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

by Bevin Alexander

Crown/Archetype | December 18, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
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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Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307420930

ISBN - 13: 9780307420930

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Propitious Case Sudy, Yet Flawed Bevin is an excellent military author, but his credentials as a cognizant WW II strategist is somewhat questionable. His emphasis on Rommel leading a long encircling campaign through Egypt/Palestine to link up with Army Group South in the Caucasus is flawed. Every WW II buff knows that Rommel was weak in his use of proper logistics and supply, and such a feat would of faltered in the face of strong Russian mobile armoured reserves that would of intervened in Iran no doubt. Great commanders such as Manstein, Kesselring and Model are marginalized in favour of his genius Panzer general, the Desert Fox. His wrong use of military terms for AFVs and aircraft raised a few eyebrows as well. I'll allow the reader to find them. Despite this, Alexander writes a masterful chapter six about the wrongful decision to attack Crete instead of Malta, which doomed the entire Axis campaign in the Mediterranean. For a better what if book about a victorious Third Reich, read 'Third Reich Victorious; Alternate Decisions of WW II' By Peter G. Tsouras.
Date published: 2003-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I have to say this is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Mr Alexander did his homework. Unbiased facts,I really enjoyed what he said about Rommel,Patton & Montgomery. I cannot say enough about this book, but it was worth every penny I spent on this book. This book is worth re-reading,again and again. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2003-07-07

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

by Bevin Alexander

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: December 18, 2007

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307420930

ISBN - 13: 9780307420930

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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?


From the Hardcover edition.