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And so the Sicilian campaign has a most disappointing conclusion. Still, one never knows what the future might hold.
 

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PART XXVII : GREEK CAPITULATION


April 2, 1941

Romania was forced to cede Northern Translyvania to Hungary under German pressure. The area was rewarded to Romania after the Great War.



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April 13, 1941

British forces began invasion of Iraq after pro-German coup took place in the country.



April 14, 1941

The Axis forces are slowly reducing the Allied pockets in Greece.



April 28, 1941

Germans managed to overrun Greek defenses near Korinthos and reached Peloponnese Peninsula.



May 3, 1941

Greek Army capitulated. This puts an end to last Allied resistance in Europe. Greek government relocated to the island of Crete.



May 13, 1941


Pro-German government in Iraq was overthrown. The British agreed to temporary union of Free French Syria and Iraq. Free French governors in Syria will also run public administration of Iraq.



June 7, 1941


The Axis now controls the entire continental Europe.


 

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One hopes Nationalist Spain does not join them.
 

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Well that was a tragedy, I can't imagine relations between the UK and France are good right now.
 
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Allied invasion of Sicily turned into a complete disaster. German Fuhrer Hitler mocked British-French invasion in a radio broadcast.
A pity: not securing Messina in time proved critical. May the Austrian Corporal be forced to eat his words on some glorious future day.
In Greece, Athens has fallen. Greek Army continues to resist bravely but with reinforcements coming from Sicily, the end may come soon.
This seems inevitable, with or without Axis reinforcements from Sicily.
Greek Army capitulated. This puts an end to last Allied resistance in Europe. Greek government relocated to the island of Crete.
As it proved to be, alas.
Pro-German government in Iraq was overthrown. The British agreed to temporary union of Free French Syria and Iraq.
A small compensation, but better than nothing.
 

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I have caught up just in time for this disaster.

Well that was a tragedy, I can't imagine relations between the UK and France are good right now.
I imagine everyone is cursing Churchill for listening to that De Gaulle fellow, there were other Free French options available after all. There could be a few awkward moments in the House about all this, or possibly something worse.
 
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I feel bad for the thousands of Indian soldiers sacrificed so that others could escape Sicily.

As for Europe, I'm not too terribly worried about that (it's not like this didn't happen in real life)... but the Allies will definitely need to come up with some better coordinated strategies.
 

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PART XXIX : INVASION OF SOVIET UNION


July 2, 1941

Gaullist coup in French Morocco succeeded. Officers loyal to Free French cause stormed public buildings in French Morocco and arrested all pro-Vichy officials.



July 21, 1941

Air battles over Britain rages on.



July 24, 1941

Hungarian government declared formation of "Greater Hungary". This new Hungary comprises parts of Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania.



August 26, 1941

Free French forces began preparations for another coup in West African colonies.



October 31, 1941

Germany declared war on Soviet Union. This development may open new window of opportunities in the West if Germans are bogged down against the Red Army. Churchill announced his immediate support for the Soviet government.

Finland also joined German invasion against Soviet Union to reclaim the territories they lost in the Winter War.



November 5, 1941

Free French forces are deployed along the border of Iran for a possible intervention in that country. The British and Soviet plan is to build a land connection through Iran.



November 8, 1941

Free French partisans are increasing their efforts in Mainland France to hurt enemy occupation.



November 25, 1941

German Armies are advancing rapidly in Soviet Union.



Wehrmacht advacing in Ukraine :



December 4, 1941

Red Army defeated Finnish forces along its border. Red Army is currently closing towards Helsinki.



December 5, 1941

Anglo-Soviet-French occupation of Iran has begun.



December 6, 1941

18 Free French divisions participates in the invasion of Iran.



December 12, 1941

Invasion of Iran goes smoothly. Kiev was captured by German forces.



December 22, 1941

French Army reached Soviet border in Iran.



December 30, 1941

Iranian Army capitulated. Iranian Shah fled to Berlin with a German Ju-52. French occupation government was set up in Tehran.



German advance slowed down considerably with the onset of Russian winter.

 
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Very nice work in North Africa and Iran (and possibly West Africa if the coup (oops liberation) goes well.

The news from the eastern front is brilliant, the Germans haven't pushed nearly far enough to do any good. Look at the south they haven't even took Crimea!
 

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A great shame so many bits of the French empire didn't want Tom serve under de Gaulle. Still, good that you have events and such to get them back with some effort.
It's funny to see Britian helping out in the only way it knows how:
"You lost an empire? That's terrible! Here, have another one in the Middle East. It's next to communists, but you can work sound that right?"

Time will tell how 'free' this France will be.
 

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Gaullist coup in French Morocco succeeded. Officers loyal to Free French cause stormed public buildings in French Morocco and arrested all pro-Vichy officials.
Excellent. Throw away the key on these filthy collaborators.
Germany declared war on Soviet Union. This development may open new window of opportunities in the West if Germans are bogged down against the Red Army
The big one: let’s hope the Soviets can withstand the onslaught.
Red Army defeated Finnish forces along its border. Red Army is currently closing towards Helsinki.
That is very good news, at least.
18 Free French divisions participates in the invasion of Iran.
Huzzah! That is a theatre Free France can handle, at least.
German advance slowed down considerably with the onset of Russian winter.
Good. Though it may not be enough ...
 

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Started to reclaim the French Empire. Still got a fair bit to go of course. I suppose after West Africa it is Madagascar? And how are resistence efforts in France itself going?
 

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Handing France the entire Middle Eastern oil supply (Saudi had nothing till post-WW2 really). There is no way this will go horribly, catastrophically wrong and come back to bite Britain.

On the plus side, the Eastern Front meat grinder is now in operation. This is only a plus for everyone who isn't Axis or Soviet obviously, but it will make returning to Europe a great deal easier once all the Germans have frozen to death or swamped by a human wave attack.
 

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Handing France the entire Middle Eastern oil supply (Saudi had nothing till post-WW2 really). There is no way this will go horribly, catastrophically wrong and come back to bite Britain.

On the plus side, the Eastern Front meat grinder is now in operation. This is only a plus for everyone who isn't Axis or Soviet obviously, but it will make returning to Europe a great deal easier once all the Germans have frozen to death or swamped by a human wave attack.
It might. De Gaulle was not known for diplomatic nicety and having the french take the fall for Britain's rampant empire building in the middle east and africa makes a lot of sense. Remember the French provided some puff to get into these places but the british are pulling the strings.

Basically it could go either way, but so often in these HOI you see the British AI being quite machevalian in its politics, and let down by miltiary incompetence (see Talking Turkey).
 

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Are you going to keep Iran, or set up a puppet, or...?