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4-1 Victory Blitzkrieg! Ta-ta, England. Two-Tone Coffee Mug


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4-1 Victory Blitzkrieg! Ta-ta, England. Two-Tone Coffee Mug
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Add a pop of color to your morning coffee! The outside of the mug features a bright white base for your photo, logo, pattern, or saying, while the inside is vividly glazed in rich color. Give this fun gift to a friend, or add some zest to your dinnerware collection.

  • Available in 11-ounce or 15-ounce
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    • 11-ounce: 3.2” diameter x 3.8" h
    • 15-ounce: 3.4” diameter x 4.5" h
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Strong, ceramic construction
  • Meets or exceeds FDA requirements for food and beverage safety
  • Printed on demand in San Jose, California
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4-1 Victory Blitzkrieg! Ta-ta, England. Two-Tone Coffee Mug
ERASMIA, South Africa -- England's failure to play as a team and match Germany's spirit were behind its 4-1 loss in the round of 16 at the World Cup, German striker Miroslav Klose said Monday. Klose scored to give Germany a 1-0 lead in Bloemfontein on Sunday, tying him with Pele in fourth place on the career World Cup list with 12 goals. Two more goals by Thomas Mueller and another by Lukas Podolski inflicted England's worst World Cup loss. "We came out with confidence and as a unit and we were present in the game from the opening whistle. I did not have the impression that England came out as a team," Klose said. "I expected them to come with the bit between their teeth, but after five or seven minutes it was clear to me that it wasn't the case." Klose showed Germany's determination when he outraced and outmuscled England defender Matt Upson to connect with a long goal kick from Manuel Neuer and shoot the ball into the net with his first touch. It was Klose's 50th goal in 99 games for Germany, and left him trailing only Ronaldo of Brazil (15), countryman Gerd Mueller (14), and Just Fontaine of France (13) on the World Cup scorers list. "I signaled to him to give it a strong kick, and I saw that the ball had changed its trajectory and I watched it closely," Klose said of Neuer. "It is extraordinary to have reached this [12th World Cup goal], but I am not yet finished -- there could be a goal or two more. "It helps to have a good team behind me. If I don't get the passes or the crosses, I won't score." The 32-year-old Klose has put a difficult season behind him. He spent much of it on Bayern Munich's bench, scoring only three Bundesliga goals. But he hit the second goal in Germany's opening 4-0 rout of Australia after coach Joachim Loew kept faith in him. That faith was tested after being sent off in Germany's 1-0 loss to Serbia, missing the 1-0 win over Ghana in the last group game. But he was back in the starting lineup after his suspension. "It is very important to have a coach who believes in you. And my strength is to peak at the right time, to get fit when I need to be fit," Klose said. Klose is the oldest starter on Germany's team -- the country's second youngest squad at a World Cup -- but the striker believes it has the right blend to repeat its 2006 quarterfinal victory over Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town. Germany knocked out Argentina on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in regulation time. Klose equalized in the 80th minute to cancel out Roberto Ayala's second-half goal. Germany won when goalkeeper Jens Lehmann stopped shots by Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso. "We have a good balance between young and experienced, and we have the quality to beat Argentina," Klose said. "I know they can take revenge for 2006, but it's a different team now. Lionel Messi was on the bench then. "On paper, they have better individuals. But it's what happens on the field that matters, as you saw yesterday. It's how you come out as a team." Blitzkrieg (German, "lightning war"; About this sound listen (help·info)) is an anglicized word describing all-mechanized force concentration of tanks, infantry, artillery and air power, concentrating overwhelming force and rapid speed to break through enemy lines, and once the latter is broken, proceeding without regard to its flank. Through constant motion, the blitzkrieg attempts to keep its enemy off-balance, making it difficult to respond effectively at any given point before the front has already moved on. During the interwar period, aircraft and tank technologies matured and were combined with systematic application of the German tactics of infiltration and bypassing of enemy strong points. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Western journalists adopted the term Blitzkrieg to describe this form of armoured warfare. "Blitzkrieg" operations were very effective during the Blitzkrieg campaigns, 1939 - 1941. These operations were dependent on surprise penetrations (e.g. the penetration of the Ardennes forest region), general enemy unpreparedness and an inability to react swiftly enough to the attacker's offensive operations. During the Battle of France, French attempts to re-form defensive lines along rivers were constantly frustrated when German forces arrived there first and pressed on. Only later, during the invasion of the Soviet Union, would the flaws of "Blitzkrieg" come to be realized. In France and Poland the foot-bound infantry had been, at most, a few hours behind the armored spearheads. In the vast open Russian steppe delays of hours would become days, allowing the Soviet forces to gather at points far behind the lines and thereby give their infantry enough time to set up defensive positions. In the Battle of Stalingrad for instance, the Soviet forces formed up hundreds of kilometers from the German breakout point. The Germans as well as the Allies, both in the West and the Soviet Union, would eventually realize the failings of "Blitzkrieg" warfare. Academics since the 1970s have questioned the existence of "Blitzkrieg" as a coherent military doctrine or strategy. Many academic historians hold "Blitzkrieg" itself to be a myth. Others continue to use "Blitzkrieg" to describe German strategy and doctrine throughout the Second World War
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