During the 1930s, the United States was referred to as a "sleeping bear". During the latter parts of the decade, and the early 1940s, the Japanese poked the bear, until it woke up, enraged, and spelled doom for the Axis Powers. But what if the United States were to back down, and sign a peace treaty with the Japanese, resulting in an Axis victory? This alternate history will explore what would happen if the Axis Powers, without worrying about the United States, won World War Two, and how it would affect history.
- The United States is more isolationist and signs the Treaty of San Francisco with the Axis Powers on June 7th, 1940.
- Operation: Sealion is successful, and the United Kingdom surrenders to Nazi Germany on August 29th, 1940.
- Operation: Barbarossa is done after the fall of the British, and thus successful, and forces the Soviet Union to surrender.
The Lightning War and the Russo-German War (1939-1941)
Beginning on September 1st, 1939, with the German invasion of Poland, the Lightning War was a mainly one-sided conflict taking place in mostly Europe. The Nazi "blitzkrieg" or "lightning war" won many battles in 1939 and 1940. After German conquest of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France by June 1940, Nazi Germany began plans of fighting against Britain. In the summer of 1940, the German Luftwaffe bombarded the British cities, airfields, and ports until the British surrender on August 29th, 1940, and the signing of the Treaty of Zurich on September 1st, 1940. Within a year, Germany and Italy controlled almost all of Europe, with only the Soviet Union left. On March 7th, 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation: Barbarossa, the massive invasion of the Soviet Union. By April 24th, 1941, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics, and Crimea were all under German control. The Soviets continued to retreat. Stalin vowed to keep fighting, but fled Moscow on June 1st for Omsk. Leningrad surrendered to a joint German-Finnish Siege on June 15th, 1941. Hitler offered an armistice, which Stalin reluctantly accepted on June 15th with the signing of the Treaty of Warsaw. On September 1st, after exactly two years of battle, Nazi Germany rose out of the ashes of The Great War as a Superpower. While rivaled by Britain and the US, the Axis Powers were effectively the most powerful alliance in the world.
Post-War Expansion (1941-1945)
The Alpine War
After The Lightning War, Hitler looked at the map of Europe, and saw a lump of unconquered lands in between Italy and the Reich. Switzerland was a majority German speaking. He requested that the Swiss join the Reich, the Swiss Parliament refused. Hitler tried again, threatening war, but again, Switzerland refused. Hitler was outraged, and ordered an immediate attack on Switzerland. The war started on November 10th, 1941. The German Expansion Wars were made up of many different wars, the first being the War of Nazi Aggression (as called by the Swiss) or the War of Swiss Obstinance (as called by the Germans). The German Army attacked the Swiss plains north of the Alps, capturing Geneva and Basel by November 17th, 1941. The Swiss held out for about a month in the Jura Mountains, but were pushed back toward Bern. Lake Geneva is captured by Nazi soldiers, along with Lausanne. The Battle of Bern begins on December 26th, 1941. The Swiss soldiers fight fiercely, but are eventually defeated after a week of fighting. The Swiss government evacuates to Interlaken, on the edge of the Alps. Switzerland keeps fighting, using the mountains to their advantage. The German Army has a hard time moving their tanks and their supplies and their troops through the mountains, so they begin trying to use mountain passes. This is a disastrous campaign for the Nazis. The Swiss had installed bunkers, turrets, heavy guns, and entrenched thousands of troops in the passes. The German attempt at Blitzkrieg fails, and the troops, which suffer altitude sickness and frostbite, must cease the attacks. Massive casualties are suffered by the Germans. Hitler fires his Generals, and installs new ones. Italy attacks too, and the Axis attacks from all sides, hoping to begin a war of attrition. This fails, as the citizens and soldiers live off the land. The Luftwaffe begins bombing raids on the towns and cities, and also begins dropping Paratroopers into towns and cities and behind enemy lines. The Swiss begin guerrilla warfare, and most formal armed resistance is defeated by late March of 1942. The Swiss citizens in the plains begin rebellion movements, but they are eventually quelled by SS troops that are placed in Switzerland. In May, 1942, President Wetton is never discovered. The Treaty of Bern is signed on April 7th, 1942. The Swiss unconditionally surrender to Germany, and the French and German speaking areas are directly annexed to Germany, with the Italian speaking areas being annexed to Italy. Any found major leaders of Switzerland are imprisoned in concentration camps, and PoWs are put in horrible PoW camps, or executed. The War of Nazi Aggression comes to an end.
The Ottoman Reclamation
As the Reclamation Wars continue in Central Asia, Germany adds Turkey to the Reich, The Ottoman Empire is re-declared. They invade the Arabian Empire, but are pushed back by the British, German forces force a stalemate, and the war ends diplomatically.
Intervention in the Spanish Civil War
The Spanish Civil War rages on in Spain between Communist and Fascist forces. Hitler and Mussolini both do not want to see a Communist threat arise, and would hate to lose the opportunity of controlling more land. After the war with Switzerland, Germany announces support of the Fascist forces in Spain, and the European Axis recognizes the Fascist government as the true government. The USSR shows support for the Communists, but has little interest in intervening. Germany and Italy intervene in the Autumn of 1943. After the fall of Seville in December, Spain is added to the Reich.
The One Day War
On December 20th, 1942, a coup d'etat takes place in Lisbon, Portugal. Portugal is added to the Reich.