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Part Three (Rangers Lead The Way)

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1921- The Austro-Hungarian Civil War ends. The Empire is broken up into two countries. the other Balkan Nations form the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In January, the New York Yankees, a professional baseball team, are purchased by former President Ryan Atherton for $1,000,000.

1922- The 19th Amendment is passed, giving Women the right to vote. In Russia, the Civil War comes to an end, with Communist Forces capturing Moscow. In Italy, there is a Military Coup d'état, instilling Benito Mussolini as dictator. In France and Britain, Fascists and National Socialists are elected to Parliament.

1923- Baja California and Vancouver are admitted to the Union as the 51st and 52nd states respectively. In New York, German Colonel Erwin Rommel is transferred to West Point, where he becomes a teacher of Military Tactics, A Field instructor and Head Coach of the Black Knight's Football Team. Both the US Navy and the German High Seas Fleet begin construction on Aircraft Carriers. Lothar von Richthofen, now a Captain in the German Navy, is placed in command of the Graf Zeppelin, which is still under construction in Wilhelmshaven. In a treaty between Norway and Germany, Norway sells its holdings in Denmark to Germany for the equivalent of $100,000,000 US. Meanwhile, in New York City, Yankee Stadium opens. In October, the Yankees win their 1st World Series. That Year, Lou Gehrig makes his MLB Debut for the New York Yankees.

1924- Friedrich Von Paulus is named Military attaché to the German Embassy in Washington D.C. In Norfolk, Virginia, the USS James Corinthos, the 1st US Aircraft Carrier, named after the 6th President, is launched. she is captained by US Navy Captain Frank Quartermaine, the grandson of former Commanding Admiral and Vice President Robert Quartermaine. Following the death of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin becomes General Secretary of the Soviet Union. St Petersburg, is re-named Leningrad in his honor. In the US Presidential Election, President Corinthos and Vice President Wood are re elected in a huge landslide. the main reason for this is the opposition is divided into three candidates: The Republican Ticket (Former Vice President Hiram Johnson of California and Governor of Massachusetts Calvin Coolidge), The Democratic Ticket (Ambassador to Germany John W. Davis of West Virginia and Senator Oscar Underwood of Alabama) and the Progressive Ticket (Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin and Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana).

1925- Former President Theodore Roosevelt dies at his home in New York. The Graf Zeppelin, under the Command of Lothar von Richthofen sails into the Atlantic for a joint exercise with the USS James Corinthos.

1926- A British Gunboat squadron operating out of the Bahamas, attacks the US Naval Base at Key West, Florida. Following the attack, US Ground Forces, supported by Naval Aircraft off of the USS James Corinthos, land on Nassau. British defenders on the Island are quickly overwhelmed. Following a failed Coup in the Soviet Union, Leon Trotsky is forced to flee to Mexico.

1927- Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover of Iowa, announces he will run for President in 1928. In Washington, President Corinthos spends the remainder of his Political Capital in an attempt to repeal prohibition. He fails once again, placing him at odds with the Republican Party. on May 18th, a Fascist Terrorist named Andrew Kehoe bombs a school in Michigan, killing 44 children. The Bombings continue after that, directed by a man named Joseph McCarthy (OTL Senator McCarty of Wisconsin). In October, The New York Yankees, led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, win their 2nd World Series.

1928- The Democrats nominate Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York for President and Tennessee Congressman Cordell Hull for Vice President. President Corinthos announces he will not endorse either candidate for President. Former President and Owner of The New York Yankees Ryan Atherton, who is strongly anti-prohibition, endorses Governor Smith, marking his official split with the Republican Party. In New York, a man named Charles Lindberg, a Fascist Terrorist, guns down Vice President Leonard Wood, killing him. Lindberg is immediately gunned down by the secret service. President Corinthos will serve out the remainder of his Presidency without a VP. In November, Hoover is narrowly elected President over Governor Smith. In November, The New York Yankees win their 2nd consecutive World Series title, and their 3rd overall.

1929- In New York, New York Yankees owner Ryan Atherton makes headlines when he refuses to sell tickets to President Hoover and his cabinet for Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. In October, the stock market crashes. Herbert Hoover, a staunch conservative, decides to do nothing, taking a "hands off" policy. This Policy only makes things worse. Hoover will become the most unpopular President in History.

