What If Hitler Had Been Removed From Office?


We all know how the second world war ended
in Europe, with allied forces surrounding Berlin and Hitler killing himself in his bunker
before the entirety of the German army surrendered, stopping the spread of fascism throughout
Europe and the rest of the world. But throughout much of the war, this end was
anything but certain and there was a real fear that Germany and the axis powers couldn’t
be stopped. Luckily, Hitler was an ineffectual military
leader and much of Germany’s failures on the battlefield can be traced to his poor
decisions. But what would have happened if the Germans
had removed him early in World War II? The Date is May 15th, 1940, and World War
II has erupted with unprecedented violence across the heart of Europe. For eight months British and French troops
had largely held their defensive positions across France and Belgium during a period
known as the “Phoney War”. Despite the declaration of war by France and
Britain on Germany, neither side had yet launched any major offensives, and only minor skirmishes
had taken place between the two sides. Then suddenly, with shocking ferocity the
German army ambushed the Allied forces by cutting through the thick Ardennes forest. Considered far too difficult terrain for large
columns of tanks and vehicles, the move is a logistical miracle and a strategic coup
for the Wehrmacht, which quickly flanks and splits the British and French forces in two. Hooking to the north, the Germans have caught
the majority of Britain’s expeditionary forces- over 300,000 men- between themselves and the
north sea. Disaster looms for Britain, a defeat of their
BEF will cripple Britain’s military and see the single greatest loss of personnel by any
power in centuries. Across the channel an armada of boats assembles,
the British desperate to save their stranded forces along with eighty thousand French forces. Naval vessels along with fishing vessels and
even pleasure craft are recruited into the effort, creating an armada of over eight hundred
ships to rescue the doomed soldiers. On the German side, German general Gerd Von
Rundstedt orders a halt to the offensive against the retreating British and French forces. His subcommanders are in complete shock, they
are days away from crushing the bulk of Britain’s army and inflicting a mortal blow on the French
forces. A halt here, just miles from Dunkirk, will
allow the British and their allies to retreat to the safety of Britain. But Rundstedt is concerned that the marshy
ground around Dunkirk will prove too difficult for his Panzers, and despite objections from
nearly all his subcommanders, the order is given for the Panzer assault to halt. The order is relayed to German high command,
and directly to the desk of the Fuhrer himself. Hitler agrees with Rundstedt’s assessment
and approves a halt to the offensive operation, against the protest of nearly all of his generals. An official approval of Rundstedt’s halt
order is dispatched via secretary to a wire operator, who prepares to transmit the order
to the units out in the field. Suddenly though, the operator, a young German
officer, is escorted away from his work station by German military police and in three days
time he will find himself amongst the troops preparing for the assault into France’s south,
confused by his swift and sudden change of posting. In his place is another young German officer,
this one fiercely loyal to Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel, Chief of the Armed Forces
High Command. The officer dispatches a modified version
of Hitler’s orders to Rundstedt, ordering him to continue with the assault. A day later Hitler is furious to discover
that his order has been botched, and the blame is laid on the new young wire officer. He is punished for his mistake by being stripped
of rank and sent to the front, though secretly Field Marshall Keitel has already prepared
to restore the officer’s rank once he arrives at his new unit and is clear of Hitler’s wrath. Hitler’s increasing micromanaging of the war
is grating on Keitel and the other senior officer’s nerves, and with alarm they are
beginning to realize that the Fuhrer considers himself a strategic genius who insists on
running the war his own way- yet Hitler’s own battlefield experience never went past
trench warfare in World War I. He never even held his own command. In Dunkirk the Luftwaffe savages the British,
and despite the brief lull in the fighting, they are not able to construct key defensive
positions that will buy time for the retreat. The Panzers savage the British forces long
before the rescue armada is able to sail away more than a few thousand to safety. The British Expeditionary Force and their
French allies are crushed, with tens of thousands of casualties and over two hundred thousand
taken prisoner. Historians consider the Dunkirk defeat the
greatest military catastrophe in history. Back at the German High Command, Field Marshall
Keitel holds a secret meeting with the other senior military commanders- they have successfully
defeated the British forces at Dunkirk, but Hitler’s order to halt the Panzer divisions
would have seen this major victory turned into a disastrously missed opportunity. The generals grow increasingly worried about
the Fuhrer’s capacity to lead Germany’s armed forces. Weeks later France falls, with German troops
triumphantly marching through the streets of Paris. The French government in exile in Britain
joins its ally in calling for US help. In America, congress agrees to accelerate
the production of war material to be shipped to Britain, and President Roosevelt dispatches
William J. Donovan, a trusted confidant and World War I veteran to Britain in order to
assess Britain’s ability to resist the Nazis. President Roosevelt and the American people
on a whole are wary of joining another World War, and despite their close ties to Britain
there is little appetite for joining a war on the losing side and sacrificing hundreds
of thousands of American lives. Donovan arrives in Britain and despite the
British foreign ministry’s best efforts to paint the situation in a positive light, it’s
clear to the experienced soldier that the loss of the entire British Expeditionary Force
has crippled Britain’s military. Within two days of arrival he sends a secret
telegram to President Roosevelt, informing him that it is his personal assessment that
the best Britain can do in its war against Germany is defend its home isles, and use
its mighty fleet to keep Germany landlocked on the mainland. Roosevelt agrees with the assessment and in
a private session with congress, informs US lawmakers that he has no interest in declaring
war against Germany. Material support to Britain will continue,
but America is not willing to sacrifice its soldiers in a European war. German intelligence learns that America is
not considering joining the war on the Allies side, and sends its own delegations to Washington. They implore America to cease its shipments
of materials to Britain, which the US refuses but in a bid to maintain relations, they do
agree to limit the total tonnage of goods shipped to their former ally. In exchange Germany promises to not harass
