In September 1939, Nazi Germany launched its infamous Blitzkrieg invasion of Poland, bringing about the outbreak of World War II. Faced with highly tactical and accelerated attacks aimed at disrupting the line of defence and encircling vulnerable troops, Allied forces broke under pressure. Within the space of a year, France had been invaded and occupied, while the forces of Great Britain had retreated headlong back across the Channel. Further campaigns in the air and at sea sought to subdue the British Isles, while more lightning-fast attacks in 1941 overran Yugoslavia and Greece, leaving the bulk of Continental Europe under Nazi control. Though the dominance of the Blitzkrieg method was to be challenged in the latter part of the war, as Allied forces found methods of disrupting the attacks and dominating the battlefields, its unparalleled success in the early years of the conflict brought Europe to its knees.
Featuring 98 detailed maps, this impressive atlas shows, in intricate detail, the fighting and physical challenges faced by the German attackers and Allied defenders. This will be a treasure for World War II enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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01 October 2019
Introduction Ch. 1, Prewar Europe: Ch. 2, Polish Campaign Ch. 3, Soviet Aggression Ch. 4, Scandinavian Campaign Ch. 5, Western Campaign Ch. 6, Battle of Britain/Blitz/Sealion/RAF Bombing of Germany Ch. 7, War at Sea Ch. 8, Balkan Campaign Ch. 9, Occupation Bibliography Appendices
Robert Kirchubel has had a keen interest in the history of World War II all his adult life. He has already contributed work to World War Two in Europe and World War Two in the Pacific, and The International Military Encyclopaedia. He has previously compiled the Atlas of the Eastern Front for Osprey. He lives in Lafayette, Indiana.
Reviews for Atlas of the Blitzkrieg: 1939-41
With full page maps and pacy descriptions of the fighting, this is a great introduction to the entire early stages of the war. * The Armourer *