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ISOT American 2002
Written by Dave Knudson, 
Time to jump on the ISOT bandwagon...
On March 13, 2002, the continental (i.e. lower 48 states) USA of that
day is switched with the USA from March 13, 1942.
The continental USA of 2002 ends up in 1942, the continental USA of
1942 ends up here.
I'm not interested in the 1942 world - presumably the 2002 USA
crushes (in no particular order) the Nazis, Japanese, Italians,
Soviets, Communist Chinese, Rumanians, Bulgarians, etc ad nauseum, and
makes the world into pseudos-America (kinda cool actually, if you
happen to be like me, maybe not so cool if you're not).
However, 2002 is an interesting case.  Alaska, Hawaii, and (here's the
kicker) all overseas US military forces are still of the 2002 variety.
 The 1942 USA would find itself in an unbelievable situation, but
already gearing for war.
What happens now?
The US still has considerable striking power, given our overseas
bases, subs, carriers, etc, as well as several active-duty divisions
in Europe and Asia.  There are also significant military assets and
infrastructure in Alaska and Hawaii.
What happens next?
Does the Middle East explode (even more than it already is)?
Does China strike at Taiwan?
Does North Korea invade South Korea?
Does India hit Pakistan?
How do Roosevelt, Marshall, et. al react to all this?
Can the overseas US forces get back "home" to an America 60 years out
of place?
What does NATO do?
Dave Knudson
CONUS USA 2002 in 1942
Note:  This is the “other side” of the USA ISOT issue I
raised a few days ago.  I’ve been working on what happens to the
1942 USA in 2002; I thought it might be fun to look at what happens to
the 2002 USA in 1942.  This is just pure fantasy fun, so please
don’t be offended…
	At 4:00 EST AM March 13, 2002, the lower 48 states of the United
States of America is surrounded by a wall of white light, which lasts
approximately 3 minutes.  The wall of light vanishes at 4:03 EST AM,
without doing any apparent damage.  The wall of light is visible to
all coastal and land border residents of the US, but due to the hour,
very few people actually see it.  The event is captured on numerous
cameras, and US satellites that happened to be over CONUS at the time
also record the event.
	As reports filter in, NORAD contacts the Pentagon, informs them of
the “wall of light”, and the subsequent lack of contact
with any US or allied military assets outside the continental United
States.  For the duration of the event, no US scanners, radar, or
other detection means within CONUS can detect anything at all outside
CONUS.  As soon as the event clears, NORAD is able to monitor outside
of CONUS again – however no US assets seem to exist beyond the
range of CONUS.
	At 4:10 AM EST, President George Bush is wakened by the Secret
Service, and hustled off to Marine 1, which takes him to Andrews.  He
is briefed by phone by the duty officers at the Pentagon and Cheyenne
Mountain.  Though no damage to the United States has occurred, and
there is no indication of an attack, there is no contact with anything
outside of CONUS, including Air Force 2, with Vice-President Cheney on
board.  Additionally, there is no explanation for the “wall of
light” many people are reporting.  Both duty officers recommend
an upgrade of the nation’s defence posture to DEFCON 2.  Bush
agrees, and all continental US military forces are placed on alert.
	By 4:29 AM, Bush is boarding Air Force 1, and the situation is even
more confused.  Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of
State Colin Powell, as well as other cabinet and military leaders, who
are gathering in, or en-route to the Situation Room at the White
House, join the Pentagon and NORAD duty officers in contact with Bush.
 The NSA is reporting that all overseas, Alaskan and Hawaiian stations
are down, but that signal intercepts are being gathered. 
Unfortunately, these intercepts make little sense.
	NASA reports that between 4:00 AM EST and 4:03 AM EST
“something” happened, but they are unable to provide any
data on what that “something” might be.  They do report
that 90% of US satellites are unresponsive, and that they have no
contact with any of their global tracking stations outside CONUS.  The
only satellites they do have contact with were those that happened to
be over CONUS between 4:00 and 4:03.
	Bush, with memories of 9/11, orders all planes (except for military
planes) grounded, and all ships to remain in port.  Five US CVN
carrier groups are in port; 2 are ordered from Norfolk to put to sea
in the Atlantic; 1 is ordered into the Pacific from San Diego.  The
Air Force is ordered to CAP major US cities.
	Meanwhile, Chester Nimitz in Hawaii is alerted.  US Naval
Intelligence at Pearl Harbor has lost all contact with the mainland. 
Fearing sabotage as a prelude to a Japanese invasion, the two US
infantry divisions on Oahu are alerted.  Contact with the British in
Australia, the remaining US forces besieged in the Philippines, and
the Canadians at Vancouver is fine, so the technicians at Pearl are
confused.  If sabotage cut off the islands, then they should be unable
to contact anyone; yet only the links to CONUS are down.
	Similarly, Dwight D. Eisenhower (note: I don’t know if Ike was
even in Britain at the time.  I don’t think he commander of
anything until TORCH, but I’m not sure) who is enjoying
breakfast with his British counterparts in London, is informed both by
US Army Intelligence and the British that all contact with CONUS has
been lost.  Additionally, very strange reports have been heard from
Canadians living near the US border – something about a wall of
light.  Alarmed, Churchill orders a Royal Navy squadron from Halifax
to investigate, while Eisenhower contacts the US Naval attaché.
	By 5:45 AM EST, the situation is even more confused for Bush on Air
Force 1, by this time over Indiana.  Two F-15s are escorting the
President’s plane.  NSA signal intercepts are clearer, after
frantic technicians retuned their equipment to the AM band.  Strange
reports of fighting in the Philippines, and the “Soviet
Union” are heard, as well as broadcast from the BBC, and,
amazingly, the US Armed Forced radio, reporting from Britain.  Bush
orders the Air Force to over fly Canada, Mexico, and Cuba.
	At 5:56 AM EST, on board U-431, Captain Gunter von Seechkt
can’t believe his eyes.  An enormous merchant ships, ablaze with
navigational lights is just sitting outside of New York harbor.  U-431
was just arriving, and although von Seechkt had heard reports that the
Americans had lousy convoying – this was too much to believe. 
He orders an attack.
	The freighter, the Panamian-registered Star of Colon is halted due to
Bush’s orders.  Carrying fruits and coffee from South America,
it never sees the three torpedoes that hit it.  Damage control
functions reasonably well, and the captain is able to contact the US
Coast Guard.  When the next two torpedoes from U-431 hit, they are
seen coming in.  Before abandoning his sinking vessel, the captain
does report that he’s been attacked by a submarine.
	By 6:10 AM, reports from the Star of Colon are coupled with those
from Detroit, Buffalo, Sarnia, El Paso, and other border locations. 
Mexico and Canada have changed.  Bridges in Detroit going over to
Windsor, Ontario end abruptly mid-river.  The cities themselves have
changed – Windsor is unrecognisable, as are cities border towns
and cities in Mexico.  US Customs agents on the border report roads
that just end at the border.
	Bush is isolated aboard Air Force 1 – the Secret Service
hustled him there with little ceremony.  Contact with the Situation
Room is maintained, however.  Bush orders the borders sealed, and all
air contacts warned off from US airspace.  Satellite links are largely
down, and an awakening America is finding its cell phones and direct
TV not working.  CNN and other major news organizations are cut off
from their non-CONUS subsidiaries, and Americans are becoming aware
that something is really, really wrong.  Two more merchantmen are
torpedoed by U-Boats almost within sight of the US East Coast, and the
Coast Guard scrambled to respond.
	By 7:23 AM EST, the USS Eisenhower battle group has put to sea from
Norfolk.  With reports of sub attacks from three points along the US
East coast, the group starts active ASW measures, along with a CAP. 
Almost immediately sonar and other means detect unknown submarines up
and down the coast.  The ASW personnel note that these subs are very
slow and very noisy.
	One of the subs is within five miles of the group.  Contacting the
CNO at the Pentagon, who contacts Bush, the group is authorized to
defend itself.  ASROC missiles from an escorting destroyer are fired,
acquire the German submarine almost immediately and sink it at 7:32 AM
	By 8:00 AM EST, four hours after the event, the world is very
confused.  In the United States, there is a sense of unreality,
similar to 9/11.  Most people can’t tell anything has happened,
but almost unbelievable reports from CNN, and stony silence from the
White House is lending a sense of panic to the air.  Rumours of
military manoeuvres, aliens, and nuclear war abound.  Local TV from
places like Detroit and Buffalo are broadcasting simply unbelievable
pictures from Canada, and late-run pictures of the Wall of Light lend
to wild speculation.  Political pundits are speechless, and only a
small group of people – mainly kooks who hang out on the
‘net on weird places like alternate history lists begin to
suggest time-travel.
	The rest of the world is also confused, but not with the same sense
of urgency.  Only in Canada are stunned residents really aware of the
change, and frantic attempts from Windsor to explain Detroit’s
Renaissance center are met with disbelief in Ottawa and London.
	At 8:15 AM, a small cabin on Air Force 1, Bush addresses the nation. 
He is clear, concise, and calm.  Something has happened, and the
situation is confusing.  A “Wall of Light” surrounded the
continental United States, and the world seems to have changed.  The
government is investigating, and has no clear answers yet.  There are
confused reports of fighting from around the world, but the government
can confirm nothing, and urges all Americans to remain calm.  Bush
announces that all banks are closed, and all wages and prices are
frozen until further notice.  He urges all Americans to remain in
their homes, and stay attentive to news reports.  Bush signs off, and
orders Air Force 1 to return to Washington.
	At 9:30 AM EST, two Canadian spitfires are detected by radar
approaching the Quebec-Vermont border.  Two F-16s are scrambled from
Logan AFB, and intercept them short of the border.  No voice contact
is made, but the spitfires quickly retreat from the mysterious rocket
planes.  One of the F-16 pilots is a history buff, and he recognizes
the Spitfire, which is reported to Bush.
	At 9:45 AM, the Mayor of Buffalo, New York crosses over to Canada. 
He is met by stunned Canadians.  He gets a newspaper, which reports
the date as March 13, 1942, and is filled with war news.  He crosses
back to Buffalo, where he shows the paper to stunned reporters.
	By 11:30 AM, Bush is back in the situation room.  Thousands of
incidents of people crossing the border have been reported.  In a
hurried conference with his science advisors, Powell, Rumsfled,
National Security Advisor Rice, and NASA, Bush concludes that the
continental United States has been transported back to 1942.
	He arrives at this conclusion much more quickly than does the rest of
the world.  The US forces overseas, mainly in the Pacific and Britain
have no real idea of what’s happening.  The Germans and Japanese
are, by this time, aware something is going on, but they’re not
sure what.  Stalin is informed that all contact has been lost with
Soviet agents in America.
	Churchill, who informs him of the fantastic reports coming from
Canada, contacts Stalin.  The nominal allies agree that more
information is needed, and Eisenhower contacts Nimitz, in Hawaii, who
agrees to send a task force built around the USS Hornet to the West
Coast.  A Royal Navy taskforce, built around the battleships King
George V and Renown, formerly on convoy duty, is already en route to
the US from Halifax.
More to Come.
USA 2002 in 1942 Part 2
(say that three times fast…)
	By 12:00 noon EST March 13, eight hours after the wall of light, the
government of the 2002 United States of America is aware that
something unbelievable has happened – that the continental 48
states of the union have been somehow transported back to the year
	The stunned government can barely respond – and when it does,
its automatic responses only.  Bush federalizes the National Guard,
and orders the borders sealed – for real this time.  No one in,
no one out.  Both Rumsfeld and Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge say
that this is virtually impossible, but they can try.
	Colin Powell points out that in 1942, the United States was at war
with a great many countries - Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and
Fascist Italy being the big three enemies.  However, the 2002 United
States is not at war with them.  Additionally, the United States has
commitments to wage war in concert with allies – most
importantly the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union.  At this
Condoleelzza Rice points out that the USSR is currently led by one
Joseph Stalin, a man many consider to be on par with Hitler for pure
	Before Bush can comment on this, Rumsfeld breaks in again.  The navy
has reported sinking 2 submarines – suspected Nazi U-Boats at
this point, and that three merchant vessels have been torpedoed.  Rice
again speaks – saying that early 1942 were a “happy
time” for German U-Boats off the US East Coast.  Bush asks about
the vulnerability of both civilian and military shipping.  No one
speaks for a minute, and Rumsfeld sends for an expert on World War II.
	CIA chief George Tenet breaks in.  Signal intercepts from the NSA
indicate heavy fighting around the world – as one would expect
in early 1942.  There is some indication that Britain and 1942 US
military forces outside CONUS know something is wrong, and a large
force of surface ships is approaching the Northeast coast.  The ships
are believed to be British.
	Bush asked about contacting Winston Churchill, or even 1942 US
military forces in Hawaii and the UK, and is informed that technicians
are working on it.  Press Secretary Ari Flieschman points out that
speculation in the press is rampant, and it won’t take people
long to figure out what’s going on.  Bush tells him to schedule
an address to the nation for 2:30 that afternoon.
	It’s late in the day in London, and Churchill has called an
emergency session of his war council, and asked the US Ambassador Joe
Kennedy and Eisenhower to sit it on it, along with the Soviet
ambassador.  Churchill informs them that all contact with the United
States has been lost, but that contact with US territories, like
Alaska, Hawaii, and the Philippines is available.  No reports of
natural disasters have been delivered, but that frankly insane reports
are coming from the US-Canadian border of huge buildings and strange
people.  Additionally, strange planes and even auto-rotors
(helicopters) have been seen.  A Royal Navy task force is steaming
south from Halifax, and should know something by tomorrow.  Churchill
also reports that the US Navy has dispatched a task force from Pearl
Harbor to the West Coast.  It will be at least three days before
anything is known from it.
