Steam Trains were cutting-edge weapons of war in the 19th century — and all the major powers were figuring out how to deploy them. The Europeans learned how to move troops by train. The Americans — how to fight on rail cars. The British, meanwhile, found they could dominate an empire from the tracks.
Contents: A New Factor; Railways in the Civil War; Railway Destruction in War; Control of Railways in War; Protection of Railways in War; Troops and Supplies; Armoured Trains; Railway Ambulance Transport; Preparation in Peace for War; Organisation in Germany; Railway Troops in Germany; France and the War of 1870-71; Organisation in France; Organisation in England; Military Railways; Railways in the Boer War; The Russo-Japanese War; Strategical Railways: Germany; A German-African Empire; Designs on Asiatic Turkey; Summary and Conclusions; Appendix – Indian Frontier Railways – The Defence of Australia; Bibliography; Index.