Blitzkrieg Europa: Book 1 of the Blitzkrieg Alternate serie

Blitzkrieg Europa: Book 1 of the Blitzkrieg Alternate serie

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago

With 16 ratings

By: Max Lamirande

Purchased At: $13

Alternate military history in the best tradition of Harry Turtledove

September 1st, 1939.

Germany invade Poland, igniting a major European war. A few months later the French are also invaded and the allied armies are utterly defeated. Then the Dunkirk disaster happens, and the United Kingdom loses most of its land army.

Soon, the British Isles are also attacked, and the British are hard-pressed with a serious German invasion. The French struggle to resist the Axis forces bent on conquering all of their mainland home country, and the Western African Colonies.

America, watching from its safe shores, cannot stay still while Western Europe and all of the Mediterranean falls to the forces of the Axis. And when the Afrika Corps plunges over the Suez and invade the Middle East, the Soviet Union finally decides to join in.

This is the story of the Second World War.

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The author has branched WWII in a different direction after Dunkirk and the Nazi occupation of England. I enjoyed the style of writing interposing memoirs of German Generals and combat stories of a German tank commander. Needs better editing as is common with books of this type. Recommended and I look forward to the next book in the series

- Anonymous

1st off, the only similarity to Harry Turtledove style is that the book is an alternate history. There is little or no character development, all are one dimensional, no depth or motivation. Little or no research on characters, units or equipment. "SS Herman Goring" Division!!? Heinrich Himmler would love that. And Goring's reaction to the "Herman Goring Division being called an Waffen SS division? Admirals Doenitz and Raeder friendly and agreeing the employment /possible destruction of the Kriegsmarine!? The dead driver of a PZKW III being removed from his position by his asst gunner, who takes his position while the tank is moving!!!, and the body laid on the floor of the tank?! The commander/Lieutenant commanding the tank encounters Otto Skorzeny, and becomes his BFF and personal armor support on several missions. He evidently has no chain of command, just takes his single tank and supports Skorzeny when requested with no higher headquarter notification or approval.
If you can live with these inaccuracies, there is still the previously reviewed/mentioned grammatical errors.

The premise is intriguing, the history and "historical comments" believable, but "down in the weeds" the story loses it as it tries to describe tactics and equipment.

- Anonymous

An interesting alternate history. More plausible Sealion than most. (A nice touch of the Kriegsmarine all being sunk while barely holding off the Royal Navy long enough for the landings. Also gets how much the Axis bit off more than they could chew, with a much more successful start still leading to eventual defeat.

However, it needs proofreading and editing. There were many spelling and grammar errors, enough to make the book hard to read.

- Anonymous

I realize this book has been translated from German, but it's a piss poor job that distracts from the reading, and, in any case, punctuation is pretty much the same in both languages. Oh, yes, despite extensive description the characters are stiff and one dimensional.

- Anonymous

The author provides an interesting premise for alternate history in the WW2 timeline. However, the writing is poor and clearly not edited - I’m not sure how I managed to finish this book.

- Anonymous

I have always been alternative history fan. The author did a great job of mixing the people of that time period and creating a believable story.

- Anonymous

I liked the personal view. As a person who has put his ass on the line, heroes are just someone trying to get through the grit. I look forward to the next book and hope the writing continues to be as good

- Anonymous

Poorly edited, sloppy spelling, stupid premise. The book is so bad I only could read a dozen pages. Don’t waste your time.

- Anonymous

Possibly this book loses in Translation,which is a great pity as the Author has put in a lot of thought and effort with his concepts. BUT-the use of Capitals for names,Ranks,Cities etc is VARIABLE,and the book in is DESPERATE need of a Good Proofreader. For example "stukkas""canons" "algers"[Algiers]and "many more" get irritating after a time.It is a shame as the concepts of what COULD have been are all quite logical in the circumstances of a changed history,but the Author and his back-ups would do BETTER if only they could take the time and effort to get it proof-read.Lots of minor niggles as to usages-"Thru" changes to"Through",and the story line does flip back and forth. I am sorry not to be more positive but"Someone has blundered"and the text would benefit from a better translation and better and more consistent usage.SORRY!

- Anonymous

Very interesting book about a What if Second World War, that goes into a different direction after an allied defeat at Dunkirk instead of a British evacuation by sea.

The book reads like a real history book, and the most enjoyable part is the way the author switched back and forth from memoirs of German generals to battle descriptions in the field by panzer commanders.

And to top it all, plenty of high-level stories on Churchill, Hitler Stalin and all the major players of the war.

A very promising start to a new book serie that keeps you interested all the way thru the story.

- Anonymous

Very interesting and great book.

A nice what if scenario!

- Anonymous

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