Engines of War How Wars Were Won Lost on the Railways From the acclaimed author of Fire and Steam and Blood Iron and Gold comes Engines of War which tells the dramatic story of how the birth and spread of the railways shaped the ways wars were fought an

  • Title: Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways
  • Author: Christian Wolmar
  • ISBN: 9781848871731
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the acclaimed author of Fire and Steam and Blood, Iron and Gold comes Engines of War which tells the dramatic story of how the birth and spread of the railways shaped the ways wars were fought and won.

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    1. An army marches on its stomach, but for a hundred years it rode to victory only on the rails. It was Napoleon who observed the importance of supplies the military, and well he should know, for the nigh-twenty years of wars he raged on the European continent were the last major conflict prior to the advent of rails. In Engines of War, veteran railway historian Christian Wolmar addresses how trains transformed war, allowing for greater conflicts to be sustained over a wider front, and often servin [...]

    2. Before the advent of mass transport, battles were short, sharp and brutal. Troops only could be supplied with a certain amount of food, relying on scavenging from the local area and they did not require vast quantities of ammunition. With the advent of the railways, armies were suddenly more mobile. Large number of soldiers could be easily moved into a region, with abundant supplies of materiel to support military action. In this book, Wolmar details all the major campaigns from the Crimean War, [...]

    3. I read this book expecting a a long story on the big rail guns of WWI . Instead, this book focuses on the role of trains in modern warfare. The trains were a means to describe the logistics of supplying the huge armies of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Engines of war sounds much better than the logistics of supporting a million-man army. I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing a book on army supply can be.Wolmar is a very talented author. The more main stream army and combat history books glo [...]

    4. Very readable history of the use of trains in warfare, with much more stronger on their strategic, logistical value than on the armored train or the railway guns. Unfortunately it's a bit superficial in some areas, but those bits will just pique your curiosity and make you seek out other books about the use of trains in the Russian Civil War and so on.One quibble is that the book seemingly contradicts itself regarding the importance of rail in Nazi Germany, with one part claiming that German rai [...]

    5. This was an interesting book and contained a subject, railroads and war, that is rarely mentioned in other books related to military history. The fact that railroads were an important part of modern industrial warfare during the 20th century is an important concept when understanding how World War I and World War II were fought. A good book and with the read for anyone interested in railroads and military history.

    6. Um livro intrigante para estes dias em que o cérebro exige estímulo em alta rotação mas o corpo implora por desacelaração. Mergulhamos na história milita dos caminhos de ferro, numa análise que nos leva da guerra civil americana até aos dias hoje, demonstrando como o transporte ferroviário foi um factor decisivo nos princpais conflitos que forjaram a contemporaneidade. Previsivelmente, o livro centra-se nos desafios logísticos trazidos pelo transporte de homens e materiais, sublinhand [...]

    7. Christian Wolmer's "Blood,Iron and Gold:How Railways Transformed the World" is one of the best full size one volume summaries of how the advent of railways changed the way we live. I was therefore really looking forward to his latest book,"Engines of War" brought out in 2010 on how wars were won and lost on railways.This book does not live up to its great predecessors. He gives away the game at the beginning of the biography,"This is a pitifully short biography.I have used various standard textb [...]

    8. This is a bit of a mixed bag. I have read a number of the author's books, and his knowledge of railway history, and their social and cultural impact - as well as his ability to make that relevant to a non-railway buff like me - is second to none. However, here he has perhaps taken on a bit too much. There is definitely a real story to tell about the impact of railways on warfare, and, as he points out, it is a somewhat neglected area. The book is laid out in a straightforward way, with an openin [...]

    9. Having not read Christian Wolmar, my expectations were perhaps lower than they should have been. I feared that the book would be too tuned towards the narrow rail enthusiast, and my reading was specifically an odd, perhaps momentary, interest in the effect of steam on war. I'm glad to say that the book was written in a surprisingly accessible way. It moved methodically through the initial stages in using rail to make the war zone more accessible, through the development of these links and then t [...]

    10. From the moment in 1830 when they were useful for moving troops in Britain, rail lines have been vital infrastructure of war, although as Wolmar lays out, not always understood (gauge differences are as much a disadvantage as a protection), used effectively (a mostly single-track Trans-Siberian) or planned well (why do the Germans keep building engines to the clearances on *French* bridges?). Wolmar misses the American rail strike/National Guard Armory connection, but does well with Soviet missi [...]

    11. A detailed, almost obsessive, history of the use of railroads during wartime. An attempt at a comprehensive retelling of how railroads were utilized, in wartime from their development to the present. Lots of interesting details and lots of connections that I had not previously thought of. As with many authors. Wolmar is sure that railroads were the decisive determining factor in most military situations. You don't have to accept that premise to enjoy the book.

    12. I am a big fan of Christian Wolmar to the extent that he is listed on this site as one of my favourite authors and normally his books are 4 or 5 stars. This one however is a bit of a disapointment as it doesn't flow as much as the others. I think it was because there was more history of the wars and conflicts themselves therfore leaving less time/space for the railway info. OK but not quite the book I was looking forward to!!

    13. Wolmar's awesome book "Blood, Iron & Gold" had me fired and excited for another engaging narrative about how railroads changed the world. But while I did learn about the key role railroads played in war, "Engines of War" was far from an easy read. Note: My rating reflects a comparison of "Blood" to "Engines."

    14. A good overview of an interesting and neglected subject by a very informed writer. This could be considered more of an introduction to the subject matter rather than a detailed analysis. Good references are given for those who wish to learn more.

    15. A very detailed history of railroads in military operations from Russia and the US Civil War until the end of World War Two. I was very impressed by depth of information in this book. The photo plates in the book are very interesting as well.

    16. Well written look at the impact of railways on the way war could be waged. Unfortunately, it also proves once again that humans are very bad at learning the lessons of history.

    17. A good read with plenty of detail and interesting ideas . Weak point book is somewhat repetitive but still very enjoyable

    18. Yes, that's two books about railways I've read this month, but I am not a trainspotter, dammit. More part of the 'How [everyday thing] changed history' subgenre, really.

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