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On the Road to Victory (Kindle)

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

WWI Transport Military

By Michael Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 106.5 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 182
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526750457
eBook Released: 19th 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Using many previously unpublished illustrations, including artists' impressions, this book tells the story of the men and women who made motor transport [MT] work for the victorious British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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Logistics & supply are the key to understanding Warfare from any period & this well written and researched book provides a fascinating look at the role of Motor Transport in the British Army on the Western Front.

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Michael Harrison’s book is a good instruction on the lesson that wars are won by logistics. The timely arrival of the motor combustion engine and its capability to impact change in transportation methods is well made; not least driven (no pun intended) by the massive and increasing train capacities needed just to provide fodder to the horses on the Western Front. That said, I doubt the lorries were loved as were the horses. The development of useful and reliable motor transport is tracked (no pun again) and the author delivers a good and readable narrative that adds to any library on wartime logistics.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Michael Harrison

Born in Birmingham; Michael’s favourite subject has always been history and in particular, that of the Great War. An MA in British First World War studies at University of Birmingham gifted Michael a chance to expand his knowledge of early motor transport. Added to which, he had had historically priceless conversations with men who had driven such vehicles in the early 1920s. This work is Michael’s attempt to pass on that largely forgotten, but important story.

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