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Had he done otherwise, writes Bevin Alexander, Hitler might well have carried the day. His strategy until mid-1940 had been flawless, Alexander argues: "He isolated and absorbed state after state in Europe, gained the Soviet Union as a willing ally, destroyed France's military power, threw the British off the Continent, and was left with only weak and vulnerable obstacles to an empire covering most of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East." After 1940, however, Hitler committed a legion of failures. Ignoring his field commanders' urging, he refused to commit armored divisions to seize the Suez Canal, which would have secured most of the Mediterranean and given the Third Reich easy access to oil. He diverted resources from the navy, allowing the Allies to gain control of the Atlantic Ocean and maintain nearly unbroken supply lines between the United States and Britain. And he weakened Germany's abilities to wage war by turning his armies' energies to carrying out the Final Solution. These and other miscalculations, Alexander suggests, cost the Reich many hard-won strategic advantages, and eventually any chance of victory.
Second-guessing history is an endeavor fraught with peril, and in any event, many historians have discounted the possibility that the Nazi regime could have emerged from global war undefeated. But Alexander's arguable exercise in counterfactuals soon gives way to a thoughtful, generally uncontroversial survey of the war in Europe, one that is of use to students of military history and tactics. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Somewhat interesting, but way too technical. I finished it, but it took me awhile to plod through all the details. Bevin Alexander is definitely not an Erik Larson.Published 2 months ago by Judith A. Weier
I would to start off this review by mentioning I've read this book quite a few times at different times of my life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew Tuccinardi
Most of us are happy about the great victory of the Allies over the Nazis in World War II. It is told that we won due to the power of our armies and the strategic generals leading... Read morePublished 11 months ago by erica soto
Overall, this book is a decent effort at answering the 'what if' questions about Germany in WWII. But there are some flaws. Read morePublished 13 months ago by EPA316
Irritatingly, it quickly turns into a simple overview history of WWII, with little in the way of "what if". Deceptive title I'd say. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bruno
This book covered the basics of alternate choices, but didn't address how things could have turned out given different choices by Hitler. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Frank Walder