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Senator Marshall,

Admiral Leahy is most correct. It would be incredibly irresponsible of me to squander our most precious resources and to send men into battle knowing that no one will be there to support them should they falter. I cannot, and will not, order these men to their possible death for meaningless gain. Initiatives to avoid losing territory already seized are in effect, but no new initiatives will be taken until those carriers and flyboys are ready.

Gen. Roy S. Geiger
 

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Admiral, General,

Thank you for your quick reply, even if I did accidentally lose it in my pile of commercial folders this morning. I agree with your strategy to wait for full naval superiority until you conduct any offensives. It would be very unwise to put the USN at stake simply for the conquest of another island. I do hope and have confidence that you will do anything and everything to hold our current gains, though.

Have a nice day;
 

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March 1 briefing

Senators,

We were never promised this war would be easy, nor that it would be glorious. We were only promised it was necessary. I fear that some of you may be discouraged by our relative lack of progress; I know that Generalissimo Stalin has been bothering the President at all hours of the night about an invasion of France.

After a conference with General MacArthur, General Wedemyer, Commander of Third Corps, ordered his troops farther into northern Norway. He was given explicit instructions to secure the surrender of all remaining German troops in Scandinavia. He personally took the initiative to seize the province of Hinneya.



Prior to Wedemeyer's advance on February 5th, General MacArthur issued orders to all Atlantic Theater Commanders: Atlantic Northern Command was now to be referred to as "Army Group 'France'", while the Southern Command was now to be referred to as "Army Group 'Italy'." To prepare for a new landing in Europe, Admiral Halsey's SAG 'Texas' was supplemented with additional transports. The 2nd USMC was ordered to Tirane to prepare for departure to Portsmouth, England. A quick review of Allied positions as of February 6th shows some reason for optimism in the Balkans, although the German front remains very static.





General Patton, while praised for his initiative, has been ordered to slow down the pace of his attacks to an "Offensive Stance." The General was less than pleased about these new, more cautious orders, but General MacArthur took great pains to explain the necessity of not getting too far forward.

On February 7, TRG 'Providence' set out for Portsmouth, England, with five infantry divisions and a series of tank destroyer brigades. A few days later, General Wedemeyer's chief engineer sent the following map to Atlantic Headquarters, explaining the slow advance in Norway.



The lack of quality roads and railroads is being addressed on scene by the Army Corps of Engineers as best they can, but estimates for clearing German troops out of Norway have been adjusted. Even the most optimistic officers do not believe Norway will be free of Axis forces by the end of the month.

After a brief conference with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Stone and the Attorney General, the Wartime Freedoms Act was officially promulgated on February 12, 1943. ((In other words, I forgot. :rolleyes:))



A quick review of our positions on February 17 shows that Second Army and Army Group 'Mediterranean' is keeping up their blistering pace and are within sight of Beograd.



In Germany, Allied movements remain static, but the Germans take heavy losses every time they attack.



2nd USMC was finally ready to leave for Portsmouth on February 19, with five infantry divisions and tank destroyer brigades already there.



German soldiers continued to retreat in Norway, but American forces were just too slow to catch up with most of the Axis invasion force.



As February drew to a close, Generalissimo Stalin had some good news, indicating a great Soviet victory in Uman. The President politely refused to mention that Uman was well within Soviet territory at the beginning of the war.



Generalissimo Stalin also changed his tactic on demanding an Allied invasion of France; he now wanted American help in liberating the city of Leningrad. When the President noted that Germany had effectively sealed off the Baltic Sea, Stalin loudly insisted that American ships simply level Copenhagen on their way to liberating their "fraternal socialist allies."



In the early hours of March 1, General Wedemeyer ordered his corps to split up. 29th division was to prevent German troops from taking Malsnes while the other two divisions attacked German positions farther to the east.



As always, here are Allied positions earlier this morning.





In addition, our friends in China have reported all but expelling Japan from her native soil and have made significant inroads into Manchukuo.



