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Old August 17, 2014, 01:22 PM   #89
Mike Irwin
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The origin of Marching Fire apparently originated in the middle 1800s with the Prussian military against the French.

The French dusted off the concept in the early 1900s in response to the growing application of heavy machine guns. I don't think, however, they ever expected the Germans to roll out as many MG08s as they did, or fire them from hardened positions.

French "feu de marche" was anticipated to be more useful against emplaced, but not dug in, troops, and went hand in hand with their obsessive emphasis on offense, at all times offense, leading up to the disasters of World War I.


The much maligned Chauchat was originally developed to give French troops an advantage in firepower while advancing.
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