This alternate history departs from actual history in a few ways. Albert Speer is appointed arms minister in 1938, Hitler doesn't declare war on the Americans after Pearl Harbor and Hitler waits until the defeat of the United Kingdom to invade the USSR.
1938 - Speer Gets a New Job
- During July 1938, Todt, head of armaments, left for Berlin from Vienna. While his car was driving to the airport, a group of people against the Nazi annexation of Austria ambushed his car killing him and his driver, Hans Düsseldorf. Hitler gets word of Todt's death and quickly appoints a new minister. Hitler picks a young architect named Albert Speer to head armaments. Speer has no experience in this field before and tries to settle in as fast as he can to his new job. Germany has bigger plans than just the annexation of Austria, the control of central and eastern Europe. A few weeks after Speer is appointed, Speer learns of the German plans for the annexation of the Sudetenland from the Czechs.
- Speer works on getting German manufacturing to produce more panzers and weapons a month than before. In September at the Munich Conference, Germany is given the Sudetenland without a single shot being fired. Hitler is pleased to have yet another 'oppressed' German people saved. But even more jubilant than Hitler is Speer himself. Speer sees the Sudetenland as a chance to expand German industry even greater. Speer uses the Sudetenland to a great extent and also the rest of Germany and by July 1939, a year after taking his job, has German military production increased by double from the July output of '38.
The Campaigns in Poland and the West
- During the Summer of '39, the German General Staff has been working at a new operation, the invasion of Poland. The invasion of Poland, Case White, will use more motorized and panzer divisions than planned in the Spring of '39 due to the increase in German production. Germany now has five panzer divisions composing of 50% panzer II, 35% panzer III and 15% panzer IV. Germany also has 8 motorized divisions.
- September 1st, 1939 Case White is set in motion. The invasion is a success and Warsaw is besieged. The infantry armies are tasked with mopping up the Polish armies which are by-passed by Guderian's panzers and the Polish armies are getting destroyed. The Soviet Union declares war and invades eastern Poland on September 17th as agreed to in the Molotov - von Ribbentrop Pact. Poland capitulates on September 28th. The generals and Hitler are pleased with this victory. But the war isn't over yet. On September 3rd, France and the United Kingdom declared war on Nazi Germany.
- In the spring of '40, the Germans launch their blitzkrieg against the West while also invading Denmark and Norway. Denmark and Norway quickly fall in April and in May the Germans use a panzer strike through the Ardennes which by-passes the Maginot Line. The British Expeditionary Force escapes at Dunkirk because Hitler halted his panzers. Göring told Hitler that the Luftwaffe could handle the retreating British but the Luftwaffe fails and some 400,000 British are shipped back to the British Isles but the British lost all of their heavy equipment and tanks. On June 10th, the Italians declared war on France and slowly advanced into Southern France. The Germans completed the conquest of France by June. In late June, Hitler takes some of his general staff and ministers, including Speer, to a tour of Paris. Hitler's next goal is to force a peace between Germany and Britain who's new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, proclaims the British will never surrender.
- What to do with France? A puppet regime in France. Germany will occupy the coast on the Atlantic and the Channel and would continue occupation of Northern France including Paris. The Germans extend an invitation for the government to return to Paris but the French government politely declines and establishes the capital in Vichy. Vichy France will also retain control of all the overseas territories.
Battle of Britain
- The air war over Britain began in July 1940. Hitler ordered Göring to defeat the Royal Air Force to gain air supremacy over the English Channel and the British Isles for Operation Sealion. Göring in cooperation with Speer puts bomber production as the utmost importance. Speer believes this is a mistake. Speer's engineers have inspected captured British fighters used in the Battle of France and realizes that the German Me 109 is inferior to the new British fighters. Speer starts secret developments of new fighter aircraft behind Göring's back with Hitler's approval.
- The Luftwaffe begin to bomb British factories and airfields. The war of attrition starts out in favor of the British. The British are producing more fighters in the months of July and August than the Germans. But Göring's Luftwaffe has the British on their last leg. The British have enough planes but not enough skilled pilots let alone pilots themselves. The Germans shift some of their bombing campaign to terrorize London and other major cities. This gives the British time to rebuild their fighter fleet.
- In the month of September the last days of good weather for cross channel landings is over. Hitler is furious with Göring for not being able to defeat the British sooner. The general staff sighs a sigh of relief. A cross channel attack would have been a difficult feat. Due to the Kriegmarines weakness in the sea, the number of transports would be large and the Kriegsmarines didn't have enough gathered even if the Luftwaffe had air supremacy in August as wanted by Hitler. Operation Sealion is suspended for the winter of '40 to '41.
Future Plans and Politics
- The year 1941 started with the Luftwaffe licking its wounds from the defeat during the Battle of Britain. Speer finally reveals his new fighter designs to Göring. Göring is enraged and yet satisfied. The Luftwaffe is ordered to build up for a new air offensive in April. Code named Operation Eagle, the plan is going to do the final blow on the British Isles. The Germans plan on both bombing airfields and cities simultaneously. The Luftwaffe are going to need 1500 bombers and 2000 fighters for this operation which Germany already has 689 bombers and 789 fighters. All of German industry is set to producing aircraft. This causes German panzer production to drop significantly but German panzer production is unnecessary at this stage of the war and thus can be sacrificed.
- As the war in Europe ensued in 1940, the Soviet Union stood idle. The USSR realizes that the German industry is very well advanced. Stalin has read 'Mein Kampf' and knows Hitler's views towards the communists and Slavic people. The only thing that is keeping war from breaking out between the two major powers is that both, unknowingly, are afraid of each other. A war between the USSR and the Third Reich would lead to a disaster for both countries. Hitler decided early in '39 that he is going to avoid a two front war at all costs. Hitler plans on invading the Soviet Union after Britain is out of the war. Hitler is slowly gathering allies in the Balkans. Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are all afraid of communism and will side with Nazi Germany in the future war of extermination.
- The operation begins in March. Speer's industry has met the demands for the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe has all the bombers and fighters it needs and then some. Speer has changed German industry drastically. German production is five times that of September 1939. The Luftwaffe has a 2:1 ratio to the RAF in fighters and a 4:1 ratio in bombers. Within two weeks after the start of the offensive British cities and airfields are destroyed. British industry has dropped down 75% due to the bombing of factories. Churchill still states Britain will never surrender, but his generals and admirals are planning something of their own.
- May 14th, 1941 the British generals and admirals do a military coup. Ousting Churchill from office and locking down Parliament. The leaders of the coup quickly declare martial law and send peace feelers to Berlin. Hitler is willing to make peace with the British under reasonable terms. Britain is to pay reparations to Germany and ceded Gibraltar, Malta, Suez Canal zone and large parts of the Middle East to the German Reich. Britain agrees and a peace between the new Fascist controlled British Union and the Third Reich begins.
- A month later, the German army decides to abolish Vichy France, and invades unoccupied France. Hitler sends the Afrika Korps headed by Rommel with seven Panzer divisions to help in North Afrika, and sends his now idle armies through Yugoslavia to Greece which is still standing strong against the Italian invaders. Bulgaria, Romania, Nationalist Spain and Hungary join the Axis. German production gears back towards producing large amounts of panzers as well as keeping aircraft production as high as the industry allows. Hitler also hands over all of North Africa, Suez Canal zone, Malta and large parts of the Middle East to the Italians as a reward for the Italians entry into the war. Cyprus is handed over to the Turkish government. Gibraltar is given to Nationalist Spain for their entry into the war. Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary are promised land in the future campaign against the USSR.
Second Half of 1941
- With the Axis dominating all of mainland Europe, North Afrika, and the Middle East. 75% of Germany's divisions are stationed in Poland and Romania. The German Afrika Korps is in Turkey, which now has joined the Axis. Ever since the British surrender, the Soviet Union has been planning a preemptive strike against the Axis in Europe. Hitler has also been planning his own attack of the Soviet Union. By September, tensions are high all along the Eastern Front. Two large armies face each other just waiting for their final preparations and orders to attack. Nazi Germany has 150 divisions in Poland and Romania and 25 divisions in the Middle East. Germany has 25 fully equipped panzer divisions ready for the attack. There are 48 minor Axis partner divisions in the Balkans and 79 Italian divisions in the East and 10 divisions in the Middle East. Many minor Axis partners are using mainly German equipment. Germany has produced excess guns, panzers, and aircraft and has given the equipment to the minor nations in an Axis form of the Lend Lease program. All German divisions are fully equipped with full manpower. Germany is facing a manpower shortage though. Speer has persuaded Hitler to let women work in the factories until after the war is over. Which relieved some men for the front. Speer's work force comprises 75% forced labor while 25% are women. But with new factories opening every month, more women will be put to work in factories for a pay while forced labor are paid but not to much or most of the times not at all.
- In December of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and attacked all the colonies of Western countries in the Pacific. This brought the United States into the war. At first Hitler wanted to declare war on the Americans but Speer and Hitler's generals dissuade Hitler from doing so. Speer states that German industry cannot keep up with American industry which is correct but this wasn't what stopped Hitler. Hitler's generals, mainly Guderian and Manstein, state that if the United States was in the war, it would be harder to conquer the USSR which is Hitler's main goal. This convinces Hitler and he does not declare war on the United States. To make up for Germany not entering the war against America, Hitler demands that the British Union cede all of their possessions in the Pacific to the Japanese. An agreement is signed on January 6th, 1942 between the British Union and the Japanese Empire.
The German Plan
- The German plan was going to be to seize the Soviet's vital cities and resource points. The plan called for four army groups. Army Group North will attempt to seize the vital port city of Leningrad and gain a land connection with the Finnish troops, Finland has joined the Axis. Army Group Centre will strike at Minsk then advance to Smolensk and then on to Moscow. Army Group South will strike toward Kiev then towards the oil fields of the Caucasus and link up with Army Group B which will be striking from its launch point in Turkey. The operation is entitled Operation Vaterland. Hitler and the general staff want to have the war over by November at the latest. Hitler believes the Red Army is weak because of the Red Army's failed attack on Finland in 1940. The commanders for the Army Groups are as follows: Army Group North is commanded by Field Marshal von Leeb, Army Group Centre is commanded by Field Marshal Bock, Army Group South is commanded by Field Marshal von Rundstedt and Army Group B commanded by Field Marshal Rommel.
- A similar plan was created in 1941 entitled Operation Barbarossa but since the British were not defeated by the proposed launch date of the attack, May 10th, Hitler suspended the operation until further notice. The name was changed to Operation Vaterland when the key addition of another Army Group was added to the plan. Also the Germans feared that the plans for Operation Barbarossa could have been discovered by the Soviet's spy rings. So the operation was changed from Barbarossa to Vaterland, German for fatherland. Also the plan, if discovered by the Soviets, could be thought of as a defensive operation to defend the German homeland from invasion. The Soviets, however, would be on the receiving end of the largest and greatest military invasion in the history of the world.
- Operation Vaterland started on May 19th, 1942 at 6 am. The operation started with an intense artillery barrage for fifteen minutes then the assault troops launched. The assault initially was a success. Some Russian units stood their ground while others folded causing gaps in the line. Many of the Russian defenses on the frontier were surrounded by the end of the first two weeks. Stalin ordered no ground is to be given up. This order led to many disasters for the Red Army. Many Russian armies were surrounded in Minsk. Most of the Army Groups made a steady advance in the next month. Army Group B had problems in the Caucasus due to the mountains. Rommel couldn't do the blitzkrieg he did in Africa so his troops got bogged down by bitter Soviet resistance. The Soviets knew they couldn't hold the German advance. The Germans had more tanks and men in this sector of the front than the Soviets had. So the Soviets started doing a tactical withdrawal against Stalin's wishes. In their withdrawal, the Soviets burned all the oil fields and anything esle the Germans could use. When the Germans arrived, the Germans arrived at burning oil fields. Even though Stalin eventually agrees to this tactic of scorched earth, Stalin still ordered the executions of all the officers in command of the divisions.
- The German advance was doing quite well. The Germans reached Smolensk on July 25th. The Soviets did a massive counter attack against Panzer Gruppe Guderian which failed. Army Group South reached the outskirts of Kiev on August 17th. A massive siege battle ensued. This would hold Army Group South up for weeks, which required Army Group Centre to send its two panzer gruppes to aid Army Group South. Army Group North captured Leningrad on September 1st with its panzer units. The infantry still lagged behind the panzers but the commander tried for a bold move which Hitler approved of. By September all of the Germans short term objectives were held. The capture of Leningrad, Smolensk, Kiev and the oil rich regions in southern Russia. Only two objectives remained: capture of Moscow and the push to the A-A line.
- The offensive to capture Moscow is launched on September 15th. The Germans quickly break through the outer defenses of the Soviet capital. The Germans reach within 25 miles of the capital within the first two days. All heads of government begin to evacuate the capital. Stalin states that he is going to stay in the capital because Stalin is faithful in the defenses surrounding the city. Many Soviet divisions defending the city are under strength and poorly supplied. The Red Army has no divisions in reserve along the entire front. In an attempt to relieve pressure on the capital, Stalin orders his southern armies to launch an offensive against Army Group B around the city of Stalingrad.
Operation Winter Fury
- The Soviet offensive consists of 15 under strength divisions, five of them armoured divisions. Army Group B consists of many under strength, battle-hardened divisions resting on this sector of the front due to its relative quietness. The German divisions in the area where the spearhead of the assault is going to be launched, Stalingrad, is the I SS Panzer Korps which consists of the 5th SS Wiking panzer division and the 1st SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler panzer division both crack SS divisions. The 5th Infantry division is also close enough to interfere as well.
- The Soviet assault begins at 5 am on September 20th. The Soviet troops quickly begin crossing the Volga river in many locations. The I SS Panzer Korps begins sending its troops to defend Stalingrad and the surrounding area. When the Germans arrive, most of the Russians are still crossing the Volga and the troops already on the beaches are annihilated or taken prisoner. So the Germans begin to destroy the Soviets crossing the river in their defenseless boats. Some PT boats of the Red Navy try to save the assault troops but are destroyed by the panzer division's concealed 88s in the city and surrounding country side. The Soviet assault is stopped in its tracks at the gates of Stalingrad. In some areas of the front, however, the Soviets establish small beachheads but can't advance any further and will eventually be destroyed.
- Rommel ordered the I SS Panzer Korps to launch a counter attack. The Germans crossed the river on September 21st under absolutely no fire. The Germans quickly push east and quickly establish a sizable beachhead on the other side of the Volga for the eventual assault on the A-A line. Stalin is infuriated with his generals that lead the offensive. Stalin orders the execution of all division commanders and the front commander.
