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The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval
Policy, 1900–1953$
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Peter V. Nash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033679

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033679.001.0001

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Naval Logistics, 1900–1940

Naval Logistics, 1900–1940

Historical Perspective, Political Context

(p.1) 1 Naval Logistics, 1900–1940
The Development of Mobile Logistic Support in Anglo-American Naval Policy, 1900–1953

Peter V. Nash

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides historical context by reviewing the more important milestones in the period from the early 1900s until World War II, when each navy sought to modify its rather static supply infrastructure to become more responsive to the increasing global expeditionary nature of fleet deployment. Both navies developed their plans based on what they perceived to be the geopolitical threats prevailing at the time, taking into account the availability of permanent bases to provide the necessary logistic support for any global response. If fixed bases were unavailable, then an alternative way for supporting fleets had to be found. This led to the development of fleet trains, which only really came in to their own in 1945.

Keywords:   naval logistics, World War II, fleet deployment, supply infrastructure, permanent bases, fleet trains, logistic support, naval logistics

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