If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II
Dennis E. Showalter
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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.
the port of Antwerp with the expectation of bringing about a major shift in the whole situation in the West. Had the preference of the military leaders in the West, led by Field Marshal von Rundstedt, prevailed, there would have been a more limited and somewhat differently designed operation. Once again the details of battle would surely have been different from those which followed on the type of offensive Hitler ordered, but the overall effect would hardly have been very different. The
scarcely a single close friendship, among his chief lieutenants. But it would now be a matter of hanging together if one did not wish to hang separately. This would probably evoke a tendency for a time to rally behind Göring, but that did not mean that everyone could now feel secure in his own particular political niche. Göring himself, for example, had much resented the way Himmler had been able to edge him out of the control and development of the political police. Not many months would pass
– although the vaunted Zero fighter has been vastly overrated – but the Imperial Navy's war planning was so deficient that it had arranged no workable system to compensate for the inevitable attrition to frontline planes or experienced naval aviators. Japan's I-class submarines were unequal to the demands of the Pacific War and the Imperial Navy's use of them was wasteful. Although Japan imported most of her raw materials, she never developed an effective convoy system, an appropriate escort
operations against Germany may be seen in Gamelin's argument to Daladier that the right to use Belgian territory would permit the establishment of advanced air bases and offer a better terrain for an attack into the Ruhr than the narrow opening between the Rhine and the Moselle, which could be easily defended. This notion, however, remained no more than a hypothesis. The French government had no intention of violating its promise to respect Belgian neutrality. These long-standing debates cannot
not only in the long run, but in the short run as well. That task could not have been accomplished easily in September 1939 without a decisive French military offensive deep into German territory that would have deprived Germany of its industrial base and left the country open to an extensive French occupation. Yet a successful French thrust and ensuing defeat might have been the catalyst for a military move against the man who was responsible for this state of affairs. That the attack and