1930- On his 90th Birthday, Ryan Atherton announces he will be stepping down as President of the New York Yankees. While he will remain as principal owner, his son, 50-year old Rex Atherton, a West Pointer and a Veteran of the Spanish-American War, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I, will take over as Team President. His 1st act as owner is as controversial as his father. Rex signs 19-year old Hank Greenberg to play 3rd Base. Greenberg becomes the 1st Jewish-American baseball player. The MLB Commissioner, Ty Cobb, a fervent racist and anti-Semite, suspends both Greenberg and Rex Atherton from MLB for life. In Response, Rex Atherton bans Commissioner Cobb from ever attending a NYY event, thus beginning a long standing feud between the Atherton and Cobb Families. Meanwhile, Rex Atherton signs a 65-year deal with the Nabisco Company, making "Chips Ahoy" the official cookie of the New York Yankees. Yankee Stadium also becomes the 1st professional sports venue to be desegregated.

1931- Governor of New York, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, heavily backed by the powerful Atherton Family, announces he will seek the Democratic Nomination in 1932. In France, Pierre Laval, leader of the French National Socialist Party, forms a right-wing dictatorship. In Germany, Otto Braun becomes Chancellor. Braun is fervent isolationist, and considers himself the "pro-peace" Chancellor.

1932- Japan invades China, beginning the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. in May, the Bonus Army begins assembling in Washington. 2 days later, President Hoover orders their forcible evictions. In an effort to help maintain peace, Ryan Atherton, who is the world's 1st and only multi-billionaire, agrees to pain the Bonus Army himself. The Democrats nominate New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, a fifth cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt, for President. They nominate Speaker of the House: Congressman John Nance Garner of Texas for VP. Ryan Atherton dumps millions into Governor Roosevelt's campaign. In October, the Yankees win the world Series, and in November, President Roosevelt wins in a huge landslide. Flora Blackford (D-NY) becomes the 1st women elected to the Senate.

1933- Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Nazi Party, becomes Prime Minister of the UK. In The US, FDR is sworn in as President. It is the 1st time since 1861 (72 years), that a Democrat has occupied the Oval Office. Spain, France, The UK, Japan, Italy and Canada sign the "Pact of Steel". In response, The US, Ireland, Quebec, Germany, Norway and Romania, sign a mutual assistance pact.

1934- FDR's "New Deal" takes effect, by 1938, the Great Depression has mostly been dealt with. In the Axis Countries, Concentration Camps are opened, in order to deal with Political Prisoners and other "undesirables". Following his 11-year tenure as a Professor and Football Coach at West Point, Erwin Rommel returns to Germany, where he takes Command of a Mountain Troop Regiment.

1935- The "Public Enemy" Era begins in the US. Outlaws such as "Pretty Boy" Floyd Nelson, "Machine Gun" Kelly, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, and others captivate the nation. In The UK, Prime Minister Oswald Mosley, orders the beginning of rearmament, in direct violation of the Versailles Treaty. In Greece, there is a violent Coup d'état, in which a fascist government is instilled. In Russia, the Red Army invades The Baltic States. this move is condemned by the Western Powers. In New York, Rex Atherton orders lights installed at Yankee Stadium, in order to allow for night games to be played. In May, US Secretary of the Interior, Huey Long, gives a 15 1/2 hour speech.

13 June 1935- James J Braddock defeats Max Baer at Yankee Stadium to win the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the world. The Match is attended by President Roosevelt, VP Garner, his cabinet, the Atherton Family, and several members of the German Royal Family.

September 1935- Huey Long is assassinated in Louisiana by Fascist Terrorists.

1936- President Roosevelt and Vice President Garner are easily re-elected. Italy invades Ethiopia, employing gas and chemical weapons against the natives. In Spain, the Civil War begins. The Yankees win the 1st of 4 consecutive World Series Victories (1936-39)

1937- President Roosevelt announces an expansion of the US Military, in particular the US Navy's Carrier Fleet. In Germany, Chancellor Otto Braun's Government begins to falter. An MP named Henning Von Truscow, a Great War Veteran, gains massive popular support.

