Unifying Central Europe
The dawn of 1938 sees Germany preparing to take her place in the sun. The government has the full support of her people, and continues to promote the need for a large, capable standing army.
Unsurprisingly, technological advancement continues apace. Further advances in the study of Advanced Construction Engineering, Basic Light Tanks, Basic Motorized Divisions, Improved Air Carriers, and Basic Fighters will be completed before the end of February 1938.
Though straining to fulfill all government contracts, industrialists nonetheless find the resources necessary to start several new armaments projects.
After 2 years of effort, the end results are not entirely satisfactory, but there have been a few significant additions to the Wehrmacht.
Not all of Germany's military leaders are pleased with the new direction the nation is taking. Some claim Germany's aspirations are radical or even foolish. The most vehemently outspoken are quietly ousted from office.
Following the disgrace of Werner von Fritsch, Germany felt confident enough in the loyalty of the military to orchestrate a major foreign acquisition. Propoganda proclaiming the god-diven right of all Teutons to unite under one standard streams from offices of Dr. Goebbels.
Dr. Joseph Goebbels speaking to a gathering of students, Jan 1938.
Under the guise of racial unity, Germany, with the help of the Fascist party in Vienna, orchestrates the political takeover of Austria.
Taking to heart the proverb that possession is nine tenths of the law, significant German forces flood over the Austrian border, occupying all major centers and preventing any type of organized resistance.
Armored vehicles of Mj. Gen. von Dutchie's 2nd SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich'
roll through Innsbruck before a crowd of civilians in the March 1938 Anschluss.
By the time the Uk and France even have time to lodge a complaint, they are presented with a fait accomplit. Alarm bells, however begin to sound in factories everywhere as allied production of war materiel ramps up.