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Somehow, I I picture something along the lines of this:

[video=youtube_share;A3KbjUzBfPI]http://youtu.be/A3KbjUzBfPI[/video]

Or this:

[video=youtube_share;zMKYAqxiZBM]http://youtu.be/zMKYAqxiZBM[/video]
 

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Well back from my break and catching up.

Any particular reason why the Wehrmacht is that much smaller than OTL? Admittedly their fighting a primarily maritime enemy but from the invasion of Italy onwards the threat has been increasingly military and they presumably haven't had the OTL bloodbath in the east. Was it some oddity from the AI?

Agree that if the Wehrmacht did massively expand now it would face serious training issues. Not to mention given a probable bombing campaign and the occupation of at least part of the country industry will be hurting so equipping the new forces in any reasonable time could also be a factor.;)

Why wouldn't anyone tell a genocidal megalomaniac that he's talking rubbish?:laugh:

I thought there was still a huge handicap in AOD. Seem to remember reading something about it in the discussion pages. You only get say about 10% of the manpower for any area not on the same landmass as you're capital? Then there is another penalty when you're actually at war. Possibly mis-understanding something?

Well this invasion of Vietnam is facing a savage and brutal enemy, just like the pro-democracy forces in OTL 1960's. However I think this time the good guys would be better led and the bad ones a lot worse than OTL. ;)

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Kurt_Steiner Problem is, TTL the Wehrmacht is smaller overall, so theoretically at least, they can at least double the size. MInd you, how much worth these units would be, considering they'd have crap training at best...

stevep To an extent, yes. It's just that he believes the Germans will hold the Allies in the west until he can bring the Army back from China, and no one in Moscow has the balls (or the insanity, take your pick) to tell him otherwise. Re Manpower: It will never be as bad as it was OTL for the Brits, i.e. disbanding rear units to keep front up to strength, but there won't be any new ones, and existing units will have to wait longer than usual for replacements. Re overseas manpower: I did give myself two-thirds of the lost overseas MP from offmap, IMO in this instance not a cheat but a workaround around a bugged feature which, btw, was fixed in Arsenal of Democracy. Frankly, it makes no sense that Britain shouldn't have access to India's MP.

MarcusAurelius1 Not quite the Battle of teh Bulge. The Battle of Kharkov is the closest equivalent in terms of strategic impact. The "Battle of the Bulge", with corresponding collapse of the Wehrmacht, comes later.

Hackett isn't an intel type, he's one of Alexander's chief planners. His carreer was saved by his frequently voiced concerns that if he were the OKW, he would have launched a massive attack already. Previously he was somewhat pushed to the sidelines when this thing stopped being a mainly British affair due to inter-allied politics, but this will put him on the top spot again. Yes, he'll still write World War 3.

That some want Alexander axed won't be influenced by such immaterial things like there being no one to replace him. There's about half a dozen people believing they can do better, each with his own faction to support him.

The good Colonel will remain with the 7th.

Oh he will be. I'd have to look at my notes, but IIRC I put him into the RCCM, and those Marines are about to invade Vietnam after the rainy season. Mind you, how they'll do without helicopters and 60s pop music remains to be seen.
 

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Indeed, you pretty much nailed it. There won't be much of a Volkssturm as per OTL, but later in the war a lot of nominal Heer units won't be much better.

I can't really recall it, but IIRC even at war the UK still gets almost 1 MP even when at war. It's been a while since I've played unmodded AOD.

Re Vietnam: Indeed. Also, this time the chaps in the black PJs will aid the invaders. Let's just say that the French will be apoplectic once they find out that a certain Vietnamese Nationalist has been talking to CinC Far East's representatives, who has in turn orders directly from No.10. Winston's infatuation with the French died a quick death TTL.
 

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The next chapter needs more research than usual, so I wrote this instead. Also, it's fun to turn things on their heads... Not my best piece by a long short, but it's enough to keep this thing alive. Up next, Ian vs SS Zombies...not really, but SS will feature.

