'Blitzkrieg', meaning 'Lightning War' was a term coined by an American Journalist when they were describing the method of war that The Germans, under Adolf Hitler, used during their conquest of Europe. So quick and startling was the German advance into Poland that the Polish army of one Million soldiers was routed and over seven hundred thousand were captured and another eighty thousand, along with their government retreated from the country.
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Blitzkrieg was so overwhelmingly successful and fast that Hitler hadn't even made detailed plans on what to do after his conquest of France.
You could say that a form of blitzkrieg was used recently in the war in Iraq with early air attacks and bombing followed by heavy tanks, artillery and mobilized troops. This method of war brought a quick conclusion with a relatively low casualty rate amongst both the Iraqi and the American forces.