World War II: Failed D-Day Invasion is an alternate history in which the point of divergence occurred on June 2, 1944, when Nazi intelligence learn of the impending D-Day invasion.
The Plan (Pre-June 1944)
After careful planning, the Allies prepare the infamous D-Day invasion, set for June 6, 1944. Eisenhower gives a speech the day before, also having a prepared speech in case of a failed invasion.
Interception and Nazi response (June 2, 1944)
Nazi intelligence return to Berlin with the Allies plans on June 2, 1944. After reviewing the plans for the impending attack, Hitler calls his generals to a meeting. The Nazi High Command realizes they only have 90 hours to act. Hitler foresees a powerful attack, and so he intends to risk it by moving German troops to Western Europe.
After taking advice from his generals, who warn Hitler that it was too risky to put so many troops in the west, Hitler ultimately goes with his gut. He orders three divisions of the army to proceed west. Division 1 is sent to Belgium, Division 2 is sent to Normandy, and Division 3 is used as back up in central France. Hitler's plan of attack is to wait for the enemy to strike first. He also plans on a massive bombing on the landing invaders.
Delayed Attack (June 2-10, 1944)
Allied Intelligence receive reports that massive movement of German troops are heading west towards France, right toward the intended landing zone. Eisenhower reviews the plans and the Allied commanders postpone the invasion to June 10, and change a few of the landing locations.
When June 6 comes, the German army awaits the Allies. Hitler anxiously awaits the battle in Berlin . Nothing happens throughout the entire day. Throughout June 7 and 8, nothing happens either. By June 9, Hitler realizes that the Allies have postponed the date of the invasion up after massive divisions of the German army are discovered moving west. Hitler remains calm and orders the army to wait for the attack.
The Attack (June 10-15, 1944)
At 06:00 hours on June 6, 1944, the world did not know that by the end of the day, the world would never be the same. The Allies immediately storm the beaches of Normandy and other landing beaches on D-Day. German commanders prepare for the surprise attack. Just as most of the Allied armies are landing on the beaches, the Luftwaffe goes in for the attack. 1,200 Luftwaffe fighters and bombers spread out over the western French coast and attack the invaders, who are unprepared for such a surprise attack. The Luftwaffe leaves to refuel and rearm, and continuously pounds the invading army. Some Allies flee, others move east. By nightfall, the Allies are exhausted. After the Nazi victory, a few of Hitler's generals try to persuade Hitler that he should let the ground troops finish off the surviving invaders. Anticipating fresh Allied troops, Hitler turns this request down. By 23:00 hours, Allied troops who made it, along with divisions of surviving Sherman tanks, begin to advance through the French countryside. When they reach Nazi camps, they attack. After several attacks through the night, German commanders attack and push any remaining allies toward the west, without receiving permission from Hitler. The mighty Tiger assault divisions quickly destroyed whatever they found ... tanks, soldiers and even anti-tank guns. By June 15, all allied strongholds are abandoned and the German Wehrmacht retake Western Europe.
After what became "The Battle of Normandy," the allies were torn. Over 78,000 allied troops were killed, 34,000 wounded and over 20,000 were missing. While only 7,000 German casualties were recorded, along with 27 aircraft and 11 Tiger II tanks. And which Eisenhower called "The greatest military disaster in history". Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda, used this decisive victory to raise German civilian and military morale and to usher in the belief that the war was effectively won in one single battle.
Hitler was delighted at the Nazi victory, but at the same time he was fretful. Believing that the war would be over if England were to be defeated, Hitler planned a second attempt at invading Great Britain called "Fall Grau" (Case Grey) in the fall of 1944.
Second Battle of Britain (August-October 1944)
In August and September of 1944, German strategic bombers began bombing southern England, just as they did 4 years earlier in 1940. This time, the Luftwaffe is able to clear a stretch of land on the British coastline to plan an invasion.
On October 1, 1944, German troops began storming the beaches of southern England; in retaliation, the Allies attempt to encircle the invading German forces. However, the Allies were unprepared for such an attack; they were held off and the Germans began moving toward London.
Siege of London
Throughout October 1944, the Wehrmacht fought their way through southern England, and reached London late in the month. Seeing the attack was inevitable, the British seat of government was moved to Liverpool. London fell in November, and southern England became under German occupation.
