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During World War II Germany was the most powerful nation in the world In a matter of days Germany destroyed the Polish army Later they disposed of France and came within twenty-two miles of Britain Without the interference of the United States Germany may have conquered all of Europe How did they do it How did a nation who wasnt even supposed to have a standing army after the Treaty of Versaille manage to take over so much land The answer starts in Britain 1919 Colonel John Fuller was the chief of staff of the British Tank Corps He was disappointed by the lack of tanks used during the Great War Not only that but we didnt like how they were used So he started on a plan to utilize tanks in a combination with strong mobile artillery support He published his ideas in his book Reformations of War in 1923 and later in Foundation of the Science of War in 1926 So what Fuller has some new idea for tanks Who cares Obviously not Great Britain John Fullers ideas were ignored by the British army but they caught the interest of German officials In fact in 1926 leaders of the German army asked the government to commission the production of new tanks that would enable them to use this tactic they called Blitzkrieg in any future conflicts Heres where Germany hit a snag According to the Treaty of Versaille Germany could not develop new weapons of war In fact they were only allowed an army of 100000 soldiers and no conscription no tanks no heavy artillery no poison-gas supplies no aircraft and no airships But Germany was determined to get around this These experimental new tanks were called tractors The Light Tractor weighed ten tons and carried a 37mm gun and the Heavy Tractor was a 20-tonner with two turrets one forward with a 77mm gun and one at the rear carrying a machine-gun
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