Turretless M4 Sherman used as recovery vehicle by sPz.Abt 508, just before Operation Sea Lion
Outside of the Soviet T-34, the M4 Sherman was the most used tank made by the Allies captured by the Axis (from North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and England, with more rare examples in the USSR). Unlike the Soviet-made tanks, in which the Germans gave almost all their entire stock to other Axis members, like the Kingdom of Italy, the Shermans were most more appreciated by the Wehrmacht. In fact, o January 1945, it was decided to converted near 90% of their Shermans into recovery vehicles, taking some burden from the tank factories in back in Germany from converting some of their own tanks into the same rule. In fact, the this german variant of the M4 became the most common recovery vehicle fielded by the Axis during Operation Sea Lion, in 1946.
An rare Messerschmitt Me-109G-18* of the Israeli Air Force, mid-1947
After Rudolf Hess became the new Chancellor of Germany, after the end of the Second World War and the short German Civil War, a reunion was held in January 1947, to discuss the situation with the remaining surviving Jews in Germany. While the Germans were still very antisemitism, the concentration camps were a step to far for them to handle. Therefore, the decision was made to cede the occupied Palestine to them (plus military equipment and money) and expell all Jewish (and some other non-undersired "races") to the Middle East, in exchange for their silence in the Holocaust.
*The G-18 variant was a rare of the famous Me-109 (and the last G-series built before switching to the K-series). It was build as a kind of testbed by the Messerschmitt-own Avia factory in the former Czechoslovakia for the use of the now numerous Jumo 211 engines present in the various warehouses in Germany, after the end of production of the bombers in which the engine was intended to power. The end result was the worse G-variant of all Me-109G's, with some even shooting down themselves after founding out that the machine guns in cowling weren't totally synchronized with the propellers. Even so, less than 500 were built, but none to be operated by the Luftwaffe. Instead they were to be operated only by the White Russians, Chechens and Israel.
Wrech of a J8M "Jim" in Kyushu, early 1946
With the situation in Europe worsening day by day, Operation Downfall was put on hold after the capture of Okinawa (and the shooting down of the B-29 Silverplate "Bockscar" by Saburo Sakai, leading the first all-japanese jet squadron). And with both campaigns in Burma and Middle East also worsening, the Japanese are able to supply all it's forces by land through the occupied territories in mainland Asia, including some more of their modern equipment.
The German (and Italian) help was very helpfull to the "Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", with Germany not only sending blueprints and machine tools for building the new equipment, but also sending some of the new Type XXI U-boats to the Pacific and JG3 (equiped with Me-262) to be send to Honshu (all but the U-boats with the help of the small aircorridor with Junkers Ju-390 transports), in return of rubber and Wolfram, plus trainies for use of said equipment, and advisors for building the Graf Zeppelin-class carrier (only operational in November 1946).
Downfall (only the Coronet part is implemented) its only launch on March seventh 1947, after the armistice between the US and the European Axis on started on July 1946, but stalled during the German Civil War, and only re-started alongeside the invasion of Japan. The war truly ends on March 12th, with Horihito signing the armistice with the Allied forces still operating in the Pacific.