Why the chinese play cricket (the pax imperialis) page 100 alternate history discussion gasket t 1995


Click to expand…Joke Post, while I would like the CW to win I do realise that the Pacific Alliance could win. However, they have to perform near flawless in the first two years with the CW being push back or pushed out on all fronts and do it such a way demolishes the CW.

They then have to demands reasonable enough at any peace conference before the end of 1943 at the latest that the CW doesn’t just walk out of the peace conference and due to the fact the PA still believe they are fighting the British Empire command structure under a different name their demands are likely to be unreasonable to the CW. One mistake too big or a too many small mistakes which stop them from pushing the CW back and/or accepting a peace summit and they will lose this war by attrition. Hell if the PA push the CW to the point that the Allies where at in our world where they would not accept anything but no conditional surrender from the Nazi’s then the PA is going to lose e.g. Bombing Britain with long range fighters.

This is can summed up easily the Pacific Alliance have to move fast and hard against the Imperial Commonwealth to win the war quickly and to get themselves a satisfactory peace, however by moving fast the likely to make mistakes e.g. Overextend or leave gaps which can be exploited, and anger the CW political leadership and populist with its fast action tactics.

January 1941: Senior Pacific Alliance officers meet in Honolulu. It is agreed war is now inevitable and it is necessary to strike now before CW strength increases any further. The attack will begin with Japanese landings in Malaya and Borneo, while the US will strike into the Moluccas and Celebes. Japanese armoured forces will strike in China. The Japanese will take Papua and the Solomon Islands from New Guinea. If circumstances permit, the Fijian Islands will be taken, giving the potential for a landing in New Caledonia. In the Americas, the invasion of Canada will begin immediately. The agreed date for the attack is Sunday 23rd of March.

January 1941: With the collapse of the peace talks, the CW Caribbean assault force is readied for an assault on the Panama Canal and dispatched to the British Isles. The 25th (Wessex) Division* will forward deploy to Trinidad. RAF and RFC aircraft are deployed to Colombia. When war appears inevitable the assault force will sail for Barbados. It is estimated it will take 15 days to cross the Atlantic at 10 knots, with another 36 hours at Barbados to reprovision. Another five and a half days will then be required to reach the Canal. RN submarines will cover the Atlantic end of the Canal, as well as the naval bases at Guantánamo Bay and Mayagüez. Aircraft based in Jamaica will mine the Jamaica Channel. The Caribbean Fleet will be reinforced by the covering ships of the assault force. The two Revenge class battleships and the Attacker class escort carriers, two loaded with pure fighter groups, and two with anti submarine groups, will provide close cover for the assault convoy. As soon as the assault force arrives in Barbados, saturation bombing, including chemical weapons, will begin on Puerto Rican air and naval bases. Three days before D-Day, the 25th will deploy to airbases in Colombia. The landing will be preceded by nerve gas bombing from Colombia. SAS units will secure one airbase after Ethercite bombing while the others will be interdicted with Diethercite. RM Commandos, assisted by the 25th, will eliminate the Atlantic forts. For security reasons, no attempt will be made to involve the Colombians.

February 1941: The CW introduce the proximity fuse based on the cavity magnetron. To avoid the possibility of the capture of a cavity magnetron, the fuses are only to be used where there is no possibility an unexploded round could fall on hostile territory.

February 1941: The Curtis P-46 Kittyhawk enters operational services with the Pacific Alliance. Based on the P-40 Warhawk, it is powered by a licensed built DB601 engine armed with four 0.5" MG, it finally matches the best CW fighters. Three squadrons are immediately deployed to the Panama Canal.

February 1941: Physicists Ernest Lawrence and Glen Seaborg approach President Lindbergh suggesting the development of nuclear weapons. With the massively expensive B29/31 project underway and a short war with the CW expected, only minor funding is provided for a feasibility study.

February 1941: Believing the CW is planning an amphibious assault on Puerto Rico, an additional air units are deployed to defend the island. Plans are also put in place to reinforce the island with two additional divisions upon mobilisation. However plans are also made to deploy three additional divisions to Panama. One to the Canal itself and two to the Colombian border to prevent any land invasion. These divisions are withdrawn from the strategic reserve in the US upon mobilisation.

March 1941: With in now clear war with the Pacific Alliance will begin within weeks, the CW orders a full mobilisation and a war cabinet is formed. Under the mobilisation plan four divisions are immediately dispatched to utilise the prepositioned equipment in Canada. Four more using preloaded equipment will follow a week later, with final four another three weeks later as manpower arrives from the Dominions. Despite the meticulous planning, logistical issues delay each convoy by two weeks.

March 1941: With war now planed the Japanese naval estimates include two US Theodore Roosevelt class battlecruisers as the Iwate class. As the debate with the US over the correct fleet carrier has not been able resolved three more Amagi class fleet and six Unryu class light carriers are ordered. The program also includes a large number of cruisers, destroyers, anti submarine escorts and submarines. However by now Japanese shipbuilding capacity has reached its limit.

March 1941: With Pacific Alliance forces estimated to be two weeks from their start points, the CW war cabinet authorises Operation Lancer, the assault on the Panama Canal. The Caribbean Assault Force sets sail. To ensure security the assault convoy departs from two separate ports and the escort force another two. Pacific Alliance intelligence fails to detect their departure.

March 1941: The second two follow up divisions for the Panama assault arrive in Barbados. The Pacific Alliance continues to believe the target is Puerto Rico. With only three divisions in the US strategic reserve, only one division is dispatched to Puerto Rico.

March 1941: Two hours before the expiry of the Pacific Alliance ultimatum US Rangers cross into Canada in an attempt to seize the St Lawrence Seaway locks. Fierce fire fights erupt all along the Seaway between US and CW special forces defending the locks. The CW forces also cross into the US in an attempt to destroy the locks on the US side. The resulting clashes destroy most of the locks along the Seaway.

March 1941: The CW war cabinet meet the Pacific Alliance ultimatum. Long deliberations show deep divides, however the US attacks on St Lawrence locks produce a unanimous decision to reject the ultimatum. However no declaration of war is issued, forcing President Lindbergh to go to Congress for a declaration.