[Ads-l] Further Antedatings of "Blitzkrieg"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 26 16:22:58 UTC 2015


For those who don't know, H. V. Kaltenborn was a widely respected columnist
and radio news commentatot. It looks like he "popularized" the word as far
as American journalism was concerned.

JL

On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:14 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>
wrote:

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> blitzkrieg (OED 1939)
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> 1938 H. V. Kaltenborn in _Escanaba (Mich.) Daily Press_ 3 May 8/1
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> rs.com)  The German General Staff is planning the Blitzkrieg  -- the only
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> ind of war in which she would have a chance of success.  This means that
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> e will strike instantly and without any such formality as a declaration of
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> war.
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> 1938 H. V. Kaltenborn in _Brooklyn Daily Eagle_ 21 July 13/1
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> m)  She [Germany] is putting Europe on warning that at least one country
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>  ready for the only kind of war in which the victor power could gain
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> ing worth while.  This is the Blitzkrieg, the lightning-like war, in which
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> every military arm strikes at the enemy's vital nerve centers without so
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> ch as a declaration of war with the idea of paralyzing his offensive power
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> within the first 48 hours of hostilities.
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