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Seems like a good start, interesting setup that's for sure.

:)
 

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I foresee that the United States will remain profoundly isolationist until the war with Japan/China, after which it will carve the Pacific into its share of the democratic pie, leaving Britain and Europe to its own devices.
 

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The Americans really are the wild card here. On one hand they could accuse the British of Empire building and refuse to aid should they find themselves in a war with the European Axis or they will embrace an Alliance with the British Empire and smash the Axis in Asia.
 

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even if I don't agree with point 3 of your objectives,
I'll read this anyway.
you seem to like ahistorical scenarios.
 

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Second Italo-Abyssinian War



On December 1st 1935 Mussolini’s Italian Empire began the invasion of the only African state never to fall to a Western power, Abyssinia, over the following few weeks the other Axis powers joined in on the war. Progress was rather slow at first with no major engagements over the month of December however after the French decided to lend their support with the 10,000 men of the Djibouti garrison in early January the largely Italian force began to make progress into the Abyssinian interior. The largest donation of troops from any other Axis member to Italy’s war came, surprisingly, from Turkey who sent 50,000 men between late January and mid-February (at the same time the Turks sent a large force to quash a powerful rebellion against the French in Syria as they continued to show their value to the Axis). The input of Turkish soldiers proved decisive and following crushing Axis victories at Dessie and Harer at the end of February the Abyssinians army went into meltdown as the road to Addis Ababa opened up. Shortly after Rodolfo Graziani entered Addis Ababa in the early hours of March 3rd the Abyssinian state capitulated and Mussolini annexed it into the Italian Empire. Fascism marched on …

 

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even if I don't agree with point 3 of your objectives,
I'll read this anyway.
you seem to like ahistorical scenarios.
Why would anyone not want to see the Reds get bashed? :eek:

I liek to do the ahistorical stuff mainly to gve readers something different, but it also keeps the game form getting boring for me :)

ps to those who asked about the US: I don't plan on allying with the US but I do expect tem to go around rampaging in Asia and possible in whatever the Soviets own when/if I beat the Axis.
 

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Japan allied with China??:eek:

Stalin's going to have his hands full, but then, so will you against the Axis alliance.

Enjoying this:)

later, caff
 

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The Remilitarisation of the Rhineland



On March 7th 1936, with the blessing of Marshal Petain, Adolf Hitler ordered the Wehrmacht across the river Rhine and into the Rhineland. The Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany from placing any military units in the Rhineland so by doing so Hitler made his first major move against the hated Treaty and also managed to significantly increase his popularity. The German people, especially those of the Rhineland itself, held great disdain for the inability for Germany to move their armies anywhere within their own country and believed that by re-occupying the Rhineland the Reich had taken its first steps on the road to recovery after the humiliation of the Treaty of 1919.



The international response was rather mooted, the Axis powers (including France) celebrated Germany on her triumph, the Soviet Union had its own problems and was uninterested in the event whilst Britain did little other than half-heartedly protest and gear more of its industries for war with the RAF’s budget for expansion drastically increased and the budget for modernisation also receiving a major boost.
 

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Spain – A Nation in Crisis

Spain had long been a cauldron of social tensions. In the election of 1936 the Popular Front (an alliance of Liberals, Socialists and Communists) won 34% popular vote whilst the conservative CEDA party won 33% of the popular vote. And with the Popular Front in power a wave of violence began to engulf Spain as Anarchists torched 160 religious buildings and hundreds were killed in ‘class riots’. The Fascist powers, seeing an opportunity for expansion of the Axis, began to influence leading conservative figures in the Spanish military. As the division in Spain became more and more obvious the British government, fearing for the young Spanish Republic, decided to guarantee the independence of the Republic.



Britain’s promise to protect the Republic if it were attacked failed to help the Spanish Republic; indeed it only accelerated its descent into chaos as Anarchist and Socialist attacks against the Church and other conservative bodies in Spain intensified. In response to the terrible troubles in their country leading figures in the Spanish military decided to attempt a coup to overthrow the failing Republic.



On July 17th thousands of soldiers across Spain and her colonies rose up in rebellion with much of northwest Spain captured as well as the capital Madrid, the industrial centre of Seville and the most left wing city in Spain: Catalan Barcelona. At this point, with all major cities bar Valencia in rebel hands most expected the Republic to surrender to the coup. However the rebel’s gamble on a swift ascension to power had failed and Spain would be thrown into a conflict that was to last for years to come and open up divides that could never truly be fully healed.

In the opening couple of months of the war the axis powers of France, Italy and Germany rushed in munitions, equipment and volunteers to aid the Nationalist cause as they quickly adjusted the rebels from a conservative, military organization to a Fascist group, similar to that found in Italy. Fearing a total collapse of the Republic, or worse (soviet influence over it) Great Britain began to send some aid of its own in an attempt to level the playing field in Spain.



