By John Norris, Mike Fuller

The German 88 mm was once by way of some distance the main well-known and flexible artillery weapon of worldwide conflict II. It was once first used as an anti-aircraft weapon by means of the Condor Legion throughout the Spanish Civil struggle and observed additional carrier within the German invasions of Poland and France, the place it was once first utilized in its anti-tank function. This position used to be really profitable and the 88 grew to become feared by means of tank crews from North Africa to Russia. except those major roles the 88 mm used to be used because the major weapon on late-war German tanks, as a self-propelled gun, or even as an aerial weapon. This ebook covers these types of versions, explaining their layout, improvement and operational use.

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In view of that development he did not even strongly object to the mechanization of the cavalry, adopted in both Britain and France (and Germany) alongside the expansion of the armour corps. 9o He was encouraged by the growth in the number of French mobile formations and by the quality of their planned tank models; and this was partly, but not wholly, due to his desire to create a favourable impression of the French ability to confront the Germans without the support of a substantial British army.

Ii. Combating 'Blitzkrieg' So during the 1920s and 1930s, in Fuller's footsteps, Liddell Hart developed the ideas that as employed by the Germans in 1939-41 would win them a string of brilliant victories. More about that in the next chapter. However, toward the middle of the 1930s Liddell Hart began to argue - and would become ever more insistent about this as the war was approaching - that great armoured breakthroughs were growing ever less likely to work owing to the increasing strength of the defence.

More remarkably, Liddell Hart did not make this argument of self-justification retrospectively but in fact advanced it well before the event. In late 1940, after the dramatic fall of France and prior to the occurrence of even one instance of a successful defence in depth against mechanized forces, Liddell Hart wrote in Dynamic Defence, referring of course to himself: ... the knowledge gained in developing the new offensive technique led to the discovery of an effective counter-technique. But it had taken fully ten years to gain official acceptance for the former, and even then in a half-hearted way.

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