War on Wheels

War on Wheels
Book cover

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The stories around the book

War on Wheels, a story about the men and women who mechanised the British Army in WW2, is to be published by The History Press in September 2016. It is available to preorder on Amazon.

“The British Army which crossed to France in 1939 differed from other armies at that time in being fully mechanised.” Report on the British Expeditionary Force

In a little over eight months they discovered to their cost just what a truly mechanised army could do as German General Guderian and his blitzkrieg drove all before them and would have taken the whole force prisoner had Hitler not hesitated.

The next five years would see a completed transformation of the British Army as the the number of vehicles grew from 40,000 to 1.5 million.

The driving force behind mechanisation was the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and the 250,000 soldiers, ATS and civilians who worked in over one hundred massive depots in the UK and in the theatres of war worldwide.

Wheels of War is the story of those men and women, of workers in the motor industry and the vehicles themselves.

This blog will record stories prompted by the book but which could not be included because, for example, I heard about them too late for inclusion. They are nonetheless part of this remarkable story.

This is the link to my own stories about the book and the book's Facebook page.

Ammunition stored by the roadside following Dunkirk