Chapter 13 – Tchaikovsky’s 1942 Overture
With the Spring thaw of 1942 coming into full effect, the time was now, and the war had only progressed well for the Tsar’s hordes, the slow march to victory now but all assured as the momentum of his forces dwarfed even Hitler’s Germany.
Swedish capitulation was an inevitable factor at this point, with Göteborg’s fall.
Scandinavia, save for Norway, now stands open to the Tsar. Finland, the Baltics, and Sweden, the new territories and provinces for the Tsar now under the mighty protection of Mother Russia, and the Imperial Standard flies above many of the destroyed cities, ravaged by war.
Newly trained Skytroopers drop onto Gotland, to clear out any resistance there. Fighting is minimal.
29th of April, 1942 – Russian Skytroopers relax on the Landing Zone following a lightly contested combat drop onto the Swedish island of Gotland.
The United States rattles its saber, even though the Tsar’s officers have received surrenders from numerous American divisions for over a year.
Hitler’s South Asian Korps slowly comes to a halt as the remaining British and Indian pockets of resistance are wiped out.
The prognosis is grim, with the remaining British and Colonial troops pushed all the way to the Western portions of the country, the noose tightening around them, as the United Kingdom attempts to withdraw its forces.
Germany’s reach also extends into Vietnam and much of South East Asia, whereas the Tsar’s divisions chose to seize vital ports in the Suez in anticipation of a tough land campaign for Africa.
Malmö serves as the final holdout for American troops and their constantly dwindling Swedish allied battalions is ground away by the impending might of the Imperial Army.
4th of May, 1942 – American Prisoners are marched to a Prisoner Processing area behind the frontline as the Imperial Army pushes onto Malmö, Sweden
In the Southern Pocket, Guardsmen, soldiers, and Skytroopers alike push hard to the Baltic, hoping to dash the resistance before it can escape through the few remaining ports on the coastline.
May 4th, 1942 – In a rare colour photograph, Guardsmen of the 4th Guards Infantry Division celebrate the surrender of Sweden at their posts near Malmö, Sweden.
The Tsar’s Empire now extends from the hot sands of the Suez all the way to the frozen Northern reaches of Finland, and with total domination of the Baltic and Black Seas. On May 4th the vast majority of Swedish units have surrendered, and the war is officially declared over by Nicholas II, even though sporadic fighting against American units continues.
And on May 11th, Sweden capitulates formally, the government in exile vowing to fight on but the provisional military government in-country signing the formal surrender of all Swedish Army units.
The surge of equipment, including plenty of tanks and aircraft is welcomed to the Tsar, as the stockpiles of war machines will serve the Imperial Army for years to come.
Yet another nation destroyed in the name of the Empire.
In South East Asia, Japan and Germany ravage the Chinese and British, with widespread expeditionary fighting all along the Philippine peninsula from the Japanese becoming to focal point of the Pacific campaign.
The Australians, with still so many of their forces abroad, are ravaged by the Japanese.
The last few American pockets of resistance are cleared out as the onset of summer comes to Sweden, many of them still reporting to intelligence officials they were holding out for a great American evacuation force to save them.
The numbers against the Americans are heavily against their favor.
They are overrun, as the demoralized infantrymen simply are too exhausted to continue fighting the massive war machine of the Tsar.
The Baltics are now firmly in the hands of Nicholas II.
Occupation life is now the norm for many of these units, with their daily routine no longer being combat patrols or trench assaults, instead now they walk the streets as liberators and conquerors, the Swedish people slowly begin returning to a life with some semblance of normalcy.
The 10th Corps takes over the most hotly contested areas around Stockholm, as open riots and protests are extremely common.
Overall, the war goes well for the Axis. Italy’s trials and tribulations in Africa have diverted much of the British war machine away, and Hitler has worked with Mussolini to divide much of Europe and South Asia.
As with all new conquests, the Tsar is determined to bring modern developments to the most recent of provincial acquisitions.
The Okhrana, as always conduct their jobs with extreme efficiency, with the majority of Greek rebels now hacking at rocks in Siberia.
The Guards Corps are sent back to the German Border, and the Skytroopers are withdrawn, the 4th and 10th Corps being ordered by the SPaO to take over occupation duties.
But the Tsar passes a newly, highly unexpected directive for how soon after Sweden’s capitulation. All available forces in the Western Military District are to proceed to the Norwegian border and the SPaO is to prepare contingency plans for the push to Norway. The SPaO honestly was not prepared to begin planning until Christmas of ’42, let alone the height of summer.
The 4th Guards Corps is stood up, with some of the newest Guards Armoured Divisions becoming a part of its organization.
And as soon as the parade for its commander assuming control has concluded, he issues move orders for the entire corps to head to the Norwegian border.
The Imperial Research and Development Bureau have seen fit to invest some funds into Universities dedicated to new forms of engineering, and the Tsar is quite pleased with the progress.
Total Mobilization is decided upon, and despite protests from the Prime Minister, the Tsar orders the massive shift from a civilian oriented economy to one predominantly designed for producing the war machines necessary for crushing America.
This comes with the continued National Focus of Construction Engineering, with great projects such as the Great Black Sea Railway and Middle Eastern Infrastructure Project requiring vast amounts of men and materiel from the Imperial Engineering Corps.
All new Destroyers that the Tsar has ordered built are ordered to be constructed in Leningrad to support the reality that the breakout from the Baltic is imminent.
This, in conjunction with a focus on producing Battlecruisers and Heavy Cruisers means that the surface fleet shall soon have the ships necessary to rule the North Sea and contest the Royal Navy.
And with atomic weapons so close at hand with the new T-54 series of tanks, the Tsar is confident that his industry will carry him to a final victory against America.
Japan’s drive for Empire is commendable.
Even here, Americans seemingly cannot get their collective army’s efficency together.
The Industrial White Paper of June 1942 reveals some interesting information. The census shows 171 military factories, as well as 224 civilian ones. This is a significant rise since the last White Paper of March 1940, where there were but 105 military factories and 159 civilian ones. Yet another mighty feat of Russian engineering.
Battles won in the name of the Tsar show that Sweden was a tough campaign, with a Quarter of a Million men lost in the last year alone. But the price was none too high as another major region is added to the Tsar’s retinue.
And with that, it is determined to be enough. The Tsar relaxes in the Winter Palace, coolly sipping a mid-afternoon tea, and smiles. He then scribbles a note, authorizing the imminent invasion of Norway. For he wishes there to be Greatness again for Russia, as he wishes more glory upon himself.
This AAR has been a great time to play and write. Sadly, the save file was corrupted during the summer and for the past 4-5 weeks I have been writing based off of a huge bank of saved screenshots from the Spring, so this will be the last chapter of White Russians Bleed Red. Thanks to all the reoccurring readers, seeing how many people actually checked out something I wrote was really great. I’ll likely be starting another AAR soon, so be on the lookout for that. If you have any suggestions, be they formatting/style/context/theme, comment on Reddit and I’ll be sure to keep them in mind for the next series,