1st ed., 1979. 319 pp., 59 photo-plates + 20 partly cold., maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Title on spine of d.j., faded o/w FINE. Blitzkrieg is the story of the lightening war on the ground in World War II. It is a tale of daring courage and blinkered incompetence, which has its roots in the defeated Germany of 1919. This is where the story begins to show how the rise of Hitler was inevitable. More amazing than any fiction writer would dare to invent are the scandals and quarrels in the Nazi hierarchy. Goring's scheming, and the cunning tricks of Himmler's lawyers and Heydrich's forgery department, allowed Hitler to take the German Army under his personal control. Once set on a vengeful war in the West, Hitler's reluctant generals pursued the struggle with unquestioning zeal. Tank design was to transform the battlefield but the vision of those in command settled the outcome.