I just realized that the Soviet Union had their assets frozen in the United States and with the Soviet Union no longer existing there is the question of who will get the money?

There maybe some in the United States arguing that the assets should be used to payoff old Imperial Russia bonds and loans.
The occupying powers may demand that the assets be turned over to them in order to help pay for the reconstruction of Russia.
When a new Russian provisional government comes in, they might say the assets are theirs and they need them to help finance the government.

The new Dewey Administration is probably going to face their first foreign policy test over this.
 
Release the assets in return for renegotiated debt repayments and favourable trade terms.

Something Germany may seek to undermine...
 
Release the assets in return for renegotiated debt repayments and favourable trade terms.

Something Germany may seek to undermine...

I don't know, in the short to mid term Russia won't have much to trade for. They'll probably continue to need humanitarian aid in the immediate future, at least in the terms of food.
 
How about the Perm region of Russia? It has some gold and other natural resources and it would be out of the way. Then if he should get drunk and accidently wonder off into the winters night drunk, well it happens.
I believe Nagorno Karabakh is quite nice in springtime. Also the landscape of Novaya Zemlya is apparently unforgettable.
 
President-Elect Dewey will probably want to pull a Theodore Roosevelt and try to negotiate a peace between Japan and the Allies so that he can get his own Nobel Peace Prize.

He would probably send his Secretary of State to Europe to find out what their demands are and what they can live with.
We must remember that ITTL Japan has not won any victories and there has been no calls for an "Unconditional Surrender" and the Allies may be persuaded to not use the word "surrender" in dealing with Japan.

As for Japan, Dewey may have to send a delegation of US Military leaders, businessmen, and scientific people in a "Come to Jesus" briefing on what Germany and the Allies are capable of doing to Japan if the war continues.
They could show footage of German jets in action, the destruction of Soviet cities and infrastructure, New weapons that are being developed and soon will be deployed against Japan.
The Japanese military leaders having not won any victories ITTL may not have the same level of support as IOTL and there may be factions that will agree to a peace deal that allows Japan to save face.
Japan will have to be warned that any use of gas or any other unconventional weapons may bring the United States into the war against Japan.

IOTL Japan was trying to open negotiations with the Allies and were hoping that the Soviet Union would intercede on their behalf but what Japan didn't know was that the Soviet Union had agreed to enter the war three months after the surrender of Nazi Germany.

The United States is going to have to find out what Japan is willing to live with and the United States may have to act as an observer to guarantee that Japan is not treated unfairly by the Allies.
 
Part 36, Chapter 436
Chapter Four Hundred Thirty-Six


26th November 1944

Berlin

It was the first time that they had indulged in their Sunday morning rituals since Kat and Helene had returned to Berlin. Kat was comfortable with silence and Gerta was still deep in mourning, that did not make for a lively conversation.

Helene had finally gotten Gerta to move into the house in Central Berlin for now. Having Gerta knocking about that house in Werder was bad for her. Of the three of them she was the most sentimental and that had a dark side. Gerta was reluctant to let things go and she had not taken the death of her father well. Added to this was the deliberate snub that had been done by the rest of Ritter von Wolvogle’s family. Gerta just wanted to love everyone and in turn be loved, those people hated her for existing.

What probably hadn’t helped was that on the day that the old wolf had died Kat of all people had shown up at the Wolvogle house in full SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED mode. She had the General’s staff, both military and household, do a full inventory of every item in the house including all of the Field Marshal’s personal effects and papers. It seemed like only minutes passed between Kat making a phone call and men in dark suits were taking possession of documents that she was the only one with clearance to even look at. Then when von Wolvogle’s relatives had shown up they had discovered that the silverware had already been counted. Gerta was lucky to have her because Helene would have been totally lost in that situation.

A day later they had watched as the funeral procession from Werder had turned into a military parade from Werder, across the bridge and through the streets of Potsdam. What followed was the full ritual required to lay a man such stature to rest that had lasted all day and into the night, complete with marching bands and torches. It had been decided that Manfred von Wolvogle was to be interred at the Garrison Church like a knight of old. For Helene’s perspective that was perfect, he was a Knight of the Black Eagle and Knight of many other orders.

