How long is it to the next general election?
I guess the continued war in Japan must have been good for keeping the wheels turning and changing a lot of focus into dual use stuff (eg locomotives more than tanks, transports more than new battleships). A good timing with a partial demobilisation.
 
For Emil there is nothing left for him to do as he is a GFM and with peace time reductions of the military coming up, there is no place for him in the Luftwaffe and the Heer High Command don't want him.
Not so sure about that. As I said in an earlier post, a lot of the old guard are due to die or retire around now (or just have like Guderian) and Germany will be maintaining a military presence in the Far East for the next few years. And a whole bunch of new nations are going to require military assistance in training and setting up their own armies -Armenia, Georgia, Azerbijan, Ukraine, Belarus and whatever nations emerge out of Turkestan. And the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Taiwanese and Lao. And Russian and Japanese peace treaties to enforce.
 
Part 40, Chapter 504
Chapter Five Hundred Four


7th December 1945

Tempelhof Airfield, Berlin

It was six thousand kilometers to New York, fifteen hours or more in the air and that was only the first leg of their journey. It was a good thing the airplanes had gotten faster and had longer range. Otherwise it would mean an entire day in the air with a stopover in Iceland. After that it was just a fast hop of only a couple hours to Montreal. It was the first time that Kat had made this trip since she had gone to collect Jehane years earlier.

She had spent the last week getting ready for this trip and making sure that the girls were situated. Arranging proper tutors had taken time. Kat remembered her own disastrous experience that had caused her to quit Abwehr the first time and was hoping to avoid that. She had carefully vetted them for exactly that reason. There was more to etiquette then knowing which fork to use and that was an area of education where Kat was aware that even she was deficient. Most of the time she relied on the fact that everyone knew that she was Freiherrin Katherine to get her through such situations. That wasn’t an option for any of the girls.

The rest of time had been spent packing, not exactly helped by having Helene sitting on Kat's bed thinking of more items she could not possibly live without for three weeks. All that did was make Kat long for the time when she only needed a single duffle bag to carry anything she could possibly need. “You aren’t in the SKA anymore” was Helene’s answer to that. She’d ended up with two suitcases, a hatbox and two garment bags.

Kat had Aunt Marcella, Gerta, Helene plus all of the girls there to see her off when she got to the airport, she found herself saying that she was only going to be gone for a few weeks over and over. Douglas had brought only slightly less but he was bringing several thousand photographic negatives that would be going only as far as New York. It took time to arrange to have everything loaded onto the plane before they boarded it. It was a brand new Focke-Wulf FW-300 Condor II in Lufthansa colors where it wasn’t gleaming polished aluminum. It also featured a heated, pressurized cabin which meant that at least thin air and bitter cold wouldn’t a be a major part of travel this time. It was said that the design of the new airliner was heavily influenced by the Dornier DO-32 bomber. The shape of the wings and four turboprop engines did echo the bomber. It was also said that Dornier and Focke-Wulf were in talks to merge the two companies so that the airliner could be built on the same assembly lines as the DO-32. While neither of those two companies had the global reach of Junkers that didn’t stop Junkers from crying foul.

Kat walked through the cabin, oddly level, the advantage of the forward tricycle landing gear, and found her seat she had a good view of the wing and engines out the window. Doug sat down in the seat beside her and she shot him a smile. As she watched the engines were turned on and started to spin up. The big plane taxied out to the end of the runway, the flaps dropped, and the engines went up to full power. As the airplane accelerated down the runway and lifted off it occurred to her that she couldn’t remember the last time she had traveled just for the pleasure of it. It must have been the trip to Australia, five years earlier. How had that happened?

