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

Dennis Showalter , Harold Deutsch
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30 May 2010
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 after Pearl Harbour 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.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (30 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325661
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Title for Alternative History 19 May 2010
Buyer beware! "If The Allies Had Fallen" is not a new book. It is a reissue under a different title and in a different format of the 1997 "What If ? Strategic Alternatives of WWII ". This is a reprehensible practice on the behalf of the publishing trade, and to my mind blatantly dishonest. Doubly so in this particular case, as the new title is now also misleading, since many of the scenarios discussed by the various authors would have been to the Allies advantage, if the suggested courses of action had been adopted.

At least the original title was descriptive of the content, an overview of some the very many decision points in the period 1938 to 1945, that were available not only to the Axis powers, but to Allies as well.

That said, the essays are readable and well presented and the decision points argued from a knowlegeable and professional historian's view point rather than that of a populist writer presenting us with yet another and unnecessary "Hitler has won" fantasy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sharp practice 22 Feb 2011
I have the original 'What If...' book and its sequel. It is tantamount to fraud to republish the original under a different title. I nearly bought this from another retailer and thought I'd check with Amazon first. It's a good book but I've given it one star to show my disgust. Hooray for people power and the interweb!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a serious collection of essays by (mainly) American military historians, who assess the chances of events in WW2 happening other than they did in our time line.

From the chances of a successful assassination of Hitler; Britain sueing for peace in 1940 with a victorious Germany; Hitler not diverting his panzers on their drive to Moscow in 1941; the Japanese launching a second strike against Pearl Harbor, or the A-Bomb not working in time to be dropped in 1945 - there's alot to choose from.

Unlike fictional 'what ifs' the historians here are pretty scrupulous, and clearly state the the further one goes from the point of divergence - the harder it is to work out the exact course of events.

I do agree that the publishers have been a bit naughty in changing the tile for this re-issue. If the Allies Had Fallen is not an accurate title, as the chances of a Germany victory are confined to one of the book's 17 chapters. But don't let this put you off. If you are a serious student of counter-factual history (rather than some latter-day sad Nazi fantasist who actually wishes we were living in some ghastly Nazi Festung Europa)
- then this book is for you.

True, in the end the authors don't weigh the chances of Germany winning very highly beyond 1942/43. But that is because of one simple fact. Germany's chances of winning a global conflict against both the USSR and the USA (plus the rest) were just that - slim. Thankfully.
And if you do like you counter-factual history, you should also check out:

Hitler Triumphant: Alternate Histories of World War II (Greenhill Military Paperback)]](Greenhill Military Paperback)]]
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