(11.12.1863 - 26.1.1948)
place of birth: Berlin
Considered the "Father
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.
During the 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 fronts and
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 on 26
Jan 1948 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.