In OTL, Nazi Germany lost the Second World War in May 1945, after fighting out of its depth against the Allies, led by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Overstretched and with Hitler interfering in military matters, the Germans lost its superiority at the disastrous battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, and outproduced by its enemies' superior industrial capacity, the Third Reich fell before its enemies, and so to did the dreams of Adolf Hitler, his dreams for Lebensraum (living space) for the German race and the destruction of the inferior races and the communist ideology. And with his death and the destruction of the Third Reich, the horrors of the Nazi Regime were uncovered.
But what if the Nazi war machine had been victorious? What if Hitler’s Reich had triumphed over its enemies? What if, as a result of this, the world reverberated to the sound of ‘Deutschland siegt an allen Fronten’? What if the Third Reich and their allies had replaced the Soviet Union as a superpower and become the other part of a bipolar world during the Cold War?
|Deutschland Siegt an allen Fronten|
This timeline is a continuation of the Fall Grün alternate timeline, where the Czech refusal to abide by the Munich Agreement and the subsequent conflict leads the Germans to change the Third Reich's armed forces intensively.
After the expensive military campaign against Czechoslovakia between October 1, 1938 and March 15, 1939, Hitler and the Wehrmacht realised that changes and improvements in the Armed Forces' organisation and tactics was needed. While the German Army's performance, despite heavy losses, had been good, the campaign had revealed shortcomings that needed to be addressed. The light divisions had proven to be a failure, lacking the strength of the infantry divisions or the firepower of the Panzer divisions. In view of the success of the Panzer divisions, the light divisions were converted to this pattern in time for the Polish campaign.
The fighting revealed the need to improve many aspects of combined arms operations. Tank and infantry cooperation at the beginning of the war was poor, as was so evident at battles like Ivančice. The Luftwaffe had played an important role in the campaign, gaining air superiority and conducting interdiction missions, but greater consideration had to be paid to coordinating air operations with ground forces.
The campaign resulted in a change of focus in armour production. During the last months of the campaign, the production of Pz.Kpfw III and IV tanks increased. With 50% of the armoured vehicles consisting of Pz.Kpfw III and IVs, combat experience, better organisation and coordination between the armoured units, infantry and the Luftwaffe, they defeated Poland, Denmark, Norway, Holland and France more efficiently and quicker than in OTL. However, the Pz.Kpfw. I and II were not completely taken out of service until September 1941, when the Panzer divisions had been equipped with upgunned Pz.Kpfw. IIIs (with 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24, or 5cm KwK 42 L/60) and Pz.Kpfw. IVs (now armed with the 7.5 cm KwK 40 L/43 tank gun).
When the Soviet Union was still allied with Nazi Germany due to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Germans were allowed to inspect the Soviet T-34 medium tanks. With this in mind, the development of the Panther tank was initiated in September 1941, and was first presented for Adolf Hitler on April 20, 1942, shortly before the initiation of Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union.
On May 10, 1942, the Anti-Comintern Pact led by Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Despite having more T-34s in service than in 1941, the Germans were the Soviets superior in organisation, tactics, and leadership, and equal in equipment. On September 10, 1942, the Axis had reached the suburbs of Leningrad in the north, were 40 km from Moscow and captured Rostov in the south. On September 30, Leningrad fell to the Germans. On October 20, Moscow fell to the Germans, and in the south the offensive continued. Despite heavy counterattacks by the Soviets, the Axis continued, and on June 25, 1943, Stalingrad, on the banks of the Volga River, fell to the Germans.
At the same time, Turkey captured French controlled Syria and Lebanon, while Iraq fought off the British there. With the Axis in control of the Iraqi oil wells, Rommel's Afrika Korps continued towards Alexandria, which fell on August 12, 1943. On September 12, Cairo fell.
Meanwhile, Argentina, allied with Bolivia and Peru, went to war against the U.S. allies of Brazil, Chile and Ecuador. On April 12, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador accepted a peace agreement, brokered by Nazi Germany, in which they were to cede territory to the now Anti-Comintern member states. A ceasefire was also signed between the Anti-Comintern Pact and the western allies of United Kingdom and France, while the Soviet Union was defeated in June 1945.
With a Axis victory, a very different Cold War begins, between Nazi Germany and the United States of America.
This alternate history will contain historical background stories, historical political, economical and military facts and historical OOBs (Order of Battle) for the Warring Powers. The events and battles of this scenario has been written as realistically as possible. Good reading!