The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer was first published in 1871, following thedecisive German victory in the Franco-Prussian war and the unification Germany and theformation of the German Empire and asks “what if” the new leading military power in Europeinvades Britain. Red Storm Rising was first published in 1986, in the final stages of the ColdWar, and during a time of heightened tension between the West and East. It asks “what if” aThird World War breaks out in Europe and the Atlantic between NATO countries and theWarsaw Pact. The works were both exceedingly popular at the time of their release, RedStorm Rising a New York Times Best-Seller, and The Battle of Dorking printed in six editionsand selling 110 000 copies. They reflect cultural pressures at the time of their publication, andwere received differently by literary critics, the public and politically. While The Battle ofDorking criticised the established government policy and was negatively received by thatsame establishment, Red Storm Rising’s approval of the established government is reflectedby the endorsement it received in return. Literary reviews of the works mirrored somewhat thepolitical reception, while military circles accepted both works in different, yet similar ways.