Maybe Kat on visit to Canada, she can meet Nancy in Everett, WA and take a tour of the Boeing plant and see if they are working on something interesting.
 
Poor Tilo, how is he going to handle this?
With a facepalm, and the introspection that if his superiors are been hitting Opium, or he is paying for some real bad stuff done on a past life, according to the Asian Reincarnation and Karma beliefs, as now he is running command in the bunch of uncouth smart-ass amongst smart-ass that are Marine Recon.
 
With a facepalm, and the introspection that if his superiors are been hitting Opium, or he is paying for some real bad stuff done on a past life, according to the Asian Reincarnation and Karma beliefs, as now he is running command in the bunch of uncouth smart-ass amongst smart-ass that are Marine Recon.

Ah, they may be pains in the backside, but they do know what they are doing.
 
Ah, they may be pains in the backside, but they do know what they are doing.
Oh Tilo knows that. The problem is that he is now the poor sod that has to herd that bunch of jackasses OUTSIDE the Battlefield AND Look like a . . . (shudders). . RESPONSIBLE Officer. Do you know how much that tends to kill your buzz until you find the correct way to keep that bunch of reprobates in a state that resembles order, Uh!?
 
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PM, out of curiosity, are you still writing from your original outline, or have you carried it further than you had originally intended?
 
Part 40, Chapter 501
Chapter Five Hundred One


19th November 1945

Over Tokyo Bay

This mission would forever define the Meeresaufklärung. Or it would mean that the Sealions would be out in the cold after the reallocation of forces that everyone knew was coming once the shooting stopped. This was the most high-stakes aerial assault with a snatch and grab involved since Stalin and Molotov had been grabbed. The difference was that this time the whole operation reeked of politics and interservice rivalry. The 3rd Division of the MA which was regarded as having the most experience with airborne operations after Saipan and Harbin, so they had gotten the nod. It was also remembered that one newly promoted Lieutenant Dietrich Schultz had a proven record of leadership in such actions. At first Tilo hadn’t realized that they were talking about him, not even his mother called him that. They had spent the last two weeks rehearsing the mission down to the smallest detail before heading out to the SMS Voss.

Tilo could see over the door gunner’s shoulder the blacked out Imperial Capital of Japan. If the map of the air defenses were wrong, then this was going to end in a hurry as the helicopters carrying Tilo’s Platoon got filled with 25mm holes. Reier was just a shadow across the cabin. Since Tilo had been promoted Reier had still had his back, Reier might have been the Regiment’s yoyo but he knew who his friends were and as Reier put it, having Tilo owe him was good for business and Tilo needed someone around who knew that was really just a punk kid.

The shoreline of the Bay flashed by underneath. Everyone in Japan would know that they had arrived. The mission planners said that they had fifteen minutes before the first planes of the IJA arrived. If they were still in the neighborhood, then they would be so much dead meat. The helicopters raced up a river in the city center, Tilo could hear sound of rifle bolts in the cabin in the cabin. They might have been a barely controller pain in the ass most of the time but on a mission, they understood what was expected of them.

The helicopter flared and landed in what looked like a park. The Squads fanned out from the helicopters expecting fierce resistance from the Japanese. It didn’t materialize. A minute later they found the first body, one of several and they were everywhere. The odd part was that these men had mostly been stabbed to death.

A man who was wearing the uniform of the IJN stepped out of the shadows. “Remind your Admiral to keep his promises” He said, “These are the items you came for, now go.” Tilo saw the Japanese Imperial family being led out by soldiers from the IJN to the helicopters that still had the engines running.

“What the Hell is going on?” Reier yelled at Tilo as they made their way back to the helicopters.

“Admiral von Schmidt cut a deal with the Japanese” Tilo yelled back, “At least the ones he wanted to deal with!”

“You knew?” Reier yelled.

“Yeah” Tilo yelled, “But we had to make a good show of it, so the Navy has an excuse to take down the Army and once the Emperor is out of the way that can happen!”

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Covering the retreat of the Helicopters was a fighter sweep from the waiting aircraft carrier. About the time the they were landing on the Voss the war of words between the IJA and IJN had started. The IJN commented on the incompetence of the IJA in guarding Edo Castle, the IJA blamed the IJN for letting the Allied Fleet to get close enough for such a mission to happen. Minutes later the IJN sent their response to that in the form of 46cm shells fired from the Shinano, the last of the Yamato Class Battleships, getting the last word. There was never an examination of exactly what had happened that night.


New York City, New York, USA

The response at the New York Times was immediate. The essay had clocked in at just over a thousand words and had run in the Sunday edition the week before, but the reaction had spoken volumes. As near as the Editor could tell Martin King was a student in Atlanta and he had been present the prior spring when the protesters had been fired on by the State National Guard. He had described it all in depth, including his shame over having run and the laughter he had heard among the Guardsmen just after they had killed dozens in cold blood.

