A paper black cat could be a good warning...
I suspect that the steel cats will become very popular war souvenirs soon enough.
 
Part 35, Chapter 430
Chapter Four Hundred Thirty


12th November 1944

Berlin

Lang was still Chancellor and would be until the next elections. He figured that this would probably be his last term in office, he wanted out before the stresses of the job killed him. If it weren’t for the ongoing war with Japan he would have resigned with the dissolution of the last Government. He had been in charge through six years of turmoil and war. He’d been appointed after his predecessor had been killed and won a mandate in the election that had followed. For him the world was growing more complex by the hour.

With the war against the Soviets over the people of Germany were clamoring for a return to normalcy. Their Allies all had differing and frequently conflicting interests. The patchwork of Kingdoms and Principalities that made up the Balkans were pushing for a Romanov restoration. They had found a powerful ally in the form of the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. He was always looking for support in the never-ending crusade that the Greeks were waging against the Turks that was resuming now that the Germans were no longer enforcing the peace. A resurgent Orthodox Russia would be a dream come true for the Greeks and an absolute nightmare for everyone else. With the collapse of the officially atheistic Communist Government it was expected that there would probably be a revival in the coming years. An expansionist Russia driven by convert’s zeal. Lang shuttered at the thought and that would mean that the sacrifices of the Soviet War would have been all for naught.

It the coming hours Lang would start getting news about the landing of the 3rd Marine Infantry Division on the Island of Saipan. As always, he had to remind himself that he needed to handle the present crisis before he started thinking about the next several.

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“Would you care to explain this?” Maria demanded handing Kat the photograph that she had found. If Kat had any reaction she concealed it. They were at the housewarming party for Kat and Helene. As soon as Maria had come in she had pulled Kat aside for this conversation.

“Have you any idea the sort of position this puts me in?” Maria asked, “If it gets out that my own protégé used the Paper to sell a massive fraud, there have been movies made for God’s sake.”

“Whatever you think you may know” Kat said, “It won’t reflect on you if this ever gets out, it was Grossmann who broke the story and it worked because he rarely bothers with follow up.”

“Is Gianna any sort of relation of yours?” Maria asked.

“No” Kat said, “I believe she is Empress Kira’s third cousin once removed.”

“That means that she really is…” Maria started to say.

“That photograph is of Gianna’s mother when she was about the same age that Gianna is” Kat said, “Kira ordered me to protect her any way I could. Gianna had the NKVD after her and her own extended family is not much better. To keep her safe, I had to tell the world she died and spread rumors about sightings of her Mother and Aunt here in Germany.”

Maria didn’t approve of what Kat had done. She had messed with the official record and manipulated the press but Kat being Kat she had done it for someone else. Leave it to Kat to pull something like this and have it turn out to be another case of self-sacrifice. This offended Maria’s professional sensibilities but she understood why it had been done. If Kat had been asked to protect Zella would she expect her to do less?

“Please, don’t break this?” Kat asked of her, “We’ve been trying to prepare Gianna in case she needs to resume her identity as Jehane Thomas but we are nowhere near ready.”

Maria looked over and saw Gianna visiting with Helene’s younger sisters. The girl was truly a noncombatant in these matters. “Was she really shot in the back like in the movies?” she asked.

“I found her in a hospital room” Kat said, “The shot shattered her shoulder blade and two of her ribs.”

Maria considered Gianna, she was probably one of the most harmless people that Maria had ever met. Yet they had attempted to kill her just because of who her Grandfather was.


Washington DC

J. Edger Hoover didn’t worry about the changing administrations. Ironically, his concern was that Thomas Dewey might nominate him for Attorney General or to the US Supreme Court. It was his position as FBI Director that gave him power in this town. If he occupied a different job who knew who his replacement would be and there was a chance that the knives would really come out if it was believed that he couldn’t retaliate.

Then there was his other problem. After years of effort, he was no closer to the German mastermind. He had been trying to diagram the network but hit nothing but dead ends. The Luftwaffe Oberst named Thorwald was missing, presumed dead but Schultz didn’t seem to be going anywhere. That blew up one of his theories. There was mail traffic between Thorwald’s Protégé and a girl in Washington State. After taking the time to intercept the letters all they had found was talk between two young women of a mostly inane nature. Other than the Baroness mentioning that she was joyful about leaving the Luftwaffe there was nothing there.

It was time for Hoover to look elsewhere. Schultz was a former wrestler and struck him as profoundly stupid. There was no way that a man like that would be the one holding his leash. The situation would be intolerable except Schultz was an avenue of useful information and whoever was running Schultz never asked for anything.
 
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What would be funny but very ASB in this timeline is just before the Germans are to land, they get word from the Americans that the United States has agreed to interned the Japanese soldiers and is taking over the islands "in trust until the final dispositions of a peace treaty".
That would make the Northern Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands Trust Territories of the United States.

