Naval Logistics, 1900–1940

Peter V. Nash

in The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033679
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038711 | DOI:
Naval Logistics, 1900–1940

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This chapter provides historical context by reviewing the more important milestones in the period from the early 1900s until World War II, when each navy sought to modify its rather static supply infrastructure to become more responsive to the increasing global expeditionary nature of fleet deployment. Both navies developed their plans based on what they perceived to be the geopolitical threats prevailing at the time, taking into account the availability of permanent bases to provide the necessary logistic support for any global response. If fixed bases were unavailable, then an alternative way for supporting fleets had to be found. This led to the development of fleet trains, which only really came in to their own in 1945.

Keywords: naval logistics; World War II; fleet deployment; supply infrastructure; permanent bases; fleet trains; logistic support; naval logistics

Chapter.  9613 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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