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Timeline: Morgen die ganze Welt
Friday, January 25 1946 Berlin
Hitler orders the OKH to start operation Sea Lion more than five years after it was first planned. All risks are acceptable in order to deny atom bomber bases to the Americans. Another consideration is that the USA may sue for peace if Great Britain is knocked out of the war.
As the OKH examines the situation they become cautiously optimistic. The RAF and USAAF are now mostly on the defensive. In the previous month the Luftwaffe has executed almost daily probing attacks, damaging airfields, fuel storage and war factories. During these raids 60 bombers were lost - mainly through accidents - and 140 jet fighters. Enemy losses are 1700 fighters confirmed destroyed and 500 bombers. The daily raids are certainly reducing productivity in English factories.
Saturday, January 26 1946 South England
The second battle of Britain is on. The Luftwaffe attacks airfields in South England in preparation of operation Sea Lion. AA defenses and airfields are attacked with cluster bombs and napalm. The Luftwaffe is using a new type of bomb based on fuel-air explosion. It is technologically advanced and does not always work properly. If it works it can flatten a whole airfield at once. Ta-183s attack defending fighters while Me-362 air superiority jets provide high cover. Unknown to the Allies, the Luftwaffe is using ME264 aircraft as AWACS. These aircraft monitor the airspace and vector jet fighters to their targets; however early designs are unreliable. In this high-tech environment piston fighters are ineffectual. Thousands of Allied fighters have become obsolete. The air war in the second battle of Britain is fought between jets. The Allies are running behind with 450 jets available, mainly P-80s, Vampires and Meteors. The Luftwaffe has 800 jet bombers and 2,500 jet fighters of superior design. Allied jets are unstable gun platforms at high speed because of the straight wings.
Wednesday, February 13 1946 South England
The all-out attack of the Luftwaffe starts having an effect. RAF and USAAF squadrons are gradually eroded. German jets are now armed with homing IR missiles or wire-guided X-4 missiles. Almost all Allied jets have been destroyed. As a last resort the Allies keep piston fighters constantly in the air at high altitude to intercept jet bombers that are slowed down with their bomb load. French ace Pierre Closterman is shot down in such a combat patrol in a dogfight with a Ta-183.
Jet bombers have been ordered to jettison their bombs when intercepted and escape at high speed. Road traffic in the South of England becomes dangerous. To make matters worse the Atlantic blockade by U-boats causes a shortage of resources, especially aviation fuel.
In Great Britain and the US crash programs are started to design jets that can take on German jets. With shipping through the Atlantic so hazardous, food shipments for British civilians and millions of allied troops in Britain decrease and rations for troops are cut.
Thursday, February 21 1946 Malta
Axis 1st parachute division makes a drop over Malta. There is little opposition as the defenders have been bombed senseless for nine months. The paras have learned from the costly Crete experience. They now come down with their Stg45 assault rifles and recoil-less rifles. The airport is quickly secured and within minutes giant Me323 and Ju390 cargoes land and release a stream of support troops including armor upon the island.
An Italian fleet including battleship Roma arrives in the harbor of Valetta and opens fire on cargo ships that are trying to escape.
General Student was among the first paras to drop. His first message to the OKH says "The island fortress of Malta is secured with minimal losses - we are ready for the big one."
Thursday, February 22 1946 Malta
Questions are asked in American Congress and British Parliament about the loss of Malta. Politicians begin to suspect that the war is not going according to plan.
Thursday, February 28 1946 South England
In the USA a Republic Aviation F-84 Thunderjet makes its maiden flight. The aircraft is superior to the P-80 but because of the straight wings does not handle well above Mach 0.8.
Thursday, March 14 1946 Berlin
Operation Sea Lion will start on spring day, March 21. The weather is cold but the overriding consideration is to prevent atom bomb attacks. The OKH knows that the Allies have few atom bombs left but they also know that new bombs are constructed at the highest possible rate. So speed is of the essence.
