Supply by rail was an important component of Allied strategy during the Second World War. Special units, called Railway Operating Battalions, were set up by the United States Army to serve in this fashion. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad sponsored one unit, the 728th Railway Operating Battalion, which operated the important rail facilities around Cherbourg, France, a key allied port in the critical period after the Normandy Invasions.
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Wilkins, David Matthew, "The L&N's Battalion: The Story of the 728th Railway Operating Battalion, sponsored by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company during the Second World War" (2002). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 146.