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If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Dennis E. Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch

If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Dennis E. Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch

If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Showalter & Harold C. Deutsch

If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Deutsch

This work of alternative history looks at sixty of the most famous 'what if?' scenarios of the Second World War, from the possibility of war breaking out in 1938, through the controversies that surround Pearl Harbor and the war on the Eastern Front, to the final days of the war in Europe and in the Pacific.

The nature of the articles varies quite wildly. Some barely resemble alternative history at all, instead analysing why a particular scenario didn't happen. Some of these articles are very interesting, but others are a little too sure of the inevitability of the actual course of events, especially when examining the war on the Eastern Front (perhaps a slight hangover of the old Soviet belief in the inevitable triumph of the Socialist System?).

Other articles take a completely different approach and are written as if the alternative scenario is what actually took place, treating it as accepted fact. These articles are rather more entertaining, if inevitably less historical, but the switch does come as something of a shock, and some sort of warnings as to the type of article to expect might have been of use!

The resulting mix gives this book more historical value than might have been the case if the second style had been adopted throughout, successfully dismissing a large number of popular theories about missed chances or alternative courses for the war as well as providing entertaining looks at some possible alternatives worlds.

Chapters
1 - Dress Rehearsal Crisis 1938
2 - August-September 1939
3 - Phony and Hot War 1939-1940
4 - Hitler's Attack on Russia
5 - Germany versus the Soviet Union
6 - Pearl Harbor and its Consequences
7 - The Pacific War
8 - The Mediterranean
9 - The June 1944 Invasion
10 - 20 July 1944
11 - The Final Stages of the War in Europe
12 - The Ultra Secret
13 - Hitler's Role
14 - The Conclusion of the Pacific War
15 - The War at Sea
16 - The Air War
17 - What if Hitler had won the war?

Editors: Dennis Showalter and Harold Deutch
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Frontline
Year: 2010



If the Allies Had Fallen

What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939? What if the Allies had been defeated on D-Day? What if Hitler and the Nazis had won the war?

From the Munich crisis and the dropping of the first atom bomb to Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States and the D-Day landings, historians suggest “what might have been” if key events in World War II had gone differently.

Written by an exceptional team of historians as if these world-changing events had really happened. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II. Contributors include: Thomas M. Barker, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Dunn, Robert M. Love, D. Clayton James, Bernard C. Nalty, Richard J. Overy, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, and Herman S. Wolk.


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If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Dennis E. Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch - History

Alternative military strategies of the Second World War.

What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939?

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

What if Hitler had won the war?

From the Munich crisis and the dropping of the first atom bomb to Hitler’s declaration of war on the United States and the D-Day landings, historians suggest "what might have been" if key events in World War II had gone differently.

Written by an exceptional team of historians as if these world-changing events had really happened. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II. Contributors include: Thomas M. Barker, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Dunn, Robert M. Love, D. Clayton James, Bernard C. Nalty, Richard J. Overy, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, and Herman S. Wolk.

24 black & white illustrations

World War II in hindsight.

Hindsight, of course, is always 20-20 and playing "armchair quarterback" after the game can never alter the past, but the urge to do so is alluring, even fun..

There were many turning points in World War II, such as the Allied victory in the Battle of Midway. But even if that battle had not unfolded as it did, the industrial might of the US would have eventually prevailed against Japan and the turning point in the Pacific would have occurred elsewhere and else-when. The same can be said for most any event or battle in the war.

However, two dates in particular could have done a lot more than merely alter the duration of the war, but could have changed things so completely as to have produced a different outcome, and thus altered the world in which we live today.


About The Authors

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. His recent publications include Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century and Hitler&rsquos Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare.

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.


If the Allies had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II, ed. Dennis E. Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch - History

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What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939?
What if the Allies had been repulsed on D-Day?
And what if Hitler had won the war?

In this expertly written 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 and the D-Day landings. The authors, writing as if these and other world-changing events had really happened, project realistic scenarios based on the true capabilities and circumstances of the opposing forces. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II.

THE CONTRIBUTORS: Thomas M. Barker, Carlo D'Este, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Drea, Walter S. Dunn, David M. Glantz, Robert M. Love, Peter Hoffmann, D. Clayton James, John K. Munholland, Bernard C. Nalty, Samuel J. Newland, Richard J. Overy, Frederick D. Parker, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, Herman S. Wolk

The Scenarios presented in this book are all credible and demonstrate how narrow the margin is between victory and defeat. They also present the possible consequences of a different outcome. This is a very interesting and provoking book.