The Germans moved quickly through England, taking important strongholds and cities; the British government fled to the United States in December 1944. On December 15, 1944, Roosevelt met privately with Churchill, a few members of Parliament, as well as high ranking British and American military officers.
King George VI and some of the Royal Family fled to Canada.
Status of War: January 1945
German plans (1945)
By 1945, Nazi Germany had driven back the invading Soviet forces from Eastern Europe; after the United Kingdom fell, the Wehrmacht invaded Ireland to deny the Allied powers a chance to stage troops there. Nazi Germany also increased stronger military presence in France in case of another future invasion attempt by the Allied powers and to cull the French resistance who foolishy overexcited themselves by staging uprisings and expecting and anticipating the American arrival. On January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler and his generals met in Nuremberg to discuss their future plans.
The first plan called for the decimation of Allied troops in southern Italy called "Unternehmen Schlachthof" (Operation Slaughterhouse). At this point, the Allies had taken control over the southern half of Italy but failed to break the Gothic Line. The second plan called "Unternehmen Goldenes Quadrat" (Operation Golden Square) called for plans on taking control of the oil fields in the Middle East and to stage a coup-d'etat in Iraq to restore the Nazi sympathizer Rashid Ali al-Gaylani in power who was overthrown in 1941 following the Anglo-Iraqi War. The third and final plan was called "Unternehmen Titus" (Operation Titus) named after the Roman general who besieged Jerusalem around 2000 years ago. The plan called to completely remove all British presence in Palestine following the subsequent German victorys in hopes of restoring Arab control over the region and to encourage anti-Jewish attacks amongst the Arab population, and to hasten and successfully solve the "Final Solution to the Jewish question".
During these German victories, the top secret Manhattan Project was underway. Initially, plans to bomb Japanese cities were the primary goal. However, additional nuclear weapons were to be created to bomb Nazi strongholds, Berlin being considered a last resort target. As the situation in Europe deteriorated, Soviet scientists got involved.
February-March 1945: Southern Front
In February 1945, Axis powers began sending more troops into Italy to retake the peninsula. The Allies, now weakened from the Battle of Normandy, were unable to maintain Italy, and the peninsula fell back into Axis hands by March 1945, and Benito Mussolini returned as leader.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. On the same day, Vice President Harry S. Truman was sworn in as President. Truman immediately wanted to end the war as fast as he could.
Treaty of Helsinki
After being terribly weakened, and since the Normandy invasion failed, and after being pushed back from Eastern Europe, Joseph Stalin met with Adolf Hitler, Carl Mannerheim, and Benito Mussolini in Helsinki, Finland. Where Stalin signed an armistice on April 14, 1945. In the agreement, the Soviet Union would turn over any German POWS to the German military and return any Eastern European territories annexed by the Soviet Union to its respective sovereign counties. Italy would take complete control of the Black Sea. The Soviet Union would also be demilitarized for a period of 4 years until May 8th, 1949 and pay reparations to Finland until 1997 because "Of the Soviet Union's terrible aggression against the Finnish nation in the Winter War". Joseph Stalin cried profusely upon hearing the terms and initially refused to accept them as truth, although he accepted due to fears of potential anti-Soviet uprisings in the war-weary Russian population and because of his diminishing mental health. With the threat of the East finally concluded, Adolf Hitler was free to concentrate his forces west against the United States and England and to bring the war in Germany's favor.
War in the Pacific
After the failed Normandy invasion, and the loss of Italy, the United States put forth more efforts into the Pacific Theatre. By May 1945, they successfully won a series of battles on several islands. The Japanese surrendered to the United States on May 4, 1945, without the use of nuclear weapons.
On July 1, 1945, President Truman received word from scientists involved in the Manhattan Project that the bombs were ready for use. After a briefing with his generals, Truman sends a telegram to Berlin, requesting that Hitler should surrender or else. When Hitler received the telegram, he refused to surrender.
On July 9, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Munich. After seeing the devastation, Hitler immediately ordered a massive bombing campaign on American soil.
