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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

The First Raid

The Results Are In

RAF Mildenhall
Headquarters No. 3 Group, Bomber Command
Observation Deck
July 7th, 1946
178 out of 214 ... not good but not disastrous. How many fighters are missing?

They said 8 out of 48.

That' not good at all Raphie. What happened?

Just a numbers game Willie. They out numbered us 2 to one. We did pretty well considering. We will get up to our 1945 levels as we ramp up and they suffer losses. You know how it goes. Just like the last war. We have to wear them down.

Well it should get a lot better when the Americans join in. They have better, faster bombers and they will be escorted by the new jets...what do they call their Lockheed P80 again?

Shooting Star I believe.

Yes that's it. Hopefully they will release some of our Meteors for escort duty.

Yes that would be capital.

How many victories did we claim?

Hum...lets see... 58 claims but of course they have to be checked out with the gun cameras etc.

58 ... just about even per ship but we lost many more men of course with the bomber crews and all, but still not too bad for the first show. Assuming that they had their best and brightest up there and we had fairly new recruits not too bad at all. We can sustain that as long as the mission was successful.

Yes it was right on target. No more ice cream for Ivan today anyway.

When the veterans realize that one way or the other they will have to get back in it we should do substantially better. It will be a while I'm afraid before we will be able to do much in the way of night bombing. Just too damn inaccurate for these kinds of missions. As we get more Lincolns and longer legged escorts we can join the Americans in their operations down south but right now we have to wait and protect the homeland as it were.

The Reds don't really have a bomber force so there shouldn't be another Battle of Britain but they will try and destroy our fighter force. Lots of fighter sweeps and the like I presume. They can do a lot of damage even with their medium bombers as the Germans found out. I wonder if their German "guest" scientists are assisting them or if they are just locked up in some gulag. I certainly hope for the later as our "guests" are proving invaluable.

Yes I've heard I'm glad the war ended when it did. Some the of things I've seen make my hair stand on end. The Germans were very close to completing many of their wonder weapons.

Well thank God none of those weapons showed up today.

Hear, hear.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The First Raid

RAF Mildenhall
Headquarters No. 3 Group, Bomber Command
Office of Group Captain W.H. Merton
July 5th, 1946

So Ralphie I understand that we finally have a target worth going after? Not much in the way of acceptable targets since we've gotten back up to strength. The bloody Reds have moved so fast and from what MI6 tells us they don't have much of a supply trail so far. Kind of living off the land as it were. Using our own supplies to defeat us. Not very sporting I must say.

Don't worry Willy we've come up with a grand target. It's an American supply depot that the Reds are about to over run and then use. It's still going to be heavily defended by their own air cover but it should be a good test of things to come. We can gauge just how well they can counter our future raids by what they can bring to bear on this operation. Kind of a twist of fate that we should be trying to destroy US government property and the Reds trying to save it.

So it should be our Lancs and Lincolns against their Yaks and Lags eh. I've always wanted to take the measure of those Yak 9s. The Germans had a hard time of it but under different circumstances. We'll see how the Red pilots stack up to our Spits and bombers guns. Rather like attacking a porcupine while a hound is nipping at your behind. I dare say the Reds have never seen a 200 plane raid of escorted heavy bombers before.

I'm sure they will have some tricks up there sleeves and we are to be the guinea pigs. The Yanks have not yet recovered from their initial losses when they were caught on the ground. Our bombers will not be able to fly as high or fast as the Yanks Super Fortress but it should be a good indication of what to expect.

At least we won't have any ack ack to put up with. the target is still behind our lines. We just can't spare the ground forces to destroy it. It really is a perfect test run for us.
Yes Ralphie it is an odd situation but one we shall overcome. It is well within the range of our Spits. I will welcome their presence. Always good to have little friends around. I understand a few Mustangs will be joining us to add to the fun.

Yes they will handle high cover to let our Spits do what they do best lower down. Doubtless they will drop down to join the fun once things heat up. They do love to "boom and zoom" as the Yank pilots say.

They best not get into and turning fight with the Reds Yaks and Lags. That's what our Spits are for. I do hope they don't get in the way. Their time will come soon enough. From what I understand the whole strategy is to bomb the Reds to rubble and then walk into Moscow.

