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Stormtroop Tactics
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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 Appendix A: The Wilhelm Raid Appendix B: The Jacobsbrunnen Raid Appendix C: AndRE Laffargue Bibliography Indexes

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Describing the radical transformation in German infantry tactics that took place during World War I, this is the first detailed account of the evolution of stormtroop tactics available in English. It covers 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, and detailed descriptions of offensive battles.

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BRUCE I. GUDMUNDSSON is a military historian on the faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia. Mr. Gudmundsson is a frequent contributor to the Marine Corps Gazzette.

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"For too long, a curious mystery has enveloped the origin of German stormtroop tactics in World War I. Like Topsy they just growed. But as Bruce Gudmundsson demonstrates in this admirable contribution to the literature of military history, the principles of open-order tactics, which were at the heart of infiltration, go back to the Boer War; even by the end of 1914, German commanders were experimenting with the rudiments of new attack forms. That conventional trench warfare was bound to end, and did so on March 21, 1918, should no longer puzzle us. What Colonel G. C. Wynne once did for the evolution of German defensive tactics in the Great War, Captain Gudmundsson has now done, and remarkably, for their offensive equivalent."-The Quarterly Journal of Military History
"Very useful for modern soldiers who must consider how their own doctrine...must be adapted to meet the changes technology and circumstance will impose on their own future battlefield."-ARMY
"Bruce Gudmundsson has written a useful book on the development of tactics in the German army in World War I, with the emphasis on the evolution of stormtroop tactics....Gudmundsson's book is a good one: well-researched, to the point, and logical in its presentation. It is essential reading for those interested both in tactical innovation and in the German army in World War I."-The Journal of Military History
"[Stormtroop Tactics] is recommended reading for all military professionals."-INFANTRY MAGAZINE
"YStormtroop Tactics is recommended reading for all military professionals."-INFANTRY MAGAZINE
?[Stormtroop Tactics] is recommended reading for all military professionals.?-INFANTRY MAGAZINE
?Bruce Gudmundsson has written a useful book on the development of tactics in the German army in World War I, with the emphasis on the evolution of stormtroop tactics....Gudmundsson's book is a good one: well-researched, to the point, and logical in its presentation. It is essential reading for those interested both in tactical innovation and in the German army in World War I.?-The Journal of Military History
?Very useful for modern soldiers who must consider how their own doctrine...must be adapted to meet the changes technology and circumstance will impose on their own future battlefield.?-ARMY
?For too long, a curious mystery has enveloped the origin of German stormtroop tactics in World War I. Like Topsy they just growed. But as Bruce Gudmundsson demonstrates in this admirable contribution to the literature of military history, the principles of open-order tactics, which were at the heart of infiltration, go back to the Boer War; even by the end of 1914, German commanders were experimenting with the rudiments of new attack forms. That conventional trench warfare was bound to end, and did so on March 21, 1918, should no longer puzzle us. What Colonel G. C. Wynne once did for the evolution of German defensive tactics in the Great War, Captain Gudmundsson has now done, and remarkably, for their offensive equivalent.?-The Quarterly Journal of Military History

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