Germany in a World Wrought By Tensions Caused By Others
(HOI 3 Semper Fi 2.04c with HPP 1.8.1 mod starting in 1936 on Hard)
The premise of this experimental AAR scenario is that Germans were proud and hopeful when Hitler seemingly a strong, vital leader took control of the German government and began restoring Germany to a sense of greatness that gradually became reality. But Germans were also uncomfortable disapproving and fearful, at times of the methods Hitler used to implement his rise to power. Most of us are familiar with a series of attempts to remove him from power, the more realistic of these plots reaching back as early as 1938.
Generaloberst Ludwig Beck, Chief of the German General Staff in that year, had been astonished to hear that Hitler intended to incorporate Austria into the German Reich, and had taken steps to overthrow him. It was not set into action then, but was again brought to the table again soon after, when Hitler began demanding German-populated territory from Czechoslovakia. Some historians believe it was forestalled only by the British irresolution at Munich.
The Kriegsgefahr scenario presumes that Hitler has instead been removed from power, one way or another, by a coalition of rightist and centrist figures, in early 1936, after Hitler had begun to restore the German military and violated many of the strictures of the Versailles Treaty, but before his most ambitious and reckless ventures which set Germany on a path toward war.
Historical evidence strongly suggests that most of the world, including Great Britain, had come to acknowledge that the terms of the Versailles Treaty were too burdensome, and that it would be safest for stability in Europe if these were gradually loosened in order to bring Germany into the congress of sovereign nations once more. Enough government figures believed this that there would likely have been no overwhelming call to react to the earliest of Germanys moves to restore its independence refusal to pay continued reparations, the rebuilding of a German army and brownwater navy (and, perhaps, even air force), severe restrictions upon the tonnage of Kriegsmarine ships, and other unwise insults to her pride and sovereignty.
This new government will wish to continue to acquire what rights Germany can regain for herself without pushing the Allies toward war. Germany will prepare to meet a feared Soviet war also. Germany will otherwise make every effort to avoid being drawn into war, while at the same time wishing to be prepared for war, should it come.
This is an entirely experimental approach. I have played out several years in SF 2.03 and SF 2.04c, and now wish to see how far I can get in HPP. Ideally, Germany will survive to the end of the game without going to war, but Ill be ready if not. In the vanilla SF 2.03 game, I played into 1943, but something was dreadfully wrong China and Japan were at war since 1937, but only naval conflict had occurred. And the USSR hadnt taken any aggressive action either. No Winter War, no Bessarabia, etc. In the SF 2.04c vanilla game, Japan gobbled China quickly, but there ensued no further conflict through 1942. Russia was again quiet. I hope for more action this time around, despite the fact that I dont want to participate.
I apologize if youre looking for a wartime AAR. This may turn into one, but there will be years of inaction before you see it. As I said, this is purely experimental. Well see what I can do.
The Historical Plausibility Project mod (HPP) has been created by a team led by Slan and TheBromgrev with the intent of allowing a wider range of a-historical action/events without departing from the realm of plausibility. Please forgive me if Im missing major elements to the purpose or origination of HPP. Ill explain as we encounter areas where HPP is different from vanilla Semper Fi.
I plan to follow this with another experimental AAR with more action!
Yes, my other 3 current AARs -- I Am Siam (V2), Imperio Novo (HOI 3) and Sforza!!! (EU 3) -- will continue to be updated at a rate of one update per week or better! No, I don't really have time to be doing any of these AARs, but I'm updating them anyway!