All the Kaiser's Men: The Life and Death of the German Army by Ian Passingham

By Ian Passingham

Confident that either God and the Kaiser have been on their facet, the officials and males of the Imperial German military went to battle in 1914, supremely convinced that they have been destined for a speedy and crushing victory within the West. The much-vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the predicted German victory was once dependent supplied for an both decisive victory at the japanese entrance. however it was once to not be. From the iciness of 1914 until eventually the early months of 1918, the struggle at the Western entrance used to be characterised via trench battle.

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The M1916 was one of the most common types of helmet used by the Finn in the Winter War. He wears the Civil Guard badge of an ‘S’ (Suojeluskunta) surmounted by fir twigs against a bi-coloured background, incorporating the colours of his district. indd 42 the Mosin-Nagant M1891 rifle. International involvement in the project included the manufacture of new barrels in Germany (13,000) and Switzerland (8,000). Barring the first 3,000 barrels manufactured by SIG in Switzerland, all were heavier and stepped at the muzzle end, this latter feature enabling the fitting of the M1891 bayonet.

Towards the end of the 1930s, the PE sight’s design was improved, the new model being designated the PEM (Unified Model Modernized). The Spanish Civil War proved to be an ideal testing ground for the new sniping rifle significant numbers of PE-sighted examples of which were sold by the Soviets to the Republicans. It took time for the rifles to be used effectively as the Spanish had no history either of hunting with rifles or of target marksmanship. This skill developed, however, as is illustrated by the following quotation from B.

The Germans made enthusiastic use of captured enemy rifles (Beutegewehren) – the Army’s 50th, 52nd, 54th and 56th divisions were all armed with captured Mosin-Nagants – because this freed up arsenals to produce Mauser rifles and carbines for use at the front. Troops behind the front line who still needed to be armed, found themselves increasingly equipped with Beutegewehren. M1891s especially were used to arm whole Landsturm (Home Guard) battalions and naval infantry divisions; ambulance-drivers, military railway troops, coastal gunners, airship troops and recruits in training establishments were also recipients of captured Mosin-Nagants.

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