Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Myth, Reality, and Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940

eBook - 2016
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In the spring of 1940, the Germans launched a military offensive in France and the Low Countries that married superb intelligence, the latest military thinking, and new technology to achieve in just six weeks what their fathers had failed to achieve in all four years of the First World War. It was a stunning victory, altering the balance of power in Europe in one stroke, and convinced the entire world that the Nazi war machine was unstoppable. But as Lloyd Clark, a leading British military historian and academic, argues in Blitzkrieg, much of our understanding of this victory, and blitzkrieg itself, is based on myth. Far from being a foregone conclusion, Hitler's plan could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. The Germans recognized that success depended not only on surprise, but also on avoiding being drawn into a protracted struggle for which they were not prepared. And while speed was essential, 90% of Germany's ground forces were still reliant on horses, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation. There was a real fear of defeat. Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, Clark argues, the France 1940 campaign revealed Germany and its armed forces to be highly vulnerable-a fact dismissed by Hitler as he began to plan for his invasion of the Soviet Union.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9780802190345
0802190340
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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davidparadis
Feb 10, 2018

A thorough and excellent examination of the Battle of France by a military historian.

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Daveinportland
Dec 03, 2016

This is a very good book that keep the reader's attention as it goes over a large amount of details. I've read a lot of WWII history and know much about this battle before, but never have I studied the finer details. It good to have a better understanding of the slow reactions of all the French forces and the reasons for it. Why the Germans were so successful against the divisions around Sedan. Why the Germans utterly dominated, even though the allies had better quality and quantity when it came to armored forces. Why did Germany dominate in the air to a much larger extent than the numbers would imply. Who knew Guderian was relieved of command 1/2 way though, only to be reinstated? How Rommel's tendency to gloat and embellish the facts impacted the strategic decisions made by the high command ("I was attacked by 5 divisions" instead of much smaller forces).

Anyway, a good book that keeps your attention.

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