Maddened, Alfred struck back with a plan to silence all his enemies. At first they were indeed speechless. Had he gone through with it, he too would have been silenced - forever. He proposed that he himself would sit behind his armor while cannon of increasing calibers pounded away at him. He would take minute-by-minute notes, which would survive him, and periodically he would peep out through the shutter, defying them to hit him. Wunderbar! The Bombardment of Krupp! ... His Prokura gently dissuaded him from public suicide.
The Arms of Krupp 1587-1968 by William Manchester Bantam Books Little Brown 1981