Railroad sagas are explored as railways aligned both for and against the Second Reich: Berlin-Baghdad, Trans-Siberian, Hejaz, African, Italian, American and more. Also detailed are notable individual historic trains such as of those of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II, hospital conveyances, differing gauges, railroad guns, armoured trains, Lenin’s infamous ‘sealed train’ through Germany to Russia and more.
Also described are the famous men who made ‘training’ a successful wartime tool: banker Bleichroder, soldier von Moltke, raiders Lawrence of Arabia, Bulow and Hindenburg, and how Marshal Foch’s railroad dining car became the focal point of the First World War’s final ending. From the very first German passenger service to the Russian Civil War, this is epic railroading as a military force.
REICH RAILS Royal Prussia, Imperial Germany and the First World War 1825-1918
A comprehensive study of Prussian/German railways leading up to and including the Great War. Men, rails, lines, engineers, cars and stations all played a crucial part in Germany’s Wars of Unification during 1864-1871, the inter war years and the final catastrophe that toppled many crowns, thrones and states, all told from a railroad perspective.
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