Fox on the Rhine

Fox on the Rhine

by Michael Dobson
     
 

The Führer is dead ... but the war still goes on!

Backed by a cadre of SS officers, Himmler seizes control of the Reich and instigates a plan to change the course of the war.

First, an armistice with Russia.

Second, the mass production of jet fighters.

And third, the appointment of legendary "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel to the European theater, leading to

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Overview

The Führer is dead ... but the war still goes on!

Backed by a cadre of SS officers, Himmler seizes control of the Reich and instigates a plan to change the course of the war.

First, an armistice with Russia.

Second, the mass production of jet fighters.

And third, the appointment of legendary "Desert Fox" Erwin Rommel to the European theater, leading to a very different Battle of the Bulge where he must confront "Blood n Guts" George Patton in a campaign that will determine the fate of Europe . . . and possibly the entire free world.

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"The book is a triumph!"—Walter Boyne, bestselling coauthor of The Wild Blue

Kirkus Reviews
Alternate-history yarn from fantasist Niles (War of Three Waters, 1997, etc.) and collaborator/war-gamer Dobson. The authors' big what-if: What if the 1944 bomb plot to assassinate Hitler had succeeded? Well, in this scenario Colonel Count von Stauffenberg's bomb kills Hitler, but the conspiracy behind the bomb, frail at best, makes crucial mistakes and fails to seize power. Instead, as General Rommel lies barely alive in a French hospital after an allied strafing raid, the wily and brutal Heinrich Himmler seizes power, swiftly demolishes the opposition, then conducts secret negotiations with the Soviet Union for a separate peace. The Desert Fox, however, survives his wounds; Himmler, recognizing his capabilities if not his suspect loyalty, places him in charge of defending Germany against the Allied advances conducted by tank commander George Patton and his enthusiastic young colonel, James Pulaski. Meanwhile, skilled intelligence officer Colonel Günter von Reinhardt becomes the real force behind the German negotiations in Moscow. He agrees to cede Greece, Romania, and Norway to the USSR, give them access to V1 technology, and withdraw from central Europe. Rommel abandons southern France, and prepares new defenses in the French mountains and along the Rhine. With the debilitating Eastern Front now neutralized, can Germany and Rommel muster sufficient strength in the west to defeat the Allied advance? Can the Soviets be trusted? Intriguing and well handled, with broad appeal for military what-if fans, WWII buffs, armchair war-gamers, and the like.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312868949
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/10/2000
Series:
Fox on the Rhine Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.29(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Niles is an award winning game designer and the co-author of the alternate WWII duology Fox on the Rhine/Fox at the Front. He lives in Wisconsin.

Michael Dobson is an award-winning game designer and co-author of Fox on the Rhine and Fox at the Front. He served as a member of the team that built the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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