	Before that, however, news is expected.  Admiral Nimitz has
dispatched long-range flying boats – Catalinas – with the
range to reach the west coast.  They should arrive within a few hours,
and issue a report.
	Air Marshall Dowding reports that two Canadian spitfires already sent
to reconnoitre the US were turned back by fantastic rocket planes. 
They did report the mysterious planes as having US markings –
but were also marked as belonging to the “US Air Force”.  
Churchill turns to Ike, but Eisenhower can give no explanation –
all land-based US military aircraft are a part of the US Army Air
Corps, and he’s never heard of the “US Air Force”.
	For now, Churchill decides, the war will continue as normal.  There
is extreme concern about the battle of the Atlantic, and that the
Germans and Italians under Rommel will continue a major push towards
Cairo.  In Russia, the winter is clearing, and both Soviet and British
intelligence believe the Germans will continue their push on Moscow. 
The news from the Far East continues to be depressing in the extreme
– the American in the Philippines are now hopelessly cut off
with the destruction of the ABDA naval assets in the NEI.
	In Berlin, Hitler meets with his military advisors.  Canaris advises
him “something” has happened regarding the United States. 
German agents in the UK report that the British have been going
bananas all day trying to figure out what’s going on.  German
intelligence also reports that all US radio stations that they could
monitor have gone off the air – except for those outside the
United States.
	Hitler is genuinely confused.  He grows more so when Grand Admiral
Raeder advises him that a strong British naval taskforce has been
ordered off convoy duty from Halifax to “investigate” the
US northeast.  Hitler is surprised by this, and sends for his
	At 2:30 PM EST, George Bush goes on TV from the Oval Office.  He
advises Americans that the government is still investigating what
happened, but that some preliminary facts are in.
	One, that the “Wall of Light” remains unidentified.
	Two, that reports of nuclear war are false.
	Three, that as far as the US government can tell, the Continental
United States has been transported back in time to 1942.  He says that
the government is unable to explain this, but that the transport did
not cause any damage.
	Four, that World War II is raging with Nazi Germany and Imperial
Japan.  He confirms the reports of the three merchantmen sunk that
morning off the east coast, and advises Americans to avoid the water
– for now.  He also advises Americans that significant military
assets were also transported with the US, and that he is extremely
confident that the military can keep the country safe while the
government continues its investigation.
	Five, that the stock market will remained closed until further
notice.  The emergency wage and price controls remain in place, and
Americans in vital jobs are to report to work.
	Six, that he is declaring a national state of emergency, and that all
military reservists are to report for duty.
	Reaction across the country is mixed.  Riots break out in some
supermarkets, as people rush to hoard food.  There is a run on banks,
and disorder when people can’t get to their money.  Several
governors request that Bush let them retain control of some units of
the National Guard to contain civil disorder, and Bush agrees.  Major
military units are ordered to be deployed to some cities.
	Bush is in the situation room again by 3:00 PM.  Several experts on
World War II have been located, and join the Cabinets, Majority Leader
Daschle, and the rest of the National Security Council, and the Joint
Chiefs of Staff and several scientists.
	Bush speaks to the NASA chief first.  The chief says he can offer no
explanation for what has happened, and that he has no way of telling
if it will happen again.  None of the scientists can offer an
explanation either.  It was clearly the work of an intelligence,
however, one of the scientists says.  How so, asks Bush.  The event
transported back only the United States.  The national boundaries are
arbitrary lines – drawn by humans.  There is no natural boundary
between North Dakota and Manitoba – it’s just an imaginary
line.  Therefore, it must have been a deliberate act.
	Bush ponders this, and then dismisses it.  There’s no way we
can address this now, he says, and anything with the power to
transport an entire country back in time is far beyond our
capabilities to impact anyway.  What he wants is a plan of action for
right now.
	Several people speak at once.  Bush holds up his hand to quiet them,
and then points at Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.  Abraham is as
confused as anyone else, but points out that the biggest problem
facing the nation is oil.  Bush is an oilman, so he listens intently. 
The United States imports oil – it has to, there’s not
enough domestic production to meet demand.  Domestic production can be
increased, but eventually more will have to be found.  The SPR –
Strategic Petroleum reserve can be tapped, but several military people
look unhappy with that.
	Luckily, Abraham points out, we know where to find oil.  Several
fields in the western hemisphere – tapped out by 2002 –
are available, and the Middle East has oil as well.  Enough tankers
are in port to transport the oil.
	Through the German Navy, asks Rumsfeld.  Bush turns to his military
people.  After consulting with the JCS and his commanders, Rumsfeld
lists assets.  Six regular army divisions are available, and five
complete carrier battle groups.  Several thousand aircraft are also
available, as are the ICBMs and several squadrons of B-52, B-1, B-2
and other bombers.  With the activation of reserves, another 14
divisions can be brought on-line in the next two months.
	As far as intel, most of the US Satellite network is mostly
unavailable, but some birds do remain.  The NSA is collating Intel
from them.  It is evident that heavy fighting is occurring in the USSR
and North Africa, as well as the Philippines and China.  The
Eisenhower and Constellation carrier battle groups off the East coast
report contact with 52 unidentified submarines, presumably Nazi
U-Boats.  There are also contacts from the Stennis off the West Coast,
these are presumably 1942 US boats.  Additionally, the Truman remains
in Norfolk and the Theodore Roosevelt is in San Francisco.  The
venerable Nimitz is undergoing an overhaul at Newport News.  The
Ronald Reagan is scheduled for completion is the next few months.  All
other US carriers were deployed, mostly in support of Enduring
	Bush nods.  What to do then?  An immediate babble starts up, and COS
Andrew Card motions for silence.  Bush nods at Powell.  The US, said
Powell, has an obligation to fight Hitler.  Technically, by waging
war, both Germany and Japan are in violation of their 1945 surrender
terms.  Someone points out that they haven’t surrendered, so
aren’t those documents invalid.
	Powell starts to reply, but Bush cuts him off.  The United States
will fight, he says.  He looks to Daschle, and asks him to call a
joint session of Congress, which Bush will address tomorrow. 
Meanwhile, Bush orders official contact made with Canada, Mexico, the
United Kingdom (Churchill is a personal hero of his) and all overseas
1942 US military forces, primarily Pearl Harbor.
	For the rest of the day the country settles down.  With no evident
immediate threat to life and limb, people for the most part enjoy a
day off.  Not so at the National Training Center in California.  Two
battalions of the Israeli 5th Armored division had just had their
butts handed to them (again) by the aggressor force – US troops
specially trained on Russian equipment.  Like everyone else, the Wall
of Light had shocked the Israelis.  They too had listened in stunned
disbelief to Bush’s press conferences.
	They heard 1942, and they heard “Nazis”…  
More to come if there’s interest…
Dave Knudson
USA 2002 in 1942 – Part 3
I haven’t forgotten USA 1942 in 2002 – but this is more
fun right now…
	Canadian, Mexican, Cuban, and British radio stations were able to
detect US AM transmissions.  Local listeners weren’t able to
make much sense of them, until Bush’s 2:30 press conference,
carried live by several AM stations.  Even with the reports coming
from places like Windsor and Niagara, the situation was too “War
of the Worlds” for most people – they remembered Orson
Wells, and weren’t going to be fooled again.
	However, by 4:00 PM EST (10:00 PM in the UK), transcripts of the
press conference “President Bush” had held were in London,
Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, and Moscow.  Both Allied and Axis intelligence
services were going bananas trying to figure out what was going on.
	Churchill, who’d been in an emergency meeting all day, was
going over the transcript (for the 9th time) with various people, when
a call came in.  Using some powerful transmitter, President Bush of
the United States of America was on the wireless.  There’s a
moment of collective shock at #10 Downing street, and then Churchill
indicated the set be brought it.
	After some static, George Bush is talking to Winston Churchill. 
Though warned that this was open line by the British, the Americans
don’t seem concerned.  Sir Christopher Meyer, British ambassador
to the US was with Bush, and Ike and Joe Kennedy were with Churchill.
	There were some confused words, and an agreement that a face-to-face
meeting was imperative.  Churchill invites Bush to Britain, which Bush
is agreeable to, but others convince them that it would be better for
Churchill to come to Washington.  Churchill can use available British
transport to get to the US, but Colin Powell recommends using a US
jet.  An older Boeing 727 (it is feared no runway in 1942 Britain
could land a 747) that the State Department used for ferrying
important diplomats around is readied at Andrews.  The 727 has enough
range to get to Britain and back (since there’s no jet fuel in
the UK).  Air Marshall Dowding is worried about escorting the plane,
as the Germans were undoubtedly listening.  A US admiral with Bush
shrugs.  No big deal.  The 727 can out run anything the Germans have,
and the Ike carrier group will be in range to provide air cover in a
day or so.
	Churchill agrees – over the objections of his security people. 
The plane will leave in 24 hours, to give the Ike time to get into
position.  The US Secretary of State will ride the plane as well.
	In Berlin, the Germans were listening to that, and a multitude of
other conversations from America.  Most are completely bewildering,
but almost all are scathingly anti-Nazi.  Many of the radio stations
are call-in stations, and the condemnations heaped down on the head of
Hitler and others in the Nazi hierarchy are – strong – to
say the least.
	In particular, the Germans note many Americans talking about
“death camps” – and – worse – naming
them.  Many Americans, both Jews and others, are demanding immediate
action to liberate those camps.  There are many calls for the use of
nuclear weapons.  Most German listeners have no idea what a
“nuclear” weapon is – except that it can’t be
	In Moscow, the NKVD isn’t much happier.  The vast majority of
the transmissions from America seem to be strongly anti-Nazi, which is
good, but a small, very vocal minority is anti-Stalin.  Several
stations carry history discussions, and note that Soviet repression
grew after the 1945 surrender of the Germans.  Several people
recommend crushing the Soviet Union as soon as Germany is defeated. 
Beria, who is personally monitoring the situation for Stalin, calls
for immediate emergency session of the Politburo.
	In Tokyo, the Japanese are still very confused.  They aren’t
getting all the same information.  The Americans are talking about the
Bataan Death March, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The Japanese have no
idea why those particular cities would interest the Americans.
	The Imperial Japanese Navy was preparing for a strike against the
British in Ceylon.  New orders are sent – the Combined Fleet is
to gather at Truk for possible future operations against Hawaii.
	Bush has another meeting – this time with his economic
advisors.  A growing sense of urgency has gripped them.  The US
economy could be a shambles very quickly, they warn.  The US economy
was tightly integrated with the global economy.  Many US firms, and,
therefore US jobs were dependent on overseas trade.  That trade is
gone.  Furthermore, US dependency on gasoline to run the economy is
also high.  Gas rationing is probably necessary.
	Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, and others recommend that several steps
be taken:  One, that all US reservists be called up – thus
removing a large number of people from the employment pool.  Two, that
the stock market remain closed until the US economy stabilizes. 
Three, that the government freeze all prices.  Four, that banks limit
what cash they give their borrowers.  Five, that the US federal
government embark on an immediate program of public works, and
military expansion to employ America’s labor force.
	Bush is concerned.  This smacks of socialism in his mind, and he
fears that military expansion coupled with massive public works will
bankrupt the government.  Not to worry, says Greenspan.  In the long
term, the prospects for the US economy are golden.  The whole world
will be dependent on US tech, US business practices, and US expertise.
 The US is poised to be even wealthier than it was – after some
short and medium term pain.
	At 4:15 AM EST, March 14, 1942, Convoy PQ-17 en-route from Halifax to
Liverpool is attacked by a German u-boat wolfpack.  Frantic calls from
the convoy to the British navy for help are intercepted by the NSA. 
They inform the JCS, who informs the President.  Bush doesn’t
hesitate – the Ike is on a few hundred miles away.  The US Navy
is ordered to render assistance.
	By 5:15, two merchantmen have been sunk, and another is ablaze as the
dawn sky begins to brighten.  Two F-18s from the Ike overfly the
convoy – stunning the crews of the remaining ships with their
appearance.  They report the situation, and several Sea Stallions are
dispatched to the area.  Additionally, P-3c Orions are on the way.
	SACLANT in Norfolk is on the wireless with the Admiralty.  After a
call from Churchill, the admiralty orders PQ-17 to turn south, towards
the Ike.  Other German wolfpacks are converging, and the sonar from
the US ships should be able to track them.
	By 7:30 EST, Navy helicopters are conducting S&R for the convoy
victims, and others are hunting the subs.  1942 German subs prove
ridiculously easy to find, and the Orions and helos are able to kill
several.  The crews of the merchant ships and escorts are unable to
believe the sights they are seeing.
	One of the escorts is the 1942 US destroyer Campbell.  Aggressively
hunting the subs, it is contacted by the Ike.  It is ordered to
proceed at high speed to link up with the carrier group.  The admiral
in charge needs a “local” expert to help him with this
crazy situation, and the Campbell just got elected.
	Bush is informed of the “battle” in the Atlantic, and
calls another military conference.  He wants to know the situation. 
The briefing is more like a history lesson than anything else.  In the
USSR, the Germans are preparing to launch an offensive against the
Caucasus oil.  In Egypt, the British and Rommel’s Afrika Corps
are locked in a death struggle for Cairo.  In the Far East, the
Japanese are over-running what would become Indonesia, and have 20,000
US and Phillipino troops isolated in Bataan.
	Bush wants to know if anything can be done in the Philippines.  Not
quickly, is the answer.  With no bases capable of supporting them, no
assets can be staged from CONUS.  The Army has been in contact with
MacArthur, in Australia, and wants to know what to do.
	An Air Force general recommends having them surrender – if
they’ll even accept orders from Bush.  They gain the US nothing
by continuing to fight, and it’s unlikely that the US can get
help to them in time to make a difference.  Bush ponders that. 