Chapter 360​


14th June 1996

Operations Centre, Red Banner Pacific Fleet, Vladiviostok, USSR


Half of the massive, brand new Liquid Crystal Display on the far wall of the huge, dome-like room showed a minimalist map of the Soviet Union's pacific coastline. Most, if not all of the shipping was marked in the yellow the Soviets and the Allies used to denote the Wake Island Association, but down south, where a sliver of West Japan was visible, blue denoted a few Allied or Allied-aligned ships and planes.

Most of the display was dominated by the orange bulk of East Japan, the Pacific Fleet's primary enemy. Yes, they were the red-headed stepchild among the Soviet Navy's formations, but that only extended to ships. What few capital surface ships the fleet had were for the most part with the Northern and Baltic Fleets, meant to do the same there as the Pacific Fleet was here, ensure the safety of the Soviet Coastline if war with the Americans and their allies came, or, and that was considered far more likely, ensure Soviet neutrality and the safety of Soviet shipping if war between the Americans and the Pact broke out.

To that end, most of the vessels Admiral Padorin had under his command were Submarines, Destroyers and a few ASW cruisers. His main striking power came from Naval Aviation. He had two dozen Regiments under his immediate command. Since here range was not as much of an issue, all but six flew elderly but still very useful TU-142 Maritime Strike Bombers.




Several of those where on patrol, and once they crossed an invisible line half-way between the Soviet coast and East Japan, accompanied by East-Japanese or American fighters.

The nature of the theatre also made it necessary that there was a PVO liaison officer present, and Padorin counted himself lucky that the man was both pleasant to work with and competent at his job, something all too rare among those assigned to the post.


Padorin was studying a two day-old Moscow Newspaper article on the last local elections for the Surpreme Soviet[1] in the Georgian SSR. As had been usual for the last ten years, the percentage of the Communists Party had dropped further.

His aide knocked at the door of his office.

“Sorry to interrupt, Comrade Admiral, but we have a situation on the other side of the line. Our snooper aircraft have reported an increase in wireless chatter in the East-Jap northern air defence sectors, and the A-50 we have over Sachalin reports that they are scrambling fighters.”

Padorin dropped the newspaper and made a 'wait one moment' gesture towards the aide. Rising to his feet, he picked up the phone on his desk and pressed a button.

“Duty Officer.”

“This is Admiral Padorin. Wake the chiefs of staff and have them report as fast as they can. Contact PVO and tell them to warm up the ready planes on the alert fields.”

“Yes, Comrade Admiral.”

Padorin replaced the phone and thanked god[2] that the defence of the coastline was under the command of the Navy, and that because of that he had the authority to scramble interceptors if he had to do so at short notice. It was fortunate that he made a point of pulling at least half his weekly duty shifts here in the command bunker, as he had only to walk down a few corridors from his on-base quarters to the main operations room.

The room was wide and dotted with four rows of consoles, it all patterned after similar facilities in the west, such as RAF Space Command's mission control outside Freetown or Fighter Command HQ in England. He had also been provided with a desk and a chair to sit down on an elevated platform near the rear of the room, allowing him to keep an eye on the master and secondary displays at the far wall as he worked.

But he hadn't even sat down when the PVO liaison motioned for him to come and inspect one particular message he had just received.

~**---**~



Out over the Sea of Japan two Soviet SU-35M Interceptors followed cues by the RDF Aircraft hovering over Soviet Sachalin.

“Penguin 22, two groups of incoming targets, bearing 010. Go active and investigate, over.”

The flight leader acknowledged, and flipped the switch that turned on the powerful RDF system in the nose of his aircraft. As he had been told, he showed two groups of targets almost directly ahead, and judging by where they were coming from, they were most likely Japanese aircraft. Changing course as to approach them from the side.

As they broke through the clouds, the flight leader almost immediately spotted them, and he managed to identify the first one.

It was an American-built F-111/75b tactical bomber. He could barley make out the markings at this distance, even with the electronic aides, but it clearly was an East Japanese plane. The second group were...two East Japanese F-15 interceptors. Clearly, something odd was going on.

The Flight Leader keyed his wireless into a set of frequencies known to be used by the East Japanese Air Force and spoke.


