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Britain's Railways in the First World War Michael Foley

Britain's Railways in the First World War By Michael Foley

Britain's Railways in the First World War by Michael Foley


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Summary

The First World War was to lead to the first major step in Britain's railways becoming a unified system.

Britain's Railways in the First World War Summary

Britain's Railways in the First World War by Michael Foley

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 Michael Foley

Michael Foley developed his interest in railways after training to be a guard on goods trains. He later qualified as a teacher and 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 thirty local and military history books published. He has contributed numerous articles to magazines such as _Best of British_, _This England, Essex Life_ and _Britain at War_. He has also had short stories published in _My Weekly_ magazine. In recent years, he has written a weekly football column for the _Havering Post_ and a weekly local history column for the _Dagenham Post_. He lives in Romford with his wife and grandson.

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NGR9781526786791
9781526786791
1526786796
Britain's Railways in the First World War by Michael Foley
New
Hardback
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
20210702
280
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