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Hello and welcome to Für den Kaiser !, a German A-historical AAR about the restoration of the Hohenzollern Monarchy. This AAR will be played using Mod-33 on normal difficulty/aggressiveness. It will be writen as a more or less history book style, but I might also make an attempt at incorporating other AAR styles, specifically adding narrative bits, likely told through letters, diaries and what-not.

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Introduction
1914-1933


When the world was plunged into war in August 1914, no one in Germany could have suspected that the war would eventually lead the country to disaster and would threaten both Germany's political and social situation in Europe. Indeed, after a series of quick successes in Belgium and Northern France, the overstretched German forces were ultimately stopped in their tracks at the First Battle of the Marne. By the end of 1914, the war had degenerated in a war of attrition, where the outcome of battles were dictated by the realities of trench warfare. The ensuing stalemate would strain both the German population and the nation's economy to a breaking point. Heavy casualties in the cataclysmic battles of 1915 and 1916 would devastate a generation of young men, massacred at the front in futile attempts to achieve decisive victory. On the Home Front, the British Naval Blockade deprived Germany of many vital resources for the waging of war, straining Germany's economy to it's utmost limit. By 1917, the tide was turning irrevocably against Germany. Although it had won a decisive in Russia, victory on the Western Front eluded the Imperial Army. Also, the entry of the United States into the conflict meant that Germany's already noticeably big lack of manpower meant that the war had to be won quickly and decisively. In 1918, Germany placed all it's hopes and dreams of victory in General Erich Ludendorff's Spring Offensive. Instead of offering victory, however, the Spring Offensives failed in their ultimate goal of dislocating the Allied Lines and to therefore winning the war. It instead exhausted the German Army, already weary after four years of brutal, uninterrupted fighting and completely drained what little manpower the Germans had left. By the end of the year, Germany was spent. Civil unrest and dissatisfaction with the war resulted the what was later to be known as the German Revolution and the abdication of Emperor Wilhelm II on November 9th 1918. Knowing that the war was lost, the Germans signed an armistice on the 11th of November 1918. Following the armistice, a battered Germany was forced to sign the deeply humiliating treaty of Versailles, which mutilated the country and started the troubled years of the Weimar Republic...

In 1920, an obscure Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler joined a small fringe party know as the National Socialist German Worker's party. The young politician quickly rose through the ranks and built a powerful political force. In 1923, confident that the German people were behind him, Hitler launched what is now known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and his SA attempted to take control of the city of Munich and then march on Berlin. The Putsch was a catastrophic failure and Hitler was arrested along with many of his party comrades, including the well known General Erich Ludendorff. He was imprisoned later that year and received a 5 year sentence but was released in December 1924. Hitler was now free to resume his political activities. The later half of the decade saw the rise of both the Nazi ultra-nationalists and the Communists in Germany. This led to many conflicts between the paramilitary groups of both sides. After the stock market crash in 1929, the Germany, along with the rest of the western world, was plunged into chaos. Both the Communists and the Nazi would receive a tremendous boost in national support and popularity. By 1933, the situation was dire and President Hindenburg weary. A restoration of Germany's glory days under the Kaiser seemed far away...

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Table of Contents:

-Introduction (1914-1933) -Above-
-From The Abyss... (1933-1936)
-Restoring the Reich (1936-1941)
-War in the West (1941-1943)
 
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First to reply!
Great start! :D I assume the first challenge for Germany then is the fight between the far-right and the far-left?
 

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Very interesting. Shall be watching this one, although it has become January 8th and no update...someone has deceived us! :rofl::D

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Very interesting. Shall be watching this one, although it has become January 8th and no update...someone has deceived us! :rofl::D

~Hawk

Damned revolutionaries! They are trying to polute der Kaiser's pristine reputation!

:rofl::D
 

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Imperial Germany is always cool. Subscribed.
 

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On board for this, should be very good!

Patiently awaiting more...
 

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Alright, Imperial Germany ftw!
I'm gonna be watching this Darkness, I just tried doing the same in Mod33, I'm just in 1934 though.
 

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From the Abyss... (1933-1935)



In 1933, Germany was in the midst of a violent conflict between the far-right and far-left factions. The biggest trouble-makers were the NSDAP and the KPD. The frequent and often violent confrontations between both their respective para-military groups. In midst of all this were was a movement that was progressively gaining steam in the Army and among the members of the German Parliement: Conservatism. Lead by Hindenburg and Chancellor von Schleicher, the movement advocated a restoration of the old Imperial Germany and of the Hohenzollern Monarchy. In January, under immense pressure from Hitler and the Nazis, Hindenburg contemplates giving Hitler the Chancellorship, in order to keep the Nazi party at bay. However, von Schleicher demanded the dissolution of the Reichstag, and the implementation of a military-supported dictatorship under the provisions of the Decree on the State of Emergency. Hindenburg, in one last attempt to save Germany from extremism, agreed to von Schleicher's demands, on the condition it had the support of the Reichwehr. The army, primarely composed of conservatives, readily agreed to the motion. On January 31st, the administration of the state was completely relegated to the Army. On Febuary 4th, both the KPD and the NSDAP were outright banned. While some managed to escape capture ( Hermann Goering was able to escape to Sweden, while Goebbels managed to reach the Austrian border) most of the party leaders, including Adolf Hitler, were arrested, tried and then executed on charges of High Treason while some managed Ernst Rohm, determined to avenge his leader, organised a massive rebellion in Nuremberg and Dresden while the communists would seize control of Munster and Breisgau.



