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    Real Strategy Requires Cunning
For any one designing Francesco. Fix this
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    Jet Engine: No
    Kph: 500
    --> Plane: Me-262.

    So you're saying a bf-109 is faster than an me262 o_O?? Fix this (Whoever designed Francesco's mod). Literally Unplayable :D
     
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    Chapter 1 - Part 1: The Raid of the Rocketman
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    So I have a change of heart about my first post. I only consider it as the Zero post just to give you guys context. The real story starts from here


    Chapter I: A miracle??

    --- The raid of the Rocketman
    ( June 20th, 1944 - 1AM)
    Dover is a peaceful part of England since the first conquest of the Roman for a good reason. The difficult terrain makes this "depressing" part of England not a favourable target for the Nazis, at least no more than Birmingham and Liverpool. What can possibly go wrong, right?



    Thomas is a middle aged British Sgt, was watching "Tom and Jerry" for the first time with his wife after 4 years of expedition since Dunkirk, he deserved it as he narrowly died while trying to save others as many as the numbers of time that Tom Cat should have died in show. Without any warning, a sudden heat surge immediately alarmed all his senses, although they were asleep, then just 3s later a continuous stream shock wave of mixture rocket sound and the big bang arrived made everything shakes like an actual earthquake. Both were now fully awake, trying to comprehend the happening. Wouldn't take them long to realise they were the lucky one because soon, the scream started to occur from the air bases, where... (I will just let you guys imagine what I would say at this moment)




    London, Portsmouth received similar fates



    To dodge the attack. The RAF moved to Plymouth to organise their counter attack, expecting the German air fleet will chase them, but the German stopped only to reveal their more important intention in Normandy. ~1000 Bombers came to aid the suppress attack of I-SS Panzer Korp lead by Guderian in Rommel's absence.



    Despite all of loss and confusion in the early morning, the Allies did managed to conduct a carpet bombing consisted of 6 Fighter Squadrons, 2 Strategic Bomber Squadrons, into Leipzig. As shown on the Radar, the German now has the air initiative in Normandy

    (June 21st, 1944 - 6AM)
    Throughout yesterday. Luftwaffle's activities was crystal clear as if their main intention is Normandy. But as activities in Normandy died out (or so the Allies thought), a second attack comes straight to London's atmosphere.




    Only when the Allies started increasing bombing to an alarming rate. The Battle of London was finally over

    Although RAF did more damage. But the terror was done; at best, everyone's confidence is dangling as if they were losing; at worst, the public's opinion was kept in constant fear about whether the Blitzkrieg was really over? Whether it's best or worst, one message was steer clear: "The War is far from over."

    It was said that on that night, Churchill went almost insane with his PTSD about battle of Somme that he went in a coma for a whole week. For Thomas, hundred of staffs and pilots whom he known since childhood, trained since the beginning of the war, died instantly in the night of 20th. For a man had already loss a child during the Blitz, this loss too much. He immediately enlisted again on the 22nd against his wife's advice.
     
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    Chapter 1 - Part 3 News from the Wolf's Lair
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    Sorry for the delay, guys. I was too enthusiastic in doing the Part 3 and Part 4. Anyway, here is part 2.

    News from the Wolf's Lair
    --- Überholung (Meaning overhaul)
    ( June 20th 1944 - 8:00, OKH's HQ)
    - "All salute! Oberbefehlshaber coming in".
    - "Heil Hitler! Greeting Oberbefehlshaber...... Erich???? von Manstein

    - "Heil Hitler!", then he continued: "Führer ordered me on his behalf to take emergency control on Eastern Front to make sure the Retreat happens according to his plans while he is making big change. Send this copy of his plans to every single HQ starting from the Heeresgruppen to retreat to the Götterdämmerung line" (G-line). Tell the Armee Narwa-Abteilung will specifically move to Heisinki to ensure the Memeland doesn't have any funny idea[1]."

