Thursday, August 12, 2010

Achtung, Panzer!

The Blitzkrieg is usually thought of as a German concept. But it was actually British colonel Fuller who laid down the basis for it. Fuller was one of the first people to realize the full potential of tanks. He advocated the use of such vehicles en masse, with supporting infantry, not vice versa. But the army did not listen, instead splitting them up into so-called "Penny Packets" at various points along the front. Such spread out tactics meant that tanks were not easy to maintain, many being lost because they ran out of fuel! So it came to pass that the Nazis, not the allies, came to first use the massed armored formation.

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