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The Blitzkrieg myth : how Hitler and the Allies misread the strategic realities of World War II / John Mosier.

By: Mosier, John, 1944-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2003Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0060009764; 9780060009762.Subject(s): World War (1939-1945) | World War, 1939-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations | World War, 1939-1945 -- Tank warfare | Strategy -- History -- 20th century | Military operations, Aerial | Military campaigns | Strategy | Tank warfare | Europe | Tweede Wereldoorlog | Oorlogvoering | Tactiek | Weltkrieg 1939-1945 | Blitzkrieg | Strategie | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History. | Nonfiction. | History.DDC classification: 940.54/01 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
New theories of warfare -- War as pseudoscience : 1920-1939 -- The Maginot Line and Hitler's response -- The tank production myths -- Lessons mislearned : Poland and the winter wars -- The Germans and the Allies prepare for war -- The German assault and the fall of France : May-June 1940 -- The uses and misuses of armor : North Africa, Italy, the Eastern front -- The failure of strategic airpower : 1940-1944 -- Normandy and the breakout at Saint-Lô : summer 1944 -- The breakthrough failures : Arnhem, Metz, Bastogne -- The persistence of failed ideas.
Summary: A reassessment of the military strategies of World War II presents arguments that such events as the Polish campaign of 1939 and the fall of France in 1940 were not blitzkrieg victories.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

New theories of warfare -- War as pseudoscience : 1920-1939 -- The Maginot Line and Hitler's response -- The tank production myths -- Lessons mislearned : Poland and the winter wars -- The Germans and the Allies prepare for war -- The German assault and the fall of France : May-June 1940 -- The uses and misuses of armor : North Africa, Italy, the Eastern front -- The failure of strategic airpower : 1940-1944 -- Normandy and the breakout at Saint-Lô : summer 1944 -- The breakthrough failures : Arnhem, Metz, Bastogne -- The persistence of failed ideas.

A reassessment of the military strategies of World War II presents arguments that such events as the Polish campaign of 1939 and the fall of France in 1940 were not blitzkrieg victories.

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Library Journal Review

Continuing to shake up the stodgy world of military history, Mosier (English, Loyola Univ.) follows up his Myth of the Great War with what will certainly be an equally controversial study of World War II. Mosier, who writes with an easy confidence that may not be completely justified, challenges the cherished beliefs of many military historians that Hitler's successes were the result of his brilliant use of armor and the air force, as argued by two prominent military theorists, J.F.C. Fuller and Giulio Douhet. Mosier believes that, although tanks and planes were important battlefield weapons, more often than not the infantry played a crucial role in either Allied or Axis success and that the German army was better led and better trained than the armies it opposed. Mosier critically examines several of the most important conflicts, including D-Day, North Africa, and the Battle of the Bulge, each time pointing out where myths have arisen. This fascinating book will bring out the military traditionalists in full force, who will again condemn Mosier for either coming to the wrong conclusion or using his facts incorrectly. But that is what makes history fun! Recommended for all history collections.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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John Mosier is full professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans, where, as chair of the English Department and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he taught primarily European literature and film.

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