Red Inferno: 1945: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 366 pages
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In April 1945, the Allies are charging toward Berlin from the west, the Russians from the east. For Hitler, the situation is hopeless. But at this turning point in history, another war is about to explode.
 
To win World War II, the Allies dealt with the devil. Joseph Stalin helped FDR, Churchill, and Truman crush Hitler. But what if “Uncle Joe” had given in to his desire to possess Germany and all of Europe? In this stunning novel, Robert Conroy picks up the history of the war just as American troops cross the Elbe into Germany. Then Stalin slams them with the brute force of his enormous Soviet army.

From American soldiers and German civilians trapped in the ruins of Potsdam to U.S. military men fighting behind enemy lines, from a scholarly Russia expert who becomes a secret player in a new war to Stalin’s cult of killers in Moscow, this saga captures the human face of international conflict. With the Soviets vastly outnumbering the Americans—but undercut by chronic fuel shortages and mistrust—Eisenhower employs a brilliant strategy of retreat to buy critical time for air superiority. Soon, Truman makes a series of controversial decisions, enlisting German help and planning to devastate the massive Red Army by using America’s ultimate and most secret weapon.


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User Review  - Speesh - LibraryThing

The 'What if?' premiss of Red Inferno is a good one and given the state of affairs in the final months of WWII, one that was entirely possible. What if, Conroy wonders, while they rushed to capture ... Read full review

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User Review  - mancmilhist - LibraryThing

Credible scenario of what might have happened if the Allies took on the Soviets at the end of WW2. Although appears to be thoroughly researched it did keep mentioning the German invasion of Russia as occurring in 1940 not 1941. Other than that a good holiday read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
9
Section 4
22
Section 5
29
Section 6
37
Section 7
48
Section 8
60
Section 18
180
Section 19
210
Section 20
220
Section 21
235
Section 22
246
Section 23
257
Section 24
270
Section 25
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
109
Section 13
117
Section 14
132
Section 15
145
Section 16
158
Section 17
169
Section 26
289
Section 27
301
Section 28
315
Section 29
319
Section 30
334
Section 31
347
Section 32
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About the author (2010)

Robert Conroy is the author a run of hugely popular alternate history novels, including "Himmler's War" and "Rising Sun "for Baen Books. His "1942", which is set within a Japanese conquest of Hawaii, won the prestigious Sidewise Award for alternate histories. Conroy has written for "Military History "magazine and has traveled extensively in Europe where he's taken a special interest in battlefields, historical collections and castles. After a first career in business, Conroy has turned his lifelong passion for writing and military history into an immensely satisfying new occupation. He is married, lives in southeastern Michigan, and, when not writing, teaches business and economic history at a local college.

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