WWII: Part II is a timeline/mini-story based on what might have happened if the Allies adopted General Patton's plan of attacking "Uncle Joe's" Soviet Union after the defeat of Germany. Both Patton and Marshal Montgomery advocated "pushing the USSR back to the Oder." His plan wanted an alliance with the leftover Nazis, and he knew they might accept, since they wanted revenge for Operation: Barbarossa. I know there are tons of WWII buffs on here, so I think people'll like this. Oh, and look up people and place names: all real, and the people, like, say, Marshal Zhukov, were in the right location in Europe, and not somewhere like Asia or Africa.
Here we go!
April 30, 1945: The Reichstag is captured, officially destroying the Third Reich. Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz takes over.
May 1, 1945: Joseph Goebbels sends General Hans Krebs to deal with Soviet negotiator Vasily Chuikov. However, on the way to the negotiations, Krebs' car explodes after rolling over a leftover landmine. With no apparent peace, fanatic Soviet and German soldiers have a shoot-out in Berlin, which ends when the Soviet's deploy T-26 light tanks. American troops, still allied with the USSR, fight on. Goebbels commits suicide with his family.
May 2, 1945: General Helmuth Weidling, now in supreme control of Berlin, readies an unconditional surrender. However, both he and Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz receive phone calls from the USA, which is beginning to warm up to Patton's plan. However, Weilding, crushed at the death of the Fuhrer and Goebbels, rejects the USA's plea to not surrender to the Soviets. Weilding gets in his staff car, flanked by two panzer tanks and numerous motorcycles, to sign the unconditional surrender. The US acts. Upon getting out of his car, Weilding is assassinated by an American sniper. The sniper is never found. The fighting drags on.
May 5th, 1945: The Soviets launch the Prague Offensive. SS Obergruppenführer and General of Police Karl Hermann Frank announces to the Soviet-sympathizing Prague citizens that he will "drown any uprising in a sea of blood." During a bombardment by Russian artillery, Frank, Ferdinand Schörner, and Lothar Rendulic are killed. With no one in control, the German army breaks and retreats from the city. Little do they know that the Allies have signed a secret treaty with Dönitz. They retreat like madmen, desperately seeking safety. Finally, they hold up in an abandoned monastery and prepare for a last stand.
May 7th, 1945: The USSR attacks the monastery with a huge human wave attack. Just as it looks like the Soviets will overrun them, an American plane squadron buzzes the Soviets and kills them in droves. As the planes go back, Patton's tank divisions come over the hills and reinforce the bewildered Germans. Americans and Wehrmacht soldiers fight side-by-side after the information that the US has attacked the Soviet Union is conveyed clearly. The Soviets are crushed and the Allies push forward into Czechoslovakia. US and British troops in Berlin launch a huge offensive into Soviet Poland, liberating it.
May 8th, 1945: Germany officially denounces Nazism and the armbands are ripped from uniforms all across Europe. The soldiers are now seen sporting Imperial-style, pre-Hitler black, white, and red tricolor armbands. Stalin, furious at the betrayal by all
the Allies, enlists everyone he can get his hands on. A new Soviet force led by Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov and consisting of 2,000,000 men goes into Poland. Another, again 2,000,000, led by Ivan Konev attacks South-Eastern Europe, clashing with Patton's US and Wehrmacht tanks and infantry.
May 9th, 1945: Japan fights on against the world.
May 11th, 1945: Ivan Konev loses 300,000 men in a two-day offensive. Soviet brutality is rampant in Prague; Russians have, as Patton put it, "Murdered the men, raped the women, and plundered the treasuries."
May 12th, 1945: The furious allies rally again and crush Konev at Brno; Konev loses another 200,000.
May 12th, 1945: Stalin and Molotov are furious at Konev over the huge loses. Konev is recalled and exiled to Siberia, where he dies of cold two months later.
May 13th, 1945: Hovhannes Baghramyan, celebrated Red Armenian Marshal of the Soviet Union is placed in charge of Konev's old forces. He deals Patton a defeat at Zlin. However, the Czechs, angry over Soviet brutality, enlist. The Czech army attacks Baghramyan from behind days later, trapping him at Zvolen. With the Allies to the front and Czechs behind, Baghramyan sends frantic calls for help. Molotov orders Marshal Zhukov to rescue Baghramyan. Zhukov sends 600,000 men south to attack the weaker Czechs. The offensive succeeds, and the 600,000 are transferred to Baghramyan's army. Zhukov throws a fit at Stalin, which is not surprising since Zhukov was the only man known to tell Stalin what to do.
May 17th, 1945: Stalin somehow musters replacements in just a few days, and Zhukov's stalled offensive in Poland continues. Baghramyan is pushed back from central to eastern Czechoslovakia. He demands more tanks, saying Patton can crush him with his armored divisions. Stalin refuses, basically saying that Zhukov already had requested additional tanks, and that the USSR can only produce so many tanks. Baghramyan fumes, saying Patton will land him a solid defeat at any time.
May 19th, 1945: Patton, reinforced by new Saxon troops, attacks Baghramyan's troops at Presov. The Sherman and panzer tanks overwhelm the Soviet defenses, just as Baghramyan had predicted. Additionally, his forces were too stretched, and Patton's forces were, as he called it, like "an Allied finger poking through a Russky cobweb." Bagramyan still fields a huge force, but he retreats in the face of an even larger Allied army.
May 20th, 1945: The Wehrmacht, now under Walther von Brauchitsch, formerly one of the top dogs of German-occupied Europe, attacks Zhukov's army. The Germans are repelled, but not thoroughly defeated. Von Brauchitsch swears he will personally witness the execution of Zhukov. Zhukov attempts to break out of Poland and back into Germany, but local Germans, filled with hatred of the Red Army and Russia, aid the Wehrmacht and push him back into Poland.