The influence of railways on military operations in the Russo-German War 1941-45
How Soviet railway superiority made a significant impact on the course of the war
Abstract: In common with much of the historiography of the Russo-German War of 1941-45 there has been extensive study of the role of railways in the war with either side concentrating on different aspects of the subject. But to date there has little attempt to make a comparative study of the railways on both sides and to gauge the effect of differences in capacity on military operations and their outcomes. This lack has allowed one or both sides to obscure key failures and to deflect the influence on military operations away from railways. Yet the ubiquitous nature of railways for travel and transport in Russia, due to the large size of the country and the inability of motor vehicles to support operations beyond 3-400 km, meant that every military operation of the war was dependant on railways and the way in which they were used was a key element in their success or failure. The current study aims to compare operating practices between Soviet and German military railways, to give estimates of the railway capacity available to both sides and then to use this information to gauge the effect of this capacity on military operations.
Logistics of the Combined Arms Army – Motor Transport
Abstract: Motor vehicles have always been regarded as an indicator of modernity, technological advancement and industrial progress, right from the time of the first motor car in 1885. The Soviet Union was no exception, and there is an extensive Soviet historiography of the development of motor transport and its use during the German-Soviet War. The aim of this article is to put the wartime military and economic use of Soviet vehicles into a wider context, highlighting how mechanization was not the only important variable in successful logistics. The case study here will be the role of transportation in the logistics of a Soviet combined arms army (общевойсковая армия) utilizing detailed primary source material from the pamyat-naroda.ru website.
Works in Preparation
A study of the rear of Combined Arms Armies during the second and Third periods of the war
Study of primary source material for the 8th Guards Army during the Vistula-Oder Operation and the 7th Guards Army during the Battle of Kursk and Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev.
The Logistics of horse-drawn armies
Addresses the conflict between Van Creveld's viewpoint and that of James Lynn to create a working model of horse drawn armies from 1613 up to 1945.