colonials) in the Royal Navy and the problems with reforming it.
First Question: Was the Royal Navy worse/better than other service branches?
Second Question: How had this come about in the first place? and why did it continue for so long. I mean it was over 2,200 years since the Marian reforms of Rome, you'd think they would have gotten a clue by now...
Third Question: Was Churchill the only major figure to see this as a big problem, his mainly biographical account of WWII makes it seem like he is leading this fight, but were there other leaders for reform?
Unrelated question: Why were the Brits so slow in developing armor design and tactics during the between war years after inventing the tank? I have seen enough history to know what happened in France, despite arguments of DeGaulle, but what is the story in Britain? I know the desire to not spend money during peacetime was a factor, but there seems to be a bit more required to have slowed it down so much.
"That is the tank they named after me when they found out it was no damn good!"