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Why Germany Nearly Won


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"This provocative work presents a controversial thesis: Nazi Germany lost World War II because the Werhrmacht lost much of its qualitative advantage over the Allies. Mercatante's arguments and conclusions are certain to be debated. They are too well supported to be ignored." -- Dennis E Showalter, Colorado College "Entertaining, informative, easy to read; a good book that moves at a brisk pace and is full of spirited discussion." -- Roman J. Jarymowycz, Assistant Professor, The Royal Military College and Canadian Forces Staff College "Mercatante's study challenges today's conventional wisdom and is likely to change readers' perceptions regarding how and why Germany lost a war that, as he clearly demonstrates, Hitler came dangerously close to winning." -- Robert A. Forczyk Author of Panther vs. T-34 and Moscow 1941 "By taking a holistic look at the German war effort, Mercatante provides a fresh perspective to an oft studied subject." -- Richard L. DiNardo, Marine Corps Command and Staff College "Do not be deceived by the book's title: Why Germany Nearly Won is really a fact-filled history of the Wehrmacht's land campaigns during World War II." -- Robert Kirchubel, Author of Operation Barbarossa and Hitler's Panzer Armies on the Eastern Front "Mercatante knows the current literature on the German army as well as anyone and offers a new interpretation of Operation Barbarossa (usually seen as the great German blunder of the war) as, in fact, Germany's last and best hope actually to win the war." -- Robert M. Citino, Author of The German Way of War

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Steven D. Mercatante is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Globe at War, a website focused on exploring World War II.


"This is an intriguing book that will surely be of great interest to students of World War II. It offers a fresh analysis of why Germany was beaten and poses reasons why it should have won." - World War ll History
"Offers a fresh perspective on key events like the D-Day landings . . . Mercatante's scholarship is undoubtedly on solid ground, which makes this book a welcome addition to Second World War bibliography." - Military History Monthly
"Mercatante (independent scholar) challenges conventional wisdom about Allied success in Europe through an impressive operational overview of Operation Barbarossa and various battles on the Eastern Front, D-Day, and the final drive into Germany. . . . Recommended." - Choice
"A thought-provoking book. . . . Mercatante's main purpose is to counter widespread arguments that brute force was the main reason for success in World War II. . . . The Germans, he argues, repeatedly demonstrated that qualitative advantages could be more important than quantitative superiority in men and materiel, and that the Allied armies eventually won because they became better at mobile and combined arms warfare than their enemies. . . . [Mercatante's] case deserves to be heard." - World War II Magazine
"Even those familiar with World War II scholarship will find here analyses of economic and technological matters that historians have often glossed over or mentioned only in passing. . . .There is . . . much sound analysis scattered through this book." - Michigan War Studies Review

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