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.

Unless of course Tilo does a Sharpe and gets promoted to be an officer...
 
Unless of course Tilo does a Sharpe and gets promoted to be an officer...
And considering Tilo's post in the middle of the craziest bunch among the Marines, and in a front where the casualties and battles are making skilled and daring people shoot upwards in the ranks, combined with the fact that the war its going to end later than 1945, there its a good chance that Tilo may end getting unceremoniously kicked into an Officer and command position by the fact of:

A: He is somehow a Marine and it STILL has a modicum of Sanity and Common Sense.(Incredible, No?)

B: He is also quite intelligent and knows WHEN you have to risk and when not. Also he can think out of the box.

C: The rest of his unit runs like little bitches to the hour when someone mentions "Paperwork" unlike him.

. . . . . So you can imagine the twitching expression of Jost if he at the end of the war finds his little brother in the field. . .and has to salute him due to having a superior rank. Either he cusses for the history books, or his rage breaks. . . .
 
With the United States needing to mend fences with Germany and Europe, the Americans could offer humanitarian and medical aid after the battle of Saipan for the Japanese civilian population so that Germany does not have use its own supplies.
Also the Americans can offer to take in any heavily wounded Japanese POWs for treatment and maybe intern the Japanese POWs (if any) reliving the Germans of that burden.
This may make it easier for the Japanese soldiers to surrender as they will be "interned" instead of becoming prisoners.
The Americans could offer the use of military medical facilities in Guam for overflow casualties along with emergency landing rights, sending the German aircrew and aircraft back to their units as quick as possible.

This will also send a message to Japan that they can not win the war, and that the United States will be a honest go between them and the Allies.
 
That would be a very smart move by the Americans. There would be some suspicion, but I think the message would get through and be accepted in good faith.
 
First, I don't understand this comment, the United States needing to mend fences with Germany and Europe. I'm not sure where this perspective is coming from.

Second, if I was a Japanese and saw the United States assisting the Germans and their Allies to this extent, I would be very leery of the American's being an "honest go between". While providing humanitarian aid to the civilian population is something a neutral might do, the reminder of your ideas have the US basically reducing the war load on Germany, something that a neutral wouldn't do.

Third, any self-respecting IJA soldier doesn't care a hoot if he is either a POW or an internee, it is the thought of surrendering that is shameful and to be avoided at all costs.
 
First, I don't understand this comment, the United States needing to mend fences with Germany and Europe. I'm not sure where this perspective is coming from.

Second, if I was a Japanese and saw the United States assisting the Germans and their Allies to this extent, I would be very leery of the American's being an "honest go between". While providing humanitarian aid to the civilian population is something a neutral might do, the reminder of your ideas have the US basically reducing the war load on Germany, something that a neutral wouldn't do.

Third, any self-respecting IJA soldier doesn't care a hoot if he is either a POW or an internee, it is the thought of surrendering that is shameful and to be avoided at all costs.
It will show the Japanese leadership that the United States will insure that Japanese civilians and soldiers will be guaranteed good treatment and will not allow any abuse from Germany and the Allies.
For the Japanese soldiers there may be a psychological difference between being a prisoner of the Germans and being interned by the Americans and that may make it easier to surrender.
 
And considering Tilo's post in the middle of the craziest bunch among the Marines, and in a front where the casualties and battles are making skilled and daring people shoot upwards in the ranks, combined with the fact that the war its going to end later than 1945, there its a good chance that Tilo may end getting unceremoniously kicked into an Officer and command position by the fact of:

A: He is somehow a Marine and it STILL has a modicum of Sanity and Common Sense.(Incredible, No?)

B: He is also quite intelligent and knows WHEN you have to risk and when not. Also he can think out of the box.

C: The rest of his unit runs like little bitches to the hour when someone mentions "Paperwork" unlike him.

. . . . . So you can imagine the twitching expression of Jost if he at the end of the war finds his little brother in the field. . .and has to salute him due to having a superior rank. Either he cusses for the history books, or his rage breaks. . . .
He also went to University. Honestly, I find it strange he didnt start as an officer for that reason.
 
