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.
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 IMAGE: B2696.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ybe2r63k LINKS: 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.