Meanwhile, he orders all reserves activated, and a recruitment drive
to raise more troops.  The generals blanche at this – if it
really is 1942, then existing US troops should be enough to win.  Bush
orders them to recruit more troops anyway – his concern is
economic, not military.
	Colin Powell and George Bush have brief meeting with the 2002
ambassadors from Japan, Germany and Italy.  They are friendly, as 48
hours ago all three nations were staunch US allies.  The ambassadors,
who’d talked to each other before this meeting present a united
front to Bush and Powell.
	They understand that the situation is insane, and that the US has an
obligation to affect “regime changes” in their countries. 
Their concerns are for civilian casualties, and, in particular, about
the use of nuclear weapons.
	Bush and Powell are sympathetic.  Yes, the regime change will take
place.  Yes, the US will minimize casualties as much as it can.  No,
no use of nuclear weapons is planned, but it remains an option to the
United States should a conventional military operation go sour. 
Furthermore, the US government is counting on the ambassadors and
staffs of the embassies to provide guidance and advice in the tough
days ahead.
	The ambassadors thank the President, and leave.  On the way out, the
German ambassador asks what the US is planning to do about Stalin. 
Not Russia, but Stalin.  Powell and Bush look at each other.  This is
another question to be answered.
	Bush’s address to Congress is full of the kind of high-minded
language and oratory typical of historic moments.  Bush is unable to
offer any explanation for what has happened, but states that reality
can not be ignored.  Adolph Hitler is alive, and killing millions. 
The US has a historic and moral obligation to stop him, and the US
will.  Already, Bush informs them, the US Navy is engaged against
German submarines in the Atlantic.
	Bush outlines his plan.  With America’s ally Britain, the US
will defeat the true “Axis of Evil” as quickly as
possible.  America’s vast technological lead assures victory,
Bush said, and this time the war won’t last until 1945.  Severe
economic shocks will hit the country, and Bush assures Congress and
the American people that the administration has a plan to deal with
this.  However, for now, banks will remain closed, and gas rationing
will be implemented.
	In closing, Bush asks for formal declarations of war against the Axis
powers.  He closes on a religious note:  Might this event have been
the work of the almighty, who has given America the chance to right
the terrible wrongs of the last sixty years?  Can we turn our backs,
asks Bush, on a world where this is so much more injustice than anyone
can remember?  With America’s leadership, humanity can face a
new dawn of hope, and a future of promise.
	In Berlin, German intelligence hears this.  Hitler and his advisors
meet.  In Moscow, the NKVD can not help but notice the only ally
mentioned was Britain.  The anti-Stalin rhetoric from US radio
stations has not abetted.
	At the NTC in California, the officers of the two Israeli battalions
have a brief meeting.  They would not wait, it was decided.  The Nazis
were killing Jews now.  They would leave California now.  Too bad they
couldn’t take their tanks…
USA 2002 in 1942 Part IV "Orientation"
	At 4:30 AM PST March 15, 1942, 77 year-old Miquel Jimenez got up in
his home, located just south of Tuscon, Arizona.  He got into his 4x4
SUV, and drove south along Interstate 19 to within 5 miles of the
Mexican border.  He turned off on a service road along the interstate
that led to a small, unmarked dirt road.  His SUV bumped along that
road until it ended abruptly at the Mexican Border.  Miquel stopped
his SUV off the side of the road.
	The Border patrol, never more than a token presence here in the
wastes west of Nogales, had repaired the fence since Miquel's last
journey a few months ago, but that didn't matter to Miquel.  He took a
pair of bolt cutters from the back seat of the SUV, and grabbed a
backpack and canteen.  Spry for his age, Miquel wielded the cutter
like the mechanic he'd been for decades.  The bolt cutter made short
work of the fence, and Miguel slipped through and walked south into
	After a walk of six miles, with several stops and turns to orient
himself and his decades-old memories of the place, Miquel stopped
before a small farmhouse.  A few minutes after that, he was shaking
hands with his 17 year-old self.
	Miquel's experience was repeated by dozens of people over the next
few days.  For some it was joyful, some terrible, and some just
terribly confusing.  The government was unable to offer any
explanation for how this could be, and churches saw a surge in
	On March 15, the "Battle of the Atlantic" is in full swing.  The
CAMPBELL had met up with the EISENHOWER group.  The captain of the
CAMPBELL came on board the huge CVN, and could only gape.  An
explanation was offered, but the poor man could not understand what
was happening.  Finally, he gives a stuttering interview to a CNN
camera team on the boat, and is struck speechless by the roar of an
F-18 taking off.
	The captain is escorted down to CIC, where seemingly magical sensors,
relaying  information from helicopters and escort ships, display every
German submarine within 200 miles of the group.  Even the submerged
	The EISENHOWER was under orders to clear the shipping lanes of German
submarines and aircraft.  One of the techs on the IKE had an idea. 
Why not give the Germans a chance to surrender by letting them know
how out-classed they were?  Some sonar equipment on two sea stallion
helicopters and a destroyer was reconfigured, and a sub selected.
	The lucky German sub promptly submerged at the sight of the
approaching helicopters.  A torpedo with a dummy warhead was launched,
which struck the German sub, caused relatively little damage, but got
the Germans' attention. The helicopters and destroyer then used their
sonar to communicate.  Rather than the "ping-ping" of normal sonar,
they put out a series of pings and longer tones that emulated Morse
Code - "Surface or Die" - repeated several times.  Then, just to show
they were serious, the US sailors launched another torpedo with a
dummy warhead.  The sub surfaced, and the crew interned.  Over the
next few days this procedure was repeated, with varying degrees of
success, as some German subs did flee or try to fight.  They were
	The procedure worked even better after someone had the bright idea of
tran-sonaring the messages in German rather than English.
	As German submariners were experiencing Darwinism in person, the
EISENHOWER group was approaching Europe.  Several German long-range
FW390C CONDOR four-engine naval scout/bombers met F-18s.  The results
were fairly predictable, though the IKE's S&R teams did manage to fish
some German pilots from the sea.
	On March 16, Winston Churchill was standing with Ike, Joe Kennedy and
Anthony Eden watching an impossible plane land.  They were at a bomber
base near Manchester, England, and the 727 coming towards them with
"United States of America" emblazoned on the side was impossible not
to see.  The propeller-less aircraft lined up, and did a perfect
landing on the tarmac.
	Overhead, equally impossible planes circled the field.  Though none
of the men on ground recognized them, all knew military planes when
they saw some.  They had the lean, sharp look of killers.  The RAF had
a squadron of Spitfire Vs up providing CAP as well, but it was clear
the fighter jets were far more capable.
	The plane taxied for a bit, and then a ladder was pushed up to the
door.  It wasn't the right size of course, but some quick adjustments
fixed that.  With much less pomp than befitted the Prime Minister of
the United Kingdom, a couple of men in blue uniforms descended the
stairs.  The saluted Churchill, and Eisenhower, and introduced
themselves as members of the United States Air Force.
	An African-American also descended the stairs.  He was in a suit, and
smiled at Churchill.  Shaking hands, he introduced himself as Colin
Powell, Secretary of State of the United States.  As he was doing so,
the F-18s suddenly roared off to the East.
        One of Air Force men touched an earpiece, and nodded at
Powell.  The Germans were coming.
	The last three days had been confusing to Germans.  Strange reports
from America, loss of contact with Atlantic U-boats, and reports of
rocket planes from Condors.  Then the call from "President Bush" to
Churchill.  A chance to get the British PM was too good to miss. 
Three squadrons of FW190 fighters were tasked.  They had the range to
make Manchester from Calais.
	The AWACs from IKE saw them almost immediately.  The two F-18s
circling Manchester were joined by two more from the IKE.
	At twenty miles separation the four US planes started launching
missiles.  8 FW190s blew up before they knew anything was coming.  The
remaining FW190s went to evasive, and tried to see what was killing
them.  6 more died from more missiles before they did.  Impossible
planes flashed by, guns blazing.  Two more German planes died. 
However, the FW190 was one of the premier propeller fighters in the
world, and they were piloted by combat veterans.  They looped and
rolled, and fled back to France, all thought
of engaging these monster planes gone.  The US jets made another pass,
and two more FW190s exploded.  The remaining 5 sped off to France. 
Remarkably they made it - as the US jets broke off, under orders to
let them escape.
	At Manchester, Powell and Churchill boarded the plane.  Churchill's
security men did a sweep of the plane, and took up positions within. 
Churchill expressed concern about leaving when the Germans were
coming, but Powell assured him the attack had already been turned
back.  As they boarded the plane, one of Churchill's security team
curled his lips slightly in a sneer at the idea of a black man speaking
to the Prime Minister of Great Britain as if they were equals.
	Inside the impossible plane were luxurious accommodations, a full
communications suite, and a copy of the TIME-LIFE Atlas of World War
	In the Pacific, the USS STENNIS battle group is sailing for Hawaii,
full speed.  The group is at battle stations, pinging away at
submarines.  Approaching them is a 1942 carrier group built around the
HORNET.  Nimitz in Pearl is in contact with Eisenhower and MacArthur. 
Eisenhower reports from the 727 that yes indeed, these people are from
future, and, yes indeed they have some amazing military equipment. 
Nimitz is ordered to prepare for the arrival of US Defence Secretary
Rumsfeld from Washington.
	When Nimitz asks about the Secretary of the Navy, he informed that
position no longer exists.
	In America, a rash of panic buying is on.  People flood supermarkets
and gas stations.  Bush doesn't hesitate - the National Guard is
deployed.  Riots break out in some cities, but are quickly suppressed.
 By the 17th, something like calm is coming over the nation.  There is
no immediate shortage of food or electricity, and no identifiable
	Millions of people, American and foreign must come to terms with
something, however.  Loved ones overseas on March 13 are gone - not
necessarily dead - but gone.  Parents have lost children, people have
lost relatives fighting in Afghanistan, the State Department has been
	The government responds ineptly at best.  The scope of the problem is
so huge that no one organization can cope.  Some places deal better
then others.  There are isolated outbreaks of violence as
grief-stricken people decide the government is responsible for this. 
These are quelled by local police, but the seeds of doubt are planted.
	NASA is ordered to repair the satellite network - at once.  NASA does
have considerable launch capacity, and does have some satellites
available.  However, to repair the network will require the
manufacture of more satellites.  Although "mostly" constructed in the
United States, some components were manufactured elsewhere.  US firms
can make up the difference, but it will take time.
	Still, both Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg start preparing rockets for
	In Berlin, the reports from the Condors are supplemented with those
from the surviving FW190s.  The news is not good, as the FW190s - the
best Germany has - were obliterated with ease.  A panic situation
grips Zossen and Berlin.  The future Americans are calling for the
eradication of Nazism, and right now, there is not enough information
to stop them.
	In Moscow, the mood is not much better.  The radio reports from
America are confusing, but conclusions seem inescapable.  Soviet spies
report the defeat of the U-boats and that Churchill was met by a
fantastic aircraft in Britain.
	Most concerning, however, is the near fanatical hatred of Stalin in
the American media.  Most are openly calling for him to be crushed. 
The only good thing is that the hatred of Hitler seems even greater. 
However, it is clear that most Americans don't seem to differentiate
much between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.  They seem to think both
systems are pure evil.
	Something the USSR and Nazi Germany suddenly have in common, it would
	The Israeli commander at the NTC is in touch with his embassy in
Washington.  The city is in chaos, which is understandable.  Both the
Ambassador and the Israeli commander had family members die in the
camps - from the Holocaust.  Both want it stopped - and do not want to
wait for the Americans to do it.
	The Ambassador tells the commander to sit tight - for now. 
Transportation is being arranged by the Mossad.
USA 2002 in 1942 Part V – “Assessing Options”
	When Winston Churchill stepped off the 727 at Andrews AFB, he was
shaken.  Not by the plane ride – smoother than any he’d
ever known – or even by the almost preternatural speed of its
transatlantic crossing.  No, he was shaken by what Secretary of State
Colin Powell had shown him in the Atlas of World War II.  He’d
understood - on an intellectual level at least – that remarkable
as it was, time travel of a whole country had occurred.  The atlas,
however, had brought that home on an emotional level as well.  More
than the 727, a black US Secretary of State, the F-18s or anything
else, the atlas brought home to him that this was REAL – there
was no denying it.  The pictures of him with Franklin and Uncle Joe at
Tehran, and then later Yalta – they felt right.  But that
wasn’t what shook him
	Churchill took comfort from the Allied victory the atlas had set
forth.  Even without the magic of the 21st century, he and Franklin
had put the rabid dog Hitler down.  The battles of in North Africa and
Italy, operation Overlord, the bulge, all had happened.  The Atlas
spelled out the immense pain that victory had cost though – for
Britain more than America, and for Europe in general the most of all. 
Colin Powell had explained that none of this would happen, assuming
the time event didn’t whisk them back to the 21st century. 
America’s weapons were vastly better.  The atlas revealed
pictures of some of those weapons – and their effects.  That
wasn’t what shook Churchill either.
	The thing that really shook Churchill – more than anything else
– was the small section of the atlas devoted to biographies of
the major actors of World War II.  Nothing more than sidebars, really,
a man’s entire life reduced to a few paragraphs in a
coffee-table book.  All men die – the mystery is in when.  But
not for Churchill, for the small biography in the atlas revealed that
history had decided that Winston Churchill was to die on January 24,
	At the civic center in Atlanta, Georgia, the crowd was swelling. 
Atlanta PD estimated 120,000 people showed up for what had been an
impromptu, non-denominational gathering of the Christian faithful.  
Southern Baptists predominated, of course, but the Methodists were
also represented, along with some Episcopalians and even the odd
Catholic or two.  Of course, most of the “fringe”
Christian groups were there as well, along with the usual assortment
of UFO and Scientologists and Lyndon Larouchies.
