Osprey's examination of trench warfare tactics during World War I (1914-1918). The Allied attempt to break the stalemate of trench warfare by the 'big pushes' of 1916 led to massively costly battles of attrition. The Germans responded by developing schemes of defence in depth anchored on concrete bunkers; the Allies, by sophisticated artillery tactics in support of infantry assaults, and by the introduction of the tank - at first an accident-prone novelty, but later a front-breaking weapon. On both sides the small, self-reliant, opportunistic infantry unit, with its own specialist weapons, became the basic tool of attack. This second of a fascinating two-part study of the birth of 20th century tactics is illustrated in colour and includes rare photographs.
About the Author
Dr Stephen Bull is the Curator of the Museum of Lancashire in Preston. Born in 1960, he graduated from the University of Wales with a BA (Hons) in history in 1981, and obtained his doctorate from University College, Swansea. For several years he worked at the National Army Museum, on a fortifications project and later in the Weapons Department. He has written numerous articles for specialist journals, including a number on the weapons and tactics of World War I.
Table of Contents· 1916; 'the big push' against established trench lines · The Somme · Standardised production of trench materials - trench camouflage · Advances in gas warfare · Infantry training · Light machine guns · 1917: Messines & Vimy - tunnel and mine warfare · Creeping barrages - tanks - light machine guns down to section level - flame throwers · New defensive systems · 1918: the deadlock broken · German stormtroopers, British 'blobs & worms' · Trench howitzers - anti-tank rifles - sub-machine guns · Battles: the Kaisershlacht - French and Americans on the Argonne - the British break the Hindenburg Line.