The Luftwaffe has achieved enough superiority to guarantee that no Allied warships will interfere with the invasion, at least according to Göring. Sea Wolves will be on patrol in case the Royal Navy decides to attack regardless. 250 Axis divisions are available but the Axis does not plan on using all of them. The existence of atom bombs makes a new type of warfare necessary. Large concentrations of forces will be avoided. There will be no large army formations or static front. The basic fighting unit will be the storm trooper company, highly mobile armed with Stg45 assault rifles and supported with recoil-less guns. Each platoon has radio and can request instant assistance. Soldiers are exhaustively trained in infiltration tactics which is known to unnerve Allied soldiers. They are encouraged to use their initiative even on individual level. They become in fact battlefield engineers who analyze problems and design solutions. This is clean break with tradition and only 20% of soldiers prove suitable. X-7 wire-guided anti-tank missiles are carried by AT squads or mounted on kuebelwagens, the Axis equivalent of Jeeps. Enemy resistance pockets will be bypassed and attacked by heavy follow-up units and the Luftwaffe with nerve gas and cluster bombs.
FA 284 heavy transport Helicopters will carry over Artillery and Anti-Tank guns with the first wave.
Meanwhile Otto Skorzeny will unleash his specialist commandos in operation Greif. These commandos will operate behind the lines in American uniforms, creating mayhem in any way possible. A new ground attack jet has been produced by Junkers: the Ju-187 "warthog", heavily armed with a 75 mm gun, bombs and rockets. The new Henschel Hs 132 Jet Dive Bomber will also be used to bomb radar stations and troop concentrations like the Stuka did in 1940.
Thursday, March 21 1946 Eastbourne
Private Ryan Thompson is in an observatory position 2 km west of Eastbourne. He is scanning the sea with his binoculars when at 7:10 hours he notices a curious trembling of the ground. He looks around in confusion which turns into alarm as a monster crawls out of the sea covered with grit and seaweed and dragging a snorkel arrangement. It is a King Tiger commanded by Michael Wittman, part of 504 Battalion and made watertight to cross the channel undersea. More monsters crawl on land hissing and snarling at various places asserting ownership of the area as only heavy armor can. The King Tiger is the most nimble tank in service in spite of its weight. Allied crew never cease to be amazed at its ability to turn in place and lunge forward like - well, a tiger. Wittman's tank pirouettes like a ballerina and the long barrel points accusingly at Ryan. The cupola opens and general Wittman looks Ryan straight in the eye. In an awkward accent he asks "I say, old fruitcake, can you give me directions to Brighton?" Ryan is too astonished to respond. The tank radio operator replaces Wittman in the cupola and makes a picture of Ryan with his mouth foolishly hanging open. Meanwhile, the driver has busied himself releasing the snorkel. He winks comradely at Ryan and jumps back inside. A moment later the tank drives off, missing Ryan by a meter. He hears Homeric guffaws coming from the tank crew. He is relieved but also strangely insulted at not being worthy of killing.
The idea to let heavy armor cross the channel underwater came from Rommel. With this move Allied plans to counter an invasion with an overwhelming armored counterattack have been upset.
Thursday, March 21 1946 Invasion beaches
D-day officially starts with cluster bomb attacks on Southampton and Brighton at first daylight. At the same time Ramcke parachute division executes raids on radar stations along the coast using Focke-Achgelis FA 266 Hornet helicopters and Weserflung Tilt-Rotors. The next surprise for the Allies is a demonstration of Axis amphibious capability in a landing from Brighton to Portsmouth. Most of the landing craft being used for the invasion are copies of the ones used by the Americans for Overlord, as the American craft are superior to any German version. By the evening six divisions are onshore. Westerly winds prevent the use of nerve gas in the invasion area but Allied HQ's and communications are bombed. Home Guard units prove ineffectual against veteran infantry - as expected.
Otto Skorzeny's commandos have been airdropped during the night complete with captured jeeps. They are racing around everywhere, changing traffic signs, putting up fake detour signs, blocking roads, spreading rumors. Soon they cause chaos out of proportion to their numbers.
Friday, March 22 1946 Invasion beaches
The Allies respond quickly to the Axis invasion as the best strategy is to throw the Germans back into the sea before they land heavy armor. Allied armor, including the new Centurion tank tries to break through to the beach at Chicester. But Axis infantry ambushes tanks with wire-guided X-7 anti-tank missiles with their 1200 meter range, another unpleasant surprise causing great consternation. Wittman's tanks arrive minutes later and drive the Allied attack back.
