Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Luftwaffe Victorious: An Alternate History

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Luftwaffe Victorious: An Alternate History

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Luftwaffe Victorious: An Alternate History by Mike Spick. Stackpole Books (http://www.stackpole books.com), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2005, 256 pages, $34.95 (hardcover).

Luftwaffe Victorious, a speculative history, assumes that the German Luftwaffe enjoyed more success than it actually did during World War II. Personally, I have never liked alternate histories, but, having read several excellent books by author Mike Spick, I hoped that his in-depth knowledge would actually breathe some life into this most tiresome of genres. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The inherent problem with any alternate history, of course, is that one must change history to make it work. The author of other excellent books such as Allied Fighter Aces and Luftwaffe Fighter Aces, Spick does an excellentjob of not making too many absurd historical twists. In fact, he sets up the premise well by killing off Hermann Goring during the Battle of Britain and allowing Gen Walther Wever, the leading proponent for the development of a four-engine heavy bomber, to survive (in reality, he died in 1936). Spick then lets some well-placed pieces fall as they very well may have. …

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