1938- The Buildup of the German and US Fleets continues. In Philadelphia, representatives from The United States, Germany Norway, Quebec, Ireland, Holland, Poland and Romania meet to formally discuss the growing global threat of war.

April 1939- Germany begins building up its overseas forces in Egypt, Malta, Singapore, and the Middle East. Meanwhile, the US begins moving naval forces to its bases in the South Pacific, as well as Norway and Ireland in Europe. The Draft is re-instated and the US begins deploying Expeditionary Forces to Quebec, Ireland, Norway, Germany and the South Pacific.

August 27th, 1939- The Soviet Union signs a non-aggression pact with the Axis Powers. Many feel that the outbreak of Global war is imminent.

September 1st, 1939- World War II begins. In Europe, The British quickly move against Ireland. British PM Oswald Mosley orders a naval blockade of the Emerald Isle, cutting off the IRA and American Expeditionary Force. Meanwhile, in France, British and French troops move against Germany and Holland. In Southern Europe, Italian Troops move against southern Germany and Yugoslavia, which is allied with Germany and the US.

September 3rd, 1939- honoring their treaty commitments, Poland, Norway and the United States declare war on the Axis nations.

September 5th, 1939- Spanish Troops attack Portugal and US forces on Gibraltar. The Italians begin moving against German-Egypt from their colony of Libya. The Italians also begin airstrikes against German held Malta.

September 6th, 1939- Romania and Greece declare war on the Axis. Greece quickly prepares to move against Italian Albania, while King Carol II of Romania orders the Romanian Military into Yugoslavia to support the Yugoslav defenders.

September 7th, 1939- The Japanese Navy launches a surprise attack against the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Several Battleships and smaller vessels are destroyed or severally damaged. The Bombers also strike downtown Honolulu, killing hundreds of civilians.

September 8th, 1939- the Japanese invade Guam, Wake Island and the Mariana Islands. Meanwhile, operating out of Western Canada, The RAF attacks Dutch Harbor in Alaska. They also bomb the civilian populaces in Anchorage and Alaska City (OTL Juneau). These atrocities, as well as the revealing of British and French Concentration camps, leads to outrage among former British subjects in Australia and New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of young men flock to volunteer to fight the fascists, not wishing for their honor to be tarnished by Oswald Mosley's government.

September 11th, 1939- The Japanese begin bombing the Philippines in preparation for an invasion. Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister William King orders bombing raids on the US. At the same time, Emilio Calderon, the new President of Mexico, orders the same. The US declares war on both nations.

September 12th, 1939- Quebecois Prime Minister Maurice Duplessis, calls for a declaration of war against Canada and the rest of the Axis powers. the vote passes unanimously.

September 13th, 1939- World War II is now in full swing.

October 1939- US Forces on Guam, Wake Island and the Mariana Islands surrender to the Japanese.

November 1939- After two months of bitter fighting, Portugal surrenders to the Axis. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean Islands of Gibraltar and Malta continue to be hammered by air strikes. Meanwhile, French and British troops have liberated Belgium and are driving back allied troops into Holland.

December 1939- a vote of no-confidence in held in the German Parliament. Chancellor Braun is ousted and is replaced by Henning Von Truscow, who pledges never to surrender, and to never abandon their allies. In the USSR, Finland, covertly supported by the allies, rebels against Moscow.

January 1940- US and Quebec forces move against Canada, where they discover that the British have deployed troops. Meanwhile, Mormons and Native Americans in Utah, led by a man named Porter Gainsley, begin to rebel against the US. A similar rebellion pops up against Germany in former Denmark.

February 1940- The USSR pulls down the final soldiers of the Finnish rebellion, however, the rebellion is not dead. Lead by WWI and Russian Civil War veteran and former Czarist General, Carl Gustaf von Mannerheim, the Finns begin a guerrilla war against the Soviet Occupiers. In Utah, the US is swift to crush the rebellion. Aided by pro-US Native American Tribes (such as the Sioux), the US Captures the leaders of the Rebellion, including Gainsley himself. The Conspirators are quickly executed, as well as anyone else who is found in rebellion. With the devastation of both rebellions, there are next to no Mormons and Native Americans left. Of those that do remain, many choose to commit mass suicide, rather that submit to US authority (similar to OTL Jonestown in the 1978). President Roosevelt orders all buildings and property in the area burned to the ground, and the area to be "Sewn with salt".

