Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

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Cambridge University Press, 1977 - 284 páginas
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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 Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the 'nuts and bolts' of war: namely, those formidable problems of movement and supply,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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Comentário do usuário  - cwhouston - LibraryThing

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 ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - CharlesMcCain - LibraryThing

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 ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Introduction
1
The background of two centuries
5
Rise of the magazine system
17
The age of linear warfare
26
An umbilical cord of supply?
36
An army marches on its stomach
40
Boulogne to Austerlitz
42
Many roads to Moscow
61
Conclusions
138
Russian roulette
142
Planning for Barbarossa
148
Leningrad and the Dnieper
155
Storm to the gates of Moscow?
166
Conclusions
175
Sirte to Alamein
181
Rommels first offensive
182

Conclusions
70
When demigods rode rails
75
A joker in the pack
82
Railways against France
89
Logistics of the armed horde
96
Did wheels roll for victory?
103
The wheel that broke
109
Logistics of the Schlieffen Plan
113
The plan modified
118
Logistics during the campaign of the Marne
122
State of the railroads
128
Strength and reinforcement of the right wing
134
Annus Mirabilis
192
supply and operations in Africa
199
War of the accountants
202
Normandy to the Seine
206
Broad front or knifelike thrust?
216
Conclusions
227
Logistics in perspective
231
Note on sources
238
Bibliography
239
Notes
250
Index
280
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