How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat

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Crown/Archetype, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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Most 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 Hitler's 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 war's outcome. Alexander's harrowing study shows how only minor tactical changes in Hitler's military approach could have changed the world we live in today.

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II untangles some of the war's most confounding strategic questions, such as:
Why didn't 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 Hitler's 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, England's 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 Stalin's 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?


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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Book doesn't even bother to give what the title says. Retells historical events as they happened, but that isn't what I had in mind when reading this Read full review

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User Review  - Philip100 - LibraryThing

I found it to be a good read. It got to the meat of the subject without all the BS. It once again proved Hilter was one of our best kept secret weapons. Read full review

Contents

Germanys Opportunity for Victory
1
1940
9
The Defeat of France
17
Hitlers First Great Error
36
The Fatal Turn to the East
45
Attacking the Wrong Island
61
7 Rommels Unappreciated Gift
71
Barbarossa
81
The Drive to El Alamein
131
11 Stalingrad
145
Manstein Saves the Army
156
The Western Allies Strike
165
Kasserine and the End in Africa
180
The Invasion of Sicily
194
The Assault on Italy
214
The Liberation of France
254

Falling Between Two Stools
92
Failure Before Moscow
100
To and Pro in the Desert
110
No Change in Strategy
126
The Battle of the Bulge
276
The last Days
290
Notes
304
Selected Bibliography
324

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About the author (2007)

Bevin Alexander is the author of five books of military history, including Lost Victories, which was named by the Civil War Book Review as one of the seventeen books that has most transformed Civil War scholarship. His battle studies of the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.


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