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After a few hours Doug had fallen asleep, it had gotten dark and all there was to do was watch the frost form on the edges of the windows. Kat had probably been the most carefree he’d ever seen her as the airplane had taken off. Kat had been looking out the window when he’d fallen asleep. He’d not seen the point, they’d crossed over the coastline to the North Sea and there was nothing more to see. He’d woken up to the stewardess walking through the darkened cabin. Doug saw that she smiled at him as she walked past. Then he noticed what she must have seen, Kat had wrapped herself in a blanket and fallen asleep leaning into him with her head on his shoulder as she had that day a year earlier when Kat had first explained her difficulties to him. He figured that it was safer to let her sleep. She might not even be aware that she done that in her sleep. After a time, the drone of the engines lulled him back to sleep.


8th December 1945

LaGuardia Airport, Queens, New York

They were walking through the terminal after collecting the luggage which was on a cart that Doug was pushing along. Kat was still trying to wake up after the long overnight flight. They had a few hours to wait before the connecting flight to Montreal departed. Doug said that he knew where they could wait, get breakfast and unload at least some of the stuff they were traveling with.

Kat felt like a total wreck. She was wearing the clothes she'd slept in and hadn’t had a chance to wash her face. At least there had been coffee on the plane. Presently, they entered a space that seemed unusually luxurious for an airport. Doug, who apparently had been here before left the luggage cart in a place that was set aside for that. They were seated at a table and Kat was trying to make sense the menu that was filled with unfamiliar items. The waitress was patient with her as she was able to get the order in, oatmeal and toast with coffee. That seemed simple and safe enough.

It was while they were eating that a man walked up to the table. “Glad you could make it, Doug” He said in English as he sat down at the table with them. Kat was reminded of the sort of oily salesmen who Uncle Klaus had advised her that if she couldn’t avoid dealing with them, to always get money up front. “You brought the negatives?”

“Yes” Doug replied, “China, Korea and the war.”

“Then it means that we are going to have a very happy new year” The Man said then his eyes turned to Kat, “Keeping dangerous company, I see.”

“Kat, this is my agent, Samuel Clark” Doug said, “And Sam you apparently know who Kat is.”

“Only by reputation” Sam said, and he gave her a smile. With that her appetite vanished. That moment she figured that this man wasn’t to her liking. Doug might have to deal with him professionally but that didn’t mean that she had to.

Kat took a sip of her coffee so she wouldn’t say what she was thinking.
 
I would think it depends on what the Emil and Jacob/and their wives want for themselves. If my memory serves Jacob is a bit older, so probably will take the massive retirement parade and be secure in the knowledge that he will be known for all time as the Greatest German Admiral. Plus that the Naval Academy is now very open to accepting Jewish Fahnenjünkers.

For Emil, if he fought for it, and thanks to the political lessons from Lang he knows how, he could get CinC OHL/OKW. But would he want too, those jobs are political and administrative a far cry from his long list of victorious combat commands.

I think they both 'retire' to their new estates and leave a phone number behind incase anything interesting comes up. Much like the Wolf did before them.
 
There was something bothering me about Emperor Louis Ferdinand going to negotiate a peace deal with Emperor Hirohito, the fact the Louis has no real power and Germany is basically bound by the terms agreements reached at Postdam.

Then it hit me, this so Hirohito can save face by negotiating with an equal.
 
For Emil there is nothing left for him to do as he is a GFM and with peace time reductions of the military coming up, there is no place for him in the Luftwaffe and the Heer High Command don't want him.
He's pretty much Rommel, Montgomery, De Gaulle and Eisenhower rolled into one, with a sprinkle of Audi Murphy for flavour. He's the German soldier and officer ideal on the silver screen, the face of the Wehrmacht to the masses for the last 20 or so years. He started as a Soldat and reached Generalfeldmarchall, fought in all of Germany's wars of the XXth century, he probably rattles when he walks because of all his medals, and has connections up the wazoo.
He's also young enough to not be seriously considered for retirement.
The OKW in it's entirety will probably be forcefully retired before he is.
 
