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The successes of the German Blitzkrieg in 1939-41 were as surprising as they were swift. Allied decision-makers wanted to discover the secret to German success quickly, even though only partial, incomplete information was available to them. The false conclusions drawn became myths about the Blitzkrieg that have lingered for decades.  

It has been argued that German victories in the early part of the war rested less upon newly developed tanks and aircraft and more on German military traditions: Rather than creating a new way of war based on new technology, the Germans fitted the new weapons into their existing ideas on warfare. The conduct of German soldiers, particularly the lower-ranking men, on the battlefield was at the core of the concept, and German victories rested upon the quality of the small combat units.   

This book focuses on the experience of the enlisted men and junior officers in the Blitzkrieg operations in Poland, Norway, Western Europe, and Russia. Military historian Niklas Zetterling explores how they operated, for example, how a company commander led his tanks, how a crew worked together inside a tank, and the role of the repair services. The author fits these narratives into a broader perspective to give the listener a better understanding of why the Germans were so successful in 1939-41.

©2017 Niklas Zetterling (P)2019 Tantor

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An interesting perspective

This book is written from the diaries and historical accounts of the soldiers who fought in the various blitzkrieg campaigns. It is not so much a matter of academic history as it is a personal account of specified German soldiers in each campaign. From that standpoint it is much more interesting than a raw historical academic treatise.

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I'm going to.

I'm going to listen to the book again. I listen to many books concerning just about every aspect of WWIII. Grate listen if you are just starting out with WWIII.

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Amazing journey

This is a must for any German WWII fan, great details and focus only on battles and war strategy and how it was implemented through BLITZKRIEG, the only annoying thing is the narrator were he sounded like a news reporter reading facts and figures; yet you get used to it in no time and enjoy the details. Also a map of the battles is really a must have with this audio book, you tend to get lost on the locations and the direction of the battles and tactics. Overall a great listen, well done.

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Great personal stories of the wehrmacht

If your a fan of the German wehrmacht then u will injoy this book. Nothing groundbreaking, however it covers alot of the tic for tack side of things from Poland to gates of Moscow.