Had those two operations gone wrong, or had the Communists had a little more time, then all of European history could be drastically rewritten.
POD: Philippe Petain, Pierre Laval, and Fernand de Brinnon, amongst other members of the collaborationist regime, are killed by Resistance members on August 11th, 1944.
The ensuing political turmoil would create a Communist-controlled Southern France as well as a sizable Parisian Commune. Loyalties to the Soviet Union were quickly cut, with the western Allies breathing down their neck. After a difficult birth, the Communist French found an ally in the two other independent Communist states in Europe: Yugoslavia, under Tito, and a Red Greece under the former Communist resistance forces. Their alliance would create a socialist Southern Bloc around the Mediterranean that would radically alter European politics, east-west relations, and the course of history.
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- Alliance of Independent Leftist Republics
- European Union
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Warsaw Pact