The reason for this would be that while Japan does not want to give up the islands, they sure as hell don't want the Germans to have it. Back.
 
What would be funny but very ASB in this timeline is just before the Germans are to land, they get word from the Americans that the United States has agreed to interned the Japanese soldiers and is taking over the islands "in trust until the final dispositions of a peace treaty".
That would make the Northern Marianas, Caroline, and Marshall Islands Trust Territories of the United States.

The reason for this would be that while Japan does not want to give up the islands, they sure as hell don't want the Germans to have it. Back.
Wouldn't EVER work, as it would be considered as the same than an intrusion between Belligerent Countries, and last time that i checked, while dense as a wall, 1945's US wasn't THAT stupid to piss off ALL of Europe AND Oceania and most of Asia by doing something as utterly arrogant and stupid at the same time. It would be the Diplomatic and Commercial equivalent of winning a Darwin Award for shooting yourself in the balls. Twice Over at that.
 
Wouldn't EVER work, as it would be considered as the same than an intrusion between Belligerent Countries, and last time that i checked, while dense as a wall, 1945's US wasn't THAT stupid to piss off ALL of Europe AND Oceania by doing something as utterly arrogant and stupid at the same time. It would be the Diplomatic and Commercial equivalent of winning a Darwin Award for shooting yourself in the balls. Twice Over at that.
Especially since they're kinda already skating a bit given how much US companies were involved with Russia, and their selling stuff to Japan....

Makes you wonder if there's any other embarrassing documents in Tokyo to be found?
 
Wouldn't EVER work, as it would be considered as the same than an intrusion between Belligerent Countries, and last time that i checked, while dense as a wall, 1945's US wasn't THAT stupid to piss off ALL of Europe AND Oceania and most of Asia by doing something as utterly arrogant and stupid at the same time. It would be the Diplomatic and Commercial equivalent of winning a Darwin Award for shooting yourself in the balls. Twice Over at that.
Especially since they're kinda already skating a bit given how much US companies were involved with Russia, and their selling stuff to Japan....

Makes you wonder if there's any other embarrassing documents in Tokyo to be found?
Hence the term ASB.

One of the reasons that this timeline is great is that Peabody-Martini takes what happened IOTL and twist them into something different but logical, also P-M will take something that happened IOTL and reach the same conclusion but from a different path.

I always thought that Germany would have gone after their former territories of German New Guinea but P-M threw a twist by invading Formosa first much to my surprise and delight.

We do not know how this war with Japan will end, negotiated peace, an Operation Downfall invasion, or Instant Sunshine, but that is why we all are following this timeline in anticipation.
 
It was time for Hoover to look elsewhere. Schultz was a former wrestler and struck him as profoundly stupid. There was no way that a man like that would be the one holding his leash. The situation would be intolerable except Schultz was an avenue of useful information and whoever was running Schultz never asked for anything.

Schultz and Juan Pujol: brothers from different mothers.
 
I love the that, as in real life, Hoover allows his prejudices to cloud his judgement.

Schultz is too stupid to hold the leash? x'Dx'Dx'D
 
Part 35, Chapter 431
Four Hundred Thirty-One


13th November 1944

Ritidian Point, Guam

Jason Wilson Junior was watching the northern horizon and there simply wasn’t anything to see. The night before, the Destroyers that were based out of the harbor had raced into port and all patrols had been cancelled to avoid any misunderstandings. There had been rumors flying all over the small military community. As a dependent minor child of a serviceman, Jason had been notified that he, his mother and younger siblings would need to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. All of that flew out the window when his best friend, Jimmy from up the block, had told him that there was a battle brewing between the Krauts and the Nips just a hundred odd miles north of them. Jimmy had figured that they could ride their bicycles north in the early morning hours and be on one of the bluffs on the northern end of the island in time to see whatever they could.

Jason had balked at first, his father had made him promise that he’d take care of his mother and brothers before leaving for his post. Then Jimmy had pointed out that Jason’s father could only thrash him once for sneaking out and that was only if they got caught. A nagging voice in the back of his head reminded him that there was a reason why Jimmy was grounded three quarters of the time but in the end, he’d gone with Jimmy anyway.

“Think those are German sixteen and a half inch guns?” Jimmy asked as low bass booms rolled in from the distance. Jason had to keep himself from rolling his eyes at that. It was from the wrong direction. The Marine Artillery, including their own fathers would be test firing the 75mm coastal defense guns.

Jimmy had been grabbing every comic book he could and they had been giving him a lot of strange ideas. Those included True War Stories. Jason’s father had said that those had been produced at the direction of the Krauts as pure propaganda but the characters within the pages were every bit as colorful as anything in Marvel or Dective comics. But lately Jason had been forced to take a closer look at those very comics. Jimmy’s little sister Molly had loved the ones featuring the Hellcats. Jason had asked Molly why she liked the one featuring the toughest of the tough, the craziest of the crazy so much. Molly had pointed out that it was a girl who was the real brains behind the outfit. After Molly had pointed that out Jason had noticed that many of the True War Stories depicted that very sort of thing in other ways.

