Der Rote Kampfflieger - An Axis Victory TL

Well, I’m gonna watch this one. Seeing as Himmler died, does it mean a more efficient SS/Abwehr under Heydrich ? Maybe figuring out the breaking of the ENIGMA earlier ?
 
Well, I’m gonna watch this one. Seeing as Himmler died, does it mean a more efficient SS/Abwehr under Heydrich ? Maybe figuring out the breaking of the ENIGMA earlier ?
One thing to remember.
Abwehr and SS were completely different.
The SS were the Nazi fanatics that fought till the very last moments of the Reich existence.
The Abwehr on the other hand were lead by people who tried to kill Hitler.
 
Assimilation of Slavs was tried by Prussians in previous century. Germans are aware that it largely failed. 100 years of Germanization in Posen was completly undone in just one generation. Chilren of parents, who were obliged to speak and read German under Imperial Germany, were monolingual Polish speakers. That experience may be one of the reasons, that this time Germans decided to not bother with assimilation.
Except there was a lot of assimilated Poles in Germany, yes Germans failed to assimilate them in rural areas, but they had great success elsewhere. I think one of the interesting with alternate history, is to see how ideologies can change to changing circumstance and Hitler not being a nobody in the early post-War years would be one. I stopped being a lurker on this site, because of a timeline about the Morgenthau Plan, where I argued for minor changes to Communism, which made it more viable and able to win against a West weaken by the destruction of the motor of the West European economic motor.
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Chapter 4: Land of Plenty
New York City
12/02/1919

Manfred was in wretched spirits as the RMS Cedric docked in New York. His nation was gone, a shell of itself, wracked by disease, communists, and partially occupied by the Belgians and French. He felt as if the sky had collapsed and there was nothing left, no glory, victory, or honor. Especially honor. He had downed 88 Entente planes but that was all for nothing, absolutely nothing. Walking down the gangway, he look at the looming skyscrapers that stood above him. The skyscrapers seemed endless.

America was truly the land of plenty his uncle Walter had spoken of when he visited the family many years ago. They were simply untouched by war. Businesses thrived, rationing was non-existent, and everything seemed to give off a positive aura. It would have been perfect if it wasn't for the Spanish flu that was sweeping across the world.(1) Many had already fallen ill or died in Deutschland, where the lack of food and medical supplies was a widespread problem. The mere thought of the suffering made Manfred angry. He was angry at the Generalstab for losing the war, angry at the Entente for the harsh terms imposed on Deutschland, and angry at the communists for destroying what remained with their antics.(2)

He pushed the anger down and kept walking towards the Waldorf Astoria. It was time to focus on writing his autobiography.

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New York City as Manfred would have seen it as he walked towards the Waldorf Astoria. The Roaring Twenties was a time of prosperity and greatness for America.

Deutsche Republik
25/04/1919

Oberleutnant Oskar Reinhart* was having a bad day. The communists were holding their positions and he had to wait for the artillery and flammenwerfers to move up. Those bastards were tough. He had to give them that. They were suffering from a variety of shortages but somehow they hadn't broken and fled. But he was sure that the der Stahlhelm would break through.(3) They would succeed just like how he and the other naval officers had suppressed the Kiel mutiny when he was just a Fähnrich zur See.(4) Communism had no place in Deutschland and Oskar intended to keep it that way.(5)

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Stahlhelm troops waiting to be deployed for combat against Soviet Bavaria, which was crushed after a brutal week long battle. Many Stahlhelm members would join the SA and the SS after the SA was completely dismantled following the Night of Long Knives in 1934.

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The Versailles treaty inflicted hardships and suffering on an already broken nation devastated by blockade and war. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919 only made things worse. Germany suffered terribly during this time, which only added to general hatred against the Entente, the Versailles treaty, and communism. Anti-semitism also grew during this time, along with general desire for revenge. Communism was highly unpopular during this time, as they were seen as agitators destroying an already ruined country with their antics about the proletariat and workers councils. Nonetheless, it still had many supporters, who saw it as the path to the future.(6)

German rearmament continued in total secrecy. Many German owned factories in China were underground weapons manufacturing workshops. The German military also established various training schools in the new Soviet Union, but the most important contributor to German rearmament was actually located in the United States. It was a recreational flying and gliding organization founded in Denver by Manfred von Richthofen which simultaneously operated as a front for secret military pilot training. He had founded the organization in 1924 following the overwhelming success of his autobiography "My Name is Manfred", an highly truthful account of his life and experiences as a ace pilot in WW1. The book quickly became a bestseller in the US, UK, and Germany following its initial publication in 1920. The profits from the book quickly made von Richthofen a millionaire.(7) Much of his money went towards a large tract of land outside of Denver, Colorado. This property became the Eagle Flying School, which soon attracted flying enthusiasts from all walks of life. Von Richthofen had chose Denver because of it's symbolic connection to the von Richthofen family, as his uncle Walter had lived there for many years and was a instrumental part of Denver's development.

