blitzkrieg


blitz·krieg

noun \-ˌkrēg\

: a sudden and overwhelming military attack

: a fast and powerful effort

Full Definition of BLITZKRIEG

1
:  war conducted with great speed and force; specifically :  a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination
2
:  blitz 2a
blitzkrieg transitive verb

Examples of BLITZKRIEG

  1. <the stunned survivors of the crash were then confronted with a blitzkrieg of insensitive questions from the media>
  2. <the war began with a blitzkrieg that was designed to shock the enemy into submission>

Origin of BLITZKRIEG

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war
First Known Use: 1939

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

blitzkrieg

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(German: “lightning war”) Military tactic used by Germany in World War II, designed to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the use of surprise, speed, and superiority in matériel or firepower. The Germans tested the blitzkrieg during the Spanish Civil War in 1938 and against Poland in 1939, and used it in the successful invasions of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France in 1940. The German blitzkrieg coordinated land and air attacks—using tanks, dive-bombers, and motorized artillery—to paralyze the enemy principally by disabling its communications and coordination capacities.

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