Battle of Moscow and Drive to the A-A Line
- While the Soviet offensive was taking place on the Volga, the Germans continued to assault the Soviet capital. The Germans were making amazing breakthroughs but with every break through Soviet resistance was stiffing. Six days after the start of the offensive, the Germans are within ten miles of the city centre. Stalin is in an underground bunker under the Kremlin. The Soviet leader has completely lost it. Stalin is ordering the deaths of every division commander that falls back. Hitler is very satisfied on how his eastern legions are destroying the heart of the USSR.
- The first German troops beginning entering the suburbs of the capital on September 21st. Two Panzer Armees were sent around the flanks to surround the city and the spear heads meet on the 22nd and encircled the capital. Roughly 200,000 Soviet soldiers with 1200 tanks are surrounded with around 15 generals and Stalin himself. Most of the government has fled to the Ural mountains. With the encirclement complete, Hitler orders Army Group North and Army Group B to push towards the A-A line while Army Group Centre and South will capture the Soviet capital. The fighting in the capital is fierce. The Soviets don't give up any ground without a lost. The Germans have numbers on their side, around 500,000 Germans with 5000 panzers and total air supremacy are assaulting the Soviet stronghold.
- On the flanks, Army Group North and B are making great progress. Many Russians are surrendering or retreating. The Army Groups reach their respective objectives on the 26th of September. Some minor Russian counter attacks are launched against Army Group North and are beaten off. The Soviet government in exile in the Urals is contemplating surrender and is willing to give up the Soviet capital and Stalin himself. Stalin learns of this and orders the deaths of all government officials, but there is no one willing to carry out the order since Stalin's most fanatical followers are in the capital with him.
- On October 1st, the Soviet capital is captured, and Stalin is found dead outside the Kremlin. At first the Germans thought suicide, but when the Germans demanded the Russian surrender and Stalin refused, a few of his own general's killed him and surrendered the capital to avoid more deaths. Army Group Centre and South now push towards the A-A line and reach their objectives on October 4th.
Treaty and Aftermath
- After the fall of Moscow, the Germans have taken their positions on the A-A line envisioned by High Command. The Germans could easily over run the Ural mountains but Hitler desires not too. Hitler believes everything east of the Urals is undesirable. So Hitler sends Riddentrop to give the Soviet government a ceasefire and peace treaty. The treaty states that the Germans keep all west of the A-A line and the Soviets will become a vassal state of the Germanic Reich and will receive all the people expelled from the newly acquired territory so German people can begin settling the new lands. The Soviet government agrees and signs the treaty on October 16th. After the signing of the treaty, however, the people have now become anti-communist and have started a revolution to oust the communists. After a week of fighting the communists are ousted from the government and the Russian Federation is born.
- The German loses for the campaign against the USSR are quite high. 756,969 Germans and 58,560 minor Axis allies lose their lives. 6,946 panzers are knocked out. Over 2,000 aircraft are taken down. But German industry easily replaces many of these casualties. Speer has now gotten the industry output rate at over 2,500 panzers and 1,000 aircraft per month. The hit on German manpower is not replaceable.
- With the conquest of the USSR, the Germanic Reich now reaches from the Atlantic to the A-A line and from Austria to Norway. The Greater Germanic Reich is now one of the leading super powers along with America, who has defeated Imperial Japan and occupies the Japanese home islands by 1943. The two countries now enter a cold war with each other.
The Final Solution and Resettlement
- After the conquest of the western Soviet Union, the Nazi party began to relocate many Slavic populations to the Urals into the new Russian Federation. Belorussia and the Ukraine are depopulated during the months of 1943. The people are forced marched through occupied Russia into the Russian Federation or Muscovy which is allowed under the treaty. Over 7.3 million people perish during the force march. Many Ukrainians are of good blood and are to be Germanized. The Germanization of Poland is completed in March of 1943. All of Poland is annexed into the Greater Germanic Reich along with Belorussia, the Ukraine and the Baltic states. No one is relocated in the Baltic states but the Baltic states come under German rule. The Ukraine and Belorussia is Germanized by the end of 1945. The German population of the world is at 150 million people. By the end of 1960, estimations are that the German population will be 300 million after the colonization of European Russia and the complete Germanization of the eastern territories. The Minister of the Eastern Territories is Alfred Rosenberg.
- By 1943, over 1.5 million Jews and other undesirables have been killed in concentration camps. The Final Solution began in January 1942 and has been running along smoothly. The heads of the Final Solution are Heinrich Himmler and Reinhart Heydrich. Heydrich was killed in a partisan attack in Czechoslovakia in May 1942. With the final defeat of the USSR, the Nazis now instead of killing Jews and other undesirables ship the Jews and other undesirables to the Russian Federation or the German territory of Muscovy, this was to be the dumping ground for the untermensch and would eventually be liquidated itself. Over 10 million people are taken by train from camps in Germany and Poland to the Ural mountains and Muscovy. Many people would die on this train ride but the exact numbers are not known. By the end of 1947 this process is done and the Greater Germanic Reich is untermensh free. The population of Muscovy is at 43 million people and is carefully watched by the SS and outsiders are denied entry into Muscovy. The Nazi officials want to kept the events of what is occurring in Muscovy secret.
Life in the Greater Germanic Reich and the Italian Empire
- Life in the Fatherland is grand. The German economy is booming after the war and many Germans are moving east into the new territories. Many German cities are being transformed into wonders of the Nazi Regime, Berlin being the greatest and most renovated. Berlin's new name is Germania and is ordered transformed by Hitler after the defeat of the USSR. Speer is appointed into leading the renovations. The great wonders that Hitler has built are completed in 1949 for Hitler's 60th birthday. Over 500,000 workers died in finishing the wonders. Some of the wonders include a gigantic arc, a domed great hall able to fit 150,000 people, and a new chancellery for Hitler. Many homes were destroyed in the rebuilding of the city, many of them Jewish owners. A new fortress like mansion is built for Hitler in his home city of Linz in 1945. Also many museums have been built in Linz to show the victories of the Nazis and German people throughout history.
- Each German man between the ages of 17 to 30 must serve 3 years in the Wehrmacht and then may leave the service or continue being in the Wehrmacht. Many of these men are put on the eastern border with the Russian Federation due to the lack of trust with the new Russian government. Some are sent to occupied France and Belgium. In June 1943, the Netherlands and Luxemburg are annexed into the Greater Germanic Reich.
- In the occupied zones of France and Belgium, life is slowly returning to normal since the German take over in 1940. The Germans have set up military governments to control the various cities and military governments to control the country sides. The German Wehrmacht has since 1941 been building an Atlantic Wall on the coast of France and the Low Countries. The building of the Atlantic Wall has made employment rise in the occupied zones. German leaders eventually want to make France and Belgium puppet states but Hitler disagrees. Many of the French and Belgians do not want to be annexed by the Reich and are secretly thrilled. Some partisan actions do occur in France and Belgium but are quickly crushed by the Wehrmacht.
- In the Italian Empire, life is adequate. Food shortages are the norm and food riots occur occasionally. The Italians plan on importing food from the Ukraine once the Germans develop the region well enough. A euphoria spreads across the Italian people despite the lack of food. The Italian Empire is one of the leading nations in the world and is slowly becoming a super power. Mussolini has the faith of his people in developing Italy as a grand empire. In 1947, King Victory Emmanuel III dies and Mussolini consolidates his power by abolishing the monarchy. Mussolini is now the undisputed leader of the Italian Empire. The Italians face some partisan forces in the Middle East but like those in the Germanic Reich, the partisan uprisings are quickly defeated by the strong Italian Army. The Italian Navy has complete dominance of the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal. The Italian Navy also has a presence in the Indian Ocean by operating from ports in southern Persia.
- In June of 1943, the Germans begin construction of a new deadly weapon. Speer under direct orders from the Führer orders the development of an atomic bomb. Scientists have been trying to figure out ways how to split an atom and cause an explosion. Work begins right away in northern Germany. Spies from the United States discover that the Greater Germanic Reich has begun construction of an atomic bomb a month after Hitler gives the orders. President Roosevelt orders American scientists to begin an atomic program of their own.
- By September 1944, Germany detonates their first atomic bomb in Northern Germany followed two months later by the USA's first atomic detonation in Nevada. Both countries now begin construction stockpiles of this new deadly weapon of war. The United States has more resources available to produce nuclear weapons than the Greater Germanic Reich but a country only needs at least ten nuclear weapons to destroy another country, which Germany is capable of producing.
- The Italian Empire and the British Union, former United Kingdom, begin their own projects to develop nuclear weapons in September 1944 and November 1944 respectively. By 1946, both countries develop nuclear weapons and begin the mass production of them. By the year 1947, Germany obtains 35 nuclear weapons, USA controls 50 nuclear weapons, Italy develops 5 nuclear weapons and the British Union creates just 3 nuclear weapons.
- The world now has developed a new deadly weapon to destroy each other with. But what country will use their new deadly weapon first? The year of 1947 shall decide that....
Political Crisis of 1947
- On the evening of May 31st, 1947, the British dictator, Niles Buckingham, gets a telegram from the military commander of India. Buckingham reads the letter which states that many revolts are taking place in India. The cities of New Delhi, Bombay, Surat and Calcutta have fallen under rebel control within a few minutes of the beginning of the revolution. The entire colony is revolting against their British overseers. Buckingham orders a British bomber with an atomic weapon to the island of Sri Lanka.
- The bomber with its deadly payload arrives on the island on June 5th. Over 100,000 British soldiers have already died trying to put the uprising down. This angers many British officers and the dictator himself. Buckingham gives an ultimatum to the Indians, stop the revolt or else. The Indian revolt leaders do not reply. The revolters are being supplied by the United States which Buckingham is informed of shortly after the ultimatum is issued. After Churchill was overthrown and the democracy was turned into a dictatorship, the monarchy was keep for reasons to appease the people but the monarchy holds little to no power, relations between the United States and the new British Union have faded. The German Reich and Italian Empires just watch the crisis from the side lines. Neither side has no reason to intervene.
- On June 6th, Buckingham sends a private telegram to President Truman, President Roosevelt died in 1946 due to Polio. The message states that the United States should stop giving aid to the rebels. If the United States doesn't stop, the the British Union will see it as an act of war and declare war on the United States. Truman realizes that the British Union obtains very little nuclear weapons, does not stop sending aid.
- In an act to show the power of the British Union, Buckingham orders the atomic bomber in Sri Lanka to drop its payload over New Delhi. On June 7th, the city of New Delhi is obliterated by an atomic bomb. The bomb kills over five million people. President Truman, horrified by the first use of an atomic weapon, stops giving aid to the rebels. Within a week of Truman withdrawing aid and the atomic bombing of New Delhi, the rebellion is crushed. Over 6 million Indians die due to the war and 3 million will die over time due to radiation sickness and 1.5 million British soldiers have fallen.
British Union: Decolonization and Collapse
- After the atomic bombing of New Delhi by the Fascist government under Buckingham, many learned men throughout the British Union's Empire begin to plot revolution against their overlords. Buckingham hoped to put fear into the hearts of any revolutionaries that would plot against his government but he did the exact opposite. The people of the Empire know that the Fascists only have a small stockpile of atomic weapons and with the backing of the United States, the plotters believe that freedom can be achieved. But the plotters are divided politically and geography-wise. In 1948, the British Union is in possession of or allied with the following: India, Malaysia, Sudan, Pakistan and some small territorial holdings in South America. Britain lost most of its Empire after the peace with the Axis in 1942. Even in the British Isles, people in Scotland, England and Wales are wanting to break away from the Fascist government.
- The final straw that broke the camel's back occurred in March of 1948. Buckingham ordered the invasion of Ireland to bring the Irish back into the fold of the British Union's Empire. Since Buckingham has been in power, however, has been ordering the deaths of many Irish in Northern Ireland. Later many Western historians would call this the 'Mini-Holocaust'. Around 100,000 Irish are killed between the years of 1941 to 1948.
- The British troops quickly over take Ireland and form a military government until the Fascists can decide how to govern this new possession. During this time many Irish leaders flee the Ireland and go to South Africa. The Irish are fully aware of the dissent that has fallen upon much of the Empire. So the Irish leaders call together a secret meeting of all leaders of each Commonwealth nation to meet in Garies, South Africa.
- The meeting begins on April 12th and ends on April 17th. The Fascists never find out about this meeting due to the poor showing of their secret police force throughout the Empire. Delegates from India, New Zealand, Sudan, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Malaysia, South America and even England attend the conference. Representatives for the American government also are present. What is decide at the meeting is an Empire wide revolt against the Fascists. The revolution will be supplied by Washington. The revolt is to take place on May 14th, 1948, to coincide with the Fascists taking power in 1941.
- The Third Reich and Italian Empire are fully aware of the dissent and weakness of the British Union. But with these two empires trying to consolidate their own power in their newly acquired territories, much cannot be done to help the British Fascists. Hitler and Mussolini, however, do meet at Linz, Hitler's birth town, in Austria and discuss what their actions would be if the British Union dissolves. The Germans agree that occupation of the British Isles would be necessary to prevent America from filling the power vaccum. Also the Italians should launch attacks into Pakistan from Persia. An Italian invasion of the Sudan would also have to occur with the help of German forces to attain air bases in southern Sudan to launch atomic strikes against South Africa if necessary.
- On May 14th, 1948, the rebels strike all over the Empire. Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia remove themselves from the Commonwealth and declare war on the British Union. Australia and New Zealand send troops to Malaysia to establish a new government there. In Ireland, armed attacks against the British occupiers occur all over the countryside and in the urban centers. Dublin sees the worst street to street fighting since the conquest of Moscow. New governments are established in Scotland, Wales and England even though the rebels control little territory. In London itself, fighting occurs between Fascists and the revolutionaries. Buckingham's private estate just outside Manchester is attacked by a force of 5,000 men and woman with weapons supplied by the Americans. Buckingham and his followers are captured and executed on spot. Buckingham's successor is Harry Richardson, British army general who was one of the few who overthrew Churchill in 1941.