	A man could do well here, thought Jeremiah Jesus Jones –
Triple-J to his friends.  Triple-J had started his adult life as a
small-time scam artist and con man.  Like most con artists, he got
nailed, eventually.  After doing 2 years in the Texas State
penitentiary, Triple-J had decided that prison wasn’t for him. 
In prison, he’d met a man simply called the Reverend.  The
Reverend had made millions as head of a Church.  Triple-J
couldn’t believe the stories the Reverend told – just make
up some BS about God, and people give you money.  And best of all
– the law couldn’t touch you, since it was a church and
all.  The Reverend would still be out there making money if one of his
accountants hadn’t found religion (real religion) and sold him
Upon his release, Triple-J founded the Church of Everlasting Mercy
(CEM).  He became an accredited priest of the cloth from some Internet
site, and he was bright enough to craft a message that attracted some
followers.  With his southern accent, striking appearance, and fluent
Spanish, JJJ had made millions.  But he dreamed of bigger things.  The
problem was, he was hardly the first person to come up with this idea,
and the big slots were all full already.  The Big Boys - as Triple-J
thought of them – Falwell, Robertson, Swaggert, and the rest
were rolling in loot.  Triple-J wanted a piece of that pie – but
he needed a way to break in.  Triple-J was patient, though, his day
would come.
 The crowd was hungry for answers – and the government
wasn’t providing any.  Either were any of the talking-head
reporters, or even the Big Boys – Falwell wasn’t even here
and Swaggert didn’t seem to know what to say.  The crowd was
angry, confused, and most of all, scared.
	Yes sirree, thought Triple-J, it looks like today's could be my day.
	In the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington,
DC, the mood was tense, frightened, and bewildered.  The fantastic
reports on the American media were unbelievable, but also undeniable.
	A stormy meeting was underway in a secure conference room –
what to do.  The Great Chairman, Mao, was alive again.  There was
official joy over this, and unofficial panic.  The people in that room
were old enough to remember the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural
Revolution, the Gang of Four, and the dark days before Deng.  On the
surface, their choice of action seemed obvious – assist the
Great Mao in his holy task of defeating the Nationalists.
	But all was not well.  China – the Middle Kingdom – faced
years of threats – both from within and without – and the
Chairman might not have all the answers.  And there was the question
of the Americans.  They’d supported Chiang, and kept his puppet
Taiwan from the fold even into the 21wst Century.  Despite their
knowledge, there was little the Chinese embassy could do to impact the
whole United States.  The people in the meeting had much to think on.
	In the Situation Room, Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower
were greeted with a standing ovation.  Military men, members of
Congress, some Cabinet people, the British ambassador, and President
George Bush all rose.  Churchill smiled, gave a “V” sign,
and lit up a cigar.  Despite the “No Smoking” sign,
someone got the PM an ashtray.
	George Bush introduced himself, the 2002 British ambassador Sir
Christopher Meyer, and selected members of the 2002 US government in
the Situation Room to both 1942 men.  Winston beamed, while Ike was
studying the various monitors about the room.  The monitors showed
satellite images of the Earth, and computer-generated schematics of US
naval assets and deployments.
	In particular, Ike, and the other 1942 military men, were drawn to a
large monitor that displayed the position of every remaining German
submarine in the Atlantic shipping lanes, as reported by 2002 US naval
forces.  Also, some intelligence was coming in on German field
deployments in Western Europe.
	After a few minutes of welcome, Churchill sat down at the table. 
He’d been stunned and amazed by his short ride from Andrews,
through the DC suburbs.  So much change had taken place.  The 2002
Americans obviously had wealth and technology beyond the dreams of
avarice, and Winston looked forward to this meeting.
	George Bush opened the meeting.  He started by saying despite the
strangeness of the situation, he was happy to report to Churchill that
the United States and Great Britain were as close in 2002 as in 1942,
and that the United Kingdom could continue to count on the full
support of the United States.  Meyer echoed this, and reported that
the Embassy staff had been in contact with the year 2002 British
citizens in the United States, and that, while stunned by the event,
Britain’s citizens would help during the time ahead.
	The Americans had identified three main problems facing the Allies. 
The first was the war against the Axis; the second was the maintenance
of the 2002 US economy, and finally there was the post-war world
– in particular China, the Soviet Union and finally the European
colonies around the world.
	Churchill furrowed his brow, and indicated he didn’t know why
the colonies were an issue.  After all, it was the burden of Christian
civilization to minister to those less fortunate under God then they. 
There was dead silence in the room, broken by Bush, who smiled, and
indicated that they should deal with that when the time came.
	First – the war.  Bush spoke.  He wanted it clear to the 1942
people that the war could be over in hour.  At the surprised looks
from Churchill and Ike, an aide started a DVD player.  On it was a
copy of a PBS broadcast of nuclear weapons.  The program included a
quick description of a hydrogen bomb, the basic principles behind it,
footage of test blasts from Nevada and Bimini, and finally some
graphics showing destruction projections for various US cities if they
were hit.  Bush indicated that less than a hundred of these weapons
– and the US had thousands – would eliminate both Germany
and Japan as powers and cultures for the next few thousand years.
	Churchill and Ike were stunned, and Churchill actually looked eager. 
We should use this now – to destroy the Nazi beast in its lair. 
Bush looked uncomfortable.  There was considerable debate, he said,
about using these weapons at all.  They were so dangerous and
destructive that it was difficult, in good conscious, to use them
against any enemy, even Hitler.  They remained an asset, of course,
but Bush had decided, and made it clear it was his decision, not to
use them in combat at this point.
	There was also considerable debate, Bush said, about a demonstration
blast, perhaps at a remote island.  It was thought by some in the US
government that a demonstration of the power at America’s
command would convince the Axis to simply surrender.  Others thought
the Axis’ historical response to overwhelming odds –
sending children out to die in hopeless battles – indicated a
degree of fanaticism that no demonstration could move.  Bush wanted
Churchill’s opinion.  Churchill shrugged – the weapons
were impressive enough – why not try it?  Environmental impacts
were not something he thought of.
	As for the conventional war, then the JCS had a plan for that.  First
of all, naval and air assets of the United States would absolutely
secure naval air dominance over and around the British Isles.  No more
bombers would hit British cities – guaranteed.  A build-up of US
supplies and forces would take place in the UK.  This would
necessitate the conversion of some British facilities to support them,
but no one thought that was issue.  The first thing would be the
neutralization of all EuroAxis air and naval assets.  It was thought
that that two US CVNs and several squadrons of fighters based from the
UK, Gibraltar and Egypt could accomplish this.  The Germans had no
defence against the US Air Force, and their subs were being swept from
the Atlantic.
	After a period of build up, the invasion of Europe would take place. 
Tentatively, this was scheduled for mid-September, at a site to be
determined.  Churchill seemed aghast at this – too soon!  What
about North Africa, Italy, and Norway?  Bush shrugged.  His military
people had convinced him the best way to win was to land and take
Berlin.  As for the German Army?  A tour of Fort Hood, Texas, home of
the US 1st Armored Division was arranged.
	For the Pacific, 2 CVNs would eliminate the Imperial Japanese Navy by
June 1.  Once that was accomplished, US SSNs would strangle Japanese
trade.  The marines would grab some islands, and US air assets staged
out of them.  Japan was not expected to present a problem.
	All in all, the war was expected to be largely over before November
of 1942.  Isolated Axis military units were expected to fight on,
particularly in the Pacific, but German and Japanese ability to impact
global trade or threaten other nations should be eliminated by then.
	Churchill was flabbergasted.  That’s it?  The war over in a few
months?  That smacked of over-optimism.  Bush agreed that it was
optimistic, but asked that the Prime Minister reserve judgment until
he became more conversant with 2002 US military capabilities. 
Besides, said Bush, a criticism of the military is that the generals
are always fighting the last war.  This time, they actually get to.
	On to the US economy.  The US economy is hugely dependant on oil. 
Foreign oil.  Luckily, US petrochemical companies knew where that oil
was.  Once the Axis military threat was dealt with, the oilmen would
go out.  A strong US presence in the Gulf was anticipated – to
whit, the US would be focusing on Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  Churchill
pointed out the UK’s own need for oil, and Sir Meyer indicated a
display showing North Sea oil deposits.
	After that, a massive retooling of not only the US economy, but also
the global one.  Churchill is shocked to learn that in 2002, Germany,
Japan, and the Republic of Russia are all US allies.  Capitalism had
swept the globe, and Churchill felt the first stirring of fear.  The
world in 2002 seemed to be an American one, where American ideals,
culture and politics dominated.  While vastly preferable to Nazism or
Communism, Churchill wasn’t sure how he felt about that.
	At this point, Bush broke up the meeting.  He was sure Churchill was
tired, and offered the hospitality of the White House.  Churchill
thanked him, and asked to stay at the British Embassy.  Sir Meyer
agreed, and they left.
	Sir Meyer was in for a long night, because Churchill had questions.
	As the meeting broke, and various military leaders left to give
orders to US units, John Ashcroft drew Bush aside, and reminded him
that he needed a vice president.
	In Germany, a growing sense of panic reigned.  German radios
continued to pickup the bizarre stories from America, and the ease
with which the FW190s had been smashed to ground was frightening to
contemplate.  Hitler, at Zossen with OHW and OKH, was in a quandary.
	The USSR would be finished this summer – he was sure of it. 
Only the damnable mud and cowardice of his generals had enabled to
Bolsheviks to survive this long as it was.  The threat from the West,
thought manageable until the war against Russia was complete seemed
far greater now.  Canaris was able to provide little data, other that
German U-boats were surrendering in large numbers to the American
Navy.  The few reports they did have indicated magical military
	All of this was backed by implacable hatred coming over the radio
from America.  In particular, a seemingly endless numbers of Jews
talking about something called the Holocaust.  To Hitler, America was
a mongrel, Jew-infested place that would be better ignored, if not for
its insane meddling.
	The only good note that German intelligence was able to report was
that almost as many broadcasts were anti-Stalin as anti-German
(Canaris was careful not to say ‘anti-Hitler’ though in
truth they were).  Most Americans seemed to want him dead as well.
	Hitler fumed and Hitler fidgeted and Hitler sat.  The option open to
him was abhorrent, but his generals recommended it.  Hitler hated the
option – it went against everything he believed in.  His crusade
was working – Europe and Germany were being cleansed, and the
Bear was on the ropes.  But this new America – this threatened
the very soul of the Nazi state, and could not be allowed to exist.
	Sighing to himself, Hitler called for Joachim Ribbentrop.  He wanted
the German Foreign minister to make a call.
	In Moscow, Stalin was stony-faced as the Politburo met.  Each member
gave a carefully crafted opinion – either about the strange
messages from America, or the evidence from Soviet spies in
German-occupied Europe.  The Luftwaffe had been stung by mystery
planes, but the U-Boats were reporting impossibilities.  The
possibility that this was some fascist-capitalist trick could not be
	What to do?  The Nazi animal occupied much of the USSR.  The
victories of the winter must be expanded – but Soviet arms were
still weak.  This new America seemed as much a threat to the USSR as
the Germans.
	An aide entered.  It seemed the Swedish ambassador had called.  A
message was waiting for Comrade Molotov.
	From Berlin.
	At the NTC, the Israeli commander met with his unit commanders.  A
change was coming.  Transport would be arriving.  It was time to get
	Time to kill Nazis.
USA 2002 in 1942 Part VI - "Reactions"
Winston Churchill gazed out of the limo's windows at the Cherry
Blossoms on the Mall.  So much had changed, and yet these were the
same as he remembered them.  He remembered his last trip to
Washington, right after Pearl Harbor.  Franklin and the Americans had
been so shocked.  They had seen the world collapsing around them as
the Japanese overran Asia.  Churchill and the British had seen
salvation - with America's strength, who cared about the Philippines
or Malaya (though Churchill still winced at the thought of Singapore).
Now it was Churchill's turn to see the world collapse.  The days he'd
spent with Ambassador Meyer had been - interesting, to say the least. 
Devastating in their own way.  The next decades, Churchill now knew,
would see the dissolution of the British Empire - despite the victory
over the Nazis.  That was very bad, in Churchill's mind.  What was
truly incomprehensible though, was that Sir Christopher, a Peer of the
Realm, (and, evidently a good one to be awarded the plum
Ambassadorship to the United States) actually viewed this a good
thing.  He had prattled on to Churchill about the rights of people (as
if the British Empire could be better ruled by the small brown
people who lived in parts of it rather than good Europeans), and how
the British were better off without the Empire, and even how the
Commonwealth survived in a form.  But all Churchill saw was the
retreat from Empire - the retreat of Christian civilization.  After
two world wars, centuries of exploration and discovery - it was all
for naught.  The retreat of the Empire, matched by a subdued fury from
those it had ruled was the rule of the 21st century, it seemed.
The limo pulled up in front of the TV people in front of the Capitol.
 Sir Christopher had assured Churchill that the Americans of 2002
viewed him as a hero. Churchill wondered how his own would view him
after tonight.  He was to address the US Congress - a joint session of
it.  In it, Churchill, who considered himself a great writer and
orator, would read a speech written by others.  A speech written by
the Embassy staff, actually.  Churchill had written his own speech, of
course, but had magnamoniously submitted it to Sir Christopher for
review.  A few hours later, Sir Christopher had returned, and politely
and deferentially suggested a few "minor" changes.  The changes hadn't
been "minor" at all - Sir Christopher had had the whole speech
re-written.  The parts about Allied solidarity and shared heritage in
the face of Nazi brutality had stayed the same, but the rest was gone.
