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Railways
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Railways

A means of mass transportation of persons and goods, developed in the 19th century, and adapted for military purposes in the second half of the century. The first extensive and operationally effective implementation of plans for the transportation of major bodies of troops by rail occurred in the wars of 1866 and 1870/1871. From that point on, all general staffs included the railways in their operational plans, and created specialized military units for the construction, safeguarding, and running of railways in time of war. Strategic lines were incorporated into the main pha…

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Thoss, Bruno, “Railways”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 22 May 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0484>
First published online: 2015



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