- One week after the initial assault by the rebels. Ireland, Sudan, Malaysia (with Australian and New Zealand help) and the territories in South America have declared their freedom from the British Union's oppression. Pakistan and India are still attempting to vacate all British troops from their lands. Within two days of the rebellion, Italian troops entered Pakistan and gradually made their way to western India. The rebel's cause in Pakistan is looking bleak. The Axis invasion of Sudan is also going under way and fierce fighting is taking place on the border of Sudan and Egypt. Scottish rebels have 80% of Scotland under their control. In Wales the rebellion was crushed by the Fascists and a new capital was set up in Cardiff under Richardson's regime. London is ruined due to the heavy fighting that is taking place. The great building of London are mostly destroyed. German troops began to land on the coast of southern England on the 19th of May. German panzers and panzer grenadiers quickly raced to London to aid the Fascists. The Kriegsmarines have blockaded the British Isles to the west and have submarines patrolling the Atlantic for supply convoys to the Isles. This would be reminiscent of 8 years earlier during the Second World War. A naval fleet consisting of Canadian ships are detected heading for Plymouth in England. U-boats harass the naval fleet as it moves across the Northern Atlantic. The Kriegsmarines positions their surface fleet's capital ships to engage the enemy just before the Canadians reach their destination.
Revolution Triumphs and Defeats
- The Canadian Fleet finally arrived near Plymouth on May 25th. The engagement began at 6am with the German capital ship Bismark II engaging the approaching Canadian destroyers leading the fleet. Quickly all German ships broadside and begin opening fire on the Canadians. Admiral Raeder is leading the fleet directly from the Tripitz II which by this time was heavily modified from the original built in 1939. The Canadians swiftly reacted and began to turn broadside. The German fleet had eight capital ships, 15 cruisers, 30 destroyers and 19 U-boats which harassed the Canadians during the struggle. The Canadians were at a severe disadvantage. The Canadians had three capital ships, nine cruisers, 23 destroyers, numerous transports loaded with men and equipment and no submarines. But the Canadians did have one aircraft carrier which had a complement of 50 torpedo bombers. The Germans had air support from the local airfields near Plymouth which consisted of 90 fighters, 75 dive-bombers, and 45 level bombers.
- The winner was never in doubt but the Canadians fought bravely for six hours. Many, many troop transports were sunk by German aircraft and submarines. During the battle, a shell hit the bridge of the Tripitz II killed Admiral Raeder. Raeder would be the highest German general killed during its history up to this point. But the Germans carried on and routed the Canadians. The Kriegsmarines lost one capital ship, three cruisers, ten destroyers and two u-boats while totally annihilating the Canadian fleet. The Canadian aircraft carrier attempted to escape but was hunted down by a wolf pack and destroyed somewhere in the Northern Atlantic three days after the battle had ended.
- On May 30th, the Canadians sent peace feelers to the Axis empires. Also on May 30th, all of Scotland was controlled by the rebels and declared a new free state from the British Union. England was still being hotly contested but with German aid the Fascists were having high hopes of victory. 15 German divisions were fighting in England, four of them were panzer divisions. By this time only Wales was under full control of the Fascists. With the crushing defeat of the Canadians, little outside help could now be given to the British Isles. But in India and Pakistan, the Americans were supplying the rebels secretly with arms. The situation in Pakistan was grim and by the 25th of May, the rebellion was finally crushed with the help of the Italian army. The Italian navy was being sent to the Indian Ocean via orders from Rome to stop the supply line from Australia that gave India supplies. Australia and New Zealand saw how Canada was decimated by the Kriegsmarines and felt that the Italian navy may be just as strong. But the Australians and New Zealanders hold fast to their allies' cause in India. The Sudan was a completely different story than from the other places. The Axis troops could not advance from northern Sudan because the roads were horrible. The Italians launched attacks against Sudan from Ethiopia and tried pushing from the east but they, too, were stalled due to poor roads.
Conclusion of the Revolution
- On 14th of June, a month after the revolution began, London fell to the combined power of the Germans and British Fascists. Quickly German panzers raced toward the border with Scotland. Now Hitler contemplated an invasion of Scotland but this was overshadowed by events that would happen in India.
- On the 22nd of June, Communist China invaded northern India, hoping to fill the power vacuum that would be left if the British Fascists were pushed out of India. Mussolini gave word to his divisions in Pakistan to halt and pull back to the Indus river. Mussolini wanted to avoid conflict with the Chinese. Only months before were the Nationalist Chinese ousted by Mao and his communist forces. Mao wanted to use this invasion as a way to show that the Chinese were a force to be reckoned with. Also the Chinese invaded Burma, which was under British rule but did not join the revolution and the Indian revolutionaries hoped on annexing Burma after the rebellion was won. Chinese forces made slow advances into India. Hitler ordered that Mussolini send five nuclear weapons to Pakistan to use tactical against the Chinese forces if the Chinese were to invade Pakistan as well.
- German panzers pushed into Scotland beginning in July and quickly over ran the new country. By July 10th, all of Britain was declared under Fascist rule again. There was now only Ireland. But what to do with Ireland? Richardson met with Hitler in Germania on July 17th. Hitler told Richardson that the German navy would help the British get across Irish sea but the British would have to use their own men and tanks to invade Ireland. The date of the invasion was going to begin on August 1st.
- In India, on July 15th, Australian and New Zealand troops landed and began to push into the country to help support the rebels. The Australians encountered the Chinese first and large battles began to occur between the rebels and Australians verse the Red Chinese. The New Zealanders pushed towards the Pakistani border and were thus spared of fighting the Chinese. Mussolini's men were dug in on the Indus river and had four of the five atomic weapons in place for use against the Chinese or New Zealanders. The Italian navy intercepted a naval fleet from Australia that was sending more men to India in the Bay of Bengal and quickly routed the Australians. The Chinese pulled back toward the Bangla river and built defensive positions all along the river. Over 700,000 Chinese troops were in India and around 2500 outdated tanks. The Australians and New Zealanders had a total of 250,000 men and 4000 tanks. The Italians had 360,000 men and 3700 tanks in Pakistan with 306,000 men and 2500 tanks in reserve in Persia. India has become a three way battlefield.
- Back in Europe, the British invaded Ireland with the help of the German navy and the Luftwaffe. Some 300,000 British troops backed by 3000 German-built tanks and quickly over ran the beach defenders. The new Irish country had only 190,000 untrained men with 900 tanks. The British broke from their beachheads and quickly over ran the countryside. The die hard British Fascists took revenge on the Irish and began to burn villages all across Ireland. Richardson ordered that when Dublin was to captured, the entire city was to be leveled. On August 15th, all of Ireland fell to the Fascists. Some 300,000 people were slaughtered by the Fascists in their invasion of Ireland as payback for instigating the Empire wide revolution. Dublin was leveled in October of 1948 and some 500,000 people were killed. Ireland is ordered to be Englishized by Richardson and Richardson hopes by 1955 that the Irish culture ceases to exist. Richardson implores the help of SS officers who were put in charge of Germanizing the East and Richardson even meets with Himmler himself to discuss the matter.
- In the Sudan, Italian and German troops began to make progress and over ran the country on August 30th. Sudan was annexed into the Italian Empire which already controlled all of North Africa and Ethiopia. South Africa, fearing that the Axis might move down to their country, sent peace feelers to Germania and Rome. Hitler and Mussolini accepted the ceasefire. In India, the Italians and Germans were technically not at war with the Chinese. Hitler and Mussolini decided that India should be given up and attempting to take India out of the hands of both the Chinese and Australians/New Zealanders would be to costly. The British Union gave India its freedom under pressure from Hitler and Mussolini. It was a bitter sweet victory for the rebels because India was still torn by war. Australia and New Zealand made peace with the Italians and Germans on September 18th.
The World at the End of 1948
- At the end of 1948 the world was very different. Communist China emerging as a super power and the British Union's power was decreased very significantly. The British Union only had control of the British Isles. In December 1948, Mussolini annexed all of Pakistan west of the Indus river and formed a buffer between the Italian Empire and India with everything from the Indus river east toward the border with India. This new state was entitled People's Republic of Pakistan and was headed by a Fascist government which took instructions from Rome. Mussolini's empire was composed of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Suez Canal zone, Greece, Crete, Malta, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Persia, parts of Yugoslavia, Albania, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Pakistan. Richardson was angry at the annexation of Pakistan but there was nothing Richardson could do. Richardson owed debts to the Axis empires for their help in stopping the total collapse of his country. But what would be the German's cost? The Germans demanded the use of all naval ports in Ireland. The British accepted these terms.
- The war in India would be decided in 1949 when in November the Chinese finally were pushed out of India by the Australians and New Zealanders. The Chinese did leave a parting gift however and detonated an atomic bomb in Calcutta. The Chinese split the atom in March of 1949. The Australians and New Zealanders made peace with the Chinese in the Treaty of Singapore on December 10th, 1949. On the 1st of January of 1950, India is declared a new democratic state with the capital in Mysore. The Indian government begins to rebuild their country from the aftermath of the dropping of two atomic bombs within a year on two major cities. The Chinese do gain a victory from their invasion of India and Burma. Burma is annexed into China on December 25th, 1949.
- The Americans stopped occupying the Japanese home islands on April 28th 1949 since the Americans won in 1943. Korea had been split between the Chinese in the north and the Americans in the south. The Chinese made North Korea communist and the Americans made South Korea democratic.
1950 - Dawn of a New Decade
- At New Years celebrations in Germania, Hitler makes a speech to the German people. Hitler states that the Germanization of all the Eastern territories will be completed by 1960. Hitler also announces the planned creation of a economic alliance between all the European nations. The unveiling of new weapons like the Maus IIs, Panther IIIs, Tiger IVs and also new jet aircraft. A new submarine based rocket is put on display as well. Hitler plans on putting nuclear war heads on these new rockets so the Germans would be able to strike the eastern seaboard of America. New long ranger bombers are announced, the bombers can do a one way trip from Germania to New York without refueling. The laying down of new capital ships are also announced to the German people. Cheers come from the mass group fo listeners every time Hitler announces a new project. Hitler is pleased in the German people, they are all Hitler ever wanted them to be, faithful and loyal to National Socialist ideas. Hitler plans on bettering the standard of living in the Third Reich during the '50s. Also at this speech, Hitler announces something unknown to the German people up to this point. Hitler announces that he has married Eva Braun and Hitler and Eva are expecting a baby boy. The crowd is ecstatic with this news. Hitler married Eva only a few months before. Eva was Hitler's mistress since the early '30s and was kept secret from the German people.
- After the speech, Hitler held a meeting with his top generals and advisors in the Führer bunker under the Chancellory. In attendance were Fieldmarshalls Guderian, Manstein, Rundstedt, Rommel and Kesselring. Himmler, Hess, Speer, Göring, Ribbentrop, Milch and Goebbels are also in attendance. At the meeting, Hitler discussed what would be the future course of actions for the German Reich. Himmler informed Hitler that Muscovy would be fully Germanized and incorporated into the Reich by 1960. Hitler flew into a rage. Hitler ordered that Himmler vacate the East by 1955 and that all undesirables either be killed or sent into the Russian Federation. Himmler softly responded, 'Yes sir' and the meeting went on. Speer told Hitler of a new weapon that would be stronger than atomic weapons, the hydrogen bomb. Hitler ordered that the hydrogen bomb begin research immediately and that new Luftwaffe aircraft would be created to carry this heavier bomb and to have hydrogen bomb tipped rockets. The project was hoped to be accomplished by 1953. Guderian discussed with Hitler the future plans for France and Belgium. Belgium and France would stay occupied nations at the very latest until 1960. Some Germans wanted to construct a buffer state between France and Germany but Hitler was still on the fence with this idea. By 1950, the French and Belgians grew a custom to the German present in their countries and looked on the Germans as protectors from outside aggressors. German propaganda made the French and Belgians hate capitalism and America thus making the French and Belgians lean toward the German occupiers and not form resistance groups. Decisions would be made at a later date on what would happen to France and Belgium. Near the end of the meeting, Ribbentrop informed Hitler of the growing power that was China and that tensions in Korea were growing between China and America. Ribbentrop also made a suggestion of incorporating America into the new European trade market that was going to be created after negotiations with the other European nations began in April. Hitler yelled at Ribbentrop and stated that 'Europe must be for Europeans!' and went on a fifteen minute rant about how the Germans must lead Europe away from the ills of the American way of life. By this time in the Germanic Reich, life was very similar to that across the Atlantic in America. Ribbentrop sat down and apologized to the Führer. The meeting lasted five hours and then the meeting adjourned.
- The creation of a single economic system and political alliance in Europe had been on the mind of Hitler since the end of the war. Hitler called a meeting of all the European nations on April 1st, 1950. The countries met in Vienna. The countries that were in attendance were the following: Nazi Germany, Italian Empire, Portugal, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the British Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey. Foreign Minister Ribbentrop headed the meeting. Ribbentrop stated that all countries in Europe must work together to benefit each other greatly. Ribbentrop said that the German Reich shall lead this organization to help fight the evils of communist which existed in Asia. Ribbentrop strongly emphasized the need for trade to be open to all countries in Europe, Ribbentrop used Nazi Germany as an example due to the Germans having strong trade relations with all the European nations. This would not be easy however. Romania and Hungary were having disputes over Transylvania again and Switzerland was being very uncooperative in European affairs. On the third day of meeting, the Swiss representatives walked out of the building. Ribbentrop tried to convince the representatives to stay but they refused and boarded a plane and flew back to Switzerland. Ribbentrop knew what this meant and when he informed Hitler that night of what occurred, Hitler flew into a rage and turned toward Guderian, who was now Chief of the General Staff, and ordered that plans for the invasion of Switzerland be prepared and invade at the soonest possible date. German generals secretly met with Italian generals on the border between Austria and Northern Italy and partitioned the country between them respectively, Germany would get North Switzerland and Italy would be Southern Switzerland.
- On the 10th day of meeting, word reached those in the meeting that the German and Italian armies have invaded Switzerland. This did not come as a surprise to many. Ribbentrop continued discussing and laying out plans for the new organization, which by now was given the name of the European Charter. A question arose on the 11th day of meeting by a Hungarian representative. The question was if America would be included into this new organization. Ribbentrop firmly responded with a no and then a debate occurred between the representatives if America should be included in the new proposal. Many countries agreed that America should be involved but the German and Italian representatives did not. Ultimately it was the Germans call and the Germans said no but stated that America could be invited into the Charter at a later date. The European Charter was not only for economic reasons but for political reasons. The European Charter would form into a more developed Axis Powers. All members were going to have to sign a defensive pact with each other and that any disputes between two countries that are members should be discussed in a Charter meeting before resorting to war. On April 17th, the European Charter was signed by all European nations, Switzerland had surrendered on the same day as well. The creation of the European Charter would be Ribbentrop's greatest accomplishment as Foreign Minister of Greater Germanic Reich. Ribbentrop was appointed Head of the European Charter by Hitler on April 22nd as a reward. Each country had five representatives that represented their countries interests, all picked by the heads of state. In reality, the Germans had the most influence over the European Charter.