With the United States needing to mend fences with Germany and Europe, the Americans could offer humanitarian and medical aid after the battle of Saipan for the Japanese civilian population so that Germany does not have use its own supplies.
Also the Americans can offer to take in any heavily wounded Japanese POWs for treatment and maybe intern the Japanese POWs (if any) reliving the Germans of that burden.
This may make it easier for the Japanese soldiers to surrender as they will be "interned" instead of becoming prisoners.
The Americans could offer the use of military medical facilities in Guam for overflow casualties along with emergency landing rights, sending the German aircrew and aircraft back to their units as quick as possible.

This will also send a message to Japan that they can not win the war, and that the United States will be a honest go between them and the Allies.
Again, WHY in the Nine Hells would Germany accept, or even allow that? War Conventions and International Laws in the matter are utterly clear that when it refers to nationals and SPECIALLY Soldiers of a belligerent and occupied enemy, the International Red Cross, its the ONLY entity that its allowed to provide such aid besides the occupying forces, and act as the distributor of supplies and such from other countries.The US may provide supplies, volunteers for the organization or even send Observers to verify that the Geneva Convention its being respected, but otherwise they have no logic nor legal rights to step into this directly until a declaration of Surrender has been signed between the Empire of Japan and the Allies.

Ukraine's US Relief Mission was allowed in the technical grounds of being a "liberated Country" and a situation of Humanitarian Disaster. The only case in that Japanese soldiers would be allowed to be released into the care of a neutral or Third Party, would be when the level of the wounds its such that the prisoner would have zero chances of return to the battlefield due to them. Otherwise, they will remain likely as Prisoners.

Furthermore, you seem to have confused the IJN with Rational Soldiers in first site. Did you ever check OTL Saipan? The very MENTION of the word "Surrender" would make you get a rather violent death or induce Seppuku in most IJN Soldiers except a small cadre what actually had common sense, yet it STILL fought to the self immolation point in OTL.

If the MA doesn't kills the Japanese leadership quickly, odds are that the General in command may order Jonestown style mass suicides and Kamikaze bayonet charges of Civilians armed with whatever they can use
 
Part 36, Chapter 432
Chapter Four Hundred Thirty-Two


14th November 1944

Trans-Baikal Region, Russia

Vasily Zaytsev was back to doing what he did best and he was even back in Siberia. Not exactly a hardship for him. General Zhukov and the Russian Army had welcomed him back with open arms. He had been ordered to gather his hares and bears. The General had known that while the Germans were using the Russian Army for logistics and construction the day would come when it would need to be a fighting force again. The fact that Zaytsev had spent months as a prisoner of the SKA had made him a valuable commodity in the effort to create their own version. For that time, the world had thought that he’d been killed in Saint Petersburg. Zaytsev had used that to his advantage when he’d paid back the man who’d set him up to die with interest. Boris Merkulov had come down with a fatal case of lead poisoning of the 7.62mm sort in his hiding spot. The look on his face when they’d found him was as if he’d seen a ghost. It was just one more minor incident at a time when much more momentous things were going on. The truth was that no one had cared about one of Stalin’s henchmen getting his just deserts in the chaotic days following the surrender of Moscow.

Now Zaytsev was here in the east laying the groundwork for the Russian Army as they arrived over the winter. From his perspective things had worked out quite well for him.


Wunsdorf-Zossen

They had been experimenting with the mortars with the Japanese stamps. It was called a “knee mortar” but they had been told expressly that it was because it was kept in a knee bag. It had also been said that they were not to attempt to fire it from the hip. This was because of an assumption made by some due to the curved baseplate and the name. Hans thought that was a silly warning, anyone in the Panzer Corps would be aware of how that was a good way to land in the hospital with a broken femur. He knew exactly how much recoil came when firing a 13mm heavy machinegun or a 20mm autocannon. A 50mm shell would have a lot more recoil than either of those and if the weapon wasn’t heavy enough to absorb the recoil then whatever it was resting on would. There was always someone stupid enough to try damn near anything.

Soren must have been thinking the same thing. “You know it was the Marine Infantry that first encountered these things in Vietnam” He said, “How much you want to bet that one of them was stupid enough to do that?” That brought a round of laughter.

