The Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun Less
The Place of the Artillery in the BEF, 1914-1918
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Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun Less by Sanders Marble
Book DescriptionSanders Marble's "The Infantry Cannot Do with a Gun Less: The Place of the Artillery in the BEF, 1914-1918" breaks new ground by documenting the role of infantry in what is most often considered to be an artillery war. By showing that gunners in WWI conceptualized their role as a supporting arm, part of a 'fire and movement' structure designed to move other arms forward, Marble posits that artillery was only one element of a larger production. Marble's work meshes with histories on the institutional development of the BEF during WWI and shows that while the artillery's tools and methods changed almost beyond recognition, the arm's place in the army's military culture remained consistent, never asserting the French paradigm of 'artillery conquering, infantry occupying'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231130349
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sanders Marble
Artillery in the Great War, Paperback (October 2013)
* Incisive new study of artillery tactics throughout the Great War * Compares artillery tactics of the principal belligerent nations - Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Ital, Turkey, the United States * Detailed reconstructions of the role of artillery in key battles including Le Cateau, the Somme, Valenciennes
British Artillery on the Western Front in the First World War, Hardback (March 2013)» View all books by Sanders Marble
Providing a systematic investigation into the evolving role of the artillery in the British Expeditionary Force, this study looks at how tactical and operational changes affected the overall Allied strategy. In line with the 'learning curve' thesis, it argues that despite many setbacks and missed opportunities.
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Author Biography - Sanders Marble
Sanders Marble studied at William & Mary, then received his graduate degrees at the University of London. He was a senior historian for www.ehistory.com and a project historian at the Smithsonsion.
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