Transport Goes to War

Category:  Civilian Life

Transport Goes to War

Britain’s transport system was essential for moving people and supplies during wartime. Inevitably, it became a prime target for enemy air raids. This book shows how the civilians who kept the roads, railways and waterways operational were as much in the front line as the troops overseas. It also illustrates the importance of transport to the war effort, and how it successfully kept going despite repeated attacks and limited resources.

Exhibit data

Date:

1942

Approx. size:

18 x 23 cm
(7 x 9 in)

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Caught in the blast of a high-explosive bomb, this bus has been hurled like a stone into a row of terraced houses.

Trains had little protection against air raids, even in tunnels. As the book states, “Trains can’t dodge”.

During the war, rivers and canals were just as important as roads and railways. According to the book, Britain’s waterways carried 12 million tons of wartime goods every year.