Remius said:Until that one time when we went to to war and realized we need tanks and indirect fire support after someone thought we wouldn’t need them.
And we bought just enough for the war, and then sidelined them as soon as the war was over.
By the way, which war are we talking about? Because we followed that exact pattern in 1914-1918, 1939-1945 and 2001-2011. Korea was the only exception, but it was only half way. We started with next to nothing (the Lord Strathcona's Horse's tanks were acquired, at the last minute, in theatre, from the USMC). We kept a combined arms force after the war, with a focus on Germany, but that was the only time it happened in our history. Based on the penny-packeting and small numbers of our Leopard 2 and M777 fleets, we certainly aren't positioning ourselves as a modern mechanized force nowadays.