"Blitzkrieg" is Büllshit

Submitted by: boredhuman 9 months ago in News & Politics


Nazis rightfully get a bad reputation for the atrocities they committed, but few would question their military tactics efficiency. What people call "Blitzkrieg" is really a revolution of German tactics: application of new technologies to old, Prussian tactics. 

In this video, the historian explains how German tactics could prove successful despite problems. 

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Male 2,758
He fails to mention that if the West had not kowtowed to his demands that they give him land and failed to intervene in a timely fashion that all of this would be a mote point.
  Also failed to mention the plain luck that help Hitler (military conquest) get where he was and the luck that helped us win, if the weather had not cleared when it did the battle of the bulge may have gone a completely different direction, as was true with the Pacific sea battles, if the Japanese had held there ground in several sea battles the out come would have been completely different.
  And how did Shakespeare put it a rose by any other name smells the same just because the Germans did not call it Blitzkrieg does not mean that they did not have a name for it, and the guy says that it was a true German maneuver in the first place.
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Male 18,342
What if the Germans had narrowly won, but the experience was so traumatic that they regretted the entire Third Reich and racial supremacy thing? Would they be buying French cars?

Let's say the USA was never invaded and Russia regained full domestic sovereignty. Would Germany still be an American ally?

What of the middle east? 
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Male 18,342
These days, more Germans die from autoerotic asphyxiation than gunshot wounds.

This is a great time to be alive.
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827
This guy also points out that it wasn't the Russian winter that stopped the Nazis, but the Russian army (eventually). The Nazi armies were reduced to poor fighting shape before the winter set in. Certainly the winter helped, but it's a myth that it was primarily the winter that turned the wehrmacht into jelly.
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Male 18,342
Looooong winded
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Male 1,857
what is the big deal.  Germans used light mobile infantry tied to superior air support to just run circles around traditional defenses, like the Maginot wall.  They developed this technique, and indeed took a HUGE amount of land with it.

Controlling that new land, with the logistics nightmares involved....was a different story.  But the concept of Blitzkreig was indeed sound
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spanz They didn't 'run circles around the Maginot wall', they just avoided it. The Maginot line only covered the German border because there wasn't enough money to stretch it along the Belgian border. France was well aware that Germany also invades through Belguim - this was the route taken in the 1870s and WWI. France just didn't expect Belgium to crumble as quickly as it did, and France's armies weren't very mobile.
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Male 45,690
Thanks for this video. I needed the nap.

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1,100
They should have called it the 'Amphetamin Amoklauf' through Europe.
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