Artillery Combat in World War 1


This video will focus on how the use of Artillery changed throughout the war and cover some of the many major innovations. Artillery tactics changed to a large …


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  1. Mike Fluff says:

    wait, for real? Cover helps againsy artilery?Or maybe just WW1-WW2 artilery?

  2. redlegagent says:

    As noted – the real impact of artillery was not so much the destructive power of the guns themselves – rather the incorporation of artillery into battle plans signaled the rise of "coordinated battle" which was the real determining factor of success in war.  Massive artillery use often simply turned the terrain into a mess – thus you substituted one set of obstacles for another.  With the advent of tanks this became even more of an issue.  Artillery evolved from simply assisting the infantry to attack to being used as noted to disrupt counter-attacks, destroy fortifications, harassment fire, etc..  Towards the end of the war the Germans were the ones who formulated the "shock troop" concept which was the precursor to modern combined arms theory.  Before the war the basic military tenet as espoused by the French was "élan".  They believed that the measure of an attack's success could be determined by the level of bravado by which it was waged.  As such we saw in the early stages masses of troops being thrown against fortifications with disastrous results because no matter how "positive" the commanders pushed the battle – bullets still beat flesh.  It should be noted that one of the most successful German generals of WWII started out as an artillery officer in WWI – Kesselring. He like other officers who served on the general staff etc. were the ones who came to understand the necessity of coordinated attacks between the various forces.  An Infantry officer need only focus on their unit while a staff officer must understand how to get the various units to work in tandem. The greater command and control as synchronicity – the better the outcome of the battle. That level of understanding coupled with the advent of the radio and new weapons like tanks is what made the subsequent Blitzkrieg theory and modern combined arms warfare possible.

  3. It seems implied in a book I read about sniping developments that lot of observed fire was directed by snipers and that sniping was merely a secondary role to intelligence collection due to the nature of the job, where firing a shot exposes a concealed position that counter-snipers can zero in on.

  4. Amazing video man


  6. Capt Char says:

    Sick burn with the Spandau note

  7. Very interesting summary of the changes in WW1 artillery. It would be great to have a follow up on what happened during WW2, since the changes were easily as great (e.g. anti-tank, radio, more coordination, naval bombardment for landings, proximity fuses). Thanks!

  8. John Cullen says:

    Many reasons why I love your channel: 9:38 is one of them. Not many people understand any wars at all, but I'm glad I found a channel that really digs deep into them. I completely love the fact you explain everything like it's to a new person, because it's always useful to get a refresher. Every since playing Napolean total war when I was maybe 14? I couldn't help but notice that when you look at the way 1914-15 played out, you just wanna go back in time and tell them to bloody stop thinking like it's Napoleon's time, and to start thinking LIKE Napoleon! I feel like he would be shaking his fists in anger at these people still using his tactics, if he could somehow watch everything that played out since his death from his grave. I'm sure he's rolling it in everytime someone mentions his name talking about WW1.

  9. I love the Lewis Spandau snark.

  10. This is so awesome. I can't believe it only has 56,000 views. This is the future of education. And German, to boot — which means it's the best (superior numbers be damned).

  11. Your channel is simply awesome man, I was looking for something like that. +1 sub

  12. Marc83Aus says:

    A Spandau and a Lewis together? Why not, there's no need to fight.

  13. Devon Blank says:

    could you do a video on track destroyers or stationary direct fire artillery pieces in ww2 ie the pak guns?

  14. Great video, thank you very much!

  15. love your videos and god knows my german is rubbish but please… Iron is pronounced "I on". Keep up the good work, much love.

  16. PaltryPete says:

    Nice comment in the buttom of the screen at about 14:50

  17. Incredible use of data and enriching information that makes warfare history come alive! You earned a sub from the U.S.!!! Keep up the good work Fritz. ;-)

  18. slop_dosh says:

    Is the Lewis and Spandau thing a LindeyBeige reference?

  19. SovietGrazz says:

    Haha, that Spandau reference – I got it :P

  20. 15:00 Obviously the Spandau was better than the Lewis … it is on top in the icon.    lol

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