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Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk [Kindle Edition]

Len Deighton
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A compelling history of Blitzkrieg: the ‘lightning war’ by which Hitler and his generals overwhelmed the Allied armies in Western Europe.

‘Blitzkrieg’ begins with a chilling portrait of Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, setting the stage for the outbreak of the Second World War and his conquests of Poland and Norway. This riveting history sets out clearly the tactical thinking behind Blitzkrieg and focuses an expert’s eye on the materiel – pre-eminently the Panzer tank – that made it possible. Concluding with a compelling account of the campaigns that drove the German armies through the Low Countries and into France, Deighton reveals the Führer’s ‘fatal flaw’, which made possible the evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk.

‘Blitzkrieg’ is the story of Hitler’s triumph and Europe’s darkest hour. Few writers have understood it as well as Deighton – an ex-RAF pilot – and perhaps none has been able to describe it so tellingly.

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‘What Mr Deighton did for the Battle of Britain in Fighter he had done for the land-war here …. A rattlingly good yarn’ Guardian

‘Deighton has a desire, unobtrusive but inflexible, to see the truth … Blitzkrieg is full of insights, quietly expressed but as a rule uncomfortably true’ Financial Times

‘Contains some gems of research and some arresting conclusions’ New Statesman

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Bringing to bear all the skills of a bestselling novelist, Len Deighton's brilliant and compelling Blitzkrieg is published here for the first time in B-format.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17786 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blitzkrieg, by Len Deighton 20 April 2012
By Sturry1
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I have been a Len Deighton fan for many years, and as well as his spy stories, I have been fascinated by his 20th Century Histories, which have clearly informed them. Blitzkrieg however was one book which had passed me by, so I was delighted to see it on offer, second hand, on Amazon.

Deighton's research and analytical skills are hugely impressive, but what brings this book alive are his novelist skills in integrating the "back story" of the events leading up to Dunkirk with the origins, thinking, approach and often stupidity, of all the sides involved in this conflict. Strongly recommended, particularly for those involved in implementing the current flawed defence review, and the procurement of armaments, whose approach, seems at times, to be harking back to the 1930s.

If the idea of "raw history" does not attract, then I recommend you try his wartime books such as Bomber, Goodbye Mickey Mouse, SS GB, and above all, Winter. Without realising it, you will learn a lot about 20th century history, whilst being swept along by the stories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Deighton is known for his well-researched thrillers/spy novels, but this is one of his several straight history books - and it is very good. As the subtitle states, it is from the Rise of Hitler (in fact, from 1918) to the Fall of Dunkirk: 90 pages on Hitler and his army, 50 on the early war in general, 100 pages on Blitzkrieg: weapons and methods (illustrated with Denis Bishop's excellent line drawings of planes, tanks, AA guns, tactics), 90 pages on the Battle for the River Meuse, and finally 30 pages on 'the flawed victory'. Plus a bibliography, and an index.
What I like about this book is the excellent crsip overview, coupled to some excellent detail on weapons, tactics etcetera; Deighton's interpretations (clearly separated from the bare facts), his insights, and his topnotch research. He was helped by Walter Nehring, chief of staff to Guderian during the dash to the channel.
I do like all of Deighton's history books, but this one and Blood, Tears and Folly: An Objective Look at World War II are his very best.
Five full stars!
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By Pump
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If you want a fairly brief description of the Blitzkrieg campaigns, then this is one of the best. There is still a lot of information packed into this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How you should want your history written 21 July 2013
By Mallen
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Many moons ago as an O level student, studying modern history, I liked the subject, (1919 to the present day) but thought the books often stuffy.

Deighton as an excellent novelist manages to combine good research with a good narrative. An excellent read which transfers knowledge, almost without you knowing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 May 2015
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Another good book by Deighton although I believe there are better reads out there on this historical subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blitzkrieg Review 24 Dec. 2014
By Rod B
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Best researched study - kindle version has replaced a paperback that's falling apart
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Jan. 2015
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Interesting read, had been trying for this for a long time
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