He's pretty much Rommel, Montgomery, De Gaulle and Eisenhower rolled into one, with a sprinkle of Audi Murphy for flavour. He's the German soldier and officer ideal on the silver screen, the face of the Wehrmacht to the masses for the last 20 or so years. He started as a Soldat and reached Generalfeldmarchall, fought in all of Germany's wars of the XXth century, he probably rattles when he walks because of all his medals, and has connections up the wazoo.
He's also young enough to not be seriously considered for retirement.
The OKW in it's entirety will probably be forcefully retired before he is.
There is a new war coming up, The Budget War and just like IOTL United States post WW II it is going to be every branch of the Armed Forces is going to be looking out for themselves.
The Luftwaffe is beginning to transition to jets and rockets and is going to need every spare pfennig for this, and that means the Fallschimjager is on the chopping block.
Everyone who has posted about the fate of Emil has very good points, better than mine.
Emil is not going to wither on the vine, but if the Luftwaffe doesn't want to keep the Fallschimjager and the Heer takes over, the Heer is going to want their own leadership team running it and Emil is the Odd Man Out.
Emil can go to other countries on the behalf of Germany as a military advisor, go on various companies board of directors, write his memoir How I Won the War which by the way is also the title of the book that Admiral von Schmidt is going to write.
Now with a new child on the way, and missing out on Zella's childhood, I can see him staying in one place for a while with Maria.
 
It was while they were eating that a man walked up to the table. “Glad you could make it, Doug” He said in English as he sat down at the table with them. Kat was reminded of the sort of oily salesmen who Uncle Klaus had advised her that if she couldn’t avoid dealing with them, to always get money up front. “You brought the negatives?”

“Yes” Doug replied, “China, Korea and the war.”

“Then it means that we are going to have a very happy new year” The Man said then his eyes turned to Kat, “Keeping dangerous company, I see.”

“Kat, this is my agent, Samuel Clark” Doug said, “And Sam you apparently know who Kat is.”

“Only by reputation” Sam said, and he gave her a smile. With that her appetite vanished. That moment she figured that this man wasn’t to her liking. Doug might have to deal with him professionally but that didn’t mean that she had to.

Kat took a sip of her coffee so she wouldn’t say what she was thinking.

Spy time? I mean as a wartime correspondent you never know what type of information you can get from a photo or two, or several hundred.
 
There is a new war coming up, The Budget War and just like IOTL United States post WW II it is going to be every branch of the Armed Forces is going to be looking out for themselves.
The Luftwaffe is beginning to transition to jets and rockets and is going to need every spare pfennig for this, and that means the Fallschimjager is on the chopping block.
Everyone who has posted about the fate of Emil has very good points, better than mine.
Emil is not going to wither on the vine, but if the Luftwaffe doesn't want to keep the Fallschimjager and the Heer takes over, the Heer is going to want their own leadership team running it and Emil is the Odd Man Out.
Emil can go to other countries on the behalf of Germany as a military advisor, go on various companies board of directors, write his memoir How I Won the War which by the way is also the title of the book that Admiral von Schmidt is going to write.
Now with a new child on the way, and missing out on Zella's childhood, I can see him staying in one place for a while with Maria.
While the budget War its going to happen, if you think it, it's FAR more likely that the axe its going to fall in the units of the Heer, specially the Infantry.

Its the simple logic of if you are going to keep a fraction of the troops, what you want to keep its the units that can punch far above their weight and can be mobilized and deployed in the fastest possible way.

So if you have to keep divisions of Infantry of the Heer, or the veteran nutcases that are willing to jump from perfectly working Airplanes into the Enemy territory and fight against several times their own numbers, what you think that they will keep?

Regardless of the next government past Lang, the Heer already was under HEAVY criticism for the initial management of the War until Von Wolvogle came back to clean house and command the Heer straight to the most glorious moment in the history of the German Army.