Sound's pretty simple but one has to wonder what Stalin was thinking. He must have studied what we did to the Krauts and Japs.

Just you make sure Ralphie that our boys are on their toes and don't get caught napping or get complacent. This is a dangerous foe that must have a plan to counter our bombers otherwise Stalin is a fool and I do not get that impression that he is.

Georgy and Vasily

I'm glad those Frenchmen have finally given up Vasily. This crawling around in these old forts was not very heroic. War is not what I had imagined. It is so noisy and confusing. How do you function so well?

Very easily Georgy...I'm mostly deaf in my left ear so I just don't hear much of what is going on so I can focus on what is in front of me. I have to rely on you to keep me from getting shot from behind. You are a good soldier Georgy. I'll keep you alive by killing things in front of us and you keep watching our backs and we will do fine.

Vasily... I have heard rumors that the Americans are giving up. They say that most of their units are nowhere to be found. Our comrades up north are complaining that there are no Yankees to kill anymore only Limeys and Frogs. The Yanks have turned and run away according to what I hear.

Why do they want to kill Yankees more than the other capitalists?

Because of the treasures they have in their pockets and their watches are amazing, Zippo lighters... According to Mikhail they have diamonds sewn in their hems of their clothes.

Don't be so stupid Georgy and don't go passing on those silly rumors. I'm sure our leaders are aware of what is going on. They will come up with a plan to crush the capitalists once and for all. You read the reports of how the capitalist pigs were using the Germans for slave labor. We have to save the workers of Western Europe from a fate worse than death. Sometimes it takes hard times to bring good times. What we are doing here will bring true freedom to the oppressed masses of the world.

You sound like a commissar Vasily.

Well I guess you have to be taught how to think Georgy. I don't want to lose you because of some misplaced counter revolutionary ideas. Just listen to me and what's behind me and I'll do the fighting and thinking for both of us. Don't worry about the disappearing Yankees. They are just running faster than we can catch up. They can't run across water so we will catch them on the coast. Our leaders have led us to victory so far. First over the Nazi pigs and now we have destroyed the French forces in front of us. Soon we will be setting the workers of Europe free and trapping the Yankees against the sea.

I just hope they give up easier than the French did.

I guess you're right Vasily. I should have more faith in our leaders. We have come so far and so fast how can we doubt them?

The French are done

June 28th, 1946
Field HQ
Northern Group of Forces (NGF)
Near Bastogne

Well Nikolai the French are finished. That was their last futile attempt to break out and they are starting to surrender in droves. I hope the cameras are working overtime for comrade Stalin's entertainment. I personally found it distasteful see the waste of so many men's brave lives on such a hopeless cause. Too bad our French communist comrades did not try harder to put a stop to it sooner.

You know Marshal Rokossovsky that they are with us now. The hero of the Free French that de Gaulle fellow has died. He was a brave but foolish man. I heard he put up quite a personal fight in one of the old forts and died very heroically. I suppose someone with a nose that big cannot help but be a hero. It was the only way to get women.

Do not speak ill of the dead Nikolai. He may have been a great man under other circumstances but as fate would have it he is now dead. Zukhov assigned us to mop up here and we did while he continues to attack along the coasts. Now it it time to unleash our armies and do what we do best. Now is the time for "deep operations". After this delay we can get on with trapping the Western forces against the sea.

We have finally made Stalin understand that cities are should not be the primary focus. The enemies armies are the key. We will be by-passing Paris and going for Le Havre where the NATO forces seem to be gathering for another Dunkirk. We will not make the same mistake that the Nazis made and will crush them with our armor or drown them in the English Channel.
Sounds like another glorious victory for the Red Army and for you personally Marshal Rokossovsky.

Yes it will be. Zukhov captured Berlin but I will win the whole of Europe for Tovarishch Stalin and the workers of the world with one lightning thrust.
It should be a glorious day Marshal.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vive la France 1946

Sit down Dave we need to talk.

What's this about Fred. You know that even though we're friends you can't stifle free speech in this country. The public has a right to know. So far the NATO, so called powers, are getting their ass kicked and the public has a right to know why and I've been telling em. You can't intimidate me Fred if that's what this is all about. The incompetence of this administration and our generals has to be part of the public record so this never happens again. The public has a right to know!

