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The German military strategy of using of fast-moving tanks with motorized infantry and artillery supported by dive-bombers and concentrating on one part of the enemy sector became known as Blitzkrieg lightning war The strategy was first put forward by Colonel John Fuller the chief of staff of the British Tank Corps Fuller was disappointed with the way tanks were used during WWI and afterwards produced Plan 1919 This included a call for long-range mass tank attacks with strong air motorized and artillery support These ideas were developed in more detail in his books Reformation of War 1923 and Foundation of the Science of War 1926 Fullers ideas were ignored by the British Army but were studied in Germany and in 1926 leaders of the German Army asked the government to commission the production of new tanks that would enable them to use Blitzkrieg tactics in any future conflicts As a result of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles these new experimental 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 The Treaty of Versailles limited the German Army to a strength of 100000 Page 2 Martin Howland men and General Hans von Seeckt as Chief of Army Command had the difficult task of maintaining the morale of the armed forces Disliking traditional theories of mass armies and trench warfare he remolded the army as a mobile shock force of thirty-five divisions Hitler had spent four years in WWI fighting a static war with neither side moving far for months on end He was enthralled by Guderians plan that was based purely on speed and movement When Guderian told Hitler that he
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