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Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  759 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Len Deighton brings to bear all the skills of a best-selling novelist in this compelling study.

In Blitzkrieg, Len Deighton turns a searchlight on the rise of Hitler, the lightning dash of his armies to the Channel coast in 1940 and on the debacle of Dunkirk, where — in a mistake that was to trigger his eventual downfall — a quarter of a million British troops were allowed
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Pimlico (first published September 1st 1979)
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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
Blitzkrieg is just what I was looking for - a tightly written, easily understood entre into WWII history. The book spends some time running through the primary and ancillary causes of the war, the rise of Hitler, and the development of British, German, and French thinking on the employment of armor. It then goes into the history of the invasion of Poland, the battle for the Low Counties and France, and the reasons why the Germans were able to accomplish such an audacious task (and how tenuous th ...more
Chris Passingham
Not in the same league as "Fighter" but a superb work of non fiction anyway.
Fairly straightforward account of how the Nazi regime (and the German army) developed the weapons and tactics of the one pure Blitzkrieg operation - the fall of France.

It was written by a novelist, and written a fair while back now, so it is starting to show both age (homosexual Ernst Rohm stacked the SA with "fellow perverts" for instance) and lack of detailed awareness of some of the more technical sides to things, but because it was a novelist, the prose is quite fresh and breezy.

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Thomas Shears
A nice overview of the Nazi's rise to power, and subsequent development of the blitzkrieg techniques used so effectively against France.
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 :)
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.
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.
*** 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.
Fredrick Danysh
A historical account of Hilter's rise to power to the invasion of France and the fall of the British army at Dunkirk. Deighton puts a different spin on these historic events.
This was a good read. Touched on the subject of logistics (especially fuel) keeping up with the Panzers during their "schwerpunkt" movements.
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
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 . . .
Another in the projected series of twelve factual books on WW2. Deightons views coupled with his research always interesting.
This was an enjoyable read & a good taste of the German approach to early WWII
Geoff Howe
Deighton at his best.
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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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