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I am a genius who invented the blitzkrieg and brought it to realization against opposition at every turn from the hide-bound traditionalists in the High Command, which makes the eventual triumph of the blitzkrieg technique so much the more remarkable an accomplishment of mine.
Craig Soward wrote:Guderian may not have single handedly invented the BLITZKRIEG but if there had been more leaders like him ... things may have turned out a little different ...
Craig Soward wrote:Guderian should be remembered as being a great leader of men & one of the fathers of the Panzerwaffe & tank warfare in general.
PaulJ wrote:There is another issue here besides blame for Germany's defeat, that is the question of the extent to which Guderian was opposed by the established interests of the German higher command during the formative years of his theories and the early years of the war. Indeed, I would suggest that blame for Germany's defeat is not, in fact, the central theme of Guderian's book.
I would submit that the central theme of Guderian's memoirs could fairly be summarized thusly:I am a genius who invented the blitzkrieg and brought it to realization against opposition at every turn from the hide-bound traditionalists in the High Command, which makes the eventual triumph of the blitzkrieg technique so much the more remarkable an accomplishment of mine.
I exagerate somewhat, but not by much.
It is now pretty clear that this view was, essentially, egoism on Guderian's part, egoism indulged in the historical literature by that other great self-promoter Liddel-Hart. Not that Guderian was not a military genius, but he neither single-handledly invented the "blitzkrieg method" of panzer warfare nor was he particularly opposed by the German hierarchy.
For an excellent modern scholarly view of this, see "The Roots of Blitzkrieg" by Jame Corum. For a truly outstanding examination of the First World War stormtroop tactics background to the sort of thinking that (with the addition of panzers) became "blitzkrieg", see "Stormtroop Tactics" by Bruce Gudmundsson.
LUFC wrote:Am also reading and enjoying Panzer Leader.
In 1942, for services rendered, Hitler gave Guderian a grant for the purchase of an estate. After recovering from illness Guderian and his wife settled at Deipenhof. Where is this located (area was given as Hohensalza/Inowroclaw) and what is its Polish name today?
Craig Soward wrote:Guderian may not have single handedly invented the BLITZKRIEG but if there had been more leaders like him (& they were allowed to actually have some free reign in running the war, instead of it being run by the Lance Corporal & military ignoramus Hitler), things may have turned out a little different for the German army, in many of the key battles EG; Kursk. ....
julian wrote:Even today, you still have these useless revisionists trying to refute on internetforums that Guderian invented the theory of offensive armored warfare. Mentioning the minor detail that he never pretended this never stops them. ....
julian wrote:It will be difficult to anybody that will say that Guderian invented the theory of armored warfare.
So there is no myth to be refuted
and trying to put out that Guderian overstated his own role on the theoretical side is not even close to the truth.
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