 In its place was a "politically correct" version that ignored many of
the points Churchill had wanted to make.  Gone was the talk of the
benefits of Empire, gone was the idea that the British, Dutch and
French Empires brought civilization to Asia, gone were the
points extolling Christian civilization.  An enraged Churchill had
been calmed down by Sir Christopher.  Remember the audience, he'd
said.  The audience was the Americans, but also the Germans.  No
breach between this new America and Britain may be allowed to show. 
As much as to Churchill's speech, the Germans would listen to the
American comments about it.  Churchill, in the end, had acquiesced to
their suggestions.
        Churchill lit a cigar (something he had most assuredly NOT
acquiesced on) and flashed his "V" sign as he rose from the limo.  His
bowler hat firmly in place, he moved like an elemental force through
the crowd, smiling throughout, to the US capitol.  He would give his
speech, and then embark upon his tour of this new America, and, in the
end, to see what kind of place Britain - his Britain, not Sir
Christopher's, might have in this new world.
Vyacheslav Molotov watched Britney Spears explain that she "was not
that innocent".  More to the point, he was watching two NKVD security
men who had accompanied him to the United States watch the young
American woman on "Television".  Both men were considered utterly
reliable - else they would not be with Molotov - but the effect of Ms.
Spears on them was electric.  They'd never seen anything remotely
similar, and both had slack-jawed expressions of befuddlement and
lust.  Neither was doing their jobs, and after a few moments of
watching the "MTV Music Video", neither was Molotov.
        Molotov was on his was to the "Situation Room" at the White
House.  The Imperialist Churchill had just given a rousing speech to
the American Congress, and it had been well-received.  Molotov had
stopped off after a brief introduction to President Bush in the Oval
Office to check on his men.  They were supposed to be carefully and
unobtrusively gathering information.  Instead, they were watching MTV.
When he arrived at the Situation Room, Molotov sat at one end of the
long conference table.  With him were most of the senior military,
diplomatic, and political leadership of the United States.  They did
not have friendly expressions on their faces.
        The 1942 US Embassy in Moscow had received word, from the 1942
US Embassy in London, of the startling events of the past days.  Yes,
somehow the USA from 2002 had been transported back to 1942.  Yes, the
rumors were true, and no, the scientists in America from 2002 had no
idea how this happened.
	Through the US Embassy, a meeting had been arranged.  The
United States and the Soviet Union, were, after all, Allies against
Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy (among others), and consultations were
necessary.  A "jet airplane" would fly to Moscow to pick up whatever
representatives the USSR deemed appropriate for a meeting in
Washington DC with President Bush.  This response had, of course,
triggered the institutionalised paranoia of the Soviet Union, but
Molotov and a few others were hastily sent on their way.  The magical
American plane appeared, and only Molotov's rank in the Politburo had
prevented the NKVD at the airport from seizing it immediately - surely
the great Stalin would reward such a rich technological prize! Molotov
had talked the NKVD Colonel in charge into forgoing any abrupt action
- much richer prizes awaited the USSR if a  little patience could be
shown.  After all, the dialectic demanded it.
20 hours later, Molotov wasn't so sure about the infallibility of the
dialectic.  He'd seen things that had shaken him to his very roots. 
The Americans had on the plane the Ambassador from the "Republic of
Russia" - clearly a Russian, but one whose hatred of Communism in
general - and Stalin in particular - could not be hidden.  The plane
had 2 movies on it - something called "CNN's History of the Cold War"
- which wasn't about a war at all, but about a post-war ideological
struggle between the US and the USSR.  The other had been a "recent
release" called "Enemy at the Gates" about a battle in Stalingrad.  It
had been chilling as well.
The upshot of the information Molotov received on the plane ride
(straight across the Atlantic - no stops) was that the Soviet Union
was doomed.  Not from the Nazis - the Americans admitted that the
Soviets had crushed them (Molotov cherished the memory of the picture
of Soviet soldiers raising the Hammer-and-Sickle above the ruins of
the Reichstag in Berlin).  But in the long term, and if the Americans
were not lying, then Marx and Lenin were wrong.  Molotov couldn't quite
bring himself to believe that, but the amazing sights that he'd seen
did shake him.
He didn't show it, of course.  His face wore the same bland
expression of polite interest it always did.  Molotov was a man raised
to political maturity in Stalin's Russia.  One did not survive - to
say nothing of prosper - in such an environment without learning
emotional control.  Unfortunately, the same could not be said for
Georgi Zhukov, currently staring wide-eyed at "satellite" photos of
the Russo-German Front. Zhukov (who apparently had some reputation
among the American military people) had been shown something called
the "Battlefield" series from the "History Channel".  Zhukov's eyes
had been round after that.
The African Secretary of State (an African as Secretary of State?
Ludicrous.) named Colin Powell was addressing Molotov through a
translator.  He welcomed the Soviet ambassador to the United States,
and told him that despite the strange circumstances, the United States
had every intention - and the means - to honor its commitments and
prosecute the war against Nazi Germany.  Furthermore, the United
States would also do its best to honor its economic commitments to the
USSR.  Unfortunately, the industrial base of 1942 had been replaced
with one sixty years more advanced.  The spare parts, locomotives, and
other military and industrial products that had been part of the
lend-lease program to the USSR could not be shipped because they
simply did not exist
in a form the USSR could use.  However, on a brighter note, the
complete defeat of the U-boats meant that "humanitarian" (whatever
that was) aid could get through.
Molotov took all of this equaminously enough.  He hardly expected the
Americans to just give away their marvellous technology.  He looked
somewhat abashed, and said that while the USSR would greatly
appreciate any assistance the United States could give, the lack of
spare parts might hamper the efforts of the glorious workers and
peasants of the USSR in conducting warfare against the Germans.
No problem, said the Americans.  The German military would be crushed
utterly in the next few months.  The Soviets would be well-advised to
wait it out.  The Red Army, said an American general, need not suffer
any more.  The sons of Russia need not die in its defence.  Molotov,
who cared not one whit about the sons of Russia, said this is fine,
but he hardly expected the Germans to be crushed that quickly.  The
same US general said he'd been happy to take Marshall Zhukov to
someplace in Texas (Fort Hood) which should dispel any lingering
concerns the Soviets might have.
Molotov said this was all sounding very good, but that specific
concerns had developed in the Soviet Union regarding some radio
broadcasts that had been heard.  In particular, these broadcasts
seemed to portray Comrade Stalin in much the same light as Adolph
Hitler.  This was confusing to the USSR, why would an Ally portray the
leader as the enemy?  After all, Comrade Stalin was the saviour of the
A dead silence Winston Churchill would have recognized from his time
in the Situation Room ensued.  This time, it lasted for several
moments, and again, President Bush was the one to break it.  Bush was
comfortable here; things worked best for him when he could classify
people as either good or evil, and he had no uncertainty about where
Stalin fell.  He growled at Molotov, although the translator was more
polite.  Premier Stalin, said Bush, had no friends here.  Unlike many,
the United States would not operate under the assumption that Stalin
was nice or even rational.  At this, Molotov's demeanour broke a little.
 What do you mean?  Comrade Stalin is the
leader of the workers and peasants of the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics.  He is a visionary who -
Comrade Stalin, broke in yet another African (even more unbelievably
- a woman - with the title of "National Security Advisor"), is a
lunatic.  Molotov's translator blanched at translating this, but the
one from the 2002 Russian Embassy did not.  Molotov was actually
speechless.  The same woman continued.  Comrade Stalin killed millions
of innocents in his forced collectivisations of the 1920s.  Comrade
Stalin destroyed ethnic groups he viewed as unreliable or disloyal. 
Comrade Stalin gutted the Soviet military leadership in paranoid
delusions, effectively destroying the ability of the
Red Army to resist the Nazis, and thereby condemning more millions to
death (Molotov carefully did not look at Zhukov).
Powell spoke again.  The United States would honor its commitments. 
The aid would come to Murmansk and other ports.  The United States
Armed Forces would defeat the Germans.  The Soviet Union - while it
was led by Josef Stalin - was not a friend though.  At the conclusion
of the conflict, the United States would recognize - and enforce - the
boundaries of the USSR as they were on January 1, 1939.  In short, the
United States did not recognize the forcible Soviet annexation of
Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bessarabia, Eastern Poland, or the lands
seized from Finland in 1939-1940.
Molotov looked at Bush, but there was no give there.  His Secretary
of State had spoken, and Bush supported him.  Molotov was very pale,
but managed a smile.  He said the USSR would welcome any aid the USA
could provide, and, that after conveying this message to Comrade
Stalin and the rest of the Central Committee, would like to establish
a dialogue to prevent any misunderstandings between the two countries.
The United States Navy was busy.  Deployed on the first day of the
event to protect the US East Coast, the 2002 Navy carrier battle groups
had picked up bits and pieces of the 1942 US and Royal Navies as well.
 The North and Central Atlantic had been swept clean of German
U-Boats, and the EISENHOWER group had reached the English Channel. 
The pilots on board had savaged two hastily assembled German air
attacks on the group, and were itching to hit Europe.  However, it was
not to be.  Orders from the Pentagon were clear:  Establish air and
sea supremacy around the British Isles, and wait for the AEF being
prepared in the United States.  Britain was completely lacking in
any logistical support capability, and that needed to be created in
order to support extended combat operations.  The crews of the ships
would have to wait.
The Captain of the EISENHOWER was a bit of a history buff.  His
pilots were frustrated by inactivity, but he knew a nice, juicy naval
target for them.  It didn't even mean breaking his orders.  Well, not
that much anyway.
The CONSTELLATION battle group had reached and transited Gibraltar
into the Western Mediterranean.  One German and two rather desultory
Italian air attacks had been beaten off with ease.  The
CONSTELLATION's orders were different from IKE; clear the Med of
Italian and German shipping to choke off Rommel in North Africa.
The Italian Navy was another concern.  It had numerous battleships
and cruisers, and a not insignificant sub component.  The men and
women of the CONSTELLATION and her escorts had a plan to deal with
In the Pacific, the STENNIS group had reached Hawaii.  Chester
Nimitz, after a tour of the NIMITZ-class ship, knew the war was over. 
On his own initiative, and in consultation with Douglas MacArthur in
Australia, Nimitz was putting together a relief force for the
beleaguered men of the Philippines garrison.  Two divisions of 1942
troops in Hawaii were available.  One of these, plus a 2002 marine
contingent built around the TARAWA were to sail to the Philippines
with the STENNIS, and the TRUMAN hastily sailing from the US.
Bush had initially opposed this plan, but the enthusiasm of the
military people, both 2002 and 1942, had swayed him.  It was
shoestring, and might not work, but the Japanese would be obligated to
try and stop it.  The STENNIS and TRUMAN would be enough to crush the
IJN, and meanwhile, a 2002 Navy force from San Diego was on its way to
Hawaii, to build up a logistical base there.
Triple-J had come up with a plan.  The Reverend had taught him the
basics - make 'em afraid of it, and tell 'em who to blame for it, and
then they'll flock to you.  Well, they were already afraid of "it". 
"It" being the event that sent them to 1942.  Who to blame - well,
that was tougher.  Triple-J initially wanted to blame Bush, but a
quick call to the Reverend in his Texas prison cell changed that. 
Bush was too popular with Triple-J's core constituency - the South -
to blame.  No, people wanted to rally round
the good Christian Texan President, and blaming him was not the
Triple-J had to admit that the Reverend made damn good sense there. 
But there were plenty of other targets.  Triple-J's ambition was
money, and to get money meant  people.  Who to blame to attract the
most people, and therefore, the most money?  Triple-J hemmed and hawed
about this for a couple of days, and then, as if by divine providence,
an inspiration hit him. With a smile, Triple-J began to write the
sermon of his future.
Winston Churchill was a place called Cape Canaveral in Florida.  His
tour of the 2002 United States was leaving him breathless, and today
promised to be the best of all. NASA was launching the Space Shuttle
Discovery, mission STS-110.  The original spec for STS-110 was to
convey and assemble a large piece of the ISS (International Space
Station).  The ISS didn't make it to 1942, so STS-110 had been
reconfigured.  Two MILSTARs were going up instead, to help rebuild the
tattered US Satellite network.
On time (for once), and on a plume of fire, the Discovery lifted off.
 In all his life, Churchill had never seen anything like it.  The
plume of fire, the rumble felt in the bones, the exhaust light too
bright to look at, and the speed of the machine left Churchill
(Author's Note:  I actually got to see the real STS-110 launch from
the Cape during my honeymoon, and decided to include it here.  It is
amazing to see a shuttle launch in person, and I knew - more or less -
what to expect.  For someone from 1942 I imagine it would be even more
The Israelis boarded a series of Greyhound buses.  They didn't have
their weapons with them, but they would be provided later, the man
from the Embassy said.  The buses left the NTC under eye of the US
commander there.  He had no orders regarding the Israelis, but a
pretty good idea of what they were off to do.
He supposed he should have stopped them - after all, military action,
to be coordinated should have a centralized command structure.  With
the absence of an Israeli high command (not to mention the absence of
the State of Israel), the Israelis probably should have demobilized
themselves, or submitted to US command.
On the other hand, the US Commander had no love of Nazis.
The same magical US Jet returned Molotov and Zhukov to Moscow. 
Zhukov's tour of Fort Hood would have to wait.  The flight back had
been difficult for Molotov.  He'd seen enough during his brief visit
to America to convince him that resistance was futile.  The Soviet
Union had not the means, not could it acquire the means, to fight
these  people.  Instead, Molotov focused on what the Secretary of
State had said - the US would
have difficulty dealing with the USSR.  While Stalin was in charge,
that is.  Molotov considered this carefully.  The Americans would be
the power to deal with in the future, and - appeasing for lack of a
better word - them would be critical to the survival of the revolution
- not to mention Molotov's own skin.  He was not so foolish as to
allow his mind to even begin to plan a plot against the man who ruled
Russia.  Instead, Molotov spoke with Zhukov about what they'd seen and
done.  They went over each and every detail of the trip.  This was
more than simple preparation to report to a superior - Stalin would
quiz each separately, and any inconsistencies would set his paranoid
awhirl - no, for both Molotov and Zhukov, this was simple survival in
the Soviet state.
