Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Supplying War Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources Martin van Creveld examines the nuts and bolts of war He considers the formidable problems of movement and supply trans

  • Title: Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton
  • Author: Martin van Creveld
  • ISBN: 9780521546577
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the nuts and bolts of war He considers the formidable problems of movement and supply, transportation and administration, often mentioned but rarely explored by the vast majority of books on military history By concentrating on logistics rather than on the Drawing on a very wide range of unpublished and previously unexploited sources, Martin van Creveld examines the nuts and bolts of war He considers the formidable problems of movement and supply, transportation and administration, often mentioned but rarely explored by the vast majority of books on military history By concentrating on logistics rather than on the traditional tactics and strategy, van Creveld is also able to offer an original reinterpretation of military history First Edition Hb 1977 0 521 21730 X FIrst Edition Pb 1979 0 521 29793 1

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    1. Martin Levi van Creveld born 5 March 1946 is an Israeli military historian and theorist.Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, and has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971 He is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War 1985 , Supplying War Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton 1977, 2nd edition 2004 , The Transformation of War 1991 , The Sword and the Olive 1998 and The Rise and Decline of the State 1999 are among the best known Van Creveld has lectured or taught at many strategic institutes in the Western world, including the U.S Naval War College.

    2. Impressive. Somewhat difficult to absorb when talking about Napoleon and Marlborough; but treatment of WWII and especially the D-Day landings (latter half of the book) shows some of the best military analysis and writing I've encountered. It is a superbly informative way to view these events; and remains at all times lucid and transparent. Macro-scale topics and micro-scale incidents; choice aphorisms and broad principles are handled in a finely balanced manner. A very fun and engaging read for [...]

    3. "Hundreds of books on strategy and tactics have been written for every one on logistics."Van Creveld takes the unglamorous but necessary task of examining logistics throughout the ages and delivers a fine book that gives the reader a deeper understanding of an often overlooked subject. His conclusions - that "most armies seem to have prepared their campaigns as best as they could on an ad hoc basis, making great, if uncoordinated efforts to gather together the largest possible number of tactical [...]

    4. "Clearly, logistics is the hard part of fighting a war."--Lt. Gen. E. T. Cook, USMC, November 1990"Gentlemen, the officer who doesn't know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless."--Gen. George S. Patton, USA"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics."--Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps)As the last of those three quotes puts so pithily, the true study of war lies less in the romantic areas of strategy and tactics than [...]

    5. Have been reading David Stahel's massive 4 volume work on the opening round on the Eastern Front, his latest book "The Battle for Moscow" references Creveld, on the massive logistic difficulties the Wehrmact faced.Supplying War, Covers the logistical side of the war from some fast moving armies from the 17th century, WWI, the Eastern Front, to D Day. Liked his chapters on WWI, the Schlieffen Plan, and laid the Wehrmact failure of supply out east directly on the OKH.I've enjoyed the book immensel [...]

    6. 4/5 Stars. A very, very dry book for the most part but there are some spots that impressively lighten it up. This book is all about the logistics of warfare. The writer attempts to show how wars are won or lost often through logistical failure or excellence and many times throughout history tactical and strategic excellence failed to achieve the desired result because of a poor mastery of logistics. Would recommend this for anyone in the military in a logistics branch, would not recommend this f [...]

    7. Overall the rating was a 4, but the factual content is a 5 star rating. VanCrevald did an amazing job opening up the field of logistics to military history. As an Army Logistician myself, I believe you need a solid base in history to establish perspective on your operations. the fact that this book covered logistics from an operational perspective was perfect professional development for company grade officers. I would strongly recommend this book for any military logistics professional who want [...]

    8. Un ouvrage très original, qui propose d'analyser quelques grandes campagnes sous l'angle de la logistique exclusivement. Les résultats sont vraiment intéressants, on peut juste regretter que l'auteur ne s'attaque à chaque fois qu'à l'un des deux belligérants (pas toujours le vainqueur d'ailleurs).L'auteur réfute les classements habituels par époque (ancien régime, guerres napoléoniennes, révolution industrielle) ou par technique (cheval, chemin de fer, camion), pour démontrer que la [...]

    9. Old saying: "Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics". From Wallenstein keeping Austria in the Thrty Years War by building one of the first modern supply systems (and becoming a major entrepreneur and making a fortune out of it) to Patton's tanks running out of fuel as their supply lines over-extended, Martin Van Creveld stresses the truth of that old saying. Anyone who considers the difficulties of supplying US forces in Afghanistan (arguments with Pakistan, uncertain use of Centr [...]

    10. There's some great info in this book on the development of modern military logistics, but some of the chapters aren't well organized and sometimes Van Creveld falls short of proving what he's trying to prove. However, there are a lot of counterintuitive and insightful arguments that any military logistician needs to get a handle on in here, making at least one read through worth your time. And when Van Creveld is good, he's great, such as when he's taking apart Rommel or blowing apart the miscon [...]

    11. Probably one of my top ten favourite military history books. I first read it for my BA in the 1970s and still have the original copy. At the time it was a radical approach to the study of logistics and its impact on strategy. Subsequent research and time has wiped some of the gloss off its originality but it remains an important book. Essential reading for scholars, soldiers and anyone interested in how wars are influenced by logistics.

    12. There is an expression in the US military: “Amateurs talk tactics. Professionals talk logistics.” And this is made crystal clear in this book which explains in detail why so many great campaigns in history, such as the German invasion of the Soviet Union, faltered because of totally inadequate logistics planning. The author is the world authority on military logistics. Absolutely first rate.

    13. This book is the first modern study ever to discuss the historical impact that logistics has played in warfare. I thought it was a good read because makes you analyze warfare a little differently. How do you get an army where it needs to go? How do you keep it resupplied? How have armies done this throughout the ages? I found it interesting, but some would say it is boring.

    14. This book started the entire professional historical analysis of logistics in war. Read this and then read Feeding Mars: logistics in Western Warfare from the Middles Ages to the Present ed. by John a Lynn and you will be a knowledgeable chap!

    15. I won't rate this as I focused on the chapter about the WWI Eastern Front. But I will say that after reading that one chapter I had no desire to read the rest of the book.

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