Accession Number : ADA299254

Title :   The Logistical Implications of the Prussion Use of Railroads for Strategic and Operational Mobility, 1857-1914.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Pinkston, Bobby R.

PDF Url : ADA299254

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : This study investigates the impact that the use of railroads had on the general performance of the Prussian logistics system. Between l857-l9l4 the Prussians continually expanded their use of railroads for the strategic and operational movement of soldiers and supplies. At the same time their tactical transportation system remained largely unchanged, primarily relying on horses and wagons. This wide technological gap between the strategic/operational and the tactical modes of transportation was a source of continual logistical difficulty for the Prussians. Throughout the period the Prussian Army had great difficulty tactically distributing supplies delivered by the railroads. This study explains how this situation developed, and what was its consequence. It highlights the problems that nations face when they develop one system to the exclusion of its supporting systems.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *RAILROADS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, MOBILITY, IMPACT, ARMY PERSONNEL, THESES, SUPPLIES, MILITARY TACTICS, HORSES.

Subject Categories : Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE