Rump Austrian Empire after World War I Revised

Austria sold 80 47mm AT guns to Greece as well as 12 Armored cars. It was the first arms sale to Greece and it marked a turning point in military sales to foreign countries.
Austria was strengthening Greece as a counter measure to Italy.
 
Otto was eager to prevent another conflict in Europe. His appeal to Great Britain, France and Germany had been answered with action to discourage Russia and Italy from starting anything.
 
In 1935 Austrian Officers were allow to see a Czech prototype of the new T-38 tank and a concept model of the Proposed enlarged and upguned T-38. The tank would be larger than the T-38 with a more powerful engine better armor and the more powerful 47mm gun. The gun was a Czech made and was considered superior to the current Austrian 47mm ATG.
 
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Austria sold its T35 tanks to Romania and acquired the new T-38 tank as a stop gap measure. Austrian Army personnel were working on the propose T-39 tank which was an enlarged T-38 with the 47mm gun The Austrians were Manufacturing the He-100 fighter under license . It had purchased some bombers from the Czechs and also considered buying a new Czech fighter.
 
The Austrian Army now had a Ethnic Slovenian as its Commanding General. Kaiser Otto I wanted the best people in every position The man had been a Brigadier General during the Great War He had proven himself to be a capable officer.. Otto's father had appointed him as an army commander and then as deputy Chief of the General Staff.
 
Otto had encouraged the appointment of capable people to cabinet post even if they were not ethnic Austrians. The Commander of the Army was a Slovenian, the Interior Minister a Croatian. As a result all parts of the Austrian Empire felt that they had a chance to rise to any position in the Empire. Otto was quite popular among the people and he made it a point to visit all parts of the Empire.
 
Otto had encouraged the appointment of capable people to cabinet post even if they were not ethnic Austrians. The Commander of the Army was a Slovenian, the Interior Minister a Croatian. As a result all parts of the Austrian Empire felt that they had a chance to rise to any position in the Empire. Otto was quite popular among the people and he made it a point to visit all parts of the Empire.
Good ruler.
 
The Austrian defenses facing Fascist Italy had been greatly strengthen. In addition to additional pillboxes the fortifications had been increased when two of the obsolete Battleships had been scrapped and its guns used to increase the artillery. The Empire's Army was much better equipped than it had been in 1914. The Landwehr had been upgraded with better training and equipment.
 
The Austrian Imperial Army in 1936 formed its first Paratrooper Unit. It was open to all members of the army. The only requirements were to be physically fit and be able to speak and understand German. People who could speak and understand German as well as other languages were encouraged to apply. Plans were to form a Battalion and the goal was to have a Brigade by the end of 1938.
The Austrian Air Force was looking at air craft to purchase to carry the Paratroopers. Junkers was offering the Ju52 but the American DC-3 was also being considered.
 
By the Spring of 1937 the Austrian Paratrooper unit consisted of 1 full strength Battalion and 1 under-strength battalion of Parachute Infantry with a Brigade HQ. The air force had acquired 45 DC-3 aircraft and 11 Dc-4 aircraft. The commanding officer of the unit Colonel Richard Holmberg reported that he believed that the second battalion would be full strength by next year with a third abattalion also nearing completion and a battery of Parachute Artillery also available.
 
By 1939 Austria's Parachute Brigade had reached its planned level of 1 Brigade consisting of an HQ,with Engineer detachment, At Rifle detachment,Medical detachment.,
3 Parachute Infantry Battalions and 1 artillery Battalion. To airlift the force there were 54 DC-3 and 18 DC-4. More aircraft were needed but the government could not afford to buy any more at this time. Twelve of the enlarged T-39 were currently in service with the Austrian Army and another 22 were to be delivered by the Czech Manufacture before the end of the year and 98 in 1940.
 
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