Hitler Slept Late: And Other Blunders That Cost Him the War

Hitler Slept Late: And Other Blunders That Cost Him the War

Hitler Slept Late: And Other Blunders That Cost Him the War

Hitler Slept Late: And Other Blunders That Cost Him the War

Synopsis

In this reinterpretation of Hitler's impact on the outcome of World War II, James Duffy reveals that the war was not won through American strength and ingenuity alone. Rather, it was lost due to Hitler's phenomenal military blunders. Challenging popular American views, Duffy shows how Nazi Germany at first substantially won the war in Europe--yet Hitler proceeded to lose it even before the United States had entered the conflict. The book sets the stage for each of Hitler's major errors, uncovering why each was made, what happened as a result, and how the outcome of the war might have been different had Hitler followed the advice of others.

Excerpt

During the 1970s and 1980s several popular novels depicted what the world might have been like had Adolf Hitler succeeded in his military conquests. Among the most popular were Len Deighton SS-GB, Frederic Mullally Hitler Has Won, and Bruce Quarrie Hitler: The Victory That Nearly Was.

The popularity of these and other fictional "what if" accounts of a world that might have been arises from a question that continues to haunt the world even now, almost half a century after his suicide: "How close did Hitler really come to victory?" The answer is "very close," closer than many political and military leaders could bring themselves to admit at the time.

Hitler succeeded in turning a devastated nation into a massive war machine that combined luck, skill, and surprise to roll over most of Europe. Part of his success was based on the weakness and lack of will of many of his enemies.

The popular U.S. view of World War II is that U.S. might and resources won the war against Nazi Germany. Another view holds that long before the United States entered the . . .

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