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Battle Tactics of WWII

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Battle Tactics in World War 2


      There were many different strategies and tactics used by the different armies in World War II. Although no army fought the same way the entire duration of the war, there were tactics used that were more favored than others. These tactics, such as Kamikaze, Blitzkrieg, and Guerrilla, defined the way we think of battles in WWII. Such methods began simply as  last resorts, but soon became forces to be reckoned with, feared by all. My page will give examples and explain some of the more well known, and-in my opinion-more effective battle tactics of the second World War.  


      The first, and probably most popular tactic of battle was the Japanese Kamikaze, or "Divine Wind." This term is taken from a godly power that they believed was watching over them. Some believe this was suggested by a Japanese naval Commander, but credit is most commonly given to Vice-Admiral Takashiro Ohnishi. Ohnishi knew that his 1st Air Fleet, part of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force in the Philippines couldn't damage American ships with the aircraft available, because they were not designed to take on the force of the United States Navy. He had a solution, though. Guided weapons-weapons that were controlled, or steered during flight-have greater accuracy, and therefore inflict greater damage. With this in mind, Ohnishi decided to have volunteer pilots fly bomb-carrying planes into their targets.


    Japanese pilots would pack their aircraft full of explosives of any kind. These pilots were typically young men who volunteered to carry out these attacks for their country, due to patriotic and religious reasons. They would fly their planes into, and collide with, targets such as warships and carriers in suicidal dive-bombing attacks. This was effective not only because of the collision impact, but also because of the explosive force. This strategy did have many flaws though, including vulnerability to Anti-Air equipment, faulty explosives, and defective planes and pilots. These attacks were first introduced in October of 1944 in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. This method grew to be greatly feared by the time the Kamikazes made their final appearance in Okinawa. In June 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, the Japanese unleashed their heaviest attacks yet. In Operation Kikusui, Japan concentrated multiple waves of planes, a total of about 700 on U.S. warships. The Japanese Kamikazes sunk approximately 40 ships during WWII.


     The Japanese weren't the only ones who had effective strategies in the war, however. The German Blitzkrieg, or "Lightning War" was another important tactic of WWII. The first ideas of the concept were introduced by British military theoretician Basil Liddell-Hart. The Germans had to develop new tactics after WWI, so they listened to Liddell-Hart, who announced ideas of "fast and deep armor advancements." Although Hart's ideas were never taken to action by the British, German officer Heinz Guderian used these methods in tank and plane demonstrations to his superiors. Germany had more motive to accept these ideas than any other country because of its struggles after WWI. Her new leader Adolf Hitler, wanted to go to war again, but needed something that would change the course of future battles. When he saw one of Guderian's demos he knew he'd found what he needed. By 1938, Germany was ready to use Blitzkrieg.


     Blitzkrieg stressed speed and surprise in the concentration of heavy weapons such as tanks, planes, and artillery. Germany would send heavy weapons and infantry in "lightning attacks" to an enemy's front line. These forces would penetrate defenses, hit hard, and roam freely amongst the enemy. This method caused panic and confusion. Air support cut off enemy supplies and reinforcements. The wave would then surround the enemy, resulting in surrender. These attacks were easily coordinated thanks to Communication Baystation(CB). Europe first saw the wrath of Blitzkrieg in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Germany took the west, and the Soviets took the east. The Germans had successfully defeated Poland. Blitzkrieg was also sussessful against Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Yugoslavia, Greece, and the Netherlands. This was extremely fast, and the German army was able to reach capitol cities in a matter of a few mere weeks. Germany continued to utilize this method until it failed against Great Britain and the Soviet Union in 1941. Similar methods such as the U.S. "Shock and Awe" are still used today.


     The final tactic that was well-known in WWII was Guerrilla. A guerrilla is a small band of fighters who weaken their enemy with surprise raids and hit-and-run attacks. The guerrillas would use small groups to quickly, but effectively attack enemy lines. Guerrillas would form their lines, and fire. They would then retreat out of sight and out of harm's way. Many a time they would regroup and hit again. This was probably the most universal method. During WWII guerrilla warfare was used by different countries around the pacific. The most popular, however, was Ho Chi Minh from Indochina, or Vietnam. This method was used as early as the Revolutionary War and is still used today.


     Finally, the different battle tactics used were an important characteristic of WWII. The German Blitzkrieg, Japanese Kamikaze, and Guerrilla were well-known, feared, and very effective. They were also factors in determining the outcomes of many battles during the war. These methods tell us a lot about the armies of WWII and the way they fought. They also tell us much about the clever minds of world leaders. Many of these are still used today, by countries around the globe. We can all learn something from the battle tactics of World War 2.


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 1) Kamikaze Pilot Kiyoshi Ogawa (man)                                                                                                               

 2) Bunker Hill Kamikaze Aftermath (ship fire)

 3) Blitzkrieg Damage in Poland (ruins)












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Comments (Show all 51)

phxcoyotes10 said

at 6:57 pm on Nov 10, 2010


The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:09 pm on Nov 10, 2010

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König von None said

at 8:40 am on Nov 11, 2010

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König von None said

at 8:41 am on Nov 11, 2010

where are your sources? hmmmm?

