Delivering Victory: The History of U.S. Military Transportation

Richard E. Killblane
US Army Transportation School, USA

Product Details
29 Nov 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
384 pages - 152 x 229mm


While there are many books on logistics which understand the concept of service and supply, none understand the important role of transportation in synchronizing logistics. Delivering Victory: The History of U.S. Military Transportation covers the evolution of military transportation in the U.S. Armed Forces from the Spanish American War until the recent humanitarian missions to Haiti and West Africa to show how military transportation both synchronizes and creates logistics operations and therefore shapes the conduct of contingency and combat operations.  

Based on a rich selection of both primary and secondary sources, this book explores how the role of military transportation in the U.S has evolved, from disparate organizations to a synchronized logistics approach which connects dots from end to end, from fort and factory, and to the foxhole. Chronicling the birth of a separate branch of the Army during the Second World War and the creation of a strategic logistics technique headed by a single organization, the author demonstrates how transportation created logistics operations due to its inherent moving nature which allowed military operations to change in scale and magnitude. To this end, this book demonstrates how the ability to deploy and sustain mass around the globe became the hallmark of American military transportation capability, and an essential part of delivering victory.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Transportation Concepts 
Chapter 2. Genesis of American Military Transportation 
Chapter 3. WWII Asia Pacific Theater 
Chapter 4. North Africa to the European Theater 
Chapter 5. Cold War 
Chapter 6. Vietnam War 
Chapter 7. A New Army 
Chapter 8. Military Operations Other Than War 
Chapter 9. Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan 
Chapter 10. Operation Iraqi Freedom 
Chapter 11. Rapid Port Opening 
Chapter 12. The Way Ahead
Richard E. Killblane served briefly as an Air Force historian before becoming the U.S. Army Transportation Corps Historian for over 18 years. In this job, he was deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti to record first-hand logistics operations during military contingencies. He served 14 years in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man and officer in the Infantry and Special Forces. He has published numerous articles, chapters and books on military history. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his Master of Art in History from the University of San Diego.

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