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 Post subject: WWII: Part II - Patton's Push
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:10 pm 
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WWII: Part II is a timeline/mini-story based on what might have happened if the Allies adopted General Patton's plan of attacking "Uncle Joe's" Soviet Union after the defeat of Germany. Both Patton and Marshal Montgomery advocated "pushing the USSR back to the Oder." His plan wanted an alliance with the leftover Nazis, and he knew they might accept, since they wanted revenge for Operation: Barbarossa. I know there are tons of WWII buffs on here, so I think people'll like this. Oh, and look up people and place names: all real, and the people, like, say, Marshal Zhukov, were in the right location in Europe, and not somewhere like Asia or Africa.

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April 30, 1945: The Reichstag is captured, officially destroying the Third Reich. Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz takes over.

May 1, 1945: Joseph Goebbels sends General Hans Krebs to deal with Soviet negotiator Vasily Chuikov. However, on the way to the negotiations, Krebs' car explodes after rolling over a leftover landmine. With no apparent peace, fanatic Soviet and German soldiers have a shoot-out in Berlin, which ends when the Soviet's deploy T-26 light tanks. American troops, still allied with the USSR, fight on. Goebbels commits suicide with his family.

May 2, 1945: General Helmuth Weidling, now in supreme control of Berlin, readies an unconditional surrender. However, both he and Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz receive phone calls from the USA, which is beginning to warm up to Patton's plan. However, Weilding, crushed at the death of the Fuhrer and Goebbels, rejects the USA's plea to not surrender to the Soviets. Weilding gets in his staff car, flanked by two panzer tanks and numerous motorcycles, to sign the unconditional surrender. The US acts. Upon getting out of his car, Weilding is assassinated by an American sniper. The sniper is never found. The fighting drags on.

May 5th, 1945: The Soviets launch the Prague Offensive. SS Obergruppenführer and General of Police Karl Hermann Frank announces to the Soviet-sympathizing Prague citizens that he will "drown any uprising in a sea of blood." During a bombardment by Russian artillery, Frank, Ferdinand Schörner, and Lothar Rendulic are killed. With no one in control, the German army breaks and retreats from the city. Little do they know that the Allies have signed a secret treaty with Dönitz. They retreat like madmen, desperately seeking safety. Finally, they hold up in an abandoned monastery and prepare for a last stand.

May 7th, 1945: The USSR attacks the monastery with a huge human wave attack. Just as it looks like the Soviets will overrun them, an American plane squadron buzzes the Soviets and kills them in droves. As the planes go back, Patton's tank divisions come over the hills and reinforce the bewildered Germans. Americans and Wehrmacht soldiers fight side-by-side after the information that the US has attacked the Soviet Union is conveyed clearly. The Soviets are crushed and the Allies push forward into Czechoslovakia. US and British troops in Berlin launch a huge offensive into Soviet Poland, liberating it.

May 8th, 1945: Germany officially denounces Nazism and the armbands are ripped from uniforms all across Europe. The soldiers are now seen sporting Imperial-style, pre-Hitler black, white, and red tricolor armbands. Stalin, furious at the betrayal by all the Allies, enlists everyone he can get his hands on. A new Soviet force led by Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov and consisting of 2,000,000 men goes into Poland. Another, again 2,000,000, led by Ivan Konev attacks South-Eastern Europe, clashing with Patton's US and Wehrmacht tanks and infantry.

May 9th, 1945: Japan fights on against the world.

May 11th, 1945: Ivan Konev loses 300,000 men in a two-day offensive. Soviet brutality is rampant in Prague; Russians have, as Patton put it, "Murdered the men, raped the women, and plundered the treasuries."

May 12th, 1945: The furious allies rally again and crush Konev at Brno; Konev loses another 200,000.

May 12th, 1945: Stalin and Molotov are furious at Konev over the huge loses. Konev is recalled and exiled to Siberia, where he dies of cold two months later.

May 13th, 1945: Hovhannes Baghramyan, celebrated Red Armenian Marshal of the Soviet Union is placed in charge of Konev's old forces. He deals Patton a defeat at Zlin. However, the Czechs, angry over Soviet brutality, enlist. The Czech army attacks Baghramyan from behind days later, trapping him at Zvolen. With the Allies to the front and Czechs behind, Baghramyan sends frantic calls for help. Molotov orders Marshal Zhukov to rescue Baghramyan. Zhukov sends 600,000 men south to attack the weaker Czechs. The offensive succeeds, and the 600,000 are transferred to Baghramyan's army. Zhukov throws a fit at Stalin, which is not surprising since Zhukov was the only man known to tell Stalin what to do.

May 17th, 1945: Stalin somehow musters replacements in just a few days, and Zhukov's stalled offensive in Poland continues. Baghramyan is pushed back from central to eastern Czechoslovakia. He demands more tanks, saying Patton can crush him with his armored divisions. Stalin refuses, basically saying that Zhukov already had requested additional tanks, and that the USSR can only produce so many tanks. Baghramyan fumes, saying Patton will land him a solid defeat at any time.

May 19th, 1945: Patton, reinforced by new Saxon troops, attacks Baghramyan's troops at Presov. The Sherman and panzer tanks overwhelm the Soviet defenses, just as Baghramyan had predicted. Additionally, his forces were too stretched, and Patton's forces were, as he called it, like "an Allied finger poking through a Russky cobweb." Bagramyan still fields a huge force, but he retreats in the face of an even larger Allied army.

