Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk [PDF / Epub] ☆ Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk By Len Deighton – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A compelling history of Blitzkrieg the lightning war by which Hitler and his generals overwhelmed the Allied armies in Western Europe Blitzkrieg begins with a chilling portrait of Hitler s rise to pow A compelling the Rise MOBI ô history of Blitzkrieg the lightning war by which Hitler and his generals overwhelmed the Allied armies in Western Europe Blitzkrieg begins with a chilling portrait of Hitler s rise to power in pre war Germany, Blitzkrieg: From Kindle - setting the stage for the outbreak of the Second World War and his conquests of Poland and Norway This riveting history sets out clearly the tactical thinking behind Blitzkrieg and focuses an expert s eye on the materiel From the Rise Kindle Ò pre eminently the Panzer tank that made it possible Concluding with a compelling account of the campaigns that drove the German armies through the Low Countries and into France, Deighton reveals the F hrer s fatal flaw , which made possible the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk Blitzkrieg is the story of Hitler s triumph and Europe s darkest hour Few writers have understood it as well as Deighton an ex RAF pilot and perhaps none has been able to describe it so tellingly.


10 thoughts on “Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk

  1. & & says:

    I read this book in 1980 not long after it was first published in 1979 and I found it to be a very easy to read account of Hitler and the German Army during the early period of World War Two As mentioned in the earlier review, the author offers a general overview of this period but covers such things as Hitler and his relationship with the German Army and its commanders, Hitlers style of warfare, the concept of Blitzkrieg and the weapons tactics involved and finally the camapign in France I read this book in 1980 not long after it was first published in 1979 and I found it to be a very easy to read account of Hitler and the German Army during the early period of World War Two As mentioned in the earlier review, the author offers a general overview of this period but covers such things as Hitler and his relationship with the German Army and its commanders, Hitlers style of warfare, the concept of Blitzkrieg and the weapons tactics involved and finally the camapign in France The book is well researched and is very easy to read with 20 maps, 59 BW photos and a number of line drawings and charts to assist the reader I do not think that the book or any of its ideas has aged since it was first published in 1979 and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to understand how the German Army conquered all before it in 1940


  2. Checkman Checkman says:

    Good easy read Breaks down the twenty five years of German history leading up to the beginning of World War II political military and shows how the theory of Blitzkrieg came about and evolved into reality.Deighton writes for the layman and therefore does an excellent job of explaining things in detail His writing is easy to follow, but there is never the feeling that Deighton is dumbing down either In addition the book is lavisly illustrated with line drawing, maps and photos I am also Good easy read Breaks down the twenty five years of German history leading up to the beginning of World War II political military and shows how the theory of Blitzkrieg came about and evolved into reality.Deighton writes for the layman and therefore does an excellent job of explaining things in detail His writing is easy to follow, but there is never the feeling that Deighton is dumbing down either In addition the book is lavisly illustrated with line drawing, maps and photos I am also in agreement with Aussie Rick in that even though the book is now thirty three years old it still has a current feeling to it This is due to the fact that Deighton was not trying to support a new radical historical theory, but merely examing new tactics that were developed by the Germans and put into action in 1939 1941.His conclusions do not differ from other historians and therefore fallsinto the realm of overview Actually this book would be a good one for a lower level university history class Freshman and Soph years This book would make a nice addtion to one s military history collection


  3. Alice Alice says:

    This maybe wasn t the best book to tackle in the middle of lockdown, and I ll be looking for something softer and fluffier next, but I learned a heck of a lot about German tanks, the buildup to war and Germany s invasion tactics.


  4. James James says:

    A great history I ve been studying World War II for decades and I learned a fair amount about this particular phase of the war from this book for example, the extent of Rommel s recklessness and how lucky he was to survive this campaign Deighton uses extensive references and makes his points in a clear, ordered, meticulous way He cites many primary sources as well as the works of other historians It made me wish the book had covered a broader scope Deighton did write about other parts of A great history I ve been studying World War II for decades and I learned a fair amount about this particular phase of the war from this book for example, the extent of Rommel s recklessness and how lucky he was to survive this campaign Deighton uses extensive references and makes his points in a clear, ordered, meticulous way He cites many primary sources as well as the works of other historians It made me wish the book had covered a broader scope Deighton did write about other parts of the war, and I ll be reading those books too


  5. Betsy Betsy says:

    I suppose this book is somewhat dated, considering that so much has been written since its publication, but it is a very interesting book, especially about tanks, which I know little about The photos at the end are also interesting Deighton does mention the controversy over the German Army s pause which allowed the rescue of 300,000 allied soldiers This What if probably has no definitive answer, but it certainly was fortuitous for the Allies.


  6. Chris Passingham Chris Passingham says:

    Not in the same league as Fighter but a superb work of non fiction anyway.


