Not sure about a romance with Nancy but a classic autobiographical account of the war in the far east with previously unpublished photographs by Douglass Blackmore could well become a world wide best selling classic and later a Film or TV series (think 'Band of Brothers').
 
Not sure about a romance with Nancy but a classic autobiographical account of the war in the far east with previously unpublished photographs by Douglass Blackmore could well become a world wide best selling classic and later a Film or TV series (think 'Band of Brothers').
Either that or something more ironical.

Think about how will be Nancy, once she returns, and she contemplates ALL about her country and society , but bereft of the rose-colored glasses, and the shrugging off the influence of her peers.

How do you feel when you come to the realization that most of what your society preaches, and that until a few months ago you accepted as a truth of life, its either a lie, an hypocrisy or openly stands against the the VERY ideals that your homeland screams to uphold to the four winds?

I think that when Nancy comes to this realization once she returns and gets briefed while she sees several events happening in the US, and their reactions.... it would plant the seed of a future willing Double Agent.... and a pissed Kat who wouldn't believe WHY Nancy it's willing to be a German Double Agent....
 
How about Nancy and Martin Luther King if he finds his way to Berlin from a heavily German influenced Argentina, Now for her that might be an eye opener of epic proportions.
 
Part 45, Chapter 588
Chapter Five Hundred Eighty-Eight



2nd February 1947

Wunsdorf

“It’s alright Helene, I was the same way” Käte said. Her mother was trying to be supportive, but it really wasn’t helping matters. Helene had no idea how she was going to get through the next five months. Some women had the ability to carry a pregnancy without showing until they were at least six months in, Helene was obviously not one of them. At four months she was already expanding in several dimensions, that had brought unwelcome attention and had made everything more difficult. The only good thing was that the sickness had finally passed, but she was getting the impression that things were only going to get worse. She was continuing to work towards her degree, but it was a race between her education and her biology. Helene feared that it was going to be a close-run.

Kat and Gerta were of absolutely no help. Gerta was clueless and this was one of the subjects that would send Kat fleeing from the room. Kat might have gotten over some of her fears regarding personal relations. However, that did not mean that she wanted to talk about anything to do with that subject. That had the odd effect of making it so that Helene was closer to her mother than she had been in years.

“Your friends will come around when you have your baby” Käte said.

“You obviously don’t know Kat” Helene said, “She won’t be able to run farther, fast enough.”

“Katherine is getting married in June” Käte replied, “She could easily find herself in the same situation in a year.”

Helene gave a cynical laugh, “You don’t know her like I do, Mama.”

Käte just shrugged. Helene’s mother didn’t know what Kat had confided in her. Kat never wanted children of her own and that while she had once been offered the chance to have her tubes tied, she hadn’t done it. Years later, Kat was still considering it. Because she thought that if she ever did become pregnant it would only result in her following her own mother into the grave. That might have been totally irrational but when Helene had been lectured by Doctor Tangeman about what she could expect she had realized that Kat’s fears were not so far-fetched.

“We’re going to have to go clothes shopping tomorrow, Helene” Käte said offhandedly.

“It’s not coming for months” Helene replied, “We’ve got time.”

“For the baby, sure” Käte said, “But you look like you are running out of time, in a few more weeks none of the clothes in your wardrobe are going to fit.”

That was something that Helene had not wanted to think about. There were supposedly sections of the stores in Berlin that catered to that sort of market. To go into such a place would be a public admission of what was going on with her. Helene could only imagine what the press would make of one of the three furies being expecting.

“What might people say?” Helene asked.

“If they think like your father, they probably are happy that your first born is legitimate even if he isn’t particularly thrilled with his son-in-law” Käte said, matter of fact, “For everyone else, it’s none of their concern.”

“Papa really thinks that way?”

“Why do you think that he sent you to Berlin to be made available for marriage when you were sixteen?” Käte asked, “He knew that you were too wild and too much like him to avoid getting into trouble eventually, had you stayed in Kleinburg.”

Helene already knew about the whole marriage angle that had resulted in her getting sent to Berlin. The idea that her father had made certain assumptions based on a stupid belief was infuriating.

