The Thousand Year Reich : Chapter 16, Futile Invasions

Author: Mattekillert
Published: 2017-02-01

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The year is 1944 and the world knows only war. At the top of the world stands Germany. Her industry is equal to the Americans and together with her allies she stands dominant over Europe and Asia. The planned independence for several nations like Persia and India under the Azad Hind has been put forth. They are expected to be granted independence by mid-1945.
In Africa German troops follow the west coast of French Africa working on ousting the remaining British troops. A creation of an enlarged Deutsches Afrika is also planned to restore wounded prestige.
In the south the incompetence of the Italians in pushing through East Africa has tired both Hitler and the Advisor who both now envision an enlarged Portugal who will be dragged into the war with the promise to finally connect their two colonies, a long held ambition.
The German industry is producing planes and ships at a remarkable rate. New large transport planes to provide the Fallschirmjäger with increased range and naval bombers to protect our battleship based fleets.
Enormous amounts of super heavy battleships and light cruisers are being produced. The modern super heavy battleships displace nearly 70 000 tons and are heavily armed with enormous batteries of 50 cm guns.
Enormous amounts of super heavy battleships and light cruisers are being produced. The modern super heavy battleships displace nearly 70 000 tons and are heavily armed with enormous batteries of 50 cm guns.
The British take more losses in the Far East.
On the morning of the 7th of September a force of nearly half a million Americans land in southern France. The shock runs deep as the Mediterranean has long been regarded as a safe sea after the seizure of both Gibraltar and the Suez. It would seem that the Americans rushed through the Straits of Gibraltar. The German force based there is a small force of mostly Sudeten volunteers who have never seen action. How they managed to miss the transportation of half a million men is mysterious.

