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The Success Of Blitzkrieg II.

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The Success Of Blitzkrieg II In Poland in 1939 and in Western Europe in 1940, the German army defeated its enemies quickly. Was this only because of the Blitzkrieg tactics used? This tactic worked immensely well and was almost completely successful. However though Blitzkrieg was definitely not the only tactic used in the war it involved concentrated armored columns of tanks and troops in lorries at the key, weak points of the enemy defenses. But just before the attack took place a squadron of Luftwaffe (aircraft) would come over and attack the ground troops where the enemy would be so as to take out as many of the enemies' troops, tanks, weapons and other such targets as possible. In synchronized fashion, after the air attack came over, the onslaught of the German army with their heavy armored tanks and vehicles, which would tear through the heart of the enemy's front lines. They used their concentrated fire-power, speed, and greater numbers at these points to smash their way through the enemy's positions. The driving force then went round the more concentrated defensive positions and cut them off from reinforcements. While this is all happening the paratroops would be busy seizing enemy HQ's, telephone exchanges, or bridges. Then they would wait for their own fast-moving armored columns to catch up with them. ...read more.

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The Polish Air Force had 433 operational aircraft the majority being fighters and bombers. The army only had around 40 divisions and so were virtually helpless, but they had more pride along with them than any other army. They had so much patriotism within them selves that they were even prepared to just charge into the German tanks and give away their lives in an effort to try and stop the German advance, but against their German Blitzkrieg tactics they stood no chance of stopping it. The German's meanwhile had 897 bombers, dive-bombers and ground-attack aircraft, plus 210 fighters and 474 reconnaissance and transport machines. So as you can easily see the German's had a very considerable advantage, in the air, over Poland. On the ground the story was the same as well, the German's were greatly superior than their opposition because they had far more tanks, guns and better equipment than the Poles. Another main difference was that the German's were far more disciplined and immensely well trained so not only did this make warfare easier but also it made the Germans quick advances easier, because at some points in the German attack they were going at an average pace of up to 70 miles a day Germany's tactics worked so well in Poland that they seemed almost unstoppable and when in May and June of 1940 when Hitler unleashed his forces against Western Europe it seemed, and was, another relatively easy victory for Germany. ...read more.

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the Germans used their Blitzkrieg tactics to power through the last French defenses and then spread out and attack the French supplies, communications and then leave a few troops to defend the area. The French were also politically weak because they had a government that could not agree on anything. Overall we can say that Blitzkrieg was a major tactic used in Germany's battles in Poland in 1939 and in Western Europe in 1940, but it was definitely not the only reason how Germany did so well, it was other reasons as well such as the Luftwaffe with their immense tactics and maneuverability, the failure of the French communications so that they could not get any messages to the places they wanted them to go was another reason swell. The Germans were well disciplined and their men were very well trained. They had the state of the art tanks and guns far better than any of their enemies. Hitler and his co-commanders had the best tactics in use at that time and that was where they developed the idea of Blitzkrieg. The fact that the French were politically weak because their government could not agree on anything was also a major factor. Overall we can say that Blitzkrieg was an amazing tactic used by the Germans, in fact it was so amazing that we still use forms of it still today, but it was definitely not the only tactic by which it gave the upper hand to the Germans in the 1940's. ...read more.

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