Wellington and Napoleon understood that armies marched on their stomachs, poor logistics could counter the bravest soldiers and commanders. The Great War was not only a global conflict, across theatres with very different conditions, but it challenged logistics organization because of its sheer size and complexity. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Supplying the British Army in the First World War FILE: R2886 AUTHOR: Janet MacDonald PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 224 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War One, World War 1, First World War, The Great War, 1914-18 War, logistics, theatres, transport, storage, production, munitions, food, clothing, equipment, trains, lorries, horses, mules, boats, ferries
IMAGE: B2886.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxzdcokz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Wellington and Napoleon understood that armies marched on their stomachs, poor logistics could counter the bravest soldiers and commanders. The Great War was not only a global conflict, across theatres with very different conditions, but it challenged logistics organization because of its sheer size and complexity. – Highly Recommended The author has a special interest and expertise in military logistics, providing an excellent account of how the British Army was supplied through the challenges of the Great War. The First World War presented a huge mountain to climb for those responsible for supplying the British Army, barracks, in training, and in battle, across the world. The major focus was on the Western Front which was able to chew up millions of men, destroy all of their assets and still leave a need to supply the replacements. A musket required ball and powder to sustain a rate of fire of three to four rounds per minute. A machine gun in 1914 used 500 rounds a minute, all of which had to be transported from factories, to depots, to trains, to ships, to trains, and trucks and still required manpower and horsepower to make it the final miles through the mud to the trenches. As light railways were built to speed the final miles to delivery, that was soon swallowed up by the insatiable machine guns and the bolt action rifles. Something often forgotten is that a well trained British rifle company could achieve a rate of fire that rivalled machine guns. Just one part of a very complex mix of requirements. Food and clothing was equally essential and demanding. In other theatres, great mobility required supplies to be sent long distances to converge with where the Army was expected to be at some future point. The Middle East involved moving supplies across hostile terrain to reach an army that was mounted on horses, camels and motor vehicles moving around without the level of communications achieved in WWII. A special factor for the British was that they were a composite force of many nationalities, languages and religions. This introduced the obvious challenge of labels that all could understand, but it also meant dietary considerations where one group could not eat the same food, or observed a different day of rest. Although logistics have become so critical to modern warfare, remarkably little has been written about this vital service. It is a pleasure to read a well-research and comprehensive account of logistics in WWI in support of the British Army.