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During WW I (forgive me for not doing all my research) in 1916 the war was stalemated with both sides having high casualty rates but little gains.
A particular battle occurred at this time initiated by the English, French and US forces. The attack was unique (to my knowledge) with the careful co ordination of bombers, tanks, artillery, mine clearers, infantry and other special purpose units. This resulted in a serious loss to Germany and its allies and a major re adjustment to german lines.
The points I would like to bring out for discussion are:
Despite the success of this operation did the English, French and US forces not realise what they stumbled upon in regard to combined arms tactics and its potential?
Was Guderian influenced by this battle and other similar events, for his design of his Blitzkreig theories?
What other trivial information can anyone provide regarding the development of Blitzkreig theory?
Thanks in advance. 8)
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Now I would give Von Hutier the true credit for thinking of the "running water tactics" that are the true foundation of "lightning war". The real revolution in modern war happened when the Von Hutier German infantry and artillery tactics aka "Breakthough and exploitation" were combined with the new weapons the tank, airplane, and radio. This "combined arms
" method came along during the inter-war years primarily the result of the work of a few people like Fuller, Gutheridian and others.
Ithink the WWI battle you mention was a fluke and really at the time neither the tactics or the equipment would/could qualify as "blitzkrieg"
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Regards from the Park,