AAR – Imperial Ambitions
Chapter 7 – A New World Order
The great irony of the usage of the atomic bomb on Oslo, being the most powerful weapon ever fielded by mankind, was that it yielded no great effect in the battle for Europe. A weapon that was powerful enough to haunt the nightmares of millions for decades to come was unable to keep the German’s from losing Norway. The atomic age was here, but it was in its infancy, and there was no telling if, when, or where a second bomb would follow. For now, the armies of the world were ordered to continue as they had before, with more than a few heads watching lone bombers with more suspicion than they had before.
With the arrival of the Spring of 1949, German, Finnish, and Japanese forces managed to push the Allies back towards the recently liberated Netherlands, closely resembling pre-war borders. There were still pockets of resistance in Northern Germany, but these were being chipped away and their numbers dwindled rapidly.
To their south, General Yamashita’s forces were beginning to arrive and reinforce German lines as they prepared to push against Free France with the goal of trapping a number of Allied divisions as the army of Vichy France pushed north.
Simultaneously, the opposite side of Germany was experiencing the second battle for Danzig. The Allied invasion force had spread out, and was locked in a stalemate against German and Finnish ground forces.
Hata planned to split the Allies’ forces at the Vistula, cutting them into two groups and preventing reinforcement and resupply. Finding a weak point in the center, the Japanese and German armies drove into the Baltic, trapping 16 divisions around Danzig. The trapped Allied units consisted of soldiers from Mexico, Belgium, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. An offensive took place in late June, resulting in the capture or destruction of these 16 divisions, as well as the reclamation of Danzig into German hands. As soon as one problem was conquered, another arose yet again, this time further east.
The Allies began the end of summer with an offensive out of Denmark, thrusting 27 divisions into northern Germany. Once again, Berlin was threatened, and 20 Axis divisions along the Dutch border risked encirclement. As the Allies pushed deeper into German territory, Hata allowed his eastern most divisions to complete the rout of the Allies in Poland before racing back to Berlin. The western divisions locked in place, preventing an Allied surge out of the Netherlands.
The situation further south was stagnating, and in October General Tanaka arrived with 18 motorized divisions, granted his first command since the loss of his invasion force in Australia nearly 5 years in the past. Tanaka was tasked with taking his fresh divisions and breaking through the Free French lines in order to coordinate a hard drive towards Paris.
As his forces prepared for their first assault, the Allies continued to take territory in north Germany, pressing hard against Magdeburg. As the Allied offensive reached Axis defensive lines, the first Japanese armored units of the war arrived at the front, having been shipped to the Mediterranean and endured the lengthy journey through central Europe. All 10 armored divisions were under the command of General Seishiro Itagaki, with each division boasting 160 Type 5 Chi-Ri tanks at full strength. The Type 5’s were the best armored vehicles Japan had to offer, and the first widely produced tank in the IJA’s arsenal. General Itagaki would work as the spearhead in the effort to drive the Allies back into Denmark.
By the 2nd of November, General Tanaka achieved his breakthrough as 6 divisions reached Paris. The Allies were beginning to falter in France, and were facing tremendous amounts of pressure from Vichy France in the Bordeaux region.
After a brief pause in Paris, Tanaka and Yamashita were able to combine their forces and begin driving the Allies back towards the bay of Biscay.
The battle for northern Germany was becoming increasingly violent as the Axis surged north. Hamburg was liberated and the Allies were falling back, while several Belgian and Norwegian divisions were trapped and destroyed at Wilhelmshaven. By Christmas of 1949, the Battle for Europe was nearly set in stone. It was only a matter of time until the Allies lost France, and Allied armies in Denmark were already in full retreat.
Though it took time to eliminate pockets of resistance near Bordeaux, northern Spain, and Portugal, the Axis conquest of Europe was completed once again in May of 1950. The Japanese Air Force shifted over 3,000 fighter and attack aircraft to the coast, attempting to secure the English Channel and the North Sea. The quickest way to end the war was to occupy the United Kingdom, which would surely destroy what little morale the Allies had left. 5 months of planning and preparation would go into the most critical naval invasion of the war. By the summer of 1950, it was clear that there was only one nation left in the Axis powers had the manpower and equipment to undertake the endeavor: The Empire of Japan. The nation that dreamed of starting an empire by rushing armies across the seas now had the opportunity to secure that legacy by ending the war in the same manner.
Elements of General Hata’s army were broken off and to be commanded by Generals Yoshijiro Umezu and Toshizo Nishio. A total of 30 divisions would undertake the initial crossing of the English Channel and the invasion of southern Britain. Umezu was tasked with landing at Dover, and pushing east towards the critical port city of Portsmouth. Nishio would land outside of London, looking to quickly decapitate the English government and devastate Allied morale. Adding to his extensive list of naval invasions, General Yamashita would land further west in Cornwall. Coinciding with the invasion forces, a Japanese armada would force itself into the English Channel and the Western Approaches, both to support the crossing and do battle with the remaining Allied fleets.
