He was enthralled by Guderian’s plan that was based purely on speed and movement.
Guderian had written a military pamphlet called “Achtung Panzer” which got into the hands of Hitler.
As a tactic it was used to devastating effect in the first years of World War Two and resulted in the British and French armies being pushed back in just a few weeks to the beaches of Dunkirk.
It was also pivotal in the German army’s devastation of Russian forces when they advanced through Russia in June 1941.
Hitler had spent four years in World War One fighting a static war with neither side moving far for months on end.
Blitzkrieg was based on speed, co-ordination and movement; the major science of this approach was the ability to get large mobile forces through weak points in the enemies defences and then cause damage when behind his static lines.
With large formations cut off from communication and logistics, pressure could then be put on interior defences.Its aim was to create panic amongst the civilian population. It was an innovative military technique first used by the Germans in World War Two and was a tactic based on speed and surprise.Blitzkrieg relied on a military force be based around light tank units supported by planes and infantry (foot soldiers).The tactic was based on Alfred von Schlieffen’s ‘Schlieffen Plan’ – this was a doctrine formed during WWI that focused on quick miliatry victory.It was later developed in Germany by an army officer called Heinz Guderian who looked at new technologies, namely dive bombers and light tanks, to improve the German army’s manoeuvrability.