“Attention East Japanese Aircraft, this is Penguin Flight of the Soviet Air Force. You are approaching Soviet Airspace, state your intentions or be fired upon.”

All this accomplished was that the F-111 increased speed.


As it came closer, the Flight Leader could see that it wasn't armed, instead it was loaded down with external fuel cells of the type the Americans and British used when transferring planes over long distances and....


His threat receiver interrupted his train of thought. The lock-on did not come from the first plane, but rather from the two Japanese interceptors, as the RDF set was instantly identified as an American Type 85 Air Combat Radar[4].

Clearly, the Japanese fighter pilots wanted to do this the hard way. The Flight leader now suspected that the F-111 crew was trying to defect. It had happened before, the short distance between Soviet Sachalin and the northern Island of the Japanese Archipelago made some choose this route instead of braving the Air Defences on the demarcation line.

“Sokol, this is Penguin 22. We have one F-111 pursued by two East Japanese Interceptors. Upon being challenged, the Interceptors initiated missile lock on our aircraft. We presume the F-111 is trying to defect. Please advise, over.”

The reply came almost instantly.

“Prevent an incident, but only fire if fired upon, Penguin 22. Sokol out.”


With a grin that was hidden behind his oxygen mask, the Flight Leader locked his own RDF-guided missiles onto the two F-15s, more to get their attention.

“Attention, Japanese Aircraft. You are about to enter Soviet Airspace. Cease your aggressive acts and turn around immediately or be fired upon.”

When the Japanese turned without firing their missiles, he let out a sigh of relief, and as they sped off into the distance, the two SU-35 took up escort position, one beside and one behind the F-111, lest it have funny ideas after all.


When they approached the base half an hour later, the regional GRU Officer was already waiting. He was Military Intelligence, but he had been around long enough to know that F-111s could yield only little new information, the rather turbulent 1970s had seen to that, but whatever was found would eventually find it's way to London, a sort of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” arrangement Moscow had with the British, but would swear up and down on all the saints did not exist.

He only knew because he had himself had several clandestine meetings with the British while stationed with the Soviet Mission to the League of Nations, and as the planes landed one after another, he wondered if he would ever get to leave 'the game'. As much fun as the Bond Novels and films were, real intelligence work took a hefty toll on a man.

Being part of the GRU District that dealt with two sorts of, to say use a British colloquialism, stark raving bonkers old-style Stalinists was even worse. But sometimes, days like this happened. It wasn't the first defection he dealt with, nor the biggest one, nothing beat out a platoon of Chinese Infantry walking up to a border crossing in Manchuria.

The two Japanese would be wisked off to somewhere, their intelligence value might be small for him, but the communications people where always interested in someone who had first-hand knowledge of Association codes and procedures. He gathered himself and spoke in accented but understandable Japanese:

“Welcome to the Soviet Union. Welcome to Freedom.”


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Comments, questions, rotten tomatoes?

[1] Which, by 1996, is actually fairly democratic. The Communists are still large, and usually the largest opposition party. but haven't actually had any sort of absolute majority since 1985. At the moment the President (whose confirmation by the Military Council is pro-forma these days and who is the first not to be a member of the Communist Party) is from the Social Revolutionary Cadets, basically a centre-left party by European standards. There's about a half dozen smaller special interest or regional parties, but usually the Cadets and the Communists decide matters between them.

Politically the USSR is more a Confederation, though the constituent Republics know that Moscow will take a lot of shoving to let them go should they desire to do so. Also, they know that for the most part they are better off economically as part of the USSR.

Speaking of the economy, the Soviets have abandoned command economy to the extent that even the CPSU has changed it's political manifesto to accommodate it, i.e. “one can only start building communism as a unified effort of all the world” and that until then, using capitalist methods for the benefit of the people is permissible. Western pol-sci experts usually believe that this formulation was decided upon because those doing it in the 80s knew that it would never happen, yet wanted to keep the legitimacy of the Party alive.

All in all, they are like a more authoritarian Western country that has a lot of commie trappings and just happens to be called USSR.

[2] Church and government have a sort of 'Don't mess with us and we won't mess with you' relationship.

