Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

It is very interesting to see how the Seebaitallion Infantry has evolved from being the cast offs of the Heer to the more professional force that it is today and all under the accidental career of Tilo Schultz.
The Chilean Army are in a big surprise when they find the Marine Infantry with their own armour and on call air support when their intelligence has told them that they are a light infantry force with limited artillery and air support..
Glad to see Karl make an appearance again and seeing him rise in the ranks after his cousin leaves the Marine Infantry shows that he does have a brain and some ambition.
 
It is very interesting to see how the Seebaitallion Infantry has evolved from being the cast offs of the Heer to the more professional force that it is today and all under the accidental career of Tilo Schultz.
The Chilean Army are in a big surprise when they find the Marine Infantry with their own armour and on call air support when their intelligence has told them that they are a light infantry force with limited artillery and air support..
Why do I get the feeling that at some point in this campaign, Dame Suse Rosa von Wovogle-Knispel finds herself in a situation involving an MA Leopard tank needing mechanical work in the field and nek minnit she‘s riding a Panzer into battle when the Chilean army counterattacks? More stupid luck & happenstance? Only P-M knows for certain.
 
Part 123, Chapter 2077
Chapter Two Thousand Seventy-Seven



25th July 1971

Puerto San Julián, Argentina

It was after midnight when Tilo came ashore, and the fighting was over. While the Chileans had made a go of it, the weight of numbers upon them told. They had been outnumbered better than ten to one and single Brigade against three Divisions typically had only one outcome outside of the movies. Most of the buildings having concrete block walls and a corrugated galvanized iron roof had certainly been of immense aid to the defenders. Some of the Chileans had held out against the Marine Infantry until the Armor from the 4th MID had come ashore. The main gun of a Leopard II made for one Hell of a door knocker.

The Japanese had managed to out crazy the Marine Infantry this time. Something that had surprised everyone but the few remaining among them who had fought in the Pacific War knew that it shouldn’t have. For the Japanese SNLF it was a chance to show the world what they were made of, and they had made the most of it. It was odd how their Commanders still jokingly called Tilo “The Enemy” even when it fell on to him to dress them down about how they needed to cut out the recklessness. No one doubted their courage, you had to have more balls than sense if you even made it into an SNLF Unit. However, if the odds had been stacked slightly more in favor of the Chileans, then they would have gotten decimated.

Mostly though, Tilo had come ashore to check how Karl was holding up. He had heard that his nephew had acquitted himself well, shown the sort of leadership that he had come to expect from Karl. Just that Karl was supposed to have progressed somewhat past that at this point. While it fit in with the ethos that Tilo had inadvertently created in Korea that all of the Marine Infantry were Riflemen, as a Hauptfeldwebel Karl was supposed to hang back and start to take on the role of Advisor to the Platoon Commander. He had clearly not done that this time. Instead, he had taken charge of two of the Squads that had been on the same LC as him. The Marines by their nature, had followed the first person who had seemed to be in charge.

Tilo knew that he would need to do something about Karl. His Platoon Commander had been furious that he had exceeded his authority and was demanding that something be done. So, Tilo was in the ticklish position that his own Commanders must have been it decades earlier. The first option was to have a medal awarding ceremony at a Court Martial and the second was to give Karl a meritorious promotion, rendering the whole thing moot. Tilo preferred the second option because otherwise he would have to answer to his mother and older sister. It could hardly be called nepotism because Tilo knew that Karl had been content as a Squad Leader and would hate further advancement. If Karl wanted to be in charge though, then that was what he was about to get.



Rio Gallegos

After months of living in a city that had been under siege the sudden change had been jarring. The presence of the 4th Panzer Division had made Rio Gallegos too hard of a nut to crack, or at least doing so would have cost the Chileans more than they wanted to pay. Suse had found that keeping the machinery throughout the city functioning as winter had set in with the precarious supply situation to be a fulltime job. Anything that she couldn’t find or improvise had to be fabricated and even the raw materials she needed to do that were in short supply.

