Uddrag fra Geoffrey Wawros artikel “An Army of Pigs”: The Technical, Social and Political Bases of Austrian Schock Tactics, 1859-1866.

Følgende er et uddrag fra Geoffrey Wawros artikel “An Army of Pigs”: The Technical, Social and Political Bases of Austrian Schock Tactics, 1859-1866. Oprindeligt trykt i The Journal of Military History, vol. 59. no 3. (Juli 1995):

The most glaring “qualifying factor” of the Danish War, one remarked by every European army in 1864, was a Skirmish on Jutland at a place called Lundby that pitted 124 Prussians against 180 Danes. The Danes surprised the Prussians on an open moor and charged at them in two company columms. The Prussians deployed quickly in line, allowed the Danes to close to 250 meters, then fired a salve. The Danes staggered, but came on. The Prussians fired a second salvo at 200 meters, a third at 150 meters. The Danes halted and retired. They had lost three officers and eighty-five men: half their effectives. For their part, the Prussians had lost only three men to a ragged Danish volley. To press home their attack, the Danes would have had to cross the final 150 meters onto three or four more salvos. Even Austria’s war ministry applauded “this awesome result of the needle rifle at Lundby, achieved by the methodical, quick delivery of aimed salvos … against two Danish companies in closed order.”

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