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What if Germany won the First World War? Would we have avoided Hitler?

May 14, 2016

This gives you something to think about. How different would things have been? Doesn’t it seem that we’re headed in that direction now? ~ Connie

Matthew Wright

I posted the other day about the way Germany nearly won the First World War in spring 1918.

German map of part of the 1918 Spring Offensive, the 'Kaiserschlacht'. Public domain, via Wikipedia. German map of part of the 1918 Spring Offensive, the ‘Kaiserschlacht’. Public domain, via Wikipedia.

If Erich von Ludendorff’s gigantic offensive of March-June 1918 had succeeded, Germany would have dominated Europe on land – and with all combatants exhausted by years of fighting, it’s highly likely the Allies would have sought terms.

What then?

There’ve been ‘alternative histories’ in which Germany won the First World War – including a wonderfully bizarre couple of novels by Richard Lupoff, Circumpolar and Countersolar, set on a coin-shaped Earth with 1920s aviation dominated by the evil Richtofen brothers, Lothar and Manfred (technically, the 1914-18 war never happened in this universe). The movie Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow was set in a diesel-punk alternate past where Germany had never been defeated in 1918…

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