Reich Rails: Royal Prussia, Imperial Germany and the First World War 1825-1918

Author(s): Blaine Taylor 

ISBN: 9781781554241
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German railroading revolutionised warfare during 1825-1918.

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  • Of mass appeal to military historians and transport enthusiasts

  • Written and researched by a leading military historian

  • Superbly illustrated with many rare and unpublished

The Great War (1914-18) Centennial began in 2014 and Reich Rails: Royal Prussia, Imperial Germany and the First World War 1825-1918 is a comprehensive study of Prussian/German railways leading up to the war. Men, rails, lines, engineers, cars and stations all played a crucial part in Germany’s Wars of Unification during 1864-1871, the interwar years and the final catastrophe that toppled many crowns, thrones and states, all told from a railroad perspective.

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.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554241
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 192 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 black-and-white photographs



Blaine Taylor is an American author of eleven histories on war, politics, automotives, biography, engineering, architecture, medicine, photography and aviation. This well-read historian is a former Vietnam War soldier and military policeman under enemy fire; political and crime newspaper reporter; award-winning medical journalist; international magazine writer; winner of four political campaigns as a press secretary; and was a US Congressional aide on Capitol Hill, Washington, from 1991 to 1992.

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