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A pleasant surprise indeed. Just caught up with the last three entries. I like how you guys transport certain events from our timeline in to that one (SCW->Deutschkrieg). Very much like Harry Turtledove.

Indeed, many events in our timeline are parallel to those in the "real" timeline. I have the entire timeline written up and explained starting from the point of deviation. I'm discussing with Laurence amt to work it into the the story sooner on, because now we have it scheduled for chapter 16, or even later :). Here's an excerpt

"In 1879, Jules Grévy was elected as President of the Third Republic. His rule would be a short one, though: In 1881, two years after his election, Grévy was assasinated by Communist partisans in Trier. His death deeply shocked France, leading to anticommunist sentiments and a strong surge in far-right nationalism. It was in this turbulent period that Phillip Heugin was elected to lead the French government. An aristocrat and leading member of the National Assembly, Heugin promised to eliminate the communist threat in France, restore civil order and ensure a bright future for the French Empire.

In reality, Heugin was a cruel and corrupt man, and exacted a harsh, authoritarian rule over France with his National Assembly. A fierce nationalist and opposer of the British Empire, he used all means possible to weaken their colonial status, and take control of as much of Africa as he could. In 1882 he held a famous speech in which he proclaimed “To France the Nile!”, leading to an increasingly agressive French colonial policy. Over the following years England and France clashed often over colonial border disputes in Central-Africa. This led to the Al Fashir-Crisis in 1897, an event which quickly became a pivot point in European politics...
"

Also, me and Laurence are planning in "Totally Random Productions events" and some other things on the side that you will surely find entertaining :)
 

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Present day

June


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The Central Spratly Sea proved to be one of the fiercest hotzones in the war for the Pacific. On the 12th of June, the Pacific Chapter, led by Boyle and Cork, met the Combined Fleet C under admiral Nasakamuro and faced bitter defeat. The older warships were easily outmanoeuvred by the faster and more agile Japanese Cruisers, and consequentially shelled. Over twelve capital ships had been sunk, including the Devonshire, Warspite, Revenge and the famous carrier HMS Glorious. Hundreds of British sailors were left to die at sea. This stirred up a lot of emotion back on the Home Isles, and led to the famous “We will break them” speech by Grand Admiral De Nil in the port of Dover.

“…
For their monstrous crimes against humanity, the lives they have taken of our young, brave sailors, their relentless pursuit of this war, for all these things, we will break them. Like vultures descending upon a flock of sheep, so shall we come upon them. We will have no mercy. We will coat the very earth of Japan in ash, pulverise their cities. Their Imperial Palace will burn to the ground. A thousand bombs will fall and a thousand more, until they come begging for mercy. Japan will burn. We. Will. Break. Them! This I promise you, peoples of Britain!



After this famous speech, Grand Admiral De Nil decided to part for Singapore himself, to aid in logistics and fleet command and defend the vital port to the last man.

One week later, in the Bali Strait, the Dubious Task Force and the Combined Fleet B met.

Report of communications on the 19th of June, South Spratly Sea, Dubious Task Force
Commander: Lloyd

A23: This is scout group 23, repeat, scout group 23. Massive Japanese warfleet formation spotted, ten clicks South South West

HMS Dubious: Roger that A23, keep your distance and observe
All ships, enter combat formation. Destroyer group 12, take lead, HMS Devonshire, ready all cannons and escort. All ships, battle stations.

A44: Scout group 44, Japanese warfleet formation has been confirmed as the Combined Fleet B. Spotted ships: Japanese capital carrier Soryu, Japanese carrier Shokaku, Ikoma and Atago. They appear to be moving in to break the Siamese blockade.

HMS Dubious: Prepare for full-scale engagement. They shall not pass.

A44: SOS! SOS! Japanese Cruisers are firing AA batteries at us! Left engine hit! Severe damage… fleet heading two zero zero four fiAAAAAAAGH

HMS Dubious: Group 44?

A44: …

HMS Dubious: Scout group 44 has been disabled. All craft in the air. Commence the attack.

Two hours later

HMS Yorkshire: This is the HMS Yorkshire! We are under heavy fire, repeat, heavy fire!. Fleet formation has been broken, the ship wrecks, they’re everywhere! Returning fire.
All Japanese carriers have been sunk, repeat, the Soryu has been sunk. Half of our fleet has been decimated, we can barely make out the Dubious in the distance, communications have been broken and HOLY SHIT!
*At this point, the distant sound of explosions can be heard. The rest of the communications came through with a lot of disturbance*
HMS Yorkshire: This… Yorkshire! Dubious *krkrrkr* They sunk *krrrrrr* The Dubious is down, I repeat, the Dubious is down! *krrrr* suicide planes *krrrrr* bombs everywhere *krrrrr* INCOMING *krrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*

-Communication terminated-

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Both fleets had faced massive losses, and the sinking of the Dubious, the first of the New Fleet that had ever been sunk, struck the country with deep grief. In the end, analysts counted a strategic victory for the British Empire, although severely beaten, they had managed to sink four key carriers, including the Japanese capital ship, the Soryu. The remaining Japanese fleets had fled, but were quickly intercepted and annihilated by a Battleship Task Force in the area.

