Land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten : Redux

The British could no longer hold onto India after the war. In 1947 the British agreed to give India its independence over a 5 year period. This started the breakup of the British Empire as other colonies realized if the British were unwilling to fight for India they were very unlikely to fight for their other colonies either. From a balance of power perceptive the result wasn't that bad as there was an important counterweight to China with the rise of India.
The End of the Colonization era Anton Books London, England 1972

German authorities had to tighten border restrictions along the French border as more and more Frenchmen tried to escape the repression and poverty of the Christian Republic of France. Some seemed pretty disappointed that the vast majority of Germans weren't participating in wild orgies like the government of France claimed much to the amusement of the Germans. Outside that Germany was simply richer than France after being on the winning side of two great wars while France was on the losing side. This was the bigger pull of Germany post-war.


The early years of the Christian Republic of France. Sherman Books New York, New York 1983
 
The reaction of the Confederate citizenry to the returning veterans was ecstatic, not only were the boys back home after a successful war the CS light infantry and cavalry definitely punched above its weight. The citizens saw that as proof that Confederates were a "race of warriors". The truth was quite different. The fact that the US government was paying considerably higher wages for CSA soldiers (though making less than US soldiers) than the average wage in the CSA meant they could pick the best of Confederate White manhood for its soldiers.

Not having any armor , heavy artillery or airpower meant that the CSA army could concentrate strictly on cavalry and light infantry tactics. As such its army was completely unbalanced, it was good at raiding, scouting and screening but that was all it was good at. It could hold a position quite well against a strictly infantry army but if it came up against armor or airpower it was in deep trouble. That said it could move fast, do a lot of damage against unarmored units and leave quickly. Although Confederate films tended to show Confederate Cavalry on horseback , that is mostly romanticism. It was true for the first six months of the war but after that it became more and more motorized. Although they kept the name cavalry the fact is by the end of the war the word motorized would have been more accurate. What it was is fast. Having nothing more than light artillery to slow it down it could get places faster than much heavier units. However, it would have to either scram before heavier units arrived or hold out until heavier US forces arrived.

CSA soldiers weren't treated as well as they expected in Europe. Although slavery was officially ended 15 years previously with much fanfare the world had moved on. Although Europe might have been satisfied with the "Wilson's Laws" in 1865, that was no longer true nearly 100 years later. It was considered basically a fig leaf over slavery. Sadly, anti-Catholic bigotry rose to even greater heights during the Second Great War. There was a lot of pride about fighting "Pope Worshipping" Frenchmen and Spanish, ignoring the fact that they fought on the same side (Although never side by side) as the very Catholic Italians and against the Russian Orthodox Russians.


The CSA in the Second Great War Albert Heinlein Alto Books New York 1955

Prussia and Italy were turned into status quo powers during the Great Wars. They became more interested in keeping what they won than gaining anything more. The one country they really kept an eye on is France and do so until this day. This is even with the French Government seemingly more interested in bolstering their theocracy inside France than going anywhere. A century of bad blood tends to do that. The Italians keep their eye on the Russians mainly worried that the Russians will try to weaken their grip on the Balkans. The Russians were too busy trying to put down revolts in Central Asia while the British were mostly concerned about their empire winding down.

Europe after the Second Great War Alan Harding Alto Books New York 1959
 
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