How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat by Bevin AlexanderMost of us rally around the glory of the Allies victory over the Nazis in World War II. The story is often told of how the good fight was won by an astonishing array of manpower and stunning tactics. However, what is often overlooked is how the intersection between Adolf Hitlers influential personality and his military strategy was critical in causing Germany to lose the war.
With an acute eye for detail and his use of clear prose, acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander goes beyond counterfactual What if? history and explores for the first time just how close the Allies were to losing the war. Using beautifully detailed, newly designed maps, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II exquisitely illustrates the important battles and how certain key movements and mistakes by Germany were crucial in determining the wars outcome. Alexanders harrowing study shows how only minor tactical changes in Hitlers military approach could have changed the world we live in today.
How Hitler Could Have Won World War II untangles some of the wars most confounding strategic questions, such as:
Why didnt the Nazis concentrate their enormous military power on the only three beaches upon which the Allies could launch their attack into Europe?
Why did the terrifying German panzers, on the brink of driving the British army into the sea in May 1940, halt their advance and allow the British to regroup and evacuate at Dunkirk?
With the chance to cut off the Soviet lifeline of oil, and therefore any hope of Allied victory from the east, why did Hitler insist on dividing and weakening his army, which ultimately led to the horrible battle of Stalingrad?
Ultimately, Alexander probes deeply into the crucial intersection between Hitlers psyche and military strategy and how his paranoia fatally overwhelmed his acute political shrewdness to answer the most terrifying question: Just how close were the Nazis to victory?
Why did Hitler insist on terror bombing London in the late summer of 1940, when the German air force was on the verge of destroying all of the RAF sector stations, Englands last defense?
With the opportunity to drive the British out of Egypt and the Suez Canal and occupy all of the Middle East, therefore opening a Nazi door to the vast oil resources of the region, why did Hitler fail to move in just a few panzer divisions to handle such an easy but crucial maneuver?
On the verge of a last monumental effort and concentration of German power to seize Moscow and end Stalins grip over the Eastern front, why did the Nazis divert their strength to bring about the far less important surrender of Kiev, thereby destroying any chance of ever conquering the Soviets?
From the Hardcover edition.
What if Germany Won World War II? (Part 1)
Why Hitler's grand plan during the second world war collapsed
How was the Second World War likely to end if the U. Who seemed to be winning the war before the U. Would the Allies have been able to prevail without U. During the months preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, the war in Europe had essentially boiled down to a contest between the Axis Powers of Germany and Italy, and against them, the Soviet Union and Great Britain. Six months before Pearl Harbor, Germany had launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, its erstwhile ally.
Both had gambled on a war that was quick, with decisive victories that would win them significant territorial gains. It was hoped these early victories would force their stunned opponents to the negotiation table. Then Germany and Japan could secure favorable terms ensuring that they both emerged as new world powers. But neither Germany nor Japan could deliver a killer blow that would decisively end the conflict. As a result, the fighting all too quickly turned into what they least wanted: a long war of attrition. This was the kind of war that neither countries had planned for and, more importantly, a war they were unlikely to win.
Jeffrey Morris , Updated November 13, The Nazis had prepared for the war for years while the Allied countries had no idea what was going on. Adolf Hitler would never have begun a military campaign if it was doomed to fail and boomerang. Germany held four aces when the war began, but the costly decisions Hitler made along the way saw the German advantages metamorphose into disadvantages. The Nazis could have won the war if they had made these decisions differently.
Two years into the war, in September , German arms seemed to be carrying all before them.
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A hypothetical Axis victory in World War II has become a common concept of alternative history and counterfactual history. Numerous examples exist in several languages worldwide. The term Pax Germanica , Latin for " German peace", is sometimes used for this theoretical period,  by analogy to similar terms for peaceful historical periods. In some cases, this term is used for a hypothetical Imperial German victory in World War I as well, having a historical precedent in Latin texts referring to the Peace of Westphalia. The subject of Axis supremacy as a fictional dramatic device began in the English-speaking world before the start of World War II , with Katharine Burdekin 's novel Swastika Night coming out in Some have viewed the enduring interest in the "what-ifs" of an Axis-powers victory as the result of the resonance of related themes, for example, how ordinary individuals deal with the humiliation and anger of being dominated.