“How do we use these things?” Asked one of the men.

Hans flipped through the typewritten pages, “It says here that there’s a screw near the trigger that’s gauged in meters and you’re supposed to hold it at a forty-five-degree angle and pull the lanyard” He said, “It says here that there should be a spirit level and a line on it to aim it.”

“Why the hell are we training with this Japanese piece of shit?” Jost asked.

“As if it’s not obvious” Hans said, “The Brass intends to have their own version for us.”

“What’s the point?” Jost replied.

“Direct artillery support at the platoon level” Hans answered.

Except for the newest of the Soldaten that gave everyone pause. It was exactly the sort of thing that they had been wanting for years. They just had to get over the idea that it had been thought of elsewhere first.


Jena

It was the first time that Kat had talked to Peter since things had blown up and the article had run. Peter had understood her difficulty in resuming communications. Kat had been forced to confront the absolute worst of the skeletons in her closet. He had been trying gently to get her to open up about that on her own. Instead it had all come out in one of the worst ways possible and there were very few avenues of support for a woman in Kat’s position to deal with it. Kat had described how the parents of her American friend dealt with hard topics by not talking about them. It was something that Peter had seen too many times in his practice and in his experience not dealing with things didn’t really work too well. Peter hadn’t expected Kat to throw everything out into the light of day but in retrospect he should have anticipated it.

Peter had been expecting a call from Kat when she was ready but what she had wanted to talk about had not been what he was expecting. She was preparing to go to University as a returning student. One of the things that the University of Berlin had requested is that she get checked out for any outstanding medical issues before starting classes. The result was that she’d gone into the University’s Medical Department for a physical examination. Peter had asked her how that had gone and she had said it hadn’t been too terrible. It was then that Kat had surprised him by asking Peter about a suggestion that had been made to her by a Doctor Tangeman. The idea was that if Kat began taking oral contraceptives it would help even out her hormone levels, hopefully preventing the worst of the violent mood swings the she experienced. She had wanted to know if he thought that would be a good idea.

Peter had gotten through to Doctor Tangeman shortly later and it was not what he’d been expecting or a conversation he was prepared to have. It was a woman who picked up, Doctor Irma Tangeman, which explained why Kat had allowed herself to be subjected to such a suggestion, much less entertained the idea. Peter realized that he knew of Doctor Tangeman by reputation but not by name as something of a radical.

“What I’m doing is to protect the students of this institution” Tangeman said, “We’ve had a few incidents and would prefer to weed out those such as addicts or those who would normally fall under your purview before they become a danger, Doctor Holz.”

“I can understand that” Peter said, “I can warn you that Kat does have issues with survivor’s guilt and the effects of combat stress but she’s not an addict.”

“Perhaps, Doctor Holz” Tangeman said, “Katherine has been forthright about her personal history. That’s why it was felt that she would be more comfortable with a female Physician. And would you’ve known to check her feet and ankles? In my experience, young women tend inject into places that aren’t readily visible.”

Peter hadn’t considered that. “Kat called me and said that you suggested that she start taking birth control pills and asked my opinion” He said, “You know your reputation…”

“That I push information whether it’s wanted or not” Tangeman said, “Here’s the reality, those who don’t think they need the information tend to be the ones who need it the most.”

“I can understand making sure that your patients are informed” Peter said, “But it’s said you go past that.” Erma Tangeman was known to be a zealot on the topic and wasn’t always willing to take no for an answer.

“It’s not just about birth control even though a pregnancy will stop an academic career like few other things” Tangeman said, “Having to tell a young woman that she will never be able to have children because of her unfaithful partner is something that happens a lot more often than you’d think.”

“That’s all well and good” Peter said, “But about this suggestion that you made to Kat.”

“Katherine said that she has episodes of depression” Tangeman replied, “You never thought to look at a calendar to see if those corresponded with her monthly cycle?”

Peter had never thought to ask, that was outside his usual area of expertise.
 
