War on Wheels

War on Wheels : The Mechanisation of the British Army in the Second World War

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During the Second World War the British Army underwent a complete transformation as its number of vehicles grew from 40,000 to 1.5 million, ranging from tanks and giant tank transporters to jeeps, mobile baths and offices, and scout cars. At the same time, the way in which the army was provided with all it needed was transformed - arms and ammunition, radio, clothing and places to sleep and wash.

In this fascinating volume, Philip Hamlyn Williams makes extensive use of archival material and first-hand accounts to follow some of the men and women who mechanised the British Army from the early days at Chilwell, through the near disaster of the BEF, the Desert War and the Italian invasion, to preparations for D-Day and war in the Far East. Stunningly illustrated throughout, War on Wheels explores the building of the network of massive depots across the UK and throughout the theatres of war that, with creative input from the UK motor industry, supplied the British Army. It is truly an impressive work to be enjoyed by anyone intrigued by the machines and logistics of the British Army in the Second World War.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 226 x 248 x 12.7mm | 635.03g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 125 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0750966238
  • 9780750966238
  • 1,084,354

About Philip Hamlyn Williams

Philip Hamlyn Williamssourced much of his material for from the papers kept by his father, Major general Sir Leslie Williams, who commanded the RAOC in World War II. These papers have been supplemented by extensive research including at the Royal Logistics Corps Museum, The IWM, the British Library, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and the National Archives."
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