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Consumed by WarEuropean Conflict in the 20th Century$
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Richard C. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125589

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125589.001.0001

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Renewed War

Renewed War

(p.119) Chapter 8 Renewed War
Consumed by War

Richard C. Hall

University Press of Kentucky

Twenty years after the conclusion of peace, war again erupted in Europe. In the early morning of the first of September 1939, German forces invaded Poland on the pretext of a contrived Polish provocation at the Silesian border town of Gleiwitz. All advantage lay with the attackers. The Germans fielded well-trained forces motivated by the promises of Nazi ideology. The Germans enjoyed another major advantage over their opponents: they were developing a new strategy for waging war called Blitzkrieg, or lightning war. Based on the assault tactics of World War I developed by General Oskar von Hutier and Colonel Georg Bruchmüller, blitzkrieg depended on surprise, exploitation of breakthrough, command at the front, and other shock tactics. To a considerable degree, blitzkrieg was assault tactics on wheels and tracks.

Keywords:   Germany, Poland, Gleiwitz, Nazi, Blitzkrieg, lightning war, Oskar von Hutier, Georg Bruchmüller, shock tactics, Europe

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