Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Office of Swedish Minister of Defense
September 6th, 1946
Minister Allan Vougt
General Helge Jung
MV: Good Morning General, thank you for coming so early. I wanted to speak with you about a few issues before tomorrow meeting of the Defense Union.
GJ: Of course, Sir. How may I be of service?
MV: First of all I wanted to let you know the developments in NATO have caused the Prime Minister to change his mind on your request. You will have your funding. Is everything still as the briefed me last month
GJ: Yes, Sir. The scientists at the Defense Research Establishment believe that given correct amounts of materials we can have a least one working atomic reactor in 2 to 3 years. We have our own domestic supply of uranium, but I am told we need a supply of heavy water also. As we speak we have a underwater salvage team attempting to recover a supply of heavy water from the bottom of Lake Tinnsjo. We working with the Norwegians to rebuild and repair of the Vemork power plant to make more. After we get a working reactor we will begin producing plutonium our own weapons. If all goes well they believe they can have a working weapon in 5 to 6 years after that reactor goes on line. If that first design is a success; the plan calls for a total of something between 75 to 100 atomic bombs built over ten years.
MV: That is a lot of money to spend on a single weapon that will not be ready for 6 to 8, if ever. General, we may not have that much time. NATO is falling apart, the Americans have shown they cannot be trusted, and the British are finished. The Russians have crippled the US atomic program. We may soon find ourselves a lone against the Russians.
GJ: I understand the international situation is dire. But I have spoken at length with our scientists they say that is the soonest we can hope for.
MV: What of our other armaments programs?
GJ: In those areas we have had more success. We have now begun manufacturing copies of the German Wurzburg radar system we purchased during the last war. We should The Institute for Aeronautic Research is has been testing a radio controlled anti-ship missile based on the German V1. Those tests have been the main reason for all the so called “Ghost missile” sightings that were in the news before this war started. That weapon may be ready sometime early next year. They are also working on missiles based on the V2 rocket technology, but nothing will come of that for a long time yet.
In the area of aircraft design we have made much progress. The Air Force has started combat testing of the new SAAB J21R jet powered fighter. So far we have a single unit of 3 aircraft, but SAAB claims that they will be able to produce another 4 this month, 6 to 8 the next and then if all goes well 20 a month starting in February next year. The limiting factor will be the availability of the jet engines. A manufacturing license for that engine was purchased from the British in late 1945, but we are still not producing enough to meet demand. The JxR Project is moving along nicely; the R-1001 design has been selected. We purchased the license to produce the de Havilland Ghost 45 engine last month. The first prototype will make its first flight in late summer of next year, God willing. The largest aircraft concern we have right now is in getting the British to honor the order we placed in late 1945 for the 70 Vampire jets. So far they have only agreed to send 20 planes in addition to the 20 we received in June.
MV: And what is the status of the Army projects?
GJ: We have made good progress in those areas. The Army has formed 2 battalion size special units based on the British Commandos and paratroopers. Both the Kustjägarna, and the Fallskärmsjägarna, are ready and have missions in the upcoming operations. We have arranged the purchase of 5000 P38 pistols from sources in Britain and the United States. We plan to use those to replace the failed m/40 pistols. That number will meet the needs of the front line troops for now. We have decided to have Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB begin production of P38 pistols to meet all further needs. The Automatkarbin project has just start working a modern weapon that will use our standard 6.5mm ammunition. While they work on that, FFV-Carl Gustaf is looking into producing copies of the German StG44 automatic carbine and the MG42 machine gun. The troops now have more than enough of our new m/45 submachine guns. We have arranged for AB Bofors to produce a domestic copy of the British 17 pound anti-tank gun. That weapon will be the standard anti-tank gun and if possible tank armament for all future tanks. Also we have begun producing a copy of the German panzerfaust rocket. Also we should have an 84mm version of our m/42 recoilless anti-tank weapon soon.
MV: Good. Is everything ready for tomorrow?
GJ: Of course, the meeting will go off fine.
MV: Good. And General the Norwegians have agreed to release those German POWs you requested. The first train arrives later this week. But remember General neither that Norwegians nor the Danes will allow armed German formations on their soil.
GJ: I understand the delicate nature of rearming the Germans, but having those trained soldiers slowly starved to death in prison is a waste of resources. We should be able to organize at least 5 brigades out of those 25,000 troops. The Finns have agreed to accept all the German units we raise.
Monday, February 14, 2011
So how goes the preparations for the battle Novikov? Do you have all you need to give us a smashing victory?
Yes we have over 7000 aircraft at our disposal. Combined with the knowledge of how the Germans were defeated in the original battle it should be smashing victory indeed comrade Stalin.
What will we be doing to avoid the errors of the Luftwaffe? I know we have much larger numbers as do the British. I do not want to hear any news of failure Novikov. You have the finest equipped and trained forces that have ever been assembled. I understand that our engineers have increased the range of certain models?
Yes comrade many of our fighters have been fitted with auxiliary tanks attached to the wing. This gives them an additional 600 liters of fuel. More than enough to reach all of southern England and beyond with time for the fight once they get there. In the case of the Yak 9 a new model has been developed called the Yak 9 DD and it has a longer range than the Yankee Mustang. Yes with all of these developments there is no part of the British Isles that is beyond our reach.
Very good Novikov.
We will not make the same mistakes the Germans did. Their radar will be our first targets. The Sturmovics will make short work of them along with any anti aircraft guns that may be protecting them. We can detect where the radar is emanating from and can use it to discover their location. The only way to disguise themselves is to shut their radar down which serves the purpose anyway. With our numerical superiority we will cover their airbases at all hours. We will hover over their bases day and night. So even if their Meteor or Vampire models are pitted against our piston aircraft it will be similar to what they did to the early German jets. You shoot them down when they are landing or taking off. Even a P3 or Tu2 can destroy a Meteor when it is on the ground or clawing for altitude. It will be a continuous effort both day and night and we will not be lured into attacking their cities and factories. We will only concentrate on their fighters until they are destroyed and we gain absolute mastery of the air.
Doesn’t their radar and organization give them an advantage over ours comrade? We all have seen the movies with the women in uniform pushing the wooden blocks here and there and by doing so defeating the hun.
Until we destroy their radar sites yes, but we counter this by overwhelming concentrations. Concentrations they cannot match even with a maximum effort. We can concentrate on up to 4 areas with more power than they can produce in one. Unlike the propeller driven fighters of times past the new jets need concrete runways. They cannot take off from any cow pasture and all of these facilities are known through our agents. Like us they have a limited number of jets. Once they are destroyed on the ground or while landing or taking off our conventional planes are more than a match for the best equipment they have in greater numbers. Our jets fly air superiority while the fighters seek out their fighters and the ground attack aircraft destroy anything that is on the ground. We know that the Germans were very close to winning the last Battle of Britain when they were diverted from their task. We shall not be diverted away from our main goal of destroying their Fighter Command.
What do you estimate the losses and time involved till we reach air superiority over the English?
We will lose two pilots for every Englishmen comrade. The battle will be fought over enemy territory and many of our wounded planes will not make it back while the English will be able to land in friendly territory and possibly rejoin the fight. Because of this it will take 3 months to subdue them if they continue to fight till the bitter end.
Well we are committing over 4 pilots per English pilot so be victorious in the finish, no?
Yes comrade your math is correct as always.
Still no sign of the US joining in the fight so now is the time to strike.
But you have given them a deadline sir?
Pah. How soon can we begin operations in earnest?
The first blows can fall in three weeks comrade.
Da. That will be a good time to start. We can fly better in bad weather than they can. After all we have had much practice in the Ukraine.