front.Adolf Hitler used many daring and innovative strategies of war; first, and most notably, his Blitzkrieg, or “lightning war.” In Poland in 1939 the Nazis drove thousands of tanks, supported heavily by bomber aircraft, crushed the Polish defenses and drove deep into the country's interior surrounding huge portions of the Polish forces. Germany took over 500,000 Polish prisoners of war (Goff, Moss, Terry, Upshur & Schroeder, 2008). The Blitzkrieg strategy is similar to a strategy used today called “shock & awe,” which uses a show of overwhelming force to both demonstrate the attacker's ability and to demoralize the people of the area being invaded.On May 10, 1940, Germany launched an offensive in Western Europe. Using an attack in Belgium and the Netherlands as a diversion, Hitler sent a massive force of several thousand tanks in from France's southern border and pushed northward towards the English Channel. This surprise attack was exactly that: a surprise; a surprise that worked perfectly. Because of the diversionary tactics used in the north, British and French troops found themselves virtually surrounded when the Germans reached the northern French coast. They survived only by mounting a spectacular rescue operation that required all their supplies and weapons be left behind. Hitler then turned the German army south and west across France until the French surrendered on June 22 (Goff, et al., 2008). In many instances throughout the war, Hitler just marched right in to countries betting on the fact that Great Britain and France would fail to react. He was correct multiple times.