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Point of Divergence
On January 2nd, 1944, Operation Tempest commenced to coincide with the crossing of the 2nd Belarusian Front past the pre-war Polish border. The Polish forces contacted commanders of the Red Army and began successful joint operations with them against the Wehrmacht. Together they retook Kowel (April 6) and Włodzimierz.
Seeing the control of Polish territory to the Polish Home Army, the Government-In-Exile took its chances and began a mission across all diplomatic channels to get Western Allied support. With German defeat nigh, the Japanese considering defeat, and the lack of fear of a loss of support of Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference , the Western Allies chose to support the now legitimate Polish state, first by recognizing its rule over the territories it controlled by May 1st, 1944, but also by airlifting Allied trained Polish soldiers, supplies, and actual allied soldiers in an invasion of German occupied Poland, called Operation: Allied Storm. Due to this type of support, the Soviet forces were more or less forced to cooperate with the Polish Home Army, rather than fight against them for total control of Poland. This variety of factors, elaborated on in other pages, leads to the creation of a new world, one not entirely drastically different from our own, but nonetheless alien to ourselves. This Tempest Flare, this sudden burst of violent windstorm, changes the course of modern history and the Cold War, forever.