- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Casemate Publishers (1 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612001637
- ISBN-13: 978-1612001630
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.6 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War Hardcover – 1 Mar 2013
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Worth reading…much sound analysis…Mercatante…knows that the devil is in the details. To his credit, even those familiar with World War II scholarship will find here analyses of economic and technological matters that historians have often glossed over or mentioned only in passing. --- Michigan War Studies Review
A thought-provoking book...counter[s] widespread arguments that brute force was the main reason for success in World War II....[Mercatante's] case deserves to be heard. --- World War II Magazine
Recommended all levels/libraries...challenges conventional wisdom about Allied success in Europe...an impressive operational overview.... Mercatante sees Operation Barbarossa as a turning point, nearly leading to Hitler's hegemony in Europe. - --Choice Magazine
By taking a holistic look at the German war effort, Mercatante provides a fresh perspective to an oft studied subject. --Richard DiNardo, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Author of Germany and the Axis Powers
Why Germany Nearly Won is a fact-filled history of the Wehrmacht s land campaigns during World War II. --Robert Kirchubel, author of Operation Barbarossa
Mercatante knows the current literature on the German army as well as anyone... and offers a new interpretation of Operation Barbarossa…as…Germany's last and best hope actually to win the war. A book filled with fresh argumentation of this sort, should generate a fair amount of discussion and even controversy. --Robert M. Citino, author of The Death of the Wehrmacht
Mercatante's study challenges today's conventional wisdom and is likely to change readers' perceptions regarding how and why Germany lost a war that, as he clearly demonstrates, Hitler came dangerously close to winning. --Robert A. Forczyk, author of Moscow 1941
Entertaining, informative, easy to read; a good book that moves at a brisk pace and is full of spirited discussion --Roman Jarymowycz, Assistant Professor The Royal Military College and Canadian Forces Staff College, author of Tank Tactics: From Normandy to Lorraine
Steven Mercatante makes a new and compelling case regarding how Nazi Germany lost the war. Written with verve, this book is a page-turner for anyone interested in how the Second World War unfolded. ----The Historian
Mercatante's arguments and conclusions are certain to be debated. They are too well supported to be ignored. --Dennis E. Showalter, former President of the American Society of Military History, author of Hitler's Panzers
There are plenty of books which postulate the opinion of ‘what if’ Germany had won the war, but this book is different. Firstly, the opinion of the title is based on solid research to present a sound argument. The facts and figures support the case and for anyone who enjoys learning about how much oil it took to keep armies in the field and how much food to feed them will find this book fascinating. The sheer scale of the industrialisation to fight WWII was incredible and losses were frightening. For example the Soviets built 98,300 tanks and SPGs between 1941 and 1945 and lost 96,500 in battle. The author reminds the reader how costly the air war was and how Germany was able to keep going for so long by adapting to the situation. This is a book which holds the attention and makes for an excellent reference work. (gunmart.net)
Mercatante's views might be challenged...but his scholarship is undoubtedly on solid ground, which makes this book a welcome addition to Second World War bibliography. (Military History Monthly)
“This is an intriguing book that will surely be of great interest to students of World War
II. It offers a fresh analysis of why Germany was beaten and poses reasons why it should have won.” WWII History, August 2013 (WWII History Magazine)
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The author give some page to the battle of the Atlantic and says that it was a mistake to build U Boat type XXI and XXIII . The ressources build on those subs that didn't participate in the war effort could have been used to build thousands of Panzer IV that could have countred the Red Army. Last thing the author debunk the myth that the battle of Kursk destroyed the German army. The germans actualy lost way less armor than the Soviets. A worthy addition to any person interested in World war two and why it went that way.
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Let's give some real comparisons. More than 90 per cent of Polish officers who were captured by the Germans in 1939 survived the war; more than 90 per cent of Polish officers captured by the Soviets in 1939 were murdered. Rape was very rare by German troops and was severely punished, whereas rape was encouraged by the Soviet leadership, particularly at the end of the war. I would call the Soviet Cheka and other secret police organisations the most horrific killing machine in history, who did for some fifty million people. I would also ask why the Stuka is 'infamous' when no negative appellation applies to the Wellington bomber which gave us the firestorms of Hamburg and Dresden, or the B29 which gave us the incineration of two defenceless cities in nuclear fires.
In his bibliography his references are to works which support his bias, for example numerous books by David Glantz, a popular court historian. Of course, no historian is totally objective. His background, training, influences and experience will all come into play. However, with the passage of time and the undermining of the monolithic outlook on what used to pass as ' the History of the Second World War' there is much evidence to argue that Hitler's war against the Soviet Union was not quite as described by Mercatante, Glantz and their school of thought. There is very strong evidence that Stalin was in fact planning to invade western Europe in 1941 and was just beaten to the punch by Hitler who would have been overrun otherwise. Viktor Suvorov and others give strong support to this idea. Mercatante, even if he disagreed with it, could have at least referred to the argument and given reasons why he disagreed with it.