    To everyone's surprise, instead of Guderian, it's Erich von Manstein, whom is generally respected by the colleagues, he is well-known for his earlier dismissal for disobeying Hitler in March 1944. Now suddenly one day, Manstein is brought back and given a free strategic command as if he is Hitler's Vader. But this is possibly the most normal thing happened before the day began - Himmler is dismissed from the politics; the SS is placed under control of Goebbels and limited to only Policing actions, Waffen-SS is organised into special SS-Panzer Korp and most importantly the personal appointments for hundred officers into the Divisions that were earlier dismissed or neglected.

    Plan Götterdämmerung


    Battles of the Central Frontier - June 1944 -> August 1944
    Despite having a full insight of the incoming Operation Bagration. Evacuating over a hundred divisions are still such a headache as the Operation just about to go on full-swing in 2 days. So Manstein devised a quick series of temporary defence lines based on the favourable terrains: behind the river banks, hills, low infrastructure areas. The reserve and flanked Armies will guard on these further of these lines, ready to counter attack if the Russian gets in too close, while the front line Armies will retreat to the inner circle lines; and repeat this pattern.


    I just realised how costly it is even for retreating.


    But not as costly as a counter attack to pin down the Red Army's advance.


    As can be seen here, the first defensive line starting to form to allow the front line to troop to retreat to the next defensive line at the rear


    Realising what the German is doing. Soviet conducted a total charge. But it was too late, casualties starting to mouth on Russian's side instead of the German. Hitler finally stabilised the Eastern Front, something that Napoleon couldn't do after he failed on his Russian Campaign.




    Yea, Germany is now in Rage Hack Mod.




    --- Black Vortex
    If you are the Soviet and you want to make a break out of the G-line without facing enemies on the other of the river banks. There are only 4 options:
    1) Attacking in Memel is the most direct way to the Prussian's heart land and taking Memel will gain access of extra air field. But behind Memel will be either a reserve force just on the other side of a river bank a strait or so it's favourable to make a continuous breakthrough.
    2) Leading straight to Poland -> Berlin and the Soviet's most experience Tank guards already situated here. Grodno was and is still neglected by the OKH hence now it's has the poorest infrastructure of the Eastern Front. Although Manstein ordered a construction of both Grodno and Memel's defence but they are still in the infant state.
    3) Stanislawow also has air field like Memel. The Red Armies did try to make a breakthrough on this specific area during their July Offensive but as we all know, it didn't work because a Panzer Korp along with a Waffen-SS division and a Mountaineer Korp just conveniently situated there.
    4) is like 2) and will open ways to the Romanian Oil Field. Cutting the life supply of the German's War Machine but there are 2 Romanian Armies and 2 Panzer Korps guarding in this specific densely forest area.

    => So the Soviet chose option 2, hence:

    Battle of Grodno (August 1944 - November 1944)
    Phase 1: August -> the end of September.
    The Red Army begins their offensive by attacking poorly defended Swislocz. Yea, you can see the Red Guard and the Armour divisions concentrating their offensive here.



    Once the German used up their reserve Infantry Corp at the rear. The Red Army pressed a number of continuous assaults on Wolkowysk. Although unsuccessful, but it meant to pin down the forces in Wolkowysk while battle of Swislocz began to shift to the Soviet's favour. The German tried to commit a retaliate bombing run to wear down the Soviet Force but it just couldn't work. A costly air attrition battle with the Soviet meaning Luftwaffle and German's industry will become an easy pick for the RAF.



    Ok I was wrong, the Soviet does make a sneaky attack on number 4 as I pay too much attention on number 2.


    But of course, I also have a sneak attack for the Soviet as well ;).


    Whoopsie!!! :cool:


    Another Soviet pocket? Yummy :p!!!





    The German counter-attack for Swislocz


    Having just brought another Panzer Korp and an Infanterie Korp from the South. Manstein revealed his plan to counter-attack based on his earlier success in Kharkov[2]. (Sorry for the light drawing but if you look closely there are 2 small red pockets).


    Phase 2: From Beginning -> End of October.






    So this comes down to a race whether I finish the pocket first or the AI will breaks my encirclement.


