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African/Middle East/Mediterranian Theater (December 7, 1942)

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When Japan decides to wait another year to attack the United States this gives the German Reich some time to finish off the Allies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


As a new year comes, the Axis Powers prepare to launch new offensives on the Allies. As Rommel launches his new offensives on the British Empire, he captures Agedabia and pushes closer and closer to Beda Fomm. By March 22 it looks dark for the Allies. Malta has been bombed to ashes and invaded, while in Africa Rommel has reached the Suez Canal and a long battle will ensue. In Berlin, Hitler orders ambassadors to Turkey to force Turkey into the war on the side of the Axis. On April 15, Turkey joins the Axis after threats of invasion by Germany. Germany uses Turkey as a base for operations in Russia and the Middle East. On May 22, the British surrender the Suez Canal to Rommel and slowly the Nazis move into Sudan and Palestine. Meanwhile in Syria, the Nazis gain a new ally and use them to invade Iraq, Lebanon, and also as a base for the eventual invasion of Cyprus along with Turkey as the other base. Throughout June to August, the Axis invade and overrun all British colonies in Northwest Africa along with those close to Egypt, they invade and conquer Malta, Cyprus, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, and begin the invasion of Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Italians with the help of Germany invade and finally conquer Ethiopia. In September the Axis captures Tehran and the country surrenders. In Saudi Arabia the war lasts into the next year as they fight fiercely against the invaders. Meanwhile in other British colonies things remain fairly quiet but in nearby Oman and Yemen the war is getting closer and soon they will be a target of destruction but on December 7th the party is cut short as the Japanese attack the American Pacific Fleet. The Germans and her allies declare war on America to keep up their alliance with Japan but know this could become a big problem and how wrong they were.


As now the Allies see a new nation join the fight it is still too dark to see at the end of the tunnel whether the Allies will survive or not. In late winter, Rommel begins his march to Mecca. By March the city has fallen and with a group from the east of Saudi Arabia marches to Riyadh. As for the British Empire they face another problem with Gibraltar. The fortress is surrounded by enemies and there are rumors that Spain may join the Axis. They decide to bulk up the forces there and prepare for the worst. The rumors about Spain are true though as Hitler is trying to end this war fast in Africa so he can defeat the Allies much faster. On April 30, the Axis encircles the city of Riyadh but the Arabs still don't surrender. This angers the Nazis and so they kill thousands of ethnic Muslims through public execution. The Nazis send a letter to the Saudi government warning of more executions of Arabs of all kinds unless they surrender now. The Arabs go against there better judgment and surrender. The British are appalled by this and immediately bulk up forces in the Middle East. On June 22, the Axis invades Oman and Yemen with over 50,000 troops. By the end of June, Oman and Yemen have surrendered. In July this theater of war remains quiet but in Spain the Nazis are doing everything to convince Franco to join the Axis. On July 28, Franco goes against his better judgment and joins the Axis Powers. After quickly mobilizing and allowing German troops to move in, the bombing of the heavily fortified Gibraltar begins. Before though the invasion can take place, the Axis must wipe out any naval threat. The Battle of the Strait of Gibraltar occurs on August 8. The battle witnesses the destruction of many ships but from the beginning it is clear the Axis have the advantage. The Allies end ofm losing the battle by August 16. The Axis now are in sole control of the Mediterranean and use to their advantage. By September 11, the fortress of Gibraltar is destroyed beyond repair and so the invasion force is prepared. Meanwhile, the German-Italian force in the Arabian Peninsula begins to invade the last British colonies on the peninsula. On September 18 the last of the colonies are taken and the final bombardments on Gibraltar are made before the invasion. Two weeks later the fortress is invaded from all sides. The battle sees high casualties and widespread destruction but the Allies have one trick up their sleeve. The Allies plan to firebomb the invading Axis forces but there is one problem, the Axis have set up anti-aircraft guns so it is a fifty-fifty shot at gaining a victory. On the morning of October 12, the firebomb raid begins but by the time they have reached the area nearly half of the planes have been shot down or badly damaged. They still go ahead with the attack and it turns out to be an utter failure. After three more weeks of battle the Allies surrender Gibraltar. Now with the Mediterranean clear along with North Africa and the Mid East. The Axis are willing to offer peace to the Allies of course don't accept and so the war rages on. As winter approaches, the Axis settle down for a couple months decide when and where to attack in Africa.


The Axis begin their new offensives in Africa in late January as the invasion of Britain is going to start soon and lots of troops will be needed. Since Spain joined and Russia was defeated there are a lot more troops ready for deployment but the problem is that many must go to boot camps for preparation for Operation Sealion. Those that do come to Africa though do provide a big boost. The Axis invade and conquer Liberia and other Allied colonies (mostly British, some Free French ones too) in Northwest Africa. Soon only Nigeria and British East Africa are all that remain in North/Central Africa. By early March the two were gone. The next few months would be quiet as both sides focused on the Battle of Britain as even most of the troops that were in Africa are now in Britain fighting. For the rest of the year only supplies are damaged and small naval battles occur out in the middle of nowhere. The Axis will virtually leave Africa alone so that Britain and America may fall.


Though now the Germans must invade Erie to get to America, they begin their planned final offensives in Africa. They swiftly move through Belgian Congo and into the last of Allied Africa. On March 22, the Axis overrun the last remnants of Rhodesia, both north and south. The Axis then begin their invasion of Namibia and South Africa. The battles last days sometimes even weeks as the locals and British put up a bitter fight. Since the war is going easy in Erie and the Atlantic, a few more troops are brought from Britain to help finish off the last of the Allies in Africa. By July the Axis have taken all but the area around Cape Town and some other coastal areas. The Battle of Cape Town becomes the worst in human history as hundreds die from exhaustion and of course being killed. In some parts trenches are built only to be bombed beyond repair and see hundreds die from the flames. Eventually the Germans become desperate and resort to using old World War One gases on the enemy. The strategy works as nobody was expecting gases to be used. Eventually the Allies are being pushed into the sea. By October it is desperate for the Allies and so the evacuation of troops begins. In a Dunkirk like evacuation, the Allies escape total annihilation by the Axis. As the war ends in Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, it continues in the rest of the world. Next:Cold War

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