Britain sent more the Spain than any other individual power and unlike the Axis nations would continue to send large amounts of military supplies, long after the initial outbreak of war.
 

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If the Republicans win, I suggest you take out the event that makes them go commie.
 

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At that point, I'd rather the Reds get a hold of Spain then have another Axis member so close to Britain :p. Good update, will try to follow.
 

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Spain – July-December 1936



Following the events of July 7th the Fascists in Spain, having failed to secure a smooth transition of power, instantly went on the offensive. They had 3 main objectives: the destruction of the pocket of Basque Republican forces in the north, to prevent the invaluable yet isolated industrial centre of Seville from falling into Republican hands by launching an offensive with all their armor towards the city and to seize the new capital of the Republic in Valencia by marching through the industrialized region of Guadalajara



The armored offensive in the South, led by General Franco, was an outstanding success for the Nationalist army as the German and Italian made tanks smashed though the not so insignificant Republican defenses to reach Seville by the start of August. Upon reaching the city Franco’s tanks had to fight off a large Republican infantry assault a few miles to the east of the city. At the battle the Fascist armor was almost beaten by the infantry of the Republic after several hours of fighting when the Fascist reinforcements arrived from the north to save Seville and deal a terrible blow to the Republican army. Following the saving of Seville the precious Nationalist armor was ordered northward to lend assistance to the offensive towards Valencia which was beginning to run out of steam. The Nationalist advance towards Valencia in the opening months of the war was one of the bloodiest engagements of the entire Spanish Civil war as brutal attrition saved the Republic in the end. As the Nationalist army moved into the region just to the east of Madrid (Guadalajara) they faced a seemingly never ending horde of Republican militiamen (recruited from the Trade Unions) who launched a never ending stream of counterattacks over the course of 2 entire months despite being defeated in almost every major battle this human wave strategy had managed to prevent the Nationalists from advancing any meaningful distance towards Valencia. However the arrival of Franco’s armor in mid September seemed to finally break the militiamen as the Fascists advanced dozens and dozens of miles in a very short period of time, almost reaching Valencia itself by the end of September. But it was here where Franco and his tanks finally met their match as an entire division of well trained British ‘volunteers’ equipped with heavy anti-tank weaponry all but destroyed Franco’s armor in a single battle 5 miles north-west of Valencia. This battle caused a Nationalist withdrawal back to Guadalajara where the Republican counterattack was halted by entrenched Fascist infantry divisions and the remnants of Franco’ tanks. Finally in the far north a mixture of staunch Basque resistance and mountainous conditions meant that the large Nationalist army could only advance at a snails pace but by the start of October they had managed to take Bilbao and were positioning their armies for the siege of Oviedo (the main Basque stronghold left).



In early October defeat looked very likely for the fledgling Republic as only one major Industrial centre (Valencia) remained Republican whilst, even with British and Soviet help alongside the recruitment form the Trade Unions could not make up for the Nationalist’s heavy numerical and qualitative advantage. Just as the Nationalists began the siege of Oviedo in the north the Republican Generals planned one great offensive that would either save the Republic from imminent destruction of tire its armies out to such an extent that defeat would be certain. At this point the Republic controlled 2 armored division (one from Britain the other form the Soviet Union) whilst the Nationalists had 3 (one German and one Italian one under Franco and one of the former Spanish army in Catalonia), this offensive would require all the Republican tanks available.

In mid October a huge offensive involving some 100,000 Republican soldiers and spearheaded by a British tank division smashed through the Fascist lines at Huevla. After almost reaching the Portuguese border the offensive split with the British tanks and several divisions of militiamen advancing all the way to the coast, thus cutting off Seville and the rest of the army (supported by the Soviet tanks in Malaga and several infantry divisions in Jaen) attacked Seville. The battle for Seville lasted almost an entire week, at the end of which more than 30,000 Fascist infantry men had surrendered. After victory in the initial part of their offensive the Republican armies were shifted northward in preparation for an offensive into central Spain, sadly however the Basques were finally beaten in Oviedo only a few days after Seville fell to the Republic.



As Autumn began to turn into Winter both sides prepared for the final blows of 1936 as the Republican armies prepared to advance north in hope of retaking Madrid whilst the less ambitious Nationalist army in Catalonia looked to cast the Republicans from the extremely left-wing lands of the Catalans.

The Fascist offensive began first and drew in large numbers of Nationalist troops who would otherwise have been south of Madrid as a heavily entrenched Republican army of infantry fought desperately hard for almost 3 weeks before the finally abandoned Tarragona and with it Catalonia in early December. Meanwhile 120,000 Republicans attacked 90,000 Nationalists in Badajoz and Guadalajara in a huge offensive aimed at seizing Madrid. The sheer scale of the attack initially surprised the Nationalists who suffered several early defeats, however after a tough fighting retreat form the Fascist armies the Republicans were in no position to cross the river line and attack the heavily fortified city of Madrid and instead decided to settle down for Winter.



