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The Moscow Option (Paperback)

An Alternative Second World War

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By David Downing
Frontline Books
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848327214
Published: 5th August 2013

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This provocative alternative history looks at the Second World War from a new angle - what might have happened had the Germans taken Moscow in 1941. Based on authentic history and real possibilities, this unique speculative narrative plays out the dramatic consequences of opportunities taken and examines the grotesque possibilities of a Third Reich triumphant.

On 30 September 1941, the Germans fight their way into the ruins of Moscow and the Soviet Union collapses. Although Russian resistance continues, German ambition multiplies after this signal success and offensives are launched in Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Hitler's armies, assured of victory, make their leader's dreams reality and Allied hopes of recovery seem almost hopelessly doomed.

David Downing convincingly blends actual history with the stimulating world of alternate events. The Moscow Option is a chilling reminder that history might easily have been very different.

Pen and Sword has just released this book called The Moscow Option. It looks great. This provocative alternative history looks at the Second World War from a new angle - what might have happened had the Germans taken Moscow in 1941. Based on authentic history and real possibilities, this unique speculative narrative plays out the dramatic consequences of opportunities taken and examines the grotesque possibilities of a Third Reich triumphant.

David Downing convincingly blends actual history with the stimulating world of alternate events. The Moscow Option is a chilling reminder that history might easily have been very different.

Wargame Terrain

Well-reasoned and well-written

Paper Wars (USA)

In this addition to the popular ‘what if’ genre of history, Downing explores what might have happened if the Germans had taken Moscow during the Second World War.

Publishing News

A very good read . . . I won’t spoil the book by giving the end away . . . A page-turner to the end.

Military Illustrated

A most readable and clever tale, full of striking inventions.

Sir Kingsley Amis

About David Downing

DAVID DOWNING is a noted historian of World War II. His other works include The Devil’s Virtuosos: German Generals at War, 1939-45.

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