|Second Great War|
|Date||September 1, 1940 - March 15, 1946|
|Result||Decisive Allied Victory|
This was the most destructive war in history.
After losing the Great War, many Central Powers nations came under the sway of revanchist, militarist governments such as the German Nazi Party, the British Silver Shirts (in spite of Britain winning the war), and a newly expansionist Japanese Empire. These governments cooperated to subvert arms restrictions imposed by the League of Nations after its victory. Meanwhile the Western Powers weakened: In the United States, the Great Depression and it’s after effects slowed the economy. In Russia, the lack of heavy industry began to tell, and Communist guerrillas continued to fight the Government. These would all come to a head in 1939 ..
Spread of War: 1940
Hitler wrote extensively about Lebensraum, which he considered the highest priority, as Nazi Propaganda trumpeted the German Reich being a "people without space" citing Malthus extensively as well as his sick propaganda of a "Herrenvolk" in spite of rumours of possible Jewish Ancestry. Eventually, the United States, Russia, China, France and various powers in Latin America and other places united to form the Alliance to oppose Hitler. In 1940, Hitler demanded territories from Czechoslovakia. Russia vowed to defend the country if it was invaded by Hitler.
The Eastern Front
For the first time since 1812, the continental United States was being invaded by Britain. Although Mexico would come to its aid, America was in a very dire situation, especially as the Philippines and Hawaii were being attacked by the Japanese.
War in South America
Brazil and Argentina begin their Northward March. Eventually, they were met by Britain and they marched on Bogota, where they were surprisingly defeated by a coalition of Chile, Colombia, America, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and the United States. Cuba also sent soldiers as well for the "Grand Offensive" to "Pummel Brazil and Argentina into submission".
The Axis Pincer
Operation Fall Grün
Germany was caught in a quandary, it had enemies on all sides. Poland, Czechoslovakia to the east, and France to the west. the plan was to quickly knock out Poland and Czechoslovakia, then take out France before Russia had mobilized its troops, and then shift their armies east again to combat the Russians. this would be a plan fraught with dangers. Fall Grun, the attack on Czechoslovakia and Poland, went into action on the First of September, 1939. Lithuania, who had lost territory to Poland, joined in the war on the Germans side. at the Battle of Ivančice, the Czechs suffered a massive defeat. Poland surrendered by October 26th, while Czechoslovakia lasted until December 3rd.
The Russian Onslaught
The Russian steamroller entered East Prussia on the 20th of January, 1940. at the Second Battle of Tannenburg, they suffered one of the worst defeats in history.
Germany invaded the now weakened Russia from Poland with the support of Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and Finland. Britain tries to drive up Central Asia, but is stopped by the Chinese and caught in a stalemate, as well as being overstretched in Indochina, Thailand and Indonesia. After Petrograd was surrounded, Tsar Alexei ordered contingency nine to go into effect (the evacuation of the Russian Government to Akmolinsk). Britain was also caught up in a fight with Afghan partisans that significantly hindered their progress.
At the same time, Japanese soldiers land at the Kamchatka Peninsula and Vladivostok. The surprised Russian forces under General Apanasenko were decisively defeated. General Vasily Dzugashvili (whose meteoric rise through the ranks stunned even the Tsar) organises a retreat to Yakutsk. His Half brother Yakov is killed in action at Khabarovsk.
Architects of evil
In the captured Polish, Czech and Russian Territories, Einsatzgruppen began rounding up Jews and shooting them. This had an affect on their minds, with some going mad and some more even killing themselves. For the Nazis, there had to be a solution. Reinhard Heydrich, leader of the SD began a meeting with other leading Nazis in Wannsee, Berlin to discuss the so-called "Final Solution". They agreed on using gas chambers that would result in the murders of seven million Jews in America, Russia and Europe. One infamous death Camp was near Twin Falls Idaho where 600,000 people were murdered by the Axis.
War in Africa
The joint Italian, British and German force fought the Free French in Morocco and Algiers, while defending the oil fields of Iraq and Iran from the Russians in the north. One thing working in the Free French's favour was the foreign legion who held their ground in Tripoli in a long siege.
Fall Blau and the battle of Tsaritsyn
Things began looking up for the allies after Tsaritsyn survived a massive attack in 1944. America also began pushing British forces out of the mainland and The Siberian winter also began to bite for Japan.
Secretary of defense Smedley Butler had the hindsight of stationing a considerable force in Alaska (This was a revised version of War Plan Red). After the British were caught up in a Tsaritsyn-esque battle at St. Louis, the Alaskan force began a massive push into Canada, forcing much of the British invasion force to retreat. As a result, this pincer movement gave Butler a place in the annals of military history.
With the entire US industrial capacity geared for war, the Americans began pushing the British back. Reinforcements from Mexico were a great boost for the military. George Patton began the push upwards with 500 Pershing tanks at his disposal into Alberta, where the British Army was waiting for them.
Attrition in the East
The Treaty of Mexico City was cedes the German corridor to Poland as well as breaking up the Anschluss. China got Manchuria and Korea became independent. The leaders of the Axis, Heydrich, Tojo etc. were tried in Munich where they were shot shortly afterward (Goring and Himmler shot themselves, while Tojo, Mosley and Hitler were killed in the nuclear blasts).