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The Blitzkrieg Myth: How Hitler and the Allies Misread the Strategic Realities of World War II Hardcover – Dec 2003

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  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (USA); 1st Edition edition (Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060009764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060009762
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book, the result of a quarter century of research and reflection, demonstrates that traditional accounts of the Sec World War are seriously flawed. Read the first page
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on 17 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
According to The Blitzkrieg Myth, the German army was superior to other armies, especially where training and officer experience was concerned. Mosier quotes sources that say that every German soldier was equal to about 1.2 Allied soldiers, and 2 Russian soldiers. When Germany lost the war, it was not because of quality, but more because of strategic errors made by proponents of what has become known as Blitzkrieg (Mosier calls it "Breakthrough"). Advocates of this strategy believed that infantry had had its day and that tanks and other armoured vehicles were the future of warfare. Despite what historians have been saying for years, Mosier thinks that this is all a myth.

Mosier certainly presents his case well. The Blitzkrieg Myth is meticulously researched, with extensive notes where he not only quotes his sources, but often also tells how accurate those sources are. He is not afraid to quote sources he doesn't agree with, and then present his facts to show why he disagrees with these sources. The notes are laid out in a very clear fashion, attached to the end of each chapter rather then all gathered at the end of the book. The layout of the book is very easy to read, and it's very easy to keep track of Mosier's notations. For once, I actually followed each one instead of giving up in frustration.

Mosier tackles two "myths" in this book: the power of armoured warfare and the power of strategic air bombing. Mosier shows that, despite what we have been told, Germany did not have a clear superiority in tanks at the beginning of the war, and that the Germans did not subscribe to the "Blitzkrieg" strategy to invade Poland and France.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip on 26 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you were alive in 1945, subsequently frozen and then defrosted in the present day this book might be interesting or have some new information in it. As it is he argues against theories and opinions and historiography that is decades old or non-existent. The book is one long straw-man going over debates that were old hat in the 1930s (Fuller) and the 1970s (Blitzkreig revisionism). It reads like a very long web forum post: it's opinionated, blatantly contradicts itself in several places and has more than a smug, sarcastic Michael Moore air about it. He dismisses long established academic research with waves of the hand and a "they just don't get it" attitude. The whole Blitzkreig myth did and does exist, but it has been examined in a more learned, more scholarly and more respectable manner than this for nigh on 40 years - you read the book in the hope that there is new insight, what with it having such a confident title, and you are bitterly disappointed. He deliberately ignores the Entire Eastern Front, in my view because of intellectual lazyness and an inability to research the primary sources.

The reviews on Amazon.com list all the other myriad of faults with this book and his dismissive attitude toward 40 years of research. I finished it only to see how outrageous the writing got. If you have even a moderate interest in military history you will waste your time reading this. It does not deliver on its promises. Amateur and shallow.
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By James M. Byrne on 24 Feb. 2015
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Great insight altogether another great read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
Not to be confused with the official German Army study, "The Legend Of Bitzkrieg", Mosier's book consists of next to nothing but hand waving and straw men. For example, that complete capitulation by France took all of five weeks "proves" that the Germans could have been defeated if the BEF hadn't evacuated from Dunkirk. How the BEF would have been supplied, what it might have done, why a five week delay in utter defeat - the Germans were mostly on foot with horse drawn logistics and could only move so fast after all - proves this are not considered. This book is just very, very bad - read "Legend" instead.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb. 2010
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I really enjoyed this book - as it dares to be different and confrontational - just like all of Mosiers work. That said, he makes compelling arguments for his thesis, and the book will stimulate interest for those who find WW2 forever compelling.
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