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Blitzkrieg: From the Ground Up

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An examination of the German Blitzkrieg operations from Poland to Operation Barbarossa, as experienced by junior commanders and enlisted men, exploring why they were so successful.

The successes of the German Blitzkrieg in 1939-41 were as surprising as they were swift. Allied decision-makers wanted to discover the secret to German success quickly, even though only partial,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 31st 2017 by Casemate
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Chris Esposo
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciated the level of detail provided in this book in terms of maps, the correlation of forces (or the accounting of equipment, unit type, and number), I felt the underlying thesis of the book, that “Blitzkrieg” was not a doctrine consciously developed a-priori, and that much of success Germany experienced prior to 1942 has much to do with individual initiative taken at, or below, the division level, and less to do with explicit designs of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), or Germ ...more
Christopher Allen
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great analysis of the early stages of WW2 from the narrowed perspective of Panzer operations in key campaigns and the myth of the formation and understanding of the German blitzkrieg. The author demonstrates that the concept of “lightning war” developed as a natural evolution of existing German doctrine emphasizing mobility and training, taking in modern technologies to augment their strengths. He also suggests the concept was more of a propaganda effort (magnified by the Allies) than something ...more
Ned Leffingwell
This was an analysis of the German invasions of Poland, Norway, France, and Russia. The author is arguing that the Blitzkrieg was more a result of individual officers taking initiative and an emphasis on speedy attack rather than tons of tanks and dive bombers. The author uses officer's journals to paint a picture of what actually happened on the front. If you are interested in the history of the blitzkrieg then check it out. ...more
Tricia Bagley
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A good short tight review of the "early years" of the Blitzkrieg, with enough detail to say how did they do what they with the equipment & manpower available. Good discussion of the structure of command.
Not boring, enjoy.
Jānis Meirāns
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good analysis at times, marred by overly colorful descriptive sections
Robert M. Galbraith
Interesting analysis and well documented. i learned a lot about the German army and how it worked during WW!!. Much better than a lot of other works on the subject.
Michael Murphy
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unbelievable account of how Hitler's Blitzkrieg was accomplished, which was the impetus of the Second World War. An intriguing account of what happened, how it occurred, and the various problems that ensued. This is an interesting book, if you are fond of the WWII time period and is well worth the time to read. ...more
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Niklas Zetterling is a researcher at the Swedish Defense College. Along with Anders Frankson he has previously written Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysis and The Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944.

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