How effective was Blitzkrieg and did it in any way contribute to the defeat of Germany in World War 2?
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