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Manufacturing and the Great War

1st Edition

By Wayne Osborne


200 pages

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Hardback: 9781138505087
pub: 2019-07-31
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Prior to 1914, wars had been comparatively small affairs using relatively small amounts of military supplies and, despite warnings, British industry and government initially failed to grasp the scale of the war with demand for munitions soon outstripping supply. This book chronicles the build-up of British munitions production during the Great War and the methods the British used in terms of adapting the workforce and production in order to resolve the conflict in their favour. Examining the battles of Loos, The Somme, Arras and the 100 Days Campaign to chart the material ability to sustain the British war effort.

Table of Contents




1: Military Procurement prior to the Great War

2: Railway Issues

3: Munitions Manufacture

4: Artillery and Loos

5: The Workforce

6: Education and Industrial Training

7: Artillery, Ammunition and the Somme Campaign

8: Artillery, Supply and Arras

9: Worker Welfare

10: To the Armistice

11: End Piece



About the Author

Wayne Osborne holds an MA in History from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Great War Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in First World War History

The First World War is a subject of perennial interest to historians and is often regarded as a watershed event, marking the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the 'modern' industrial world. The sheer scale of the conflict and massive loss of life means that it is constantly being assessed and reassessed to examine its lasting military, political, sociological, industrial, cultural and economic impact. Reflecting the latest international scholarly research, the Ashgate Studies in First World War History series provides a unique platform for the publication of monographs on all aspects of the Great War. Whilst the main thrust of the series is on the military aspects of the conflict, other related areas (including cultural, visual, literary, political and social) are also addressed. Books published are aimed primarily at a post-graduate academic audience, furthering exciting recent interpretations of the war, whilst still being accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience of educated lay readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / World War I
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century