Beginning on July 14, 1945, a series of bombing raids took place on American ports on the eastern seaboard, killing over 17,000 people and injuring over 39,000 more. Truman, now having a tough decision to make, ordered the bombings of Frankfurt and Hamburg.
Frankfurt and Hamburg
The USAAF dropped atomic bombs on Frankfurt and Hamburg on July 20, 1945. After hearing about the bombings, the Nazi government temporarily fled to occupied Norway for protection. Hitler's response was another series of bombing raids on the eastern seaboard that resulted in the deaths of over 39,000 Americans with over 72,000 injured. This included the destruction of Philadelphia and Boston. Truman immediately realized that the war was going nowhere, so he sent a telegram to Hitler, requesting they meet to make peace negotiations. Hitler agreed, and they were set to meet in Ottawa, Canada for the meeting.
Treaty of Ottawa
Delegates from the warring countries and the German protectorate government in France met in Ottawa for deliberation and peace talks.
- Harry S. Truman (United States)
- Sir Winston Churchill (United Kingdom)
- Adolf Hitler (Germany)
- Benito Mussolini (Italy)
- King George VI (United Kingdom and The Commonwealth)
- William MacKenzie King (Canada)
- Philippe Pétain (Vichy France)
The terms of the Treaty were as follows:
- Immediate withdrawal of all German military personnel on the British Isles.
- Immediate withdrawal of all German occupation forces stationed in mainland Europe.
- Eastern border of the Third Reich splits Poland in half, with the eastern side becoming the Independent Republic of Poland.
- Vichy France is formally recognized by Great Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
- End of the Holocaust and allow Jews to peacefully leave Germany without trouble.
Aftermath of World War II
After the Treaty of Ottawa, the world was relieved that the war was over, but numerous issues remained that would continue the tensions between the United States and the Third Reich.
Right after returning from peace talks in North America, Adolf Hitler and several NSDAP members were greeted by the sound of cheering civilians and Nazi Germany's national anthem "Deutschland Über Alles". A jubilant Hiter delivered a speech at the Reichstag declaring the end of the war and the ultimate victory of Germany over the Allied powers. With tears of joy in his eyes he said "It is in our aspirations that this great nation, this great reich should last for a thousand years!! Long live the National Socialist movement!! Long live Germany!!" Finally at long last Germany was at peace.
Post-war United States
The United States was able to quickly recover from the bombing raids that left thousands of Americans dead. The way Truman handled the end of the war was extremely unpopular, and he resigned as a result on March 5, 1947. Since there was no Vice President in office, Secretary of State George C. Marshall succeeded Truman as the 34th President of the United States. He won a landslide election in 1948 and again in 1952.
As Germany continued to militarize, develop nuclear weapons, and prepare to launch a satellite into space, the United States did the same, stressing the importance of science and math education as well as keeping the military strong. The atmosphere of the United States was more patriotic than ever. General Eisenhower succeeded George C. Marshall to the Presidency in 1953, served two full terms.
World War III
Staying truth to his words in Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler planned for a second invasion of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1954. On June 22, 1954 the thirteenth anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, without a formal declaration of war. German forces invaded the Independent Republic of Poland and proceeded to invade the Soviet Union with over 7 million men, 40,281 tanks, 71,450 artillery pieces and 27,786 aircraft. The Soviet Union remained demilitarized until 1949 leaving her only 5 years to rearm herself. The surprise German invasion shocked the world and... consequently plunged the world into yet another world war. The Nazi High Command also planned for a naval invasion of the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America in the Spring of 1956. Hitler explained the reasoning behind invading Latin America because they planned to exterminate these "disgusting inferior, mixed raced bastards" and because of the official state policy of "Jagd Juden" (Hunting Jews) who fled Europe. His reasoning behind invading the continental United States was he planned to "utterly destroy the wretched capitalist state to make the world safe for National Socialism" . Adolf Hitler said to his staff in Berlin that "This war will be entirely a race war, and the side that wins owns the future".
- Presidents of the United States
- 32nd Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933 - April 12, 1945)
- 33rd Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945 - March 5, 1947)
- 34th George C. Marshall (March 5, 1947 - January 20, 1953)
- 35th Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961)
- Adolf Hitler (1933 - )
- United Kingdom
- Winston Churchill