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What If the Jerry Won World War II? Fictional & Historical Scenarios

What if Hitler and the Nazis had won World War II? This is perhaps the greatest historical ‘what if’ of all time. The map above shows just how close they came.

This has led both novelists and historians to speculate about might have happened if Germany had won the war and how they might have done so. Below we’ll look at a few fictional scenarios (with maps) where they do win and what that means for the rest of the world. This will be followed by some historical speculation about whether or not Germany really could have won.

Ultimately, it was only Hitler’s dual blunders of first invading the Soviet Union and then declaring war on the United States that led to his downfall.

The citizens of the Soviet Union, in particular, were the ones who paid the heaviest price for Hitler’s ambitions and for the allies’ victory. If not for their dogged determination and sacrifice in the face of odds uncounted, Hitler may well have been victorious.

So what is it about the Germans winning World War Two in particular that holds such an extreme fascination for us today? Many other wars throughout history have had dramatic turning points that rival those of the Second World War. Yet, it’s the prospect of a Nazi victory that fascinates (and horrifies) us.

I think there are two reasons why this is the case. The first is rather obvious: World War Two was the largest and most costly war in all human history. It was the last war to see large-scale fighting in Europe and while it ended over 70 years ago, it is still within living memory of a not insignificant portion of the population; in a way that the Napoleonic Wars, US Civil War and World War One are not.

Secondly, and in my opinion, much more importantly, World War Two is perhaps the only war in history where there are clear good and bad guys. Most wars by their very nature tend to be morally ambiguous. However, The Holocaust means that World War Two can’t be seen in the same light.

While the Allies did commit war crimes, these can in no way compare to the attempt of Nazi Germany to exterminate an entire race of people. If Germany had won the war, there can be little doubt what would have happened to the Jews and other “undesirables,” who had the misfortune of finding themselves inside the borders of the Greater German Reich.

So what would the world look like after a German victory? While it’s, of course, impossible to say for certain, that hasn’t stopped writers from speculating. Below are three maps, from three different books, representing three fictional scenarios where Germany does win the war.

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