Many German fighter aces of WW2 were trained in a secret branch of this school. They were trained in instrument flying, navigation, and other vital aspects of aviation by special instructors, all of which were former German WW1 pilots.(8) Many of the earlier pilots trained here became training staff when the Luftwaffe was formed. The program operated until 1935, when the institution was closed by Bolko von Richthofen, who controlled it after his older brother Manfred returned to Germany in 1930.(9) No one knew about the secret training program except for the instructors, trainees, and a small cadre of administrative personnel sworn to secrecy. The results of this training program were both game changing and utterly shocking, as the Luftwaffe became the world's best equipped, funded, and trained air force when it underwent its baptism of fire in the Spanish Civil War.

Notes:
All characters marked with a (*) are fictional. But ITTL they will have a major role in defining the future. Oskar will be Mole Supreme. ;)
1. Spanish flu pandemic was just like OTL. Same amount of people died.
2. Manfred is mad, really mad. OTL the guy was close to a mental breakdown when he was killed in 1918. ITTL this turned to anger and hatred against the people and groups he thought were destroying Germany.
3. Stahlhelm was a paramilitary organization that operated in the Weimar Republic. Most of its members joined the SA after Hitler and the Nazis grew in power. Those that did would join the SS after the SA was completely dismantled.
4. Fähnrich zur See is German for lieutenant; its a naval rank.
5. Communism is going to become real unpopular very soon in Germany.
6. People will still support it. And those people are going to suffer for their choice after the Nazis gain power.
7. He gave the draft to Charles Scribner's Sons. The rest is history.
8. Many instructors were former members of Jagdgeschwader 1.
9. There were 3 von Richthofen brothers. Not much is known about Bolko, so I gave him some stuff to do.

As usual comments, suggestions and questions are encouraged and welcome!

Until next time y'all!
-Black Dragon
 
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Except there was a lot of assimilated Poles in Germany, yes Germans failed to assimilate them in rural areas, but they had great success elsewhere. I think one of the interesting with alternate history, is to see how ideologies can change to changing circumstance and Hitler not being a nobody in the early post-War years would be one. I stopped being a lurker on this site, because of a timeline about the Morgenthau Plan, where I argued for minor changes to Communism, which made it more viable and able to win against a West weaken by the destruction of the motor of the West European economic motor.
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That time assimilation would be harder-when Prussia took Posen for the first time vast majority of population were illiterate peasants without national identity. And still, except for Protestants Germanization was unsuccessfull. Parallel to Germanization of Polish speaking Protestants there was Polonization of German Catholics in Posen, when area was ruled by Prussians!

Now both in Poland and in USSR even peasants could read and write and they have developed national identity. Germans could as well try to assimilate French.
 
Watched I hope you make this a good tl show us both the German Picture Perfect life of Dream Germania and the bad side for the victims of Hitler. I wait and see what the future holds for our Intrepid Manfred and his budding Friendship with Adolf may even steer the later in a milder (Still Evil) form of Racism.
I liked the smaller consequences of your Pod Manfred didn't write his Autobiograpie in 1917 for one Hitler getting a reputations boost. What i don't understand how that made the HSF Scuttle in german waters?
 
Chapter 5: The Shape of Things to Come
Denver, Colorado
12/12/1920

When Manfred opened his eyes he did not know where he was. He was wearing a strange military uniform that he did not recognize and held a field marshal's baton in his left hand. There was a loud buzzing sound that he instantly distinguished as the sound of aircraft engines. They shot overhead with a thunderous roar, as more and more of them filled the sky with their distinctive shapes. Manfred looked around. There were men in Stahlhelms, wearing strange black uniforms that he could not identify and they marched in complete unison before him. And then he heard the booming voice beside him, which made him turn around. But there was no one there, yet the voice continued to speak. It spoke about rearmament, a new Reich, and revenge against the traitors that had betrayed them in the Great War. When it finished, everyone in the parade square saluted the voice by raising their right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand. Manfred saluted simultaneously, albeit in the traditional fashion. Then, he heard something behind him and turned around. All he could see were heaps of corpses and dying people. They all stretched their emaciated, rotting hands towards him in unison, trying to reach him. The stench of death filled the air.