Third Vienna Award
- Since 1947, the Hungarians and Romanians have been having arguments over the annexing of Transylvania by Hungary from Romania after the Second Vienna Award which occurred in 1940. By May 1950, tensions were mounting. The Romanian army began to mobilize and the Hungarian army began to build defenses in Transylvania. Both sides expected war very soon. This would be the first true test of the European Charter signed only a month before. Ribbentrop called an emergency meeting on May 12th and delegates from Hungary and Romania met. The Romanians stated that the giving away of Transylvania was unjust and that Transylvania rightfully belonged to Romania. Hungary disagreed and stated that the Austro-Hungarian Empire had control of Transylvania until after the Great War. All the European nations would join one side or another. Hungary was backed by the Third Reich, Sweden, Bulgaria, Spain and Finland. Romania was backed by the Italians, the British Union, and Turkey. Portugal declared neutrality. Debate would ensue in the Charter for the next twenty days, both sides refused to make any concessions. Finally on June 2nd, Romania grew tired of waiting and launched an offensive against the Hungarians in Transylvania. This would be a unique war, the Romanians were using Italian made equipment and the Hungarians were using German made equipment. The Romanians cut off the Hungarians in Transylvania and formed the Transylvanian pocket. Around 230,000 Hungarians with 1200 tanks were trapped. The Romanians built siege lines around the pocket and began to wait the Hungarians out and slowly close the pocket. The Romanians did not push into Hungry itself because the Romanians only wanted Transylvania.
- The Germans and Italians both contemplated on what to do with this crisis in Eastern Europe. Mussolini and Hitler met in Linz to discuss what should be the course of action. Hitler and Mussolini both agreed to try and keep the conflict localized. Bulgaria was saber rattling against Romania. Bulgarian leaders stated that if Transylvania was given to Romania, the Bulgarians would invade southern Romania in an attempt to aid their Hungarian allies. On June 10th, the Hungarians broke into the pocket with the use of new German Maus IIs and began sending supplies to the trapped Hungarians. After a weeks of fighting, the Hungarians in the pocket were reduced to 150,000 men with 500 tanks. The Hungarians were trying unsuccessfully to supply the Hungarians in the pocket with air power but the Hungarian air force was to weak and the Romanians kept air superiority over the pocket. Now with a land route to the Transylvania, the Hungarians began to become stronger. The Hungarians began to break out in all directions. The Hungarian generals decided that the main objective should be the oil fields in western Romania. On June 17th, the Bulgarians invaded southern Romania. The war was now not localized and the Romanians were being assaulted on two sides. Hitler and Mussolini feared that the Turks might invade Bulgaria but the Turks should no sign of invasion plans. The Romanians were being pushed back on all fronts. On June 25th, the same day that North Korea invaded South Korea in Asia, the Romanians launched a massive offensive against the Bulgarians, who have pushed at least 25 miles into Romania, back to the border of Bulgaria and Romania. The Romanians began to reinforce their spearheads and pushed toward Sofia. The Romanians left just enough forces to hold the Hungarians back which now were exhausted after capturing much of western Romania. On July 1st, the Romanians entered Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. The Romanians began to shift forces north to fight the Hungarians and retake the western oil fields.
- Finally, Hitler and Mussolini threatened to intervene if the Hungarians, Bulgarians and Romanians would not come to the negotiations table. They all gave into the threat and met at Vienna on July 5th, a quick ceasefire was declared and the Bulgarians began to lick their wounds. The Romanians were to give all the territory that the Romanians captured from Bulgaria back and the Romanians would gain Transylvania back and the western oil fields but the Romanians would have to pay reparations to Bulgaria and Hungry, also the Romanians were to sell 40% of their oil to the Hungarians as reparations for the next ten years. The Hungarians were angry at their Bulgarian allies inept fighting which caused the Hungarians to lose Transylvania again. The Third Vienna Award was declared on July 5th, 1950. Romania gained Transylvania and the western oil fields back and the Bulgarians gained Sofia back. A total of 400,000 men were lost on all sides. The handling of this crisis by Ribbentrop and the European Charter was an embarrassment and failure, only with the threatening of the sheer might of the Third Reich and Italian Empire stopped the crisis from escalating.
- The Italians and Germans both had interests in Afrika before the war began. The Italians had the territory of Libya and also invaded Ethiopia in 1935-1936. The Germans had colonies in Afrika before World War I but were taken away by the Allies after the war. Many German leaders wanted to retake the colonies and held a belief of Mittelafrika, the domination of central Afrika by the Germans. This is how the Germans thought of achieving self-sufficiency. Hitler thought that the vast resources of the East would suite Germany well which would affect Hitler focusing on the invasion of the Soviet Union as the one thing that would lead Germany toward self-sufficiency. The conquest of the East did make the Third Reich self-sufficient but at the turn of the decade, more interest was returning to Afrika. Now with Nazi Germany as a world super power, the conquest of Mittelafrika would be easily accomplished. The Italians already controlled North Afrika and East Afrika, the Germans would use Italian colonies as a springboard to assault Central Afrika.
- The Italians also had interest in Afrika. The Italians wanted to control South Afrika as well. The Italians began preparations in 1948 to launch an assault on Central Afrika but when the British Union had domestic turmoil throughout the Empire, Italy had to intervene, many of the Italian troops marked for the invasion were sent into the Sudan or sent by rail to Pakistan. By 1951, the Italians were again in position to assault Central Afrika.
- Both the Third Reich and Italian Empire wanted to control the Belgian Congo. The Belgian Congo was very rich in resources and would help fuel the industries of both empires. Hitler and Mussolini met in Rome to discuss the future of Central Afrika. Both the Italians and Germans wanted the territory all for themselves. After days of debating between the two dictators, an agreement was arranged. The Germans conceded that it would be easier for the Italians to administer the territories so all of Central Afrika would be relinquished to Italian control in exchange that the Italians would ship 40% of the resources found in the colonies to the German Reich. Both the German and Italian armies would help in the invasion. The Italians would contribute most of the divisions to the invasion. The Germans would use 30 divisions while the Italians would use 79 divisions.
- Operation Hammer Strike began on March 20th, 1951. The German and Italian divisions quickly smashed into the territory. Faced with little resistance from the local governments, the Axis quickly advanced. By 1951, most of Afrika was becoming independent from the loose French control that existed since the fall of Vichy France in 1942. By May 1st, most of the targeted areas are under Axis control. By August, Nazi Germany and Italy are transporting resources from the territories to their homelands.
Liquidation of Muscovy
- The summer of 1950 saw the beginnings of the massive deportations/exterminations that would occur in Muscovy to make Muscovy livable to German settlers. German settlers were being selected from all over the Reich to settle in Muscovy once the operation was accomplished. The title of the operation was Operation Black Dawn. The SS started at the border towns and then slowly progressed into the territory. In some areas, SS troops entered villages and just eradicated everything. In other places, SS troops simply deported the villagers. The SS soldiers took care that word would not escape Muscovy of the mass killings occurring in the area. The place where the undesirables were being deported was to the Russian Federation which under terms of the peace treaty in 1941 was obligated to take in undesirables of the Reich. The villagers were first sent to Archangel and then from there to the Russian Federation. The city of Archangel began to accumulate massive amounts of Jewish and Slavic people. Over four million people were in the city at any given time. As soon as trains left for the Russian Federation, trains from other parts of Muscovy arrived. The city was controlled by elements of Waffen SS divisions. Overcrowding became a problem as more and more Jews and Slavs entered the city. The population of Muscovy at the start of Operation Black Dawn was some 43 million people and by 1951 the population was 32 million. Most were deported to the Russian Federation and only 500,000 were killed by the SS on the spot. Clearly the task might not be accomplished by 1955 as Hitler had wanted. The SS began establishing concentration camps near the border with the Russian Federation to relieve the overpopulation in Archangel which was by now just one huge concentration camp itself.
- During the winter of 1950 - 1951, it became more difficult to ship undesirables to the Russian Federation so mass exterminations took place in the hastily constructed concentration camps on the border. This was very similar to the process that occurred near the end of the war in Europe with mass exterminations done by gas chambers. Also in the time, Italian Jews were being deported to Muscovy. Hitler pressured Mussolini on finally cleansing his country of the 'Jewish disease'. By July 1951, all of the Italian Empire was declared Jew free. Some two million Jews entered Muscovy from the Italian Empire. The population of Muscovy was now 40 million. Only some three million have been dealt with. Himmler informed Hitler that the process was going slowly and Hitler grew angry and told Himmler to find a solution to the problems arising in Muscovy. Himmler ordered the stepping up of killings and deportations. Himmler set the goal of cleansing Muscovy of 15 million by the summer of 1952. In the efficient German manner, the SS began killing and deporting mercilessly. By the winter of 1951, over nine million have been killed and three million deported. In the spring, Himmler ordered that more deportations happen and mass killings lessen. By the summer, ten million were deported and only two million killed. 25 million have been dealt with. This was well over Himmler's hopes the year before of having 15 million dealt with. 15 million remained in Muscovy. Himmler wanted to please the Führer and have those dealt with before the end of the year. Himmler needed a way to do this and Himmler found his way .........
- Himmler ordered that the remaining 15 million people be deported to Moscow and Onega. Five million people were to be sent to each city and five million would remain in Archangel, this equally distributed the people and would lessen the congestion of the cities. The SS did so and by November the task was complete. What remained of the population of Muscovy was concentrated in three cities. The cities were carefully watched and quarantined by the SS. Local Jews/Slavs took power and established warlord like control in the cities. But what was the purpose of the concentration of Muscovy's population into three cities?
- During the summer, Himmler went into talks with Albert Speer. Speer was ordered to quickly develop the new deadly weapon of the Reich, the hydrogen bomb, and by now the bomb was almost completed. Speer told Himmler to discuss the hydrogen bomb with the scientists. Himmler did so and the scientists told Himmler that the bomb would be ready for testing in December of 1952. Himmler ordered that three hydrogen bombs be prepared for by the end of November and in December the bombs would be tested.
- On December 10th, 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was tested on the city of Moscow, which was inhabited by some five million undesirables. This was unknown to the scientists but the SS were fully aware. This was how Himmler would quickly eradicate the 15 million people remaining in Muscovy, the use of hydrogen bombs. The five million people that have been living in Moscow had no chance because how tightly packed together the SS has made them live. Within seconds the entire population was eradicated and Moscow was leveled. Hitler always wanted to level Moscow and now the idea was coming true. Later on December 10th, another hydrogen bomb was dropped on Onega, completely destroying the city and its inhabitants. On December 11th, the final hydrogen bomb was dropped on Archangel and thus destruction ensued. All of Muscovy was now cleansed of the Jews and Slavs but now another problem arose, nuclear fall out. The SS planned for this and had teams trained by the Indians of clearing waste and at the end of December, work began on clearing Muscovy of nuclear fallout. Most of the nuclear fallout dispersed into the Russian Federation causing many Russians to die of radiation poisoning. This perplexed the Russian Federation's government and the Russians would never discover the cause of the radiation poisoning. By 1954, Muscovy was inhabitable and settlers began moving in to the territory. The German people would never discover what happened in Muscovy from the years 1942 - 1954.
The Cold War
- In 1953, a new American president took office. The new president is Douglas MacArthur, winner of the Pacific War. MacArthur also served in the Korean War as over all commanding general of Allied forces. Despite America losing the Korean War, MacArthur won president. MacArthur sought an aggressive foreign policy against the Axis nations and Communist China, which now dominated all of Asia and Korea is now united under one communist regime as a puppet state of China. MacArthur ordered the expansion of the American armed forces. MacArthur also formed a anti-Axis/anti-Communist bloc. The nations in the bloc were the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, and South Africa. The Americans also have developed the hydrogen bomb. The nuclear stockpile of America is 297 atomic bombs and 32 hydrogen bombs.
- The German war machine is the largest in the world, composed of 250 active divisions and 66 reserve. The Germans possess the greatest tanks in the world and the best aircraft. The German surface fleet was growing stronger with the development of new ship designs like the Bismark IV and the Tirpitz IV. The German submarine fleet is the strongest in the world. The Germans obtain submarines that could carry rockets to the coast of America and be launched at American cities. The Germans also developed two stage rockets that could reach North America from the coast of France. The nuclear stockpile of Nazi Germany is 230 atomic bombs and 39 hydrogen bombs, all bombs could be converted as warheads to be placed on rockets. The Americans had no rockets of any kind that could reach Europe or hold nuclear warheads. Speer kept military production very high but slowly consumer production came back. Hitler wanted Speer to kept up production because MacArthur was not going to be as peaceful as former presidents to the Axis powers. Hitler orders the General Staff to begin developing invasion plans of North America in case war does occur.
- The Italians control the largest navy in the world. The Italian army is also very strong and the air force is decent. Mussolini also saw the danger that MacArthur showed and ordered the research of the hydrogen bomb in December 1953. The atomic stockpile of Italy is 100 atomic bombs. The Italians lacked rockets of any kind and went into negotiations with the Germans on the selling of rocket blueprints to the Italian armed forces.
- The three super powers of the world were at new tensions. If full scale war would occur, it would bring disaster to all nations involved. Communist China is still rising as a super power and foreign estimates stated that the Chinese would not be a threat to the Axis powers or the American Bloc until the late 1960s. However, communism has engulfed all of Asia and even the Russian Federation is facing new communist upheavals in their far eastern territories. China has also been saber rattling against India.
- In late 1953, Hitler decided that on March 1st, 1954, he would retire as Führer of the Greater Germanic Reich and he would appoint a successor. This stunned the German public and even those close to the Führer. Everyone believed Hitler would rule until his death but Hitler never wanted to. Hitler spoke numerous times during the war that he would retire after he accomplished all the goals that he wanted the German Reich to achieve. Since the German/Italian conquest of Central Afrika, this has been achieved. Hitler began picking the new regime's leadership. Himmler would stay in command of the SS and Rommel would be made Chief of the General Staff, Guderian also decided to retire in 1954. Erhard Milch would replace Göring as head of the Luftwaffe. Keitel would be dismissed as Hitler's yes man, Keitel's role was unnecessary with the the retirement of Hitler. Goebbels would still head the propaganda office of the Reich. Dönitz would still head the Kriegsmarines.