Technologies research: Drop Tanks, Single Engine Airframe 3, Fighter Pilot Training 5, Special Forces 3, Rocket Artillery
Units built: 2 infantry division (3 x INF) (deployed to Norfolk, VA);
Convoys lost (transports/escorts): 5/0 (by Japan)
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Senators, while we have already considered the disposition of our forces in England, Generalissimo Stalin's proposal is an interesting one. As such, you must give our military guidance. Do we stick with our original plan of a French invasion or do we attack Denmark, open the Baltic, and help retake Leningrad? Please vote for either France or Leningrad. I will close the poll on Thursday at 10 PM (-6 GMT) or sooner.

Tom, please review your orders; I doubt we'll need to make any changes for March, unless this "relieve Leningrad" proposal is passed. I will continue to assume no further orders in the Pacific until I am told differently.
 

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President, General MacArthur,

It is out of the question that the army of this democratic state would help the Red steamroller conquer Europe!
Therefore, I vote France on the disposition of our forces in England.

I would also like to congratulate our Chinese allies on their magnificent progress. With Japan's imminent loss of the Kwangtung Army, the Allied powers will have struck a great blow to the military strength and morale of the Japanese people. When their puppet regime in Manchukuo is replaced, the negotiated surrender as outlined in the PADA will be a lot closer.
 

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I vote for liberating France instead. Let the damn Bolshies solve their own problems.

- Sen. Elexis Sinclaire (R - MA)
 

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I'll put my support behind liberating France. The only "help" we should be offering Mr. Stalin is denying his ability to enslave the people's of Eastern Europe. Freedom must prevail.

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I vote for France, as it is by far more sensible. If we should help the Soviets, we should do so by opening a three-front instead of freeing Leningrad, which I believe they are capable of on their own

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I vote to Free France , for the same reason as Senator Beckendorf.
 

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I suspected this vote wouldn't be close, but hey, I had to try. :)

By EVA, our official target remains France. We'll keep the original deadline for any and all plan changes.
 

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Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation
Act


...................................600px-Seal_of_the_United_States_Senate.svg.png...................................


For the entirety of this war, the making and approval of war plans has been
executed in the same way. We, the Senators, the lawful representatives of the
People of the United States, have had little to no say in the operational plans
for our Army, Navy and Airforce. I propose the following act, as to change the
current, undesirable situation:

(I). The theater commanders should make monthly operational plans for their
assigned theater.​

(II). The initial draft of these plans should be -confidentially- shown to the
Senators for evaluation.​

(III). a. If two Senators object to the draft within a time period of two days,
the plan will be put to a vote.
b. If the vote is passed, the draft will be treated like a filibustered act.
c. If the vote is rejected, the draft will be enacted.​


Note that the details of this act, except for art. II, are fair game for
recommendations, and that I am looking for a Co-Sponsor of this act.

Signed,

Ryan Marshall


.........................................................................................

((OOC: What I'm essentially saying here is that we should be able to review the plans
pre-update at all times, much like Tom did with his Norway & Africa plans.))
 
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I absolutely vote France if those are the only two choices. However, I would propose a third choice, sending that army to Yugoslavia, to support a thrust north to Berlin. France can wait, it is more important to seal the russians off from Germany and Poland.

-Senator Wallace H. White, R-ME
 

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Democratical Operational Planning Evaluation
Act


...................................View attachment 64635...................................


For the entirety of this war, the making and approval of war plans has been
executed in the same way. We, the Senators, the lawful representatives of the
People of the United States, have had little to no say in the operational plans
for our Army, Navy and Airforce. I propose the following act, as to change the
current, undesirable situation:

(I). The theater commanders should make monthly operational plans for their
assigned theater.​

(II). The initial draft of these plans should be -confidentially- shown to the
Senators for evaluation.​

(III). a. If two Senators object to the draft within a time period of two days,
the plan will be put to a vote.
b. If the vote is passed, the draft will be treated like a filibustered act.
c. If the vote is rejected, the draft will be enacted.​


Note that the details of this act, except for art. II, are fair game for
recommendations, and that I am looking for a Co-Sponsor of this act.

