On 1 September 1939, Germany launched the invasion of Poland and unveiled a new type of offensive warfare. Based on speed, manoeuvrability and concentration of firepower, this strategy saw startling success as the Panzer divisions, supported by Stuka dive-bombers, reached Warsaw in just one week, leaving a trail of terror and mayhem behind them. So swift and devastatingly effective was this new strategy that Allied observers dubbed it ‘Lightning War’ – Blitzkrieg. This incredible feat was followed by the devastating invasions of Denmark and Norway in April 1940, and then the swift and conclusive defeat of France and the Low Countries during May–June 1940.
Edited by Dr Stephen Hart and Dr Russell Hart and illustrated throughout with detailed maps, artwork and contemporary photographs, Blitzkrieg examines the armed forces, leaders, technology, planning and execution of each campaign as well as the challenges faced by the Germans in the pursuit of this new and deadly form of warfare.