(11.12.1863 - 26.1.1948)
place of birth: Berlin
Königreich Preußen: Artillerie-Kommandeur,
of Modern Artillery" and a genius by many. He served as artillery commander in the 86th Infantry
Division (under Hutier) on the eastern front but essentially functioned as the
chief advisor of artillery issues on both fronts. He was a proponent of the
"creeping barrage" and "hurricane bombardment" of several
hours in order to stun the enemy.
First World War years, Bruchmüller was the
chief officer in charge of artillery preparation for all major offensives on the eastern front.
German troops under his leadership as head of Artillerie- Kommandeur
86 (Arko 86) were attached to several numbered field armies on both
thus saw action during numerous named operations, including: Operations
Michael, Georgette, Blücher, Gneisnau,
Marneschutz- Reims, and the abortive Hagen attack.
one of only four senior artillery officers to win the Pour le Merite
(with Oakleaves). His other war-time decorations included the following:
Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Class, Saxon Order of Albert, Austrian Military
Service Cross, Austrian
Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class, Bavarian Order of Military Merit 3rd Class,
and Bremen Hanseatic Cross. He also carried the nickname Durchbruchmüller, a play on his name
meaning "Breakthrough Bruchmüller."
He was interestingly not chosen for
post-war Reichswehr service and thus retired as a Oberst. However,
he was later awarded the brevet rank of
Generalmajor (Charakter) on 27 August 1939 for Tannenberg
Remembrance Day. Georg Bruchmüller died
Jan 1948 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
le Mérite ................