Molotov nodded politely to American cabin crew as he left -
politeness cost nothing and could be useful later.  The US translator
wished Molotov a safe trip to the Kremlin, and Molotov nodded
Of course, Molotov wasn't going to the Kremlin - yet.  He had another
appointment Stalin had made for him.
In the much less comfortable Soviet plane that left an hour after the
American one did, Molotov mused on what was said.  It wasn't until he
was over Pskov and winging west that he recalled that Zhukov hadn't
mentioned the American statement about the USSR being better off
without Stalin either.
Yes, much to consider.
More to come.
Dave Knudson
USA 2002 in 1942 Part VII - "Perspectives"
    Mildred Myers returned home from her vigorous three-mile walk at
about 8:00 AM.  The air in Los Angeles had not acquired the ferocious
heat it would later, and sixty-two year-old Mildred appreciated it. 
It looked to be another hot one, and Mildred liked to get her daily
walk in before it got too hot.
The paper had arrived, and Mildred, almost without breaking stride
scooped it up.  The front page was full of news about either the war
or the event, and a full-color picture of Winston Churchill giving his
famous "V" sign from an M1 Abrams tank dominated.  Mildred put the
paper on her kitchen table, and checked her ovens.  An apple pie, and
two pans of her brownies were almost done cooking, and should be
removed before she showered.
	Ever since her beloved husband Wally had died three years ago of
cancer, Mildred had done her best to keep busy.  Wally's career as an
aerospace engineer provided enough money, and they'd never had
children.  Mildred, after the grief of his death, had devoted herself
to her church; not in any real religious sense - though she dutifully
attended Haverford Methodist every Sunday - but rather through its
community outreach programs, and social events.  Mildred liked to keep
busy, and the church provided a way to do that.
	Ever since the Event, Mildred had been busier than ever.  People had
turned to the church for comfort, even if the Methodist church she
attended was a close to secular as one could get in mainstream
Christian worship, it was still a spiritual place, and people wanted
that.  Later, as ships (both civilian and military) from 1942 came
home to an America they couldn't recognize; the church provided a
place of comfort to mariners as well.  Comfort, both spiritual and
physical are important to well-being, and since Reverend Phillips had
once before the Event described Mildred's brownies as "sinfully
delicious", she'd been delighted when he'd first asked her to make up
a batch, and drive it down to the navy base at San Diego.  That's
where the Navy had the ships returning; so that the year 1942 sailors
could be processed.
	This was the third time Mildred had done this.  The troops from 1942
appreciated her cooking and good nature, and Mildred, with no family,
delighted in giving them brownies.  They were so lost that Mildred's
heart went out to them.  Today would be no different.  Mildred
retrieved the brownies, and the pie (not her specialty, but Mildred
had been toying with a new recipe, and hey, variety is the spice of
life), and covered them with tin foil before showering.
	After she dressed, Mildred glanced through the paper.  It always
listed the returning ships and where they'd been based, in case anyone
with a personal connection to the men was available.  Mildred ran her
eyes down the list, not really expecting anything.  Her eyes stopped
on one ship's name for a moment, and then continued.  She'd known this
might happen, but hadn't really expected it.
	Mildred stopped off in her bedroom to retrieve something, and the
hauled the pans of brownies (with the apple pie balanced precariously
on top) to her car.  She navigated herself through southern
California's tortuous system of interstates to the docks in San Diego.
 Some ships had already come in; their crews going through what the
government called "orientation", an attempt to drill sixty years of
history, cultural change, and technology into befuddled men in a few
hours.  Mildred thought it a waste of time, but in the face of its
utter inability to explain the Event, the government had to be seen as
Doing Something, and an "orientation" was the answer.
	The docks were a madhouse of returning sailors, reporters, police,
and civilians.  Mildred located Reverend Phillips, and he directed her
to a large table, with a cluster of volunteers serving welcoming
sailors home.  Leaving her brownies with some friends, Mildred walked
through the crowd, scanning faces.  She doubted she'd find what was
looking for, but she tried anyway.  Thus she was stunned when she saw
him.  He looked vastly different of course, but there was no hiding
those striking blue eyes.
	Mildred sighed to herself, and walked right up to him.  Might as well
get it over with. He wouldn't know of the special history they shared,
so it was up to her to let him know. He was looking around, as
befuddled as anyone else.  He saw her bright smile, and looked with
confusion at her; not recognizing her of course.  She was still
smiling when she pulled out her deceased husbands' .38, and shot him
four times at close range before the gun jammed.  He was dead before
he hit the ground.  Mildred then put the gun down, and stepped away
from it and the corpse.
	A moment of stunned silence ensued before pandemonium erupted.  
	Later, it was determined that the man Mildred shot was Seaman Morris
Jones.  In 1954, when Mildred had been 14, Morris Jones had raped her
so severely that she'd never been able to give her beloved Wally
children.  14-year old Mildred had never had the courage to act
against him, and he'd raped four more teenaged girls before dying of a
drug overdose in 1963.  Over the years, Mildred had found a little
more out about him, including the merchant ship he'd served on during
World War II.  It had been more morbid curiosity on her part than
anything else at the time; she'd never thought she'd have a practical
application for the knowledge of his life she'd obtained.
	The case caused a sensation.  Not an OJ-level sensation, but a media
event none-the-less.  Mildred had never committed a crime in her life,
and that a nice, church-going lady could commit murder was bad enough.
 Feminist groups supported her; after all, Mildred had stopped a
demonstrated serial rapist.  On the other hand, Morris's sexual
deviancy didn't start until 1954; the man Mildred shot had committed
no crimes.
	Despite a groundswell of support for Mildred, the courts ruled
against her.  Individuals "duplicated" by the Event were still
separate individuals.  Whatever a person's potential crimes in the
future, they were innocent until proven guilty.  By separating people,
legal tangle was avoided.  Still, Mildred was not alone.  Two more
1942 people were killed by victims of crimes that had not yet
committed before the government (getting to Do Something again) set up
a screening process to warn "future criminals" of potential assassins.
 By and large, it wasn't really necessary; the members of the
"Greatest Generation" were not, as a whole, inclined to be criminals. 
But in some cases they were.
	The fishing boat was a medium-sized, not too new, not too old, and
entirely non-descript.  It could have been any one of a hundred
Swedish boats plying the Baltic Sea in search of fish.  Nets were
deployed from the mast into the water, and the ship trawled slowly to
the north, no different from other fishing ships on the water.
	The ship flew the Swedish flag, but had not a single Swede on board. 
Instead, an elite crew of the Kriegsmarine ran the ship, while SS
guards kept careful watch in civilian clothes.
	Exactly on time, a Soviet submarine surfaced next to the ship.  The
SS guards tensed, but no treachery was offered.  Instead, the Soviet
sub deployed a small raft, and two men rowed a third over to the
Nazi-crewed fishing boat.  Upon reaching the boat, two SS crewman
assisted the two NKVD rowers up, and they in turn helped the
middle-aged Soviet diplomat up.  The diplomat was led below, while the
NKVD and SS men contemplated each other with varying degrees of sullen
	Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop eyed each other across
a rough wooden table.  The men had met many times before; most
recently in December of 1940, when the "partners" had discussed
dividing up the British Empire.  If Molotov felt a personal sense of
betrayal at the very real geopolitical betrayal the USSR had
experienced, his face did not betray it.  George Bush would have
recognized the bland sense of polite interest he displayed to
Ribbentrop.  Of course, his country was not at war with the United
States from the year 2002, so his position of the rough wooden chair
was considerably more comfortable.
	Ribbentrop couldn't keep the contempt from his face, and made no real
effort to do so.  Everyone knew (well, everyone of importance anyway)
that the Wehrmacht would've crushed the Soviets in the summer - had
not the Fuhrer assured them of this?  And now this - this
incomprehensible event that had put demons of technology and power in
the United States - had forced the Aryan Reich to deal with the Slavs
as something other than a Master to his slaves.  The Germans were not
here willingly, and Molotov allowed for a small, inner smile at
Ribbentrop's obvious discomfiture.
	Ribbentrop opened the meeting.  He began by thanking the Soviet
Foreign minister for coming, and then launched into a carefully
prepared statement.  He expressed dismay over the current state of
Soviet-Nazi relations, and related how the war had not been the true
desire of the Fuhrer.  Rather, an Anglo-Jewish plot to turn the
friends - the USSR and Germany - against each other had deceived
certain members of the Nazi inner circle, in particular Rudolf Hess. 
Hess's duplicity could not be understated - had not his British
masters called him back home on the eve of the invasion?   Indeed,
even more than the Nazi Party, the German Army had been deceived.  A
Soviet "attack" on June 20, 1941 on German units pacifying Poland -
which had precipitated the attack of June 22 (ordered by local Army
commanders, of course, not Hitler) - was revealed, through the
brilliance of Adolph Hitler, to have been the work of British and
Jewish agents.  The "morally bankrupt capitalists" had been desperate,
and only by turning the visionaries of Hitler and Stalin against each
other could they hope to prolong their own craven lives and societies.
	And, of course, once the war had started, the Germans had no choice
but to wage it, lest the British-Jewish conspirators within the German
Army be alerted that the Fuhrer knew of their duplicity.  Even now,
Ribbentrop emoted, security elements of the German government were
moving to eliminate the conspiracy.
	Molotov sat in silence, and wondered if Ribbentrop actually thought
that any sane human being above the age of four would buy that story. 
Hitler's whole political career had been based on the elimination of
Slavs and Communism, and the fact that the USSR embodied both had made
it the most vilified target of his mind.  The German attack (which
surprised Stalin far more than Molotov) had been a deliberate,
predicated, carefully planned affair, and the pack of lies Ribbentrop
spewed was the most ridiculous thing he'd ever heard - up to and
including Dr. Rice calling Stalin a "lunatic".
	Still, he had his orders.  Molotov managed (somehow) a smile, and
nodded at Ribbentrop.  He acknowledged the German's words, and said
that Comrade Stalin and the Central Committee would be relieved that
the current unpleasantness between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
could be resolved.  There were a number of issues to be resolved,
however.  Not everyone in the peace-loving Soviet Union had access to
the information that was revealed here, nor could they be given it for
"security concerns".  Some Soviet citizens might still feel a sense of
distrust of their German neighbours, and, Comrade Stalin, as their
chosen leader, must acknowledge those who did so.
	Ribbentrop looked thoughtful (difficult, given that thought was not
something that came often to Herr Ribbentrop) for a moment, and nodded
slowly.  Yes, Germany could acknowledge that some Soviet citizens
might have those fears - though they hoped that Stalin and the Soviet
government would act quickly to dispel them.
	Molotov nodded.  Of course they would.  Still, that would take time,
and Comrade Stalin thought that that they way to proceed was carefully
and thoughtfully, lest any undetected elements of the conspiracy
"confuse" things again.  Actually, Comrade Stalin and the Central
Committee had already had some thoughts along these lines that Molotov
was prepared to share with Ribbentrop, if he was interested.
	Ribbentrop glared at Molotov's bland smile, knowing full well that
the Soviets had the advantage, and knew it.  He managed a smile, and
said he'd be simply delighted to see what was prepared.  Molotov
withdrew a series of maps from his briefcase, and laid them on the
table.  They showed a staged German fall-back to Warsaw, followed by a
Soviet advance to the old pact line of 1939.
	The German foreign minister scowled at the maps, and mentioned that
they seemed to call for the retreat of the Germans to Warsaw, while
the Soviets were at Brest-Litovsk.  Molotov smiled, and said that
while the territory between Warsaw and Brest-Litovsk was to be German,
Comrade Stalin and the Central Committee felt that a demilitarized
"buffer" zone between the Soviets and Germans might do quite a bit to
allay the (justified) fears of those uninformed Soviet citizens.  It
would be only temporary, of course, until the "new situation" in the
west had been addressed.  Ribbentrop asked why a buffer zone in the
east wasn't maintained, and Molotov simply smiled and said that until
the situation with the United States was "clarified", it was felt that
it would unduly strain the Germans to maintain a military presence
that far east.
	Ribbentrop pointed at Lithuania.  It directly abutted East Prussia,
and, lamely, Ribbentrop wanted to know what could be done to allay the
equally justifiable fears of the Prussians.  Molotov pretended to go
into deep thought at this, and then mentioned that he might be able to
talk Comrade Stalin into "demilitarizing" Lithuania.   If the Germans
could accept "non-military security forces" in Lithuania to suppress
"counter-revolutionary, British-inspired terrorists", then he thought
Comrade Stalin would agree.
	Ribbentrop scowled again.  He knew Molotov meant NKVD, and he knew
Hitler wouldn't like it.  But overall, he was surprised at the
generosity of the Soviet minister - he'd expected worse.  He looked
up, and said, that in principle Germany could abide by these terms.
	Molotov smiled, and said that another meeting - of lower-level
functionaries should be set up soon to work out the details - perhaps
in Sweden next week?  Ribbentrop agreed, and rose from the table with
hand extended to shake Molotov's.
Molotov did not.
	Just one more issue, said Molotov.  Ribbentrop froze, half out his
seat.  Molotov continued that Comrade Stalin was glad the Germans had
detected the conspiracy that led to the tragic conflict between them. 
Ribbentrop, still crouched, looked confused for a moment, and then
remembered the story he'd spun.  Molotov said that elements of that
conspiracy had been tracked by Soviet security to another place. 
