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Ragnarok (Morgen die ganze Welt)

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Timeline: Morgen die ganze Welt

Friday, April 5 1946 London

London is hit by an atomic bomb which destroys one sq km of the city. Germany is finally getting revenge for obliterated German cities.

Saturday, April 6 1946 Birmingham

Birmingham is rocked by a nuclear blast. The B-29 atom bomber base in Birmingham is completely destroyed and so are atom bombs stored in the base.

Sunday, April 7 1946 USA

Upon hearing of the German atom bombs Edward Teller proposes a thermonuclear bomb project. It seems possible to make a hydrogen bomb a thousand times stronger than an atom bomb. Massive funds are needed to investigate the feasibility.

Monday, April 8 1946 England

The RAF launches operation Landsdale. It is a secret mission organized by the biological warfare department. It involves Anthrax attacks on many large German cities. Anthrax is a deadly disease, treatable only with penicillin which the Germans don't have. British scientists have produced the Vollum strain which is the most virulent Anthrax bacterium.
Churchill had always resisted operation Landsdale. His instinct told him that biological warfare is at best unpredictable and at worst counterproductive. Now the Allied joint chiefs of staff have warned that it is the only effective means left to stop Germany. Optimistic war planners are convinced that Germany will soon sue for peace as the disease spreads.
Previously Churchill had attended a meeting in the staff war room where operation Landsdale was discussed. During the meeting an A4 rocket landed half a km away with a terrific crash. Some plaster fell from the ceiling on the prime minister's hat. Churchill shrugged, spread his hands and said "gentlemen, do your worst."
At 22:15 hours Lancaster squadron 332 takes off, 24 bomber in all armed with 96 tons of white Anthrax powder in canisters. More bombers take off in a feint attack to divert night fighters. 332 Squadron flies low to avoid detection and over the channel the aircraft separate, each to its own target. Berlin is to be the main target but most big cities will be attacked.
Flying low in the dark is a dangerous business even in peacetime. Under the circumstances it is remarkable that 16 Lancasters reach their targets and release their evil cargo. By 4:00 the surviving aircraft are back and the crews are debriefed. The operation is considered a success.

Tuesday, April 9 1946  

The veteran 1st SS army breaks through in the Reading area and reaches Gloucester in 24 hours. The Allied front is cut in two. Allied soldiers still have no defense against nerve gas. Chemical suits are now available in small numbers but they are so cumbersome that the soldiers do not use them.

Wednesday, April 10 1946 Oxford

The Allied forces are given no time to recover. Rommel's 21st division passes through Oxford.
In Germany the first Anthrax cases are diagnosed. The victims are already in distress, bleeding from nose and eyes and having a high fever.

Thursday, April 11 1946 Ipswich

Ipswitch invasion

Axis forces invade the east coast of Great Britain unexpectedly. Ipswich is taken with a combined attack including a parachute drop, helicopter and Tilt-roter landings. Both sides have run out of atom bombs at this stage.
There are thousands of Anthrax cases in all major German cities. The location of the victims indicates that large areas of cities are contaminated. It also indicates that this is the result of enemy action. A major rescue effort is organized led by doctor Joachim Brand.

Friday, April 12 1946  Maidstone

A major unexpected counterattack by the British 7th Armored division and the US 3rd Armored division hits the Axis forces advancing from the east coast. the British Centurions with 20Pdrs and US Pershings inflict serious damage on the 91st Luftlandedivision and the 2nd Panzer Division. this creates panic at OKH, who fear the offensive cutting the seaports off from the advancing Armies.
In Germany cleanup crews are decontaminating city areas using chlorine dioxide. The cities themselves are brought to a standstill. Hospitals are overflowing and the first victims have died. Goebbels has already denounced the enemy bio attack over the radio. He announces the creation of a tribunal that will investigate war crimes.

Saturday, April 13 1946 Maidstone

Maidstone counterattack

The Maidstone counterattack is stopped by the Jagdtigers of 503 battalion. Jagdtigers engage Pershings with their 128 mm cannons at a range of 4 km. Jagdtigers can only be taken out by a rear attack, so Pershings try to bypass the enemy. They run into an ambush by rocket launching Kübelwagens. The nimble Kübelwagens dash between the armor and fire their rockets at point blank range - very dangerous but very effective. The Allies retreat behind a smoke screen but are harassed by the Luftwaffe all the way back to their starting points. Hundreds of burnt-out wrecks litter the fields. The way to London is opened. This is truly unlucky 13th for England.
Meanwhile in Germany, Doctor Brand has used chlorine dioxide to treat his own son who showed severe Anthrax symptoms. As sometimes happens in dire need Brand had a flash of inspiration or perhaps it was despair. He prepared a solution of 10% chlorine dioxide gas dissolved in water and forced his son to drink it. He immediately blamed himself for being foolish. To his utter amazement, his son started improving within 30 minutes and after another dose of the medicine made a spectacular recovery after four hours. There was no time to lose: Doctor Brand spread the news of the cure through his organization and within hours patients were being treated everywhere.

