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Chapter 14
Manstein


September, 1937

It was a stout man of five decades, wearing the uniform of a generalmajor, who entered the restaurant that day. A waiter came to see if he wished to be seated, but the man merely shook his head and pointed towards a table where two other men, also in uniform, were already seated. Continuing his trek forward, the man caught the eyes of the other two, who immediately stood up. They were quite easy to recognize: Oswald Lutz, Inspector of Motorized Troops, and his chief of staff, Heinz Guderian.

“Ah! General von Manstein! So good to see you,” said Guderian. “Please, have a seat. We were just enjoying our drinks.”

“Thank you,” Manstein said. A waiter came over, and he asked for a water. “I’m glad I didn’t keep you waiting.”

Guderian chuckled. “Not at all! We were just discussing recent events. Have you heard about the bit of business in Spain?”

Manstein blinked. “What business?”

“Why, the Republican forces are divided among themselves. The Communists have revolted.”

“Don’t tell me that now they’re at war with both the Republicans and Nationalists?”

“Oh yes. It’s three factions now. The Communists, the Republicans, and the Nationalists, and all out for each other’s blood. The Republicans are even reaching out to France for aide.”

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Manstein turned and shook his head. He was very grateful that Germany had not succumbed to this mess. The dark days, in the post-war period, had almost led to that, with the Communist uprisings and the party divisions, but all that had been calmed for now. Spain, in the meantime, was descending into a bloodbath. “That nation is becoming a mess.”

Lutz crossed his legs and leaned back in his chair. “Indeed. I have wonder if Britain is not too far behind?”

“Why? Is Chamberlain a Communist now?”

“No, but from reports we’ve had, Communism is gaining support there. Chamberlain’s party enjoys barely a third of support from his people, while the Communists and Mosley’s boys are gaining traction. No doubt many of the Communists from Russia and here have fled either to there or Spain.”

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Mannstein shrugged. “I’ll confess I’ve been a bit detached from that. My mind is currently on military matters.” It was a true statement. Mannstein’s interests, both professionally and personally, were focused more largely on the military affairs of the state over the political. Politics could shift meanings and warp morals. As some officers were fond of saying, a gun means what it says.

Guderian’s lips curled into a smile. “Ah, just as you were at the War Academy, Erich. Perhaps then you care more about our much enlarged neighbor to the north?”

“Ah, the Empire of Sweden, I think it’s called?”

“The United Kingdoms of Sweden… Sweden… ah...” Guderian looked towards Lutz, a hopeless gleam in his eyes.

“Sweden-Finland.”

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“Sweden-Finland! That’s it! The United Kingdoms of Sweden-Finland. Funny business that. Seems everyone wants to unite with someone. Sweden wants to unite with Finland, Japan wants to unite with China, and here we are, with eyes on Austria.”

Manstein raised his eyebrows. “Oh? What about Austria?”

Lutz shook his head before casting a sideways glance towards Guderian. “There is nothing official yet. The National Socialists in Austria have been raising Cain for quite some time. Who knows if Hitler will make use of it?”

The glass of water was placed before Manstein. The major general picked it up and took a swallow before saying, “The Fuehrer has always been intent on resolving the issue of the mutilation of the Fatherland. Are there any signs of what he intends to do with it?”

Guderian chuckled. “I would think that would be more your line of work, would it not? You and Beck both.”

“Yes, we have been running through quite a few scenarios,” Manstein said. “The greatest concern, of course, is with France. Nothing may have come from the ‘floral war’ bit with the Rheinland, but if pressure continues towards resolving the territorial issues inherited from the Treaty of Versailles, they may be a greater concern.”

“Interesting,” Lutz said. “And what did you suggest?”

“I suggested letting them waste their efforts against the Rheinland, forming a more formidable defense line closing to the river.” Manstein dipped his finger into the cool glass of water, then brought the same finger down on the table and dragged it along. The moisture left subtle shapes on the table. “Then launch a counterattack. Even if they were to take some industrial areas, the temporary loss of any industry would be replaceable in comparison to the loss of armies in their initial attack.”

“Was it well received?”

“Hard to say at times. There is as much party politics at OKH as there is in civilian government, I fear. The Fuehrer wishes to make plans that the OKH wishes to temper, but they haven’t the backbone to do it. Either way, I gave them my plan. I also gave some advice on how to perceive our defensive capabilities in other areas.”

