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Blitzkrieg!. What is a Blitzkrieg? A revolutionary new form of warfare Lightning war Designed to defeat an enemy with a quick, unexpected attack Hitlers.

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1 Blitzkrieg!

2 What is a Blitzkrieg? A revolutionary new form of warfare Lightning war Designed to defeat an enemy with a quick, unexpected attack Hitlers military strategy that includes ground forces, an air strike and motorized infantry happening simultaneously

3 Six Elements of Blitzkrieg… 1.Surprise the enemy must be caught off guard 2.Psychological Warfare propaganda is used to weaken the enemys will to fight & cause confusion 3.Concentration of Firepower Germans always found the weakest defended section of enemy lines & sent ALL of their fire power through this narrow area 4.Speed Germans kept moving despite the enemys defensive fire; the attack was carried DEEP into the enemys territory 5.Leadership from the Front German generals drove into battle with their panzers (tank or armour); they could then change orders to adapt to new circumstances 6.Co-ordination German panzer divisions included many formations of a variety of arms, all working together…

4 A New Kind Of War Fast moving war Technological Developments: Airplanes, Bazookas, Machine Guns Sophisticated Communication Systems Could attack from 1000s of kms away Cryptologists: Develop secret codes CAMP X: Camp used by Canadians to develop secret codes that commanders could use and to break codes of enemy

5 Reconnaissance Aircraft

6 Artillery

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8 Motorized Infantry

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11 Stuka Dive Bomber

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13 1 September 1939 : Blitzkrieg in Poland Germany Invades Poland

14 3 September 1939: Britain declares war on Germany 10 September 1939: After a week of debate, Canada declares war on Germany – the first independent declaration of war in Canadian history Sept 1939 – April 1940: The Phony War… … no fighting takes place. Both England and Germany wait for one another to make the first move…

15 April 1940: Operation Sicklecut... The invasion of Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, and France

16 1941: German General Rommels forces march across North Africa

17 Our Only Hope is Canada: Video 1.What is Mackenzie Kings thoughts about Hitler? 2.Who is Cairine Wilson? 3.Who is Dr. Norman Bethune?

18 Quebec, 1943: King, Roosevelt, Churchill, Earl of Athlone (GG)

19 Canada at War Read pp and answer questions 1-2 Read pp and answer questions 1-2 (COMPLETE)


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