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ITTL Japan has not won any major victories and the leadership of the IJA and IJN have basically no credibility in regards to its "Bushido Code" philosophy.
With diplomatic relations with the United States intact, Japanese businessmen have been going back and forth between America and Japan and they know the truth that Japan is losing the war, also the same businessmen know about how much destruction Germany and the Allies inflicted on the Soviet Union and they do not want the same thing to happen to Japan.

The United States could act as an agent for the International Red Cross and it is up to the belligerent powers to decide what level of aid or assistance they would take, Germany may decide that from its experience from the war against the Soviet Union, that the care and feeding of POWs is too much trouble and if someone else wants to take over that job, so be it.

ITTL and OTL are much different animals in that IOTL the Battle of Saipan was important because that with the capture of Saipan, it brought the B-29 into the range of Japan and this was the reason for the level of ferocity of the Japanese soldiers.
ITTL the Battle of Saipan takes place after the fall of Formosa, and Formosa is much closer to Japan than Saipan is.
IOTL near the end of the Battle of Okinawa, Japanese soldiers were surrendering in large numbers and ITTL the Battle of Saipan is basically a mopping up operation and there is no reason to fight to the bitter end.

Japan is nearing the end of its window where they could get a negotiated peace before Germany and the Allies unleash destruction and death on the Home Islands.

With no calls for "Unconditional Surrender", no attack on Pearl Harbor, no fall of Singapore, and no war crime atrocities such as the Bataan Death March and the abuse of POWs ( the Rape of Nanking not withstanding), Japan may get terms they could live with, such as keeping the Emperor, no occupation, loss of all possessions outside the Japanese Home Islands, restrictions on the size of the military, and a guarantee of full and free access to the world's market, this is probably the best deal that Japan is going to get and the longer the war is and the more German and Allied forces die in combat, the price of peace goes up.
 
“Perhaps, Doctor Holz” Tangeman said, “Katherine has been forthright about her personal history. That’s why it was felt that she would be more comfortable with a female Physician. And would you’ve known to check her feet and ankles? In my experience, young women tend inject into places that aren’t readily visible.”

Peter hadn’t considered that. “Kat called me and said that you suggested that she start taking birth control pills and asked my opinion” He said, “You know your reputation…”

“That I push information whether it’s wanted or not” Tangeman said, “Here’s the reality, those who don’t think they need the information tend to be the ones who need it the most.”

“I can understand making sure that your patients are informed” Peter said, “But it’s said you go past that.” Erma Tangeman was known to be a zealot on the topic and wasn’t always willing to take no for an answer.

“It’s not just about birth control even though a pregnancy will stop an academic career like few other things” Tangeman said, “Having to tell a young woman that she will never be able to have children because of her unfaithful partner is something that happens a lot more often than you’d think.”

“That’s all well and good” Peter said, “But about this suggestion that you made to Kat.”

“Katherine said that she has episodes of depression” Tangeman replied, “You never thought to look at a calendar to see if those corresponded with her monthly cycle?”

Peter had never thought to ask, that was outside his usual area of expertise.

"Doctor Holz, if you are treating reproductive-age women - those who currently have menstrural cycles - and you haven't had a four-to-six month OB-GYN training rotation then I submit that you are dangerously undertrained and should limit your practice to men."

[A longer and much more vituperative rant deleted]
 
ITTL Japan has not won any major victories and the leadership of the IJA and IJN have basically no credibility in regards to its "Bushido Code" philosophy.
With diplomatic relations with the United States intact, Japanese businessmen have been going back and forth between America and Japan and they know the truth that Japan is losing the war, also the same businessmen know about how much destruction Germany and the Allies inflicted on the Soviet Union and they do not want the same thing to happen to Japan.

The United States could act as an agent for the International Red Cross and it is up to the belligerent powers to decide what level of aid or assistance they would take, Germany may decide that from its experience from the war against the Soviet Union, that the care and feeding of POWs is too much trouble and if someone else wants to take over that job, so be it.

ITTL and OTL are much different animals in that IOTL the Battle of Saipan was important because that with the capture of Saipan, it brought the B-29 into the range of Japan and this was the reason for the level of ferocity of the Japanese soldiers.
ITTL the Battle of Saipan takes place after the fall of Formosa, and Formosa is much closer to Japan than Saipan is.
IOTL near the end of the Battle of Okinawa, Japanese soldiers were surrendering in large numbers and ITTL the Battle of Saipan is basically a mopping up operation and there is no reason to fight to the bitter end.

