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Saturday, August 17, 2013

WWII: Alternate Timeline for My World War II Project

Alternate WW2 Campaign Background  

Japan conquers Manchuria.

Stalin begins the Great Purge, the Russian Army officer corps is decimated. 

September:  Mongolian Army troops attack a Manchu and Japanese Army Base along their border.  The next day Manchukuo and Japan declare war on Mongolia.  Russia declares war on Japan and Manchukuo.

October:  Italy invades Ethiopia. 

By the end of the year Japan occupies half of Mongolia and captures Vladivostok and parts of Southeast Russia.  The Second Russo-Japanese War has started out bad for Russia. 

Britain, France and the United States increase military spending.

Italy conquers Ehtiopia. 

Spanish Civil War begins.

Second Russo-Japanese War begins to stalemate in the East with both sides encamped in trenches on opposite sides of a huge front that stretches from the Arctic to China.  Both Japanese and Russian arms industries reach peak production.  However Japan needs more resources and starts looking South into China.  

July the Imperial Japanese Army invades China to secure resources for the war against Russia and the Sino-Japanese War begins.  

United States cuts off oil supply to Japan.  As a result of the U.S. oil embargo the Imperial Japanese Navy begins to plan an invasion of the United States and Canada with landings in South America to capture the Panama Canal, Columbia, Venezuela and Peru.  From there the Imperial Army can march up Mexico and down from Canada to capture the Western United States.

December:  Stalin becomes more paranoid due to the war with Japan and begins to fear the west, particularly Germany and decides that he must create a buffer zone which extends from an area Northwest of Leningrad to Romania.  Stalin demands land from Finland and offers a territorial trade.  Finland refuses to comply and Stalin orders the Soviet Military Command to begin planning an invasion of Finland, Poland, and Romania.
December: King Carol II dissolves parliament and becomes dictator of Romania and sides with Germany.

Polish spies copy notes from a senior German General whom was present for the secret meeting Hitler had with the General Staff in the Reichstag in 1937 wherein Hitler expressed his desire to conquer Eastern Europe including Poland.  Poland undertakes massive operations to expand their military and defensive positions.

March 12th Germany annexes Austria.

March 15th Neville Chamberlain dies, Churchill becomes Prime Minister. 

September: British and French ministers cannot agree on a plan for Germany and Czechoslovakia.  France is willing to appease Hitler but Churchill says Britain will stand with the Czechs.  As a result Hitler is forced to rethink his strategy towards Britain.

October:  Hitler orders his General Staff to begin plans for the invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland to begin within 1 year. 
Soviet Generals develop three pronged attack plan to invade Finland, Poland and Romania at the same time.  Stalin rejects the plan fearing it will take too many resources from the war in the East with Japan.  Instead Stalin orders the plan to be implemented one step at a time starting with Finland. 

October 31st:  Russia invades Finland. 

November: Britain and France offer military aid to Finland but want passage across Sweden and in the process to occupy the Swedish iron mines preventing export to Germany.  Germany threatens war if Sweden iron production is disrupted so Sweden refuses.  Italy and Germany send aid to Finland. 

Eastern Front: “No man’s land” between the trenches in Russia moves but a little.  Each side sends bombers and lobs shells at the other but both have learned to minimize the damage.  Although casualties on both sides continue to climb.  Japan changes political and propaganda strategy in Asia and actively recruits all Asians into its Armed Forces.

Spanish Civil War ends with a fascist victory.

Finnish troops are proving a determined adversary for the Red Army, Russia gains ground slowly but is paying a heavy price.  Stalin threatens to arrest General Putarkin if he doesn’t “finish the job.”

Germany invades Czechoslovakia and Poland, meets stiff resistance.  

Britain and France declare war on Germany. 

Battle of Lake Baikal:  With an overwhelming manpower and tank surge Russian troops under General Zhukov push the Japanese back to the Eastern shore of Lake Baikal and the front line changes drastically as a result.  However both sides hastily dig back into trenches on each side of the lake and the new front line that once again extends North to the Arctic and South to China.  The Russians re-capture the city of Irutsk and 50km of territory but at the loss of 906,000 men. 

Italy invades and conquers Albania.

Germany conquers Czechoslovakia and divides the country up.  Operations in Poland are advancing for Germany but the Poles are fighting hard.  After heavy fighting and hard losses Germany retakes Polish Corridor and captures Danzig.  Hitler orders his General Staff to speed up operations in Poland and then regroup for an attack on Soviet Russia.  

Further Hitler orders the conquest of Norway.  

Germany grants 18 HE-111 Medium Bombers to the Finnish Air Force.

The British light cruiser HMS Ardent Resolve sinks German freighter Hamburg in the Indian Ocean.  

French and German forces skirmish along German border but neither side invades the other, each preferring to hide behind their formidable defensive lines.  

Britain calls up its reserves and trains them for deployment to France.

Germany, Italy and Japan sign the Tripartite Pact Berlin, Rome & Tokyo Axis.  Lesser signatories: Chile, Hungary, Romania, Iraq, Monaco, Montenegro, Albania, India (Nationalist Free Gov’t), Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Slovakia, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, and Argentina.  

Axis signatories declare war on Britain and France.

German submarine U-652 sinks the American destroyer USS Greer.   The same day the Imperial Japanese Navy with a regiment of Imperial Marines captures Guam while the Imperial Army invades the Philippines.  

The United States declares war on all Axis states.

Italy invades Egypt pushes British back to Cairo.

Spain captures Gibraltar but suffers heavy losses.  

Spain invades Portugal.  

The United States battleship the USS Arkansas BB-33 sinks the Spanish destroyer Allente and the freighter De Soto enroute to Argentina.

Japanese and Manchukuo forces capture the Mongolian capital. 

Finland conducts surprise night time bombing raid on the Kremlin in Moscow.  Only one of the bombers returned.  Stalin would die within a week from his wounds**Many suspect that Stalin was smothered to death by his guards while recovering.  

Finland begins to push Russians back.  Nikita Khrushchev appointed Premier of the Soviet Union.

Churchill sends Field Marshall Wavell to Egypt, within a month the British push the Italians back to Libya.

Hitler sends General Rommel to Africa to assist Italy with their operations there and to retake the lost German African colonies.

Italians capture Malta but with heavy losses.  

Germans and Italians take Egypt and push southward and west in Africa.  Afrika Korps expanded; Hitler orders Rommel that after he reclaims the lost German colonies to move south and capture the diamond and gold mines in Southern Africa.

First heavy French vs. Axis fighting takes place in North Africa.

Japanese and Russians are deadlocked in East Russia. Imperial Navy moving ahead with plans to invade Alaska, Hawaii and California. 

British move up from South Africa and Rhodesia while British in Kenya fight delaying action against the Italians and Germans.  

The United States creates four commands to handle the war.  They are the European, African and Asian Expeditionary Forces and at home the American Expeditionary Force to deal with the war in the Western Hemisphere.

Operation Screaming Eagle, the invasion of the United States and Canada is being developed in Berlin, Madrid & Rome as well as plans for the invasion of Brazil with allied Axis help from Argentina and Chile.

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