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

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

by Len Deighton

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ISBN-13: 9780007531196
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 876,121
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, ‘The Ipcress File’, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Author's Note xvii
Foreword xix
PART ONE
Hitler and His Army 1
Germany in Defeat 4
The Spartacus Revolt 6
The Freikorps 11
Adolf Hitler 13
Ernst Rohm and the Brownshirts 17
Thirteen Million Votes 22
Chancellor Hitler 26
Hitler's Generals 31
The Night of the Long Knives 37
``I Swear by God'' 41
The Destruction of Blomberg and Fritsch 43
`Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer'' 48
Erwin Rommel 53

PART TWO
Hitler at War 55
Czechoslovakia 58
Britain and France 60
Poland Threatened 63
The Conquest of Poland 68
The Conquest of Norway: Air Power plus Sea Power 75
The Western Front 86
The Maginot Line 88
The Allied Solution: Plan D 90
The High Command 93

PART THREE
Blitzkrieg: Weapons and Methods 97
Back to Schlieffen 100
The Fallacies of 1939 101
The Invention of the Tank 104
The Failure of the Tank 106
Cambrai 107
The New German Infantry Tactics 108
J. F. C. Fuller 110
B. H. Liddell Hart 112
A Changing World 113
Heinz Guderian, Creator of the Blitzkrieg 118
``That's What I Need'' 120
Rash as a Man 125
Tank Design 126
Tank Armament 135
Artillery 137
Half-track Vehicles 141
Infantry 144
Combat Engineers 145
Armored Cars 147
Motor Trucks 148
The Waffen-SS 149
The Commander 151
The Division 153
The Method of Blitzkrieg 155
The Air Forces 159
The Dive Bomber 163
French Aircraft 164
Anti-aircraft Guns 166
French Tanks 169
French Armored Divisions 170
The French Army 174

PART FOUR
The Battle for the River Meuse 177
Blitzkrieg: The Way to Victory 180
The German Plan 181
``Manstein's Plan'' 182
The Forced Landing 187
Luncheon with Hitler 188
Codeword DANZIG, 10 May 1940 190
German Airborne Forces 192
The Gennep Bridge 194
The Moerdijk Bridges 196
Rotterdam 197
The Panzer Divisions Reach the River Meuse 208
Rommel in Dinant Sector 209
Whitsunday, 12 May 209
Monday, 13 May, Dinant 211
Tuesday, 14 May, Dinant 215
Reinhardt Reaches the Meuse at Montherme 216
Guderian at Sedan: The Most Vital Attack 217
Monday, 13 May, Sedan 219
Tuesday, 14 May, Sedan 228
The French 3rd Armored Division 230
The French 1st Armored Division Encounters Rommel 232
The Defense: Command Decisions 233
Wednesday 15 May: Breakout at Montherme 234
The French 2nd Armored Division Encounters Reinhardt 235
Beyond Sedan 236
Friday, 10 May 238
Saturday, 11 May 239
Whitsunday, 12 May 240
Monday, 13 May 242
Tuesday, 14 May 243
The Freiburg Incident 244

PART FIVE
The Flawed Victory 247
General Weygand Takes Command 249
The Battle at Arras: 21 May 250
Dunkirk: The Beginning 255
The Belgian Army 255
Operation Dynamo 256
Lord Gort 258
Dunkirk: The End 260
Dunkirk: The German Halt Order 263
The Battles in Central and Southern France 266
The Missing French Aircraft 269
Capitulation 270
Armistice 273
De Gaulle: One Lonely Voice 273
Congratulations 274
One Fatal Flaw 275
Sources and Bibliography 277
Index 285

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Blitzkrieg: From The Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
daniel.links on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Whilst this might seem a little dated, this rather oddly structured book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the strategy of blitzkrieg. By cutting behind the myth of the German Army's advanced technology it goes a long way to explaining what happened next in the war.The opening chapters on interwar Germany are fairly standard fare, and to anyone who has studied the period, will not do it justice. The account of Hitler's effective takeover of the German Army is interesting enough, and the account of the campaigns/diplomacy of the late 30s is also interesting.It is the account of the machinery and tactics of Blitzkrieg that I found most illuminating - the tiny amount of armour available to the German's; the very conventional strategy of the Poland campaign; the German inferiority in every department in the war in France (the opening two weeks of which are, in the authors opinion, one of the few real moments of true blitzkrieg warfare).I would suggest, it is this lack of strength in depth, and the very specific nature of the terrain blitzkrieg works in, that explain the failure of the Russian campaign, just as much as the weather. It also throws a poor light on the policy of appeasement.A book for those with an interest in military affairs rather than just politics, but interesting stuff.