March 1940- Greek troops manage to eject the Italians from Albania, annexing the colony to Greece. Meanwhile, in Turkey, President Ismet Inonu considers joining the Allied Powers.

April 1940- The USSR moves against the Baltic States, easily occupying them. Premier Stalin announces in a Press Conference that he will not seek anymore territory in Europe. Still, several Polish Divisions are redeployed from the Dutch front back to the USSR/Polish Border.

May 1940- The 1st ANZAC troops are deployed to US-held islands in the Pacific, as well as German-occupied India. Meanwhile, US Forces in the Philippines, commanded by Lieutenant General Douglas MacArthur, surrender. Many US Soldiers believed that they could hold out, and that MacArthur betrayed them. Subsequently, MacArthur is killed by his own men while in captivity in 1941. In Europe, The Axis forces invade Norway. Despite German intervention, the Norwegians quickly surrender. In Africa, the Germans make gains into Italian Libya.

June 1940- Holland Surrenders to the Axis. In the Pacific, German forces are driven back in India, and the German Garrison in Singapore surrenders.

July 1940- German territory west of the Rhine is fully-occupied by the Axis. the air war for control over Germany's skies begin. Fearing that his naval forces will be trapped in the North Sea, Admiral Lothar von Richthofen orders the High Seas Fleet to break out, and head for US Ports. Meanwhile, US and Irish Forces in Ireland, under the Command of WWI Medal of Honor winner, Lieutenant General Thomas J. Kearns, continue to hold out.

August 1940- Large numbers of the German High Seas Fleet are now safely moored in US Ports. In Central Europe, Yugoslav, Romanian and Greek Forces push the Italians out of Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, Greece invades the neutral, yet still pro-axis country of Bulgaria, easily overrunning its small Army. Meanwhile, Poland does the same thing to Hungary. Finally, US President orders General Kearns to evacuate himself, as well as the Irish Government from Ireland. Kearns does his best to resist the orders, but on August 11th, he finally relents. His final words are "I shall return". Despite the retreat, Kearns is still seen as a hero by the Irish People. On August 14th, 1940, US Major General Jonathan M. Wainwright surrenders all Allied Forces in Ireland. He is taken into captivity. Despite being in captivity, Wainwright is awarded the Medal of Honor in abstention.

September 1940- the US 11th Army, commanded by Major General George S. Patton, invades Mexico, easily driving back the ragtag Mexican Army. The Mexicans quickly surrender. Meanwhile in South America, Argentina joins the Axis and quickly invades Chile. Chile, a staunch US Ally, calls for American support. The US 11th Army, under Patton, as well as several ANZAC Divisions are deployed to the region.

October 1940- German Forces under Major General Hans von Arnim, continue to push back the Italians, driving that back from Tobruk. back towards El Agheila in Central Libya.

November 1940- the Air war over Germany continues. Field Marshall Manfred von Richthofen, commander of the German Air Force, promises Chancellor von Truscow that his fliers will continue to hold back the Axis bombers. In a daring move, General James Doolittle, of the newly formed US Air Force, moves both the 8th and 9th US Air Forces into Germany, but route of Australia to India, to Egypt to Romania and finally Germany. this move serves a huge boost in morale for the German people. President Roosevelt is re-elected with Henry A. Wallace as his new VP.

December 1940- Dwight David Eisenhower is appointed in command of all US Forces in Germany. Eisenhower so impresses Chancellor Von Truscow, that he is named Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe.

January 1941- Facing total collapse of the Italian lines in North Africa, the British dispatch Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery as well as the British 8th Army to North Africa. Montgomery begins a campaign that will drive the Germans back into Egypt.

February 1941- In Canada, US-Quebec Forces under General Courtney Hodges continue to advance deep into the Canadian Interior. In the East, the Quebecois Army continues to drive the Canadian and British Forces from its borders.

