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The Blitzkrieg Method

By Steven Pressfield
Published: May 18, 2016

Continuing our new series on First Drafts …

Gen. Israel Tal of the Israel Defense Forces, before a Merkava tank which he designed

Gen. Israel Tal of the Israel Defense Forces, before a Merkava tank which he designed

Blitzkrieg is German for “lightning war.” It’s a technique of battle that was developed in the ‘30s by certain German and British generals, foremost among them Heinz Guderian, and put into practice with spectacular success by the Germans in the assaults on France, Poland, and the Soviet Union at the start of WWII.
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