It had been business as usual, until Suse had noticed a commotion outside the warehouse near the waterfront that she had she had worked out of for months. Stepping outside, Suse saw massive ship pulling into the harbor. More waiting out on the Atlantic Ocean waiting for their turn to enter and unload their cargos. Word had swiftly gotten around that the rest of the 2nd Field Army had finally made it to Rio Gallegos while the 3rd Army was going ashore somewhere up the coast.

Minutes later Manny had come to Suse’s shop where all work had stopped for the day as everyone had been celebratory mood. While the 4th Division hadn’t done a whole lot more than to sit tight, they had made through and had tied down several Divisions of the Chilean Army and made themselves a royal pain in the backside for the last several months.

Unfortunately, Manny had been thinking and that was never a good thing for anybody. It was about the future this time which was even worse.

“The answer is a no for now” Suse said, “This is neither the time nor place.”

“When would be the right time then?” Manny asked.

“When we are back home and there is not a chance that we could be dead by this time next week” Suse replied.

“Oh” Manny said, the look on his face suggesting that he had not thought things through. Here he was talking about a future that might not happen, especially considering the uncertain reality that surrounded both of them. The optimism that Manny expressed was one of the reasons why Suse loved him, the trouble was that it could be aggravating at times.

“Besides that, Berlin Technical wants me to return next month” Suse said, “They want to know what I have learned in the field. If I want the last year to mean anything I need to go.”

The expression on Manny’s face was one of pure disappointment when he heard that.
 
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Somewhere in Langley:

"Bad news, boss. Intel has just confirmed that the German 4th Panzer in Argentinia have just recieved substantial reinforcments. We have reports from Puerto San Julian that the Germans made a landing with at least a mixed division and there are further reports that they had Japanese support..."

"...and, is that all?"
(Spoken in a rather subdued tone)

"No sir, we have estimates that the German have tranported 2 field armies into the AO."
 
Well lets just hope the Japanese military has had some substantial reforms since WW2 in codes of practice and obeying the rules of war. Otherwise God help any poor Chilean who falls into their hands.

I know Japan ITTL is a totally different beast than the OTL one, but without the impetus of change that came in OTL, I can imagine that some of the bad habits would still fester and need to be lanced if seen.
 
Somewhere in Langley:

"Bad news, boss. Intel has just confirmed that the German 4th Panzer in Argentinia have just recieved substantial reinforcments. We have reports from Puerto San Julian that the Germans made a landing with at least a mixed division and there are further reports that they had Japanese support..."

"...and, is that all?"
(Spoken in a rather subdued tone)

"No sir, we have estimates that the German have tranported 2 field armies into the AO."
The next words are likely to be orders to fire up the document shredders and furnaces in Santiago.
 
I like that Tilo has a similar rep in Japan to that which Kat has practically everywhere.
I always took it to be like Tilo has the sort of reputation with Japan that Rommel did with the UK.

The "Honorable Enemy" sort of deal, like if you lost to them, there was no shame in losing, and that you should try to emulate their best aspects.

Kat's reputation is one of dread. Tilo's one of aspiration.
 
It is remarkable how much Manny is just like his father Hans, both excellent soldiers and who also loves strong women.
Just as in the first timeline when it was Helene who informed Hans that they were getting married it will be Suse Rosa TELLING Manny when they are getting married and Manny having seen how well the marriage of his parents has worked out even with all of the bumps along the way will go along with it because he knows that Suse Rosa is the best thing in his life.
Of course any children that they will have will also have Knipsel, Mischner, Richthofen, and Wolvogle DNA in them which reminds me when Andre Aggasi and Stefi Graf announced that they were going to have a child a sports columnist wrote that the name of the child is going to be Secretariat.
 
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Before the Flak starts that was of course irony.
 
Part 123, Chapter 2078
Chapter Two Thousand Seventy-Eight



28th July 1971

Mittelland Canal, Near Peine, Lower Saxony

After a somewhat contentious visit to Prague, it had come time to get back on the rivers and canals. Hopefully putting some distance between Kiki and her somewhat confused but well-meaning brother and sister-in-law.