March 1941- The British 8th Army continues to push back Major General von Arnim's Afrika Corps. the Air war over Germany begins to turn in favor of the Germany. In South America, the war between British-backed Argentina and US-backed Chile continues to stalemate in Trench warfare.

April 1941- a division of the Free-Irish Army are deployed to the Port of Tobruk, tasked with garrisoning the city against the advancing British/Italian Armies. US Forces under the Command of Major General Mark Clark arrive in Germany, and are placed along the Rhine River line. US Forces in Canada continue to push back against the Canadian and British defenders in Canada. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall declares that the end of the war in the north is in sight.

May 1941- Tobruk is completely cutoff from the rest of the Afrika Corps. In South America, ANZAC troops make breakthroughs against their British Cousins. Interrogation records of British prisoners are publicized, revealing that the British Officer Corps, and the British Government believe ANZAC troops to be the equivalent of thieves and pirates, and that PM Mosley planes to once again turn Australia into a prison colony. This turns ANZAC public opinion even further in the US and Germany's favor.

June 1941- the Free-Irish Army defenders of Tobruk cause a major disruption in the British supply lines, causing General Montgomery's drive to stall out. In the Caribbean, Thomas J Kearns, no promoted to General (4-stars), is tasked with planning Operation Sea Serpent. He plans to invade and occupy British held Bermuda as well as the Bahamas. The Operation launches on the 19th of June. By the end of the month, the last of the British defenders have surrendered.

July 1941- Another rebellion against USSR rule flames up in Finland. In India, German and ANZAC troops, continue to battle against the advancing Japanese.

August 1941- Hans von Arnim, now promoted Colonel-General, launches a counter attack against the British 8th Army, intended to relieve Tobruk.

September 14th 1941- Operation Sea Serpent II- US Forces under the Command of General Kearns land in British occupied Greenland and Iceland.

October 1st 1941- the last of the British Forces in Iceland and Greenland surrender.

November 1941- US, ANZAC and Chilean forces push further into Argentina.

December 1941- Rebellion breaks out in Yugoslavia and Greece, as the Fascist Chetniks, supported by the UK and French, begin a terror campaign. In Finland, the Finnish Rebellion is once again put down.

December 7th, 1941- British, Japanese and French Air Units bomb Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. Public Opinion finally turns for good against the UK and France. More ANZAC troops are deployed to India to combat the French and Japanese

January 1942- Axis forces begin to push back in the Mediterranean. Spanish and French troops conquer Gibraltar, while Italian troops take Malta. In North Africa, General von Arnim is pushed back by the recently promoted Field Marshall Montgomery. The hope is to drive von Arnim back into the Middle East and out of Africa.

February 1942- A combined Force of US Marines and Army Units under command of Major General Omar Bradley land in French Polynesia. They are supported by several ANZAC Units. French forces in the area are woefully under supplied, and are easily overrun. the US Navy soon begins building a Naval Anchorage there.

March 1942- More US Troops arrive in Germany. Axis Forces begin massing in Northern Italy and South Eastern France for a push towards Munich.

April 1942- The US Pacific Fleet begins massing in Wellington, following reports of a major Japanese action planned for early May-

May 1942- In Libya, Tobruk falls to the British, who continue a push towards Egypt. In Europe, The Axis launch "Case Grey", a 2 pronged assault aimed at capturing Munich. The 1st prong leaves from France, the 2nd from Northern Italy.

May 4th-8th 1942- The Battle of the Coral Sea- The US and Japanese Carriers engage. the 1st time in history where the opposing fleets never spot each other. Naval Warfare will be forever changed. The US manages to sink 2 Japanese Carriers, and damage another. at the same time, the Japanese sink the USS Lexington and badly damage the USS Yorktown and Saratoga. This leaves only the USS Remembrance, USS Enterprise and USS Hornet to counter the 8 Carriers still operated by the Japanese. To counter this, the SMS (German Abbreviation for His Majesty's Ship) Zeppelin, which had been moored in Miami, sails through the Panama Canal to join the US Pacific Fleet. German Vice Admiral Lothar von Richthofen is placed in overall command of the four carriers. In a symbol of German-American Unity, Richthofen chooses the USS Remembrance as his flag ship.

