Richborough was one of the most important sites in world war one. The port of Dover was full up with the Navy, Folkstone was the port for troops going to the Battle front. Which left a gap which was filled with the building of Port Richborough, which shipped out the supplies needed at the front.In less than a year 70 mile of rail track was laid, dock yards built to construct 1000 ton barges built for use on the French canal system, a Roll on Roll of train ferry built, electric travelling cranes were used to load the ships.As well as equipment going out to France damaged equipment was brought back for re-use. The RNAS had a section at the port for reclaiming parts from aircraft. The first tanks used at the front were shipped from the Port, which at its peak was manned by 24,000 staff. When the Port was re-used in World War Two sections for the Mulberry harbour were built there.