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Over the Top: Alternate Histories of the First World War

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Perhaps more so than any other conflict, the First World War begs the question 'what if?' In this unique collection, leading military historians examine that very question through ten enthralling alternate scenarios. Within these pages you will find a vast clash of empires as Germany and Russia decide the fate of Europe in 1914, an imaginative British scheme to attack the ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 2014 by Frontline Books
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Adam Meek
Another entertaining and informative alternate history anthology from Peter Tsouras, this time focused on perhaps the most pivotal event of the modern age, The Great War.

As usual with Tsouras & co. the focus is on military tactics and thier short term effects, these "stories" are not trying to build intricate alternate worlds, but mostly serve as counterpoints to real historical events, showing thier importance.

Recommended for history buffs.
Mathieu Gaudreault
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
nteresting book of alternate history to commemerate the 100th anniversary of the great war. Only the two first story shows an Imperial Germany victory(one by avoiding invading Belgium and another by not weakening the right wing of the Schlieffan plan).

There various story. Like the Americans joigning the war in 1915(after the sinking of the Lusitania) . Other story explore alternative to the west front like the Greeks taking Constantinople, a decisive British victory at Jutland and a landing in S
Clay Davis
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird that this kindle would not tell me how much of the book I had read like the other e-books.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
An ingenious collection of "alternate history" essays about aspects of the First World War, which serve to analyse the issues which determined the actual course of events. I particularly liked the invented references which cast them as academic pieces. This is an entertaining and informative volume. ...more
Chris Bull
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Woulda Coulda
Some of the possibilities would leave and different world politic after 1919, some would just more things ahead or behind. The individual chapters written by individual authors are varying; dealing with different theatres of operation and different branches of the military. A good mix. But some of the essays are overly pedantic with long lists of regiments and divisions.
Artur Coelho
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
História alternativa é habitualmente terreno fértil para especulações informadas de autores de ficção científica e fantástico. O curioso neste livro é serem historiadores que sem se afasterem do rigor histórico e analítico se atrevem a especular sobre o que teria acontecido na I guerra se personalidades históricas tivessem agido de forma diferente ou decisões cruciais tivessem tomado outra forma. O que resulta não são aventuras em visões temporais alternativas, mas relatos estruturais que deline ...more
Tyler Butcher
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and well researched, the writers in this compilation show a good knowledge of the figures, politics and innovations involved in the First World War. The stories are all reasonable divergences, but the weakest story is easily the last.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good collection of AH stories

Like all such collections, some stories are better than others but overall this not a bad collection of what ifs. The Russian was especially good.
Nishant Pappireddi
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting alternate histories of WW1.
Tomáš Bazinek
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Více se mi líbili popis globální strategií než změněný průběh bitva na Sommě.
Chris Oakley
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great exploration of the might-have-beens of the Great War

The authors' what-if account regarding Jutland was probably the best part of the book. Anybody interested in alternate history might want to check this book out.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid book

This is a good collection of what if stories ranging from realistic to kind of ridiculous. However it's well written and well researched even at its odder ends.
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