Post by Rich Rostrom
The US stays out of WW II, due to President Burton Wheeler.
Without US support, the British and Dutch don't embargo oil
to Japan, which remains bogged down in China; there is no
Britain wins in North Africa in 1942, but lacks the muscle
to do much more; Britain pours most resources into Bomber
The USSR hangs on, and turns the tide in 1943. French Africa
turns Allied in late 1943. In early 1944, the Schwarze Kapelle
assassinate Hitler and Goering, but fumble the follow-on coup
d'état. Himmler seizes power, and conducts an indiscriminate
purge of the Army and massive expansion of the SS. This goads
remaining Army leaders into another coup d'état, which only
succeeds in part; Himmler is killed, but Heydrich leads the SS
to victory, after a period of disorder and near-rout on the
Britain manages to take advantage of the German troubles by
invading Sardinia. Italy tries to surrender to the Allies,
but Heydrich strikes first, and liquidates the entire Italian
leadership except for the most ardent Fascists - including the
King and his court. Italian Communists launch massive partisan
resistance; with the destruction of the monarchy the Communists
become the entire resistance. Britain captures Pantelleria and
the Isola Pelagie.
Britain eventually defeats the Germans (and Italian fascists)
in Sardinia, by mid-1944. Soviet forces roll west and southwest.
The Germans abandon Greece and the Balkans; Britain occupies Crete
and the Dodecanese, having to fight some German left-behinds.
(There were some in OTL.) Communist Partisans seize control of the
mainland; Britain has no resources to intervene there, because...
The Germans strip France of troops to patch up the Eastern Front,
and British troops finally land in France, where they are _not_
welcomed by the Communist-dominated Resistance, and have limited
success against the Germans, due to their feeble strength (compared
to OTL OVERLORD).
Soviet forces overrun the rest of the Balkans and break into
northeastern Italy. Joining with the Partisans they overrun
mainland Italy. The British meanwhile occupy Corsica. Britain
has also established a "Free Italy" government in Sardinia,
headed by the Duke of Aosta, who is the senior surviving member
of the Italian royal family. (He was commander in Ethiopia, and
taken prisoner there, thus escaping the fate of his cousins in
Rome; for some reason he avoids dying of malaria in PoW camp.)
In the final stages of the war, Britain clears the Germans out
of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and with much effort
prevents the Communists from seizing power (not a problem in
the Netherlands). British forces meet the Soviets in Germany,
along a line 60-70 km east of the Rhine and on the Weser.
After V-E Day... France is "Western" - barely. The "Kingdom
of Greece" consists of Crete and the Dodecanese; the rest is
the People's Republic of Greece. The "Kingdom of Italy" is
Sardinia, Pantelleria, and the Isola Pelagie. The mainland and
Sicily are the Republic of Italy.
Nous sommes dans une pot de chambre, et nous y serons emmerdés.
--- General Auguste-Alexandre Ducrot at Sedan, 1870.
How long in this scenario till Stalin decides he wants the rest of Italy or France?!!