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On the Road to Victory (Hardback)

The Rise of Motor Transport with the BEF on the Western Front

WWI Transport Military

By Michael Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526750433
Published: 30th November 2019


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The Great War produced many innovations, in particular the spectacular development by the British and French armies of motor transport.

The age-old problem of moving soldiers and their supplies was no different in 1914 than it had been some 2,400 years ago, when the great Chinese military thinker Sun Tzu informed his readers that the further an army marched into enemy territory, the more the cost of transport increased, even to the point that more supplies were consumed by the transportation of men and their horses than was delivered to the troops.

Using many previously unpublished illustrations, including artists' impressions, this book tells the story of the men and women who made motor transport [MT] work for the victorious British Army on the Western Front, so that in 1918, the humble lorry did indeed help propel the British Army forward ‘On the Road to Victory’.

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About Michael Harrison

Michael made his journey to the Somme in 1977, with a ‘pioneer’ battlefield visitor who had begun his wanderings in 1960. From that point, High Wood exerted a magnetism that refused to be ignored. Michael has produced two memorial books; Lander’s War (a memoir) and contributed to the publication of Matron at War, as well as two local history books for Knowle, Solihull, The Price a Parish Paid and The Further Price a Parish Paid. He now lives in Nottinghamshire and gained an MA in British World War One Studies in 2013.

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