Furthermore if you stopped to think, right now the classical Junker faction in the Heer in fact it's an utter minority, between the cleanup that Wolvogle did, and filled most of the positions with either modern line Commanders or Daredevils that he himself schooled, and the SNAFU of the Darwin Award ceremony that was the botched Putsch of Keitel, that further drummed out of the Heer most of the right wing, ultra traditionalist Junkers that Wolvogle didn't sent to count sheeps in the shittiest post possible post his cleanup .

As such, it's highly likely that the reduction of the Heer will be done based on plans and notes that Von Wolvogle left ready, likely to troll his successor post mortem.

A factor that will play, it's that the German Government its going to pretty much sell a decent chunk of the Panzer, Kaiserliche Marine, Luftwaffe and Heer material below a certain date to South American, African, East European and Asian countries, in order to while reducing the Size of their Armed Forces, they will also refit it to the newest standards possible, the older war material sold reducing the cost of the new material and equipment, while also opening avenues for comercial and political pacts.

The Americans will likely cry foul, but the simple fact will be that to the hour of buying weapons post War for many nations, no matter how much the Americans lower the costs or other tactics to win contracts , most nations will likely swear by German vehicles and Weapons that have been tested and proven.

The Luftwaffe will likely have a BIG competition coming up for a new standard in Bombers, Fighters, and Attackers/Bombers, as they while reducing, they will likely be seeking to standardize their future units into fewer types of units with Multi-role capacity to fulfill their needs.

Its possible that Dornier and Focke-Wulf once merged may propose something in the lines of a earlier German version of the OTL B-52... something that can outfly the B-29 and take a trip to American Airspace and return, all at a height that no American Airplane can reach.

About Emil..... while he is going to likely take a sabbatical, i suspect that Manfred may drop a huge surprise in his lap. The Red Baron admitted that he's simply getting old to deal with the advancements that the Luftwaffe has to do in order to keep at the forefront.

That means that he is likely deciding right now in WHO will succeed him as the next CIC of the Luftwaffe... and look at this..... Emil JUST got to the rank that makes him Manfred's most likely successor once he retires from the Luftwaffe command.

Also Emil knows well, even if he dislikes it, how to deal with the political leadership of Germany and would keep the path of evolution that the Luftwaffe has been walking under the Red Baron's command.


About Schmidt, there is only one step further after his achievements in the Asian front... the Command of the Kaiserliche Marine, and to fully set the KLM in the path that he has foreseen, ensuring that the KLM will keep the Strategic, Tactical and Technical superiority for the following decades.
 
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German equipment, besides being very good, will also be CHEAP compared to new build anything. There's very likely to be brand new tanks and guns and planes, or near brand new, that will go at a price not much above scrap prices. Germany just doesn't need as much as it has (in the eyes of the politicians) postwar.
 
German equipment, besides being very good, will also be CHEAP compared to new build anything. There's very likely to be brand new tanks and guns and planes, or near brand new, that will go at a price not much above scrap prices. Germany just doesn't need as much as it has (in the eyes of the politicians) postwar.
To say nothing about old Soviet kit.

I mean, Mosin-Nagants are still used today, so why not offload them?
 
Part 40, Chapter 505
Chapter Five Hundred Five


8th December 1945

Montreal, Canada

Getting through Customs turned to be a bit complicated. While Kat had a Diplomatic passport. It was clear that the Canadian Officials remembered her prior visit and they were making a point of pushing things as far as they could without actually causing an international incident. They made a point of reminding Kat that she didn’t have immunity from Canadian Laws. The weapons Kat took everywhere with her and the medications she took had proven to be a sticking point even though she had all the necessary permits and documentation. Trying to explain her realities to these men who clearly didn’t understand was infuriating. Kat was trying to be on her best behavior on this trip, she could wreck these people’s day leaving them with their careers flashing before their eyes with just a telegram or a phone call but had refrained from doing that. Eventually, they made it out on to the street which after the warmth of the airport was like walking into a wall of arctic air and it was snowing. Doug knew that they were supposed to be met here. Kat just wanted a chance to sleep and not deal with people until she was feeling less murderous…

“Douglas!” A voice called out. A woman ran up and hugged him. Doug seemed to be delighted to see her.