- But who would be the new Chancellor? Hitler carefully thought of candidates. In the '30s, Hitler promised Göring that Göring would be his successor but in later years, Göring was revealed to be incompetent. Göring was angered with his dismissal as head of the Luftwaffe but Hitler promoted Göring to President of the Reich. President of the Reich was in a sense a powerless position because the real power was in the hands of the Chancellor. Göring was pleased with this appointment and thanked Hitler. Hitler picked his successor in February, just weeks before he planned on retiring. Hitler's successor would be Albert Speer. Hitler always favoured Speer above everyone else. Hitler admired Speer and now Hitler would entrust Speer with leading the Reich Hitler created. Speer was well liked by most ministers too. Speer would retain direct control of the armament industry as well. It was decided that the title Führer would be retired along with Hitler. Hitler would be the only Führer, the one who brought the greatness to the German Reich.
- On March 1st, Hitler left Germania for Linz and Hitler would live in his fortress-like home in Linz for the rest of his life. By now, Hitler and Eva had two children together, one boy and one girl, Rolf and Liesel. As a secret agreement between Speer and Hitler, Rolf would be Speer's successor when old enough to lead the Reich. Speer assumed office and decided to hold a meeting of all the Axis powers leaders in Germania to usher in his new regime. Speer also invited President MacArthur to tour the Reich and met with Speer himself. Speer decided to have a private meeting with the Reich's greatest ally, Mussolini. With Hitler's recent departure from the world stage, everyone believed Mussolini, who was older than Hitler, would also retire. Mussolini showed no sign of doing so and held onto his empire with an iron fist.
Speer's New Regime
- Speer's regime began quite well. Speer quickly scheduled a meeting with the Il Duce in Rome and Speer and Mussolini met on March 7th. Speer and Mussolini meeting assured Mussolini that Speer would stay a close ally to the Italian Empire and that Speer wanted to form a bond between himself and Mussolini. Mussolini never met Speer before but Hitler talked about Speer on numerous occasions. Mussolini told Speer that Italy would remain an ally to the German Reich and close cooperation shall continue between both empires no matter what government was in control. Mussolini liked Speer and told Speer that he hoped to form a good friendship with the new Reich Chancellor.
- The meeting between all the Axis powers occurred in Germania on March 25th. Speer made a speech in the beginning of the meeting to all the representatives that the German Reich shall continue to be a beacon of power to all those who seek protection from communism and other evils. Speer also assured that the German Reich shall continue cooperation with each Axis nation and would stay a prominent member of the European Charter. Speer also stated that he hoped to achieve more cooperation with the West. Speer however reminded to the delegation that the West also hated communism, the enemy of my enemy is our friend. At the end of the speech, the entire meeting applauded Speer.
- In private, Speer still ordered that military production continue in mass. Speer knew that MacArthur was a war like president. Speer also hoped to have most of the East colonized with German settlers by 1960. Only recently has German settlers began pouring into Muscovy. Speer wanted Himmler to accelerate the process of settling Muscovy so that Muscovy would be fully occupied by German settlers by 1960. Speer also ordered the construction of more autobahns going into Muscovy and other parts of the East. Speer with Italian support, decided that an autobahn be construct starting in Germania going through the East into the Caucasus region down into Iraq and Turkey through Syria, Lebanon and Palestine over the Suez Canal into North Afrika and down into Central Afrika. The project was going to be completed in 1967 and the road would be entitled 'Der Adolf Hitler Führer Autobahn', in remembrance of Hitler. Hitler was delighted in the name of the road and thanked Speer for paying this homage to him.
- Speer wanted MacArthur to visit the Greater Germanic Reich but by May, MacArthur showed no sign of doing so. MacArthur, in June, sent a counter invitation to Speer. MacArthur invited Speer to visit America. Speer agreed and would do so in August, 1954. Some of Speer's advisors and even Hitler himself, who still remained a personal advisor to Speer and met with him on many occasions, told Speer not to visit the United States but Speer ignored them.
Visit to America
- On August 13th, 1954, Speer and his entourage's air fleet arrived from the Third Reich in Washington D.C. Speer brought with him Ribbentrop and Rommel plus the 50 or so supporting staff. Speer and company were guarded by some 500 SS bodyguards. The trip's air fleet composed of some 30 planes to bring around 600 people to the New World. When Speer got off the plane, Speer was greeted by a crowd of 1,000 and Vice President Nixon shook Speer's hand. Hundreds of news reporters were also on the scene. This would be the very first time a Reich Chancellor has visited America. The Americans provided tight security along with the SS soldiers. The motorcade left quickly to the White House. The motorcade followed a path that would not lead into minority neighborhoods to avoid any acts of violence against the German visitors.
- MacArthur greets Speer and a briefing was held. Speer was informed of the trip that was planned for the German visitors. The tour would visit the cities of New York and Pittsburgh because of the massive industry located in those areas. Also a military presentation would be held at West Point. A visit to the grain fields of the Midwest would take place. Speer would tour the dock yards at Norfolk. At the end of the trip, a meeting would be held in Washington between the Greater Germanic Reich delegation and the Western Bloc.
- The tour happened with few incidents. Speer was impressed with the industry that was located in New York and Pittsburgh. Rommel and Speer attended the military showing at West Point and liked the American fighting spirit shown. In private, Speer feared that America may be getting too strong and discuss this with Rommel in secret. Rommel showed similar concerns. On visiting the dockyards at Norfolk, Speer came to the conclusion that the German Navy would be no match for the US Navy if war would break out. Finally at the end of the 15 day journey across America, the final meeting was held in Washington between the Greater Germanic Reich and the Western Bloc.
- At the meeting, Speer hoped to achieve peace progress between the two alliance. Speer suggested that more trading take place between both alliance and that it would be helpful to both alliances of having open markets. MacArthur sternly disagreed and MacArthur flat out stated that the German Reich and America would never be able to get along and would always be in competition with each other. Speer was insulted and exclaimed that the German Reich was at least trying to achieve cooperation while the Western Bloc sat idle. The entire room fell silent. The Germans left the meeting angry and annoyed at the ignorance that MacArthur had toward peace. On August 30th, Speer and the delegation arrived back in Germania. Speer thought that the entire trip was a waste and ordered Rommel to develop plans for a preemptive strike against America.
- Upon returning to the Greater Germanic Reich, Speer ordered that preparations be made for a preemptive strike against the United States that would occur no later than 1958. Speer realized that the American government is hostile toward having peaceful relations with the Reich. Also the military might of the Americans was growing steadily and in a few years invasion would be impossible. Rommel begins immediately with figuring ways to get the Wehrmacht across the Atlantic Ocean to engage the Americans on the Eastern Seaboard. It is learned that the German Navy would not have sufficient means to invade and maintain an invasion until 1956. Work began immediately to increase the transport capacity of the Kriegsmarine. German generals met with Italian generals in December, 1954 and informed the Italians of the intention to assault America. The Italians agreed and began making plans for the invasion of India, which was part of the Western Bloc. Speer met with Hitler in Linz and told Hitler of his intentions against America. Hitler minded Speer that a nuclear war could occur and that the German people should be protected from such attacks. Speer ordered an increase in fighter production for 1955 - 1956 and development began for an anti-rocket defense. The Germans were positive the West obtained no rockets that could strike the Reich's heartland. However, bombers from Iceland and Greenland could reach the Fatherland.
- Many of the minor Axis members were not informed of the invasion plans. Speer held a meeting with Richardson, British Union's dictator, in January, 1955. Speer told Richardson that the Germans would need the support of the British army. Speer said that Rommel and other German generals would work closely with British generals in the planning of the operation. Richardson agreed and gave Rommel full control over the British general staff. In April, 1955, the operation was finally given a name, Operation Edelweiss. The target date was set for April 25th, 1957. Many top Nazis fell asleep that night thinking, two more years until World War III.........
War of Industries
- In the up coming war, the most industrialized nation will be victorious. Speer began increasing production output by ordering the construction of 100 new factories in the new fully German territory of Muscovy in 1955. Also the construction of 50 new factories in Germany itself. In the Ukraine, construction of more farms was demanded. The increase of coal, steel and oil output by 10x was to be achieved by 1956. For the years between 1950 - 1955, German military production lagged behind the Americans. This was unacceptable in the eyes of Speer. Speer micromanaged ever aspect of German industry. Speer ordered the increase in production for fighter aircraft, as already stated, and also tank production. American tank production output for 1954 was 17,947 and German panzer production was 10,257. American aircraft production for 1954 was 30,235 and German aircraft production was 21,567. By 1956, Speer wanted aircraft production increased by 25% and panzer production increase by 50%. Speer requested the construction of 20 capital ships, 100 destroyers, 75 cruisers and 200 U-boats by 1957. These demands put the German Reich on a war footing even before the war started. Consumer goods production suffered greatly.
- The Italians were worst off than the Germans. The Italians managed to produce 5,758 tanks and 7,956 aircraft in 1954. Mussolini demanded that over 200 factories be built in the Italian Empire by the end of 1956. The Italian navy was in a better situation. The Italian navy had many dock yards to produce ships. Mussolini ordered the construction of 30 capital ships, 146 destroyers, 98 cruisers and 100 submarines. Coal, steel and oil production was to be increased 20x by the end of 1958. By 1959, Italian estimates were that tank production would be at 20,000 units and aircraft production would be at 35,000 units per year.
Life in the Reich between 1955 - 1957
- The German people lived prosperous lives in the mid '50s. Many new German settlers were moving into Muscovy and the economy there was beginning to accelerate. With the order of 100 factories to be built in Muscovy, jobs were numerous. Unemployment rate was very low. Since the Reich was beginning to go on a war footing, consumer goods production began to drop. The German people learned to live with what they had, just like the days of the early '40s. The Germans loved Reich Chancellor Speer and his policies. Many Germans still adored Hitler, by now Hitler was rarely seen in public. Each German in the Reich was given two weeks paid vacation. Many Germans spent their vacation on the Crimea at the many resorts built on the Black Sea. Rock and Roll began spreading across the America and Europe, including the Greater Germanic Reich. At first, Goebbels tried to oppress the new type of music but this failed. Goebbels used rock and roll to the Reich's advantage and began developing new propaganda based on the new musical culture.
- In 1956, there was a new change in government. Goebbels decided to step down as head of the Reich's propaganda and Goebbels appointed Hans Fritzsche as his successor. Speer still made frequent meetings with Hitler but it was clear to Speer that Hitler was dieing. Hitler developed Parkinson's disease in 1944 and has been dealing with the effects ever since. Hitler would talk more and more about the past with Speer and the days that the Reich was just a dream. Hitler, now 67, made Speer promise that when Hitler was gone that Eva and his children would be taken care of. Speer agreed and told Hitler that his family could still live in Hitler's home in Linz. Speer also reassured Hitler that Rolf would be his successor. By now the children were both six years old and Eva was 44. In March 1957, Speer visits Hitler, this would be the last meeting between the two friends.
- Adolf Hitler, the first Führer died in his home in Linz on April 10th, 1957, just ten days before his sixty-eighth birthday. Hitler finally died because of his Parkinson's disease. A big state funeral was held in Berlin for Hitler. The body was on display for seven days before on the eighth day, the actually funeral took place. Those who spoke at Hitler's funeral were Albert Speer, Herman Göring, Josef Göbbels and Heinrich Himmler. All had very pleasant things to say about their Führer and how Hitler should be honoured throughout German history as the conqueror of Europe and Hitler should be considered ranked among Bismark and Frederick the Great in terms of achievements that Hitler gained for Nazi Germany.
- The last changes to Edelweiss were made in November, 1956. The German plan was complicated and would have many operations occurring at once. Operation Edelweiss would be achieved in three phases. The start of the operation would be April 25th, 1957.
- The first phase would have the German navy using U-boats launching rockets with nuclear tipped warheads at New York, Norfolk, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. The nuclear attacks on Canadians cities would force the Canadians to sue for peace or face more nuclear attacks. The nuclear attacks on Norfolk and New York would hopefully eliminate the United States Navy. The German troops would begin landing in the north at Boston and Portland. In the south, German troops would begin landing in Charleston, Brunswick and Jacksonville. The Germans hoped to have achieved all the beach heads by the end of the first day and pushed inland 20 miles. Severe American counter attacks are expected.
- The British troops would launch coordinated attacks against Greenland and Iceland, neutralizing any American air bases. The British would then establish defenses to hold the islands at all costs. The British navy would be sent to aid the Germans in the Boston and Portland areas.
- The Italians would storm into the de-militarized zone between the Italian Empire and India and quickly penetrate into the Indian heartland. The main objectives of the Italians would be the capture of New Delhi in the north and Surat in the south. Around 75% of the Italian navy would be sent to the American coast to aid the Germans in the southern sector.
- The Germans would break out from their beachheads and establish routes inland. Capturing key cities, etc. The Germans in the south hope to conquer all of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by the end of the 20th day of fighting. In the north, the Germans hope to conquer most of New England and would launch attacks into New York, ultimate objective for phase two would be the capture of Albany, New York. The British would send a small force to aid the Germans in the north.
- The Italians, by the end of 40 days of fighting, should have captured New Delhi and Surat. The Italians would advance down the southern coast of India and also launch attacks toward Machilipatnam, hoping to cut off the southern part of India from the northern half. The forces in northern India will push toward Kanpur, diverting Indian forces that could be used to reinforce the south.
- The Germans would launch invasions of the various Caribbean islands. Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico were expected to fall under German control by the end of 30 days of fighting.
- The Germans in the north would advanced toward Pittsburgh, their final objective. After the capture of Pittsburgh, the Germans will begin building defensive lines. The Germans in the south will advanced toward the Mississippi River and New Orleans. The Germans then will build a large defensive line starting at New Orleans following the Mississippi River then breaking off to the Ohio River and then finally stopping at Pittsburgh. An advanced on Cleveland would then be considered. Further nuclear attacks against America would also be contemplated. This is hoped to be achieved by the end of 50 days of fighting.
- The Italians, by the end of 100 days of fighting, should have all of southern India conquered and the Italians would then advanced to form a defensive line on the Ganges river and then after resting and refitting the Italian army, a drive toward the Chinese border would begin. This is hoped to be achieved by the end of 125 days of fighting.