Manfred woke with a start. He looked around fearfully. There was no soldiers or corpses anywhere and he was still in the confines of his bedroom. All he could hear was the gentle breathing of his young, pregnant wife as she slept peacefully. Manfred put his arm around her and began to fall asleep again. Everything was fine. Just fine.

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The 1936 Nuremberg Rally is pretty much what Manfred saw in his nightmare.

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The wedding between Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen and Caroline Sieglinde Hoffman occurred on May 20th, 1920. Caroline was a secretary in the Eagle Flying School when she first meet Manfred. She was a part of the secret training program, a 2nd generation immigrant whose parents were from Hamburg, Germany. She and all other administrative staff were the children of German immigrants or immigrants themselves and all were sworn to secrecy about the pilot training program. Her beauty and efficiency quickly caught Manfred's eye, and she was soon promoted to executive secretary. He proposed to her on January 7th, 1920 and they were married a few months later.

Caroline was accomplished for her age, for she was fluent in 4 different languages; German, English, French and Spanish.(2) She was nothing like the society ladies of the time, often joining Manfred in hunting, and worked closely with her husband in running the flying school. She did not even let her pregnancy get in the way of her duties and she swore that she would raise her children to live up to their father's image and reputation. The couple's first child, a son, was born on December 27th 1920.(1) He was named Walter Frederick von Richthofen, Walter after Manfred's American uncle and Frederick* after his chief mechanic in WW1.(3) The von Richthofens lived a happy, peaceful life in Denver, all the while chaos's fingers closed around the world.


Notes:
1. Walter won't be their only child for long. More will follow...
2. Caroline and Manfred will return to German with their children in 1930. But that's a story of its own. ;)
3. See my previous chapters for more info on these 2 men. Walter is historical but Frederick is my own creation.

Sorry for the short chapter everyone! Life is getting in the way of writing but I felt obliged to drop something off today. Hope you enjoy it!
As usual, questions, comments, and suggestions are always welcome!
-Black Dragon
 
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Goering might not be the only Luftwaffe chief in the multiverse to declare that he decides who is Jewish.
I imagine Manfred would be dismayed when he meet the Fat Goering again, so much that he'll use his position as Goering's superior to force him to undergone Physical training from Hell in effort to "achieve ideal Aryan body".
 
Caroline was accomplished for her age, for she was fluent in 4 different languages; German, English, French and Spanish.(2) She was nothing like the society ladies of the time, often joining Manfred in hunting, and worked closely with her husband in running the flying school.
... but is she an aviator?
 
Sooo, Manfred will persuade Hitler to not go into full bloody way?
The Luftwaffe will be ready for war.
Pilots ready and engines running.
I'm going to talk about the effects of the flying school on the new Luftwaffe in further detail.
But that's an update for another time.
 
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... but is she an aviator?
Nope, but very good at handling paperwork and such tasks, as well as getting rid of every bit of unnecessary paperwork. ;)
Everyone sees the pilots but few see the army of personnel dedicated to keeping those pilots flying.
Gotta appreciate the ground crew and administrative personnel.
 
Goering might not be the only Luftwaffe chief in the multiverse to declare that he decides who is Jewish.
Like what I said in my previous answers, Manfred doesn't care for politics much.
He going to be focus 100% on running the Luftwaffe and associated stuff.
The rest shall be unveiled when its time. ;)
 
Short Announcement
Just a short announcement, y'all.

I've run out of pre-written chapters. Literally.
I never could have imagined in a million years that this TL would receive so much support and encouragement.
Thank you to all my kind readers for showing me your support! This kind of stuff keeps my morale up and my keyboard clacking. ;)
A new chapter and 3 year overview (1917-1920) will be released on February 2nd.
In the meantime, I will go thru my previous chapters and edit for spelling and grammar mistakes, along with any general errors.

Until next time everyone!
-Black Dragon
 
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