Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, And Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940 by Lloyd ClarkBlitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, And Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940 by Lloyd Clark

Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, And Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940

byLloyd Clark

Paperback | September 29, 2017

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In the spring of 1940, Nazi Germany launched a military offensive in France and the Low Countries that married superb intelligence, the latest military thinking, and new technology. In just six weeks the Nazis outflanked the large French army, sewed chaos, and took Paris, achieving what the Germans had failed to accomplish in all four years of the First World War. The Fall of France was a stunning victory. It altered the balance of power in Europe in one stroke and convinced the entireworld that the Nazi war machine was unstoppable.But as Lloyd Clark, a leading British military historian and academic, argues in Blitzkrieg, much of our understanding of this victory, and blitzkrieg itself, is based on myth.The tactic was not really new, and far from being a forgone victory, Hitler's invasion was incredibly risky and could easily have failed had the Allies been even slightly less inept or the Germans less fortunate. And while speed and mechanization were essential, ninety percent of Germany's ground forces were still reliant on horses, bicycles, and their own feet for transportation. Their surprise victory proved the apex of their achievement; far from being undefeatable, Clark argues, the campaign revealed Germany's vulnerabilities, lessons not learned by Hitler as he began to plan for the invasion of the Soviet Union. A definitive history of the events of 1940, Blitzkrieg is Lloyd Clark at his best.
Lloyd Clark is a senior academic in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and professorial research fellow in War Studies at the University of Buckingham's Humanities Research Institute. One of the UK's leading military historians, he is the author of several books, including The Battle of the Tanks, Cro...
Title:Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, And Hitler's Lightning War: France 1940Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.32 inPublished:September 29, 2017Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802127215

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Blitzkrieg : New York Times Paperback Row Choice In Blitzkrieg, Clark . . . provides a good battlefield view of a crucial phase of World War II . . . More than earlier studies, like Alistair Horne's To Lose a Battle, Clark focuses not on generals and premiers but on the voices and experiences of the soldiers involved." - New York Times Book Review " Blitzkrieg is a particularly successful synergy of correspondence and interviews, archival material from four countries, and the massive body of published literature . . . Lloyd Clark - a prolific military historian and a master of sources - makes a strong case for an alternative perspective . . . Blitzkrieg emphasizes operational and tactical evidence to persuasively argue that the 1940 campaign was decided not by tanks and dive-bombers alone, but through an updating of German military experience infused, but not dominated, by technology." - World War II Magazine "A masterly account teeming with vivid personalities and the usual mixture of heroism, incompetence, and luck . . . Clark provides plenty of juicy details and a mildly controversial reinterpretation." - Kirkus Reviews "In this new volume, acclaimed historian Lloyd Clark . . . paints a very different look at the German victory . . . Clark does an excellent job of describing the first critical five days of the campaign . . . He highlights multiple opportunities the French and British had to stop the German advance at vulnerable moments . . . Lloyd presents a well-balanced narrative that highlights the knife-edge victory of the German forces." - New York Journal of Books "This genuinely revisionist account of the Battle of France in 1940 proves a deeply shocking fact - we are essentially still in thrall to the view of Blitzkrieg tactics that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels wanted us to have, even over three-quarters of a century later. Lloyd Clark's brilliant analysis proves that Fall Gelb wasn't all about unstoppable, superior panzers and Stukas, but was in fact an audacious, highly risky infantry-based plan that could have gone badly wrong given a different Allied mindset." - Andrew Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War and Napoleon: A Life "Lloyd Clark has written a lucid, intelligent and thought provoking re-appraisal . . . His ground breaking detailed research will make it the seminal work on the fall of France in 1940. The story of the break-through unfolds at a fascinating and cracking pace . . . Blitzkrieg is a remarkable book." - Robert Kershaw, author of 24 Hours at the Somme, 24 Hours at Waterloo, and It Never Snows in September "A breakthrough book, bringing the drama of Hitler's May 1940 offensive in France vividly to life - alongside a major re-appraisal of the campaign's significance. Excellent." - Michael Jones, author of After Hitler and Total War "