Alternate Generals

Alternate Generals (1998) is a collection of alternate history short stories edited by Harry Turtledove, Roland J. Green and Martin H. Greenberg.[1][2] The novel includes 16 short stories, including Turtledove's own "The Phantom Tolbukhin".[3]

Alternate Generals
First edition
EditorHarry Turtledove, Roland J. Green and Martin H. Greenberg
Cover artistCharles Keegan
CountryUnited States
GenreAlternate history, secret history, fantasy
PublisherBaen Books
Publication date
August 1, 1998
Media typePrint
Followed byAlternate Generals II 

The collection was followed by two more in the series, Alternate Generals II in 2002 and Alternate Generals III in 2005.


Title Author Scenario
"The Test of Gold" Lillian Stewart Carl A speculative depiction of the last days of Queen Boudica of the Iceni.
"Tradition" Elizabeth Moon At the beginning of World War I, Admiral Christopher Cradock is assigned to the Mediterranean Sea rather than the South American corridor and leads the pursuit of the Goeben and the Breslau.
"And to the Republic For Which It Stands" Brad Linaweaver Julius Caesar's meeting with destiny on the Ides of March is interrupted by Marcus Junius Brutus, who warns the caeser of betrayal.
"The Charge of Lee's Brigade" S. M. Stirling The American Revolution never occurs, and Sir Robert E. Lee is the Brigadier General of the British Army's Virginian regiments in the Crimean War.
"The Craft of War" Lois Tilton Sun Tzu settles in Persia and helps King Xerxes conquer all of Greece.
"Queen of the Amazons" Jody Lynn Nye The Crusades are more successful than in reality, as seen from the point of view of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
"The Phantom Tolbukhin" Harry Turtledove The Fourth Ukrainian Front puts up resistance to the German occupation of the Soviet Union in 1947.
"An Old Man's Summer" Esther Friesner After suffering a stroke, President Dwight D. Eisenhower travels through a time portal to 1863 and witnesses the Battle of Gettysburg.
"The Last Crusader" Bill Fawcett Napoleon Bonaparte became a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He rises through the church and later becomes a priest and eventually becoming Chaplain to the Armies of Europe and attempts to conquer Europe for the Vatican. He is alongside Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher and is fighting against Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and the French at Quatre Bras.
"Billy Mitchell's Overt Act" William Sanders General Billy Mitchell avoids court-martial and lives to influence the course of World War II. He determines that the Japanese intend to attack Pearl Harbor and launches an attack on their fleet before it reaches Hawaii.
"A Case for Justice" Janet Berliner General Jan Smuts looks back on his career.
"'A Hard Day for Mother" William R. Forstchen Joshua Chamberlain accepts a teaching position at the Virginia Military Institute and becomes a protégé of Stonewall Jackson. Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he joins the Confederate States Army and is considered a traitor in his home state of Maine. Chamberlain would later fight at the Battle of Gettysburg.
"The Captain from Kirkbean" David Weber Sir John Paul is a commander in the British Royal Navy during the American Revolution.
"Vive l'Admiral" John Mina Horatio Nelson is a commander in the French Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.
"Bloodstained Ground" Brian M. Thomsen George Armstrong Custer survives and wins the Battle of Little Big Horn and is eventually elected as the President of the United States, only to later be assassinated. Following Custer's death, journalist Samuel Clemens is assigned to write a memorial, but his interviews with Custer's nephew Henry Armstrong Reed and Captain Marcus Reno reveal some sickening facts about Custer.
"Vati" Rebecca M. Meluch Werner Mölders avoids the accident that killed him in 1941. He becomes the Luftwaffe's airplane production chief and achieves air superiority for Nazi Germany.

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  1. ^ " Alternate Generals". 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Fantastic Alternate Generals".
  3. ^ "Uchronia: Alternate Generals Series".

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