    And I won that race.


    So despite the Red Army's loss. I realised they are ready to counter-attack and thus Soviet broke out my Romanian line so I pulled back. Thus, concluding Phase 2. Although I couldn't capture the nearby airfield on the above picture but by killing several Armour and Guard divisions, the Red Armies's offensive capabilities has been removed in this region.



    Phase 3: Beginning of Nov -> 13th Nov.


    ----> Conclusion: Soviet Loss: Some tanks, Red Guard, Leningrad and ego. My Loss: Manpower as usual.

    Is part 2 too long to read? Would you prefer less screenshots of the battle statistics? Do you want to hear more stories from Thomas in this crazy Hell world?

    Context:
    [1] Lapland war: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapland_War. Basically Finnish switched side to the Allies.
    [2] Third battle of Kharkov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Battle_of_Kharkov
     
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    D-Day Reversal

    --- Battle of Normandy

    ( June 22nd, 1944 -> June 25th, 1944)
    Things started to look more favourable on the Allies. The RAF was conducting stream of revenge strategic bombings (hurt about 90 of my IC at peak while 30 on average) before feeling the attrition from the Luftwaffle fighting back (this pattern would continue til the end of June). But in Normandy, Rommel had successfully delayed the Allies long enough to gather the entire 7th Armee and 1/2 portion of 15th Armee along with an incoming freshly built Panzer Korp (5 Panzer Div ~1000 tanks).

    Reports coming from the East that the Russian was making a surprising gain in the Baltic, Russian Heartland and Romania front "they are in a total and complete retreat" - Stalin said. Which caused another panic in the Coalition Government[*] for two good reasons:
    1) " If we aren't fast enough then Stalin would get a free hand on the entire Central Europe let alone the Balkan."
    2) " The German are clearly reinforcing from the East. If our force in Normandy aren't advancing enough. There won't be any Liberate of Western Europe at all."

    And they weren't alone. Both Eisenhower, Arthur Tedder and Montgomery felt the deep urgent having to attack harder as the German were increasing pressing on attacking the Allies' supply line on land and sea. So, with that goal in mind, Eisenhower ordered a series of counter-attacks towards Falaise. In return, the German made flanking attacks on the Allies' positions in Saint. Lo, Granville and Caen. For 16 hours, these escalated into a full scale battle almost similar to the one in Kursk minus the RAF. While of these were happening, a second major landing were under prepared[a].

    Luftwaffle's air strike began to hurt, Caen infrastructure is bombed to the ground to nullify any attempt to supply nor advancing forward while the infantry is being bombarded by ~1000 Stukas and 2000 Flying Ducks[1]. As a soldier put it:

    " It's Dark Cloud[2] from above,
    and then Thunder[3],
    and then raining men on the ground."

    (Pun intended :p) - A random soldier commented.
    Neither side achieved a breakthrough.




    (June 25th -> July 3rd, 1944)
    Eisenhower then switched his intention to establish a second supply line in Cherbourg to ensure the survival and possibly the evacuation of the Normandy force. But the reluctant Montgomery didn't want years of planning goes to waste so he proposed using the main reinforcement force of Normandy to make a second surprise landing to establish another supply line as well as a Second Front.
    With the exhausted 7th Armee and resting Luftwaffle. Eisenhower threw the heavy weight with the wholehearted support of Arthur full onto the Gruppe Hellmich Korp in Cherbourg. Rip, F, RAF literally bombed them out of the existence.


    Holy scheiße :eek:!! So that's about 132000 men. 160 ~ 240 tanks[3] so average 200*7 = 1400 tanks. Sigh, I would be a shame if I just encircle them and eat all of them alive.


    But
    ... :rolleyes:. Cheeki me.


    Anyway, back in Normandy. Although Cherbourg was captured and a second supply line was established. It was just simply too late. Not only that but with the renew constant attack of the Heer and the Luftwaffle, " Good luck Dunkirk this, Bitch" - Hitler 1944.




    Sure, I guess this is more important than half a million men casualty then.


