Logistics in World War Two 1939-1945 written by John Harris and published by Pen and Sword Books – £35.00 – Hardback – Pages 439

This heavyweight tome about the Logistics of World War Two looks at the importance in determining the outcome in World War Two. As you can imagine this book is about everything to do with supply, you name it all has to sourced and distributed. Fuel, food, munitions, etc and then the astronomical task of delivery those items in an always moving situation. This look at allied logistics gives the reader a glimpse of what is involved, how much in quantity that is needed and what problems would come up and how they were dealt with. What is also bought up in the book is a look at the vehicles used, often the less glamourous vehicles such as jeeps, tucks, tractors and horse drawn wagons.

Now people are going to look at this and might think that it looks a bit dull or boring, but it honestly a truly fascinating book full of lots of information and jaw dropping information. I should say as a former Scout Leader I used to say when taking 20 kids on camp for a week, I used to joke that it was like feeding an army or going on military manoeuvres. Well this book certainly shows how wrong I was, but it many ways it was similar. The sheer quantities is mind blowing and from reading this book you could argue that the men and women doing this side of the war are just as important as those having to do the fighting. The book has a number of photos, charts and diagrams in, the photos are excellent both in black and white and colour, they mainly are of the vehicles of the less exciting vehicles but they are great none the less and are a key to the book. In my opinions this is a fantastic book, very well written and researched and certainly one I would happily recommend.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.