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Bayonets before bullets : the Imperial Russian Army, 1861-1914

Author: Bruce Menning
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992.
Series: Indiana-Michigan series in Russian and East European studies.
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Bayonets before Bullets is the first comprehensive institutional and operational history of the Imperial Russian Army during the crucial period of its modernization, 1861-1914. Bruce W. Menning surveys the development of organization, doctrine, and strategy from the aftermath of Russia's defeat in the Crimean War through the wars against Turkey in 1877-1878 and Japan in 1904-1905, to the eve of World War I.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Menning, Bruce.
Bayonets before bullets.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)756418400
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Menning
ISBN: 0253337453 9780253337450
OCLC Number: 25547079
Description: x, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The army of D.A. Miliutin and M.I. Dragomirov --
Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878 --
The army of P.S. Vannovskii and A.N. Kuropatkin --
The legacy of G.A. Leer and M.I. Dragomirov --
Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 --
Theory and structure, 1905-1914: young turks and old realities --
Dilemmas of design and applications, 1905-1914.
Series Title: Indiana-Michigan series in Russian and East European studies.
Responsibility: Bruce W. Menning.

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Bayonets before Bullets is the first comprehensive institutional and operational history of the Imperial Russian Army during the crucial period of its modernization, 1861-1914. Bruce W. Menning surveys the development of organization, doctrine, and strategy from the aftermath of Russia's defeat in the Crimean War through the wars against Turkey in 1877-1878 and Japan in 1904-1905, to the eve of World War I. Describing how the Russian army organized, trained, and armed itself to fight during a critical era of change, Menning weaves analysis of reforms in technology and military art with lively accounts of combat operations and portraits of the personalities involved. Enhanced by superb battlefield maps, operational diagrams, and rare photographs of the leading Russian military commanders, Bayonets before Bullets provides a fascinating account of how the Imperial Russian Army struggled to modernize in a Darwinian world that dealt harshly with those who failed to adapt to changes in technology and military art.

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