The trouble was that Michael and Birdie didn’t really understand Kiki. Michael had tried to show respect to her accomplishments by doing what he always did with elaborate gestures and ceremonies, because he always loved the showmanship that was a part of his job as the King of Bohemia. Things that Kiki avoided like the plague. Kiki reconsidered that thought for a moment. As a Physician she would have a duty to treat a plague outbreak the same as any other epidemic. So, dealing with the plague would be far preferable to a public spectacle.

What that meant in practice was that Kiki had been inducted into the Order of Saint Wenceslaus as a Dame Commander and was now the Gräfin of Reichenberg inside Bohemia, an industrial city somewhere in the Northern part of the country that she assumed that she would need to visit some time in the near future. This was done entirely because Ernesto Guevara had written his own account of what had happened, and he had credited Kiki with leading them out of that mess which they had found themselves in. Michael had interpreted that as her saving the neck of a subordinate. Whenever the decision was made about Kiki’s future in the Medical Service, he wanted them to know his perspective on the matter when they opened her file and read the citation for the Commander’s Cross from the highest Service Order in Bohemia. Kiki had then made the mistake of pointing out that she wasn’t even Bohemian, he had rectified that by making her a Gräfin of his domain which was his right as King.

Getting out of there before Michael did anything else seemed like a good idea. With the heavy rains that had occurred over the previous weeks the Elbe had been running high, so the Meta had been pushed along by the current, giving them a speedy trip out of Bohemia and through the Sandstone Mountains of Saxon Switzerland. After an extended stops in Dresden and Magdeburg, they had finally entered the Mittelland Canal with the goal of either Vienna or the South of France. Kiki figured that she would flip a coin when it came time to decide which way to go. In the meantime, she had more mundane tasks to take care of as she followed Fianna and Steffi into the aft cabin where they could discuss matters with a bit of privacy and Kiki could take care of Nina. It was a pleasant summer afternoon and all the windows and hatches on the Meta were open, so even in the cabin they were in, there was a nice breeze blowing through.

“You were the same way” Fianna said to Kiki as she took off her shirt, “Growing fast with an appetite to match, your mother even compared you to a bottomless pit. Then God gave her twins a few years later. That I why you shouldn’t complain, you never know who’s listening.”

Kiki just shrugged before Fianna handed Nina to her. While she had her doubts about the existence of God, she knew that the process in which certain embryos split and eventually became identical twins like her sisters Rea and Vicky wasn’t really understood by Medical Science yet. Over the next few minutes, the conversation turned to other matters as Nina was no longer the topic of conversation.

“About this trip up a side canal to the city of Neumarkt in Bavaria that you have planned” Steffi asked, “That doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Is that a mistake?”

“No” Kiki replied, “That canal in considered obsolete with the Meta being the largest type of craft that can make it up to that city. The hope is that the resulting publicity of me going there will encourage recreational boating into areas like that which would otherwise fall into decay. Which I’m sure you think is a bit foolish.”

“Actually, that makes the most sense of anything to do with this trip” Steffi said, “Do think that we should call some of the newspapers and tip them off about where we will be ahead of time?”

“Why not just tell them?” Fianna asked.

“The newspapers always like to think they are pulling a sly one on me” Kiki replied, “The truth is that if they actually intruded when they were not wanted, I would probably disappear into here until they left.”

That was a reminder that this wasn’t just a pleasure cruise. Kiki was taking it because she wanted to popularize the concept. Plus, she was doing her job as the Princess Royal without actually doing anything. Which was always a welcome consideration. It was at that moment when the hatch from the wheelhouse opened, and Bram poked his head in.

“Ma’am, Herr Kirchhoff wanted to know…” Bram started to ask, and then he saw Kiki and he trailed off, his face went pale before he slammed the hatch shut.

“I swear that boy needs to get out more” Steffi said.

“Don’t be mean” Kiki replied, “He’s been very sheltered.”

“I grew up in a tenement in Dublin with seven brothers and sisters” Fianna said, “We were sheltered from many of the ills of the world but not like that, that is privilege. Know the difference.”
 
