The Importance Of Changes To The Assault Battalion

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because the assault detachment’s first mission was to act like regular infantry by defending the trench line against French attack. It was quickly found that the large amount of muzzle fire from the cannon gave away it’s location, making it an easy target. Combined with the improper use as line infantry, the assault detachment quickly took casualties (Gudmundsson 46-47). Due to such poor performance, Major Caslow was replaced in August of 1915 by Captain Rohr of the prestigious Guard Rifle Battalion (Gudmundsson 46-47). Rohr made various changes to the Assault Detachment which lifted them in the eyes of influential people such as the Crown Prince William and General Erich Ludendorff. With upper level support, Rohr’s Assault Battalion became

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