If The Allies Had Fallen, Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II

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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.

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NAME: If The Allies Had Fallen, Sixty Alternative Scenarios of World War II
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1774
DATE: 011112
AUTHOR: Dennis E Showalter, Harold C Deutsch
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Frontline
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 287
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War II, Second World War, WWII, alternative scenarios, possible outcomes. Europe, Asia Pacific
ISBN: 978-1-84832-9
IMAGE: B1774.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Traditionally, historians have claimed to present facts and happenings, leaving conjecture to the writers of fiction. That is of course a subjective claim. In reality, historians bring their own conjecture to their work and attempt to either bridge gaps in recorded information, or present recorded information to support their theories. As a result there may not be that much difference between fiction and non-fiction.
This book provides a fascinating glimpse of what very nearly might have been. The margin between victory and defeat can be small. What may appear the hand of fortune is just perception and good planning on the part of a military commander. A victory can as easily result from the flaws in the loser than in the excellence of the victor. Some battles may be won, but the war lost. Even periods of history, such as the Second World War, which have been covered in acres of printed-paper and miles of film, still produce surprises when new research uncovers something that demands a reappraisal of the established historical wisdom.
Nineteen serious established historians play the “what if…” game. The resulting views cannot be regarded as the work of fiction, because they look at what happened and how the result might have been changed by, sometimes, very small differences. The big “what if…” was to consider what might have happened if Hitler had got away with wearing down the Western democracies and striking them in 1944 when all of his military enhancements and new weapons had come together. Of course, that presupposes that the democracies would have continued to ignore the increasing threat that he and Germany posed to Europe and freedom. It also presupposes that the Nazis would have continued to enjoy the whole-hearted support of the German people. It is easily forgotten, as a later German Chancellor forgot, that most Germans were perfectly content to see the elimination of the Jews, the suppression of political opponents, and the occupation of neighbouring countries. As these processes were executed, most Germans directly benefited and saw their “natural racial supremacy” being rewarded, as Germans in 2012 see their right to rule Europe and replace democratically elected politicians in neighbouring countries. However, Germans did begin to turn against Hitler once he stopped winning battles and by 1945 the overwhelming majority of Germans, including Nazis officials and Party Members, claimed to have been opponents of the Nazis.
The purpose of history is to help us recognize risks and avoid repeating the mistakes made earlier by others. In that respect it is as important to understand what happened and why it happened, but also to understand what might have resulted had some changes taken place. It is clear that WWII could have resulted in victory for the Axis powers. Had some political leaders failed to take decisions that they did take, or had a different group of politicians been in government, major changes in what happened would have been highly probable. That one politician came to the fore was often as accidental as another falling from office. In Britain, parts of society shared many of the beliefs of Germans, and some senior political figures would have been very comfortable in joining Germany as allies, or as a subjected nation. The events in the British Channel Islands demonstrated how Britons under occupation would respond to their occupiers.
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.

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