Japan is nearing the end of its window where they could get a negotiated peace before Germany and the Allies unleash destruction and death on the Home Islands.

With no calls for "Unconditional Surrender", no attack on Pearl Harbor, no fall of Singapore, and no war crime atrocities such as the Bataan Death March and the abuse of POWs ( the Rape of Nanking not withstanding), Japan may get terms they could live with, such as keeping the Emperor, no occupation, loss of all possessions outside the Japanese Home Islands, restrictions on the size of the military, and a guarantee of full and free access to the world's market, this is probably the best deal that Japan is going to get and the longer the war is and the more German and Allied forces die in combat, the price of peace goes up.
Again, INTERNATIONAL LAW, even if flaunted often, its pretty damn clear on things of this matter. Regardless of what they know or not, last time that i checked, the war was between the Allies and Japan now, and the US hasn't jack to say in the matter. same with the Red Cross.

Also,even if there are US interests in Japan due to the idiots who likely thought that was a bright idea to keep extending US credit lines to the Japanese Government and Industries, these interests likely NEVER understood the Japanese Military Government's mentality or the one of their Soldiers. Also the ferocity and suicidal fanaticism it has absolutely NOTHING related with the location of Saipan in first point.

Seriously, do i have to point the ENTIRETY of the history of the Pacific Front in OTL WWII to make you get the clue? The batshit "Fight to the Death/Suicide" attitude of the Japanese Soldiers its something bloody ingrained in most of them from more than 20 YEARS!! ago, something that started from their victory in Tsushima IN 1905, went forward, and only got worse post the First Great War. The entirety of the OTL Pacific Campaign was filled for fanaticism of this kind, although it didn't help the insane denial of the IJA Generals even in the -in-your-face facts of their defeat being a solid truth.

The worse was that the Suicides and Banzai charges in Saipan were MAINLY induced by the fanatical propaganda and attitude of the IJA leadership, combined with the methods required to dig out the defenders from their bunkers and hideouts. Hell, many of the civilian Suicides can be attributed to an Imperial Order of Hirohito that assured that those that committed Suicide would have a Status in the afterlife equal to those that fell in the battle.

The sad fact its that its highly likely that for the internal news of Japan, Formosa may have been painted n a way that would have seem it as anything EXCEPT a clear German Victory, or they are still in shock of the fall of Formosa and the final demise of the Kidou Butai now its coming the blow that its Saipan, the other Insular territory besides Formosa.

If anything, this will make the Japanese Government DESPERATE for a clear victory, to bleed and defeat the Allies and specially the Germans at least once, as the Japanese know that otherwise, the Allied conditions for a Surrender would be unacceptable for the Japanese Pride and "Honour".

Its not a matter of ruthlessness, but in this case,its a fatal mix of pride, and LACK of understanding between mindsets and worldviews. It didn't help that the few Japanese leaders who actually had a damn clue of how the western nations would take the Japanese's acts, either were killed earlier in the war, like Yamamoto or disgraced as they attempted to limit their soldiers's brutality, and seen as "weak" for the nutcases in the leadership of the Army.

Here its ironically fortunate that the MA its assaulting from Banzai Cliff, as if they can nail the Japanese Command early, they can stop the insanity on its root...

The problem its that between Formosa and Saipan, the IJA will likely shift to the truly insane stance seen in the later parts of OTL, and this will be seen in the Manchuria Invasion, specially if the Manchukuo IJA Command its as psycho enough to use also Biological Warfare in the Germans like they did to the Chinese in several cities and areas. . .
 
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"Doctor Holz, if you are treating reproductive-age women - those who currently have menstrural cycles - and you haven't had a four-to-six month OB-GYN training rotation then I submit that you are dangerously undertrained and should limit your practice to men."

