Stormtroop Tactics Innovation in the German Army, 1914-1918

ISBN-10: 0275954013
ISBN-13: 9780275954017
Edition: 1995
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 6/30/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Describing the radical transformation in German Infantry tactics that took place during World War I, this book presents the first detailed account of the evolution of stormtroop tactics available in English. It covers areas previously left unexplored: the German Infantry's tactical heritage, the squad's evolution as a tactical unit, the use of new weapons for close combat, the role of the elite assault units in the development of new tactics, and detailed descriptions of offensive battles that provided the inspiration and testing ground for this new way of fighting. Both a historical investigation and a standard of excellence in infantry tactics, Stormtroop Tactics is required reading for professional military officers and historians as well as enthusiasts. Contrary to previous studies, Stormtroop Tactics proposes that the German Infantry adaption to modern warfare was not a straightforward process resulting from the "top down" intervention of reformers but instead a "bottom up" phenomenon. It was an accumulation of improvisations and ways of dealing with pressing situations that were later sewn together to form what we now call "Blitzkrieg." Focusing on action at the company, platoon, and squad level, Stormtroop Tactics provides a detailed description of the evolution of German defensive tactics during World War I--tactics that were the direct forbears of those used in World War II.

BRUCE I. GUDMUNDSSON is a military historian who studies the way that modern armies adapt to radical change in their operating environments. He divides his time between historical research and assisting present-day military organizations with their own attempts to innovate.

Introduction
Prologue: The Massacre of Innocents
Open Order Tactics
Fortress Warfare
Special Assault Units
Verdun Expansion
Organization and Technology
The Eastern Front Mountain Warfare Cambrai
The Peace Offensive
Conclusion
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