If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II

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What if war had come in 1938, one year earlier?

What if Hitler had not declared war upon the United States after Pearl Harbor?

What if the Allies had been repulsed on D-Day?

And what if the Allies had fallen and Hitler won the war?

In this compelling book, historians suggest what might have been if key events during the war had gone differently, from the Munich Crisis to the ...

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What if war had come in 1938, one year earlier?

What if Hitler had not declared war upon the United States after Pearl Harbor?

What if the Allies had been repulsed on D-Day?

And what if the Allies had fallen and Hitler won the war?

In this compelling book, historians suggest what might have been if key events during the war had gone differently, from the Munich Crisis to the dropping of the first atom bomb, including Hitler's declaration of war on the United States after Pearl Harbor and the D-Day landings. The Second World War could have turned out differently at many points, and a victory for Germany may have been possible, if not for, in some cases, chance, the weather, and the decisions of commanders. An exceptional team of historians speculates about what might have been.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With its mercurial and deluded leaders, dramatic offensives, and technological leaps, the history of WWII is riddled with might-have-beens that are amply explored in this stimulating collection of scholarly essays. The authors, mainly academic historians including Carlo d'Este and David Glantz, ask the big questions, pondering the likely consequences if Britain had surrendered, Hitler had been killed by conspirators, the D-Day landings had failed, or the atom bomb not been dropped. But finer points of strategy (what if the Allies had invaded Sardinia instead of Sicily?) and weapons procurement (would more V2s and jet fighters have turned the tide for Germany?) also get considered attention. A few authors present clunky fictional narratives of the "Stalin nervously paced his apartment" variety, but most stick to sober analyses of the alternatives that leaders faced. From the welter of contingencies emerges an inevitable end that miracle weapons and brilliant generalship could not alter: once America entered the war, Germany and Japan's chances against a vastly stronger Allied coalition slipped from slim to none. These illuminating, well-written counterfactual essays do much to explain why. Maps. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Historians love to play "what if." Who doesn't? Here, 19 eminent historians riff on various outcomes. What if the United States had read Japanese codes early enough to forestall Pearl Harbor? What if Hitler had captured Moscow? Skillfully written, this makes for absorbing reading, if ultimately just fantasy. Likely to be a popular addition to any military history collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080273
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis E. Showalter is a professor of history at Colorado College who specializes in German military history. He is also the former president of the American Society for Military History. Showalter has previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the Marine Corps University. He is the author of many books including Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the 20th Century. He lives in Colorado Springs.

Harold C. Deutsch was a historian at the University of Minnesota, and was the author of The Conspiracy Against Hitler in the Twilight War and Hitler and His Generals: The Hidden Crisis, January–June 1938.

William R. Forstchen is the author of more than forty books, including the award-winning We Look Like Men of War. He is a professor of history and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Foreword William R. Forstchen xi

Introduction Harold C. Deutsch xiii

1 Dress Rehearsal Crisis 1938 Harold C. Deutsch

A What if the Western Powers had forsworn appeasement sufficiently to permit German military conspirators to strike at Hitler? 1

B war had come in September 1938 instead of a year later? 7

C one of the foreign military attaché plots to assassinate Hitler in the early spring of 1939 had been carried out successfully? 13

2 August-September 1939 John K. Munholland

A What if Stalin had signed with the West? 20

B Hitler had recognized that the Western Powers would fight? 25

C the French had launched an all-out attack to help the Poles? 27

3 Phony and Hot War 1939-1940 Dennis E. Showalter

A What if the Germans had not invaded Scandinavia? 34

B the Germans had launched their main attack through Belgium instead of the Ardennes? 37

C the Germans had pushed the attack on Dunkirk? 41

D France had continued the war? 45

E Britain had sued for peace in 1940? 48

4 Hider's Attack on Russia

A What if the Germans had delayed Barbarossa until after dealing with Great Britain in 1942 or 1943? David M. Glantz 52

B Stalin had heeded clear warnings of the impending German attack and launched a preemptive attack as proposed by Zhukov? David M. Glantz 53

C Stalin had adopted the supposed Shaposhnikov proposal for concentrating defenses along the Stalin line (pre-1939 borders)? David M. Glantz 597

D Hitler had striven to make allies of the Soviet people? Samuel L Newland 59

5 Germany versus the Soviet Union David M. Glantz

German Intelligence and Soviet Realities 66

A What if German Army Group Center had continued its advance on Moscow rather than participating in the Kiev operation? 71

B the German 1942 summer offensive had been focused on Moscow or a single southern objective such as Stalingrad? 75