“We knew about you and that Hausler boy” Käte said mildly, taking the wind out of Helene’s sails, “We figured that we got you packed off in time, before you two got past stealing kisses.”

Her parents had known about that? What else did they know about?


Berlin

“Good afternoon, Kat” Augustus Lang said as he walked up to her.

They were at a formal event commemorating the bombing of the Reichstag in the Königsplatz. The plan was to gather all the survivors into one spot for a group photograph on the steps of the new Reichstag building on the anniversary of the bombing.

It has been eight years, was the thought that had been running through Kat’s head. It seemed like it was either an eternity ago or just last week. So much had changed since then. As she looked at the rebuilt dome she recalled the vivid memory of seeing the old one wreathed in fire before the whole thing shattered. She also had the guilty memory of the lies she had told Helene and why she never made predictions anymore.

“We weren’t sure you would make it” Rhona, Lang’s wife said to Kat.

“Neither was I” Kat answered, she had been very reluctant to come to events like this in the past for the very reason of what Lang said next.

“All these people, including me, owe you their lives” Lang said, “It’s right that you be here to receive their thanks.”

The only thing that Kat wanted was to not be reminded of the bombing when she started to have ringing in her left ear. She’d been told that while the damage to her hearing in that ear was permanent, it wasn’t a degenerative condition. They told her she was lucky even though she didn’t feel that way.

“Over here Gräfin” One of the photographers said, “If we could get one of you and the Chancellor sitting by the pillar, where you were.”

Kat saw Rhona Reise-Lang and Lang’s son Emil were smiling as Kat and Lang were led over to the pillar that still bore scars from the explosion. She remembered that Lang had been trying to comfort her because she’d been beside herself after she’d killed the French terrorist. It seemed strange that death could have affected her that much, while she now struggled with trying to reconnect with her emotions. There were flashes as the photographs were taken. One of the photographers was Doug who shot her a smile as he lowered the camera and she recognized him.

Now all that remained was the group photograph. Kat steeled herself for it but as she walked towards the gathered people on the Reichstag steps it was announced who she was and there was applause. Kat felt like her face was about to burst into flames.
 
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I wonder if Kat is seeing all the people that she saved, or is she is seeing the ghosts of the ones who didn't make it out in time?
 
How about Nancy and Martin Luther King if he finds his way to Berlin from a heavily German influenced Argentina, Now for her that might be an eye opener of epic proportions.
That was something that Helene had not wanted to think about. There were supposedly sections of the stores in Berlin that catered to that sort of market. To go into such a place would be a public admission of what was going on with her. Helene could only imagine what the press would make of one of the three furies being expecting.

“What might people say?” Helene asked.

“If they think like your father, they probably are happy that your first born is legitimate even if he isn’t particularly thrilled with his son-in-law” Käte said, matter of fact, “For everyone else, it’s none of their concern.”
So this means in the less-status obssessed families of TTLs Germany the first question for a suitor will be "Does he have a proper job/education?" (i.e. full-time, permanent. In the engineering fields, if possible (i.e. Mechaniker, Dipl. Ing., etc.) Or a career soldier.), followed by "Did he serve?" (in the army, that is. In german, the question would be "Hat Er gedient?"). Of course this means everybody with no "serious" job will be seen as not proper by the working class upwards. Even daddy Stahlgießer who works at Krupp will want his girl to marry a proper man. And not some (OTL) social-studies wierdo (which will probably more of an statistics exercise and not that touchy-feely bs). A good german looks to your merits first, and your lineage second.
On the (arguable) downside this means "professional culture" will be limited to a few troupes, orchestras and universities (including bauhaus-type artist-craftsmen), while the rest will be done by craftsmen, workers and engineers in their spare time. For germans the keyword is "bürgerliches Bildungsideal". As a consequence you may see working time reductions contingent on such engagement across the board. Or special rules for employees engaged in cultural pursuits.
Going on a lark, I could see that in the 1990s of TTL (2000s OTL, deindustrialisation in the west) the 24+16 contract becomes popular in the Empire. It stipulates that 24 hours have to be worked for the company, while 16 have to be spent "advancing and maintaining german culture", while the employee is paid for the full 40. This is popular with tech companies. And every company which wants to avoid layoffs (thereby maintining morale) and claim tax credit.
Furthermore, I'd expect at the same time that both questions are posed in most relationship configurations to either party. And yes, that means the empire conscripts everybody. It brought them victory in two grand wars.
In contrast, in TTLs USA the questions will be "Is he white?" and "Is he christian?", which ironically perverts the american ideal of "liberty and justice for all".
 
