Steel wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmüller and the birth of modern artillery

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Praeger, 1994 - History - 197 pages
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Steel Wind is a piece of historical detective work that explains how Colonel Georg Bruchmuller, an obscure German artillery officer recalled from retirement, played a pivotal role in the revolution of offensive tactics that took place in 1917-18. Ironically the methods developed by Bruchmuller ultimately were rejected by the German Army of World War II; but they were taken up and applied with a vengeance by the emerging Red Army. The Soviets further developed Bruchmuller's principles and incorporated them into their doctrine, where they remain to this day. Through Soviet doctrine they have become fundamental to the practice of many other armies. Bruchmuller's influence in shaping the former Soviet Army has also been mirrored in the shape of those armies designed to oppose it.

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If you have every wondered exactly how the modern planned artillery barrage developed this is the book to read. Bruchmuller had a real gift for determining how to use the number of guns at his disposal to the best advantage. He has had a major influence on later artillery work as his battles were analyzed both at the time and postwar to determine how to increase the effectiveness of artillery without creating the no-mans-land that the very long bombardments caused. The development of aircraft complimented this development as bombers could be in place much faster than the weeks required to emplace heavy guns. Interesting story, well written by Zabecki and a good compliment to Bruce I. Gudmundsson's _Stormtroop Tactics_ which covers the infantry side of World War One progress to modern warfare. 


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