[A longer and much more vituperative rant deleted]

I think that's a bit harsh, given the specifics of Peter's practice, which is heavily (all?) centered on soldiers, and Kat is the exception in so many ways. Given the @()*$#()@#&$()@&#()&*Y@#&$*(@&(&#@(*#&@(& she's been through, it's actually really easy to miss something that "simple," even if you're intimately aware of the trauma and all of its details.
 
I think that's a bit harsh, given the specifics of Peter's practice, which is heavily (all?) centered on soldiers, and Kat is the exception in so many ways. Given the @()*$#()@#&$()@&#()&*Y@#&$*(@&(&#@(*#&@(& she's been through, it's actually really easy to miss something that "simple," even if you're intimately aware of the trauma and all of its details.

Yeah, it's kinda harsh. His practice started with the study of combat stress in soldiers during the Great War, all of whom were intitally men. It expanded in the interwar period to include Kat as the only female soldier and I can kinda understand how he could miss it.

However, his practice expanded to include all those young women during the Russian War and I submit that an OB-GYN training rotation should have been included.
 
This is not the OTL.
I don't think I am writing clear enough to get my point across.

Japan IOTL devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, defeated the British in Singapore, took over the Dutch East Indies, kicked the United States out of the Philippines, and just ran wild in the Pacific for the first six months.

ITTL none of this happened, Japan has not won any battles. Any Battles.

IOTL Japan was basically isolated from the world with the only major powers that it had relations with, those paragons of the free press: the Soviet Union, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany.
ITTL Japan has diplomatic and economic relations with the United States and too many Japanese people are getting the real information about how the war is going from returning businessmen, relatives in the United States, and other sources.
On Saipan the civilians and soldiers are probably able to pick up commercial radio signals from Guam and know that Japan is losing the war, and if they don't believe that then the fact that there has been no resupply ships from Japan in months would give them a clue.

Japanese soldiers IOTL surrendered in droves to the Soviet Union in Manchuria, and on Okinawa near the end of the battle, a large number of soldiers did surrender to the Americans.
IOTL the leadership of the IJA and IJN were able to impose their "Bushido Code" on the nation, but with NO VICTORIES ITTL they do not have any credibility and discontent is probably rising in the population.

As for International Law, it is what the victor defines what it is.
Who is going to stop Germany and the United States if they want to do a deal about the disposition of Japanese POWs, the Soviet Union?
As for the other parts about the deal who is really going to object to the possibility that Germany may send their overflow casualties to military hospitals in Guam, not the European Allies, and Japan is going to turn a blind eye because the last thing they need is to go to war against the United States.
 
Whoa, they have already developed the pill? I always thought this was a product of the 60s...

In OTL it came in 1950, TTL it came a bit earlier. The reason why you might think it was a product of the 1960s was that the first approval by the FDA was in 1960 and in the United States it was illegal in most places until 1965 when the Comstock Law was struck down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griswold_v._Connecticut
 
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Part 36, Chapter 433
Chapter Four Hundred Thirty-Three


15th November 1944

Tilo had a new sword but he preferred the bolo he carried with him since he had left Cuxhaven, a lifetime ago. The sword itself was a thing of beauty, it had been carried by a Japanese General when they had stormed the Garrison Headquarters on the first day. He’d drawn his sword intending to make a last stand against the MA. No one ever accused the Japanese of not having balls but Tilo’s outfit didn’t have time for that sort of theatrics. So Tilo had stepped inside the swing of the sword knocked out the General with the butt of his rifle. The last they had seen of the General he’d been hog tied with an extremely pissed look on his face as they had loaded him onto a helicopter and Tilo had all the replacements looking at him in awe.

“What, now you bastards have seen a real Marine in a fight?” Reier had said. That had gotten a laugh from all the old hands. But it had been Kapitan Falk who had gotten the last laugh. Tilo was up for the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for that but that was for after the battle. If the Fleet approved the citation it would be the first one issued to the 3rd Marine Division. Reier had given Tilo the sword and it was with his pack. He wasn’t sure what to do with it.

Now, it was a couple days later and the Regiment had come under sustained attack by the Japanese. Having the MA in the Japanese rear had drawn a considerable number of them away from the main front that the 3rd Marine Division and Heer’s 13th Corps were fighting on.

