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

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

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by Dennis E. Showalter, Harold C. Deutsch
     
 

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

Overview

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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616080273
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/09/2010
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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If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Riley_Smith More than 1 year ago
Ground-breaking, well written stories about what could have happen if the tide of the war changed.