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by Bevin Alexander

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?From the Hardcover edition.
Download How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat epub
ISBN: 0609808443
ISBN13: 978-0609808443
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Europe
Author: Bevin Alexander
Language: English
Publisher: Three Rivers Press / Random House; 1st edition (December 11, 2001)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1184 kb
FB2 size: 1842 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 574
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This book initially talks at length about the wasted time, the time after the fall of France, when the Germans were at the zenith of their military prowess and the Allies hadn't yet figured it out. As identified in the book there were waste chances, primarily in the Mediterranean area, and the foolish strategies in Russia in 1941 & 1942. After that point the book is pretty much pointless as the only differences were more tactical in nature rather than strategic, I.E. better distribution of forces in France and a quicker response to the allied invasion in 1944, so what, at that point the war was already lost and any military improvements would have only prolonged the war, not won it. All in all a good and reasonably accurate 60% of the whole book, the second part is filler.
I think this is a well thought out book. Although it could have taken a few more steps with its conclusions, you always run the risk of getting too far away from facts and into the fantastical. I think it is a good read and worth the money.
The most convincing part of this book is the claim that the way to deal with the Soviet Union was not a frontal assault in 1941 but a Mediterranean campaign to drive the British out of Egypt and occupy all the Middle East with their huge oil reserves. Hitler's strategic mistake is dated as April 21 1941 as the Balkans campaigns were winding down. He had decided to attack Crete rather than Malta which meant that the Mediterranean theater was doomed to be a sideshow as he prepared to attack Russia directly. Once Hitler had decided on a two front war with Britain still defiant and with America in the wings, the author says, the war was irrevocably lost. The book also covers Hitler's other blunders, although there is a lot of straightforward military narrative - particularly on the Eastern Front - which could perhaps have been pruned. There is some analysis in the book which was new to this reviewer, including Hitler's nonsensical interest in capturing the Azores, the Canaries and the Cape Verde Islands whose strategic value he greatly overestimated. Bevin Alexander's interpretation of his theme is an interesting contrast with Richard Ovary's book on why the allies won.
it is very scary to read how close this monster came to victory.
Billy Granson
Good book. Very accurate to tell how Hitler and the Third Reich lost the war and how they could have won. The book just doesn't go to the roots and the real causes of the first two world wars. Another words if you're a good or a renowned historian you know what to and what not to write about and controversial times because that's money and sales and people not boycotting you. "Post world war anti German propaganda.". The victors write history."
Ah, this is a fun book full of interesting speculation about the end result of WWII had Hitler allowed his best generals to conduct the war instead of interfering on every level. The fact that it is written by a respected military historian adds believability to the speculations.
Hitler certainly made many mistakes that can be identified by even the least perceptive student of history. Dunkirk is the most glaring example.
Many people point to the invasion of the Soviet Union as Hitler's gravest error, but the war need not have been lost there had Hitler listened to his generals, as Alexander shows the reader many times. Even the debacle at Stalingrad need not have been the turning point that it became.
Alexander argues that if Rommel had been given the men and materiel that General Thoma recommended after a fact-finding reconnaissance of the military situation in North Africa, then the Germans would have seized Malta, (thus rendering Gibraltar unimportant), the Suez Canal and would easily have been able to push to seize Middle Eastern oil fields and drive north to the southern Soviet border. And the proximity of the Nazis at that point to India may have emboldened the Azad Hind revolutionaries there, further frustrating the British war effort.
I agree with Alexander's argument that the German invasion of the Soviet Union from the west, coupled with seizure of Trans-Caucasian oilfields would have rendered Stalin's position untenable and would have resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, or in a separate peace between Stalin and Hitler. That would not be out of the question since Hitler had already conquered the area he intended as Lebensraum for the German people. Despite what people are fed almost since birth, Hitler had no intention of trying to conquer the world. His ambition was German hegemony in Europe. His only reason for being in North Africa was that the British were there.
Hitler's last chance at some kind of settlement of the war that left him in charge and Germany enlarged would have been had he listened to his generals at Normandy, but he didn't and that ensured the destruction of Naziism while it assured that the struggle against Communism envisioned by Patton was at hand.
Of course, Alexander could also have written a book about the many times he mentions when the Allies could have delivered a decisive blow to the Nazis had their leadership been better.
The general staff should make the plans, but plans often go awry. The field commanders should have been given sufficient authority so that they could take advantage of opportunities for victory or escape from defeat wherever they appeared. The lesson of the war and of this book is a simple one:Let the generals run the wars. That's what they are trained to do, that's what they are paid to do.
Unfortunately, egos and politics diverted what should have been a focus on victory on both sides. Fortunately for the Allies, their overwhelming superiority in men and materiel gave them the wherewithal to rebound from their many mistakes.
How Hitler Could Have Won WWII is fast paced, easy to read, and interesting. I recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by WWII and who enjoys mulling over possibilities and missed opportunities.
Another good book by Bevin Alexander. Really shows how Hitler screwed up.
The book brings an integrated picture of WW2, and explain the advantages of the German Army during 1939-1942. The style is very friendly to the reader. I recommend it