Antedating of "Blitzkrieg"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Dec 9 18:02:46 UTC 2006

Quite significant discoveries, Fred. The buzz among historians - undoubtedly shored up by the OED's treatment - is that this word was the colorful creation of Allied journalists.


Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:
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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

Fred R. Shapiro Editor
Associate Librarian for Collections and YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS
Access and Lecturer in Legal Research Yale University Press
Yale Law School ISBN 0300107986
e-mail: fred.shapiro at

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