“Kat, I told you about Emma” Doug said to Kat, he had mentioned that he had a younger sister. She was not quite as tall as Kat, with sandy hair and an open face. Doug had said that she was one of the most friendly and optimistic people he knew.

“This is Katherine?” Emma asked. Kat barely had time to react before she was engulfed in a bone-crushing hug that blasted the air from her lungs. Emma didn’t seem big enough to do that. Help, Kat thought to herself as Doug watched. Emma let go of Kat and was talking rapidly to Doug while Kat reminded herself that she was supposed to behave herself.

After the car pulled around and Kat found herself wedged in the back seat between Doug and the portion of her own luggage that couldn’t fit in the trunk. She had Emma talking at her from the front seat, dozens of questions that led to more questions that she was answering as best she could. Where was she from? What was Berlin like? She had a house on an island? What was her last name? Isn’t having “von” in front of your surname sort of a big deal? What’s a Freiherrin?

Finally, Doug told Emma that was enough for now, after Kat reverted to German mid-sentence to Emma who looked at her uncomprehending. It was getting darker, even under the overcast it was clear that night was falling. That was when it occurred to her just how tired she was. She had been busy all week, only sleeping for a few hours, getting ready for this trip and then traveling on one form of transportation or another for the last twenty-four hours. She had hardly slept the night before on the airplane. It was all catching up with her now.

When they arrived at the house it was larger than Kat had anticipated. Doug had said that his father had bought it after he had retired from the Canadian Army years earlier. That was when Emmy asked a question that was one step too far and showed Kat exactly what she was walking into. “Douglas said in a letter that your father was at Arras too, is that true?” Kat stared at the girl for a long moment. Yes, Otto Mischner had fought with the Heer in that brutal battle as the BEF struggled to keep a foothold on the Continent. Clearly on the opposite side of Malcolm Blackwood. Decades earlier they would have been trying to kill each other.

“That’s not an appropriate question, Emma” Doug said sharply. Kat was thankful that he did that, she would have said that in far harsher terms.

The car stopped, and they started to unload the luggage. It occurred to Kat that she had no idea who had driven the car just a silent figure she’d not paid attention to. He was a young man only slightly younger than Kat. “I’m Colonel Blackwood’s Aide, Ma’am” He said as an answer. It was noticeable that he hadn’t said what his name was.

Kat picked up her suitcases and started walking towards the front door of the house. The door swung open and a woman who Kat recognized from Doug’s photographs as his mother, Margot. “Er” Kat said, totally at a loss.

Margot sighed, “Go on in Katherine” She said with some exasperation, “Emma will help you to the guest room before you fall asleep in the living room.”

Kat was so thankful that she didn’t bother to correct how Margot had pronounced her name. She wasn’t going any further and she didn’t have to be anywhere. It was the greatest feeling.

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Doug had been invited up to his father’s study. Kat had gone into the guest room and had fallen asleep on top of the covers, still fully dressed. His mother had said that she would wake Kat up in a bit. She had looked at Doug oddly when he had said that she would need to be cautious if she did that.

“I’m not your mother, Douglas” His father said, “I know that you were trying to protect both of them by keeping your mother in the dark.”

“What did you tell her?” Doug asked.

“That I knew you had been connected romantically to a German Noblewoman” Malcolm said, “I didn’t mention anything about her being a Reserve Officer in the Heer and the Aide-de-Camp to the Kaiserin among other things, or her past, which has some extremely dark moments.”

“Thank you” Doug replied.

“Don’t thank me yet” Malcolm said, “Your mother is going to learn of it, and she is going to be furious.”
 
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"Mother, if you try to wake her just stand in the open door and say, 'Kat, wake up. Kat, wake up.' Don't startle her and don't ever touch her unexpectedly."
 
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