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 battle I, Germany unveiled a brand new weapon – the cellular 42cm (16.5 inch) M-Gerät howitzer. on the time, it was once the biggest artillery piece of its type on the planet and a heavily guarded mystery. whilst battle broke out, of the howitzers have been rushed without delay from the manufacturing facility to Liege the place they fast destroyed forts and forced the castle to give up. After repeat performances at Namur, Maubeuge and Antwerp, German infantrymen christened the howitzers 'Grosse' or 'Dicke Berta' (Fat or significant Bertha) after Bertha von Krupp, proprietor of the Krupp armament works that equipped the howitzers. The nickname used to be quickly picked up via German press which triumphed the 42cm howitzers as Wunderwaffe (wonder weapons), and the legend of massive Bertha used to be born. This booklet information the layout and improvement of German siege weapons prior to and through international warfare I. Accompanying the textual content are many infrequent, never-before-published pictures of 'Big Bertha' and the opposite German siege guns....

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Resupply was a difficult task conducted by battery personnel who shuttled back and forth with trucks and wagons between the battery position and the munitions supply point. Other than the use of heavy ammunition handling equipment, firing procedures for siege artillery were similar to other heavy artillery guns. After every 50 shots, a siege gun was examined by battery personnel. If necessary, repairs were made on the spot using tools and replacement parts in the battery. When a battery left the Front for a rest period, its guns were overhauled in an artillery workshop.

Wagon 1, the equipment wagon, carried the gantry crane and material needed to assemble and disassemble the howitzer barrel. Wagon 2, the platform wagon, had the foundation platform and steel girder rails for hauling the carriage into place on the platform. Wagon 3, the cradle and spade wagon, had the cradle for the howitzer’s barrel and spade. Wagon 4, the carriage wagon, consisted of the howitzer’s own wheeled carriage and trail coupled to a pair of front wheels. The wagon also carried the gantry platform, munitions’ hoist, and blast shield.

Romanych) A Gamma-Gerät howitzer from KMK Battery 1 emplaced near Avricourt, 12 kilometers northeast of Fort Manonviller. The battery fired 158 rounds at the fort during August 25–27, 1914. (NARA) The battle began on August 20 when German troops pushed Belgian infantry back to the line of forts and established artillery observation points. The next day, heavy artillery opened fire on Forts Marchovelette and Andoy. Siege artillery joined in on the 22nd with two M-Gerät howitzers assigned to Fort Marchovelette, four Skoda mortars to Fort Cognelée, and four to Fort Maizeret.

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