This is a recurring theme for me with my Family History projects. As I look back at my families over the past 200+ years. I often wonder what if things had been different at any given place and time.
Early on in my research, I was in touch with a man in Germany who has my same last name: Dachtera. He, too was doing research. We exchanged emails and he sent photos of his mother, and of his father in his WW II German army uniform. I sent photos to him including one of my father in his US WW II army uniform. That got me thinking.
With so many immigrants in the US what were the odds on the front lines in WW II that cousins were unknowingly shooting at one another?? Could have happened in Russia, Germany and Italy. That’s the basis of at least a few novels.
History can get the mind spinning with “what if’?” That’s what makes us keep on reading Harry Turtledove and other alternate history authors.
As curious as I am, it is probably best not to know “what if?”. I’ll stick with my kismet.