American shipping vessels. The joint American-German accord frees up
naval vessels from the Atlantic, which quickly transition to the Pacific through the Panama
Canal. While war has been raging in Europe, Japan
has continued its aggressive campaign in China and the United States is wary of Japan’s ambitions
in the Pacific. Japan knows that if it is to successfully
grow its empire, it must quickly neutralize China and the Americans both, it is too small
a nation to wage a long-term war of attrition against the superior manufacturing might of
the United States. Plans for a surprise attack on the American
fleet at Pearl Harbor are considered, and then quickly scrapped when the fleet is reinforced
by major elements from the Atlantic. America pushes Japan to cease its hostilities
against the Chinese, but stops just short of declaring war. For their part, the Japanese largely ignore
America’s demands and continue to push Chinese forces south and west out of Manchuria. Having placed America on a war footing, President
Roosevelt dispatches large amounts of troops, planes, and ships to the Philippines in order
to secure American interests. On a diplomatic visit, the Japanese ambassador
assures President Roosevelt that Japan’s ambitions are limited to China, yet Roosevelt demands
that Japan pull its forces out of China and cease its hostilities. In Europe, Germany has consolidated its hold
on France and Belgium, and launches an assault into Belgium in order to seize vital iron
mines and other vital wartime industries in the country. Sweden remains neutral and in secret negotiations,
Finland agrees to support German offensives against the Soviet Union. With Britain’s military crippled by the defeat
at Dunkirk and America refusing to join the European war, Germany knows its position in
France is secure. This frees up many divisions of infantry and
panzers who all prepare to join Germany’s eastern command for a massive assault against
the Soviet Union. Prior to the start of the invasion, code named
Operation Barbarossa, German ambassadors meet with President Roosevelt and present an offer
by Hitler himself: a non-aggression pact. The pact is mutually beneficial to both sides,
it will ensure that Germany need not fear a British/American invasion of France, and
it will allow the US to concentrate on a single-front war against Japan to remove them from China. The deal is signed and publicly declared three
days later, sinking British hopes that America will join the war on their side. With the declaration of the non-aggression
pact between the US and Germany, Japan immediately launches a surprise attack against American
forces in the Philippines, while a carrier strike group launches a massive air raid against
Pearl Harbor. With the buildup of American forces in the
Pacific though, the assault against the Philippines is easily repelled, and the surprise attack
against Pearl Harbor is a disaster. Japanese aircraft manage to cripple and destroy
several American battleships and destroyers, but the bulk of the fleet is already out on
maneuvers and not in harbor when the attack arrives. American submarines locate the Japanese carriers
waiting for their air crews to return and savage the carrier strike force, sinking three
of the six carriers. Dozens of returning Japanese aircraft can’t
find room to land on the surviving carriers and crash land into the sea. The US officially declares war on Japan and
immediately launches offensives against is Pacific holdings, while transferring hundreds
of thousands of troops to mainland China. At the same time, Germany declares war on
the Soviet Union, and the blistering German assault catches the Red Army completely by
surprise. Finnish forces, eager to retake territory
lost in the Winter War of 1939, join in the assault and quickly reclaim all territory
they were forced to cede to the Soviets. With France secured against invasion via the
joint German-US non-aggression pact, the bulk of Germany’s forces are free to join in the
assault against the Soviet Union. In the initial stages of the offensive, Hitler
once more meddles with the strategies and plans of the German military high command. His command to begin the mass extermination
of Europe’s jews has driven a deep rift between himself and Field Marshal Keitel, who has
rallied most of the High Command to his side. In a stunning move, the High Command launches
a coup and removes Hitler from power. The SS, under the command of Heinrich Himmler,
launches an assault on army headquarters in Berlin, but Wehrmacht units, long wary of
the SS, rush to the defense of the High Command. In a brief battle lasting just a few hours,
the SS contingent is defeated, and military police arrest Heimlich Himmler. Martial law is declared across Germany and
the Wehrmacht begins a campaign of police action against the fanatical SS loyalists
remaining, leading to many firefights between the Germany army and the surviving SS units. The state sanctioned genocide of the Jewish
and other marginalized people are stopped and Hitler and Himmler are both placed on
trial for incompetence and crimes against humanity, with the extermination camps built
by the SS serving as key evidence against them both. In days they are executed, and Germany begins
to reform itself as a republic. By 1945 the German army has successfully conquered
the eastern territories of Russia, and content to hold the richer areas of the Soviet Union
have forced a cease fire on the crumbling Soviet Union. Germany now controls Europe from as far west
as France to as far east as Kazakhstan. In the Pacific, the United States at last
pushes Japan out of China, and with the dropping of two atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima,
the war in the Pacific comes to an end. The year is now 2019, and the world is very
different from the one we know today. The German Republic continues to control the
majority of mainland Europe. An alliance of vassal states that includes
Britain and Spain forms the bulk of a German-led alliance known as the European Union. In the Pacific, the Philippines, Australia,
Japan and China form the backbone of the Pacific Treaty Organization, led by the United States
of America. The removal of Hitler in the early stages
of World War II has allowed a German Republic to flourish following their conquest of Europe,
and with the collapse of Communism in the remnants of the Soviet Union, the world never
experienced a cold war. International treaties limit the number of
nuclear weapons amongst the two global superpowers, Germany and the United States, to only seven
hundred active warheads. Of course it’s impossible to know how World
War II would have played out had Hitler been removed, but there’s a good chance that
many of the worst atrocities of the war would not have been allowed to continue had he and
his Nazi cronies not been in power. But how do you think World War II would have
gone if Hitler had not controlled Germany for so long? Let us know in the comments! And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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100 Replies to “What If Hitler Had Been Removed From Office?