Signed,

Ryan Marshall


.........................................................................................

((OOC: What I'm essentially saying here is that we should be able to review the plans
pre-update at all times, much like Tom did with his Norway & Africa plans.))

I absolutely vote France if those are the only two choices. However, I would propose a third choice, sending that army to Yugoslavia, to support a thrust north to Berlin. France can wait, it is more important to seal the russians off from Germany and Poland.

-Senator Wallace H. White, R-ME

If one or both of these bills has a co-sponsor, we will proceed to vote on them.
 

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I vote for France It is logistically and physically stupid to attack Leningrad, It's already encircled by the Bolsheviks. It's obvious our help is better suited to liberate the French. Let the Soviets suffer.

Signed,
Senator Mary Phillips
D-CA
 

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Senator White,

While I do not know the strategic implications of such an attack, I do - in my heart and those of my constituents, feel that a thrust towards Berlin would be the fastest way to bring the Nazi War Machine crashing down on itself. If you could formalize your suggestion of a third front, I would be most honored to co-sponsor it.

Senator Keon Monisset, D-NV

((OOC: I think I get where you're coming from, VonMudra - just not sure as to how you are suggesting to attack from Yugoslavia. Open another front - more soldiers, etc. and start using the troops in England? Or use the troops that are already in Italy and support the invasion with the boys in England?))

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Admiral Leahy,

Beyond safeguarding the remaining resources, I have no intentions of changing course unless the situation turns dire in China, which I have no particular reason to believe it would. Please be certain to allow the USN ample time to refit and rearm when necessary. No need to risk any losses at this current moment in time.

Gen. Roy S. Geiger
 

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Tom has asked for a postponement of the deadline until Friday; if nobody has co-signed either bill by then, I'll update with his orders at that point.
 

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Alright, this seems like fun, hope it's not to late to join. Here I go for my post;
Representative from Colorado. Party: Independent, the America first. My policy is as followed;
Representative's name: Rep, Vincent Surov.
Budgets for Ic, We must take a balanced approach, keeping our citizens happy but balancing that with the needs of the armed forces.
Forgein policy: We mustn't take a stance in war unless provoked, but once provoked, total and utter loyalty and service.
Declaring War: Again, see above.
Faction alignment: We should remain netural, however, somewhere between the Comintern or the Axis.
Allocation of leadership: This war is about the brains of our people, so an empathize on newer technologies, including nuclear weapons and jets, must be forwarded to the front and used to win the war.

Hope I wasn't to late to claim a seat as a Representative of Colorado. :(

Edit: Faction Alignment: We must back our Soviet brother-in-arms against the Fascist horde, their progress must be stopped at any cost.
 

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Plans for Operation Hannibal

Operation Hannibal

The information contained in this briefing is classified Top Secret, and is protected by the provisions of the Espionage Act. Any transmission of this briefing to unauthorized parties will result in criminal prosecution per the provisions of that Act, which will result in a minimum of imprisonment for thirty (30) years, and may potentially include the death penalty should the court deem such punishment necessary.

Background: War Plan Gold

Situation Report

Currently, the European war is tipping in our favor. The success of our forces in defeatingthe Kingdom of Italy has opened Europe's soft underbelly to invasion. Second Army's lightning advance through Greece in Operation Souvlaki into Yugoslavia has also severely shaken Germany's cohesion, stretching the Wehrmacht and its weakening allies to the breaking point.

Nonetheless, the Germans are not yet beaten. Our advance into Germany through Austria has stalled in the Alps, even as the Soviets slowly grind forward on the Eastern Front. Unless we can quickly break through the German defenses and force a surrender, large portions of Eastern Europe may fall under Soviet domination, potentially condemning millions of innocents to fall under Communist rule.