It is a very good idea of Kiki to visit Nuemarkt as a way to show support to these small towns and villages that has been bypassed by the opening of new canals.
Since it is in Bavaria it would be good politics if her sister Victoria and her husband the Crown Prince of Bavaria, Franz can take part either by being on the Meta when it pulls in to dock or greet the Meta when it pulls in, either ways it is a good way to not step on any toes and no doubt that with the Olympics being held in Munich next year King Albrecht will love anything that will bring in tourist dollars for years to come afterwards.
 
It is a very good idea of Kiki to visit Nuemarkt as a way to show support to these small towns and villages that has been bypassed by the opening of new canals.
Since it is in Bavaria it would be good politics if her sister Victoria and her husband the Crown Prince of Bavaria, Franz can take part either by being on the Meta when it pulls in to dock or greet the Meta when it pulls in, either ways it is a good way to not step on any toes and no doubt that with the Olympics being held in Munich next year King Albrecht will love anything that will bring in tourist dollars for years to come afterwards.
For symbolic reasons it might (or might not) make more sense for them to meet it in Nürnberg, before or after visiting Neurmarkt. Especially since TTL that canal is likely still owned by the Kingdom of Bavaria...

And interesting, I've read what German wikipedia offers on the "Alte Kanal". With Neumarkt the end point, we have more (incidental) evidence that the Rhain-Main-Donau-Kanal was built earlier TTL. Since that was OTL what finished any chance of resurrection of the Ludwigkanal OTL, by destroying quite a few locks on the end towards the Donau. Not unexpected to be honest.

However OTL it's end started with reclaiming and reusing parts of the canal between Bamberg and Nürnberg in the 1950s (partially for a Autobahn) - parts that seemed to have survived TTL. (Then again, in 1973 parts of what survived were declared a heritage monument... talk about being fickle)

And then there's the mention of getting via canal boat towards the South of France. Some connection somewhere to the Rhone? Or 'just' to the Loire? Both interesting.


Right no, just checked don't talk about things you aren't aware of. There's of course option to get to those places. Old ones too. Though going down that rabbit hole showed another place where there might be another 'dying' sidearm on the way. The original part of the Rhein-Rhône canal from Mulhouse to Straßburg might or might not be no longer in use TTL as well. Though OTL the canal that replaced that part was a French project from the 30s to the 50s so who knows. (Grand Canal d'Alsace, built at least in part because France 'claimed' the right to built hydroelectic plants with Rhine water exclusively for them at Versailles, but also to have a slower running side channel that allows boats to get upriver under their own power.)
 
However OTL it's end started with reclaiming and reusing parts of the canal between Bamberg and Nürnberg in the 1950s (partially for a Autobahn) - parts that seemed to have survived TTL. (Then again, in 1973 parts of what survived were declared a heritage monument... talk about being fickle)
There was also the involvement of the USAAF in the destruction of the locks on that end to consider. There will be a future post about how this played out in TTL and what the current state of the canal.
 
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And the OP Peabody-Martini created Stupid Luck & Happenstance and saw it was good.
And Jacob Schmidt begat cryptography and the modern German Navy.
And Peter Lange begat the Modern German State.
And Manfred von Wolvogle begat modern armored tactics.
And Johan Schultz begat undercover ops and many bad-ass offspring.
And Kat begat ***redacted*** Scaredy Kats, ***redacted*** Royal Guards, ***redacted***
 
And the OP Peabody-Martini created Stupid Luck & Happenstance and saw it was good.
And Jacob Schmidt begat cryptography and the modern German Navy.
And Peter Lange begat the Modern German State.
And Manfred von Wolvogle begat modern armored tactics.
And Johan Schultz begat undercover ops and many bad-ass offspring.
And Kat begat ***redacted*** Scaredy Kats, ***redacted*** Royal Guards, ***redacted***
And Manfred Von Richthofen begat the Luftwaffe and they held dominion of all things in the sky and that which fell from it, as Emil was birthed in Green, (berets), to carry forth the message into the contested LZ...
 
It occurs to me, if Sabaton end up somehow existing ITTL, they'll definitely write a song called 'Tigress'.

And if Kat's somehow still alive by then, she'll flip out.
 
And Tilo Schultz hath brought forth the modern German Marine Corp, with the approval of Chesty Puller himself, and set it loose upon the world.
 
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