In early December 1936 a system of trenches began to create a frontline that would become extremely familiar to observers of the Spanish Civil War as it would barely change for over a year, despite the best efforts of both sides in the early stages of the conflict the Civil War became a trench war not too dissimilar to the Western Front during the Great War. At this stage the Nationalists had a narrow advantage in industry but over time this narrow advantage would translate into a considerable difference in war production allowing the Fascist army to grow at a faster rate than the Republican army thus increasing the gap between the 2 armies.
 

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Some goos updates there, very interesting description of the fighting.

looks like this war could drag on for a long time.

later, caff
 

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The Russo-Asian War – 1936

The Russo-Asian War that broke out in 1936 marked the beginning of the Second World War which was fought by various sides around the world over the following years, almost every conflict (with the exception of the Spanish Civil War) fought from this point on to the end of the War is considered a part of the Second World War and because of this the Russo-Asian War is often called either ‘The Asian Front’ or ‘The Far Eastern Front’ (not to be confused with The Eastern Front). At the outbreak of the conflict the three armies involved were very different although amongst the greatest on earth. The Japanese army was the smallest but by far the most modern and well drilled and was supported by a large air force, the Chinese army (the allies of Japan) was large, although smaller than the Red Army, and very primitive, in later years Japanese advisors would improve the fighting quality of the Chinese however, finally the Soviet Union’s Red army was a huge and relatively modern army more than capable of smashing the Sino-Japanese alliance in the opening weeks of war however it suffered from the disadvantage of being in Europe whilst the war was being fought in the Far East.

During the first months of war the small Soviet army in Asia (around 50,000 men) was able to win several small victories as it took border territories across the front however the Japanese were quick to pounce into action as they invaded Primorsk from Korea (taking Vladivostok in early February) as well as taking the south of the Kamchatka peninsula and the port of Okhotsk thus destroying the Soviet Union’s already pitiful naval prospects in the Far East by taking its three main bases.



It wasn’t until the Spring that the war really got going, whilst the first few months had been dominated by the actions of Japan the Spring would see the mighty armies of China and the Soviet Union make their mark on the war. Whilst Japan broke out from its enclave at Okhotsk the Chinese launched tow large scale offensives out form Manchurai, one aimed to storm the Primorsk and build on Japan’s early successes whilst the other would smash directly northward against a small Soviet invasion of Manchuria and into Soviet lands. Meanwhile in an effort to protect the valuable Central Asian territories and to take the war to China the Red army began the largest push of the entire war as they plunged into the vast wastes of Western China. The most notable victory of this stage of the war for either side was the Soviet seizure of Urumqi in late June.



By July a pocket containing 12,000 Soviet soldiers had formed just North-East of Manchuria here the Chinese and Japanese were able to deliver a severe blow to Soviet pride as Stalin had made much of the plight of these troops in propaganda for a Soviet push against the Chinese to the North-West of Manchuria. The last Soviet unit in the pocket surrendered when the main Russian army was but 20 miles away. Following the failure to save their men the Russian withdrew Westward to a better defensive position. Meanwhile the Red Army surged into Western China and Mongolia meeting only token resistance from the Chinese army. During late September the Japanese won a not entirely insignificant success when they captured the island of Komandorskiye just East of Kamchatka.



By Autumn the North-East of the front was already covered in a thick layer of snow and ice making any campaigning virtually impossible, instead the Japanese, Chinese and Russians settled down for a terrible, terrible Siberian holiday. In the warmer conditions of the Western portion of the front both the Chinese and Soviets launched major operations with the Chinese counterattacking into Soviet occupied Mongolia, hoping to halt the Russian advance into this important territory and the Soviets went on an ambitious Winter attack into the Himalayan mountains of Tibet.



By the end of 1936 the Soviets had secured an outstanding success in Tibet as they trapped 90,000 Chinese soldiers in a small pocket based around Lhasa. The Chinese still had enough supplies to last for months however and the sheer attrition of fighting in the Himalayas had badly worn down the Russian soldiers there meaning a direct attack was unlikely.
 

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Can you tell me what you think of the black line to mark the pre war Soviet border for future Russo-Asian updates and also what you all think of my arrows showing major offensives?

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I like it. And methinks the Chinese are screwed, and that will make the SU even more powerful.
 

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Interesting, very interesting. The long term advantage has to be with the Soviets, but that does assume no-one else piles into the war. Then again even if no-one else joins in how are the Soviets going to get past the IJN? Even if the Soviets can defeat the Chinese and drive the Japanese from Korea they lack the navy to do any more. Hmmm..
 

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Give events to the Chinese that grant them more divs the deeper the Soviets get into the interior. This way the Chinese can eventually bring their massive manpower to bear.