May 20th, 1945: The Wehrmacht, now under Walther von Brauchitsch, formerly one of the top dogs of German-occupied Europe, attacks Zhukov's army. The Germans are repelled, but not thoroughly defeated. Von Brauchitsch swears he will personally witness the execution of Zhukov. Zhukov attempts to break out of Poland and back into Germany, but local Germans, filled with hatred of the Red Army and Russia, aid the Wehrmacht and push him back into Poland.

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 Post subject: Re: WWII: Part II - Patton's Push
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:27 pm 
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I was going to make a sort of comic on this idea of Patton attacking the Soviet Union. Always thought he was sort of right, but not so many people did.

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 Post subject: Re: WWII: Part II - Patton's Push
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ZeldaSpartanOverload wrote:
I was going to make a sort of comic on this idea of Patton attacking the Soviet Union. Always thought he was sort of right, but not so many people did.


Yeah, you gotta wonder if it would have worked. It might have; I still haven't decided what will happen in this timeline. :) The Russians did not posses nuclear weapons at that time, so I think we might have won.

May 23, 1945: USA bombs Yokohama, a Japanese base. Some within the Allied governments call for the arrest of Karl Dönitz and his government, because of Dönitz' reputation of being a devout Nazi. However, the Allied High Command say that the German president has renounced Nazism and that there is no evidence of war crimes on his part. France murmurs against Walther von Brauchitsch. Von Brauchitsch joins his president in condemning fascism, but no one is sure of his genuineness. Though they could have removed him, the Allies leave von Brauchitsch in charge of the army confronting Zhukov, saying that there is no one who can be spared that is better. Meanwhile, Heinrich Himmler and his personal SS bodyguards are tracked to a secret bunker in Berlin. To everyone's shock, Wehrmacht soldiers go into the bunker to arrest Hitler's old second-in-command. After a bloody gunfight, Himmler is shot twice in the left leg and his bodyguards are killed. Photos of him being dragged out of the bunker by men formerly under his command appear on newspaper front pages from New York to Sidney. He is treated for his wounds and locked in a prison in Nuremberg to await trial.

May 25, 1945: Himmler and several key Nazi party leaders are found guilty of treason and war crimes by both German and Allied courts in Nuremberg. At 6:00 that evening, Himmler and the other guilty Nazi leaders are hanged. Karl Dönitz is there to witness the execution.

May 26, 1945: After days of scattered fighting, Patton unleashes Hades on Baghramyan's army. Baghramyan calls Moscow and begs for more tanks, at least twenty, claiming he could hold them off with just that amount. Stalin sends 8, and 2 of them are in bad need of repair. Patton successfully breaks through Baghramyan's lines, wreaking havoc on Red lines of communication. Baghramyan orders a general retreat, going all the way to Mukachevo. Little did he know that when Patton had interrupted communications, Stalin had changed his mind and sent 80 tanks to Presov. The tanks, expecting to link up directly with Baghramyan's infantry, are without support vehicles and men. Entering Presov, they discover a massive amount of British infantry and tanks. All-out battle ensues, with 15 Soviet tanks destroyed. The tanks retreat under heavy fire. Roaming unfriendly territory and running out of fuel for the next two days, many of the tanks quit working and have to be left on the side of the road. By the time they find there way to Zhukov's army in Poland, only 30 remain. Czech militias soon collect the discarded tanks and fuel them up, using them to patrol the border. The British in Presov race to join Patton.

May 27, 1945: Baghramyan learns of the fiasco at Presov. He contacts Marshal Zhukov and prepares plans to merge forces to crush the Allied offensive. Crossing the Vistula river in Poland, he joins Zhukov in Krakow. von Brauchitsch and Patton trade intelligence and prepare for the massive battle to come.

May 30, 1945: Battle is joined between the Soviet and Allied armies. Patton orders an air attack on a Soviet convoy heading to Krakow. The Soviets respond with their own air-strike, attacking a German camp. Marshal Montgomery arrives at the perfect moment to open fire with his AA guns on the Red planes. Many Germans are dead, but the Allies now have air supremacy over their army. Later that day, von Brauchitsch leads an attack on the weakest portion of the city of Krakow. The Russians deflect the attack, but at heavy cost. Bagramyan and Zhukov want to avoid another Stalingrad, so they gather their tanks at the center of the city. With Baghramyan personally conducting the charge, the tanks roll out of the city to hit the withdrawing Germans from behind. The Germans are mowed down in droves. However, Patton's tank divisions soon engage the Russians. Both sides focus on the Patton versus Baghramyan showdown. At 8:00 at night, the first of Patton's Shermans and panzers attack Baghramyan. The Soviet tanks put up a fierce fight, costing Patton some of his most experienced crews. By 11:00, 50 Shermans have been destroyed, while Patton's men scored 43 Soviet kills. The battle rages on till dawn, when both sides withdrew their tanks back to their respective bases to repair. In the meantime, 8,000 Soviet soldiers are dispatched to attack the weak remaining Wehrmacht forces. However, the Germans rally when von Brauchitsch appears in person on the front lines. The German troops fight ferociously against the oncoming Russians, engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Eventually, Baghramyan decides to come out to play again, before Patton's tanks are ready. The tanks are barely prevented from reaching and wiping out the Germans by a barrage from Marshal Montgomery. Zhukov and Bagramyan angrily realize that the tanks, for now, are trapped inside Krakow. Zhukov had had reports that the British forces were still sorting things out and could not possibly move their artillery so fast. The Germans route the Russian infantry attackers. The fleeing Russians attempt to go back into the city, but are decimated by Monty's artillery. All 8,000 are killed or captured.

May 31, 1945: The Russians face an intense assault by Allied troops and tanks, but are not even considering defeat. Zhukov sends out 15,000 Ukrainians to attack the Krakow intruders. The Soviets are more successful than earlier, and repel the assault.

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