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Battle Films


An archived collection of Mark Grimsley's "What If..." column, which ran in World War II magazine from July 2007 to February 2014.

Battle Films


What If the Allies Had Not Broken the German Naval Code?

Mark Grimsley | Published: September 30, 2010 at 10:11 am
If the Allies never cracked the Triton code, the Battle of the Atlantic would have been hard won.

What If Hitler Had Not Killed Himself?

Mark Grimsley | Published: July 30, 2010 at 9:43 am
The Office of Strategic Services commissioned a psychological profile of Hitler to assess his likely future behavior. One likely course was that he would die a martyr; but what if he didn't die at all?

What If Franklin D. Roosevelt Had Disliked Churchill?

Mark Grimsley | Published: June 01, 2010 at 12:30 pm
The wartime relationship between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill is famous. Some have praised it as “the partnership that saved the west,” and even “a friendship that saved the world.” But what if this relationship had failed to develop?

What If Franco's Spain Had Entered the War?

Mark Grimsley | Published: April 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm
As late as December 1942, Franco believed that Germany might offer territorial concessions and Spain would join the war on the side of the Axis Powers.

What If the Allies Had Bombed Auschwitz?

Mark Grimsley | Published: April 12, 2010 at 11:01 am
Most “what if” scenarios begin with a plausible rewrite of a historical event; the bombing of Auschwitz does not. As the historical record makes clear, those who could have authorized the attack firmly rejected the idea.

What If Hitler Had Not Been Evil?

Mark Grimsley | Published: April 12, 2010 at 10:55 am
Without rabid racism, the Nazi Party still would have brought war to Europe.
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