Firetrench

This work of alternate history looks at sixty of the most famous 'what if?' scenarios of the Second World War, from the possibility of war breaking out in 1938, through controversies that surround pearl harbor and the war on the Eastern Front, to the final days of war in Europe and in the Pacific.
The resulting mix gives this book more historical value than might have been the case if the second style had been adopted throughout, successfully dismissing a large number of popular theories about missed chances or alternative courses for the war as well as providing entertaining looks at some possible alternative worlds.

History of War

This work of alternate history looks at sixty of the most famous 'what if?' scenarios of the Second World War, from the possibility of war breaking out in 1938, through controversies that surround pearl harbor and the war on the Eastern Front, to the final days of war in Europe and in the Pacific.

History of War

Harold E. 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.

About Dennis Showalter

Dennis Showalter has been a Professor of History at Colorado College since 1985.

His recent publications include Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century, Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism and If The Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II.


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

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For fans of Man in the High Castle and other tales of alternative history, explosive, thought-provoking &ldquowhat-if&rdquo stories about Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Hitler, the Battle of Britain, and more!

What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939? What if the Allies had been defeated on D-Day? What if Hitler and the Nazis had won the war?

From the Munich crisis and the dropping of the first atom bomb to Hitler&rsquos declaration of war on the United States and the D-Day landings, historians suggest &ldquowhat might have been&rdquo if key events in World War II had gone differently.

Written by an exceptional team of historians as if these world-changing events had really happened. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II. Contributors include: Thomas M. Barker, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Dunn, Robert M. Love, D. Clayton James, Bernard C. Nalty, Richard J. Overy, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, and Herman S. Wolk.


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If the Allies Had Fallen. Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II by Dennis Showalter and Harold C. Deutsch. Frontline Books, 2010, hardback, 304 pp, 㾿.99, ISBN 9781848325661

The joint editors of this stimulating collection of explorations of alternative military strategies of the Second World War, Dennis Showalter and Harold Deutsch, have assembled a distinguished team of nineteen historians predominantly from the United States of America, but also including Peter Hoffmann from Canada and Richard Overy from the UK. Justifying the book's counterfactual approach, Harold Deutsch acknowledges that 'it is easy to argue persuasively the truism that the lessons of history are best derived from what actually happened, rather than from what nearly happened' but concludes that ‘what happened becomes more fully comprehensible in the light of the contending forces that existed at moments of decision'. And so the authors contend that from Munich to Hiroshima the War might have turned out differently.

Their detailed text is enhanced by a series of illuminating maps illustrating graphically, for example, Soviet military dispositions at the end of July 1941 and reinforcements by the end of December 1941 and the Allied plan during the final stage of the war in Europe in 1945. The authors examine such questions as: What if the outbreak of war had occurred in 1938 one year earlier? What if Stalin had joined the Allies? What if the Allies had fallen and Hitler won the war? These are just some of the hypothetical questions which the book addresses stimulating in-depth analysis and debate into some key outcomes during this tumultuous seven-year period and thereby providing support for Harold C. Deutsch's contention that ‘understanding of the total historical setting is bound to contribute to a clearer view of the actual course of affairs', though perhaps not all readers will be entirely convinced of the value of the exercise.


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

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For fans of Man in the High Castle and other tales of alternative history, explosive, thought-provoking &ldquowhat-if&rdquo stories about Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Hitler, the Battle of Britain, and more!

What if Stalin had signed with the West in 1939? What if the Allies had been defeated on D-Day? What if Hitler and the Nazis had won the war?

From the Munich crisis and the dropping of the first atom bomb to Hitler&rsquos declaration of war on the United States and the D-Day landings, historians suggest &ldquowhat might have been&rdquo if key events in World War II had gone differently.

Written by an exceptional team of historians as if these world-changing events had really happened. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II. Contributors include: Thomas M. Barker, Harold C. Deutsch, Walter S. Dunn, Robert M. Love, D. Clayton James, Bernard C. Nalty, Richard J. Overy, Paul Schratz, Dennis E. Showalter, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Anne Wells, and Herman S. Wolk.


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