The German Blitzkrieg, or Lightning War, was an innovative tactical doctrine employed by the German armed forces during aggressive military operations early in World War II, particularly against Poland in 1939 and France and the Low Countries in the spring of 1940. The concept of Blitzkrieg involved artillery bombardment, rapidly advancing armored spearheads punching holes in opposing lines and striking deep in the enemy rear as infantry followed to exploit any breakthrough. Tactical air support, particularly that of dive bombers acting as airborne artillery, weakened the enemy’s ability to concentrate troops and coordinate a response to a Blitzkrieg assault. The Blitzkrieg utilized speed and coordinated firepower to achieve great success on the battlefield early in World War II.
General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army chief of staff, prepared his nation’s land forces to go to war. More »
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