Calm down Dave. Just let me fill you in on a few facts that you should keep in mind. Some are all well known public facts. Easily looked up and easily verified and some I'm letting you in on off the record. Capish?

Off the record huh. Well since were old pals and all just this once I'll listen to your little speel. If I can confirm by any other source any thing that we talk about I'll print it ... Capish?

I'll take my chances Dave but his has real world consequences that can kill a lot of people if you mess up. Just keep that in mind as I fill you in.

Off the record ... currently the US has 15 half strength divisions remaining in Europe, the Brits have 7 full strength the French have ramped it up to around 15 but most are very weak and untrained.

There are only 2 US divisions capable of offensive action the rest is just cannon fodder at this point. They have just enough power to save there own skins and that is by running. There is no time to destroy bridges, supplies of anything if you want to stay a cohesive fighting force while backing up as fast as you can while the other guy is running full tilt at you.

Imagine it's the Army Navy football game and your a Navy defensive back. Army's Doc Blanchard is coming straight at you. Would you have time to run over to the bench and dump the drinking water before trying to tackle him?

You can destroy the supplies or save your life....most of our boys are into saving their life and I can't blame them.

So far from what we have been able to gather the Soviets have yet to use their own internal supplies. You know the supplies that they are carrying with them. Why should they? They just stop at the nearest supply depot fill up and move on. They are not even doing much shooting. The most critical things are spare parts for their T34 tranks.

If your tank breaks down just grab a M4 Sherman. There are plenty of spare M4 left abandoned and plenty of parts for them. Leave your broke down T34 and grab a Sherman or two. Let the second line troops fix your tank. Just keep moving is what they've been told. The Germans made great use of discarded equipment as did every army and the Reds are no different. The Soviets have the added advantage of having American Lend Lease transports both air and ground and now replacement parts are all over the place.

Now look at our situation. Think of the French in 1940. It's true we have better air cover but we're still outnumbered 3 to 1 in the air. Then you add the disadvantage of no units to fill the line. At least the French in 1940 had a huge army, probably bigger than the Germans.

Now think our boys just plain not having enough units to even physically make a cohesive defensive line. There is just too much territory to cover with 30 or so screwed up divisions.

Divisions that have to withstand a Tank Army which was slightly larger than our full corps and there are three of these for our one.

A good old fashioned carpet bombing is months away and you need a static front for that.

Bomb their supply lines. What supply lines? This is Genghis Kahn time. Rape and pillage without the burn. Military supplies including fuel where sitting around like a Walgreen's in Chicago. Just pick up some ice cream when ever you want.

Just think back a few months Dave. We had over 12 million men in arms. We were in the process of demobilizing all but 3.5 in less than 6 months. It is truly amazing. They use battleships and carriers for troop transports but you know that. One made close to 10 round trips taking back thousands at a time camped out all over her decks. It was without a doubt the biggest mass migration ever.

You also know that Truman wanted to slow it down and even stop it until we knew what the Soviets planned. And you also know who was the most vocal critic at the time don't we Dave?

Ah come on Fred how did we know that Old Joe was up to no good.

Exactly Dave and you and others like you didn't want to know.

Now I'm asking you a favor. You need to back down and little and get some of your rabble rousing buddies to come in line as well. We have a plan and we are exectuting it now but you have to trust us. If the Reds found out some of what I just told you there would be hell to pay and firing squads lined up to take care of the squealers. You catch my drift old buddy.

No Dave this is ugly...real ugly for us. This is just about as ugly as ugly can get and right now we don't need any more grief from people in the press who don't know the score card.

Alright Fred I capish. I'll back off and see what I can do. Now... how much of this is on the record?

The part where Old Joe is up to no good Dave... that part.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

DeGaulle +7

That one looks pretty good so far. What's the other one say?

Dang the busted right through between the our guys and DeGaulle. Thats good.

DeGaulle Holds the Line

What's your hurry Smitty?

You're not telling anyone about this are you Bill. We could get into a lot of trouble.

No sweat Smitty. This is between you and me.

Yeah I bet. Alright here's the latest ones hot off the presses. Remember that DeGaulle guy that just resigned? I guess he has taken it upon himself to fight the Ruskies all by himself. He's got a bunch of die hard fighters hold up in the old Maginot line and they're going to fight to the death...he says.

Yeah we'll see. Now let's see the maps.