Ribbentrop stared.  It turns out that the duplicitous Finns were
involved, Molotov said.  Seeking to overturn the glorious victory of
the workers and peasants of the Soviet Union in 1940, the Finns had
aided and abetted the conspiracy.
	Ribbentrop sat back down, but even he knew what was coming.  Molotov
pressed on.  The NKVD had recovered proof - which the Soviet Union
would be happy to share with the Germans - that Helsinki had provided
funding and logistical support for the British-Jewish conspiracy. 
Molotov said that the Soviets could hardly blame the Germans for being
duped, but that no excuse could exist for the Finns.  With this new
information, Molotov and Comrade Stalin were sure that the Germans
would understand that the legitimate rage of the Soviet people could
not be forestalled, and the situation in Finland must be addressed.
	The hate coming from Ribbentrop was a visceral thing.  Molotov could
almost see it, and a small part of him delighted in it.  With a
visible effort, Ribbentrop controlled himself, and surrendered Finland
to the USSR.
	As Molotov left the smouldering Ribbentrop on the boat, he smiled at
the NKVD men.  As he recalled, both had been assigned to the new NKVD
armored divisions, marked for special deployment to Lithuania.
	The early Norwegian morning was broken by the scream of jet engines. 
Four F/A-18s from the IKE screamed up the fjord at near supersonic
speeds.  Each Hornet carried four AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, and the
target had no way of jammed their electronic brains.
	The flight screamed over the target, which had been located and
identified from satellite photos.  The TIRPITZ - though to be secure -
came to life as the American jets flew overhead.  The crew rushed out,
and while some rushed to their duty stations, some simply stared at
the planes.  They'd all heard stories of the new US Navy - now they
got to see it.
	The lead jet broke off, and then swooped down to just above the
water.  The convoluted topology of the fjord meant that a close and
low attack was necessary, but the pilot wasn't worried.  Neither the
TIRPITZ of the land-bases AA crews were reacting, and no German pilot
still alive was dumb enough to face F/A-18s.
	The HUD displayed lock-on, and the flight leader pressed a button. 
Two AGM-84's detached, and raced at the TIRPITZ.  Both hit just above
the waterline, and the whole ship bucked.  The blasts rocked the
German battleship, but didn't sink it, as was expected.  Much slower
than they needed to, the next Hornets lined up.  The German crew was
scrambling off the ship, as had been hoped.
	The plans were dashed when some idiot on the ground started shooting
at the US planes.  There wasn't much hope of actually hitting one, but
no chances were taken.  In quick succession, 6 more harpoons hit the
TIRPITZ.  The fifth one penetrated to an ammo bunker on the ship, and
the resulting explosion lifted the ship clear of the water, and
flipped it over, breaking the keel.
	All caught on the lead plane's gun camera for broadcast on CNN.
	A similar mission was undertaken in Italy.  Several squadrons of US
jets overflew the Italian base at Taranto.  The AA of the base was
suppressed, and then the Italian Navy was, for all intents and
purposes, destroyed.  The pilots did manage to minimize damage to the
city itself, and most of the Italian crews got off their ships before
they were destroyed.
	All in all, a pretty good day for the US Navy.
More to come if there's interest.
USA 2002 in 1942 Part VIII - "Deployments"
It has been said that the best alliances are those of convenience. 
When all parties concerned understand that their affiliation is based
not on insubstantial concepts like friendship, common viewpoint, or
mutual respect, but on the fact that both need something only the
others can provide, an alliance can work.  All others, it is said, are
doomed to failure.
Whether or not that saying was true, it most certainly described the
situation between the two men sitting on the deck of the on the yacht.
 Florida's Biscayne Bay spread in sun-dappled glory before them, and
the water seemed almost covered with boats.  Yachts, pleasure-craft,
small trawlers, fishing boats and even large sailboats moved in loose
formation.  They were there - could be there - because of the two men
on the yacht.  One of them gloried in the sight that a conquistador
from fourteenth or fifteenth century Spain would have recognized - a
people going to reclaim their homeland.  The other looked merely in
the satisfaction of a job well done.  His shot at his own homeland
would come later - though this was an important first step.
One of the men on the boat was Julio Merrenda, and his heart was
ready to burst with joy.  Over two hundred boats - full of the elite
of Miami's Cuban-American community (and their "guests") - were making
the journey they'd dreamed of since 1961.  They were going back to
Cuba.  For many, it would be their first time in the almost legendary
homeland - forty years had seen the passing of generations - and they
came more out a spirit of adventure (and potential profit) then
Marrenda was a leader of the Cuban-American expatriate community,
though few people even in that community would have recognized him as
such.  He was quietly in charge of one of the largest political action
committees in Washington.  His PAC was one reason the US government
had maintained its strangling embargo on Cuba for so long. 
Congressional members from Florida, in both the Senate and the House,
knew that a word from Marrenda could make or break their long-term
prospects in Floridian politics.  As for those members not from
Florida, well, Marrenda was dedicated, personally and professionally,
to a free Cuba, and he wouldn't let little things like blackmail and
bribery stop him.
As the flotilla had gathered in Biscayne Bay from Miami and its
suburbs, the stunned Coast Guard had reacted with two cutters and the
Dade County Sheriffs Department had added a helicopter, but the US
authorities couldn't really interfere with the Cuban-Americans.  After
all, they weren't really breaking any laws.  If they approached Cuba,
they would be breaking the official US embargo on the island-nation
(though it could be argued that in court that the embargo wasn't "yet"
in force).  But that was the domain of the US Navy.  Apart from some
anti-sub planes in Key West, and two destroyers escorting small oil
tankers to Venezuela, the navy had few local assets - and fewer
reasons - to interfere with the Cuban-Americans.  The U-boats had been
cleared from the Caribbean, and Cuba just didn't rate next to either
the Nazis or the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The questions that baffled the few state and federal officials
concerned with the flotilla were fuel and weapons.  It was clear
enough what the Cubans were doing - going to Cuba.   However, ever
since the Event, fuel had been tightly rationed.  There was no way
(theoretically) that over 200 non-essential pleasure craft could have
purchased fuel under the new regulations - let alone enough gas to get
them all to Cuba.  Cuban-Americans had the highest per-capita income
of any immigrant group in the United States, and a fair degree of
political clout as well, but even that shouldn't have been enough.
Regardless of the fuel, there remained the question of just what they
planned to do when they got to Cuba.  Fulgencio Batista was a ruthless
man, and whatever their political and technological skills, the Cubans
possessed neither the trained men nor the weapons to displace him. 
Batista wasn't the official President of Cuba, but he was the real
power there. Some officials wondered what they would do; the
Cuban-American "fleet" had no military vessels, and no evident
weapons.  It was though they would offer some kind of deal - but
Batista was not a man that one could deal with from a position of
anything other than power.
Marrenda knew this better then the confused officials, of course.  At
the age of seven, he'd fled Cuba on a rickety boat in 1962, and knew
the realities of politics there.  After the stunned confusion of the
Event, he and his PAC had argued long and hard in Washington for a
small force of marines or soldiers to take the island.  The US
military had no time for him, though.  With Adolph Hitler, Joseph
Stalin, and their ilk to deal with, one more minor dictator just
didn't matter.
Then, a little more than two weeks ago, Marrenda had met the other
man who was on the deck of the yacht with him.  The man's name was
Joshua Isaacs, and he was officially an assistant counsel at the
Israeli Embassy in Washington.  Marrenda had been having dinner in a
small Washington bistro when Isaacs had approached his table, and sat
down uninvited.  Marrenda had a career where such things happened, so,
even though he didn't recognize Issacs, he'd merely put down his fork
and waited for the man to speak.
Isaacs smiled, and introduced himself.  He did not offer to shake
hands.  He'd been listening to Marrenda in various Congressional
meetings over the last few days, and believed he could help the
Cuban-Americans with their problems.
        Marrenda had stared.  As toughened by Washington politics as
he was, Marrenda had to wonder for a moment why the Israeli gave a
damn about Cuba one way or the other.  Then he noted two younger men
enter the bistro and sit at a table close to Marrenda's.  Neither
looked at all interested in food, and both had a tough, observant, and
angry look about them.  Marrenda had been around for far too long to
not to recognize bodyguards when he saw them, and he doubted an
"assistant counsel" rated such protection.  From that, he concluded
(correctly) that Isaacs was Mossad, and that confused Marrenda even
more - why would the Mossad care about Cuba - as did why Mossad
bodyguards would be angry with him.
Isaacs pressed on.  The Cubans had a problem.  They wanted to go to
Cuba and replace Batista.  To do that they needed fuel for their
boats, and, most importantly, an armed force to back up whatever they
did.  Marrenda stared.  He considered denying that he wanted Batista
deposed, but doubted the Mossad man would believe him - after all, he
did want to depose the Cuban dictator.  Marrenda managed a small
smile, and asked why the Israeli Embassy was interested in this issue.
Joshua Isaacs looked grim.  He said that the Event had thrown
everything off - and he didn't even have a country any more. 
Furthermore, there were - things - happening in Europe that he was
sure Mr. Marrenda could understand that the Israelis - what was left
of them - were very concerned about.  Marrenda had never devoted much
thought to the Holocaust, but he nodded in understanding.  That
explained why the bodyguards were so angry - not at him, but at the
Germans. He said, quite honestly, that he sympathized with the Israeli
problem, but he didn't know what he could do about it.
The Israeli smiled, and pulled a folder out of his attaché case.  In
it was a series of aerial photographs.  Marrenda recognized Havana
harbor, and noted two freighters had been circled in red.  Isaacs
spoke.  In June of 1940, Mussolini had surprised the world by
declaring war on the Allies, just as Germany was crushing France.  In
addition to taking the Allies by surprise, he had surprised the
Italian merchant marine, much of which was seized in Allied or neutral
ports.  Batista had leaped at the chance to acquire a little wealth,
and, under questionable legal circumstances, seized two Italian
freighters in Havana, the FANO and the TIBER, which had been loading
sugar and bananas in June of 1940.
Marrenda stared at the pictures, then at Isaacs, more confused then
ever.  He apologized, and said he didn't understand what the Israeli
was driving at.  Isaacs then dropped the bombshell.  In addition to
the Embassy staff and other Israeli citizens in the United States
during the event were two battalions of the Israeli Army training with
the Americans at the NTC in California.  These Israelis wanted to
fight the Nazis now, and they didn't want to wait.  Despite the
entreaties of a political lobby far more powerful than Marrenda's, the
US government had not leased shipping to the Israelis to get to
That's where the FANO and TIBER came in.  Isaacs offered Marrenda a
deal.  The Israelis would provide fuel for Cuban boats, and an armed
strike force of 1500 Israeli troops to address the Batista issue. 
Once that happened, and assuming the US Government either noticed or
cared, the Israeli lobby in Washington would thro support behind
whatever government Marrenda put into place in Havana.  In return,
once the new Cuban government was in place, Marrenda would release
both ships to the Israelis, stuffed with as many supplies as they
could carry.  They would do this provided they could leave within two
Marrenda was shocked.  In one fell swoop, he'd been offered
everything he'd wanted - in return for a relative pittance.  And so
quickly - that was just scary.  Things like this never moved fast -
and then he remembered the Holocaust, and realized why the Israelis
felt the need to move so quickly.   He was a canny political operator
though - he'd learned long ago that when it seemed too good to be
true, it probably was, and this was no exception.
His mind awhirl, he temporized to buy time to think.  Why go through
Cuba?  Surely if the US government denies them shipping, the Israelis
can find ships in either Canada and Mexico to use, and without the
need to fight a battle against someone they don't care that much
about.  True, Isaacs said, but the ships and supplies aren't all that
we want.
The Israeli went on.  In addition to the ships, the Cubans would
provide five hundred million dollars' worth of gold, jewels, silver,
and other precious metals - seed money for future "operations" in
Europe, and to contribute to the foundation of a new Israeli currency.
 Additionally, once the situation in Europe was settled, the new Cuban
government would provide extremely preferential trading rights to
State of Israel, once it was reconstituted.  Finally, a small group of
Israelis would stay behind in Cuba to "coordinate" things outside of
the reach of US laws - and the Cubans would protect them.  Marrenda
stared again.  He tried to wrap his mind around the idea.  He could
imagine why the Israelis would want portable wealth.  The trade rights
were ludicrous - he doubted Cuba could provide anything the US
couldn't.  Finally, the idea of an Israeli presence in Cuba concerned
him - even if it was small.
He started to ask Isaacs another question, but the man rose from the
table.  Isaacs said that he hoped the Cuban could keep this discussion
discrete, and that they would speak again tomorrow.  Then he and the
two bodyguards left the stunned Cuban in the bistro.
Marrenda had spent the night and the next day closeted with his
closest - and most discrete - advisors.  They agreed that the Israeli
offer was bizarre; clearly the Cubans stood to gain much more than
Isaacs did from the deal.  The Holocaust was a horror to the Israelis
though; perhaps that was impacting their thinking.  All suspected the
Israelis were hiding something, but none could imagine what.  They
agreed that the "coordination" group was more than it seemed, but a
small group of Israelis now was far better then a large group of
Americans later.
        Despite their concerns, the Cubans recognized that the
Israelis offered the best chance that existed to take advantage of the
Event before the war ended.  The fear was that once the war was over,
the Americans would then be able to focus on other areas - like Cuba. 
That would be bad - there were fortunes to be made, and even though
the Cubans looked forward to friendly relations with their adopted
home, they didn't want to become an adjunct to it like Canada or
Mexico.  The Cuban-Americans had the were the best-organized and
wealthiest political group from Latin America in the United States. 
In addition to the chance to reclaim their homeland, if they could get
there soon enough, they would be able to reorganize Cuba to make it a
dominant player in Latin politics.  And make themselves rich, as well.
