The Armchair General

The Armchair General

Can You Defeat the Nazis?


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Re-write the course of WWII with this revolutionary new approach to history. Take the chair of Winston Churchill and other leaders. Make the decisions that will change the war - and the world.

What might have happened if Poland was never invaded? Or if Hiroshima never happened? Or if the great evacuation at Dunkirk was scrapped? Would the war have turned out differently? Would Hitler have won?

ARMCHAIR GENERAL airdrops you the reader into the key historical moments and turning points of WWII - from the outbreak of war to D-Day - and thrusts you into the role of decision-maker.

Taking the chair of Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, General Eisenhower and other leaders and soldiers from the Allied Forces, you will be primed with the contemporaneous intelligence that real leaders would have been presented with during the war - including maps and secret dossiers. Once you have examined the evidence, you the reader will then have to make key decisions that have the power to affect the war - and the fate of history. How far should you parachute behind enemy lines? Should you fight on or try to make peace? Will you send more troops in or hold them back? Do you wait or do you act? Each decision will take you to an alternate chapter in the book, and to either the truth, or to an alternate but highly plausible new reality.

Written by John Buckley, professor of Military History and expert on strategy and war gaming, this book revisits the past in forensic and fascinating detail so that you can learn how every small action (or inaction) can create a whole different history. Will your decisions follow the same course as WWII? Or will you create a new future?

'An original and exciting approach ... John Buckley is one of our very finest historians of the Second World War and there is absolutely no-one better placed to examine the key decisions that were made. Adds enormously to our understanding of the conflict.' JAMES HOLLAND, bestselling author of Normandy '44

'John Buckley's book is a reminder that history, when it's happening, far from being long ago and set in stone, is a never-ending now, a relentless and endless present that comes without the luxury of hindsight' AL MURRAY
© John Buckley 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • A reminder that history is a never ending now, a relentless and endless present that comes without the luxury of hindsight.
    AL MURRAY, comedian and writer

About the author

John Buckley

John Buckley is Professor of Military History at the University of Wolverhampton where he specializes in War Gaming - examining the key decisions of WWII. He is the author of a number of books including Air Power in the Age of Total War and Monty's Men: The British Army and the Liberation.
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