    --- Battle of Brittany
    ( July 4th, 1944 - July 12th, 1944)

    Sometimes pictures speak louder than a thousand words. After all, through the eyes of Thomas, the fate of this Army Group would never be known.



    Comment F down below guys. And what do you think Rommel would do to Montgomery, his nemesis (meme included)?


    Context:
    [a] : Referring to Operation Dragoon which would be performed later in August, 1944.
    [*]: See Churchill War Ministry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchill_war_ministry


    [1] : Actual figure from the German's side were 600 stukas and 1500 Flying Duck (Hs-129)
    [2] : Thunder is Stuka's siren. Lightning caused by the reflection of Bf-109. Again, " It's raining men" is pun intended.
    [3] : As a "heavy" division, the 3rd Armored possessed two armored regiments totaling four medium tank battalions and two of light tanks (18 companies) instead of three tank battalions containing both (12 companies), 232 medium tanks instead of the 168 allotted a light armored division, and with attached units numbered over 16,000 men, instead of the normal 12,000 found in the light armored divisions. Each division type had an infantry component of three mechanized infantry battalions. - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_Armored_Division_(United_States)
     
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    Oh gosh, last night was so fun and tired. I'm glad that I manage to set myself unto writing today. Anyway, enjoy the Part 4.


    Chapter 4: War on the Soft Bloated Belly of Europe
    Part 4.1: The second hand ticks
    " Clara, I'm going to Sicily now so can you send this letter of mine to my Dad please? He would love to hear my victories in Africa, especially in Time like this", said Tom. She is taking a deep breathe, trying to construct a good answer: " Tom, I know I love you long enough to know I'm a soldier's wife and you got duties to do. "But..." (bursting into tears) " haven't you the casualties just yet? I don't feel like the War is.... I'm sorry I should stop talking about this." He said calmly: "Hey hey, don't worry too much okay. I heard report from the Command[1] that our forces is making progress in Italy and the German is retreating in Russia so they must have pull whatever they had onto Normandy. Plus, I'm only station in Sicily to train the men, it will be way behind the Front Line. I will stay out of trouble and I'll seeing you later, I promise at least 51%." *Kiss goodbye*, then finally he left on board to Italy. (War diaries: July 15th 1944).



    Meanwhile, the Allies High Command argues over 3 options regarding about the fate of Italy:
    1) Holding onto Rubicon river with the force that was meant for Operation Dragoon as Churchill suggests.
    2) Evacuate from the Peninsula all the way to Sicily.
    3) Redirect Operation Dragoon to focus on Milan, encircle Army Group G and capture Alpine Region.

    ( Remember, Yalta Conference hadn't happened yet so it is obvious that every failures on the Western front for the Allies meaning the Soviet getting more leverage in the negotiation to divide Europe later on)

    ( August 1st 1944)
    Tom was secretly redirected instead to Taranto reserve forces from Sicily was also brought to Taranto. Just as he arrives the base, it is filled with very urgent atmosphere. Recognising the familiar face of his old superior, he salutes but was immediately interrupted:
    - "No time to explain, you will take command of the 11th Motorised Squad. This lad will escort you to the camp. Take the reinforcement to Pescara within a week. Please report the status every half an hour to this Americano. I need you to understand that the time is critical now. Hell is raging on this peninsula very soon."
    - " Crystal clear, sir; ", said Tom.
    - "Dismiss, let's hope God helps us this time."

    Arriving near the truck, each men gave formal salutes:
    - " Sgt, I heard you just arrived from Dover."
    Thomas - " Yes, I was."
    - " How bad was it, sir?"
    Thomas having a PTSD about the raid for 5s straight, seeing his ex-soldiers slowly died as half of their bodies were already ashed, then he immediately calmed himself down to keep the discipline and the morale of his fellows, he said: - " No worse than a tenth of the first Blitz. Target was military not civilian. Hey, I assure, the Nazis will pay for their crimes; every single one of them."
    - Thanks you, sir. So these are Harry, Hector, Oscar, Sam, Marvel and me; Edward. Nice to meet you, sir. I'm from Dover, as you can tell by now. Your stuffs has been packaged, time is very urgent at the moment as I heard"
    Tom : - " Alright lads. Preparing for battle. Godspeed!"
    Everyone : - " Aye sir! Godspeed!"


