New PDF release: 42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of WWI
By Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp, Henry Morshead
Within the early days of global conflict I, Germany unveiled a brand new weapon – the cellular 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Gerät howitzer. on the time, it used to be the most important artillery piece of its variety on the earth and a heavily guarded mystery. whilst battle broke out, of the howitzers have been rushed at once from the manufacturing facility to Liege the place they speedy 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 sizeable Bertha) after Bertha von Krupp, proprietor of the Krupp armament works that equipped the howitzers. The nickname used to be quickly picked up through German press which triumphed the 42cm howitzers as Wunderwaffe (wonder weapons), and the legend of massive Bertha used to be born. This ebook information the layout and improvement of German siege weapons prior to and through global battle I. Accompanying the textual content are many infrequent, never-before-published photos of ‘Big Bertha’ and the opposite German siege weapons. color illustrations depict an important features of the German siege artillery.
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To Roger Collier of Pristine Image for professionally restoring many of the images used in this book. And ﬁnally, to our wives, Jackie Scott and Anja Rupp, whose support is the true reason for our success in this endeavor. com Osprey Publishing is part of the Osprey Group © 2013 Osprey Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, electrical, chemical, mechanical, optical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.
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. Meanwhile, at the other end of the Front, the German Sixth Army in Lorraine attempted to breach the French fortress zone between Toul and Epinal.
The shelling increased over the next few days as more artillery and the siege guns joined in, although shortages of ammunition kept the heavy and siege artillery from achieving rates of fire similar to that at Liège and Namur. At its peak, eight 21cm howitzer and five siege artillery batteries were firing. 5cm Skoda batteries fired on Fort Boussois and neighboring interval work Rocq. 5cm and 42cm guns soon pulverized the masonry fortifications, significantly damaging Bersillies, La Salmagne, and Boussois.
42cm 'Big Bertha' and German Siege Artillery of WWI by Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp, Henry Morshead