1.2 April to June 1936 – The Plan
The Government needed to ensure that all the Territories were covered with the minimum protection required. Some provinces have only 1 or 2 Divisions in certain areas, covering a huge amount of land. In most cases there is just a Corps HQ! Not nearly enough to ensure the security of the province/area. The main problem is manpower; it will need a lot to build up and maintain even the smallest of garrisons, in such a widespread Empire. Even though Great Britain has a vast Empire with millions of peoples, its armed forces recruitment levels are very low. The only way to increase this is obviously by going to war and right now Britain is ill equipped to do this, for the time being. Currently the Allies are in a sorry state, compromising of only 7 Nations, Britain and France being the only 2 with a sizeable force. The rest are possibly only useful for strategic purposes.
Allied Army May 1936
Britain with only 92 Infantry Divisions, most of which are part of the Home Command, is extremely low for such a large Empire. With no Army available for overseas deployment if needed, it is of utmost importance that it is able to field at least one sizeable Army by early 1938.
Allied Navy May 1936
Still the largest Navy in the world, the Royal Navy packs a massive punch, but only in a maximum of 2 areas at once. It needs to be build up, while at the same time, streamlined into certain flotilla types for certain Commands. Convoy protection is vital as supplies to mainland Britain are its lifeblood.
Allied Air Force 1936
With only 2,200 Aircraft covering the entire British Empire, the Air Force needs heavy investment, 1,100 of these being Carrier Air Group Planes, which is about quarter of the minimum required. The French are in a similar state with only 3,300 Aircraft, over half of these being Tactical Bombers.
During May 1936, 9 Planned Corps HQ’s were completed, 5 in North Africa and 4 in the Middle East. Currently there are no attached Divisions to these Corps and will need new commanders as soon as possible.
5 New Corps in North Africa, with the Main Command based in Alexandria, Egypt
North Africa and the Entrance to Suez
2 of the 4 Corps in the Middle East, Command is based in Al Kuwait
By late May, Italy had overrun Ethiopia and annexed it into a new colony, naming it Africa Orientale Italiana or simply Italian East Africa. While most of the world seemed to be unmoved by this, it worried British Military leaders, who called for the strengthening of North and East Africa Command. It seemed Italy could become a major threat, so In early June, British Officials flew to Rome for talks with Benito Mussloini. The talks went well and hopefully will secure the future peace between Britain and Italy
Ethiopia Gives In
Italian East Africa
Influence after the Rome Talks of June 1936
Britains main problem is lack of manpower and low recruitment levels, as stated before, the only way to change this is by going to war and enacting Service by Requirement. Unfortunatley a full scale large war is out of the question right now as Britain would be annihilated, so the secret wing of the government has been planning False Flag operations which deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. They have selected 4 possible countries to carry out these such operations.
Liberia - The smallest country, but with no strategic value, would be a good choice for minimum casualties. Could possibly declare war and not even invade until recruitment and manpower are up, then simply send 3 infantry divisions into Monrovia.
Saudi Arabia – Large Desert land with oil resources. Limited opposition. Could even be made into a puppet state once manpower levels are up.
Persia – Same as Saudi, but huge. May reqire extra manpower and lack of infastructure could be a problem. Would also create a large front with the Soviet Union, which could be good or bad in the future.
Afghanistan – Very difficult terrain. Same as Persia, would create a front with Soviets, but lack of opposition could make this an average proposition.
It is believed False Flag Ops are under way in a small capacity, but are waiting for final confirmation before sending further spys into these countries to increse their threat apperance.