Part 45, Chapter 589
Chapter Five Hundred Eighty-Nine


20th February 1947

Kiel

Emil got more than a few quizzical looks as he walked with Grand Admiral von Schmidt and Albrecht von Richthofen through the Navy Yard. They clearly didn’t recognize the Fallschirmjäger uniform that he was wearing, they did however see a high-ranking officer and responded accordingly. The Admiral had invited him to see this, whatever this even was other than big. It looked like a collection of steel plate and frames and scaffolding with hundreds of workers swarming over it.

“What exactly am I looking at here?” Emil asked.

“It doesn’t have a name just yet, but we can be quite sure that our political masters will think of something soon” Jacob replied, “At the moment, it’s a planned technology testbed.”

“How the Hell did you get funding for something like this?” Emil asked, in recent weeks the Reichstag had doubled down on the cuts to military spending of the previous year. Emil had heard talk about how the money saved was being invested in the reconstruction of Poland, infrastructure throughout Germany and the continued restructuring of the former Soviet Union. If that meant that there wouldn’t be another war in the East in a generation then Emil was fine with in. He just wished that the Reichstag had consulted with him before they started cutting.

In Germany, the Luftwaffe had been operating at the lowest tempo that they had since before the Spanish war. That didn’t mean that they were shirking duties in the South Pacific where the Americans were continuing to be a thorn in the entire OKWs side and the rocket research was proceeding. But everything was stretched impossibly thin. That was without even factoring in the reports that had come in regarding the lessons of the Second World War that the Luftwaffe was supposed to be implementing but hadn’t even started yet. He was here today because the Luftwaffe was expected to work in full cooperation with the Kaiserliche Marine wherever there was an overlap of responsibility to save costs.

“We were able to convince the Reichstag that a relatively inexpensive means of providing strategic deterrence was possible” Albrecht answered.

“What is a civilian doing here?” Emil asked.

“Doctor von Richthofen is the foremost expert in the fields in question” Jacob replied, “We’re going to need the support of individuals like him in the future.”

“Don’t we have our own people?”

“Yes” Jacob said, “But military service no longer attracts the sort of intellectuals that we need, if it ever did.”

Emil knew that the Admiral was referring to people like himself who joined the military because he had few other avenues open for advancement. These days a young Jacob Schmidt would be able to do whatever he wanted in Academia.

“How much does his services cost the Navy?” Emil asked.

“Nothing” Jacob replied, “The Doctor is a part of a joint venture that is self-funding.”

That was interesting. How had Admiral von Schmidt managed to pull that one off?

They were walking up steel stairs and they emerged onto an observation platform. Emil could see the outlines of the project. It had the long teardrop shape that the Navy was using for new Submarine Classes, only this one was far longer and wider than anything the Fleet had attempted before. According the Jacob it was the length of a cruiser, but Emil would have to take his word for it.

“Before and during the war the Japanese Navy built a large submarine class that they were thinking of using to approach the West Coast of the United States, launching seaplanes against targets on land” Jacob said, Emil wasn’t a Naval Officer and even he could see the problems with a plan like that. You had the element of surprise until you didn’t. And then what? It also revealed something that had been only confirmed after the war, but the intelligence agencies had suspected all along. If the Imperial Japanese Navy had not come to grief at the hands of the Allied Fleet in the South China Sea, they might have gone through with their plans to pull a repeat of the Battle of Port Arthur against the US Navy.

“The French have a large sub, the Surcouf, that mounts two 20 centimeter guns. An interesting idea but poor in execution” Jacob continued, “We’ve decided that another course of action was needed.”