Sunday, April 14 1946 Bedford


German pincers meet at Bedford. London is surrounded. The Allied forces are now cut into three parts.
In German cities thousands of Anthrax patients have made spectacular recoveries. Clearly Chlorine dioxide is a more potent remedy than penicillin. However there may be delayed side effects. Medical labs start testing the effect of the substance on other diseases.

Tuesday, April 16 1946 London

Axis troops slowly inch their way forward at the outskirts of London, suffering heavy casualties in the process. Veterans relive their experiences in Moscow and Stalingrad. Cyclosporin, the most deadly nerve gas yet, is used to destroy resistance.

Wednesday, April 17 1946 London

Croydon Airport in London is overrun by Axis troops. Axis forces are attacking regardless of losses. There is a sense of outrage among the troops after details of the bio attack on Germany become known.
The roughnecks of 998 penal battalion distinguish themselves in fierce hand-to-hand fighting and receive an honorable mention in daily dispatches. There are now 140 Axis divisions in England of which 36 are international SS units. Allied forces start unraveling under relentless combined assaults.

Thursday, April 18 1946 London

The exhausted defenders of London surrender after a Soman attack causing heavy losses. US troops in the north start evacuating Great Britain using anything that can float including submarines and cruisers. Downed Axis jet fighters and captured equipment are also evacuated. British and French troops are evacuated to Canada. Generals Eisenhower and Bradley have left but Montgomery refuses to leave his troops.

Saturday, April 20 1946 Germany

Hitler celebrates his 57th birthday, with an overwhelming sense of achievement. England has all but fallen, Russia is no more, and America is taking a beating. The 'Solution' to the Jewish problem is going along as planned. Year 14 of the thousand year Reich looks to be promising. As usual Hitler inspects his birthday present: an array of new prototype weapons. There is a new tank, the Leopard, with a 105mm gyro-stabilized gun, top speed of 60kph and automatic gearbox. This is the fastest tank in the world. An SS trooper demonstrates a new anti-aircraft weapon: The Fliegerfaust, a shoulder launched IR rocket that has a fair chance of bringing down low-flying aircraft. A wooden mockup of a Horten-XIII Mach 2 fighter is displayed. Hitler seems to be in distress. His left arm shakes uncontrollably when it is not clasped to his side. He has a stoop and his movements are hesitant. This is being observed by the cold cruel eyes of Himmler who is calculating Hitler's life expectancy.

Sunday, April 21 1946 Liverpool

The Axis starts an overwhelming offensive in the north of England. The Allies are critically short of equipment. The Atlantic sea routes are almost cut off by submarines. Giant Ju-390 cargo aircraft drop supplies around the clock, supporting units that have outrun their supply lines.

Monday, April 22 1946 Abergavenny

Otto Skorzeny's special forces make a helicopter landing at Abergavenny where Rudolf Hess is freed from Maindiff Court Military Hospital and promptly flown to Berlin. Hitler greets Hess exuberantly. This moment is indeed a symbol of the power of the third Reich. Hess now has to recover from the evil effects of misguided pacifism. He will be sent to a sanatorium.

Wednesday, April 24 1946 panzergraf

Generalleutnant Graf Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Comminetz Hyazinth - affectionately known as panzergraf by his troops - makes a sudden and unwelcome appearance at Manchester airport with his Tiger regiment. The airport is immediately in chaos as long lines of cargo aircraft are shot up putting and end to any hopes of evacuation from Manchester. Panzergraf is one of the most reckless German tank commanders, wounded fifteen times in battle and this stunt is typical of him. His superiors find him quite impossible to handle and simply let him have his own way.

Sunday, April 28 1946 England

Allied forces in the north of England have fought to a standstill and ask for surrender terms. The old enemies Rommel and Montgomery finally meet. Rommel guarantees the safety of all prisoners of war as a matter of course. He is the big hero of the war and has more prestige than any German public figure, not excepting Hitler himself.
The old enemies reminisce for a long time about their experiences but unfortunately no record of this is made for posterity.

