To what extent did financial rather than other conciderations determine british army and navy reforms in the period 1793-1918?

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The Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars saw little reform in terms of massive change for the army apart from the eventual adoption of skirmishing light infantry which was not so much effected by financial concerns but rather the demands of the armies in the field, the financial concern of this was that rifles were not adopted by the army at large and only by these sharpshooting skirmishers because of the expense of manufacturing these weapons. However once the need for it was seen the finance did not stop the mass recruiting that the army carried out to give it a war time presence whereas previously the government had not allowed a large army to be fielded. The Crimean war of 1854 to 1856 revealed the inadequacies of the British Army and a commission was set up to review these facts this along with the India mutiny showed the commission that a standing force of 25,000 men was not adequate to defend the empire’s interests since these events had together stripped Great Britain of all her trained soldiers, it took almost 20 years for any reforms to be implemented because of the conservative nature of the army where many old ‘die hard’ officers rejected reform on principle. It was a constant uphill battle for Edward Cardwell to force these changes on the army. The only real financial implications of these reforms were the allowed recruitment of another 20,000 soldiers and two millions pounds worth of funding, otherwise the reforms were more concerned with the welfare and quality of troops, such as getting rid of punishments that were barbaric and allowing for better officers and training, although another influence of these reforms was the withdrawal of battalions from some far flung outposts of the empire allowing better training. In 1904 further reforms were carried out by Haldane that saw the preparation of the British army for future wars on the continent giving
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