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Blitzkrieg (German: “lightning war”) is a military tactic calculated to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the employment of surprise, speed, and superiority in matériel or firepower. It is most known for its use by National Socialist Germany during World War II.

Origins can be traced to the 19th century. Other combatants also used such tactics during WWII and such tactics have been used in more recent conflicts.

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