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Let's Kill Hitler is an alternate timeline in which Adolf Hitler and many other high-ranking Nazi Party officials were assassinated. After Hitler and his staff are killed, Nazi Germany fractures into several factions fighting for power. Germany collapses into civil war, and this alternate history explores the possibilities that could have resulted from Hitler's assassination.
November 8th - Adolf Hitler and many other high-ranking Nazi Party officials are killed in an explosion in the Bürgerbräukeller in the middle of Hitler's annual address at the Beer Hall Putsch anniversary. The perpetrator of the bombing, Georg Elser, flees to Britain.
November 9th - Hitler is given a state funeral. His body is flown to Berlin where it is buried.
November 9th - Elser is identified as a suspect for the bombings. The German government demands Britain to extradite Elser to Germany for trial. The British confirm that Elser was the culprit of the assassination but refuse to return Elser to Germany. Elser is granted asylum in the United Kingdom.
November 10th - A collective state funeral is held for the other high-ranking officials in Hitler's entourage: Joseph Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich, Rudolf Hess, Robert Ley, Alfred Rosenberg, Julius Streicher, August Frank, Hermann Esser and Heinrich Himmler.
November 11th - The office of Führer, which was held by Hitler himself, is dissolved and separated again into the positions of Reichspräsident and Reichskanzler. Martin Bormann, as the highest ranking Nazi official still living, declares himself the new Chancellor with little resistance. He appoints Hermann Göring as President.
November 15th - The Communist Party of Germany (KPD) gains prominence in Berlin. Its militia attacks the Reichstag and Reich Chancellery. In the ensuing brawl, the SS and SA fight against the Communists. The populace of Berlin, now no longer under Hitler's shadow, fractures and fights against each other for control of the city. The Communists ultimately win and declare the collapse of the Nazi regime and the establishment of the Socialist Republic of Germany (Sozialistrepublik Deutschland)
November 16th - The Wehrmacht forces stationed in Berlin, with the defeat of the SS and SA, march into the city to put down the revolt. In the chaos, Bormann, Göring and the other Nazis flee Berlin and head to Munich, where support for the Nazis is at its strongest. They re-establish the Nazi government in Munich.
November 18th - By the 18th, the Wehrmacht has fractured, and infighting has started.
December 20th - German advancement stops. The Polish and Czech Resistance begins pushing back the Germans. With the army is disarray, German troops flee and retreat. The Poles declare the western half of Poland independent of German rule and forms the Free State of Poland. The Czech Resistance takes power and forms the Republic of Bohemia, also declaring independence from the Germans. Slovakia maintains its allegiance to Germany and declares war on Bohemia.
December 23rd - The KPD is victorious in the battle for power in Berlin. The Wehrmacht troops in Berlin surrender and some join the new German Red Army.
December 25th - The Soviet Union officially recognises the SRD as the legal German government. France and the UK refuse to recognise the Communist government.
December 26th - Chancellor Bormann attempts to reunify the Wehrmacht in a speech that is broadcast on all radio wavelengths used in Germany, but fails. President Göring orders the withdrawal of troops from northeast Germany. The several thousand still loyal to the Nazis retreat and join the government in Munich.
December 28th - Georg Elser is awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in assassinating Hitler and his staff.
December 30th - Prime Minister Walter Ulbricht of the SRD announces the re-organisation of the Rotfrontkämpferbund, the Communist Party's militia, into the SRD's main military organisation. The Volkspolizei, the SRD's police force, and the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, the secret service, is established simultaneously. President Ernst Thälmann is formally made Supreme Commander of the Rotfrontkämpferbund.
December 31st - The remains of Nazi leaders buried within North Germany are exhumed on the orders of the Socialist government and are destroyed.
January 1st - The Rote Volksflagge is officially declared the national flag of the Socialist Republic of Germany. However, due to the ongoing collectivisation process, manufacturing facilities are not yet available. The flag of the Soviet Union is instead used for most purposes. The original Volksflagge is raised on one of the flagpoles of the Volkstagsgebäude. The rest of the Volkstagsgebäude, having been destroyed in the Reichstag fire of 1933, undergoes reconstruction. Instead, the Volkstag meets in the Kroll Opera House as the Reichstag did before the Nazis were overthrown.
January 2nd - Removal of Nazi symbols in Berlin is completed.
January 4th - France withdraws its recognition of the Nazi government in Munich and instead backs the Communists in Berlin.
January 6th - The United Kingdom announces its recognition of the SRD as the German government.
January 10th - Communists in Hamburg take over and declare the city Socialist territory.
March 31st - Collectivisation of businesses is completed. The Nazis in Munich condemn this act as sabotaging the will of the German people.
April 2nd - Mass manufacturing of the Volksflagge in the SRD begins.