Back in England, engineers had completed work on seven new VI carriers. With the Royal Navy's new additions, De Nil ordered the construction of the "Pacific Command", a newer and more modern fleet to fight the Japanese in the Pacific.
 

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Ouch! Now you seem to have broken the back of the IJN atleast but at a heavy cost, surely an invasion of the Home Islands ASAP is your only hope of every keeping the Japanese down.
 

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Ouch! Now you seem to have broken the back of the IJN atleast but at a heavy cost, surely an invasion of the Home Islands ASAP is your only hope of every keeping the Japanese down.

Sneaky backdoor invasions won't work against Japan: The Home Isles are heavily fortified, Japan has a sh*tload of Naval Bombers guarding the seas around the Home Isles and I need all my forces to keep them out of Singapore and Burma. Laurence can't help either as the Kriegsmarine is largely undeveloped and he is in Siberia fighting the Bear. My strategy is pretty simple: All-out naval slugfest, and we'll see who goes the distance :D. The Royal Navy cannot be defeated!
 

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5 carriers down, yikes...

Ah well, 7 new state of the art carriers should be an adequate replacement.
 

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Whoa. Whats the current status of the IJN ?

Do the math. 14CV's minus 3 makes 11, with four more in production (they're focusing heavily on cruisers it seems)

For me, that's 7 minus three CV's, two older ones reefed, along with too many battleships lost for comfort. Good thing the Pacific Command popped in at the right time though, my most modern carriers outclass the Japanese and that's how I'm hoping to whack them.
 

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November

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The war in the East continued. While the Wehrmachtpursued their relentless push through Siberia, British naval chapters concentrated to base warfare in the Southern Pacific, stripping the Allies bare of supply points, airbases and navalbases from which they could hamper the front in Birma. By November 1942, the 8th Royal Marine Corps had succesfully pushed back and annihilated an Australian-American offensive on the island of Papua New Guinea. After their defeat at Port Moresby, Australian forces were forced to retreat to Milne Bay where they were whiped off the map by a concentrated bombing run from the Indomitable CTF. All remaining defenders surrendered, and Australia had now become a frontline nation in the war for the Pacific.

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Operation First to Bangkok proved to be a spectacular failure for the Wehrmacht: Weiss did not succeed in breaking the Northern Indochina defence line, as mountainous terrain and cunning Japanese tactics halted German and British advance. The stalemate in Northern-Siam continued, with over 150 Allied divisions entrenched in the mountains making it impossible for the India formation to pass. To weaken the front, the RAF and Luftwaffe began a massive coordinated bombing run, eliminating most of the Southern Army Group’s logistic support, as well as 95% of Siam’s industrial base. Only time would tell if the damage done would be sufficient to break the Japanese defence.

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British forces surrender to IJA soldiers after a failed offensive in Northern-Siam

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In the meanwhile, back on the British Isles, the new CTF Home Command neared completion, as ships from the Reserve Fleet docked in Portsmouth to join formation with the new carriers. The HMS Poseidon and HMS Anchorage, part of the Dover-Class, were the first British carriers of higher technological standard than their Japanese counterparts, but only time could tell if their effectiveness would match the Hiyo and Soryu-Class in battle.

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By December 1942, Pact forces had completely overrun the Soviet defenders. The USSR had lost all of it’s important industrial centers, and 3/4th of the Trans-Siberian railroad had been either occupied or destroyed by bombing runs. Low on supplies, oil and morale, the Russian defenders had no choice but to dig in for the winter. Under special command of Field Marshall Van Geyte, the Wehrmacht decided to continue the offensive even during winter, to catch the Russians off-guard. Manpower losses on both sides were enormous, but the crushing momentum of a continent-wide blitzkrieg continued to break every Russian formation it encountered.

In the meanwhile, Armeegruppe Süd detached from the main offensive to invade China from Sinkiang, where it linked up with Field Marshall Weiss his India Formation, to support the British offensive against Siam. Even though it had been under siege for more than 5 months now, the defenders in Singapore refused to surrender, and the port remained in British hands.

By the end of 1942, three years after the war had started, the Channel Pact seemed invincible.

But the greatest threat to the Channel Pact, was not a foreign power...

 
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You have two Invincible ships? :eek: Thats just not fair :rofl:
Great AAR, I wish I had a cookie to give you but alas, I ate the last one...:rolleyes:
 
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