British Tank Production and War Economy, 1934-1945

Date and time

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 14:00-18:00(Venue opens at 13:30)


Room C6 17th Floor, Global Front Building, Surugadai Campus, Meiji University



Chair Yuji Yamashita, Associate Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University
Presentation Benjamin Coombs , Former Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent, UK.


The tanks are composed of various industry's capability, such as engines, guns, metal and so on.
He explores the under-researched experiences of the British tank industry in the context of the pressures of war, and the various demands placed on British industry before and during the WW2.
He shows how the British tank industry was transformed, both with respect to productivity and to the quality of its product. He explores the changing relationships between government and industry before and during war; how the army's requirements were reconciled with industry's capabilities; how the workforce was expanded and organaized; how production problems were overcome; and effects of Lend-Lease on British output. Comparisons with Germany, the United States, Canada, and Austaralia put the British industry's experience in international perspective.