Military Flooring – Part 1: A Brief History of Military Flooring

Millions of people obsess over military history. But they’re often attracted to the salacious details: how many tons of munitions were dropped on such-and-such city? Who won what battle and with what strategy? How did brilliant general so-and-so pull off a miracle underdog turnaround?


Reading that history is essential. After all, those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. However, we need to remember another military aphorism: for want of a nail, the kingdom was lost.

"For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost."
“For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost.” (Knight at the Crossroads, by Victor Vasnetsov . State Russian Museum)

There are many variations of this proverb, but one of them goes like this:


“For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the message was lost.

For want of a message the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”


This doesn’t mean that minor pieces of kit can win battles; rather, it tells us that small details can often have profound, far reaching effects.


To that end, we’d like to take you on a short journey through history, where flooring did just that: had a positive effect on mission accomplishment by enabling military units to be more effective at their jobs.


In subsequent posts, we’ll discuss how Bike Track came to be a player in this field and how we’re still helping units accomplish their missions all over the globe.


We’ll explore the origin story of modern military tent flooring in our next post. For now, if you need help with a flooring project, contact the team at Bike Track at 888-663-8537.