Strategic Objectives

Given our current commitments in Norway, Austria, and Yugoslavia, we lack the manpower to mount a full-scale assault on the German occupation forces; consequently, War Plan Gold envisions the liberation of France from German occupation in gradual phases, securing easily-defensible "compartments" of the country to prevent any possible counterattack. War Plan Gold is intended to achieve the following strategic objectives:

  1. Liberate France from German control, restoring a major American ally to the continent.
  2. Stretch German forces even further by forcing Hitler to move his forces to meet our offensive.
  3. Open a corridor for the liberation of the Low Countries, and for the eventual invasion of the German heartland.

In keeping with our force limitations, Operation Hannibal will launch a two-pronged amphibious assault to secure a stable, defensible staging area in Brittany. With the large ports of Brittany secured, we will gain the ability to transport large quantities of supplies to Western Europe, enabling the deployment of additional forces as they complete deployments elsewhere.

Operational Preparations

Force Compositions

All forces taking part in this operation will be under the command of General Clark and his Third Army, within General Stillwell's Army Group France. All marine divisions in this operation are part of the 2nd U.S. Marine Corps, as is the 24th Infantry Division; all other infantry divisions are part of Lt. General Schley's 14th U.S. Army Corps.

Third Army has been temporarily split into two corps-sized invasion forces: the Northern Force, landing at St. Malo, and the Southern Force, landing at St. Nazaire. The Northern Force will be transported by SAG Texas, and consists of 2 marine divisions (1st and 2nd) and 3 heavy infantry divisions (1st, 2nd, and 3rd); it will also be escorting the Atlantic Theater HQ and the 2nd U.S. Marine Corps HQ. The Southern Force will be transported by the newly-formed SAG Oklahoma, and consists of 2 marine divisions (4th and 6th), 2 heavy infantry divisions (5th and 6th), and 1 standard infantry division (24th); it will escort the 14th USAC HQ.

Surface Action Groups Texas and Oklahoma will be formed from the combination of the current SAG Texas and TRG Providence. Each of these SAGs will consist of 1 New York-class battleship, 1 Kent-class heavy cruiser, 2 Worcester-class light cruisers, and 2 flotillas of Clemson-class destroyers; they will each escort 6 flotillas of transport ships. The remaining ships and transports will form SAG Arkansas, which will be deployed to Norway to redeploy our victorious forces there.

Third Army will be supported by three 3-wing squadrons of F6F Hellcats (the 1st, 2nd, and 6th Fighter Squadrons), as well as two wings of B-26 Marauders (the 3rd Bomber Squadron) and two 2-wing groups of B-29 Stratofortresses (the 1st and 2nd Long Range Squadrons).

Our total force deployment for this operation thus constitutes ten divisions, fifteen wings of aircraft, and a full fleet each of combat vessels and transports.

Operational Plan: Invasion of Brittany

Landing Operations

Initial Landings: On D-Day, the Northern Force will embark on SAG Texas and hold position in the Western English Channel, while the Southern Force will embark on SAG Oklahoma for its voyage to the Mouth of the Loire. Once both SAGs have reached their destinations, the two Marine divisions aboard each will storm French coastal ports: Northern Force’s 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions will invade St. Malo, while Southern Force’s 4th and 6th Marine Divisions will invade St. Nazaire.

Beachhead Expansion: Once the landings are successful, the three infantry divisions aboard each SAG will disembark at the newly captured ports. Northern Force’s infantry divisions will then capture St. Brieuc, Dinan, and Rennes, while Southern Force’s infantry divisions will seize Vannes, Pontivy, and Blain.

