Engines of War

How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways

Christian Wolmar

RRP: £20.00

1 June 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848871731

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891396

Engines of War tells the dramatic story of how the railways revolutionized the nature of warfare, ushering in an age of industrialized conflict in which wars were fought on a previously unimaginable scale. From the moment of its first appearance, the ‘iron road’ not only rendered armies more mobile, but also massively increased the power and the deadliness of the weaponry available to them.

Christian Wolmar’s epic account – of how an invention that brought prosperity in peace-time metamorphosed in time of war into a weapon of death – is counterpointed by a wealth of human stories of personal endeavour and private tragedy. Embracing every major conflict in which railways have played a part – the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the First and Second Boer Wars, the two World Wars, the Korean War and the Cold War, Engines of War is awe-inspiring tale of industrial might and the transformative power of machinery.