Blitzkrieg, Lightning War

D0194

This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German and Allied cameramen. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material telling the story of the German combined arms concepts that delivered lightning war in the prelude to WWII and from 1939.

This powerful film presents a stunning picture of the Lightning War from the invasion of Poland to the defeat of France.

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NAME: Blitzkrieg, Lightning War
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0194
DATE: 040315
PRESENTER(S): war-time newsreel footage
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 58 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, battles, tank battles, Panzer, Pkw, tanks, army co-operation aircraft, flying artillery, mechanized infantry, anti-tank guns
ISBN: 0-24762-097-1
IMAGE: D0194
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DESCRIPTION: This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German and Allied cameramen. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material telling the story of the German combined arms concepts that delivered lightning war in the prelude to WWII and from 1939.

The Treaty of Versailles was unable to constrain the German military ambitions and its harsh terms inflamed German opinion. Blitzkrieg was a concept that began during the closing months of WWI. The first tanks and sub-machine guns demonstrated how these new weapons could be used by storm troops to break through enemy defences and bypass enemy strong points in a war of rapid movement. The first anti-tank guns and the availability of ground attack aircraft were also operating during the closing stages of WWI.

After the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the Germans began to operate covert training camps in Russia to develop these new military concepts, train soldiers and test weapons. By the time that Hitler came to power, the program was well-underway and his initial significant contribution was to bring the covert operation back onto German soil and then announce what had been achieved.

The reality was somewhat short of the propaganda claims. The basic elements, equipment and tactics were there, but early German tanks were lightly armed and armoured reconnaissance vehicles, few anti-tank guns, little equipment to mechanise the infantry, continued dependence on horse drawn vehicles, and biplane attack aircraft.

By 1939 the situation was changing and the availability of Czech munitions, and particularly Czech armour, was taking the plans forward. German aircraft development had been rapid, with tough, effective, monoplane dive bombers providing flying artillery. Medium bombers provided a quazi strategic air capability that could area bomb larger targets, including strong points that the advancing German Army had swept around. The use of monoplane transports and assault gliders introduced vertical insertion capability to support the advancing armour and take out key defensive points. There was also increasing availability of mechanized transport to enable infantry and artillery to keep up with the advancing storm forces.

This powerful film presents a stunning picture of the Lightning War from the invasion of Poland to the defeat of France.

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