- Oct 30, 2009
In August, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union made a Non-Aggression Pact called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The motivation behind this pact on the German side was to neutralize the Soviet threat while the nation prepares for war. By then, it seemed almost inevitable that the Western Allies would intervene in a European conflict involving the Third Reich. In September, this fears turned out to be true.
The fall of Poland and later on, France led Hitler to believe his armies to be invincible and, after the failed attempt to make an invasion of the British Isles possible and a short interlude in Yugoslavia, he turned the Wehrmacht towards the east, the ultimate prize: the Soviet Union. While at first Operation Barbarossa showed great promise, it finally turned to a stalemate during the harsh Russian winter, then a retreat when Soviet industry managed to relocate behind the Urals and with American help, started to out-produce the German warmachine. The tide of war has turned, and while the Japanese were losing in Asia and Italy in Africa and their own peninsula, Hitler's invincible armies started to be pushed back from Western Russia.
In 1944, a great Allied invasion took place in German-occupied Normandy, opening the much-feared second front. Introducing harsher and harsher policies weren't enough to stop the enemy from two sides, and by the spring of 1945, the Third Reich collapsed. Hitler commited suicide and what was left of the German leadership signed the unconditional surrender of the once great nation. Again.
At least that is what happened historically...
But what if the German warplan was a bit different? What if the main target would have been the Soviet Union right from the start? The Western Allies can't be expected to sit idle while the Reich wages war on bolshevism, but they might, just might be possible to be contained long enough for the Red Manace to be dealt with! Would this be possible? Let's find out!
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Table of contents
Act I - The Road to War
Act II - Fall Weiss
Act III - Unternehmen Weserübung
Intermission - Gameplay notes
Act IV - Unternehmen Ostland
Act V - Sitzkrieg
Intermission - Warplans
Act VI - Unternehmen Barbarossa
Intermission - Post-Barbarossa
Act VII - A New Direction
Intermission - Comic Relief
Act VIII - Downfall of the West
Epilogue - The War that ended all Wars
Aftermission - The More Gameplay notes and the American Campaign
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Version: Vanilla+Semper Fi, 2.04e, with some minor changes: graphical improvements (including the Major Nations Immersion Pack and Hr.Cyber's Naval counters and Icons); minor AI tweaks on the sliders; changes in some Norwegian and USA ministers.
Start date: January 1st, 1936.