How I Lost the Second World War and Helped Turn Back the German Invasion


  • First publication
    • Analog Science Fiction / Science Fact, May 1973
  • Wolfe collection(s)
  • Other anthologies
    • Knights of Madness, 1998
    • Roads Not Taken, 1998


In this alternate history, an American participates in a competition that helps turn back an economic invasion -- of Hitler's Volkswagens.


  • "The People's Car" is a literal translation of the German word "volkswagen" to English.

Unresolved Questions

  • How are we supposed to interpret the similarity between the wargames played by the narrator and his friend and how history turned out in reality?

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