Confederate M1917 tanks lumber across the fields, moving on the Union position behind a stone wall on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, Pa. The Union soldiers fire machine guns not so much at the massive metal vehicles approaching them, but at the Confederate soldiers using the tanks as cover in order to make their way across the open ground. In the face of an unstoppable weapon, the Union soldiers begin falling back.
Hearing loud buzzing sounds from above, the Confederates stare upward as Union DeHavilland DH-4B biplanes fly out of the clouds. The airplanes level off safely out of range of the Confederate rifle fire. Then the explosions commence as the bombs rain down around the tanks and troops turning General Pickett’s Charge into a bloodbath.
Yes, the Battle of Gettysburg had been fought in 1863, but after the Allied victory in World War I in 1918, some people began to wonder, “What if?”
What if some of the modern technology that had won the war had existed in 1863?
What if the Battle of Gettysburg had been fought with the military equipment used in World War I?
The answer was not to write a science fiction novel that dealt with alternative history. The U.S. Marine officers who were debating these questions after the end of the Great War had the capability to test out their theories. The answer to the questions was supposed to be safe. It was only supposed to be a training exercise, a war game.
Something else happened, and because it did, two marines became the only aviators to die fighting the Battle of Gettysburg.
It wasn’t a game.
It was all too real.
So what do you think?
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