Essentially this is a test to see how I can handle TRP. This AAR will consist of history book style posts, a little bit of individual prose, and some directions from myself. Also, it might give me ideas for my own mod (:
Ch. I 1936 - Overview
In 1936, Great Britain is still the world's most powerful country. The Royal Navy rules the waves, British troops are posted all over the globe from Malta to Hong Kong, Cairo to Capetown, Jamaica to Singapore. London controls the world's finances and Britain still has significant diplomatic power.
However, she faces triple threats; a rearming and resurgent Germany under Adolf Hitler, who may restart the Great War at any moment, an aggressive Japan who is becoming increasingly militarist, and an Italian Duce who is still sitting on the fence.
So, how must the Empire be defended? Can Britain afford to face these triple threats? The French, with the greatest Army in the world, surely, will contain Hitler. The Regia Marina is still inferior to the Royal Navy, and who can believe the Japanese can seriously challenge a European power?
Our defence is predicated on several things:
1. ) The Battleship is the King of the Sea. Escorted by powerful cruisers she can clean the high seas of anyone who threatens the Empire. To this end, we will develop powerful surface action fleets.
2. ) The bomber will always get through. To this end, we will develop large fleets of tactical and strategic aircraft.
3. ) The Japanese will never make landings in Malaya or British Borneo. Singapore is defended from the ocean by powerful forts and warships; it is the battleships and cruisers of the Royal Navy who will defend one of our most important colonies.
4. ) In a future war with Germany, Britain will mobilise in the same way as the past war. She will call up as many men as possible and send them to France under the umbrella of the B.E.F.
That is all. Enjoy . . .
The 1930 Treaty restricts us to: 17 battleships, 3 battlecruisers, 15 heavy cruisers and 8 carriers. Well, this is nonsense. Our cruisers and battlecruisers are already at the limit, and we are allowed only 5 more battleships. We will certainly break this treaty, give the excuse...
For now we are producing an aircraft carrier, five six inch cruisers, eighteen destroyers, and three submarines. This is insufficient. But first we will need to sort our economy out.
On January 20th, while we are assembly a great Fleet Review, George VI dies. His last words are reported in the Times as "How goes the Empire?" but there are rumours they were really "Bugger Bognor."
On February 27th, the French signed the Franco-Soviet Pact. Hitler declared that he is no longer bound by the Locarno Pact. I wish the French would stop cahorting with the Reds... and then on March 7th, Hitler re-occupied the Rhineland. While this caused concern to some, I don't think it is a particularly big deal. The Rhineland is, after all, German territory.
On March 26th, we are proposed with the Naval Conference, 1936. We hope that other countries will ratify, so we do, too. It turns out nobody else does. As a result, Britain lays down five modern battleships.
On December 10th, after very serious negotiation, Edward VIII finally abdicated. Now, although his brother is a little less good at public speaking, we will have a competent King. The public have been appeased and we can get back on track with preparing for war.
1936 is over, and we have re-organised our Navy, and laid down five battleships of the "King George V" type: HMS King George V, HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Duke of York, HMS Temeraire and HMS Thunderer. We will produce more capital ships in the future, as well as tactical bombing aircraft.