Peninsular Expansion: When we have linked the two beachheads, control of the operation will then be delegated to General Stillwell. General Stillwell’s initial objectives consist of Brest, Cherbourg, and Nantes; he will attack aggressively as possible, and will receive full support from his attached naval and aerial assets. This operation will be deemed a success when Brest, Cherbourg, and Nantes have all been liberated. At that time, depending on the situation on other fronts and Third Army’s strength relative to the Germans, we will consider either an eastward drive on Paris or a southward drive towards Bordeaux.

Naval Operations

After the initial landings, SAGs Texas and Oklahoma will patrol the waters around Brittany, providing fire support for our ground forces and interdicting enemy supply routes. They will be assigned directly to Army Group France, and - unless needed or requested elsewhere - will remain under General Stillwell's command after control is delegated to him. If necessary, the transport elements of these two elements may be released for use elsewhere.

Aerial Operations

During the initial landings, our fighters will conduct air superiority missions over France and attempt to shut down enemy airfields from the British airbase at Portsmouth. 1st Squadron will secure the airspace over Brest, Nantes, and Bordeaux (when possible); 2nd Squadron will secure the airspace over Cherbourg and Paris; 6th Squadron will secure the airspace over Lille, Bruxelles, and Antwerpen.

Meanwhile, our bombers - both tactical and strategic - will conduct ground attacks on German forces in and around Brittany, particularly in the ports of St. Malo, St. Nazaire, Nantes, Cherbourg, Lorient, and Brest.

All air units in this operation will be assigned to Army Group France; once local control has been delegated, General Stillwell may use them as he sees fit.

Operational Analysis

Potential Difficulties

Our analysis suggests that German forces may delay the landings at either St. Malo or St. Nazaire by bringing reserve divisions into the fight. Should one operation complete before the other, the infantry divisions at the successful landing should move to reinforce the landing in progress. Should one landing fail, the forces sent to that landing site will withdraw and disembark at the other, at which time our advance will resume as scheduled.

Enemy air forces from the airfields at Brest, Nantes, and Cherbourg may also hinder our advance. Though a direct assault on these positions was tempting, our planners concluded that their defenses are too strong for a direct amphibious assault to be viable; we will take them from land, avoiding the coastal batteries sighted at these ports.

In the event that the Vichy French regime enters the war, this operation will need revision to account for such an imbalance of forces.

Casualty Estimates and Conclusion

Of the 183,230 men involved in this operation (135,030 ground troops, 28,000 sailors, and 20,200 airmen), we expect that we will lose roughly fifteen thousand (15,000) over the course of the operation to all combined causes. Assuming the operation is launched immediately, we expect that we will achieve our objectives on or before April 1st, 1943.

Additionally, though this is outside my area of responsibility, I must request that reinforcing our currently deployed units be the primary focus of our production over the coming months. Several of our units are dangerously undermanned - most particularly our Marines - which could threaten our continued advance against the Axis forces.

Proposed: General Douglas A. MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Theater
Endorsed: Senator Elexis Sinclaire (R-MA)
Objected:
Approved:
 
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((May I go ahead and endorse Operation Hannibal?))
 

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((Just a quick note, Senatorial review of specific military plans can quickly border on unconstitutional since it can infringe on the separation of powers whereby the president is commander in chief. The Congress's role in war to initiate a declaration of war and conclude peaces. Ignoring the OOC portion now))

Esteemed Senators, Mr. President, General McArthur,

Could not an invasion of Flanders be superior to the current Normandy plan in Operation Hannibal? The distance to travel is similar to that to Normandy, however we could station forces on England's East Coast where they are less likely to be seen by cross-channel observers. Furthermore, the flat country in Flanders should afford itself well to the rapid establishment of a beach-head. Cliffs in Normandy could lead to a repeat of Britain's disaster at Gallipoli less than 25 years ago. A second advantage of the Flanders option would be that if we move quickly we may secure a presence on both sides of the Rhine and Mass as well as access the large ports of the region. Furthermore in the unlikely but troubling scenario that the Germans counter the invasion successfully we could hope to reactivate the dutch defensive measures and flood the lowlands.