On October 8th, 1950, 220,000 Japanese soldiers bid their Axis partners farewell as they boarded fleets of transport ships in both France and Germany. Behind them Japanese fighters and ground attack aircraft prepared to black out the sky, the English Channel almost appearing as a solid mass beneath them, covered in warships and transport craft alike.
General Umezu was the first to land, facing light resistance outside of London. Nishio found himself surrounded outside of Portsmouth, but possessed a strong numerical advantage. Two American armored divisions were quickly defeated in Portsmouth, allowing supplies to flow from France into southern England. In just 5 days, soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army were knocking down the doors to an abandoned Buckingham Palace. Royals would never rule Britain again.
Once the death throes began, the passing of the greatest empire in modern times was merciful and quick. Two weeks after the invasion began, the remaining Allied holdouts – primarily American and Canadian forces – were encircled between Bristol and London. In one final act of defiance, the Allied navies showed they still had teeth, and engaged a Japanese fleet west of England. Admiral Chester Nimitz got revenge for his loss to Admiral Yamamoto’s fleet off Iwo Jima seven years before. The young Admiral Shizuki Ootake was assigned to the newly built 15th Fleet, deploying to the Western Approaches in time to assist the landing and invasion of England. Ootake deployed with 24 Nagato-class battleships, 3 cruisers, 7 light cruisers, 74 destroyers, and 14 submarines. Nimitz saw his opportunity to ambush an exhausted Japanese Fleet, and crushed the Japanese Navy in a way that all Japanese admirals thought impossible. By the time the battle was over all of 15th Fleet had been destroyed, with the exception of 14 of Ootake’s destroyers and 12 of his submarines. Ootake died along with his flagship Tajima, being unable to take credit for sinking a single Allied vessel.
The thrashing of the Imperial Japanese Navy had no impact on the invasion itself, as more Japanese troops crossed the Channel to assist in driving the Allies north. The offensive was slow but methodical, and the IJA reached Newcastle for the 1st of December. As fate would have it, it was only appropriate for Japan’s final battle of the war to take place at sea. The final Battle of the English Channel occurred on December 13th, 1950. The battle was brief, but Japanese torpedo bombers based out of Amsterdam located and sunk the ever evasive prize, USS Essex.
A newspaper in the United States marked December 27th, 1950 as the “Darkest Day in Western History,” headlined over a photo of an emotional Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden signing terms of surrender on board the Kaga moored in London.
The United Kingdom was the last anchor the Allies had, and with the loss of their leader the others threw in the towel. The last remaining holdouts were trapped behind the Atlantic and Pacific, and all the world knew exactly which navy those two oceans belonged to. An attempt at resistance would only lead to the vain deaths of countless more. A new battle was now to be fought, but this one would be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Axis powers would now divide the occupied lands of the world as they saw fit, leaving Allied leaders feeling taunted as they could only sit on their hands, watching foreign powers dictate how their lands would be used.
The world was about to look very different than it had 15 years ago. The German Reich now owned former Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, Iceland, Ireland, and the greatest prize of all: England. The Congo, Nigeria, and South Africa were also brought into Hitler’s domain, and Vichy France was a puppet state indirectly controlled by the German Reich.
Mussolini’s Italy finally conquered vast regions of Africa, taking Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya. Yugoslavia was further split between Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Finland was granted all of Norway, and Gibraltar given to Spain.￼
The Axis now stretched unbroken through Europe, Africa, and Asia. Japan propped up a new government in India, Japanese Raj, and kept all of the occupied territories in the Pacific with the exception of Australia.
As a sign of good faith, Japan left all of America’s territory in the Pacific alone with the exception of Guam. Aside from the old colonial territory in the Caribbean, the Allied powers based in the new world got off lucky, losing almost no land themselves whilst retaining their own autonomy.
The Second World War would be remembered as the most destructive conflict humanity had ever seen. Beginning with the Hungarian invasion of Czechoslovakia on January 3rd 1939, the war lasted 11 years, 11 months, and 27 days. The outcome of the war remained increasingly uncertain until the final year, and a single miscalculation by either side could have brought about their swift defeat. Emperor Hirohito and the spirit of his people achieved his seemingly impossible goals in a 15 year trial that left dozens of nations and empires broken as the Empire of Japan gained its foothold. Against all odds, the Imperial Ambitions had been accomplished. As hundreds of thousands of Japanese soldiers, airmen, and sailors returned to their homeland and newly gained territories around the Pacific, there was only one question left to be answered: Was it worth it?
46 nations sent their soldiers, airmen, and sailors off to fight in the Second World War. Over 76,000,000 of them would not return.
German Reich: 19,940,000
Soviet Union: 10,540,000
United States: 7,800,000
United Kingdom: 7,310,000
Vichy France: 1,943,000
British Raj: 1,589,000
South Africa: 1,052,000
Greater Finland: 955,000
Legionary Romania: 817,000
Free France: 688,000
Legionnaires Bulgaria: 240,000
Dominican Republic: 206,000
Russian Federation: 66,000
People’s Republic of China: 37,000
New Zealand: 36,000
Turan Empire: 12,000
New Persian Empire: 4,000
Al-Muthanna Iraq: 4,000
-Sabadat Pact: 2,177,000