Academic journal article Military Review

THIRD REICH VICTORIOUS: The Alternate History of How the Germans Won the War

Academic journal article Military Review

THIRD REICH VICTORIOUS: The Alternate History of How the Germans Won the War

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THIRD REICH VICTORIOUS: The Alternate History of how the Germans Won the War, Peter G. Tsouras, ed., Stackpolc Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2002, 256 pages, $34.95.

Professional historians and war buffs alike have long debated the "what ifs" of history. Many recent books on the subject are written by experts with a sound understanding of the circumstances involved in pivotal roads taken and not taken. Third Reich Victorious: The Alternate Decisions of World War II, edited by Peter G. Tsouras, adds much to the exploration of these inventions with its enjoyable insight into the possibilities of a "different" second World War in Europe.

In each of the chapters, historians look at various points in the course of World War II and determine when events could have progressed quite differently. Each well-written chapter combines fascinating debate with genuine plausibility. Only in rare cases do the prerequisites for a different course of action become strained. Even in these cases though, the authors reasonably present their arguments. …

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