- In the early hours of April 25th, 1957, two rockets tipped with nuclear weapons are launched from U-boats off the coast of America, hitting Norfolk and New York. The Germans hoped that the US navy would be destroyed, this was not the case. The Americans moved their navy to New Orleans and other cities located on the Gulf of Mexico. This means that most of the American navy is still intact. The Germans did deal a heavy toll on civilians living in the cities, around 1.7 million are killed. MacArthur is awakened out of his bed and told of the nuclear attacks. MacArthur orders a total mobilization of all American troops. Later, three move nuclear rockets are launched at Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec. The Canadians sue for peace.
- The Germans begin landing troops in Boston and Portland shortly after 6 o'clock. The landing is virtually unopposed. The Germans set up a perimeter around the cities and begin unloading massive amounts of tanks, vehicles and men. At 7 o'clock, the Germans begin pushing off their beachheads and encounter little resistance. The goal is to link up each beachhead and then push toward Concord then Albany. The Americans begin assembling around Concord and plan on defending the city.
- In the South, the Germans land at Charleston, Brunswick and Jacksonville with little resistance. The divisions in Charleston are to advance north and are to capture Washington, D.C, and the troops in Brunswick and Jacksonville are going to link up and then divert forces to assault Atlanta and to attack Tallahassee and cut off any Americans in Florida. The Luftwaffe begin building airfields around the captured cities.
- On April 30th, the Germans link all their beachheads. The forces in Charleston, 2nd Panzer Armee and 17th Armee, have arrived on the North and South Carolina border. The forces at Brunswick and Jacksonville that are pushing toward Atlanta, 2nd Panzer Armee and 5th Panzer Armee, are making progress. The Germans pushing toward Tallahassee, 17th Armee and 4th Armee, are being slowed by heavy American resistance. The troops around Boston, 6th Armee and 3rd Panzer Armee, are pushing toward Albany while the troops around Portland, 8th Armee and 1st Panzer Armee, are pushing toward Concord. More Germans are landing on the beaches and Armees are being established and command hierarchies. An air war begins over the battlefield with the Americans gaining the advantage. American aircraft begin strafing supply columns. The US navy is beginning to rally in the Gulf of Mexico for an attack against the Italians and Germans off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The Americans plan on launching a counter attack against the Germans in South Carolina to coincide with the naval battle. The attack will begin on 3rd of May.
- May 3rd, American troops begin assaulting the lines of the 2nd Panzer Armee and 17th Armee in South/North Carolina. Around 30,000 men and 7500 tanks strike at the Germans. The Germans have air superiority in the region and use fighter-bomber attacks to check the tank attacks and then German infantry mop up what is left. German reinforcements arrive and launch a counter attack, which drive the Americans in head long retreat. The American navy attack the Italian-German naval forces and the American attack gets checked with the help of German aircraft from land and the aircraft carriers present. The first major American offensive is beaten back. In New England, the Germans make steady progress towards Concord. The Americans plan on launching an attack from Concord on the flank of the Germans advancing on Albany. A small force of Germans were sent to capture Augusta, Maine, on the first day of fighting and the city falls on May 7th. All of Rhode Island and Connecticut has been conquered by 10th of May.
Advancing on All Fronts
- The Axis juggernaut was advancing in every theater of fighting. British troops took Greenland and Iceland within the first 20 days of fighting. The Italians crossed into the demilitarized zone in the Far East and begin to slowly push into India. The Indian army put up a tenacious defense against the Italian forces. This would put the Italians behind schedule. By 40 days of fighting, the Italians fell short of their objectives of Surat and New Delhi. The Italian navy in the Indian Ocean was fighting an effective sub campaign.
- In the States, the Germans were slogging their way into the American heartland. Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire have fallen to the Germans in New England by 40 days of fighting. The Germans began pushing into New York in mid-July. President MacArthur declared that Albany shall be held at all costs. MacArthur poured thousands of men and vehicles into defending Albany. While many depleted American divisions retreating from New England fought delaying actions east of the city. American air activity increased against the advancing German columns. Behind the German lines, partisan activity began occurring.
- The Germans forces in the South were fairing just as well. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and southern Virginia were in German hands after 40 days of fighting. The Germans began pushing into Alabama and Tennessee. The American forces facing the Germans were very weak. Most of the American divisions have been fighting since the first day of the invasion. MacArthur prioritized the New England front over the Southern front. Only Washington D.C got the forces it requested for the defense of the city. American troops in Alabama and Tennessee began surrendering in mass. The Germans had total air supremacy in the South. Many Southerns welcomed the German troops as liberators because racism was still rampant in the South since the end of the Civil War. Collaboration governments were set up in most Southern towns.
- By September, Surat and New Delhi have fallen to Italian troops in India after bitter fighting. The Italians begin to advance toward their next objective of cutting India into two. The Germans have reached the outskirts of Albany and Washington D.C. Alabama and Tennessee have both fallen and the advance to the Mississippi River was falling into place. The Germans reached the Mississippi River in Tennessee and began establishing a defensive line on the river. German panzers began pushing into the states of Kentucky and Mississippi. The Caribbean was taken over by a German/Italian marine force. Victory seemed near for the Axis Empires.
Climax of the War
- German troops begin assaulting Albany and Washington D.C on September 21st. The American troops defending the cities puts up a hellish defense. Street by street, the American soldiers hold out again the German sturmtruppen. Every house must be taken with force. The worst of the street fighting occurs in Albany. In Washington, the Germans make reasonable gains and by October 5th, the Swastika is flying over the Capitol Building. Speer and other top generals expected to capture government documents and government officials in the capital but a month prior to the Germans reaching the outskirts of Washington, MacArthur ordered the evacuation of all government related business to Los Angeles to continue further operations. Also on October 5th, the Germans begin establishing defenses on the Ohio River and a large pocket of American troops are trapped in the city of Frankfort, Kentucky. The pocket is liquidated in two weeks.
- In Albany, the Germans are making little progress. German reinforcements had to be stripped away from the flanks of the army assaulting Albany to reinforce the assault itself. British troops from Greenland and Iceland are used to fill the gaps in the lines. Around 600,000 Germans are occupied with taking Albany. MacArthur has decided to leave just enough troops in Albany itself to stop the Germans from advancing while MacArthur ordered a build up of men and materials on the flanks of the Germans. Around 900,000 Americans are ready to break through the weak British lines and encircle the Germans attacking Albany. Operation Patriot is launched on October 19th and the duel pincers meet on October 21st, trapping over 600,000 German and British troops. News reaches Speer and Speer goes into a rage over the debacle that has occurred in New York. Speer orders that the troops must hold their ground and that relief should be sent to open up a supply route to the pocket. Some 100,000 German troops begin launching assaults toward the pocket on October 25th. The Germans are up against 400,000 American troops which are ordered to stop any counter attacks while the rest of the American army crushes the trapped Germans.
- On November 1st, Washington falls to the Germans. It is a day of celebration in the Reich. Even in Speer's headquarters, the atmosphere is exalted. The Germans in Washington are ordered to push north toward the Pennsylvania border and to establish a defensive line. West Virginia has already fallen and defensive position were built on the border with Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- The Italians advance into the heartland of India begins to lose steam. The Italians supply line extends to Sonmiani in Pakistan. The aging Mussolini begins to believe that the advance into India will cost more than gain and orders a secret withdrawal back to the Indus river. This retreat is kept secret from the German government.
New England Front
- The German forces that are assigned to break into the pocket are under the leadership of Fieldmarshall von Manstein. Manstein is a brilliant tactician and panzer commander. Manstein's panzers begin making progress against the American defenses surrounding Albany. The forces surrounded in Albany are under the command of a young general by the name of Heinrich Ungeschickt, a decent commander. Ungeschickt has at his disposal a large panzer force but fighting in an urban area has made this force ineffective. The American soldiers are able to take our hundreds of panzers in the city streets. The Luftwaffe has been attempting to air lift supplies into the battered divisions in the pocket but the American Air Force has been managing to keep the Luftwaffe at bay.
- By October 30th, von Manstein has been checked. The Americans begin closing in on the pocket and are reinforced by an additional 75,000 troops which are used to start assaulting to the east to push the Germans out of New York and maybe out of New England as well. The Germans begin being pushed back on a broad front. Speer demands that Ungeschickt begins to push toward von Manstein's forces in the east and to withdraw from Albany all together. Ungeschickt is slow in acting and by the time the offensive is launched on November 9th, von Manstein's forces are 50 miles away and Ungeschickt cannot make any progress and is checked. On November 12th, a massive snow storm covers the entire battlefield in snow.
- The Americans begin advancing deep into New England. Speer orders that the situation must be restored and reinforcements are sent into New England in the form of 100,000 more troops. The Americans have 1.1 million soldiers on the New England front compared to the Germans 850,000. The Americans have air supremacy as well. In the South, the German generals are demanding that an advance toward Cleveland would help restore the situation in New England and Albany. Speer denies this request and believes that if the situation cannot be restored then an evacuation of New England would need to begin. The Albany pocket still is holding out against American attacks even though all hope is lost of being rescued. Manstein believes that if air supremacy could be achieved for a brief time, a counterattack could be launched and stabilize the front. The front runs from the Canadian border, Burlington, Brattleboro, Springfield to New Haven. Speer sends a majority of the Luftwaffe in the American theater to New England at the expense of the Southern Front. Air operations begin on November 25th and air supremacy is gained by December 7th. On December 8th, the Albany pocket surrenders and over 200,000 soldiers are captured by the Americans.
Operation Winter Blizzard
- On December 16th after a massive artillery barrage and air attacks on American positions. The Germans begin advancing on a large front against the American lines. Manstein hopes to reach the New York border and advance into New York once again. The Luftwaffe has a constant presence in the sky and destroys any American counter attacks with fighter bombers. The Americans begin falling back against heavy German assaults. In the northern sector of the front, Americans are crushed between the German panzers and Lake Champlain. On December 24th, the New York border is reached and an advance on the Hudson river begins. The German juggernaut in New England has been revived.
- On December 25th, the Americans launch a counterattack against the advancing Germans in the southern part of the front. The German advance is checked and begin to fall back into Connecticut once again. Speer orders that reinforcements are sent to New England from Europe. Around 150,000 troops arrive in New England and are immediately sent to the southern sector. On December 30th, the Germans begin to counter attack in the southern sector once more. The Americans fall back for the second time.
- On January 3rd, the German soldiers in the southern sector reach the Hudson River. The Americans on the other side of the river begin to build defensive positions. The Germans in the center of the front have lost the initiative and begin to dig in. The flank of the Germans in the southern sector is exposed and on January 7th, the Americans launch another counter attack. The Germans begin to fall back to avoid encirclement. On January 15th, the Americans attack on a broad front and begin to push the Germans back to the starting positions of the offensive. The balance of the forces is very unequal. The Germans begin to withdraw into New England. Operation Winter Storm cost the Germans 150,000 men and the Americans 210,000 men. The Luftwaffe loses air supremacy. German soldiers begin to be evacuated from Boston Harbor and other harbors on the New England coast.
Disaster After Disaster
- With the Germans in full retreat from New England, Manstein tries to prevent a panic amongst the troops. Time is needed to evacuate the 750,000 German troops in New England thus Manstein orders limited counter attacks to buy time. The Americans keep advancing against the Americans. Boston Harbor is clogged with retreating Germans. Most of the heavy German equipment cannot be evacuated and is being destroyed by the Germans themselves. Speer orders that nuclear attacks on cities directly behind the American lines begin on January 20th. On January 20th, six important towns, including Albany, are destroyed in an atomic attack. The nuclear attacks halt the American advance due to atomic radiation and supply issues.
- MacArthur realizes that the only way to halt the German evacuation is to sacrifice the population of Boston by launching a nuclear attack at the city to prevent the harbor's use to the Germans. On January 24th, a rocket tipped with a nuclear war head is launched at Boston and destroys the city. Around 50,000 Germans are killed and countless ships are sunk. 376,000 civilians are killed in the nuclear attack. Speer and other top Nazis are horrified by the fact that MacArthur would kill American civilians to kill 'a few' Germans. In the next week, more American nuclear attacks are launched against New England ports and more civilians are killed. In retaliation for the loss of German soldiers, Speer orders nuclear attacks on Cleveland, Detroit and Dallas. All three cities are destroyed.
- On February 3rd, the last Germans withdraw from atomized New England. Around 500,000 Germans are evacuated from New England. The Germans lost a total one million troops in the entire New England campaign. The Americans lost 1.3 million troops in the New England campaign. The Americans reach the New England coast on February 7th to find nothing but destroyed cities and towns.
- The American troops in New England are sent to Pennsylvania and Ohio to begin preparation for an assault against the German defensive positions on the Mason-Dixon line. The Germans in the South are reinforced by veterans from New England and fresh troops from Europe. The Americans attack on February 20th and are quickly stopped by heavy resistance. MacArthur once to launch nuclear attacks against Southern ports but after the destruction of New England ports the generals dissuade MacArthur. The German position in the South is too strong for the Americans to assault. With many American cities destroyed by nuclear attacks and the civilian populace becoming war weary, MacArthur's cabinet and generals begin to discuss an end to the hostilities. Peace feelers are sent to Berlin on March 2nd.
- In India, the Italians have retreated back into Pakistan and have established a strong defensive position. The Indians also establish defensive positions opposite of the Italian's positions. The Italians and Indians begin an unofficial ceasefire with either side not attacking the other. Italians occasionally do limited air attacks on Indian cities.
- After the disaster in New England, Rommel tells Speer that future offensives into America would be necessary for a total victory but would be very costly. Speer decides that the Germans in the South will hold their positions and a diplomatic way to end the war shall be sought. On March 10th, the Germans and Americans agree to a ceasefire in the war. The Germans and Americans agree to meet at Havana, Cuba to discuss the peace terms and treaty.
Treaty of Havana
- The delegates meet at Havana on March 25th. The Germans demand that the South, the Caribbean, Iceland and Greenland stay in Axis hands. Also the Germans are willing to send disposal teams to help clean the nuclear fallout in America. Trade would be reopened between the European Charter and America and America would be considered for entry into the European Charter by the Third Reich and Italian Empire. The pre-war borders in the Far East will stay the same. The Americans argue that the military occupation of the South is unfair. The Americans threaten that the German presence in the South would have to be forcibly removed by the Americans. The threat works and the Americans concede the South to the Greater German Reich.
- On April 4th, the Treaty of Havana is signed and the war is over. The Axis Powers have achieved a psychological victory over the Americans. The United States' prestige has been severely weakened. Speer makes a victory speech in Germania to thousands of Germans. Speer welcomes the newly conquered territories into the Reich and states that all Germans should. Speer explains how the might of the German Wehrmacht has been tested and has proven to be the strongest force on the Earth. Speer thanks those that have fallen for the Reich and declares April 30th a national holiday for the soldiers that died in World War III. Applause after applause is heard from the crowd. After the speech, Speer sits down to dinner with his generals and offers a toast for the Third Reich to last a thousand years.
