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Blitzkrieg was a tactical system developed by the Germans. The word literally means "lightning war". It was new and completely revolutionary. The essence of it was that tanks, instead of being spread out and used just to support infantry, would be concentrated in large columns. The tanks would attack and break through the enemy line. they would then spread out in the enemy rear areas destroying supplies and ammunition and capturing command posts and headquarters, thus paralyzing the front lines so they could be easily attacked by the infantry. They called it blitzgrieg because the tanks spreading out behind the lines looked, on a map, like the branches of a bolt of lightning. To see how effective this was look at how easy the German victories were in the early part of the war. They defeated Poland in six weeks, Denmark in a single day, Holland in a few days, Belgium in a couple of weeks and France in six weeks. They conquered vast amounts of Russia in a matter of weeks. Eventually though their enemies learned how to use the same tactical system and applied it against them. When the tide turned and British, American and Russian armies began to advance they were using essentially the same ideas. Modifications of the blitzkrieg arew still used by advanced armies today.Michael Montagne

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