Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War

Stealing a March

Series 1 - Episode 2 Stealing a March



The first thing to come along faster than a horse in 10,000 years of warfare was a jeep. Historian Saul David tells fascinating stories of how generals stole a march on the enemy in his second instalment about military logistics. But the great thing is that the real detail comes from other experts, including a farrier. So we learn how Napoleon struggled in 1812 because his horses had the wrong horseshoes. Or how the Duke of Marlborough won the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, thanks to a lightweight cart.

It’s superb stuff, taking in the jerrycan and D-Day’s Mulberry harbour, through the difficulties of the Falklands right up to the present day.


Military historian Saul David explains the importance of efficiently moving an army during wartime, as he continues his exploration of the often-overlooked logistical issues that can make a major difference to the outcomes of conflicts. He also examines how generals have approached the problem in the past.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Saul David
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Series Producer Cameron Balbirnie