July 5th - All Soviet flags used by the Government in the SRD are replaced by the Volksflagge.
August 1st - A peace settlement is formally reached between the governments of North Germany and the Allied countries. However, it is agreed that the war against Nazi Germany should continue.
August 8th - The towns of Leipzig, Gera, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Plauen in Germany are taken over by Communists.
March 17th - The Free German Youth is made the official youth wing of the Rotfrontkämpferbund.
April 6th - Bielefeld is captured by the Rotfrontkämpferbund and declared a Socialist city. De-nazification of Bielefeld begins immediately. As Bielefeld was the hometown of deceased Nazi martyr Horst Wessel, it is a crushing defeat for the Nazis.
December 8th - The United States formally declares war upon the Empire of Japan.
December 8th - Japanese troops land on the Filipino island of Bataan. The Philippines Campaign begins.
December 22nd - The main attack on the Philippines by the Japanese begins. The Americans, diverting all forces intended for Europe should Germany declare war on the US to the Pacific Theatre, decisively halts the Japanese advance.
January 2nd - North Germany announces its intentions to join the Allies. The Nazis condemn the decision.
February 3rd - South Germany agrees upon a two-year truce with the Western Allies. Hostilities are ceased temporarily.
February 4th - South Germany requests a similar truce with North Germany, as well as mutual recognition. North Germany refuses and continues to fight.
February 8th - The North German government declares that de-nazification of Berlin is complete - over ten thousand people suspected of fanatically supporting Nazism have been arrested and await processing.
February 9th - The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
March 5th - 7th - US, British, French and Australian forces enter China. The combined military strength of the four Allies begins pushing the Japanese back. Chinese nationalists and Communists also join the fight.
April 6th - Shanghai is liberated.
May 12th - Peking is liberated.
July 4th - American planes begin bombing raids on Japanese cities.
August 13th - The Manhattan Project is initiated.
October 5th - The Japanese are forced out of China. Nationalists quickly reinstate the Republic of China and formally declare war on Japan.
November 14th - The Soviets enter Sakhalin Island and face fierce Japanese resistance. But the Soviets manage to push the Japanese out and occupy Sakhalin by 19th.
November 20th - The Soviets push south into Hokkaido while the Americans continue raids on Tokyo, Osaka and other major Japanese cities.
March 5th - Hokkaido is occupied by the Soviets, who then continue to advance into Honshu.
April 7th - Americans and Australians land in Kyushu. The race for Tokyo begins.
April 15th - The Americans and Australians occupy Kyushu and split up between Shikoku and Honshu. The Soviets steadily advance towards Tokyo.
April 27th - The Americans reach Osaka, where they are joined by Australian armies from now-occupied Shikoku.
April 30th - The Soviets' advance is halted by extremely fierce resistance from Japanese armies.
May 3rd - The Americans and Australians close in on Tokyo. The Battle for Tokyo begins.
May 6th - Soviet advance resumes.
May 17th - The Emperor of Japan surrenders to the Americans and Australians, but not to the Soviets. He pleads the Allies to push the Soviets out in cooperation with the Japanese. The Americans, not wanting war with the USSR, refuse and arrest the Emperor.
May 20th - 24th - The Tokyo Conference. The occupying nations of America, Australia and the Soviet Union discuss official terms of occupation. The terms of surrender are decided.
May 25th - Japan's leaders sign the armistice.
May 26th - June 3rd - Tokyo Conference continues. The occupying nations decide upon splitting Japan up between America, Australia and the USSR. America will receive southern Honshu, Australia will occupy Shikoku and Kyushu, and the USSR northern Honshu and Hokkaido, as well as Sakhalin.
February 2nd - Reconstruction of the Volkstagsgebäude is complete. Many statues, decorations and ornaments installed in the interior and the exterior of the building are replaced by Communist symbols. The Volksflagge is raised on the flagpoles of the building.
February 9th - The Volkstag officially opens its first session in the Volkstagsgebäude.
August 13th - In order to prevent the emigration of people from South Germany into the North, and also to prevent further expansion of the Socialist Republic, a barrier is put up overnight across Nazi Germany's border with the North. Troops of the Wehrmacht are lined along the border while rudimentary, preliminary fortifications are installed.
August 17th - The first concrete elements of what is now known officially as the Anti-Communist Defence Rampart (Antikommunistische Schutzwall) are erected.
October 2nd - Munich, the last stronghold of Nazism, is captured by the Communists. The Reichspräsident and Reichskanzler of South Germany agree to terms of surrender. The Rotfrontkämpferbund moves into the city to initiate occupation.
October 3rd - On the stroke of midnight, the flag of the Socialist Republic is raised in place of the Nazi flag on the Munich Reichstag. Germany is officially reunified under the former North German government.