[3] Let's just say Beria and the NKVD didn't survive Stalin for very long, and hence no KGB.

[4] An APG-63 with the first upgrade. In electronics the tech gap is the greatest. Ironically TTL, the Soviets are somewhere between Allies and Americans, thanks to a far more open USSR.
 

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I like it. I like it a lot.
 

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There's a contradiction in terms: "USSR" and "fairly democractic".

But I like the update.
 

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ViperhawkZ Thanks!

Kurt_Steiner OTL, I'd agree with you. But in AAO, the USSR was run by a committee of assorted interests for half a century by 1996 and ideological 'contamination' that leeched in during and after the war with the West mellowed things over time, and eventually they found that the economy performed better if things liberalized. They had some issues with hardliners in the 70s, but the coup attempt stalled when the plotters found that the people liked having citrus fruits and British pop music more than Stalinist party propaganda.

Afterwards, the great unwashed knew that their leaders could be influenced from the street, which helped keep the democratization process alive. They are still a far cry from Western Europe in those regards, but a damn sight better than what lays behind the Iron curtain. They'll never call themselves capitalist, but they are as integrated into the global economy as Russia was OTL in 1996.

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Interesting little snippet. Sounds a bit odd for Russia to be more technologically advanced than an American state, but then since the latter is still stuck deep in the communist morass while Russia is reforming it would be likely to happen eventually.

May be my eyes, or brain, but I can't see a tag for footnote 3?

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Unlike the UAPR, the USSR has had direct access to the open market in the west for thirty years, they are heavily involved with the global scientific community (and yes, that goes both ways) and are far less paranoid than our USSR ever was. Their economy is run for profit, and thus has to advance along with the rest of the Western World.

They have Interlink, albeit monitored, they have few travel restrictions (you have to go through an Everest-sized mountain of bureaucracy to emmigrate abroad), and they have a relatively free press and political process. Far from perfect and a bit worse than OTL Russia, but far, far better than our USSR ever was.

As for Footnote 3, yes, it's missing. My fault.
 

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Well the fact that it appears that Japan winds up in a considerably worse position then ITL, after all if your are defecting to the Soviet Union, even a considerably liberalised SU, something has to be horribly horribly wrong at home.

Also the TU-142 is not a plane I would have thought would still be around. Then again I suppose the same could be said for the B-52 IRL so meh.
 

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East Japan isn't quite OTL Best Korea, but it's not as relatively easy-going as, say, the GDR was.


As for the TU-142, Far Eastern Naval Aviation is the Red-headed stepchild in a fleet that is the Red-headed stepchild of a service that is the Red-headed stepchild among the Soviet Military. The USSR might not hbe planning any Parisian vacations TTL, but there is an armed to the teeth Best Korea-esque PRC to deal with.
 

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Thanks to ViperhawkZ, here is the coat of arms of the Union of American People's Republics:




To what means what:

Red Star: Socialism.

Eagle: America

Two Hammers: The unity of the people and of the constituent Republics and the building of Communism

Cotton and wheat: The main agricultural products of the North and the South respectively.

That being said, the next update is almost done.
 

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Chapter 361



“Well, this is not how I expected this to be.” Felix said, scratching the back of his head with two fingers while holding his beret with the rest. Ian was standing in the machine gun position of their landy, while Felix was walking across the small square back towards the convoy. Around them the men of the South Essex Light Infantry were fanning out into...the utterly and totally empty village-slash-compound. The convoy had spent a day waiting in what Ian had jokingly dubbed the outback, gone on foot to eliminate a series of even then surprisingly undermanned sentry posts and now stood inside the compound that had so worried...someone.

Gordon and his men were spreading out, small groups securing various points, but Ian and Felix already suspected that they would not find much.

What they did find was what had once been the central administration building. Like all the buildings it had been stripped to the walls, but one room still contained a few boxes filled with papers. Some of the squaddies were in the lower of the two storeys, so Ian only drew his gun out of habit.

As expected, he found nothing.

Felix on the other hand did. Much to Ian's surprise, his best friend was leaning against the wall, almost doubling over with laughter.

