- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Military Profession (Paperback (30. Dezember 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0275947505
- ISBN-13: 978-0275947507
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 1,2 x 23,4 cm
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Steel Wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmuller and the Birth of Modern Artillery (Military Profession (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Dezember 1994
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"The author gives a good general overview of artillery tactics of the great powers during the first three years of the Great War, and fits Bruchmuller's contribution nicely into the broad context of the development of artillery tactics."-Choice
"His lucid drafting and generous explanatory notes make his text jump from the page. This is recommended reading for students of World War One tactics."-The Western Front Association
?His lucid drafting and generous explanatory notes make his text jump from the page. This is recommended reading for students of World War One tactics.?-The Western Front Association
?The author gives a good general overview of artillery tactics of the great powers during the first three years of the Great War, and fits Bruchmuller's contribution nicely into the broad context of the development of artillery tactics.?-Choice --This text refers to the Gebundene Ausgabe edition.
"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 ulimately 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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Colonel Bruchmueller did indeed invent modern fire-support. After a rather uneventfull career before the war he rose quickly to the job of the one specialist for offensive employment of artillery power in Germany.
In Riga 1917 he was first able to show the full potential of his theories. In 1918 he further refined these for the final German offensives in the west.
For a modern reader it is amazing how close his plans are to the ideas behind a modern effect matrix. His sequencing of effects and coordination of fires has influenced all modern armies.
A important book for all those interested in the history of artillery and everyone looking for the roots of modern effect planning.
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David Zabecki's book Steelwind is about the history of the developement of artillery in World War
I . A thorough and complex book about Colonel Georg Bruchmuller and coordination of German
artillery .It is a slow read if one is not an artillery professional but well worth the effort.
Mr. Zabecki also discusses the man who was instrumental in developing and executing these tactics --- Col. Georg Bruchmuller. Steel Wind is not, however, a biography of Col. Bruchmuller and we learn very little about him outside of his development of artillery tactics. This lack of biographical detail detracts a bit from the book, as I was interested in learning why this medically discharged Lt. Colonel was able to see the possibilities of artillery that his peers and superiors could not.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
On the first point, "Steel Wind" contains a plethora of information about the first employment of the new artillery means and methods on the Eastern Front (sadly, a front which has gotten little coverage in the English-language histories of the Great War) and the evolution of these tactics through the Kaiserschlacht battles (which is a somewhat redundant phrase). The deposition, organization, and battles involving German artillery forces is methodical, detailed, and extremely thorough. The cornucopia of organizations and acronyms is great but a little overwhelming (not that this is a bad thing -- maybe my little mind just couldn't keep up). Mr. Zabecki's analysis of Gen. Bruckmüller's influence on Western and Soviet/Russian forces artillery depositions is succinct but comprehensive. Given the subject of the book, Mr. Zabecki's does show a preference towards the continuance of Bruckmüller's tactics in the Soviet/Russian armies, but this is understandable. On these points, Mr. Zabecki's book is an invaluable resource for German artillery tactics in the Great War. On the other hand, it utterly fails to document where or how Bruckmüller came to develop and champion such a revolution in artillery tactics.
As with most books which don't really begin until halfway through the overarching events they detail, Mr. Zabecki gives a good overview of artillery tactics (focusing in on the British forces in particular) until 1916 in the first two chapters. From that point on, the focus is on and the book details Bruchmüllers innovative artillery deployments and tactics. But, given that the first action described in detail is the Riga offensives of 1917, the genesis of Bruchmüller's artillery methods appears to have "sprung, full-grown, from the forehead of Zeus." While, Mr. Zabecki does describe Bruckmüller's having been medically retired in 1913, his recall to duty in 1914, and his relatively lowly rank (a point made repeatedly and which starts to sound like Mr. Zabecki's beating a dead horse) for the responsibilities handled by Bruckmüller, the background to _how_ Bruckmüller came to his artillery tactics is given short shrift. Bruckmüller's entire series of actions and employments from the time of his recall in 1914 to his attachment to the Gen. Hell's staff in April 1916 is covered in one paragraph. So, Bruckmüller's career (except being mentioned as being 'lackluster') up to and during the first few years of the war -- the very period when Bruckmüller's artillery tactics were developed -- is spoken of only in passing and only mentioned to establish a continuity of the events. For all of the excellent, detailed, and methodical descriptions of German artillery tactics and deployments post-1917, this yawning, gaping, and black hole-like lack of description of _where_ the Bruckmüller's tactics came from continually undermines the subsequent portions of the book.
For an excellent analysis and description of Bruckmüller's tactics and influence on the world's armies post-1918, Mr. Zabecki's book is an outstanding work. But the lack of coverage of where and how Bruckmüller developed, tested, and came to his revolution in artillery tactics causes the rest of the descriptions and analysis to lack any historical underpinnings -- an attempt to build a house on a ramshackle and nebulous foundation. On the whole, a 2.5 stars (but lacking the ability to select 2.5 stars, rounded up to a 3) for this book.
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