C the Japanese had joined the German attack prior to December 1941? 75

6 Pearl Harbor and its Consequences

A What if the Japanese Navy had launched a second strike against Pearl Harbor in December 1941? Walter S. Drea 79

B What if the United States had been able to read the Japanese naval code with the message of the upcoming attack? Walter S. Drea Frederick D. Parker 89

C What if Hitler had not declared war upon the United States after Pearl Harbor? Harold C. Deutsch Dennis E. Showalter 97

7 The Pacific War D. Clayton James Anne Wells

A What if MacArthur had been left to surrender on Corregidor? 104

B MacArthur had been obliged to bypass the Philippines? 108

C the allies had invaded Amoy and South Formosa? 115

8 The Mediterranean

A What if Hitler had pursued an all-out Mediterranean strategy in continuing the war with Britain? Harold C. Deutsch 119

B the allies had invaded Sardinia and Corsica in 1943? Carlo D'Este 130

C the allies had chosen the Ljubljana Gap instead of Anvil? Thomas M. Barker 134

9 The June 1944 Invasion

A What if the invasion had been attempted in 1942? or in 1943? Walter S. Dunn 145

B the Germans had detected that Operation Fortitude was a ruse? Carlo D'Este 150

C the allies had been repulsed on D-Day? Harold C. Deutsch Dennis E. Showalter 164

10 20 July 1944 Peter Hoffmann

A What if the allies had responded more favorably to German opposition appeals? 167

B Rommel had not become incapacitated on 17 July 1944? 168

C Hitler had been killed? 170

11 The Final Stage of the War in Europe David M. Glantz

A What if the allies had driven hard for Berlin? 174

12 The Ultra Secret Harold C. Deutsch

A What if Ultra had not been available before the Battles of France and Britain? 202

B for the war in North Africa, or for the Sicilian and Italian campaigns? 204

C for the Battle of the Atlantic? 206

D for the invasion of the continent? 207

E fullest advantage had been taken of the opportunities afforded by Ultra to conclude the war in Western Europe after the summer of 1944? 208

F Ultra had not been available during the Pacific War? 210

13 Hitler's Role Gerhard L. Weinberg

A What if Hitler had not held up rocket research? 213

B Hitler had not held up the Messerschmitt 262? 215

C Hitler had left soldiering to the soldiers? 217

14 The Conclusion of the Pacific War Paul Schratz

A What if the United States had responded favorably to Japanese peace overtures from the Emperor's entourage? 230

B the United States had not bribed the Soviets to enter the war? 232

C no A-bomb had existed or none had been dropped? 235

D a Japanese surrender had been sought by demonstrating the bomb? 237

E the allies had invaded Japanese homeland? 238

15 The War at Sea Robert M. Love

A What if Britain had rearmed earlier in the 1930s or had adopted a naval strategy consistent with her fleet strength? 242

B the British had not acquired Ultra and the ability to decipher the German U-boat command traffic? 244

C the Germans had adopted a naval building strategy more consistent with their resources and political objectives? 245

D the Japanese had adopted an entirely different building policy and strategy before they opted for a suicidal war with the western naval powers in 1941? 246

E the U.S. Navy had fully rearmed in the 1930s and had been truly prepared to fight a two ocean war? 250

F the Allies had invaded France in 1943? (the naval aspect) 252

16 The Air War

A What if the British had not devoted a major part of their war effort to strategic bombing? Richard J. Overy 255

B Hitler had pushed the development of the jet fighter? Bernard C. Nalty 260

C Allied strategic bombers had attacked German electrical power rather than the oil industry? Bernard C. Nalty 262

D General Kenney had persuaded General Arnold to deploy the B-29s to the Southwest Pacific? Herman S. Wolk 264

E What if the B-29 had not become operational at all in 1944? Herman S. Wolk? 268

17 What if Hitler had won the war? Harold C. Deutsch Dennis E. Showalter 272

A What if Hitler had been able to negotiate peace with Britain in June-July 1940? 273

B What if Germany had conquered Britain, most probably by invasion, in the summer of 1940? 277

C What if the Wehrmacht had defeated the Red Army in the summer and autumn of 1941 in Operation Barbarossa? 280

D What if peace or perhaps an open-ended "truce" had been negotiated between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1942-43? 282

About the authors 285

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    Ground-breaking, well written stories about what could have happen if the tide of the war changed.

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    Great book!

    Well researched, informed opinions on thought provoking questions. Great reading for anyone interested in counterfactuals as well as in understanding the role of chance and agency in history.

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