    Being a close friend to the his Army Commander, occasionally he awared of the situation on the front line. But it happened so quickly. Just today the Allies were digging in with Armoured Polish Division supporting by 2 other Motorised Divisions but by tomorrow the German already beaten the hell out all 3 Divisions. Reported shown the same pattern in the battle of Normandy - An overwhelming, consistent bombardment of the Luftwaffle:

    (Earlier on July, over 1500 TAC bombers were already based around Northern Italy region). But the Allies didn't aware of this because they didn't consider to do any strategic air recon deep in Northern Italy. Their strategic goal was still: tactical bombing to maul down the Gothic defensive lines and crippling the German industry in the homeland


    Many Polish troops were caught behind the line as the retreat were too quick yet disorganised:



    By 1600 of August 3rd, the Allies forces were already in the status of retreat into the difficult mountainous terrain to avoid being overrun by the Panzers. But already expecting this, the Luftwaffle logistical bombed the already poor infrastructure of the mountains making travelling a thousand time worse.



    By the time 11th Squadron reached Pescara. The German were already knocking in Rome


    The German would occupy Rome once in 15th of August



    If you think the atmosphere in Taranto is already intense, then wait and see the atmosphere in Pescara. Many buildings were converted into Field Hospitals but couldn't fill up the place. The majority of the supply truck lost the frontal windshield and covered in hole. At Pescara, you are either Pilots, Doctors or radio officers. MIA was all time high and reinforcement was rare.
    - " 11th Squad has arrived, sir! How can we help?"
    Not even bothered to salute back, the American said: " Barricade this Northern section in Santa Filomena. Use the half-track to block the road if needs be. I want to make this place the next Dunkirk by next fort night."

    While Hitler is getting crazier and declare war on Switzerland just to break Geneva Convention. Logic!!



    And his prediction ain't wrong. By 18th Rome has already fallen and the Pescara would soon becoming another Dunkirk
    - " Attack? Did you just forget what we've been doing?"
    - " Sir, the German has blocked the easy path to Pescara. If our forces has to go through the mountain, they might not get here in time."
    - " Take this man out of my sight. I have another meeting."
    - " Sir, our force will be encircled on the mountain instead. There won't be another Dunkirk. Just it's Done, Kirk[*]."

    So, on 19th August. An order was made for the counter-attack against the weaken Fallchirmjager currently occupying at Ascoli Piceno. The offensive were making progress on the early skirmishes, the flat terrain made the exhausted Jagers became easy targets for M3 AA-guns, forcing the Jagers to retreat on the isolated defensive positions.

    By the end of the day, the Motorised But unbeknown to Thomas as well as everyone else, the German Panzers were advancing on the left flank, threatening to envelope the all the Allies force in Central Italy. By the time Tom became aware of the German's advance on 20th August. Disaster became increasingly unavoidable as every minute passed, not just the hours.

    (You see the blue motorised division at Pescara where there is also an active airfield and a port. Yea that's where Tom is at)


    [To be continued]

    Context:
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    ( August 20th, 1944)

    So, let's re-assess the situation.


    (So, I've been sitting down and think how should I imagine how this epic tactical battle looks like. But then I remember, I'm sucks at RTS let alone having any Actual military experience so rather than ruining you guys' immersion. Let's just imagine how a realistic Fury looks like but with British people and replaced all tanks with half-tracks.)

