blitzkrieg

[ blits-kreeg ]
/ ˈblɪtsˌkrig /

noun, verb (used with object)

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Origin of blitzkrieg

1935–40; < German, equivalent to Blitz lightning + Krieg war

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British Dictionary definitions for blitzkrieg

blitzkrieg
/ (ˈblɪtsˌkriːɡ) /

noun

a swift intensive military attack, esp using tanks supported by aircraft, designed to defeat the opposition quickly

Word Origin for blitzkrieg

C20: from German: lightning war
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Cultural definitions for blitzkrieg

blitzkrieg
[ (blits-kreeg) ]

A form of warfare used by German forces in World War II. In a blitzkrieg, troops in vehicles, such as tanks, made quick surprise strikes with support from airplanes. These tactics resulted in the swift German conquest of France in 1940 (see fall of France). Blitzkrieg is German for “lightning war.”

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