A common theme in military history holds that revolutionary pieces of technology tend to provide advantages that determine outcomes. In this way, technology is imagined as being an empirical maxim, a scientific absolute that never fails. But is the formula really that rugged and dependable? Or is the truth more dependent on variables other than simply who had the best gun? Historical examples from New Orleans, to Gettysburg, Plevna, Isandlwana, the Waterberg and the Somme present sometimes contradictory evidence that questions the validity of technology as a deterministic factor.
Speaker Martin K. A. Morgan was formerly historian in residence at the National World War II Museum, he was hired by Stephen Ambrose, is a regular on too many TV shows to list here, but you can find him on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, H2, the Weather Channel, Syfy, the Smithsonian Channel, and The Military Channel/The American Heroes Channel. He is a Field Editor for American Rifleman. Morgan is the author of Americans on D-Day and Down To Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy.