There have been a lot of debates about what really changed the outcome of WW2, but few are able to pinpoint exactly what changed. One of the biggest changes involved radar. This new technology allowed both sides to detect and target enemy aircraft and ships from miles away. The United States was a pioneer in developing this technology, and the British provided a major contribution with the cavity magnetron. The cavity magnetron allowed radar signals to be magnified thousands of times, which allowed the technology to track smaller objects. Unlike the Japanese, the United States was 4 years ahead of the war and had developed radar that was more powerful, faster, and able to detect enemy aircraft and ships. As a result, the Japanese fleet commanders were left fighting blind and not able to keep track of their targets.
The Soviets began producing tanks around the middle of 1942. They could have gotten this technology earlier, but a wartime shortage forced them to use American products. The British tank industry responded by producing fast, mobile tanks, but these tanks were far behind their opponents. By 1944, the British Army was unable to match the Soviets with the new tanks. However, they were able to produce a significant number of tanks.
As a result, the technological advances of WW2 have been a huge game-changer. New weapons, new techniques, and new tactics have forced opponents to adapt to these changes. Whether it’s the F-35 stealth fighter, the V-2 ballistic missile, or the insurgent IED, a game-changing technology has changed how combatants fight. However, it is important to remember that technological advances do not guarantee victory. Instead, they often bolster the chances of winning on the battlefield.