War Diaries Talk

Div. Train

  • 141Dial34 by 141Dial34

    Can you tell me more about the "trains" please? Wikipedia is lacking.The first half of this diary will look like this..orders etc with the occasional name which is duplicated in the separate diaries. Is it a communications hub? The second half is individual company diaries.


  • HeatherC by HeatherC moderator

    It's the transport organisation for the Division. Try this http://www.1914-1918.net/what_divtrain.html and for more general info on ASC try this http://www.1914-1918.net/asc.htm


  • David_Underdown by David_Underdown moderator

    Terms like baggage train and artillery train go back centuries (at least the 17th), but can be slightly confusing to modern eyes which tend to assume that trains are things which run on railways!


  • cyngast by cyngast moderator

    This is one example of things I have learned about since working on this project. I'm currently in the middle of an historical novel set during the American Revolutionary War. (I don't know what it's called in British history!) It switches from the British Army to the Continental Army (Americans) and in both settings I've come across terms like ammunition dumps and horse parks and thought, "Oh, I know what those are!" I don't think I've actually seen horse park in any diaries here but I'm assuming it's similar to the horse lines mentioned in the diaries. Dump was a term I actually had to get the sense of here because to me a dump is where you put things you don't want, like rubbish. In the U.S. they're now more politely called landfills.