- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (March 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521546575
- ISBN-13: 978-0521546577
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I recommend this work for every professional army officer, but particularly those in the operational field who are used to moving units with the stroke of a grease pencil." Major Michael D. Krause, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Drawing on a very wide rang of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the 'nuts and bolts' of war: namely, those formidable problems of movement and supply,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. The result is a fascinating book that has something new to say about virtually every one of the most important campaigns wage in Europe during the last two centuries. Moreover, by concentrating on logistics rather than on the more traditional tactics and strategy, Dr. van Creveld is also able to offer a reinterpretation of the whole field of military history.
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Nevertheless, this book is indispensable for clear thinking about what armies actually did, how they did it, and what the logistics requirements were. Every time i see a casual reference to 18th-century warfare and the tyranny of supply lines, which supposedly dictated strategy, I think back to van Creveld's analysis showing that there was no such thing. He makes clear that the real revolution in warfare came in 1914 -- not trench warfare, but the rise of permanent supply operations rather than fluid logistics.
The general reader my find it of interest as it is well written and makes many interesting points
One point not previously made was that the period of time chosen was not accidental. From Wallenstein on, we began to see what we conceive of as relatively modern armies (that is armies with a command component, teeth or the sharp fighting end, and a tail or supporting component) which had to fight over more than one season. Van Creveld, an excellent historian, covers all of these notions carefully with copious notes. A great work for the serious and specialist reader but should also appeal to the military history buff.
I wish that the work were revised in light of Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli War, The Falklands War, and most of all, the Iraqi War. These were relatively shorter wars, and the problems were not one of production or foraging but using the already accumulated stocks effectively. The contraction of time means that choosing wrong (wrong weapons, wrong fuel stocks, wrong plan of distribution) are more profound. There may not be time politically to correct mistakes.
This is the most thought provoking military book I've read in years simply because it covers such an important topic. Other history books I've read deal primarily with repetitive movements of units and tactics, but don't force you to think about how those things were carried out.
It's not a *hard* read, but it does require a *careful* read, and I think it definitely gives back in understanding whatever effort you put into it.
Every military officer should read and learn from this excellent work