Saturday, May 4 1946 Plymouth

The Allies have made their last stand in south-west England but finally surrender at Plymouth. The Scottish Guards resisted the 1st SS army for three days by themselves and only surrendered when their last bullet was fired. Now the survivors march into captivity with doodlebags defiantly blaring. An SS colonel shouts "Achtung unsere tapfere Feinde!" and immediately SS troops present arms and salute the Scottish Guards. It is a magnificent exit that causes the suspicion of a tear in many an eye.
Great Britain is thoroughly defeated.

Wednesday, May 8 1946 Berlin

The cost of the invasion of Great Britain was tremendous. German losses were 850,000 casualties and thousands of tanks and aircraft. The atom bomb threat to Germany has been eliminated though, making it worthwhile. The US has lost 600,000 soldiers, of which 400,000 have become prisoners in the greatest mass surrender in US history. Civilians have borne the brunt of the first atomic war. Losses can only be estimated in the confusion but are certainly in the millions in Great Britain and Germany.
Operation schäre is launched by the secret service. It is an all-out drive to locate British secret projects and scientists. The British have made amazing progress in radar. There simply must be other hidden knowledge.

Friday, May 10 1946 London

We are the brown soldiers. We fight for freedom and justice...

A military parade is held in London after a careful check with Geiger counters. A temporary podium is constructed at the Whitehall ruins where a gloating Göring in resplendent uniform takes the salute. Hitler could not attend due to ill health. What Churchill always feared is happening now. Soldiers singing "The brown soldiers" march through Piccadilly, the street lined with Swastikas flying from ruined buildings.
Afterward, soldiers are hunting for war posters throughout the city. Particularly popular is a poster of Churchill with the title "We shall never surrender." It is the height of fashion to be photographed next to the poster.
A deadly calm descends over Great Britain. The first International Red Cross units arrive in London. It is the start of the cleanup of Great Britain's obliterated cities. Lord Halifax is put in charge of the British government. Manchester will be the seat of government until the center of London is rebuilt. Mossley is released from prison and will head the British Nazi party.

Wednesday, May 15 1946 

Winston Churchill is found hiding away in a private house in Westerham, close to his residence in Chartwell. He is promptly flown to Berlin for a show trial and execution. The London Times carries the story with the bitter headline "10 Million casualties - for nothing."

Saturday, May 17 1946 England

The roundup of England's Jews begins. German Jews who fled from Germany and were interned in England are particularly unfortunate. After spending seven years in British jails they are now sent to concentration camps in Poland. Here they will be 'Re-settled', officially in the Minsk area but there is suspicion that they will be sent to previously Soviet concentration camps in Siberia. These camps are supervised by ex-NKVD guards who delight in tormenting Jews as much as they did "anti-revolutionaries."

Saturday, June 1 1946 

Ireland declares war on Ulster, prudently after US troops have left. Axis troops have been flown into Ireland and cross the border, meeting little resistance.

Tuesday, June 4 1946 Ulster

Ireland gets Ulster as a reward for becoming the newest Axis member. General Franco of Spain takes note and asks for an audience with Hitler. He receives the cold shoulder and a stern command not to attack Gibraltar which is now regarded as German territory although still in British hands. Spain is being punished for not being eager to help the Axis when times were tough.

Wednesday, June 5 1946 Paris
Two American B32 Dominators, flying from the US Mainland, atom bomb the major U-Boot bases at Brest, Lorient. A third deliberately attacks Paris, causing many civilian casualties. It is later found out the commander of the Dominator lost a brother in the Cobra debacle, and desired revenge. 250,000 French citizens and 5000 German soldiers are killed. The U-boot bases are wrecked, and many submarine crews are killed. The Dominators do not have the range to make it back to base, and they try to reach North Africa. They are shot down close to Sicily. Vichy France breaks off diplomatic relations with the US. Sweden delivers a complaint to the US embassy.
Paris Bomb

the Ruins of the Eiffel tower after the American Atomic Attack.

Thursday, June 6 1946 Britain

A German convoy is attacked by British Resistance fighters. The British Resistance is slowly gathering its strength. The government did not trust its citizens enough to provide for weapons caches though, so the resistance fighters have problems getting weapons and ammunition. The Gestapo takes the usual step of taking hostages and employing spies. Notices are now posted at all post offices and police stations to the effect that hostages will be shot at a ten to one ratio for every German killed.
In France resistance is dying down now that British supplies of arms are stopped.

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