On the Road to Victory written by Michael Harrison and published by Pen and Sword Books.

I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy this book, mainly because I didn’t realise how many motorised vehicles were used by the British during World War One and secondly I’m not the biggest fan of motor vehicles. But this book was a really big eye opener to me. I knew that many of the countries going to war were not very mechanised with the exception of the British army, but when you read this book the sheer volume of vehicles used in this case by the BEF is enormous. Yes they did use lots of horse power during the war, which had been my impression but it turns out the British used a lot of motorised vehicles. Although this book is mainly about vans and working vehicles, I find it staggering because when you look at the size and thinness of the wheels it is hard to fathom how they managed other than to only keep to concrete roads, because I imagine many would have got stuck in all the mud.

This was a fascinating read throughout, along with being a well written book as it would be published by Pen and Sword Books. The author Michael Harrison has included a great many pictures, illustrations, cartoons, advertisements and photos into the book, they are all first class and really do liven up an excellent book. On a final note, having just read another fine Pen and Sword book, Images of War – Operation Dynamo. I can now see where it seems most of the vehicles ended up having to be used to transport soldiers back to Dunkirk in order to get back to Britain. I will give this book an excellent 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.