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On June 30 of 1908, a meteor destroys a forest in central Siberia, but this was no ordinary meteor and Earth never will be the same.
At 0 hours 13 minutes 35 seconds Greenwich Mean Time, an Alien Space vessel crash landed near to the Tunguska river in Russia. The Aliens, named the 'Xalaxians' managed to survive in the icy tundras of Siberia for several years, until their discovery in 1921. Local witnesses of the event, such as the Evenki hunters are the first recorded humans to come into contact with the Xalaxians. The Evenkis were deeply disturbed by the Xalaxians, naming them the 'Valleymen'.
There was little scientific curiosity about the impact at the time, possibly due to the isolation of the Tunguska region. If there were any early expeditions to the site, the records were likely to have been lost during the subsequent chaotic years — World War I, the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Russian Civil War. The first recorded expedition arrived at the scene more than a decade after the event. In 1921, the Russian mineralogist Leonid Kulik, visiting the Podkamennaya Tunguska River basin as part of a survey for the Soviet Academy of Sciences, deduced from local accounts that the explosion had been caused by a giant meteorite impact. He persuaded the Soviet government to fund an expedition to the Tunguska region, based on the prospect of meteoric iron that could be salvaged to aid Soviet industry. Kulik's party eventually undertook an expedition in 1927. Upon arrival, Kulik made arrangements with the local hunters to guide his party to the impact site. Reaching the explosion site was an extremely arduous task. Upon reaching an area a mile south of the impact zone, the Evenki hunters would not go any further due to their fear of the Valleymen. Kulik had to return to the nearby village, and his party was delayed for several days while they sought new guides.
On Route to the Impact site, Kulik and most of his men were separated. When he finally reached the site with only his two native guides, they were ambushed by the Xalaxians who were able to communicate with Kulik by text. The Xalaxians told Kulik that their race had been studying Earth and its inhabitants for two-hundred years. Kulik learned much from the Xalaxians, things that could also help mankind for the better. Unfortunately, The Xalaxians would not give out technology so easily, but they agreed that if the humans could supply them with the materials needed to travel back to their home world, they would provide some of their technology to the humans. Secretly, Kulik took a sample from one of the Xalaxian sleeping Pods, an organic sack that Xalaxians are born with. When Kulik found the rest of the expedition party, no-one believed him. Kulik then decided to give his story to the Soviet Government and traveled to Moscow.
Upon arriving in Moscow, Kulik asked for an immediate audience with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, but his request was declined. Kulik then traveled back to St Petersburg, where he gave his story to the Soviet Academy of Sciences, but he was classed as mad. Kulik spent two years in Kashchenko psychiatric hospital in Moscow. In April 1930, Kulik moved to London, where he gave his story to the Royal society. At first, Kulik's story was dismissed as nonsense, but after showing a demonstration with the sample, Kulik proved that there were Xalaxians and they were a calcium based life-form. The Royal Society decided to keep their discovery from the rest of the world and in June 1931, Kulik led a British expedition authorized by the USSR to the Siberian plain.
By December 1937, the Xalaxians had completed their space vessel. British Engineers had helped greatly with the project, but it was also classified as the Soviet government was very suspicious. A few months later, in early 1938, the vessel was transported to a remote spot in the Scottish Highlands. There, Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister of the UK Saw the Xalaxians off. Kulik exchanged gifts with the Xalaxians, Kulik giving them the key to the vessel, the Xalaxians giving Kulik the plans to create advanced weapons and spacecraft. There, the Xalaxians blasted off to their home planet. The plans were eventually given to the British because of the increasing threat of Nazi Germany which started a secret program known as 'Project Penney' - The ultra-modernization of the British Army.
The Second World War
As In OTL, Germany invaded Poland on September 1st 1939. Naturally, France and Britain declared war on Germany on the 3rd. Britain and her allies, deciding not to provoke the military giant that was Soviet Russia, simply send out aid and several Regiments of infantry to hold off the German invasion. A tense stalemate developed after Poland had been completely overrun by the Russians and Germans which was known as the 'Phoney War'. This was to be short-lived though, as on 10th May 1940, Germany invaded the Benelux. On May 12th, a huge British force known as the 'Mecha' was deployed to Belgium to protect British and the other Allies' interests. It contained an infantry count of over 100,000 and several hundred Xalaxian 'Tanks' known by the British as 'Conway Hardies'. These powerful armoured vehicles were armed with anti-material weapons and plasma rockets. The world looked upon these new war machines in awe, and for Germany, Terror. Although the Allies had superior technology compared to the Axis Powers, Germany continued with its invasion of the Netherlands, overrunning the country by May 14th. The remaining Dutch government pleaded to the British to liberate the country, and on May 16th, British and French forces moved west, the majority of forces moving into the Ardennes, where Germany was planning an attack on France. the rest of Britain's forces were moved into the Netherlands, where the war was to be the main focus point in the Europe. On the 17th, the first skirmishes were recorded in Zealand between Allied and German forces. It took only a day for the Allies to push through south Holland as a great German defense line had been set up along the Rhine. This is where the main fighting started, and on the 20th, the second battle of Rotterdam began, scarcely a week after the Germans had taken the city.