Explaining Blitzkrieg And Its Importance In WWII

The military tactic, blitzkrieg, was the German’s way of creating havoc within the battlefield and ensuring success. The term roughly translates to “lightning war” and succinctly describes exactly what is done in the enemy’s field. The idea of a blitzkrieg attack is speed and precision. Enemies are not given time to prepare for a counterattack because no warning is given. It was also typical for such attacks to be localized in a specific area, with mobile forces and concentrated firepower being targeted into one environment.

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This type of attack became so successful that it eventually became the German’s signature form of attack. The Allied Powers were reportedly fearful of unguarded territories and tried countermeasures such as better spying capabilities. This lead to more funds being allocated to spy technology, which has been researched to have profound effects in today’s society. For example, the radar and sonar were initially used by the Allies to improve communications between themselves and to pick up the Axis’ plans. These technologies are still being used today, although for very different reasons. While there are a variety of reasons for the development of such technologies, it is hypothesized that the German’s superb military strategy was a big factor.

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The blitzkrieg also pushed German war advances as well. The level of their success was also dependent on how well their machines and firepower worked. Some historians believe that mobile warfare technology became much more sophisticated and powerful during the blitzkrieg period.

John Eilermann is interested in any and all topics related to World War II. He posts a lot of his insights on this Twitter page.


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