By Marc Romanych,Martin Rupp, et al.ePub Direct|Osprey Publishing Ltd||Osprey PublishingAdult NonfictionHistoryLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 20.01.2014Street date: 20.01.2014
In the early days of global warfare I, Germany unveiled a brand new weapon – the cellular 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Gerät howitzer. on the time, it was once the most important artillery piece of its sort on the earth and a heavily guarded mystery. while warfare broke out, of the howitzers have been rushed without delay from the manufacturing unit to Liege the place they quick destroyed forts and forced the citadel to give up. After repeat performances at Namur, Maubeuge and Antwerp, German squaddies christened the howitzers 'Grosse' or 'Dicke Berta' (Fat or gigantic Bertha) after Bertha von Krupp, proprietor of the Krupp armament works that outfitted the howitzers. The nickname was once quickly picked up by means of German press which triumphed the 42cm howitzers as Wunderwaffe (wonder weapons), and the legend of massive Bertha was once born. This ebook information the layout and improvement of German siege weapons earlier than and through international struggle I. Accompanying the textual content are many infrequent, never-before-published photos of 'Big Bertha' and the opposite German siege guns....
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Shrouded in secrecy, the existence of mobile 42cm howitzers came as a shocking surprise to the Allied Armies. After Liège fell, wild rumors circulated about the guns, and the name “Big Bertha” was commonly used to refer to any large-calibre German artillery piece. Misinformation flourished and the mythology of “Big Bertha” grew, spawning several falsehoods that live on to this day in English-language histories of the war. At the war’s start, the German Army had only two prototype 42cm M-Gerät “Big Bertha” howitzers, both of which were undergoing pre-production modifications.
Romanych) Namur was captured after five days of bombardment. Rapid fall of the fortress was the result of the siege artillery. Three forts were reduced by 21cm howitzers which fired a total of 6,763 rounds and five fell to the siege guns which fired 699 rounds. One fort surrendered without being bombarded. 5cm and 42cm rounds). The 42cm howitzers were far more effective than the Skoda mortars; however, to protect the secrecy of KMK Battery 3’s M-Geräts, the Skoda mortars were given credit for destroying the fortress.
In response to the possibility of a two-front war, new Chief of the General Staff, Generalfeldmarschall von Schlieffen, developed a strategy to defend against Russia while attacking France. A key and unsolved component of his plan was the quick reduction of fortifications that blocked invasion routes into France. Lacking any means to destroy the fortifications, the General Staff turned its attention to large-caliber siege artillery as a solution. R. R. R. 5cm Beta-Gerät – The First Siege Gun The German Army’s Artillerie-Prüfungskommission or APK (Artillery Test Commission) supervised development and testing of artillery.
42cm "Big Bertha" and German Siege Artillery of World War I by Marc Romanych,Martin Rupp, et al.ePub Direct|Osprey Publishing Ltd||Osprey PublishingAdult NonfictionHistoryLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 20.01.2014Street date: 20.01.2014