By Nik Cornish
Frequently overshadowed by way of the drama of its catastrophic cave in within the November 1917 Revolution, the Imperial Russian Army's checklist in 1914-16 integrated a few amazing victories. Its human features of patriotism and persistence have been awesome, and in 1916 the 'Brusilov Offensive' at the South-Western entrance outdistanced whatever that used to be being accomplished in France. the range and romance of its uniforms - infantry and cavalry, Guards and Line, Cossacks, armour and Air provider crewmen, even a clergyman - are wonderfully captured right here through Russia's top army artist; and Nik Cornish's specialist textual content is supported by way of tables of insignia and lots of infrequent images.
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Scholars cite the advent of rifled weapons, breech-loading armament, railroads, and the telegraph as examples of new technology available on the battlefield. Increased firepower resulted in the expansion of skirmisher tactics and an emphasis on flanking maneuvers.  The advent of the Minie ball, and subsequent rifled firearms and artillery, should have drastically altered each of the service arm’s tactics.  The tactics of the various service arms were also affected. Rifled artillery now outranged the older smooth bores.
132] In contrast, pre-World War German doctrine made it clear that the main task of field artillery was infantry support: “The principle duty of the field artillery is to support the infantry in the most effective manner.  [original italics]” Specifically, the German Field Artillery Drill Regulations stated that, at critical times, field artillery should be expected to fire from exposed positions to support infantry attacks. German infantry-artillery tactics encompassed rudimentary combined arms tactics.
110] In contrast, the Japanese followed the example of their Prussian tutors and consistently concentrated their artillery fire by massing their batteries. Heeding the advice gleaned from the Franco-Prussian War (imparted by the German advisors), Japanese artillery officers placed a high emphasis on supporting the infantry commander’s intent. A clear understanding and adherence to the commander’s intent allowed the Japanese to more efficiently mass their fires, while maintaining some degree of dispersion.
The Russian Army 1914-18 by Nik Cornish