Hitler's War  
Author Harry Turtledove
Language English
Series The War That Came Early
Genre(s) Alternate History
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date August 4, 2009
Followed by West and East
Hitler's War (Published as The War That Came Early: Hitler's War in paperback, Del Rey, 2009) is an alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove. It is the first volume in The War That Came Early, an alternate history of World War II. The Point of Divergence has José Sanjurjo surviving a plane crash in 1936. Subsequently, during the Munich Conference in 1938, Konrad Henlein, a political leader of Sudetenland Germans, is assassinated. Hitler uses this act as a pretext for war with Czechoslovakia, knowing that the Spanish Civil War will side with him. Britain, France, and the Soviet Union declare war on Germany. Poland, despite previous ties with France, sides with Germany against the USSR. Further, Japan, which has been expanding into the Asian mainland, begins skirmishes with the USSR in Mongolia, eventually launching a full war against the USSR on 1 April 1939. The United States is on the sidelines, although it has troops in China, and volunteers participate in the Spanish Civil War.

The novel was originally announced in early 2008 as Appeasement at, but Turtledove denied writing or contracting such a project at the time.


  • Adolf Hitler has a brief scene as a point of view character during the first chapter. This is the second time Turtledove has used Hitler as a POV. The first time was "Uncle Alf". The third was "Christmas Truce".
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