Helene was also learning that living with Kat was a different sort of experience. If Kat didn’t have a use for something she would bin it within a week and then there was the small arsenal that she didn’t think that Helene knew about. Kat was also thick as thieves with Petia. When Petia had arrived in Berlin looking for employment Kat had said that she had her assistant at one point during the war and that Kat felt they could trust her. Helene had suggested if that was the case then they should hire her to manage their household. Kat had fretted over where the money would come from to pay Petia for a time and then the day before Kat had suddenly stopped caring so much.

The way Kat was with money, she had more money than it was safe to know about but she acted like she on the verge of bankruptcy. If she had stopped caring about money then it meant that her and Petia were up to something.

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“You display an incredible amount of arrogance” Erma Tangeman said.

“You have to give me more credit than that” Peter replied, “And with all due respect, because I study combat stress almost all my patients are male.”

“That’s the very arrogance that I’m talking about” Tangeman said, “You think that what you call combat stress is limited to men in the military.”

“Look at how you phrased that” Peter said, “What I call combat stress, that implies that I don’t know what I’m talking about.”

Peter had come into Berlin to speak with Doctor Tangeman who had agreed to speak with him. She was absolutely devoted to her own practice and Sunday afternoon was the only time she could fit him in. He had found himself sitting across Tangeman’s desk in the University Clinic, a misnomer considering that it was one of the largest hospitals in the city. She was a woman of average height in her early forties with greying blond hair.

“When it comes to certain aspects of humanity, I don’t think you do” Tangeman said.

“That suggests that combat stress, which no one thought was real only a few years ago, is not related combat at all” Peter said. That was a radical notion that actually threatened everything that he had been trying to do for the last several years if the idea ever got to those who still considered combat stress mere cowardice.

“That is exactly what I’m saying” Tangeman said matter of fact “I’ve seen examples of the very things that you’ve described in your papers many times and I think that it’s actually the human reaction to extremely traumatic events.”

“That is an interesting theory” Peter said, “But it’s anecdotal at best.”

“I suspect that you are just defending your own territory and have your own ego wrapped up in the matter” Tangeman said in response.

“I’m not actually here to talk about me, Doctor Tangeman” Peter said, “When I agreed to come to Berlin you said that you wanted to discuss one of my patients.”

“The risky behavior and lack of concern for her own well-being are consistent with your theories, Doctor Holz” Peter got the impression that the way that Tangeman said that last part was her shooting back at him that he was dealing with a colleague, “But there is something that you need to consider. Wounded animals attract predators and you are dealing with a woman who has spent the last several years making herself into a living weapon.”

“What are you suggesting?” Peter asked. It was a disturbing thought. Someone may have run afoul of Kat in more recent years and everything she’d been taught had involved eliminating threats.

“What is she still unwilling to tell you?” Tangeman asked in reply, echoing Peter’s thoughts.
 
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What probably hadn’t helped was that on the day that the old wolf had died Kat of all people had shown up at the Wolvogle house in full SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED mode.

One of those various television programs absolutely should have a She Who Must Be Obeyed character. This is a foundational cultural meme that should be released into the wild.
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Hmmm. Seems to have first appeared in [URL=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She:_A_History_of_Adventure] 1886 but the main reference is from [/URL]Rumpole of the Bailey broadcast in 1975.
 
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It's my idea or we are seeing the German Psychiatrist version of "When Harry Met Sally"?

Because if so, hope that there is a scene as hilarious as this one.
 

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Not according to Dr Tangeman. ;)

Tangerman also likely can't hold a candle to Holtz as a surgeon or in combat medicine. She also couldn't command a field hospital or the German equivalent of a MASH unit.

They both have different fortes and strengths and weaknesses from lifetimes of different experiences. Neither is better than the other, they're just different halves of the same coin.

In the same way Holtz struggles to incorporate into the different physiology and experiences of women into his thinking, Tangerman would likely find herself out of her depth wrapping a tourniquet around the shredded remnants of a man's arm as he's thrashing and screaming.
 
Part 36, Chapter 437
Chapter Four Hundred Thirty-Seven


27th November 1944

Berlin

Means, motive and opportunity. Those three things had to be kept in mind when investigating homicides. The truth was that detectives were often helped by the simple fact that people were never quite as smart as they thought they were. They would brag about what they had done within earshot of their brother-in-law who wanted rid of them, leave blood soaked clothes in the trash can in front of their home or any one of a thousand other stupid things.

