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Blitzkrieg

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.

Meat Grinder at Yelnya

Meat Grinder at Yelnya

By Pat McTaggart

 

The smell of victory was in the air as the forces of Field Marshal Fedor von Bock’s Army Group Center continued to drive deep into the Ukraine during the final week of June 1941. To most of the young soldiers of the army group it seemed that this   More »

Pearl Harbor’s Dogfights

Pearl Harbor’s Dogfights

The story of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is of course much broader than just the events surrounding the strike against the U.S. Pacific Fleet. And since the attack over 70 years ago, there has not been a shortage of books and articles detailing the events of this   More »



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