Feeding Mars: Logistics in Modern Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present

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Mars must be fed. His tools of war demand huge quantities of fodder, fuel, ammunition, and food. All these must be produced, transported, and distributed to contending forces in the field. No one can doubt the importance of feeding Mars in warfare, and it takes no great effort to recognize that logistics has always been a major aspect of large-scale armed struggle. Yet, despite its undeniable importance, surprisingly little has been written about logistics. The literature on warfare is full of the triumphs and ...

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Mars must be fed. His tools of war demand huge quantities of fodder, fuel, ammunition, and food. All these must be produced, transported, and distributed to contending forces in the field. No one can doubt the importance of feeding Mars in warfare, and it takes no great effort to recognize that logistics has always been a major aspect of large-scale armed struggle. Yet, despite its undeniable importance, surprisingly little has been written about logistics. The literature on warfare is full of the triumphs and tragedies of common soldiers and the brilliance and blundering of generals. But logistics lacks the drama of combat. It can be expressed on balance sheets no more exciting than shopping lists; movement is not measured by the dashing gallop of charging cavalry but by the steady plod of draft horses.Feeding Mars is an important contribution to the study of this essential aspect of warfare as practiced by Western powers from the Middle Ages to the Vietnam War. It deals with logistics across a broader time span than that covered in any other work on the subject and emphasizes the various ways in which the essential materials of war have been produced, acquired, and transported to fighting forces in the field.Feeding Mars makes a major contribution to military history and sheds new light on an important, but too often overlooked, aspect of warfare.

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John A. Lynn, an expert on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century warfare professor, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct professor at Ohio State University. He lives in Champaign, Illinois. Timothy J. Runyan is professor of history at Cleveland State University and editor of The American Neptune journal. Jan M. Copes is lecturer of history at Cleveland State University and assistant editor of The American Neptune.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Historiography of Logistics
1 Logistics and the Aristocratic Idea of War 3
2 The History of Logistics and Supplying War 9
Pt. 2 Medieval Logistics, 400-1500
Medieval introduction 31
3 Byzantine Logistics: Problems and Perspectives 39
4 Logistics in Pre-Crusade Europe 57
5 Naval Logistics in the Late Middle Ages: The Example of the Hundred Years' War 79
Pt. 3 Early Modern Logistics, 1500-1815
Early Modern Introduction 103
6 The Logistics of Warfare at Sea in the Sixteenth Century: The Spanish Perspective 109
7 Food, Funds, and Fortresses: Resource Mobilization and Positional Warfare in the Campaigns of Louis XIV 137
8 Logistical Crisis and the American Revolution: A Hypothesis 161
Pt. 4 Modern Logistics, 1815-1991
Modern Introduction 183
9 The Misfire of Civil War R&D 191
10 Forging the Trident: British Naval Industrial Logistics, 1914-1918 217
11 "Deuce and a Half": Selecting U.S. Army Trucks, 1920-1945 251
12 War Plans and Politics: Origins of the American Base of Supply in Vietnam 271
Bibliography of Logistics from the Ancient Greeks to the 1980s 289
About the Book 309
About the Contributors 311
Index 313
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