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the 1st global struggle was once particularly a warfare of logistics. when the clash will ceaselessly be remembered for the dust and slaughter of the Western entrance, it used to be a conflict received at the manufacturing facility ground up to the battlefield. reading the warfare from an business viewpoint, Arming the Western entrance examines how the British among 1900 and 1920 set approximately mobilising monetary and human assets to satisfy the problem of 'industrial war'. starting with an overview of the run as much as battle, the booklet examines Edwardian business-state kinfolk when it comes to armament provide. It then outlines occasions in the course of the first 12 months of the struggle, taking a severe view of competing constructs of the battle and contemplating how those encouraged selection makers in either the non-public and public domain names. This units the framework for an exam of the reaction of commercial organisations to the call for for 'shells extra shells', and their various skill to innovate and deal with altering tools of construction and agency. the result, a crucial topic of the ebook, used to be a posh and evolving trade-off among the volume and caliber of munitions offer, a subject matter that turned relatively acute throughout the conflict of the Somme in 1916. This deepened the commercial and political tensions among the army, the Ministry of Munitions, and personal engineering contractors because the strain to extend output speeded up markedly within the look for victory at the western entrance. the good warfare created a twin military, one within the box, the opposite at domestic generating munitions, and the ultimate element of the publication examines the tensions among the 2 because the state strove for ultimate victory and confronted the demanding situations of the transition to the peace time economy.

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