Blitzkreig, Anatomy of a Legend

A concise review of the origins, development and deployment of the advanced tactics that became known as ‘Blitzkrieg’. Much as been written on this subject but this is one of the most effective reviews, available at a very affordable price – Much Recommended.


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NAME: Blitzkrieg, Anatomy of a Legend
FILE: R2696
AUTHOR: Oliver Hayes
PUBLISHER: Bretwalda Books
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  119
PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, armour, 
tactics, technology, application, motorized army, tank, main battle 
tank, reconnaissance tank, armoured car, half-track, mobile artillery, 
anti-tank gun

ISBN: 978-1-910440-48-3

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DESCRIPTION: A concise review of the origins, development and 
deployment of the advanced tactics that became known as 'Blitzkrieg'. 
Much as been written on this subject but this is one of the most 
effective reviews, available at a very affordable price – Much 
Recommended.

In Britain and in France, forward thinking soldiers wrote the first 
specifications for an all arms armour battle plan, inspiring German 
soldiers to develop their own plans. Unfortunately for the British 
and French their politicians and some senior dinosaur officers 
stopped plans developing into equipment, tactics and deployment. As 
a result, the Germans were the first to deploy what came to be known 
as 'Blitzkrieg'.

This new book provides concise text with photographs and maps 
embedded in the text. It reads well and provides a very effective 
review of the anatomy of the legend of Blitzkrieg.

The challenge for the German commanders was how to continue on from 
the first spectacular victories when the politicians and 
industrialists were failing to deliver the next generations of 
technology which was critically needed.  The training and tactics 
were there and ready for 1939 but much of the equipment was not. 
The aviation component suffered from obsolescent aircraft becoming 
obsolete and the next generations arriving late and in insufficient 
numbers at a time when Allied air power was achieving air 
superiority. The pool of new recruits was dwindling, resulting in 
complete units being staffed by the very young, the very old and 
the unfit. The armour had been late from the start, with the 
invasion of Poland being equipped with obsolete reconnaissance 
tanks and a small number of excellent Czech 38t tanks. The PKW III 
and Pkw IV were the first really good German designed tanks but 
they arrived very late and their successors were even further 
behind schedule. The only good position was on artillery which 
maintained its edge if not its numbers, and the expedient assault 
guns that married effective guns with obsolete tank chassis. One of 
the great achievements of the allied bombing campaign was that many 
potent bombardment and anti-tank guns had to be retained in Germany 
as anti-aircraft guns

It is an engrossing story . An understanding of WWII is impossible 
without understanding how Blitzkrieg changed the military maps. 
This book is particularly good for those developing an interest in 
WWII and land forces development.