It wasn’t a surprise that when the police found themselves dealing with people who knew to keep their mouths shut they were at a loss. This was doubly true when the death in question could just as easily be an accident. Merten Beck had been dragged under the wheels of a locomotive and been ripped to pieces. There had been persistent rumors that it had not been an accident, that Merten had gotten exactly what he had deserved. The problem was that Merten was considered such a waste of space that there was a large number of likely suspects. Then the police suddenly had a suspect with motive but they found that they couldn’t prove it.

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Sven Werth had spent his career in the Federal Police. A crime, or a suspected crime, committed on in a railroad right of way fell into his jurisdiction. Walking into the tavern, Sven saw dozens of men, these were the hardest men he could possibly be dealing with.

“Just what do you want?” Otto Mischner growled.

“I’m sure that you have a fairly good idea” Sven said.

“I doubt that” Otto replied.

If Otto forced him to say it aloud then this whole room would turn on him. Sven noticed that his partner, Gunther, had stayed next to the door.

“Do you know anything about Merten Beck?” Sven asked.

“That piece of shit” Otto asked, “He’s been dead for a decade.”

“You know what he is said to have done?”

Otto didn’t react to that at all.

“People would understand why you might have done something” Sven said.

“I wish he hadn’t found his way under the wheels of that train and I had gotten a chance to grab him first” Otto said, “I would have done things to him that are the stuff of the darkest nightmares. Does that give you the warm feeling accomplishment, Detective?”

Sven couldn’t get a feel on if Otto was lying or not.

“It was a damn shame that engine got messed up and all those commuters were late getting home” Otto said mildly. That got laughter from around the room. Sven was going to get nothing from this crowd.


Naval Base Guam, Guam

It was like something from a science fiction movie when the four helicopters flew over the island. It was when they landed on the parade ground that it was like having the Batman step off the pages of a comic book. Soldiers jumped from the helicopters. The battle of Saipan had come to a bloody close over the prior week the need to open communications with the nearby American garrison. The Germans were in the business of kicking the Japanese off the islands in several simultaneous operations. Wilhelm Canaris, the German Admiral who had commanded the Battle of Saipan had come himself to meet with the base Commander in an effort to head off any stupidity. The stated reason for the presence of the elite soldiers was that they were the Admiral’s bodyguard. The reality was that they here as a show of force.

Jason and Jimmy were watching from the edge of the parade ground from behind some bushes. The school day had ended right before the helicopters had flown over. Jason figured that Jimmy was going to get him in trouble again. He’d been grounded for two weeks after they’d been caught on the north end of the island. The worst part had been his father telling him that he had been acting like an idiot. Saipan was well over the horizon so he should have known that it was possible to see anything.

It was then that a shadow fell across them.

“Your fathers know you are here?” A German Soldier asked in heavily accented English.

Jason noticed that he was wearing a floppy hat and had a dark mustache. The sleeves on his shirt were rolled up to above his elbows. His shirt and pants were the same dark kaki. He was also wearing a vest that was a brown on grey camouflage pattern.

“Wer ist da?” Another Soldier yelled from the parade ground.

“Zwei Jungen, die dumm sind!” The German Soldier yelled back.

“Was auch immer, Junge!” The Soldier in the parade ground yelled back.

“Reier doesn’t care that you’re here and neither do I” The Soldier said, “Your own people might not like it though.”

Jason was trying to figure out how to respond to that when Jimmy responded in his usual impulsive manner.

“Is your outfit the SKA?” Jimmy blurted out.

The German Soldier looked bemused by the question. “No, Sealions” He said tapping a patch on his shirt sleeve, Jason saw that Seelöwen-Regiment, 3. Marine Infanterie, Tsingtao-Cuxhaven was embroidered on the patch below a sealion. “We’re Meeresaufklärung, much better than the ängstliche Katzen.”

“What is much better than what?” Jimmy asked totally bewildered.

“It doesn’t matter” The German Soldier, no Marine Jason corrected himself, said. “Now run off before you are noticed by anyone else.”
 
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Tangerman also likely can't hold a candle to Holtz as a surgeon or in combat medicine. She also couldn't command a field hospital or the German equivalent of a MASH unit.

