Feeding Mars; Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present

Feeding Mars; Logistics in Western Warfare from the Middle Ages to the Present

by John A Lynn
     
 

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.

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813318653
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Series:
History and Warfare Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1The Historiography of Logistics
1Logistics and the Aristocratic Idea of War3
2The History of Logistics and Supplying War9
Pt. 2Medieval Logistics, 400-1500
Medieval introduction31
3Byzantine Logistics: Problems and Perspectives39
4Logistics in Pre-Crusade Europe57
5Naval Logistics in the Late Middle Ages: The Example of the Hundred Years' War79
Pt. 3Early Modern Logistics, 1500-1815
Early Modern Introduction103
6The Logistics of Warfare at Sea in the Sixteenth Century: The Spanish Perspective109
7Food, Funds, and Fortresses: Resource Mobilization and Positional Warfare in the Campaigns of Louis XIV137
8Logistical Crisis and the American Revolution: A Hypothesis161
Pt. 4Modern Logistics, 1815-1991
Modern Introduction183
9The Misfire of Civil War R&D191
10Forging the Trident: British Naval Industrial Logistics, 1914-1918217
11"Deuce and a Half": Selecting U.S. Army Trucks, 1920-1945251
12War Plans and Politics: Origins of the American Base of Supply in Vietnam271
Bibliography of Logistics from the Ancient Greeks to the 1980s289
About the Book309
About the Contributors311
Index313

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