Weapons of German Army in World War-I in Romania (1917)
Filmed for HILL 789 Documentary at US Military Academy Museum (West Point) - November 2009

With Professor Robert Citino cv, Charles Boal Ewing Professor of History at the US Military Academy (2008-2009) and Les Jensen, Curator of the Arms and Armor Collection at the Museum
Top: Les Jensen, Curator of Small Arms and Armor, Nicholas Dimancescu, Director of Hill 789, Professor Robert Citino, Ewing Professor of History at West Point (08-09) and currently faculty at University of North Texas, and Dan Dimancescu, Producer of Hill 789.

NOTE: The weapon is a German Maxim 08-15 of the type used by Lt. Erwin Rommel (
SEE MORE) in his advance against Romanian forces on Mt. Cosna (Hill 789) in August 1917. It has a 2000 meter line firing line of sight, holds 250 rounds in a belted cannister, is water cooled, and has a muzzle designed to reduce the gun's flare visibility in night fighting. The weapon weighs 40-45 lbs and over 100 lbs when carried with a sled-like base. Rommel's tactics leading 7 companies (1400 men) are described in his book: "Infantry Attacks" with 135 pages devoted to the Hill 789 battle.

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Photo from Roger Freeman Collection in "The Devil's Brush" (page 146)
The basic German weapons used on Hill 789 included the bolt action carbine with a 5-bullet clip and the concussion grenade. The latter, unlike French provided grenades, killed by causing 'brain concussions' and not by the force of metal shrapnel.

Photos of filming interviews at the United States Military Academy Museum (West Point, NY)
German Maxim 08-15 of the type used by Lt. Erwin Rommel (SEE MORE) in his advance against Romanian forces on Mt. Cosna (Hill 789) in August 1917.