The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:49 am on Nov 11, 2010

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König von None said

at 8:52 am on Nov 11, 2010

you and bradywadypoo said i suc :(

König von None said

at 9:22 am on Nov 11, 2010

How do you put pictures on?

The Legacy Prevails said

at 9:24 am on Nov 11, 2010

go to edit and in top right corner there is ipload, click on pics and files section and at to it says upload files, thene u just insert pic from comuter

König von None said

at 9:25 am on Nov 11, 2010


The Legacy Prevails said

at 9:26 am on Nov 11, 2010

or u can copy from computer and paste but that kinda confusing

König von None said

at 9:36 am on Nov 11, 2010

i cant find any of that so i used your pic :) and used you as a source

The Legacy Prevails said

at 5:35 pm on Nov 11, 2010

i wrote a ton yet im only half done

Lone Rider said

at 8:12 pm on Nov 11, 2010

hey wats up

The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:13 pm on Nov 11, 2010

hi just finishing my page

The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:20 am on Nov 12, 2010

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König von None said

at 8:54 pm on Nov 12, 2010

Whats PWND mean?

The Legacy Prevails said

at 3:28 pm on Nov 13, 2010

powned it just means im awesome

The Legacy Prevails said

at 3:59 pm on Nov 13, 2010

DOES ANYONE LIKE MY PAGE?! :( i put a lot of work into it and its really long and im proud of it, but nobody except phxcyotes and LRidr said a little bit I just want positive input or constructive critisism(now that im done)

Cookie Monster said

at 12:04 pm on Nov 14, 2010

its really good how long did it take you to write?!

Alanah(: said

at 2:05 pm on Nov 14, 2010

Trace!!! How did you make the picture indent like that?!? Cause i want my picture in my text so that the text is surrounding it.. But i dont know how to do it... And the indent thing doesnt work.. (Like that button that says 'indent')

The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:35 am on Nov 15, 2010

just insert the pic to, or move it to the middle of the text, then go to edit pic and align to a side

The Legacy Prevails said

at 8:37 am on Nov 15, 2010

it took me about 2 hours a day about 3 days

König von None said

at 3:46 pm on Nov 15, 2010

Its all and a days work. Mine took an 1.5 hours, and 30mins to type, and about 15 to put pix for a total of 2 hours and 45mins. Its good but what about russias stratagies? UK? US? Hello! We played a huge part in the war! And deserve recognition for our outrageous and historical stratagies!

The Legacy Prevails said

at 4:37 pm on Nov 15, 2010

have u ever headr of famous US tactics, is the US known for the special strategies it created in wwii to compensate for lack of tech or power...i think not, besides everyones heard of kamikaze(DONT U DARE GET TECHNICAL) and blitzkrieg and guerrilla were in our social studies book. see how long i wrote about each strategy? i cant do that for 3 or more millitaries, in addition to what i already have

The Legacy Prevails said

at 4:39 pm on Nov 15, 2010

o hey y dont u add 5 more paragraphs about IJNAF and IJAAF and wat kinda planes did they use

Cookie Monster said

at 5:14 pm on Nov 15, 2010

wow thats a long time. Thats mean don't make him do 5 paragraphs his papers good!!

Cookie Monster said

at 5:19 pm on Nov 15, 2010

ok i just read the whole thing its good...long but good :P

The Legacy Prevails said

at 5:27 pm on Nov 15, 2010

i was just mad at him for critisizing me

The Legacy Prevails said

at 5:27 pm on Nov 15, 2010

u promise u read the whole thing, and do u really like it

The Legacy Prevails said

at 5:30 pm on Nov 15, 2010

if u really read it then why couldnt the japanese match the force of the U.S. Navy, and how long did it take germany to defeat the Soviets with Blitzkrieg, and when did they stop using guerrilla?

Cookie Monster said

at 7:19 pm on Nov 15, 2010

ya i really did like it

The Legacy Prevails said

at 7:25 pm on Nov 15, 2010

thx so answer my questions

König von None said

at 4:24 pm on Nov 17, 2010

I'll answer it with my own questions. Since Germany never defeated the soviets, why do you ask? And gurrila was used throughout the war so what kind of question is that?

König von None said

at 4:27 pm on Nov 17, 2010

Your pilot guy is still funny looking. I suggest fixing him

The Legacy Prevails said

at 4:30 pm on Nov 17, 2010

Bueno, se calculó que eran sólo un truco preguntas, pero si la niña rubia lee mi página ella lo habría figurado por su propia cuenta!

The Legacy Prevails said

at 4:30 pm on Nov 17, 2010

he looks fine and im not culpirt of wifey feud

Cookie Monster said

at 4:48 pm on Nov 17, 2010


michael said

at 2:47 pm on Dec 12, 2010

what language is that

michael said

at 10:12 pm on Dec 12, 2010

thats beast like the steelers and usc

The Legacy Prevails said

at 12:54 pm on Aug 30, 2011

Hey 8th graders...this was the page i was talking about... the additional pics are screwed up but you get a basic idea. Leave comments!!!!!!

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