Britain's Railways in the First World War

Michael Foley

 
Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
116 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526786791
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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It is easy to believe that the only part that Britain’s railways played in the First World War was to carry the soldiers to the ships that would take them to France. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Without the help from the railways it is unlikely that the war would have been over as quickly as it was.

In Britain’s Railways in the First World War Michael Foley examines how the railway system and its workers proved to be a vital part of the war effort, one contemporary writer even commenting that he thought they were as significant as the navy. The book describes how the enlistment of railway troops for the Royal Engineers to meet the increasing transport demands of the military was to bleed the civilian system dry as skilled railwaymen were sent to work at the front. In addition, the military commandeered thousands of Britain’s railway vehicles, sending them to each of the theatres of war, and turned the already stressed railway workshops away from maintaining what remained of the country’s railways and rolling stock so they could produce armaments for the forces instead.

The book also reveals how the British were so far behind their enemies and allies in the use of railway support to the front lines that they had to plead for help from Canada.

About The Author
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Michael Foley spent much of his teaching career in primary schools in the East End of London. After leaving teaching to become a full-time carer to his twin grandsons, who were severely disabled, he began to write seriously for the first time. Since then he has had more than twenty local and military books published. He has also had numerous articles published in magazines such as Best of British, This England, Essex Life and others. He has also had short stories published in My Weekly magazine. He lives in Romford with his wife and grandson.

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