Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton
Why did Napoleon succeed in 1805 but fail in 1812? Were the railways vital to Prussia's victory over France in 1870? Was the famous Schlieffen Plan militarily sound? Could the European half of World War II have been ended in 1944? These are only a few of the questions that form the subject-matter of this meticulously researched, lively book. Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the 'nuts and bolts' of war: namely, those formidable problems of movement and supply, transportation and administration, so often mentioned - but rarely explored - by the vast majority of books on military history. In doing so he casts his net far and wide, from Gustavus Adolphus to Rommel, from Marlborough to Patton, subjecting the operations of each to a thorough analysis from a fresh and unusual point of view. The result is a fascinating book that has something new to say about virtually every one of the most important campaigns waged in Europe during the last two centuries.
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As described by the reviewer below, this book deals with logistics at the strategic level and uses seven relatively modern campaigns (up to and including WW2) to chart the development of military ... Read full review
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There is an expression in the US military: “Amateurs talk tactics. Professionals talk logistics.” And this is made crystal clear in this book which explains in detail why so many great campaigns in ... Read full review
The background of two centuries
Rise of the magazine system
The age of linear warfare
An umbilical cord of supply?
An army marches on its stomach
Boulogne to Austerlitz
Many roads to Moscow
Planning for Barbarossa
Leningrad and the Dnieper
Storm to the gates of Moscow?
Sirte to Alamein
Rommels first offensive
When demigods rode rails
A joker in the pack
Railways against France
Logistics of the armed horde
Did wheels roll for victory?
The wheel that broke
Logistics of the Schlieffen Plan
The plan modified
Logistics during the campaign of the Marne
State of the railroads
Strength and reinforcement of the right wing