Blitzkrieg - The Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France

Author(s): Stephen A. Hart (Volume Editor); Russell Hart (Volume Editor)


A fascinating study of the devastating new form of warfare that redrew the map of Europe in the opening year of World War II, bringing about the military collapse of three modern industrialized armies. On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany launched the invasion of Poland, employing a new type of offensivewarfare: Blitzkrieg. So named by Allied observers because of the shock and rapidity of its effects, this newapproach was based on speed, manoeuvrability and concentration of firepower. The strategy saw startlingsuccess as the panzer divisions, supported by Stuka dive-bombers, spread terror and mayhem, reachingWarsaw in just one week. Aided by the intervention of the Soviet Union in the east, the campaign was overin a mere 36 days.This astonishing feat was followed by Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Denmark and then Norway in1940, the first joint air-sea-land campaign in the history of warfare. Even more striking an achievement wasthe swift and conclusive defeat of France during May-June 1940. Refusing to let its forces dash themselvesagainst the fortifications of the Maginot Line, Germany instead sent its divisions through neutral Belgiumand northern France in Fall Gelb ('Case Yellow'), destroying Allied resistance and pursuing the remnant ofthe British and French forces to Dunkirk in an audacious and devastatingly effective assault. During thecourse of Fall Rot ('Case Red') over the following 20 days, German forces pressed the attack and by 25 Junehad forced France's leaders into a humiliating capitulation.Illustrated throughout with detailed maps, artwork and contemporary photographs, Blitzkrieg: TheInvasion of Poland to the Fall of France tells the story of these first breakneck attacks, examining the armedforces, leaders, technology, planning and execution in each campaign as well as the challenges faced by theGermans in the pursuit of this new and deadly form of warfare.


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  • : 9781472847874
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : 1.27459
  • : September 2021
  • : 1.22 Inches X 7.73 Inches X 9.85 Inches
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  • : Stephen A. Hart (Volume Editor); Russell Hart (Volume Editor)
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 940.54013
  • : 304