Editor says, The possibility of this ATL will clearly trouble some readers. Therefore I am putting the metajustification in one place at the beginning instead of scattered through the text. Historically Hitler had a complete breakdown after the three armies outside Berlin disobeyed his orders to commit suicide by fighting their way back into the doomed city instead of cutting their way to the American lines and relative freedom. I simply move this event from late April 1945 to mid January. I make the precipitating events the failure in the Ardennes coupled with the collapse of the Vistula front before the legions on Zhukov and Konev. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).