Blitzkrieg: From The Rise Of Hitler To The Fall Of Dunkirk

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In Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk, Len Deighton recounts Hitler's westward campaign and the reasons for his success. A fiction writer, Deighton became famous after writing several spy novels, the most famous being The IPCRESS File, which was later made into a film. His novels were done with thorough research in order to make them seem as realistic as possible, and this lead to critical success. Later, Deighton went on to write various history books pertaining to World War II, and oftentimes took a very objective approach; Blitzkrieg: From the Rise of Hitler to the Fall of Dunkirk is a prime example of this, as he looks at Hitler's army, battles, as well tactics used. Deighton, before becoming a writer, worked as an illustrator in New York, and he uses this skill as an artist to a great extent in Blitzkrieg. Throughout the book, there are many detailed illustrations of the different planes and tanks used by the Germans, not to mention elaborate diagrams that help the reader visualize. Deighton wrote this book because it attempts to reveal the actual strategy of Hitler, and why he was successful, and at the same time, why he would come to fall in the end. What is crucial to this book, though, is that it does not focus on the beliefs of Hitler, nor does it criminalize him. Rather, it gives the honest truth of the military events leading up to the French armistice. Another crucial aspect of the book is that it was one of the first to highlight the fact that force levels often favored the allies in terms of both weapon and machinery, an example being the French's superior and more numerous tanks in the Battle of France. In previous historical accounts, the French credited their fall to the superiority in quality of the enemy tanks, but this was not the case. By emphasizing the inherent weakness of the Germans, the ingenuity of the Blitzkrieg
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