Tilo was in his hole with Reier, Edmund and Petr were just a few meters away. The lush jungle of the first day was gone, replaced by blasted moonscape. One of the 8cm mortars that they had flown in had burst that afternoon when the round had cooked off from the heat of the barrel. That had killed one of the crew and another had needed to be evacuated. Being down one mortar had been bad news in the middle of a fight but shortly later they had gotten some good news. They were getting reinforcements. Tilo had wondered who it would be. The other MA Regiments would be with their Divisions.

Just after sunset, the helicopters had started coming in. Edmund had taken one look at the men who were jumping from the aircraft and had gotten pissed. Tilo couldn’t see what the big deal was, they seemed to know what they were doing.

“Those worthless pricks have shown up to steal our glory” Edmund growled, “I’d rather be overrun by the Japs.”

The SKA had arrived in the Pacific.


Werder

Kurt noticed that his breath was smoking as Olli opened up the door to barn. Inside, there was the smells associated with horses, manure and straw. It was a cold morning. The experts had been saying that they were expecting an early and unusually hard winter this year. So far, they had the early part right. As Kurt watched, Olli opened one of the stalls. He and the other attendants led Eisenseiten out. The big bay stallion would need to be exercised so they could do more with him later that day. Kurt leaned on the fence as he watched they took Eisenseiten out and was running him. There was movement up at the house and Kurt noticed that Gerta was watching them from the window. It was obvious that her normally impeccable appearance was marred by grief as she watched and Kurt saw one of her friends lead her away from the window.

Kurt had been called from Wunsdorf early this morning. Gerta had needed help and knew that Field Marshal von Wolvogle had always held him in high regard. Kurt had found himself as one of several Officers converging on Werder. As the most junior he’d been tasked with taking care of the horse. Luckily for him, Olli was with his old Panzer Brigade in Munster and was available for detached duty once Kurt had explained what was going on to the Oberst.

Later, they had cleaned up Eisenseiten and brushed him until he shown. Kurt had to admit that at least the horse looked good as they saddled him. “Be sure to keep the stirrups shortened” Olli said, “Don’t want him to hurt himself.”

“I think they know that, Olli” Kurt said.

“You never know” Olli said, “Where are those boots?”

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“I feel like I owe you an apology” Peter said.

“Is this right time and place for that?” Kat asked.

“Would it help if I asked you how you feel about any number of things?” Peter asked, “How are you adjusting to civilian life, that article or how is Lagertha holding up?”

Peter was here in his capacity as an Oberfeldarzt today. It was felt that someone who understood military matters and grief counseling would be needed. He had walked into a situation a lot more complicated than he had anticipated.

“Everyone had assumed that the old wolf would live forever” Kat said, “And the way that they are treating Gerta is just wrong.”

The family of Manfred von Wolvogle had shown up. They had left the burden of caring for the Field Marshal entirely to Gerta but now they were shunning her. The old General’s wife had stubbornly refused to agree to a divorce for the last several decades on religious grounds. Gerta was his daughter with Wolvogle’s mistress. The wife was here with her adult children, who were not shy about their disdain for Gerta. Understandably, the mistress was staying far away, Kat and Helene were closest thing to family that she had present. The fact that the title and the bulk of the estate would go to Dame Lagertha von Wolvogle due to a decree by Wilhelm the 2nd was probably not sitting well with them either.

“I don’t disagree with you” Peter said, “The situation is complicated and people are messy.”

“Still though” Kat said.

“And I also wanted to say that in your case there were so many large problems I neglected a few things that should have been obvious, not least of which is gender.”

That actually got a bit of a smile from Kat. “Hans made a point of saying that you are a Military Doctor and that effects the way you do things” She said, “If there was a major accident you’d be the best Doctor to have on hand, but in other matters…” Kat just shrugged.

“I was a General Practitioner in Poland” Peter said, “I should have known to ask the obvious questions.”

Kat turned and looked him directly, “As you said, you saw a lot of large problems that needed to be dealt with first which happens to be your job” She said, “Now if you will excuse me, I need to be with Gerta.”
 
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