Supplying the army with goods required logistical effort, support from the private sector and a lot of staff. It was under state and military control and could not run out of the essentials. The population was forcibly recruited to support this military provision, including the women. On land the most important means of transportation was the railway, which transported arms, ammunition, provisions and much more. In the coastal regions goods were transported by ship. This photograph depicts the harbour of Canakkale just as a horse is being unloaded. Despite technological progress horses continued to have an important role during the war, both as transportation and in battle.
This photograph is from the collection of the Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau. The bureau was the propaganda department of the Austro-Hungarian army. This unique collection contains pictures of the war at the eastern and southeastern fronts, the back country and from all areas of the monarchy.
- Article by:
- David Stevenson
From the borrowing of money to the employment of women in industry, Professor David Stevenson examines the strategies used at home to maintain arms for troops, and basic supplies for civilians.
- Article by:
- Matthew Shaw
- The war machine
Millions of animals were relied upon by all sides in World War One. Curator Dr Matthew Shaw discusses the role of animals in transport, logistics, cavalry and communications, and considers their psychological function for troops and as propaganda.