June 1942- The Axis Forces continue their push towards Munich. In Africa, Montgomery pushes the last of the Germans out of Libya and back into Egypt. Meanwhile a massive Japanese Invasion Force sails for Midway.

June 4th 1942- the Battle of Midway- The Japanese sink one US carrier, the USS Hornet. However, the combined US and German Carrier Air Wings sink four Japanese Carriers as well as numerous support vessels. In a message to Admiral Nimitz, the Commander of all Allied Forces in the Pacific, Admiral Richthofen writes "Scratch four Jap Carriers, Midway secure". Richthofen becomes an instant Hero. In 1976, Admiral Richthofen is portrayed by American Actor Glenn Ford, in the US war epic "Midway" which chronicles the battle. With a decisive victory over the Japanese at Midway, the Allies have now turned the tide in the Pacific War. When given his choice of returning to the Atlantic, or remaining in the Pacific, Richthofen chooses to remain in the Pacific, Commanding the Allied Carriers, and acting as a Deputy to Admiral Nimitz.

July 1942- The Axis drive continues, but the German and American defenders put up a stiff resistance. Meanwhile, in the North, the Axis forces attempt to cross the Rhine into Germany, causing the Allies to pull defenders from the Munich Front. In The Pacific, Admiral Nimitz, Lieutenant General Mark Clark, Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, and Vice Admiral von Richthofen meet at Pearl Harbor to discuss the next move in the Pacific Campaign. Both Generals Clark and Bradley call for Invasions of the Santa Cruz Islands and the Island of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. However, when a German Recon flight discovers the Japanese are building an airfield on the Island of Guadalcanal. the plan is then changed for an invasion of Guadalcanal.

July 1st-27th 1942- 1st Battle of El Alamein- German forces suffer heavy casualties, but managed to stop the advancing British Forces.

August 6th 1942- US Army Rangers land on the Islands of Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, Florida Island, and Savo Island, all of which surround Guadalcanal. The Japanese put up a "to the death" resistance, but the Rangers overwhelm them with few Casualties.

August 7th 1942- With the outer islands seized, The 101st Airborne Division, considered to be the toughest the US has, as well as the US 77th "Statue of Liberty" Infantry Division land on Guadalcanal. They face little resistance and quickly capture the Airfield, which they name Hoffman Field, after Leutnant (1st Lieutenant) Gerhard Hoffman, a German Naval Pilot who was killed at Midway. The 101st and 77th Quickly setup defensive positions along the Matanikau River.

August 8th-9th 1942- The Battle of Savo Island. The US Naval Force assigned to protect Guadalcanal (six Heavy Cruisers, two Light Cruisers and 15 Destroyers) suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of a Japanese Force half its size. three of the Heavy Cruisers, one Light Cruiser and two Destroyers are sunk while the Japanese suffer minimal damage). The US Force's commander, Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, is later court martialed for dereliction of duty and is forced into early retirement in 1943.

August 18th-19th 1942- the 1st Battle of the Matanikau- E Company of the 506th PIR holds off several bonsai charges over the night, killing over 1000 Japanese in the process.

August 20th 1942- the 1st planes arrive at Hoffman Field. Jasta 14, a German Fighter Squadron, is permanently assigned there. They are flying the latest Focke-Wulf Fw-190s. They receive the nickname, the Cactus Air Force, after the Allied codename for the Field.

August 21st 1942- The Battle of the Tenaru- The Japanese 28th Infantry Regiment launches an attack against Hoffman Field. The 101st Airborne turns them back, inflicting over 70% casualties on the Japanese.

August 23rd 1942- In Europe, the Axis Forces reach the outskirts of Munich, bringing the city under artillery bombardment.

August 24th 1942- In Canada, Prime Minister King orders the Surrender to US and Quebecois forces. The US gains the land territory between Washington and Alaska, as well as War Reparations, which they are already receiving from Mexico as well.

