How Germany Makes War

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byFriedrich von Bernhardi

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter iv modern arms and appliances After having attempted to reduce the importance of numbers to its true value, and give force its due with regard to numbers, we must now cast a glance at the military appliances by which the human mind has been unceasingly endeavouring to enhance force by pressing into its service the powers of Nature. Among the mechanical achievements of our age, modern arms rank first, because they directly affect fighting. They must be considered first. But it would not answer my purpose if I gave a complete survey of the present state of armaments in the different armies. I must leave that to expert knowledge in each particular branch. For me, it is a question of tracing the influence of arms on the conduct of war. I therefore need allude to technics only in so far as it is necessary to understand tactics. The infantry being always the decisive arm, its armament is, above all, of the greatest importance. This is shown in all wars by the fact that the losses caused by infantry fire are always considerably higher than those through other arms. The efficiency of infantry arms in the different armies is approximately the same since the small calibre has been adopted everywhere. Their rapidity of fire is great. About twenty rounds can be fired per minute. In compliance with its range, the sights of almost every new weapon are provided with a scale of 2,000 metres. Most armies use the modern pointed bullet. Differences in armaments which might affect tactics do not exist anywhere. The German rifle, in particular, may be said to be a good one in every respect. It quite comes up to modern requirements. Its efficiency, rapidity, and accuracy of fire are good. Its construction is simple and serviceable. Somewhat behind time is, perhaps, the French...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1914. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter iv modern arms and appliances After having attempted to reduce the importance of numbers to its true value, and give force it...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217491693

ISBN - 13:9780217491693

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