Germany winning World War II is one of the staples of alternate history writers – likely second only to a CSA victory in the Civil War. In addition to the aforementioned *Fatherland *and The Man in the High Castle, the What If books look at various scenarios such as Hitler invading the Middle East instead of the USSR. Interestingly, Newt Gingrich wrote an alternate history novel with a Nazi victory as its premise: 1945.
IIRC it mentions little of the UK in the “real” world other than a recollection by an Italian veteran of the invasion of Britain. In the literary world of the book within a book “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy” the UK wins the war.
To fill in some details about Fatherland, the United Kingdom is independent but a subject state to Germany. There is an SS training school in Oxford.
At the time of the novel, Germany is preparing for a summit meeting between Hitler and President Kennedy (that’s Joseph, not JFK!). Switzerland is still free.
Surprisingly, the Beatles have still happened and have paid their dues in Hamburg. The protagonist remembers reading something about them in a magazine. Although the Cultural Ministry doesn’t approve of rock and roll, still the local promoters in Hamburg have apparently been permitted to follow their instincts. This makes me wonder if, by the time of the novel, the iron grip of the state hasn’t begun to show some rust and cracks. In real-life terms the Germany of this novel might be like China today, while the actual Germany of the late 1930s might be like China during the cultural revolution.
Also agree that book was very good - but they came out with a film version that absolutely sucked! They totally changed the ending of the book in the film and it made no sense whatsoever!
I had sent emails to friends to see the film, based upon having read the book. However, after I saw that crap film, I actually sent out emails to them all, apologizing for making them waste their time viewing that piece of crap.