“And what did you say there?”

“Well, I foresaw no potential threat from Sweden. Their military is busy with integration, and they would have to overcome naval difficulties if they were ever to push into Germany. At this point, they are of no concern. Besides, they have greater concerns of their own. For example, any potential desire they may have to push into Norway, or, alternatively, any potential threat from Russia.”

“Ah yes,” Guderian said, a chuckle escaping through his breath as he spoke, “the newly reborn Empire of Russia. Princess Anastasia and all that. Even here, some of the girls are seeing her as a celebrity.”

“Yes.” Manstein wasn’t too concerned about Anastasia herself, since he couldn’t read any hint from her life history that she had been trained in the ways of military affairs. His concerns lay well beyond her fame and celebrity. “The Empire of Russia is a bit of a wild card, and their military is currently of little threat – but the Empress has expressed a desire to regain lost Russian land. If her generals and courtiers pursue this dream, I fear it would be detrimental for our purposes. For example, while I’m aware of the Fuehrer’s belief that the Danzig corridor rightfully belongs to Germany – as it does – I advised OKH against any future plan of going to war with Poland.”

“And why is that? Don’t you think we could take them on equally in battle?”

“Perhaps. My greater concern is that Poland serves as a proper buffer between us and Russia. Whether Russia takes Poland, or we occupy Poland, both will be disastrous conditions for us. That buffer zone would be gone, and Russia would be right on our doorstep.”

“We broke Russia in the last war,” Guderian remarked. “Surely we could do it again.”

“We were lucky in the last war,” Manstein added. “The Russian army was ill prepared and we had the wisdom of Hindenburg. Yet I know full well what the Russian army can do when it is ready and willing to fight.” At this, Manstein paused. One hand absentmindedly reached down to his leg and began to gently massage it across the thigh. Continuing, he added, “I have a feeling that the Russians will not so readily go to war with us this time, nor will they so hastily throw their armies at us as they did before.”

“Do you not think we have geniuses now?” Guderian asked. “We had a Hindenburg, certainly, but now I dare say we have a dozen Hindenburgs at our disposal. We’d be more than a match for the Russians.”

“I have no doubt about the capability of our officers. Nonetheless, if we so readily permit a war with Poland, we may likewise permit a war with Russia. And with a war with Russia, and France, we will find ourselves on two fronts yet again. That is something we must avoid. Especially if the Russian military were allowed to rebuild, and remobilize. If they reach their full potential, then it will be even worse than 1914.”

“Those are wise words,” said Lutz. “And I hope they are heeded by OKH.”

“As do I,” said Manstein. “But we shall see.” He looked down, and saw the lines he had drawn on the table were now completely dried up, and no longer visible.
 
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It was a stout man of fifty decades, wearing the uniform of a generalmajor

Nazi Vampires of the Wehrmacht!

I'm guessing the more traditional-looking flag (complete with "herring-salad" Union canton) and the fact that the new Head of State is a Progressive Liberal mean that Gustav V and the Ultra-Monarchists lost? Either way, a newly united and ascendant Sweden-Finland is going to make for some interesting dynamics in the region -- hopefully they won't start getting irredentist notions about Eastern Karelia or anything like that.
 
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Nazi Vampires of the Wehrmacht!

From all Wehrmacht high rankings, Fedor von Bock looked like legit Max Schreck's Nosferatu, but in his case, monarchist vampire remembering Friedrich Barbarossa :D
 
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...aw crud. Well, I fixed that typo. Sorry about that, folks.
 
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Nazis doing Nazi business, Stalinists (?) in Spain doing Stalin business… Actually, that's a point. If the world has avoided Stalinism becoming any sort of revered ideology, the Spanish communists might even have a better time of things, organisationally speaking, even if they'll be hampered militarily. I do wonder what Communism in Europe looks like this time around with no USSR. More syncretic perhaps? And of course the strange rumblings from Britain continue to fascinate. Anyway—

interesting to see the threat Anastasia presents from the Nazi perspective. I do wonder what sort of relationship the two powers will strike up in the immediate future.
 