The Army was swift to move in, and the revolts in Breisgau and Munster were swiftly crushed, as most of the communist forces were untrained and ill-equipped lower class workers. In Dresden, however, the well organised SA were able to repel two attacks by the Army's 2nd Division. As reinforcements arrived however, the SA was forced to surrender on Febuary 14th 1933. Over 18 000 SA were captured in result of this victory. Nuremberg was saw the worst of the fighting however, as Rohm had had time to prepare rather sizable defenses around the city, including a primitive system of entrenchments. The Army, emboldened by it's victories, did not take the defenders seriously, and as a result, they were able to inflict over 3 700 casualties. The Reichwehr was forced to fall back to regroup and more thoroughly prepare it's attack. On their second go, German forces were much more careful, and as a result, their losses only numbered in the low five hundreds. Fearing capture, Rohm committed suicide as Governmental forces were closing in on his Headquarters in the center of town. Following this revolt, von Schleicher tightened his grip on Germany, and severely restricted the personal freedoms of the German population in an effort to stabilize the situation.



Meanwhile, in Sweden, alarming events unfolded. In an effort to restore their economy, the nations of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland agree to form a union under the leadership Sweden. The country tried to retain it's democratic system, but the popularity of the Fascist party enabled them to secure 78% of the popular vote. By November 1933, the country was effectively a Fascist totalitarian regime. This greatly unnerved German leadership, as it was puzzled on what the intentions of the new Scandinavian nation might be. Many Generals in the Reichwehr feared an attack from the north, possibly the retake the once Danish province of Holstein. A 4 division garrison was organized, and defensive fortifications erected on the German-Scandinavian border. Back in Germany, the Reichstag was burned down on the 29th of February by Communists. They were shot to death by army forces as they attempted to escape from the scene of the crime. This triggered a widespread crackdown by von Schleicher, effectively eliminating what little resistance was left. In January 1934, seeing that things had calmed down, von Schleicher restored the Reichstag and set elections for the 1st of September. Seeing this as an opportunity to restore the Hohenzollern Monarchy, Hindenburg contacted the Kronprinz, Wilhelm II's eldest son, and suggested he run in the elections. The Kronprinz visited his father in Holland, and asked his for his blessing. Wilhelm II readily accepted, and the Kronprinz ran in the 1934 elections. On the 2nd of August 1934, Hindenburg died at the age of 86. In an effort not to delay the elections, von Schleicher merged the offices of Reich President and Reich Chancellor until the elections were over. While Bavaria still supported more extremist parties, most of the German population were thrilled to see the Kronprinz running in the election. He managed to win 92% of the popular vote.

In December 1933, the Kronprinz lifted the state of emergency and restored all of the population's rights which had been suspended in during the dark times of 1933. In 1934, the Kronprinz release many of the political prisonners that were taken in the winter of 1933. Hermann Goering came back from Sweden, and was able to secure a spot as chief of the newly created Luftwaffe.



In August, with the nation stabilized and the population satisfied with it's new government, the Kronprinz was proclaimed Emperor of Germany and crowned on August 29th 1934 and became known as Wilhelm III. After Schleicher stepped down from the chancellorship in September 1934, Bruning was appointed Chancellor. Hjalmar Schacht was named the new armaments minister and von Bock was named Chief of the Army. These three men, under direct orders from the new Kaiser, started the long process of re-armament, unknown to the Allies. 1935 was a relatively calm year, with Germany quietly rebuilding the Army from the ashes. The Kaiser finalized the first phase of a long series of fortifications on the German-French border. However, Germany again finds itself in a tight situation. With a seemingly aggressive Scandinavia to the north and the Allies anxiously awaiting Germany's next move in the West, the Kaiser has his work cut out for him. Will he be able to avoid repeating his father's mistakes ?
 

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All hail the Kaiser of Germany!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
:D
 

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Ooh a mod 33 AAR wih the Kaiser I must watch this. Here's to rebuilding the Hochsee Flotte. Youll need it to take out scandinavia and england.
 
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Yay! The Kaiser is with Germany again!
But do you have to have fatty Goering?
 

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No one expects the Scandinavian Inquisition... That fact surprised me.