- With the end of the war, the German soldiers in the South and the Caribbean entered a new function as occupiers. The Germans in the South were welcomed by the average Southerner. The task of rebuilding the South and slowly Germanizing the people was given to Himmler. Himmler welcomed the job with enthusiasm. Himmler quickly left Europe for his new headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Himmler began establishing order and rebuilding the destroyed towns and countrysides. Himmler also began deporting what was left of the Jewish population out of the South to the United States as part of the Treaty of Havana.
- Many Southerners welcomed the German troops. The South was filled with racism and the new government under the Nazis approved of racist ideals. Segregation was strictly enforced and the Jews were completely ejected from Southern life. Southern puppet governments were established to govern the people. Volkssturm units consisting of Southern men were formed and given second hand equipment to defend against riots or a future American attack. Many Southerners began disassociating themselves with the United States. German propaganda began feeding on the old love of the Confederate States of America in the 1860s and began to produce movies featuring the bravery of the Southern man during the Civil War. The Germans allowed the flying of Confederate Flags and even suggested it.
- Speer and his cabinet argued what should be the course of action in the South and Caribbean area. Speer stated that the Caribbean would be used as permanent military bases and that the people could form local governments to lead the people. In the South, the idea of resurrecting the CSA was toyed with. At this stage, Himmler advocated that the Germans occupy the South until the South can sustain itself industrially. Southern cities would be rebuilt and factories built to start producing Southern products. Trade with the South would be very helpful to the German economy. Eventually the South could gain its freedom from the Greater Germanic Reich and become a new nation.
A New Era in Italy
- On August 17th, 1959, Mussolini died of old age. Mussolini was 76 years old. Mussolini's successor would be Gian Ciano, Mussolini's brother-in-law and Italian Foreign Minister. Ciano would have hard shoes to fill and would have to govern a vast empire that Mussolini built. Mussolini had a large state funeral and many were in attendance. Speer, Richardson and other leaders in Europe attended. After the funeral, a meeting was held between all leaders to welcome Ciano as the new head of state of the Italian Empire. Just as Führer, Il Duce was retired as a title for the Italian head of state. Caesar, just as the days of the Roman Empire, would be the title of the Italian dictator. On August 25th, Ciano made his first public speech in Rome and was greeted happily by the crowd. Ciano promised that Italy's power would increase under his control and that he would always have the interest of the Italian people at heart.
- At the first meeting held between Ciano and his generals, Ciano stated what his plans were. Ciano wanted to expand the military and even spoke secretly to his generals of the eventual revenge that Italy would seek again the Indians. Ciano wanted an Italian Rajj just as the British had for many years. Ciano also stated how he planned to distance Italy from the German Reich and become make Italy more self-sufficient. Ciano wanted to triple Italy's industrial might by 1965. Ciano would prove to be very ambitious as opposed to his inept generals. The Italian generals began to get annoyed with Ciano and seeds of revolution began to sprout.
- Richardson and Speer held a private meeting in Germania and discussed the new leadership in Italy. Richardson expressed doubts of how Ciano will be able to handle control of Italy's vast empire. Speer also showed doubts of Ciano's leadership. Richardson and Speer were both aware of the dissent in the Italian general staff. Speer ordered that the General Staff prepare plans for an intervention against an Italian coup if the need arose. Richardson and Speer parted ways, both agreed on the fact that times have changed in Europe.
1960 - 1965
- In 1960, the United States held a presidential election. The two candidates were Richard Nixon, MacArthur's vice president, verses John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a senator. In a close election, Kennedy defeated Nixon and become the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy realized the threat that the Greater Germanic Reich posed against the United States and began to rebuild the American military after the defeats during the war. Kennedy also increased development of nuclear and rocket technology to combat the Germans superior knowledge of both fields. Kennedy also hated the racism that existed in the Reich and attempted to eradicate racism entirely in the United States.
- In 1960 debate began in the European Charter. The debate was over the incorporation of the United States and other non-European nations to entire the economic bloc. Many of the smaller nations, such as Bulgaria, Romania and Finland, wanted non-European nations to sell their products too. The Third Reich and Italy controlled all aspects of economic life in Europe and if outside markets were opened, then Nazi Germany's and Italy's power would decrease. The debate lasted a year amongst the top economic specialists of Europe and a decision was made on March 27th, 1961 that non-European nations could join the market except Communist nations. Offers were sent around the world, and Australia, Canada, and New Zealand accepts. India and the United States refused membership. Kennedy would want no friendly relationship with the Axis nations.
- In 1961 Ciano told the Italian general staff to create plans for another invasion of India. Ciano stated that Italian dreams must be kept secret from the world, including the Germans. Over the past year, relations soured between Italy and the Third Reich due to Ciano's new policy of self-sufficiency, at the dismay of the Italian general staff and industrial leaders. The Italian generals had no illusions that an invasion of India would be costly but could produce some fruits. An Italian Rajj would make Italy even stronger and Italy could have a dominant presence in the Indian Ocean and perhaps in the Pacific. Ciano dreamed of a colonial empire similar to the British and Dutch colonial empires of the 1700s.
- During the early '60s, troublesome events were occurring in Asia. In 1960, the Russian Federation of Asia become a Communist state once more. Mongolia fell to Communist ideals. In 1963 Mongolia, Communist China, Vietnam, Korea and the RFA formed a Communist bloc. The bloc was dominated by the Chinese and eventually China wanted to absorb all the nations into one gigantic empire. Japan and India began to face Communist upheavals and riots. All of Asia was falling under the Red storm. Many in the West remembered how the Mongolian hordes attacked Europe during the Medieval times. Speer and Ciano held a meeting on the Eastern defenses of their empires. Both agreed that defenses must be made in depth and more troops be stationed. Nuclear tipped rockets were positioned at specific locations along the front to be launched tactically against Communist attacks. The West was still more technologically advanced compared to the Communist nations. China does obtain nuclear weapons but no rockets. No matter how many advanced weapons the West had, Mao could be safe in one thought. China had many many many more lives to spare.
- On October 24th, 1965, the Italian launched an assault against India once more. India in the past years have built deep defenses on the border with the Italian Empire and began slowing the advance. Italian units, however, broke through and began driving eastward into India. Indian troops were driven out of Pakistan by November 7th and the Italians began attacking Ahmadabad, Udaipur, Simia and New Delhi in a coordinated offensive on November 15th. The Indians couldn't halt the attackers and retreated in mass. The Italian offensive was making better progress compared to the offensive in 1957. Little did the Italians know, but this would be the high water mark of their attack. The Indians retreated to pre-built defenses on the Chambai River. The Italian's offensive was halted by December 1st due to strong Indian resistance and supply issues.
Et tu, Bruno?
- After repeated assaults against the defenses on the river Chambai, the Italian generals decided that it was time to act. The Italian generals decided before the war that if the war went badly for Italy then Ciano would need to be taken out and a new Caesar be placed in charge. For the month of December, the generals plotted against their Caesar. The plan was to place a bomb in Ciano's plane as Ciano flew back from the front on December 26th from spending Christmas with the Italian soldiers. The bomb was placed on Ciano's return trip but the bomb failed to detonate and Ciano landed safely in Rome. The bomb was quickly discovered by the Italian secret police and an investigation began. One general was found to be associated with the plot and hung was on December 29th. Ciano believe that the assassination attempt was a lone gunman theory and believed danger has been averted, at the relief of the other Italian conspirators. A new plan was hatched and would shock the world.
- On January 1st, Ciano made a New Years speech to 75,000 citizens in Rome. As Ciano ranted how the Italian soldier was giving his life for the dreams of many and that Italy would be the strongest country in the world, a group of generals lead by Brigadier General Tony Bruno approached Ciano from behind and began stabbing Ciano at the horror of the crowd and Ciano's own body guards. As Ciano fell from the blows Ciano noticed Bruno, who Ciano believed was a loyal supporter of his, and muttered the words of Julius Caesar, 'Et tu, Bruno?' Ciano died quickly and Ciano's bodyguards did nothing to stop the assassins due to the boldness of the attack. Some in the crowd began to cheer while others mourned. Italian soldiers dispersed the crowd immediately to prevent a riot and Bruno quickly made plans to eliminate any opposition to the change in power. However, the Italian generals were never in accordance to whom should lead the decapitated government. Some generals backed Bruno while others stayed loyal to the deceased Ciano and other generals formed their own coalitions. Speer received the news of Ciano's death and put the German troops in Europe on stand by to protect the Reich's borders and to intervene if needed. But who would the Reich back for Caesar?
War of the Caesars
- Chaos engulfed the Italian Empire. Bruno declared a state of emergency and all Italians were urged to stay inside and seek safety. Italian generals began declaring their allegiances for the aspiring Caesars. The choices were Brigadier General Bruno, Admiral Mancini and Field Marshal Moretti. When the assassination occurred, Mancini was in Naples and Mancini quickly declared himself Caesar and began rallying supporters. Mancini would have at his disposal large parts of the navy including the Italian navy's largest battleships. Moretti was in Iraq when the assassination occurred. Moretti declared himself new Caesar also. Moretti contacted divisions that were en route to the Indian front. Many division commanders accepted and stopped their advance to India and waited for orders. Fighting between Italian soldiers started occurring all across the Empire. Bruno had the upper hand due to Bruno's control of Northern and Central Italy, including Rome. Mancini took control of Southern Italy and began preparing for an assault against Rome itself. Moretti influenced much of Italy's African colonies and the Middle East. The battle lines were drawn.
- On the Indian front, Field Marshal Russo established total control and declared his neutrality in the civil war. Russo wanted to keep the front stable so that the Indians could not break the lines. The three Caesars realized the power that Russo had and tried to persuade Russo to join their side. Russo refused all offers. The Indians realized what was happening in the Italian Empire and tried to exploit the situation but Russo checked the Indian advances at every point.
- Speer ordered that German divisions close all borders and refused any entry to Italians trying to flee the civil war. Speer didn't want chaos to pour over into the Reich. Speer also declared neutrality in the conflict and Speer stated that the German Reich would support any victor. Speer told Ribbentrop to attempt to find a diplomatic solution. Ribbentrop contacted the three Caesars and asked if a Triumvirate would work. All flatly rejected the offer. Speer offered the Pope safety from the civil war and fighting. The Pope accepted and fled to Munich. Speer ordered SS bodyguards to guard the Pope and Speer even dinned with the Pope when the Pope arrived in Munich. The Pope thanked Speer and prayed that the conflict would be settled quickly peacefully.
- After three months of fighting, over 120,000 Italians have been killed fighting other Italians. The Indian front was still holding and not involved in the civil war. However, Russo did realize the powerful influence he held. Russo was tempted multiple times to declare himself Caesar but stayed strong and kept at his duty. Ribbentrop tried again to find a diplomatic solution but the three Caesars refused. On April 8th, Bruno controlled all of the Italian mainland and Mancini was forced to retreat to Sicily. Mancini formed an island fortress with the help of the Italian navy. All of Bruno's attempts to assault Sicily failed. Moretti controlled the entire colony empire of Italy. All generals had access to atomic weapons but none used the deadly weapons. The generals wanted the Empire intact and if nuclear weapons were used, most of the Empire would be a nuclear wasteland.
- On May 21st, new enemies emerged in the civil war. Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary seized upon Italy's weakness and invaded the Balkans. Bruno's thinly stretched forces in the area began to fall back. In the Middle East, Turkey invaded Syria and Turkey. Moretti's forces held and then were pushed back by the Turks. Ribbentrop attempted once more to attain a peaceful solution to end the civil war. Moretti and Mancini agreed to a Triumvirate but Bruno refused. The following day, Moretti and Mancini declared a truce and would fight together against Bruno if Bruno would not join the Triumvirate. Bruno still rejected.
- By June, the Turks were pushed back in the Middle East to the Turkish border and Moretti and Mancini asked for a truce. The Turks accepted. In the Balkans, Bruno's forces were crushed and retreated into Northern Italy. The Hungarians controlled Croatia, the Romanians controlled Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, and the Bulgarians controlled Greece. The situation was looking grim for Bruno.
The War Expands and Aftermath
- By July, the situation for Bruno has deteriorated even worst. Mancini and Moretti landed troops in Southern Italy. Mancini and Moretti slowly began to push back Bruno's troops. After intense air attacks, Mancini and Moretti were halted at Naples. Bruno stripped divisions from the defense in Northern Italy to launch a fresh offensive against Mancini and Moretti on July 23rd. Bruno made good progress and pushed Mancini and Moretti out of Naples and down the coast. The Balkan countries sent Bruno a truce offer. Bruno reluctantly accepted and sent all his soldiers to help in the offensive. Bruno began driving Moretti and Mancini out of Southern Italy and on August 3rd, Mancini and Moretti's forces were driven off the Boot. Bruno, using industrial factories in Northern Italy, produced a large air force and began bombing Mancini and Moretti's navy. Much of the Italian navy was destroyed by intense air attacks. With the Italian navy destroyed, Bruno invaded Sicily. Using paratroopers and marine troops, Bruno's forces quickly overran the island. Sardinia and Corsica also fell into Bruno's hands.
- Russo realized that the bloodshed must end if the Empire was going to remain a strong country. Russo offered peace to the Indians. Russo's terms were that all Italian troops would withdraw from India and Pakistan into Iran and India would be given Pakistan as reparations. The Indian government agreed and Russo began withdrawing his large army of 1.1 million men. Russo controlled three times the army of all three proclaimed Caesars combined. Russo's trooped arrived in Iran on September 2nd. On September 5th, Russo declared himself Caesar of the Italian Empire and ordered his troops advance to Palestine and then to Rome. All resistance faded in front of the advancing Italian army. Mancini and Moretti scrambled to defend the Middle East but Russo's men reached Palestine on September 20th. Russo ordered the capture of the Suez Canal and on September 30th, the Canal was captured. The remaining Italian navy, under Russo's control, began funneling through the Canal from the Indian Ocean.