    Alright, so basically Thomas and his squad is experiencing some gradual successes in countering attack the German in Ascoli Piceno. While the exhausted British Armour Divisions in L'quilla defended surprisingly well against two spearhead attacks from North and West of the area, creating a safe bridgehead for many infantry troops to pull back. If this trend continues for the next weeks. They can successfully evacuate more than 600000 men. A great moral boost after the disaster in Normandy

    But... That just simply didn't happen. As the Allies yielded Terni to the German on 22nd, they also given up an easy to defend area which was how they managed to hold the black tide of over 3 German corps attacking Terni. When these 3 Corps attacking L'quilla on 23rd, along with over ~1000 Luftwaffle bombers, that is a very different story comparing to Terni's. Communication was cut off from Pescara, and good luck with navigating cause Eastern wind just conveniently blocks any attempt to find other alternative routes as all the main routes were already destroyed during the logistical bombing run in 5th August. Instead of using star chart at night to navigate, they chose to make a quick retreat to a safer and easier to defend Avezzano on 25th. Good tactical decision to stop the continuing onslaught but terrible strategic decision because now whole 4 Corps in L'quilla can attack Pescara, the only available evacuation point.

    So back to Thomas, on 26th, the motorised divisions in Pescara stopped the counter-attack and began the process of evacuation. On 27th, about 70000 German against 10000 British in Pescara so you can imagine a lot of people died in that 2 days battle. But 9000 troops were saved. Hector died when a Tiger shot a HE ground that blew up the half-track. Marvel was shot in the thigh, Sam was pierced through the head by an 88mm APCR dragging Marvel back to the team. Marvel also died from blood loss later in that day. Among the confusion, Harry was missing in the smoke, he was later captured by the German and later sent to the Demonetised Camp. So, only Ed and Tom survived.

    But it could have been a lot worse. This is the fate of the rest remaining Allies forces


    Tom's former Commander and Friend also was not evacuated.


    And this is whatever remains of the Allies force in Italian campaign. Over 612000 men now is reduced into this.


    [To be continued]
     
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    ( On the same day - Comedy)
    Imagine 2 CEOs just had a bad day. Now imagine they are FDR and Churchill. That's right, the Blenheim's Talk was everyone's topic but no one wants to be there. It was so terrible the two most gentlemen in 2 nations almost had a bar fight if not thanks to the agents. Basically, it went like this:

    Churchill - " From your failures, I think Britain should take the sole command for Western Front from now on. "

    FDR - " Nah. You can't"

    Churchill - " You are a guest on my house. Yes we can."

    FDR - " Nah, you can't. We have nukes." (everyone GASP)

    Churchill - " Yes, we can. We have the King, he can execute you anytime I want I mean as the people wish." (everyone OUTRAGEOUS)

    FDR - " Nah, you can't. We can liberate you anytime I want I mean as the people want." (FAINT)

    -> And repeat. They began to talk about who should take control in Iranian oil field. Indian theater since the Chinese already magically lost to the Japanese. At some point, these men were acting like drunk people and try to murder each other without drinking any drop of a alcohol, nice. Anyway, a miracle happened on Churchill's favour. On 20th October, Hitler, as the result of becoming Valefisk, he declared [Surprising mother fliccer] war on his former-friend, Franco. Now Churchill can convince Roosevelt to follow his Soft Bloated Belly policy again as this is the only chance to open a second front in Europe. And thus, we're going to part 4.3 - Second Peninsula War.


    Part 4.3 - Second Peninsula War.

    It started in a far worse manner than to Napoleon. The German only put a portion of the 19th Army, 2/3 of the original I Schwerpunkt Army, with Rommel given not an overall but priority command but the worst of all, they did not have any air force, literally. As if all the Luftwaffle were spent to defend the homeland. There were reports that soldiers constantly got lost while trying to navigate routes through the Pyrenees area. This is good summary how under prepared the German were. But Rommel, against all logistical odd as usual, he instantly charge recklessly, and succeed in the Central front, like a total collapse on the Central Front.


    Then Rommel made his first panzer offensive in the North while the Southern P-Korps (if you read it like Peacock, that is perfectly fine) are still under supplied. But this only attracts both the Allies and the Spanish air force. As a result, battle were prolonged and brutal, casualties were high, tanks and supply lines were constantly harassed at an unprecedented uncomfortable level.