Axis heavy bombers drop nerve gas on Allied troops concentrations and communication centers inland. The Allies are not prepared for this unprecedented kind of warfare.
Saturday, March 23 1946 Invasion beaches
Royal Navy attempts to attack the Axis 600 strong invasion fleet are repelled. U-boats, minefields and the Luftwaffe make an impenetrable shield. The Luftwaffe uses improved wire-guided Fritz-X bombs for the first time with great success. These bombs are immune to jamming, unlike the earlier models used in the Mediterranean. Battleships Nelson and Vanguard are damaged by acoustic mines and suffer more damage by Fritz-X bombs while limping home. Twenty cruisers and destroyers are sunk while trying to protect the battleships. Great Britain is not master of the sea anymore.
Sunday, March 24 1946 Invasion beaches
The Axis beachhead extends from Portsmouth to Eastbourne and about 15 km inland. In Portsmouth the fighting is fierce as the Germans try to take the harbor.
Monday, March 25 1946 Portsmouth
General Ramcke leads a helicopter and Tilt-Rotor attack on Portsmouth harbor. The 1st parachute division lands on the docks and prevents the firing of demolition charges. Heavy transport ships are diverted to Portsmouth where they can be unloaded quickly.
Wednesday, March 27 1946 Portsmouth
Portsmouth harbor is destroyed with an Allied atom bomb. This denies the Axis a good harbor. Allied troops pulled back which gave warning of the intent, so casualties are minimal. All transports are diverted to Brighton. The bulk of the 1st SS panzer division Leibstandarte arrives at night on the famous liner Wilhelm Gustloff.
Saturday, March 30 1946 Crawley
German armor spearheaded by Tiger II and the new Panther II with a gyro-stabilized 88mm KwK L/71 break through in the direction of Crawley. The Luftwaffe supports with napalm, nerve gas and cluster bombs. Home Guard units fight to the death to defend their country but can't prevail against veteran soldiers. Tangmere airport falls to the Axis and heavy cargo aircraft like the ME323 and JU390 and the new Focke-Wulf Fw 249 eight engined transport, that can carry 52 tons, use it to bring in re-inforcements. The Axis relies heavily on cargo aircraft as there are not enough ships to transport supplies. Every 55 seconds a heavy transport lands, throws out cargo and takes off in the largest air bridge in history. The RAF makes heroic low-level attacks throughout the day, some pilots deliberately ramming enemy transports. Tangmere is soon littered with destroyed aircraft of both sides. Aggressive high altitude Luftwaffe patrols intercept several attempts at making atom bomb attacks.
Sunday, March 31 1946 Crawley
Crawley is destroyed in an Allied atom bomb attack. The German advance is temporarily stopped. The situation becomes confused. Allied troops and civilians were destroyed in Crawley together with Axis forces. Tank crews were well protected against the blast but are coming down with radiation sickness, a new factor in war. Some Axis crews become "walking dead." They experience radiation sickness for two days and seem to recover, but cells in their bodies have been critically damaged and they are doomed to die in two-to-four weeks.
Monday, April 1 1946 Winchester
German infiltration tactics keep the Allies off-balance. Unable to adapt and conduct a fluid defence the Allies stick to the obsolete doctrine of defence in depth. An Allied troop concentration in the Winchester only succeeds in setting itself up as a target. It is detected and promptly routed with nerve gas, fuel-air bombs and napalm.
Tuesday, April 2 1946 Winchester
General Rommel takes advantage of a break in the Allied defenses in the Winchester area and races to Reading with the veteran 21st panzer division. The troops are protected against fallout and nerve gas with full body suits.
Wednesday, April 3 1946 Reading
Reading falls to the Germans, after a short but bloody fight. Combat groups are already probing forward and London is in danger of being surrounded.
Thursday, April 4 1946 Reading
The old city of Reading is destroyed by an Allied atom bomb but Rommel was too crafty to wait. Only some support troops are wiped out and most of the population. The 21st is already on the way to Oxford. Allied photo reconnaissance is hindered by aggressive Luftwaffe patrols controlled by radar carrying AWACS. The Axis have the advantage of aerial reconnaissance over the battlefields.