Antedating of "Blitzkrieg"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 9 17:50:47 UTC 2006

blitzkrieg (OED 1939)

1938 _Living Age_ Sept. 13 (American Periodical Series)  A prize was
recently offered by the German Military Academy for the best outline of
an attack on Czechoslovakia.  The prize-winning plan, printed below, is an
elaboration of Adolf Hitler's own ideas of _'Blitzkrieg.'_

1938 _Wash. Post_ 5 Oct. 9 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  We know that
the "blitzkrieg" theory of Gen. Goering -- that a swift and fearful air
attack can be made which will totally demoralize populations -- is no
longer tenable.

Fred Shapiro

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