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Manstein here seems to have a very level head about this - at least as it impinges on his limited interests

Guderian more enthusiasm, and a wider view
 

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I agree with the above statement, it seems Manstein is maintaining his level headedness here. It'd be quite foolish indeed to have a war on two fronts, Germany learned that the hard way during the first world war. Seems both Spain and Britain are engaged in a three way struggle, Britain's being more ideological and Spain's being more violent. That unified Sweden-Finland is quite a concern as well.
 

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The big takeaway from people with this update seems to be that Manstein is a vampire. :D

Well, in that case, this AAR is a better love story than Twilight...

I'm guessing the more traditional-looking flag (complete with "herring-salad" Union canton) and the fact that the new Head of State is a Progressive Liberal mean that Gustav V and the Ultra-Monarchists lost? Either way, a newly united and ascendant Sweden-Finland is going to make for some interesting dynamics in the region -- hopefully they won't start getting irredentist notions about Eastern Karelia or anything like that.

The monarchists actually won, although I missed a lot of the events that happened with Sweden-Finland. Perhaps the devs can help fill us in? @R0MMEL?

Nazis doing Nazi business, Stalinists (?) in Spain doing Stalin business… Actually, that's a point. If the world has avoided Stalinism becoming any sort of revered ideology, the Spanish communists might even have a better time of things, organisationally speaking, even if they'll be hampered militarily. I do wonder what Communism in Europe looks like this time around with no USSR. More syncretic perhaps? And of course the strange rumblings from Britain continue to fascinate. Anyway—

interesting to see the threat Anastasia presents from the Nazi perspective. I do wonder what sort of relationship the two powers will strike up in the immediate future.

The biggest change, right now, is that Communism seems to be growing in the west, rather than the east, since most of the countries in Eastern Europe have kicked them out, or are under Russia's influence.

Where Communism goes in Europe... future updates will tell.

Manstein here seems to have a very level head about this - at least as it impinges on his limited interests

Guderian more enthusiasm, and a wider view

I tried to stick with their historic personalities. From what I've read, Guderian was very much an enthusiast, almost to a fault, and when he worked with Lutz, Guderian would be the salesman for Panzer warfare while Lutz did much of the higher up wheeling and dealing. This might be one reason why Guderian got most of the credit for the development of Panzer warfare.

I agree with the above statement, it seems Manstein is maintaining his level headedness here. It'd be quite foolish indeed to have a war on two fronts, Germany learned that the hard way during the first world war.

I recently started rereading Lost Victories, Manstein's war memoirs, and tried to reflect his attitudes and manner of thinking here. For example, Manstein's comments about Poland being a proper buffer zone are talked about in Victories, where Manstein discusses the concerns of German high command with invading Poland - and hence bringing the Soviet Union right to Germany's borders. His discussion on what Germany should do in the event of a French invasion is based off how he thinks Poland should have planned for a German invasion.
 
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Any...social gatherings between Baltic German nobility and Prussian nobility, both coincidentally still running two militaries and not overly loving radical demagogues? :p
 
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Hmmm that is very odd. It's definitely a bug of some kind but it isn't one I've seen or been told about. The United Kingdoms of Sweden-Finland shouldn't be formed through civil war. It looks like the monarchists did win, but they had some kind of democratic influence that changed them from non-aligned to democratic. Very strange.
 
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Hmmm that is very odd. It's definitely a bug of some kind but it isn't one I've seen or been told about. The United Kingdoms of Sweden-Finland shouldn't be formed through civil war. It looks like the monarchists did win, but they had some kind of democratic influence that changed them from non-aligned to democratic. Very strange.

Should I report this to the bugs section of the Discord site? :p
 
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Chapter 15
Trotsky


September, 1937

The stretch of the south Russian countryside lay before him. As he gazed out the car window, Trotsky couldn’t help but catch his own reflection in the glass. The visage was made clearer by the green of the hills off in the distance, rising up to the eye level of his reflection. Gone was the dark hair that lined his face and coated his scalp. The neat trims of his mustache and chin had become more wild, and even his hair had grown out some. The bottle-cap glasses that rested on his nose no longer framed eyes that were fiery and free, but now they were tired and worn. He couldn’t help but recall that one night in Moscow, nearly two decades ago now, when he stopped to glance at his reflection in the mirror.

