Lynn, John A.
January 1996
Reader's Companion to Military History;1996, p268
Book Chapter
The article discusses the significance of logistics, the art of supplying and moving armed forces, in military strategy, art and sciences. In the early modern era, European armies dependent on horses for transport could campaign only while grass was in the fields, so as fall set in and fodder withered, armies retired to winter quarters. By the late seventeenth century, armies undertook to supply their soldiers with food from regular magazines and field ovens, but this traded one problem for another, since maneuver became more constrained by supply lines.


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