Why did the Allies win the Second World War? Did they have the best soldiers, or the best generals, or the most powerful weapons? Did they win the most battles? It may be surprising to learn that, though all of these things played their part, the outcome of the war depended not so much on who made the best decisions but on who made the least mistakes.
What would have happened, for example, if the French had decided to build their impenetrable Maginot Line all the way to the English Channel instead of only along the German border? Suppose Hitler decided not to invade the Soviet Union in 1941? What if Germany and Japan had won the war? What would the world look like now?
Here are ten of the greatest mistakes made by the Allied and Axis leaders, mistakes that, had they not been made, might have changed the course of history forever!