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Blitzkrieg

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An internationally bestselling author chronicles the men and machines behind the lightning war--Germany's devastating warfare strategy created in World War II. Written with uncompromising detail. Photographs and illustrations. TP: Ballantine. (Military History)
Mass Market Paperback, 426 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by HarperPrism (first published September 1979)
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Checkman
Sep 03, 2012 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military history buffs
Good easy read. Breaks down the twenty-five years of German history leading up to the beginning of World War II (political & military) and shows how the theory of Blitzkrieg came about and evolved into reality.Deighton writes for the layman and therefore does an excellent job of explaining things in detail. His writing is easy to follow, but there is never the feeling that Deighton is "dumbing down" either. In addition the book is lavisly illustrated with line drawing, maps and photos.

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I read this book in 1980 not long after it was first published in 1979 and I found it to be a very easy to read account of Hitler and the German Army during the early period of World War Two. As mentioned in the earlier review, the author offers a general overview of this period but covers such things as Hitler and his relationship with the German Army and its commanders, Hitlers 'style' of warfare, the concept of 'Blitzkrieg' and the weapons & tactics involved and finally the camapign in Fr...more
Edmond Barrett
Okay but not as good as FIGHTER. One gripe I did have was in regards to a couple of the diagrams. One was of the crew lay out of a Pz III and a Renault FT, which since the latter was a WW1 tank* seemed absolutely meaningless. Still it was a good overview of the campaign.









* Granted there were still some kicking around but they weren't first line units any more.
Joshua Logan
Ive always loved a good non-fiction for it gives you insight to history some were not alive for and this reading the man behind the great wars is even nice because even when everybody hates hitler some may ask such as my self what caused this great dramatic dream to purge the war and have a supreme race, still on my favorites list :)
GlenK
Relatively brief and very readable account of Hitler's rise to power and World War II up to Dunkirk.

A great deal of the focus is on development of tanks, artillery, and other instruments in the service of blitzkrieg but this potentially dry material comes to vividly to life due to, I believe, Deighton's great skill as a novelist.
Mark
This is an interesting book, a good introduction to Hitler's rise to power, and the methodology of Blitzkreig.

As a general overview of the start of World War II I found it very interesting, and helpful with developing a list of sources.
Mike
*** 1/2 Love Len Deighton. This wasn't one of my favorites by him, but it is interested to see the beginning of the war from the eyes of the Germans. "Bomber" was amazing and epic storytelling.
Steven
This was a good read. Touched on the subject of logistics (especially fuel) keeping up with the Panzers during their "schwerpunkt" movements.
John
Slow read but a good one. A good discussion of the evolution of armored warfare and it's equipment from about 1920 to the Fall of France in1940.
Archie Becker
Sep 19, 2007 Archie Becker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in WW2, tank warfare, Nazi Germany, battlefield tactics & strategy
More that you ever wanted to know about tank warfare in WW2 & WW1. I found it very interesting, but acknowledge that I have odd tastes . . .
Tim
Another in the projected series of twelve factual books on WW2. Deightons views coupled with his research always interesting.
James
This was an enjoyable read & a good taste of the German approach to early WWII
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Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force's Special Investigation Branch. After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1949...more
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