Reimagining Firepower: An Exploration of the Shifting American Preference of Volume of Fire over Accuracy in the Interwar Period

  • 2016

Reimagining Firepower: An Exploration of the Shifting American Preference of Volume of Fire over Accuracy in the Interwar Period

Author:
Shawn Faeth
Abstract:

In the years following the conclusion of the First World War, a noticeable evolution began to take place within the doctrine of the United States military. Elemental to this shift was the transition away from a longstanding preference of accuracy to a new focus on voluminous firepower. This paper explains how the experiences of American forces in the First World War affected this radical reappraisal, as well as examines several of the implications that significantly influenced American military doctrine for decades thereafter. Examples include new standards of troop training and tactical planning that favored volume of fire over accuracy, and the evolution of military small arms to the same end that culminated in the adoption of the semiautomatic M1 rifle.