Germany's defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad briefly convinced Hitler he needed Guderian, and appointed him to the newly created position of "Inspector General of Armoured Troops." However Guderian was involved in disputes with other generals who did not want their power curtailed. He also attempted unsuccessfully to prevent the launch of Operation Citadel, which led to the disastrous Battle of Kursk in 1943.
He and his staff surrendered, and were held until 1948. He was not charged as a war criminal. He spent his remaining years examining battles of the late war with British veterans. He also advised on the reestablishment of West Germany's military forces, the Bundeswehr, in the 1950s.
Heinz Guderian in The War That Came Early
Heinz Guderian was a German general and renowned panzer commander during the Second World War. In March 1944, Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States, despite the fact that Germany was already fighting a two-front war. In response, a group of military and political leaders, realizing that Germany was doomed to defeat, formed the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation, and appointed Guderian as its head. The group then assassinated Hitler in Münster the following month. Guderian took to the radio to address the German people and explain the new situation.
A civil war broke out almost immediately. Several of Hitler's would-be successors were arrested or killed. Ultimately, Guderian and the Committee triumphed. Ironically, while Germany withdrew from the Low Countries, Denmark, Norway, France, and the USSR, Guderian was able to keep many of the territorial gains Hitler had made early on, including Austria, the Sudetenland, and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Heinz Guderian in Southern Victory
Heinz Guderian was an officer in the Imperial German Army. During the Great War, he and Austro-Hungarian Major Eduard Dietl served as military observers to the United States for a period in 1916. They observed US Army tactics in the Canadian Rockies, where they met Irving Morrell.
Guderian stayed there after Dietl went home, observing Morrell's push on Banff before heading back to Philadelphia with Morrell, then home. During the trip, Guderian and Morrell made small talk with Lt. Governor Davis Lee Vidals and State Police Chief Luther Bliss, both from the newly readmitted state of Kentucky. Upon their arrival in Philadelphia, Morrell learned he'd been promoted to lieutenant colonel, and Guderian quickly congratulated him with a slap on the back.
Guderian would meet Morrell a second time in the late 1920s when the latter was serving as an occupation officer in Canada. The now lieutenant colonel Guderian hoped to learn from Morrell techniques which the German Army could use in its occupation of restive parts of France, but the advice Morrell could offer was limited.
On the latter trip, Guderian was accompanied by his orderly, Sergeant Adolf Hitler. Guderian was embarrassed by the anti-Semitism that Hitler directed towards Irving Morrell's Jewish aide, Ike Horwitz.
- References to Historical Figures in Turtledove's Work, for additional minor allusions.
| Military offices|
|Commander of 2nd Panzer Army|
5 October 1941 – 25 December 1941
| Succeeded by|
|Chief of Staff of the Oberkommando des Heeres|
July 1944 – March 1945
| Succeeded by|
| Political offices|
(The War That Came Early)
as Führer and Chancellor
|Head of State of Germany|
as Chairman of the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation
| Succeeded by|
Incumbent at series' end