To Emil’s uneducated eye it looked like a submarine in the making at this angle. Steel hull and a conning tower. “Is there something I should be seeing?” He asked.

“This” Jacob said, and he motioned to one of the nearby workers.

With that a dozen hatches swung open aft of the conning tower.

“We based the design on existing torpedo tubes” Albrecht said, “Except on a much larger scale.”

“What are you planning on shooting from those?” Emil asked.

“During the war, while the Luftwaffe was investing in the liquid fueled Aggregat series, the Navy was pushing the research of solid fuel rockets” Jacob replied, “The rockets that we are planning on launching from this submarine have the rough capabilities of your A-4 rocket except without the issues of the infrastructure that you had to build from scratch in the Russian Far East.”

That was a big deal. Emil could understand the tactical implications of that and if the Navy was willing to share the technology, so much the better.
 
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“What are you planning on shooting from those?” Emil asked.

“During the war, while the Luftwaffe was investing in the liquid fueled Aggregat series, the Navy was pushing the research of solid fuel rockets” Jacob replied, “The rockets that we are planning on launching from this submarine have the rough capabilities of your A-4 rocket except without the issues of the infrastructure that you had to build from scratch in the Russian Far East.”

That was a big deal. Emil could understand the tactical implications of that and if the Navy was willing to share the technology, so much the better.

Oh, my. Intermediate-range SLBMs. It just needs nuclear propulsion.
 
Peabody-Martini, I really love this story. I was rereading parts of it today and noted that Chapter 406 (#3763) was not indexed. When you get a chance, please add it to the index. Thanks.

P.S. Sorry to hear about your dad. I know your loss and you have my condolences.
 
Oh, my. Intermediate-range SLBMs. It just needs nuclear propulsion.
The amusing it's that even if the Germans are unlikely to put WMD in these, at the first hint of SLBM, the Americans are going to go apeshit panicked, because it basically takes all their strategic and Tactical defensive planning and throws it into the trash.

Now the Germans can basically in case of a conflict approach unseen to the American Coasts and launch either Chemical or Nuclear load outs and decapitate the Americans in a single blow if they wish.

The Germans are highly unlikely to do that, but considering the American self delusional capability......
 
The amusing it's that even if the Germans are unlikely to put WMD in these, at the first hint of SLBM, the Americans are going to go apeshit panicked, because it basically takes all their strategic and Tactical defensive planning and throws it into the trash.

Now the Germans can basically in case of a conflict approach unseen to the American Coasts and launch either Chemical or Nuclear load outs and decapitate the Americans in a single blow if they wish.

The Germans are highly unlikely to do that, but considering the American self delusional capability......

Yeah but you plan for a potential enemies capabilities not their current intentions. Intentions can change with the next election/leadership change/international crisis whereas the capability will remain. It would be incompetent not to make appropriate plans to counter the capability.
 
Can these boats launch while submerged? That's an important consideration.
Without WMD's, they aren't especially useful unless they are a LOT more accurate than I'd expect them to be at this stage of the game. Nuclear weapons are sill rather heavy, and would YOU want to be toting gas canisters on a long patrol. These seem like, for now, either offensive weapons or a deterrent to put to sea if everything is about to blow up.
 
Can these boats launch while submerged? That's an important consideration.
Without WMD's, they aren't especially useful unless they are a LOT more accurate than I'd expect them to be at this stage of the game. Nuclear weapons are sill rather heavy, and would YOU want to be toting gas canisters on a long patrol. These seem like, for now, either offensive weapons or a deterrent to put to sea if everything is about to blow up.

You won't have to worry about the gas, IIRC from previous posts about the attacks on Japan they are using a binary gas warhead. Plus you would have this preloaded into the warhead and not have to service it on patrol. If anything was wrong with the warhead just eject it overboard with a self destruct mechanism. The missile tubes would be self contained if not double walled and you would not have to worry about the anything going from inside the tube to inside the ship.

My question would be where are they on reactor technology and how quick will they be able to put one in a SS or larger ship.
 
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