They both have different fortes and strengths and weaknesses from lifetimes of different experiences. Neither is better than the other, they're just different halves of the same coin.

In the same way Holtz struggles to incorporate into the different physiology and experiences of women into his thinking, Tangerman would likely find herself out of her depth wrapping a tourniquet around the shredded remnants of a man's arm as he's thrashing and screaming.

If she began as a medical Doctor then she would be useful in a field surgery, but not for anything too specialised, the tourniquet would be no difficulty.

If they can work together, then they can bring PTSD to light many years earlier.
 
If she began as a medical Doctor then she would be useful in a field surgery, but not for anything too specialised, the tourniquet would be no difficulty.
I rather think @FBKampfer means under the pressure faced by the doctors of a MASH unit, like the sheer quantity of wounded, the triage (basically letting some of the men that can't or just might be saved to die and concentrate on the ones that have better chances), the number of lost patients, operating as long as possible as fast as possible etc., rather than simple the medical knowledge.
She's probably a capable doctor in her own specialization, but from what I remember Peter Holtz has been a field medic in every European war after WW1, with a side specialization in psychiatry, in which his main field of interest is shell shock, a more specialized area of what was later known as PTSD. So it's quite understandable that he doesn't have an in-depth knowledge of what she's railing at him for.
 
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I rather think @FBKampfer means under the pressure faced by the doctors of a MASH unit, like the sheer quantity of wounded, the triage (basically letting some of the men that can't or just might be saved to die and concentrate on the ones that have better chances), the number of lost patients, operating as long as possible as fast as possible etc., rather than simple the medical knowledge.
She's probably a capable medic in her own specialization, but from what I remember Peter Holtz has been a field medic in every European war after WW1, with a side specialization in psychiatry, in which his main field of interest is shell shock, a more specialized area of what was later known as PTSD. So it's quite understandable that he doesn't have an in-depth knowledge of what she's railing at him for.
Plus, she might not have as much supplies on hand in a MASH as a civvie hospital.
 
The Americans having shown some intelligence in keeping out of the way, should offer any and all humanitarian relief and assistance possible to the Germans for the Japanese civilians and POWs that have major medical treatment needs.

The Americans should be very friendly to the Sea Lions and offer to buy them drinks and swap war stories so that way the Americans can get some information from them.

The Navy and Marine officers should tell by just the sound of the engines, that the German helicopters are under powered and are of limited use right now, but they have great potential.

The Americans should assert their sovereignty but not by provoking or acting belligerent towards the Germans.
 
The Navy and Marine officers should tell by just the sound of the engines, that the German helicopters are under powered and are of limited use right now, but they have great potential.
If you have never seen or heard a helicopter before, how in the heck are you going to know that it is underpowered? You have no frame of reference.

The Americans should assert their sovereignty but not by provoking or acting belligerent towards the Germans.
What exactly does this mean? Most countries can only assert their sovereignty by acting belligerent.
 
The Americans having shown some intelligence in keeping out of the way, should offer any and all humanitarian relief and assistance possible to the Germans for the Japanese civilians and POWs that have major medical treatment needs.

The Americans should be very friendly to the Sea Lions and offer to buy them drinks and swap war stories so that way the Americans can get some information from them.

The Navy and Marine officers should tell by just the sound of the engines, that the German helicopters are under powered and are of limited use right now, but they have great potential.

The Americans should assert their sovereignty but not by provoking or acting belligerent towards the Germans.
This situation was simple and to the point.

If the Americans desire to support the Civilians, or volunteer their collaboration in the field Medical Hospital are in their right to do so,always that they limit to Humanitarian areas clearly designed by the Euro Allied Forces.

However Japanese Soldiers are Prisoners of War and under the Legal custody of the Allied Forces.

Although Canaris is running against the issue that many in the Kaiserliche Marine and German forces in general are rather ticked off against the Americans considering that they have been pretty much been shot, bombed and such the last years with weapons fed by AMERICAN commodities, even if they were a "Neutral" Nation.

As such, he will likely try to keep contact with the Americans tightly regulated and to the minimal extent, as he knows that if he even remotely let's his Marines, MA or SKA get drunk around the American Soldiers, there are good odds that one HELL of a furball would kick off in said bar if the Americans tend to let their mouths run off without thinking about, like it's a sad historical truth.
 
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