British Military Transport World War Two
By David E Jane
Publisher: Almark 1978 50 Pages
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When dealing with military vehicles in service, it is quite natural to think immediately of tanks, armoured cars and other hardware' that form the fighting force of any army. It is these vehicles that attract the most glamour and hence the most interest, but if an army consisted of just fighting vehicles it would be useless as an offensive, or even defensive force, because lines of supply and communication must exist to provide the constant stream of ammunition, food and stores that will inevitably be required. This is where the transport side achieves its importance.
In this book I am dealing specifically with a survey of the transport vehicles of the British Army during the Second World War or - the cars, trucks and lorries that were used to transport men, machines and equipment from one place to another. Trucks used for specialist non-transport purposes, such as wireless, machinery workshop, mobile laboratory, etc. are not included as these are outside the terms of reference. The title may be taken quite literally, for we are not dealing just with British Army' transport, but also British' army transport - in other words, the vehicles of British manufacture that were used for this purpose. Vehicles of American and Commonwealth manufacture will form the subjects of future books in this series.