The response was what had surprised the newsroom. They were flooded with letters that were to the effect of “This is only a big deal because people like you keep talking about it” and absurdly accusing the paper of pushing the communist agenda, whatever that even meant. Martin King had clearly taken considerable risk to get the word out, but it was sinking in that all he might have accomplished in doing so was to paint a target on his back.


Berlin

We are looking forward to having you come home over the holidays and we are particularly interested in meeting this woman who you’ve met…

The letter had arrived at his studio that morning. Doug knew his mother and how she worded things and he recalled how Kat had compared his meeting the girls that she was caring for to a piranha tank. In a couple weeks Kat would be stepping into the lion’s den. Doug had sent a letter in June saying that depending on events he would be coming home. As soon as he had returned to Berlin he had sent off another letter saying that Kat would be coming even though he’d known since July. His hope was that his mother wouldn’t have time to gather too much information on Kat. She tended to be judgmental and unfortunately there was not a whole lot about Kat that was within her understanding.
 
New York City, New York, USA

The response at the New York Times was immediate. The essay had clocked in at just over a thousand words and had run in the Sunday edition the week before, but the reaction had spoken volumes. As near as the Editor could tell Martin King was a student in Atlanta and he had been present the prior spring when the protesters had been fired on by the State National Guard. He had described it all in depth, including his shame over having run and the laughter he had heard among the Guardsmen just after they had killed dozens in cold blood.

The response was what had surprised the newsroom. They were flooded with letters that were to the effect of “This is only a big deal because people like you keep talking about it” and absurdly accusing the paper of pushing the communist agenda, whatever that even meant. Martin King had clearly taken considerable risk to get the word out, but it was sinking in that all he might have accomplished in doing so was to paint a target on his back.
And the problem isn't those who replied to the newspaper. But those who DID read the Newspaper, amongst the Black Community, and are seeing that a massacre its being ignored by the White People...... They are not going to mail the NY Times...... but they are likely starting to contemplate to take radical measures to make their voices heard by the World and not only the US.

Minutes later the IJN sent their response to that in the form of 46cm shells fired from the Shinano, the last of the Yamato Class Battleships, getting the last word.

...... Because nothing can be more universal to the hour of saying "Fuck You!!!" than a few tons of shells fired in the IJA command by the Imperial Japanese Navy. I suspect it will become a historical Meme even if it was never confirmed.
 
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The IJN gets to write the myth that the Emperor was betrayed by the IJA and they will get to escape any war crimes charges.
 
The IJN gets to write the myth that the Emperor was betrayed by the IJA and they will get to escape any war crimes charges.
Err.... it's more likely that they will say that the Germans "discovered" that the IJA held the Emperor prisoner, and launched a daring strike force to retrieve the Emperor and End the War, and the IJN, having been informed by the Emperor himself once he was freed, proceeded to strike the traitorous leadership of the IJA that had usurped the Emperor's authority and almost brought their country to its ruin.....

..... Epic BS that can't be replied as the IJN did a thorough work into blowing up the IJA command to kingdom come or Murderhobo the shit outta the rest of the IJA Leadership in the Mainland......For not talk that whatever command that survived from the Manchukuo leadership it's going to be gift wrapped and punted straight to the Allied Fleet for the War Crimes Tribunal
 
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And so we get the birthplace of TTL's "stab in the back" myth. Once again, a master stroke.

TTL's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" will be such a different movie...
 
And so we get the birthplace of TTL's "stab in the back" myth. Once again, a master stroke.

TTL's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" will be such a different movie...
It will be the IJN saying that it was the IJA who stabbed Japan in the back by basically saying it was the IJA who started the war and when a honorable and favorable peace deal was in place, the IJA went against the Emperor's will and sabotaged it.

The IJN can point out how many of their ship's commanders including Admiral Yamamoto went down with their ship's while pointing out how the IJA leaders abandoned their men in the field in China, Manchuria, and Korea during the last major campaign.
 
Hoo boy. . . . Did anyone remember that the British couldn't award Kat for her more secret acts to protect Gianna and blow up the UK NKVD Circle for secrecy needs? The Soviet Union its no more, the spy Circle members are either in the Glasshouse or counting Penguins in the South Hemisphere. What it means that the (Least) Favorite activity of Katherine Von Mischner, namely Medal Awarding its SOON to come. In addition, the Royal Household ALSO owns quite a lot of Canadian Lands. How it would sound to be given the title of Baroness in the BRITISH Peerage system in addition to her German possessions?

The Right Honourable Dame Freiherrin Katherine Katja von Mischner, Viscountess Hamilton, Baroness von Mischner, KG, PLM, VC.

'Viscountess' because it's one step up the order of precedence from 'baroness.' Knight of the Garter (KG) because why not? I picked Hamilton at random because it's a city in Ontario.
 
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