That night… the night when everything changed. Within a matter of seconds, things changed. The attack of the Whites against Moscow, the betrayal of Stalin… the dead, bleeding body of Lenin laying sprawled across the floor was forever etched into Trotsky’s mind. The Revolution had died that day. Some might have contended that, of course, based on the fact that the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks were still around, and still combating the military government. Stalin and Trotsky were still out there, commanding their factions, and striking when they could.

Yet… Trotsky had seen the writing on the wall long ago. Perhaps back in the early 1920’s, when the military government was still trying to get its act together, and the sentiment among many was still strong, he had a more positive outlook. There was still a fighting spirit. There was still a chance to regain momentum. There was still a chance to claim cities as they had before. Not anymore. It had been two decades of fighting, with nothing to show for it. Yes, they were still fighting, but that was all they could truly say they were doing. Nothing had been gained after all this time. Communists left their hiding places to launch attacks against the civilian populace (if they were Bolsheviks) or attack military convoys and armories (if they were Mensheviks), only to return to their hiding places afterward. The military government had come close to crumbling, sure, but that was due to their own incompetence than anything Trotsky or Stalin had done. With such a situation, the Russian fascists had as much a chance of obtaining power as the Communists.

Then came Anastasia… and the Romanov eagle seemed to be flying again. Trotsky might have guessed that the girl would become a celebrity overnight. The formula was all there: a poor young noblewoman whose entire family was butchered, who lived among the common people, and had been raised to the head of the country by circumstance. It was like something out of the great legends of old, and the people during this time of economic and social upheaval needed a legend. What Trotsky had not quite expected was just what an affect on the people this relic of the past would have had. Already, much of the turmoil among the civil populace had been calmed. The Mensheviks had found it was getting harder and harder to find new recruits – and Trotsky had to imagine Stalin was feeling the same. There was no denying it: the Russian people were slowly getting behind the new government, and praying that the Empress could bring back some normalcy.

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As they drove down the road, Trotsky spotted a scene that gave a hint at just why people were starting to trust the Empress. There was a gallows that had been built beside the road, and from it hung five men in Russian army uniforms. Each one had a sign draped over his chest that read BANDIT. At the far end of the gallows was a much larger sign which read Hung for looting the Russian people, by order of Empress Anastasia. Trotsky had heard of the Empress Anastasia’s decree, shortly after her coronation, that the illegal tolls and general bullying of the less disciplined army units would come to an end. Apparently, she was making good on that threat. This was one reason Trotsky had grown to feel that she could be trusted. That… and her sparing of Yakov Yarovsky.

That was why Trotsky was on the way to make a deal with imperial government.

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Many of his advisers had suggested against it. They said the pardoning of Yarovsky was a political stunt to bring her enemies into a false sense of complacency. Trotsky, however, was not so sure. He’d heard the gruesome details of the murders, and that was bad enough – Anastasia had actually lived through it. It was hard to imagine a person going through such an experience and willingly forgiving the person who induced it for mere political expediency. Even if there was obvious political gain behind it, there must have been some heart driving it.

The car turned onto a side road, and moved through open farmland towards a thick set of roads. When it entered the roads, the vehicle soon came upon a lone, wooden shack. It was a decrepit little thing, with tiles on the roof falling down, a chimney that leaned towards one side, and some of the windows shattered. Yet it was that Trotsky was to meet his contact. His driver got out first, and walked around the car while scanning the area at the same time. He finally got to the other side and, with one hand in his pocket to keep a hold of his pistol, opened the door for Trotsky. Trotsky stepped out and, without a word, made his way to the door of the shack. He gave it three good knocks.

“Come in,” came a voice from inside.

Trotsky opened the door slightly and peeked in. Maksim Lobanov, the government spokesman, sat there at a wide table. A portly man in a suit stood behind him – no doubt an Okhrana agent. Maksim smiled nervously and stood up. “Ah, Comrade Trotsky! Come in!”

Comrade? thought Trotsky. A true politician. He talks to me like he was one of me, when he isn’t. Ignoring the faux civility, Trotsky walked in, followed by his own agent. He took a spare chair before the table and sat down. “I’m here.”

Maksim laughed nervously again, then sat down. “We’ve received your request for discussion. I want to assure you that her majesty’s government is ready to negotiate anything which may make you satisfied.”

