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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What If: The Axis won World War Two? Part 1

With Wolfenstein: The New Order out I thought I would do my own spin on the subject. However if the Axis were to win the war realistically multiple things would have to have occurred differently to out timeline. In May 1940 the Nazis Blitzkrieg tactics had overwhelmed France and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted to send the RAF, (Royal Air Force), to help the beleaguered French. In our timeline the RAF leader Hugh Dowding refused to send spitfires knowing rightly that the French were done for but in this alternate one Dowding buckles and sends planes to help the French but most of the planes are lost. The Battle of Britain relied on the British not sending planes to France so with most of the RAF destroyed in Dunkirk and Normandy the Luftwaffe win the Battle of Britain, albiet with many losses. Goering then orders the Luftwaffe to destroy the British radar. Hitler then commences Operation Sealion and the Nazis invade the Isle of Wight but for now the German invasion of Britain is halted.

In our timeline Churchill underestimated the Japanese so sent more troops to Africa than Asia but in this timeline with Hitler directly on Churchill's doorstep more troops are diverted to Europe. Indochina, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Burma fall in 1941 instead of 1941. Similarly with more troops diverted to Britain Rommel and the Italians sweep up in Africa and capture Suez. In 1941 Hess makes his flight to Scotland knowing about Hitler's next plan. However Heydrich will lead Barbarossa with Churchill to distracted by Goerings bombing campaigns and now German landings in Cornwall to have Czech resistance trained to assassinate their butcherer. Hitler commences Barbarossa taking Stalin off guard but this time he eliminates bureaucracy so troops are well supplied and skips attacking Stalingrad to attack Moscow and the oil fields of the Caucauses instead. With this the Soviets are pushed back. Japan attacks Pearl Harbor brining the US into the war and the Grand Alliance is formed between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.

The US do their island hopping tactic to great success and with the winning of the Battle of Midway Japan starts to be pushed back but no Mediterranean Campaign that the Allies used happens with Moscow falling by late 1944 and Britain's capital relocating to Newcastle in 1943 after London falls and Churchill is killed in an air raid destroying St Pauls Cathedral as well. The Royal family flees to Canada before appointing Clement Attlee Prime Minister. Japan strains its forces invading India and initially nationalists are pleased by this until Gandhi is murdered peacefully resisting occupation starting the Indian War of Independence lasting until 1947. Nationalist China then falls but the Japanese cannot defeat Mao's Communists. Spain enters the Axis annexing Gibralter while Italy inavdes Malta and Cyprus in 1945 with a joint Italian/German invasion of Iran the same year to take the oil fields after the Shah refuses to trade with the Axis after the Allies had virtually ran the nation dry.

In 1944 the 20th July Plot still takes place with many generals angry at how Hitler had failed to take Britain and the USSR with his eratic leadership and constant meddling in the army left it severly weakened over the last few years. This is especially spurred on with the Kreisau Circle leaking to them details of the Holocaust so the plotters planned to end the regime to stop the genocide. Again it fails and many are murdered such as Claus von Stauffenberg and Rommel. Hitler again uses this as an excuse to meddle more in the army.

More sinisterly the Wannsee Conference takes place but many more people die in camps. With Britain and the USSR falling this dooms millions more Jews, leftists, homosexuals and many more to the hands of the Nazis but the purges are never found out so over 20million are systematically murdered in the camps. Britain falls in December 1945 so Truman signs a peace agreement with the European Axis powers. The Manhatten Project still happens in this reality and with the US capturing Okinawa with great expense of life two atom bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With war weariness from India and the Americans and months of bombing of cities from the Americans Japan signs a peace deal. They declare war on the USSR in March 1946 losing few soldiers to revitalise moral as by this time the Red Army had collapsed and they succeed in taking Sakhalin.

Thanks for reading and please comment. I will be doing a follow up showing the world after the April Agreement ending World War Two and the start of an alternate Cold War. Hope you enjoyed.

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