The World War II German navy’s Type XXI submarine is sometimes derided as a wishful “wonder weapon.” But in context of a decision to impose ruthless and innovative technocratic priorities, it appears more rational. It may also serve as a cautionary example of the extent to which social explanations of technological adaptation must include appreciation of constraints on military effectiveness.
Jones, Marcus O.
"Innovation for Its Own Sake: The Type XXI U-boat,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 67
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol67/iss2/9