  1. entertaining video but I wish you guys took more time to make sure maps are correct. It doesn't take much time and it helps with credibility immensely.

  2. This is all wrong. It wasn’t along the North Sea – it was the channel. And it was not in the Netherlands, it was in France.

  3. The problem with the German conclusion is that you didn't even think about the multiple Resistance Groups in Europe that would have started uprisings in the occupied territory. Sure Germany may have won the war but to say that they would control most of mainland Europe is a little bit of a stretch. If anything the German's probably would've created puppet governments instead of occupying the land.

  4. Germany would never keep its land for long, it's more likely they would've only be limited to before 1941 borders, or less. It's impossible to know, but it's impossible for them to keep all its land.

  5. March 24 1933. Google that people. Then gooe Albert Pike and the three world wars. Google these and learn truth

  6. Even if Germany turned to the Weimar Republic it wouldn't change the Soviet army, Germany would still be getting pushed back by the Soviets, Britain would have time to prepare for a naval invasion if the German high command gets cocky, if German forces moved to the eastern front rather than putting defenses on their coasts, this could mean a possible invasion which would be a disaster to Germany as they try to move their forces back to the West to counter attack the British, the Soviets would be getting victory after victory, by the time German forces get to stop the British, it would have been too late as they had already taken most of France, and America would never sign a non agression pact with Germany as it has no reason to, oh and did I mention that the Soviets would still move their factories, producing more armored vehicles, planes, tanks, ships etc to fight the Germans which would be greatly outnumbered. And Germans would still have a oil shortage which would limit their production of tanks planes, you get the point.

    And Jesus Christ I just realised how long of a sentence I typed.

  7. I dont know about you but I think censoring swastikas with the current German flag is way more offensive than just leaving the swastikas as they are.
    It’s an educational video about that time, you can do that.

  8. Glad this channel won't let this man's name die since younger generations don't even know who he was and did

  9. I think you got the power balance in 2019 wrong. I doubt you could accurately predict events that far into the future beyond 1945. Almost anything might have happened. I enjoy your videos!

  10. The beginning shows an equal amount of British and French troops, with zero Americans – what's up with that?

  11. The Soviet Union would always win eventually they would be a revolution against Germany and then Russia would be emerging as a republic

  12. I have a question How does the USA or UK try to take that land away and also would France or Russia try to rebel

  13. We'd have never heard of the Zionist state.
    He was just the man of the situation. He put into action and execution of the Zionist agenda …and succeeded.
    The humanity witnessed a couple of world wars in 31 years to respond to Herzel appeal.

  14. Runstedt halted for two reasons the tank crews needed to rest and the German infantry needed to catch up most of the German army wasn't even mechanised at the time and you can't attack 300 000 men with a tank half a tank division and still the Germans also needed to worry about their flanks!!!

  15. First of all you don't state when britain surrendered and britain would've won in the end assembling a larger fleet then on d-day britain just needed time to build ships enlist troops and get resources from it's colonies in the time spent preparing they would've
    Grabbed other colonies

  16. I love these videos and all, but they lack variety when animating.
    Some animations replayed multiple times and some, such as the planes bombing the Japanese where the bombs stick out of the plane in the back for a moment and then fall, and it get replayed.
    Same goes for the handshaking, only once is enough.
    I'll still love the videos, just pointing out some things.

  17. … made in 14th July 2019, really infographics show you made a burning Hong Kong Government Building in 2019…. very interesting…. and crazy… and I watched the news

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