“Oh bloody hell Ian, you need to read this.” Felix said, grin evident on his face. He handed Ian a file folder and then proceeded to dry tears of laughter with the back of his hand.

“What is this that it has you this...amused?”

“Just read it.” Felix replied, and the impish grin told Ian that he better watch out.


The folder was filled with 'research' files, though as Ian began to skim the summaries, he too had to fight the urge to laugh.

“When Canaris told us about those chaps I thought he was taking the piss, but apparently the esteemed Chickenfarmer is even more 'round the bend than the Admiral thought.”

“Oh dear god.” Ian said and dropped the folder like a hot potato, “Well, let's pack this whole junk into the landys, do some engineer work on the facilities and then reach the front before the Gerries re-take Vienna.”

Gordon had only heard the laughter, so he expressed his puzzlement when Ian and Felix walked out of the building, grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat.

“So, why is this whole town emptier than a Italian pub on Sunday morning?”

“Because, Colonel, it appears that our esteemed hosts have done some research here that's of a rather....spiritual nature. Ever heard of the Thule Society?”

“Not really, no.” replied Gordon.

“Well, let us say that,” Ian said, shaking his head, “somehow Himmler managed to convince Hitler of some of his more...outlandish theories, and used that society as a front. We've been hearing some strange rumours before the war, but we never gave a lot of them.”

“Rumours of what sort?”

“Supposedly the German Tibet expedition in 1938 was secretly charged with locating Shangri-Lah, or that the USS Walker travelled to a different dimension in a rainstorm. That sort of rumours, and apparently someone was doing serious research into this here.”

Gordon was tempted to ask if they were joking, but neither Ian nor Felix had struck him as the sort who would make jokes like that in this situation.

“This having been said,” Felix went on, “it appears that either the relative proximity of the front or an attack of the smarts made them abandon this magnificent abode for a place where we can walk around without being shot at all the time.”

An hour later charges were laid and the convoy made it's way back out of the valley. When they passed the sign that demoted the village as a restricted area by order of the Reichsführer SS, Ian stopped for a second and tucked a small card between the sign and the pole it was nailed on.



~**---**~​


The wreckage of the village was still burning then the heavy mercedes rolled up to it's edge.

Reinhard Heydrich was furious, not because one of Himmler's stupid pet projects had gone the way of all earthly things, but rather because he had a strong suspicion as to who was behind this. He was convinced that this was the same allied unit he had encountered before, and whoever was behind it, he had to be very, very good and have excellent information. Officially this was just a rest camp for high-ranking SS officers, and he had to admit, the countryside lent itself to a rest and recuperation camp, but somehow the Allies had still found that it was worth blowing up.

Of course their information wasn't perfect. Had they known just what Himmler's cronies were doing here, they would probably just have sent in a squadron of Lancasters and bombed the place flat, but they had wanted to find out what was going on or capture an example of it, and no one had yet devised a method for either but going in on the ground.

Luckily most of the Armements projects of this sort had been cancelled, between the Führer getting disillusioned by wonder weapons that failed to deliver and that damnable Architect having his ear it was getting hard to sneak such things through the feuding fiefdoms that made up the Nazi German Government.


He saw that the team that had searched the remnants of the village returned.

“Report.”

“Sir, whoever did this knew what they were doing. The power station, the power lines, the telephone exchange, most of the telephone and telegraph poles, the wireless station, the water mains and the plant itself, the school house, the bridge across the creek, the petrol dump and for some reason the Gasthaus were all blown up, and much of the remaining houses were set on fire, either by design or by accident. We found a few booby-traps here and there, but those were probably mostly meant to keep us busy or attack the unwary.”

“Any idea on who did it?”

“Nothing good, Sir. We did found a charge that didn't go off, probably because the electric igniter was faulty, and judging by it's size and general composition, whoever laid them was trained by the British Commandos[1].”

Heydrich was tempted to rip the man's head off for not telling him what he wanted to hear, but since this wasn't the Totenkopf Division and it was not the poor sod's fault, he refrained from doing so. He turned to watch the village.