  7. Scott Holstad Scott Holstad says:

    This was a pretty good book, but it had some information and assertions that surprised me I ve spent my whole life as a war buff, spent much of my youth consumed with WW II, thought I understood how Blitzkrieg theory was actually fought in WW II, but apparently, I m wrong The book gives a pretty good history and summary of German war status, theory, preparation, Hitler s rise, mindset, theories of various military strategists And then the war finally commences Obviously, then, if this is we This was a pretty good book, but it had some information and assertions that surprised me I ve spent my whole life as a war buff, spent much of my youth consumed with WW II, thought I understood how Blitzkrieg theory was actually fought in WW II, but apparently, I m wrong The book gives a pretty good history and summary of German war status, theory, preparation, Hitler s rise, mindset, theories of various military strategists And then the war finally commences Obviously, then, if this is well known to others, I m showing my own ignorance here, but I d always heard that Germany s Blitzkrieg techniques were unleashed on Poland, before excelling in Belgium and France, and ultimately later Russia, to a degree If you ve believed that too, Len Deighton will argue you re wrong His thesis is it was not used in Poland, it was somehow not used in Russia, and it wasn t even really used in Belgium Merely in France, in the Ardennes, to a shocking degree of success This was news to me, but I ll grant Len authority status and take his word for it.I wasn t totally stunned at how inept France s leadership, both political and military, was, as I d read other books on France in other wars of the century where the beaurocracy, logistical and communication nightmares are simply legendary, but it was still a bit of a shock to find out how the previously thought to be best army in Europe the world was so incredibly fucked up It took 48 72 hours to relay orders, because the leaders didn t use radios, everything was hand carried orders , and just because you got orders, you didn t do anything until they had been confirmed one to twotimes By which point the German army was 60 miles behind your lines, destroying your country Fucking idiots The British, initially, weren t a lot better, at least not the vaunted RAF, which was disappointing to read, but if the truth hurts, it hurts Some of the French actually played soldier at Dunkirk, allowing hundreds of thousands of British and French troops to escape to Britain, but again, I continued to be shocked at how willing the French political and military leadership was to surrender to Hitler and essentially conspire in his plot against Jews and others, while the Free French forces in Britain were led by only one real general of note, and we all know who that is Why France is on the UN Security Council is beyond me They ve insisted they re one of the great world powers, but they got their asses kicked in WW I, went over to Hitler after getting their asses kicked in WW II, lost Indochina although embarrassingly, America followed France s exact same mistakes with the same results , lost most or all of their colonies, and while they re the centuries biggest losers, they land a permanent spot on the UN Security Council Don t get it I ve read about how they insisted THEY HELPED HITLER They shouldn t have been allowed anywhere near the UN Security Council Of course, while implicitly bragging about the US in the first half of the century, like an ugly American, I could admit to a number of American irregularities that many people wouldn t want known about a LOT of countries around the world where uninvited or unwanted westerners stuck their noses into things and propped up or took down dictators all over the damn place, so in the end, maybe the US shouldn t be on the Security Council either, eh LOL Okay, I ll stop with the politicizing Sorry It s a good book, an easy read, interesting to those who would find the topic interesting, but stops with the capitulation of France, and I guess I knocked a star off because I wish the author had gone on to address Russia and explain just why that was NOT blitzkrieg warfare what the differences were because without having studied it in detail lately, it seems like similar tactics were used to launch the Eastern Front, but obviously I m wrong I just want to know how and why I m wrong, and I never got that information from this book, so one star off for that Otherwise, recommended


  8. Ralph Blackburn Ralph Blackburn says:

    A well researched account of the fall of France, the introduction of a fast moving ard attack, and the miracle of Dunkirk I like that as part of his research, Deighton talked to many civilian survivors, military participants of all ranks, and gave a rather unvarnished, non political account, correcting some of the established reasoning that followed World War Two Wether his views are correct on these mistakes and blunders they sound plausible and very in line with human nature, especially A well researched account of the fall of France, the introduction of a fast moving ard attack, and the miracle of Dunkirk I like that as part of his research, Deighton talked to many civilian survivors, military participants of all ranks, and gave a rather unvarnished, non political account, correcting some of the established reasoning that followed World War Two Wether his views are correct on these mistakes and blunders they sound plausible and very in line with human nature, especially at war Also there is quite a gallery of black white photos of all the major participants and some actual battle footage talked about It gets a little too technical when talking about tanks in fact an alternate title for the book would be TANK but the narrative picks up and puts you right into the action I ve read a lot of Len Deighton s spy novels but this was a nice surprise and an enjoyable read


  9. Mark Jensen Mark Jensen says:

    This is an excellent account of how Germany was able to re arm under the noses of France and Britain in the years between the wars, and how they took advantage of both new techniques and equipment and the incompetence of their enemies to roll right through France in May 1940 Deighton makes the case that this was the only true blitzkrieg in the history of warfare and the conditions were never right for it again in the rest of the war The book is detailed without being too detailed, and technica This is an excellent account of how Germany was able to re arm under the noses of France and Britain in the years between the wars, and how they took advantage of both new techniques and equipment and the incompetence of their enemies to roll right through France in May 1940 Deighton makes the case that this was the only true blitzkrieg in the history of warfare and the conditions were never right for it again in the rest of the war The book is detailed without being too detailed, and technical without being too technical If you are at all interested in how the early war was fought, and how things got to the point where it could be fought, this is the book to read


  10. Wicks Rabach Wicks Rabach says:

    Informative The author has done a remarkable job giving us the story from those who spearheaded these historical events with several important life lessons Boldness oft times carries the day We don t always need to have all the answers, but it is vital to have a vision, a plan and the necessary support to facilitate it More importantly however, we must stand against evil at all times The German soldiers were fearless, but the leaders carrying the vision had a bent perspective of the world T Informative The author has done a remarkable job giving us the story from those who spearheaded these historical events with several important life lessons Boldness oft times carries the day We don t always need to have all the answers, but it is vital to have a vision, a plan and the necessary support to facilitate it More importantly however, we must stand against evil at all times The German soldiers were fearless, but the leaders carrying the vision had a bent perspective of the world They lost


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