August 24th 1942- The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Admiral Richthofen's Carrier Group clashes with a Japanese Carrier Group of similar size, who are on their way to attack Guadalcanal. The Japanese sink the US light carrier USS Wasp. the USS counters by sinking the Japanese Carrier, Ryujo.

August 30th 1942- General von Arnim is severely wounded by a British Sniper. He survives, but is forced to return to Germany to recover.

August 31st 1942- German Chancellor von Truscow, Supreme Allied Commander- General of the Army (five-stars) Eisenhower, German Army Chief of Staff- Colonel-General Ludwig Beck and General Courtney Hodges, Commander of US Forces in Germany, meet in Danzig to discuss the Africa Situation. At the insistence of General Eisenhower, the four men agree that General Erwin Rommel, Chief Architect of the Rhine Defense Line, should be promoted to Field Marshall and placed in command of the Afrika Corps.

September 3rd 1942- Axis forces enter Munich. The infamous Battle of Munich begins.

September 4th- October 11th 1942- In British-occupied Ireland, the remnants of the IRA stage a revolt in Belfast. The Irish Protestant (pro-British) volunteers help the British Regulars put down the revolt.

September 5th 1942- While on Patrol in the South Pacific, the USS Remembrance is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The Remembrance will be laid up until early 1943 in Pearl Harbor. Admiral Richthofen transfers his flag to the USS James Corinthos.

September 12th-14th 1942- The Battle of Winter's Ridge - E Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, nicknamed "Easy Company", holds off over 6000 attacking Japanese over three days. The Ridge they fight on becomes known as "Winter's Ridge" after the Company Commander, Captain Richard "Dick" Winters.

September 23rd 1942- Field Marshall Rommel arrives in North Africa. He is placed in command of the Afrika Corps, the Desert Air Force, and the Free-Irish Army volunteers.

October 11th 1942- The US Navy inflicts a devastating loss against the Japanese Tokyo Express, sinking six Japanese vessels.

October 14th 1942- The US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, as well as the 6th Ranger Battalion, land on Gibraltar. With the help of the citizens, the Spanish defenders are quickly overwhelmed. By the 17th, the Island is declared secure.

October 17th 1942- General Kearns and German General Heinz Guderian meet in Washington D.C. to discuss final preparations for Operation Torch, the Allied Invasion of French North Africa.

October 23rd 1942- Field Marshall Rommel begins his counter-attack at El-Alamein, codenamed Operation Supercharger. Rommel and the Afrika Corps inflict heavy casualties on the British 8th Army and begin driving them back.

October 26th 1942- The Naval Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands- The Allies sink two Japanese carriers and down over 200 enemy aircraft. However, the USS Hornet is sunk and the USS Enterprise is damaged, not returning until January 1943. This leaves the SMS Zeppelin and USS James Corinthos as the only operational Allied Carriers in the Pacific.

November 8th 1942- Operation Torch- Allied Force under General Kearns invade French North Africa.

November 10th- French Colonial Forces in Algeria and Morocco Surrender to the Americans. In Egypt, Field Marshall Montgomery's 8th Army is in full retreat across Libya towards Tunisia.

November 11th- German Forces retake Bardia.

November 12th- German Forces retake Tobruk.

November 18th- German Forces reach Benghazi. In a speech to Parliament, Chancellor von Truscow declares "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

November 19th 1942- General von Rundstedt, Commander-in-Chief of the German Forces on the Munich Front, launches Operation Saturn. Thus far, German Forces in Munich had been driven into a small pocket on the city's Eastern edge, under the command of Colonel-General Von Paulus. Von Rundstedt's Forces launch a double pincer around the city, hoping to trap the French 6th Army Group inside.

November 23rd- the two pincers meet, and the French 6th Army Group is encircled inside. Allied morale is at an all-time high.

December 1st 1942- The French send a relief force to Munich to relieve the 6th Army Group. They are bolstered by Italian and Spanish Divisions.


January 2- the French relief force is forced to retreat from its advance on Munich.

January 16- Iraq joins the Axis, attacking German oil supplies in the region.

January 18- The Manchester Ghetto Uprisings begin.

January 31- French Forces in Munich surrender.

February 2- British Forces continue to retreat across Libya

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