Railways precipitated the Great War: they were the means by which war was waged, they defined how war was fought on the ground, they changed the character of warfare, they determined the length of the war and, ultimately, they bore witness to its end.
To coincide with the BBC's World War One centenary schedule, BBC Two will be airing a major new five-part series that will use the railways as a new lens through which to view the social and human consequences of this profound historical event.
Part of the esteemed Great British Railway Journeys brand,the programme will tell the story of the world's first war on the rails.
This illustrated companion to the series will explore the numerous ways in which our tracks helped to shape the course of the conflict.
From being used to mobilise the British Expeditionary Force at the start of the war, to transporting grieving relatives to the battlefields on which their loved ones had fought, their importance in our country's military history should not be underestimated.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour)
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/07/2014
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780593074121