Supply wagon

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A Supply train is a term in military logistics describing a group of wagons used to carry military supplies to the battlefield that was used from the 18th century to the mid-20th century.[1]


Starting in the French and Indian War, both sides used the military logistical strategy known as "supply train" to supply troops on the front. During the Revolutionary War, both the "Patriots" and the British used the strategy known as "supply train" to supply their troops on the front.[2] During the American Civil War, both the Union) and the Confederate armies used supply trains to carry supplies to the front [3]

During the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, both the French Empire and the opposing coalitions used supply trains to help relive their troops on the front especially in the failed French invasion of Russia [4] US Army logistical site with an article about the history of military logistics, written on January/February,2012.

In the 20th century, supply trains were used during World War I to the end of World War II The Central Powers and the Allied powers used supply trains on difficult terrain to supply troops on the front.[5] After World War II, the military strategy known as "supply train" was left behind when automobiles were used to carry troops and supplies to the front.


  1. ^ [1] Encyclopedia Britannica
  2. ^ History of the US Army,March 14,1980
  3. ^ [2] The Daily Herald, February 24, 2012
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  5. ^ [3] US Army Transportation Corps school website,May 15, 2013

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