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"The military myths of World War II were based on the assumption that the new technology of the airplane and the tank would cause rapid and massive breakthroughs on the battlefield, or demoralization of the enemy by intensive bombing resulting in destruction, or surrender in a matter of weeks. The two apostles for these new theories were the Englishman J.C.F. Fuller for armoured warfare, and the Italian Emilio Drouhet for airpower. Hitler, Rommel, von Manstein, Montgomery and Patton were all seduced by the breakthrough myth or blitzkrieg as the decisive way to victory.

Mosier shows how the Polish campaign in fall 1939 and the fall of France in spring 1940 were not the blitzkrieg victories as proclaimed. He also reinterprets Rommel's North African campaigns, D–Day and the Normandy campaign, Patton's attempted breakthrough into the Saar and Germany, Montgomery's flawed breakthrough at Arnhem, and Hitler's last desperate breakthrough effort to Antwerp in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. All of these actions saw the clash of the breakthrough theories with the realities of conventional military tactics, and Mosier's novel analysis of these campaigns, the failure of airpower, and the military leaders on both sides, is a challenging reassessment of the military history of World War II. The book includes maps and photos."


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Hitler planed to finish war quickly. All occupied countries were conquer very quickly. During the 1930s Germany was creating an excellent army.

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Sorry but I don't buy that theory very much. Something I've studied quite a bit and the major person who really "invented" Blitzkrieg was Heinz Guderian.

If it was a myth, then why did Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia,and Greece fall so easily? Let alone the early months of Barbarossa.

Rommel's campaigns in North Afrika were mostly large flanking maneuvers and not Blitzkrieg tactics.

Think you should read this book by the most brilliant General that Germany had!

Or take a look at the Japanese tactics of the invasion of Luzon in early 1942.



@ Rooster:  I don't buy this revisionist theory either.  Every once in a while, a historian tries to turn established history upside down, but very rarely succeeds.  This is not one of those times.

Interesting side note on Guderian:  some people think his name is of Armenian origin, but that turns out to be wrong, despite appearances.  The name comes originally from the German "Guter Jahn" or "Guter Johann", meaning "good John", dating back hundreds of years.


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I didn't know anything about Blitzkrieg.