Hitler figured he would ask the Advisor yet his fears came true when the Advisor again quoted the mystical and powerful “Game Mechanics”.
At the same time the Polish stage yet another futile uprising. They are quickly wiped out.
The 4. Leichte Division gets the honor of taking back Warsaw for the loss of 7 men. The following reprisal led to the death of at least some 25.000 Poles within the city for “Resisting the European world order.”
A full Panzer Armee is sent to southern France to help our ally who is still trying to rearm.
A full Panzer Armee is sent to southern France to help our ally who is still trying to rearm.
Ireland asks to build submarines. The fact that we haven’t built a single submarine is 5 years does not hold them back.
Never stood a chance.
The Americans reach all the way into Italy before we arrive to repel them. Mussolini is outraged that we allowed this to happen. When Hitler tried to explain to him the mysterious powers of the “Game Mechanics” he only made Mussolini angrier. Either way the Americans are being pushed back.
Marseille falls to the Americans after a long and bloody battle. The French are tougher fighters now than 5 years ago.
The pocket closes as the French cheer on the Panzer divisions rolling past them. It is shocking how quickly opinions shift.
The last Americans are cleaned up. Their little adventure into the Mediterranean was a failure. Where will they strike next?
Göring continues his shenanigans of wanting a Fallschirmjäger panzer division. The fact that it is a waste of both the unique qualities of the Panzer and the Fallschirmjäger is no matter to him. Hitler continues to appease this increasingly less powerful morphine addict.
The new primary resistance in Africa comes from the Brazilians. As the Americans continue their futile invasion attempts Brazil alone tries to stem the tide. Brave, but foolish.
The new primary resistance in Africa comes from the Brazilians. As the Americans continue their futile invasion attempts Brazil alone tries to stem the tide. Brave, but foolish.
The Americans continue their attempts to wrestle control of Europe from us. This time Wales and Scotland are the targets.
And again Panzer formations are sent to deal with the problem. Their reorganization will have to wait.
The Einsatzgruppen put up an impressive resistance against the American forces. Burning fields and blocking roads they buy valuable time.
Another fleet is completed and put under the command of Dönitz. They include the last normal sized battleships we expect to build. From now on only the giant super heavy battleships will be built.
In addition a huge force of naval bombers of the new ME-264 type are deployed in Emden.
A huge aircraft it has both the range and payload to sink any ship.
The Americans are slow to push through the mountains in Scotland.
Resistance in Wales comes to an end.
Hausser begins his assault. A true hero he has been at the forefront of all German offensives since 1941, leading the crack SS troops to victory again and again.
In the snowy peaks of the Scottish mountains the SS and the Americans go at it. Progress is slow and Hausser writes that is reminds him of the Russian winters.
Yet Hausser continues making solid progress.
Yet Hausser continues making solid progress.
The slow progress in Scotland calls in the Stuka wings. Even though they no longer contain stukas the term seems stuck to them. Then new FW-190 has proved a superior aircraft that is faster and can carry more armaments.
Finally Lairg is secured at heavy loss of life.
The bombing continues.
As more SS forms in Germany the American industry reaches an all-time peak. The Abwehr reports the US industry as being at strength of about 1500 IC as the Advisor calls it or 130% of German industry. The difference between Germany and America is our will is superior. Spurred on by national socialist virtues our troops overcome any hardship. No struggle is to hard for a German. The Americans meanwhile lack the spirit and toughness for a real soldier. Like all democracies they are weak.
As more SS forms in Germany the American industry reaches an all-time peak. The Abwehr reports the US industry as being at strength of about 1500 IC as the Advisor calls it or 130% of German industry.
The development of helicopters has come far in the last few years and now we finally feel ready to put a type into mass production. It opens up many possibilities that were impossible before.
Like air cavalry, much like the Fallschirmjäger a perfect unit for hard terrain.
Damn American sabotage.
Von Brauchitsch and a much reduced Panzer Armee Center are sent to Bulgaria to “guard” the border with Turkey.
In a logic defying and astonishing move the Americans land again in Scotland. This time on the Islands just of the coast, more men to the slaughter.
A report by French fishermen is confirmed by a ME-264 of the naval bomber wings. There are hostile ships in the Mediterranean.
A LOT of ships.
The bombers are called in yet again.
And Raeder approaches his enemy.
While outnumbered our ships are much sturdier and can take a large beating before being sunk.
While we had to retreat into a French port we inflicted heavy damage on the American fleet.
And Dönitz is also on his way.
Liberia is secured for France by our troops, just one of the many places where France will be growing.
As Raeder sails out a second time he inflicts a crushing defeat upon the American fleet. Destroyer after destroyer is sunk along with battleships and even carriers.
And when the American fleet tries to flee it runs into Dönitz.
And the results are equally crushing.
Spanish and French small shipping are ordered out to help save all the drowning American sailors as the German fleet continues to pursue the enemy.
Bombers continue to harass the fleet as it tries to escape. Air superiority is king in naval warfare.
The merciless sinking goes on as the American navy goes to the bottom of the sea.
Almost every single American ship has now been sunk.
In the Western Alboran Sea the last of the American fleet is sunk. The amount of ships sunk is beyond counting.
Just a few examples of the impressive sinking done by various Ships in the Kreigsmarine, The second battle for the Mediterranean has been a trial by fire for all German sailors. Yet it became the largest victory of a German naval force ever. Or as the Advisor put it “A crushing brow! A shamefur dispray!” Why he used a Japanese accent is beyond our knowledge. Although we have asked the Abwehr the report is still pending.
As the Mediterranean is finally secured again Italy is quickly pushing south. Perhaps they have been made aware of our plans. Operation Eisenstrum, “Iron Storm” will need to be rushed forward.
Yet Africa is a small part of the real war. The key to victory against our American foe is the Atlantic Ocean. From Iceland down to South Africa this is where Germany will need to overcome the Americans. Without Carriers the key is sure to be the few islands between here and the American continent.

It is clear that Air superiority is the key to victory on the high seas and as such the large range of the ME-264 and the ME-410 will be the key to our victories. A huge invasion force will also be needed to subdue the enormous American army which numbers nearly 7 million men inside the United States alone.

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