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4.6 out of 5 stars

on 22 October 2011
Peter G Tsouras has an outstanding track record in producing these compelling compilations of speculative military history. In essence, my review is that you will not fail to enjoy this volume, if you've enjoyed such volumes as Disaster at D-Day or Third Reich Victorious, but more than a few of the scenarios described here will be familiar from other writers. I suppose this is to be expected. As Ian Kershaw's book Fatal Decisions pointed out, there are only so many turning points in World War II, and to constantly re-examine them performs the main function of this club history: to force you to reappraise your understanding of what actually happened.

Bearing this in mind, part of me was slightly disappointed to see again new essays on a Lord Halifax premiership, the seizure of Gibraltar by the Spanish, Barbarossa forgone and replaced by a drive to a rendezvous with the Japanese on the Indus, the fall of Moscow (again), and the airborne seizure of Malta. That said, the essays that describe the scenarios are subtly different from ones that have gone before, and are professionally produced, and the stimulatingly written. The essays also follow the amusing convention of having a bibliography which includes both fictional and real references (fictional references indicated by an asterisk!)

What makes this book with the money of the scenarios that are, at least to this reviewer, original: I was interested and challenged by the scenario which has a strengthened Italian Navy winning a major victory the Mediterranean, and a scenario where Mussolini is removed by an air crash leading to a Ciano premiership keeping Italy neutral. I enjoyed the essay "Peace in Our Time" where the Ultra secret is blown, but I found the essay where a bolstered German airborne force seizing the Caucasus oil fields rather unlikely: I think the author (the late Paddy Griffith) was aware of this when he alludes to an "oil-field too far"! There's a workable essay on a successful Stalingrad breakout, but for me the best essay is the final one by Stephen Badsey which chillingly describes how disastrous an attempt to open a 1943 second front on the Cherbourg peninsular would have been. All in all, a stimulating, enjoyable but not terribly original selection. Diverting reading nevertheless!
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on 28 January 2014
One can almost believe the Germans really did win! A very well written book indeed, written with detailed knowledge of the period and only relatively small details have been changed, allowing the counter-factual snowball effect to gather pace. Very highly recommended indeed.
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on 11 November 2017
Terrefic alternate stories by professional historians who knows their subkects. Two of them concern Fascist Italy. In one of them the italian navy has a aircraft carrier ans is bolder and in the second Mussolini dies in a aircrash and Italy avoids joigning the war.

In all the one that concern Nazi Germany , Germany wins or have a armistice. In one of them Goering succeed Hitler(following Hitler dying in a plane crash).Goering avoids the Kursk offensive and in 1944, with more tanks and the problem of the Panther ironed out repulsed the Bargation offensive.

In one of them Chruchill plane is shot down and Halifax becomes prime minister. Another one mentions that Von Seylindz replace Paulus and makes a breakthrought of Stalingrad without telling Hitler and with the help of Von Manstein.

There are pthers story and this is just a sample of those page turning sgtories.
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on 16 December 2014
excellent novel. well written. Gripping srory.
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