It was at that point that Jason realized the flaw in Jimmy’s plan when they heard jeeps coming up the road. The Garrison Commander had his own reason to send people out here. They would have to make it back down that road without getting spotted.

“We need to get out of here, quick” Jason said.

“What, why?” Jimmy asked. Either he hadn’t noticed the jeeps or he didn’t care. If they could get off this bluff, then they could go down the east road that was…

“What are you two doing out here?” A man coming up the bluff asked, “Aren’t you Sergeant Wilson’s kid?”

They were busted.


Saipan

“We are going to be doing things a bit differently this time” The Hauptmann had said, “Try to keep up.”

When he’d been briefing them on the mission that they were to perform. The shore on the northern end of Saipan was cliffs dropping into the sea. At the top of those cliffs was another cliff. Apparently, the Japanese weren’t heavily defending this portion of the island and their headquarters was somewhere up top. It was seen as the perfect mission for the MA. Perfectly impossible that is until they had learned exactly how they would be going ashore and the very defenses that the Japanese enjoyed would be the MA’s greatest advantage.

The afternoon before the MA had been ordered up top by Company and they were boarding the SMS Voss as opposed to landing craft. The twelve hundred men from Marine Recon had been a surprise for the crew of the new Aircraft Carrier. The Brass had waited until the last possible minute before making the transfer or apparently, telling anyone. The result was that Tilo along with the rest of his Company had ended up sleeping in the enlisted mess surrounded by the furious crew. It had actually worked out well for Tilo’s Company because the freezer and galley was right there for them to raid. They had never eaten so well before a mission. But all good things come to an end.

Early that morning before sunup they had been led up onto the deck and saw that there was a dozen or so of helicopters on the deck of the Voss. They had briefly practiced for this very mission on Formosa but Tilo had never thought that they’d be doing it this soon.

As the helicopter that Tilo was riding in lifted off the deck he saw flashes in the south. He hoped that the Fleet was giving the Japanese such a pounding that they wouldn’t notice the MA crawling but their backsides.

The pitch of the helicopters engine changed as it went from climbing into forward flight. Minutes later they crossed the darkened coast and Tilo saw the dark shapes of the “impassible” cliffs pass below.

The helicopter flared as it came in on a clearing that had been identified by recon flights days earlier. Tilo was out the door with Reier right behind him. They were to establish a perimeter as the helicopters ferried the rest of the Regiment and enough supplies to last them several days in. The Japanese were in for a rude awakening this morning.
 
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Poor Cat, yet another way for her to rather the undying adoration of people the world over.

By the way, how well develloped are rape counseling and support groups? As Kat could use some competent help there.
 
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Jost will never believe all the crazy shit his nerdy little brother has done in this war.
Just for curiosity, what are the current military ranks of Jost and Tilo? Because it would be rather hilarious if Tilo managed to surpass Jost in military rank.... should be something that Tilo would call "Karma for being an angry shit" in Jost's case......
 
You say that...
Did you have an equivalent of the "Commando" series of picture books or "Battle" which was a weekly comic during the 70's and 80's.
I remember in the '70s I read a book that was a collection of various comic books that were made during WWII.
Some were aimed at newly inducted servicemen who had less than a high school education and this was the best way to teach them.
Some of the comics were aimed at kids about what they can do on the home front to help win the war like how scrap drives for metals will become tanks and planes, and how by growing Victory Gardens ment that the soldiers in the field had enough food so they can fight, I remember that in one about the victory gardens the story was about family that did not plant a garden and it showed them eating large meals and wasting food, and when asked about why they didn't plant, they said that there was enough to go around and soon other people did not plant their own gardens, near the very end of the story it showed the oldest son dying in combat because he didn't get enough food and was too weak to fight, the last couple of panels showed the family sitting down for a big meal and getting the telegram that their son was dead.
Another story I remember is about "Freddie the 4F" who all the kids in the neighborhood made fun of, it showed him working at the factory making the weapons that will win the war, donating the blood that will save the life of a soldier, buying war bonds that will help win the war and afterwards the money he saved will allow him to buy a new car or house, the last panel showed him smiling while being taunted by the kids thinking about all the things he is doing to win the war in his own way.
 
Just for curiosity, what are the current military ranks of Jost and Tilo? Because it would be rather hilarious if Tilo managed to surpass Jost in military rank.... should be something that Tilo would call "Karma for being an angry shit" in Jost's case......
Nah, Tilo is an Unterfeldwebel while Jost is a Hauptfeldwebel or Oberfeldwebel (can't remember which).

No way Tilo will outrank his older brother, Jost is too many years ahead in terms of seniority and has done nothing to get demoted.
 
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