The sentries guarding the approach had, if they hadn't been garotted, shot by 9 millimetre rounds, so most likely from silenced British-made machine pistols which were known to use that round. Never mind that the casings recovered came from a munitions factory in Coventry, England.

However, all over Axis-controlled Europe the British were using groups such as this. From raids on an RDF station that had been supported by Cruisers and Destroyers, to things such as this one. In the last six months twenty-seven commando raids of varying size had been reported and he was sure that a great many more would come.

Unlike the Führer he knew that the idea of defeating the Allies this year, never mind throwing them back into the sea was a pipe dream. The Wehrmacht was too weak in comparison. That would change next year, but for the moment it was a matter of keeping them away from Germany proper.

And until the Allies were defeated and attacks like this would continue.

What was worse, he knew that there was next to nothing he could do about it. He enforced the Commando order, unlike most of the regular Army field commanders but at the same time he knew that the British would only feel emboldened by it. Their Special Air Service was comprised of some of the best troops he had seen, Allied or German, and that sort of men would only take the Führer's fury as a badge of honour.

No, the reason why he was still hunting them was because he had the strong suspicion that the people that had given him the limp were involved. They had been compromised, their faces were known to him now, and the British would not be stupid enough to use them in that fashion again, but at the same time he knew talent when he saw it, so it was more than likely that they were going to crop up again at some point.

As he was about to order the car to drive away, he looked at the sign again. It was undamaged, but he saw that there was some sort of heavy paper tucked behind it. He got out of the car and limped over.

It was a card, not unlike the one he himself had once carried. Printed on the left half was the red flag of the British Army, and to the right was writing in English.


For services rendered

£10

With courtesy and hoping for repeat business:

Her Majesty's Armed Forces


He was furious after reading it. They were teasing him. They were so assured of their victory that they thought they knew he would never be able to get them for this. Well, he figured, sooner or later he would meet those two British agents again, for he somehow knew that this was their work. This sort of deliberate taunt was something they would do, he was sure, because even in the short time he had observed them he had seen that it was in both their nature.

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Comments, questions, rotten Tomatoes?

Operation Deconstruct Nazi Fanboy pet projects continues. First the Jets, Heavy Tanks, then the Nukes, now the Paranormal, next are rockets. Making more than half an update out of this would have turned this AAR into a Wolfenstein Fanfiction.

[1] German catchall phrase for Allied, but especially British Special Forces. Here specifically meaning the SAS, who train people to do the maximum damage with the minimum of explosives.
 

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Coventry taking revenge through ammo, it seems :p

This AAR has doomed one of Rob Zombie's funniest ideas, by the way.

Finally: USS Walker. First: USS? Then. Walker? One would have expected Philadelphia, of course.
 

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Dr. Gonzo Thank you.

Kurt_Steiner Sort of, yes. TTL Britain has taken less damage (due to Fighter Command performing better), but there's still a lot of debts to be paid.

Getting a universe where our conspiracy theories are universally laughed at is worth the losses. Mind you, they do have their own. The USS Walker is one of them. It's actually a reference to "Destroyermen", where said DD, after trying and failing to prevent the Japanese from sinking HMS Exeter, is sent to a parallel world, where they end up allying themselves with the locals, a sentient, up-right walking feline species against some not quite as intelligent but very numerous lizards bent on literally eating all but their own species. The hook is that a clapped out old four-stacker, obsolete and ridiculously weak here is suddenly the most powerful ship in the world.

The Philadelphia experiment didn't actually "take place" until 1943. The Eldridge wasn't launched until April 1943, with the experiment supposedly taking place in October. After the war she was given to Greece where she served until 1992 before being scrapped in 1999.

TTL the Walker will be the biggest conspiracy theory, though I have yet to decide which route to follow with that. In "reality" she was just plain lost at sea en route from the Philippines to Hawaii during a storm.

Agent Larkin After the rockets it will be the supposed invincibility of the Panzerwaffe in the field.

A USS Walken would be awesome...
 

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Yes, but with the Commies Yanks I see difficult to see an USS ship fooling around.

And yes, too: USS Christopher Walken best ship ever!