- On October 25th, while half of Russo's army attacked into Africa, 500,000 men landed in Southern Italy and began destroying Bruno's forces. On October 31st, Rome is captured by Russo. On November 2nd, facing defeat, Moretti and Marcini committed suicide in Tunis. The next day, Russo's men enter the city and all of Africa is under Russo's control. Bruno begins forming a mountain top fortress in former Switzerland with the remaining forces at his disposal. Russo reaches the fortress on November 17th and immediately begins attacking. Bruno commits suicide and the fortress falls on November 25th. Facing complete annihilation by Russo's army, the Balkan countries secede all captured territory back to the Italian Empire. The Italian Empire's borders and peace has been restored. On December 1st, Russo makes a triumphal entry into Rome as the new Caesar. The Pope returns on December 2nd.
- On December 15th, Speer visits the new Caesar and assures Russo that the German Reich is looking forward to working with him. Russo is delighted at Speer's visit and states that the German Reich and the Italian Empire shall be allies until the end of time. Speer offers German help in rebuilding the Italian Empire from the destruction of the civil war. Russo accepts. Over 400,000 Italians died during the conflict and 60% of the Italian navy was destroyed. Caesar Russo began immediately rebuilding the Italian Empire.
Nuclear Limitation Treaty
- The threat of nuclear annihilation became very surreal during World War III or the Pan-Atlantic War as some historian have called the war between the United States and Axis Powers. But a serious thought was not given to limiting the amount of nuclear weapons the superpowers controlled until the Italian Civil War when the Italian Empire could have destroyed itself with the discrete launching of nuclear weapons. So in the early months of 1967, Speer offered that a meeting should be held between all the nuclear countries of the world to discuss the limitation of the deadly weapon. Diplomats from Nazi Germany, the Italian Empire, the British Union, Communist China and America met at Lisbon, Portugal to discuss the limiting of nuclear devices.
- The meeting lasted several days. The diplomats disputed whether each country would abide by the rules laid down if the meeting was successful. Also the Chinese were very reluctant to allow Western delegates to do yearly checks on the Chinese nuclear supply. With America, Nazi Germany and the Italian Empire obtaining thousands of nuclear warheads a piece, the decision rested on their shoulders. The Chinese and the British had about 100 nuclear weapons of different types but still were efficient enough to destroy any country in a single coordinated strike. The meeting began to drag on for weeks. Eventually a settlement was reached. The agreement stated that Nazi Germany, America and Italy must decreased the amount of nuclear weapons drastically and random yearly checks from inspectors.. The British Union and Communist Chinese would halt production of nuclear ordnance and would be subject to bi-yearly checks from inspectors. The Treaty of Lisbon to Limit Nuclear Ordnance was signed on June 6th, 1967 by all participants of the meeting. Relations increased between America and Nazi Germany and were at an all time high since 1933. In America, Nazi Germany and Italy, work began immediately to dismantle the nuclear weapons as required by the treaty.
- The head rocket scientist in the Greater Germanic Reich, Wernher von Braun, always tried to convince the German government that an attempt to land on the moon should be given thought. Not until 1965 that Speer decided to invest into space research. Speer didn't find interest in space exploration until the United States launched a satellite into space and orbited the Earth on December 17th, 1964. Speer met with Braun and discussed the space program. Braun would be put in charge of the space agency and was ordered to reach the moon as soon as possible. Braun immediately began development of more advanced rocket designs. In contrast to the American space program, Braun had better rocket technology at his disposal and also more funding. American President Johnson focused on rebuilding the American nation after the disastrous war in the late '50s and poured little funds into the space program. The Americans worked since 1959 to put a satellite into space and the Americans were years away from putting a man on the moon. Despite these facts, the Germans were unaware of how advanced the American space program has become and spared no expense at obtaining the ultimate goal of a man on the moon.
- On October 21st, 1966, the Germans put a satellite in space and orbited the earth. The German people were proud of their achievement and celebrations were held all over the Reich. The Italians began to start a space program but disaster after disaster plagued the Italian program. With Italy still recovering from the civil war and Russo showing little interest in space, the Italians lacked proper funding. Italian scientists, in order to save money, ignored safety regulations and caused many lives to be lost in building the rockets needed for space flight. Speer and Russo decided to make an agreement. Russo would send Italian scientists to the Reich to help the German space program and Speer promised that an Italian and German would be the first on the moon together. Russo agreed and sent the scientists to Germany to begin helping von Braun. Braun was pleased with the extra help that Speer had sent him.
- On April 12th, 1967, the first German and Italian orbited the earth in a space shuttle. The Americans were falling far behind and were years from accomplishing the feat of putting a man in space. The Americans began to lose hope but still pursued the dream of space flight. Braun informed Speer that a man on the moon could be accomplished by late 1968. Speer was exhaulted with this news and gave von Braun the Knights Cross for Braun's accomplishments in space flight.
- On January 12th, 1969, Klaus Adler, a German, and Vito Sopleone, a Italian, landed on the moon. The space shuttle's name was Adolf Hitler VI in honor of the Führer. The astronauts returned to the Reich on January 15th, 1969, to thunderous applause and crowds in Germania. A state dinner was held for astronauts and propaganda movies were shot of the two heroes of the Axis. Braun was celebrated as a hero by all of Europe and was even respected by his American counter parts. The Americans failed to beat the Axis Empires in the space race. The greatest achievements of mankind's was accomplished by the Germans and Italians.
The Old Guard
- On January 1st, 1970, Speer held a meeting of all the heads of each ministry and government officials and industrialists. Of all the attends that were at the meeting, only Rommel, Himmler and Speer served with Hitler in the government. Most of the government consisted of fresh blood and eventually the Old Guard would all but vanish. Rolf Hitler attended the meeting. Speer wanted to get Rolf familiarized with how the government operated. Rolf was on leave from the Eastern Front defense zone where Rolf served as an officer.
- The meeting began and Speer made a short speech of his plans for the future. In the speech, Speer hinted that retirement could be in the near future for himself. Everyone in the room knew that Rolf Hitler would be the next Chancellor of the Reich. The meeting continued and Rolf listened earnestly to everyone. The industrialists told of the production numbers of the previous year and Himmler told that the South has been completely indoctrinated into National Socialist beliefs. The issue of annexing the South into the Reich was questioned. Many disagreed and believed that the South should become independant and a solely export to the German Reich. Himmler argued that the South should remain an overseas colony, as India was to Britain. But all were in agreement that a constant military prescence would remain in the South on the borders with the United States. The question arose of what will happen to Western Europe. Finally, it was decided that an indefinite military occupation will occur. Western Europe would never be annexed outrightly. The meeting concluded with foreign policy for the upcoming years. New fears from Asia were rising due to the increasing tension between the West and Communist China. Increased military troops were ordered to the Eastern Front. Speer concluded the meeting by stating that the Reich shall last a thousand years and Seig Heils came from all those present.
- Speer and Rolf entered a private study in the Reich Chancellory. Speer told Rolf that he would be retiring soon, within five to ten years and that Rolf should be prepared to lead the Reich. Rolf told Speer that he was ready. Speer smirked and said 'Not yet, my friend' and Speer told Rolf that Rolf would take over the province of Muscovy in the German East to train for the moment when the Reich would need him. Rolf was disappointed of leaving the Eastern Front defenses but accepted. Preparations were made for Rolf's takeover of Muscovy and by February 5th, Rolf was controlling the day-to-day operations of the province.
The Red Plague
- For the past 20 years, the Chinese have been building their strength and power. In March, 1970, the Chinese attacked Mongolia, Vietnam, the Russian Federation, and Siam into the Communist Chinese Empire. After a few short weeks, all the countries fell to the Red Tide. Some countries accepted the Chinese while others fought against the invaders. China had Japan next on their minds. Remembering the Second Sino-Japanese War of the 30s, China wanted revenge. The Japanese too have been building up for the past ten years. The Japanese navy was near the power the navy had during the Second World War. The Japanese was also stronger than before and used a mix of American and German equipment. Tensions rose between the two powers and on July 3rd, 1970, the Third Sino-Japanese War began with the Chinese bombing Japanese cities. The Japanese quickly sent fighters to attack the bombers and to defend their airspace. A gigantic battle happened between the Japanese and Chinese to control the airspace surrounding the Japanese home islands. The Japanese using modern jet fighters from America and Nazi Germany began repeling the Chinese invaders. The Chinese took heavy losses. After two weeks of attempting to gain air superiority, the Chinese desperately launched a sea invasion of Japan. The Japanese navy was waiting for the Chinese and a gigantic naval battle occured in Korean Straight. The Japanese had more powerful ships but lacked numbers. Some Chinese ships managed to break through and land troops on the beaches of Kyushu. On the beaches, the Japanese quickly counter attacked and the Chinese tried to hold their ground. The battles at sea and on land, lasted for days until finally the Japanese repelled the Chinese invaders and the Chinese navy retreated into the Yellow Sea.
- The world began calling for a peaceful settlement to be reached. The fear was that the Chinese would begin to launch short range nuclear missiles at Japanese cities. The Japanese began to prepare for the event of nuclear war. By September, the war was becoming costly for both sides. With the air war still raging over Japan and the futile Japanese attempt in August to land in Korea, tens of thousands of lives were lost. The Chinese sent a peace offer to the Japanese. The Japanese accepted and the war was over. Neither side gained anything from the useless war but thousands dead.
- After the invasion of Japan debacle, the Chinese decided to plan another incusion in the world stage. The Chinese decided to build their army further and Chinese planners began to plan their next offensives. The goal of the offensives would be: the collapse of the Western World.
1971 - 1975
- The beginning of 1971 saw the Germans and Italians building stronger defenses on their Eastern borders. Speer and Russo agreed that the Chinese were a serious threat and have grown significantly stronger. Scientific advances still continued in the Reich and the lastest weapons were being researched to fight against the possible Chinese invasion. The German generals realized that only a defensive strategy would work against the Chinese. It would be impossible for the Germans to attack into Asia. The supply lines would grow to long and Nazi Germany did not have the manpower. The Germans knew that a decision would have to be settled right on the border between the two nations. The Germans laid extensive mine fields and fortifications. The Italians sector of the front in Persia began to be strengthened.
- As leader of the province of Muscovy, Rolf personally decided the fortifications for his sector of front. Though young, Rolf proved to be a tactical genius in military matters. Being the Führer's son had perks. No one questioned Rolf's orders and always agreed with the future Chancellor. Rolf proved to be good at administrating the province and the people approved of the many things Rolf did in the province. In May 1973, Rolf married an English women. Rolf met Emily Richardson, the British Prime Minister's daughter, while on vacation at Richardson's estate in late 1971. Emily's step brother, Geoffrey Long, introduced Rolf to her and a few months later, Rolf proposed to Emily. The wedding was held in London and the two nations celebrated the couple's vows. The couple honeymooned in Greece and then returned to Muscovy.
- In April 1974, the aging Rommel retired from being Chief of the General staff. Rommel's successor was Friedrich Ederhart. Ederhart was a skilled tactican and was fairly young, 48 years old. Ederhart served in the German-American war. Ederhart commanded a Panzer Armee in Manstein's attepmts to counter attack in New England. Ederhart was personally picked by Rommel to be Chief of Staff and Speer honoured Rommel's request. Ederhart took up this new job with enthusiasm and got to work immediately.
- A tragic event occured during that same year. On August 7th, a plane carrying Himmler to the South from Occupied France crashed into the ocean due to engine failure. Himmler was 74 years old and showed no signs of retiring. A state funeral was held for the Reichsführer in Germania and all German officials attended. Speer said the eulogy for Himmler and Himmler's right hand man, Reinhard Wulf, said his final words to Himmler to the crowd. Wulf would be the new head of the SS and Wulf lead the organization just as ruthlessly as Himmler. Spectulation began to arise that Wulf had Himmler assassinated. Himmler promised Wulf that Wulf would be his successor in 1969 but with Himmler showing no signs of retiring, Wulf grew anxious and decided to kill Himmler. However, the death of Himmler was never proven to be the deed of Wulf and with Wulf controlling all the secret police forces, no inquiry could be launched. Wulf now lead the most destructive, ruthless, and strongest organization in the Reich.
Speer's Decision of Retirement
- On May 19th, 1976, Speer decided he would retire on July 1st and that Rolf would become the new Chancellor of the Reich. This news was expected because in the past few months, Speer has been hinting at his possible retirement in the near future. Speer lead the Reich for 22 years, Speer's last speech was held on June 15th in Germania among a crowd of 50,000. The crowd cheered Speer and shouted Heil Speer! as Speer approached the balacony. Speer thanked the German people for letting him lead the glorious Germanic nation through thick and thin. Speer stated that the greatness of the German Reich depended on the people and that the Reich would last a thousand years to come. The speech lasted a some thirty minutes and after Speer walked back into the Reich Chancellory, more shouts came from the crowd.
- Speer and his family left Germania on June 1st for Speer's retirement home in a penthouse suite in Munich. Rolf entered the capital on the same day and the young Chancellor made his first speech to the German people over television. Rolf Hitler assured the German people that the ideals of National Socialism shall be kept and that the Reich's glory shall no fade under his control. A few days later, Rolf Hitler met with Russo in Rome. The first official meeting between the two dictators went well. However, Russo met Rolf already when Russo visited the German Reich in 1971. Russo liked Rolf and they both discussed the future of the two empires. Rolf Hitler was fitting into the position of Chancellor quite well.
The Final Years of Albert Speer
- Speer spent the remaining years of his life in privacy in his Munich appartment. Rolf Hitler visited Speer occasionally to ask for advice, just as Speer visited Rolf's father, Adolf Hitler, for advice when Speer was starting out as Chancellor. Speer occasionally worked as an architect still, Speer designed Rolf's new home in Linz and the new Reich Chancellory in 1980. On a trip to visit London in 1981, Speer died of natural causes. Speer's body was brought back to the Reich and a day of mourning was declared. Speer had a state funeral were Albert Speer Jr, Speer's son, held the eulogy. Speer was buried along Adolf Hitler in Linz. All future German Chancellors would be buried in the same cemetery in Linz.
- The German Reich grew stronger over the past years under the leadership of Rolf Hitler. But in Asia, so did the Chinese forces. On May 14th, 1983, German forces in the Eastern defense zones began to encounter Chinese recon planes and recon squads. Rolf Hitler and the German general staff knew what was about to unfold and prepared for the worst ......
- This section shall be out of story. It has taken me a year to construct this universe, working on and off to complete the article. I chose Albert Speer because Speer is my favourite historical figure and the whole idea of the Reich winning the war intriges me. The story shall not continue past the last section enless I decide to continue the alternate history. I decided to end the story when I did because with the death of Speer, who is the center of the article; there is no more story to tell of Speer. In the future, I may add sub-articles to the main article about main figures and events. I would like to thank all those who have trudged through the article and read it.
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