    Toward the South, the German did significantly better. They captured a large port of Barcelona on 10th, thus enable to construct a supply allowing the panzer to thrust deep cut off the Spanish Southern Army and penetrated even deeper along the coast.


    And yea. Like this:


    Spanish forces were decimated but the Panzer's momentum were getting slow down into a stalemate and threaten to cut off supplied.


    Tom and Ed were redirected from Tunis to defend Spain, time were so urgent that any mail sending back to the family members were considered a luxury only for unarmed civilian. As Allies Motorised and Armour's presence in the Peninsula rapidly increased by the days. Planned were made by the Allies to make an overall counter-attack into Southern France. But all of that gonna change very soon for what would be known as the Literal Battle of Britain. I just spoilt Chapter 2, am I :p?


    Extra stuffs

    So I took some statistic of how decimated the Normandy disaster were and here they are


    But ofc, it did came with a cost. That peak amount was when the AI realised I don't defend the homeland with my air force so they just bombed the hell out everything, including Berlin.
     
    Chapter 2 - Part 1 : Prelude
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    * Just Hitler dreaming about talking with Guy from the future *

    - Hitler : " I wholeheartedly thanks you for saving Germany"
    - Guy : " It's not over yet. German will inevitably lose by July 15th 1945. That's when United States of Obesity made the first Atomic bomb."
    - Hitler : " What is an A-bomb?"
    - Guy : " It's a big bomb that makes much bigger bang than your biggest gun and kill 40000 Japanese in an instance in my history."
    Hitler is then shown the aftermath of Hiroshima.

    - Hitler : " Then why don't we conquer them first?"
    - Guy : " That's what I'm about to say."
    - Hitler : " Right on."

    Chapter II : Literal Battle of Britain


    Part 1 : Prelude
    After having continuous vision dreams, Hitler decided to do something completely different. A stalemate is impossible as sooner or later the Allies will have the Atomic bomb first which is the end game for Germany unless Britain is taken out of Europe. Her navy and air force cannot be beaten one on one so military's attention must be diverted everywhere just to give the invasion force a change as nation is still ran by men and men's mentality cannot process everything at once. So, the plan is to divert the Allies attention everywhere, but more than just intelligence. This time it is for real. So instead of pretending to be a nice guy in Europe. Germany will deliberately become the baddie of Europe by a spontaneous invasion of neutral Switzland on 19th of August 1944. And mobilisation of the army along Franco-Spanish border.



    After that, the Allies starts to worry about the possibility of the invasion to other neutral states such as Spain, Turkey, Sweden and also other Axis' members. All of while a renewed operation Sea Lion was kept hidden in plain sight.


    So what force is being concentrated in this context? The answer is the Luftwaffle. Bewegungskrieg (maneuver warfare) cannot be obtain if field-intelligence is not yet obtained. And field-intelligence cannot be obtained if air superiority has not yet met. By completely controlling our skies and theirs, the Heer can control the chaotic nature of the operation and dictate the enemies movement. However, a suitable ratio between the Heer and the Luftwaffle must be met. Too much knowledge is useless if no decisive action being carried out and too much action is useless if we don't know what we are doing eventually.

    This one talk of the plan of invading Britain just schooled Manstein into Hitler's Vader. Now, July's miracle were not just miracle, they were the work of one man himself. Anyway, since July 1944, Manstein has become the de-facto Overall Chief of Staff and Co-Chief of the Army (as OKW-OB West HQ is gradually made less important than the OKH HQ) and Foremost Prioritised Army General along with many other unexpected Prioritised figures like Raeder, Paul Hausser, Kesselring,.... Hitler also employed a new rotating system in August 1944 so that Prioritised Generals such as an Army General can be switched place with division commander so that they can obtain more tactical experienced and vice versa.

