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By Nik Cornish

ISBN-10: 1841763039

ISBN-13: 9781841763033

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. [172] The advent of the Minie ball, and subsequent rifled firearms and artillery, should have drastically altered each of the service arm’s tactics. [176] 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[133] 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. [134] [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.

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