“That is good to know,” Trotsky said. “Thankfully, I’m not looking for much. I want my men to have complete immunity from the law. I want promises of no repercussions among me or my staff. Furthermore, I want all of us to live peacefully in Russia.”

“Fair, fair, very fair. I think we can arrange that. There may be some squabbles about this name or that. But it will not come simply, of course. We will of course require you to swear fealty to Empress Anastasia, and the Russian Empire. Any platforms or manifestos speaking of revolution or overthrowing the government will have to be undone.”

Trotsky pondered for a moment what Lenin would have thought of this entire scene, were he still alive?

“That can be arranged,” Trotsky said, “that shall be the only thing which we can promise, as far as our ideology goes. However, we can offer something far better.”

Maksim had taken his reading glasses out and were beginning to wipe them clean. “Oh? And what is that?”

“The location of Stalin.”

Maksim’s glasses dropped to the table. He stared wide-eyed at Trotsky. “W-what?”

“The location of Stalin. We have his hiding place. We’ve known it for a while.” The Menshevik leader absentmindedly stroked one half of his mustache. “I would have made use of this knowledge myself, but… the roads have become more difficult for our men as of late.” It used to be that they could travel freely. The military outposts had meant nothing, as they were more interested in collecting money from the peasants than from actually stopping Communists. Now that Anastasia was making the military do their job…

Maksim coughed. Wiping some spittle from his lips, he replied, “Oh! Well, yes, we can definitely come to an agreement with that on the table.”

Trotsky smirked. “I imagined we could. You may do with the information what you will. We may have some other requests in the future, but for now, I think we are good to move ahead.”

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If Lenin could see where his revolution was going, I'd say he'd be furious at what Trotsky is doing (especially since he did consider Trotsky to be his heir in OTL). Trotsky however can see the writing on the wall, and the revolution was already a lost cause by that point. I'm interested to see how will the government handle Stalin's fate.
 
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Trotsky seems well on the road to democratic socialism, which is historically odd but understandable enough in exceptional circumstances. Selling out Stalin kills two birds with one stone – probably literally in Stalin’s case. It’s a big old bargaining chip, and Trotsky can no doubt exploit it to the fullest.

More broadly, it is heartening to see the peace and reconciliation process continuing past political stunts. Maybe Russia will finally see something like a functioning democracy?
 
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And if they were just to wire Lenin up to a dynamo or some such they would probably power half of Russia given how much he is spinning in his grave :)

But there is nothing inherently unusual for a revolutionary terrorist, seeing the writing on the wall, seeking a new way forward. Especially after a long and frustrated struggle.
 
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Capturing Stalin himself would certainly be a real feather in Anastasia's cap (and, implicitly, in General Wrangel's as well). I imagine he's not going to go down without a fight, though...
 
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Somehow I can't imagine Trotsky being satisfied to function in 'normal' democratic process or to remain in Russia at all, since too many left and right people want to end his existence regardless of government's promise.

I think being as far as Mexico is would be safer bet to him. His only viable option in Russia is the tiniest village in deepest wilderness of Siberia.
 
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I think being as far as Mexico is would be safer bet to him.

I mean, this particular strategy doesn’t always have brilliant results for him…

I guess he has the same problem as he faced historically. He is still a known communist revolutionary, after all. Leave Russia and he’d probably end up a stateless exile, de facto imprisoned by whatever government took him in. He wasn’t exactly well treated most places he went, and if Anastasia is at least showing good faith willingness to accommodate him… why risk it somewhere else?
 
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I guess he has the same problem as he faced historically. He is still a known communist revolutionary, after all. Leave Russia and he’d probably end up a stateless exile, de facto imprisoned by whatever government took him in. He wasn’t exactly well treated most places he went, and if Anastasia is at least showing good faith willingness to accommodate him… why risk it somewhere else?
I think this is how I see it. And ... to the extent he still cares about the Russian people, he may still be able to exert influence on the inside he wouldn't be able to on the outside. And - to begin with at least - the new government has reason to want him alive. Admittedly as a bit of a trophy, but also as a symbol of healing old divides etc. That speaks of a little security.

Plus I think - I didn't mention this myself earlier but your comment made me think of it - he's in his mid-50s now, and life has not been kind to him. Life sometimes looks different when the back creaks, the knees ache, and each morning always seems a little colder than the one before ...
 
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