    --- Further internal reorganisation
    Politics within the Reich changes more than just diving German into Total War. Hitler became more open in the old semi fascist-monarch system. As such, he wishes to revive the German monarchy since the Empire and the Junkers. But official titles are still solely for the government, of which only people within the same organisation can elect their peers. For example, only Oberstgenerals (Colonel General) of 7th Armee and 15th Armee can elect their peer to Generalfeldmarschall of the Heeresgruppen B only Generalfeldmarschalls can elect their peers to command the OKW. The Fuhrer can override this election to appoint someone. This also applies in appointing his successor(s). And usually within the first 3 months in the office, it is the Fuhrer's job to appoint 2-3 of his successors openly albeit they will still resume their current jobs. If a successor hasn't been designated then a semi general election will be held between the Ministers. Hitler also wants to loosen up his current strict ideology requirement so that the Conservatives or Fascists or Moderate Liberal can join bureaucrat although the base line is that applicants must support a party. Only one Liberal Moderate party can be formed after the War. In summary, this is not particular a democrat because there is no General Government but in each bureaucrat level exists a mini democratic government that only the Fuhrer can override the election but there are tons of them happening at any time so it's not an ideal task to micromanage.

    Economic-wise, Hitler makes sure that Goebbel's Total War does not reduce the proficiency of Speer's production. He also told Speer personally that a he wants an overhaul in logistical system (mechanical parts for the tanks, planes, artillery, machine gun, more trucks,...) rather than just producing more Panzers or Planes. If a Tiger's transmission is broken down then a replacement transmission is a lot cheaper than abandoning the Tiger only to build another Tiger. He also ordered development of diesel engine for the next generation trucks and Entwichlung Panzers. If Germany cannot make more fuel than the Allies then she should spend less. Costly air missions on front line are abandoned in favour for a more local superiority at homeland and occasional large and short campaign like Italian campaign. All U-boats are ordered to ceased all current tasks to preparation for the Big Event. With over ~2000 Planes defending the homeland, the Allies' raid decreased, easing the production while the Fuel consumption drops as front line becomes static on the East.

    To even further re-branding Germany to legitimise the aggressive foreign policies later on. A project to revive the Roman Empire of the aryans is initiated. On 17th August 1944, Hitler Directive No.17 issued that the Great German Reich will be renamed into Roman Fuhrerreich. To make it more serious, he marched the Wehrmacht in Geneva to broadcast it internationally while burning the Geneva Convention for his future son, Valefisk. There were some serious talks about the possibility to relocate Mussolini's Pizza Republic into Southern Italy once Allies is out of Italy so that the German can annex North and Central Italy. Despite such provocative attitude, Mussolini was specifically ordered to be kept alive to ensure a Italian Revolution would not happen and giving the unhappy people in the annexed regions a scapegoat; a cornered animal is the most dangerous animal



    To hide nature of invasion force, training for landing and creating beachheads without the support of Luftwaffle were extensively done at several Danish straits while an invasion of Sweden was thought to be from Konigsberg to Malmo. All of while the majority of the real army, (organised as militia People's Army - Volkssturm Army) is trained within the wood and only appeared at Kiel on the eve of landing day. So let's take a summary cause the timeline is confusing. Around beginning of the December, these major events are currently happening:
    1) counter-attack Romanian front
    2) Finnish front
    3) invading Spain
    4) Chasing the Allies in Italy
    5) About to invade Sweden and Occupation
    6) Kriegmarine were ordered to " enjoy the Big Event". The renewed Sea Lion, code name Underlord goes like this.
    7) Air battle of Dover Strait


    Anyway, operation Underlord goes like this:

    where the numbers are the priority of battle. 1 cannot happen if 0 is not yet succeed and repeat til the last number. Criteria is varied for different mission zones. For example 0 (submarine), 1, 4 are determined by the duration on field and casualties of being inflicted while 5, 3 ,2 are literally time table which can only be accurately coordinated by Hitler's wisdom - monetised by the Guy from the future.

    But despite all of that. The landing was tough


    And excuse me WTF?
     
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    So this is during Manstein's counter attack in the second phase of Battle of Grodno and the capture of Leninrad was a decisive turn of event for Germany. It came with a man power cost.