 It was too good to pass up.  The deal was a go.
       The Israeli hadn't specified a time to meet, but Marrenda
wasn't surprised when Isaacs arrived at the PAC's business
headquarters.  Marrenda still had questions - like weapons and
ammunition for the Israelis, which the Cubans couldn't provide. 
Isaacs waved a hand - that was no problem.  Marrenda wanted to know
where the fuel was coming from.  Isaacs arched an eyebrow -
Spock-like, and asked if Marrenda really wanted know that.  Marrenda
quickly demurred, and the men shook hands.
       Now they were sitting together on Marrenda's yacht.  As
promised, the fuel had arrived.  As had the Israeli soldiers, fully
armed with the latest in US infantry weapons, body armor, and with
plenty of ammunition.  The small craft, in addition to the
Cuban-Americans, held the Israelis, and their guns and ammunition.
       Marrenda really wished he'd asked about where the Israelis got
the fuel and weapons.  Despite the sense of joy at the sight of the
fleet, Marrenda's political instincts told him he might be unhappy if
he knew where Isaacs had gotten everything.
Marrenda's political instincts were right, though the reason wouldn't
be apparent for awhile.
And even though Marrenda couldn't fathom how, and wouldn't know for a
while, the Israelis had gotten, by far, the better deal.
The smoke had finally stopped rising.  It had taken months, but the
last of the oil fires from that horrible day in December had burned
themselves out, and a sense of calm had returned to Pearl Harbor.  The
activity in the harbor was still frantic, of course, as recovery
operations continued.  Two battleships had already been raised, and
industrious crews worked to clear debris, both in the harbor and on
From his current vantage point on board a Sea Stallion helicopter
loaned from the STENNIS, Chester Nimitz had a clear view of the whole
harbor.  Crews from the mainland had brought seemingly magical
equipment with them, and that equipment had speeded up the clean up
considerably.  They had experience from someplace called the "World
Trade Center" in New York, and seemed to have a grimness about them
that Nimitz recognized all to well from his time in Pearl right after
December 7.  The survivors of battleship row had the same look, and a
small part of Nimitz (not completely overwhelmed by the fantastic
events of late) despaired that humanity hadn't gotten any saner, even
60 years into the future.
Few operational ships dotted the harbor - most were off on Operation
Damocles, the relief mission to the Philippines.  At Hickam, Nimitz
knew were some long-range bombers.  Nimitz had once thought that the
B-17 was a triumph of American engineering and ingenuity.  At it was -
apparently, in the old history, it had proved quite an effective
weapon.  Nimitz had heard that aviation enthusiasts from the mainland
were offering extravagant sums of money for them - evidently
collecting obsolete military aircraft was a hobby in 2002.  No B-17s
had been sold - they were still military aircraft, and despite their
technology the people from 2002 had uses for them.
At Hickam, though, were planes that seemed almost - well, alien, to
Nimitz.  The B-52s were understandable enough.  They were just bigger,
better B-17s.  It was the B-2s that frightened Nimitz.  Sleek, black,
featureless, and with the range to hit Manila from Pearl.  A few weeks
ago, the US had sent in "Green Berets" to join with Wainwright's
beleaguered troops.  Their purpose, in conjunction with a "satellite"
was to direct the bombers to their targets.  From what Nimitz had
gleaned, they were doing so very well; the troops on Bataan had
actually stabilized the line due to air support.
But airpower couldn't fully address the situation on the ground, nor
provide food or ammunition to the troops already there.  Hence,
Operation Damocles, the military relief of the Bataan garrison.  A
force built around the STENNIS battle group, and including the 1942
carriers ENTERPRISE and SARATOGA, and the 1942 Army's 25th Infantry
Divisions was to relieve the garrison.  Additionally, the assault ship
TARAWA and its support ships carried a regiment of US Marines from
2002.  Nimitz had had concerns - one carrier against the Imperial
Japanese Navy?  After his tour of the STENNIS, and having watched the
footage from Norway and Taranto, he had no worries about the naval
capability of the force going to the Philippines.
He did have other concerns, though.  The force was nominally
commanded by Admiral Michael Herzog, from 2002, who seemed capable
enough.  However, as Herzog had no experience withy 1942 technology,
an admiral from 1942 served as his second-in-command.  William "Bull"
Halsey had plenty of experience, and had the respect of the navy from
2002 as well.  Of course, as Halsey had pointed out to Nimitz, however
much they respected him in the future, it wasn't Halsey who got a
whole class of super carriers named after him.  Nimitz had to chuckle
internally at that.  Nimitz's concern was the spilt command.  However
great the new technological advances of the United States, the
fundamental military maxims remained as true in 2002 as in 1942, or,
for that matter, 1002.  One of these was that a split command was a
recipe for disaster.
As for the "Nimitz class", well, Nimitz still didn't know what to
think of that.  He'd read the history, and knew he'd done well in the
original war.  But the STENNIS had been - well, awe-inspiring, and
he'd have been more than human not to feel some kind of pride.  He
imagined Dwight Eisenhower felt the same way - he'd been (or was?  Or
would be? It was so hard to tell with this crazy time-travel stuff)
President.  Nimitz also faced a morale nightmare.  The men in Hawaii
from 1942 were almost entirely from the mainland - and despite the
frantic work of recovery and war - most now knew they'd never see
their families again - at least not in a form they'd recognize.  So
far, the situation had been crazy and remote enough to be kept under
control.  But that wouldn't last for long.
And Nimitz wasn't sure what to do about that.
       As Operation Damocles proceeded, and the build-up of US forces
in Britain continued, the CIA and NSA started an operation of their
own.  The US intended to use every tool it had that wasn't a weapon of
mass destruction to win this war, and psychological warfare had come a
long way in sixty years.
       To start off with, President Bush addressed the populations of
Germany and Italy.  US engineers in Britain had set up powerful
transmitters that could overwhelm German jamming.  He introduced
himself, and then the year 2002 ambassadors from the formerly Axis
powers.  He made it clear; America had no quarrel with the people of
the Axis countries, only their governments.  In the future, Germany
and Italy were partners with the United States.  They were in a Europe
that was peaceful, prosperous, and free.  They'd lost the war in
history, and with sixty years of technology on America's side, they
had no hope at all.
       Additionally, Bush spoke directly against "atrocities".  He
talked bluntly of the holocaust, naming places where Jews and others
were being, or would be, exterminated.  He spoke of the Wanasee
Conference, and the "Final Solution".  The United States, he said,
viewed this policy as a crime against humanity, and anyone who
participated in it, no matter how low their rank, or whose orders
they'd followed, would be held accountable.
       Finally, Bush talked about Hitler.  He asked the German people
how they, a great, civilized nation, had allowed this bitter, failed
little man to lead them to war against the whole world.  He asked if
their lives, and the lives of their relatives and friends fighting all
over the world, had been made better by him.  All the pain of war
could be avoided simply by replacing him and his thugs.
       The German ambassador spoke up at this time.  He talked of the
pain of growing up in a world that looked upon Germans as brutal Nazi
killers.  He spoke of the injustices perpetrated on the Jews and
others by the Nazis - there was no "Master Race" - only the human
race, and all Germans, in their hearts, knew this.  Finally, he spoke
of shame.  The shame that the children and grandchildren of the adults
in Germany today would bear in the future for the crimes of Nazis.  If
not for themselves, then for succeeding generations of Germans must
that monster in Berlin be killed.
       The next part started the next day.  British Lancaster and
Manchester bombers, along with a smattering of B-17s, and escorted by
F-18 from the IKE, and F-16s and F-15s finally operating from Britain,
dropped leaflets over cities in Germany.  Some had the famous picture
of the Soviet soldier raising the hammer-and-sickle over the shattered
Reichstag with caption "Would you rather they win?"  Others showed
scenes from the Nuremberg trials, others pictures of US military
equipment.  Still others showed pictures of the Berlin Wall.
       For help in coming up with convincing leaflets, the NSA had the
help of the German Embassy.  It wasn't about treason, the ambassador
told his staff, it was about saving German lives for the future.
More to come.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part IX - "First Battles"
	In normal times, it never would've come to this - especially at the
level at which it was happening.  Organizations of the power and
experience of the ones involved here simply didn't confront each as
blatantly and openly as they were.  If there was a problem between
them, they talked, or they negotiated, or they dealt.  If none of
these solutions resolved the problem, then yes, the fought.  It was a
quiet kind of fighting though - not battles in the street. 
Assassination, kidnapping, that sort of thing.  What was happening now
was ridiculous.  It was destructive, wasteful, bad for business, and
most of all, it attracted attention from the wrong kind of people.
	However, these were not normal times.  These were most definitely
abnormal times, with completely unimaginable circumstances.  These
thoughts occurred to Michael "Mikey Cool" Santarino as he tried to
make himself as small as possible behind the packing crate in the
warehouse.  Gunfire from automatic weapons hammered the area around
him, and the screams of wounded men assailed his ears.  Santarino was
a senior lieutenant in North New Jersey's Cavallero crime family.  And
he wasn't happy at all.
	The problem was that in all the hubbub about being back in 1942, no
one had considered the plight of the drug users.  Not the small stuff
- marijuana was still easy to get.  But very little cocoa was produced
in the United States.  Furthermore, the overseas contacts that were
used to get drugs into the country were gone.  Even if people could go
down to where cocoa was grown, there was no one to talk to.  In 1942,
cocaine was an exotic drug.  Customers - drug users - were growing
desperate.  The supply was drying up, and there was no immediate
solution to the problem.
	Both organized crime and the federal agencies responsible for
combating them had been slow to realize this - the crime families
because they were focused on day-to-day business, the feds because of
the Nazis.  The raw material for drugs came from South and Central
America; the users of that supply were in the United States.  The
time-travel event had not slaked the demand of the hard-core users,
but it had eliminated - not constricted or tightened - but eliminated
the supply of cocaine.
	In a free market (and the trade in illegal narcotics was capitalism
in its purest form), when demand exceeded supply, increased cost to
the consumer was the result.  Whatever medium-term pain awaited the
Cavalleros until they could re-establish their South American
networks, in the short term, the rapidly dwindling supply of cocaine
(and its by-products) promised astronomical profits - profits needed
to tide them over until the supply was re-established.  The price of
straight cocaine had gone up by over 1000%, and was still rising.
	All of which added up to why Mikey Cool was crouched behind a packing
crate in a warehouse in Newark.  The warehouse was managed jointly by
an alphabet-soup of government agencies - FBI, DEA, NYPD, the Port
Authority - to name a few.  It was were drugs seized in raids were
held until processing, and it represented the largest untapped supply
of illegal narcotics on the East Coast.
	It had taken a ton of cash to bribe their way in here, only to find
that the Russian mob was also interested in the drugs.  Someone had
snitched - there was no way that the Russians were just coincidentally
here at the same time Mikey Cool's boys were - and the Russians
clearly hoped to make off with the stash, and leave a couple of dead
wise guys to throw the Feds off in the inevitable pursuit.  Mikey Cool
had foiled that though - he'd smelled an ambush and been right.
	The Russians had the edge in training and equipment - Mikey Cool had
more guys, and Newark was their turf.  Two calls had gone out - one
for more guys, and one to delay the local law (trickier with the Feds
involved).  As Mikey watched, two of his guys with AK-47s hosed down
the catwalk the Russians' covering fire was coming from as two more
guys moved forward.  Mikey could only shake his head.  This business
was getting more dangerous all the time.
	Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto was brooding.  He was not a man given to
such moods - indeed, someone who didn't know him would have called his
mood contemplative, but it wasn't.  He was brooding, and had been
since last December.  He hadn't wanted war with the United States, but
war had come, and he'd no choice but to wage as best he knew how. 
Even before this - this incomprehensible event - he'd been worried. 
Now he was heartsick.
	It was after midnight local time in the Eastern Pacific.  The deck
outside the bridge of the IJN YAMATO was vibrating with the power of
great battleships engines.  Yamamoto was alone on the deck, staring at
the black ocean.  Not even the stars kept him company; clouds obscured
them.  Whatever rivalries existed between the IJN and the Japanese
Army, Yamamoto trusted General Yamashita, the commander of the
Japanese 14th Army on the Philippines.  The stubborn American
defenders - who eaten up much more of the Japanese timetable than they
should have - were at the point of defeat when these miracle planes
showed up.  There hadn't been many of them, but they had struck with
devastating power and precision, and no plane in the Japanese
inventory could touch them.
	Now the Americans were coming.  If their own news reports were to be
believed, a "super carrier" from 2002 along with two other American
carriers from 1942 headed for Bataan.  Yamamoto had gathered the
Combined Fleet.  Most of it was here with him.  His staff was
confident - "victory disease" was rampant in the IJN.  Yamamoto
outwardly projected that confidence, but inwardly, he wasn't so sure. 
Yamamoto drew comfort form the solid bulk of the YAMATO beneath him. 
At 72,800 tons, and with nine 18.1 inch guns in its main battery,
YAMATO was the mightiest battleship ever built.  If anything could
handle the Americans, this ship could.
	His broodings were broken by a young staff member who nervously
interrupted his thoughts.  A radio message had been received. 
Yamamoto scowled.  Strict radio silence was to be observed - he didn't
need Tokyo breathing down his neck - second-guessing every decision he
made.  But the radio message wasn't from Tokyo.  It was from the
Americans, and they were asking to speak to him.
	Yamamoto was shocked.  If the Americans could radio him, then knew
not only the IJN frequencies, but also their location.  With some
haste, he made his way to the radio booth.  Several frightened-looking
Japanese ensigns were there.  One of them bowed, and handed Yamamoto a
radio headset, which the Admiral put on.
	A man introduced himself, through a translator, as Admiral Herzog of
the United States Navy.  In one hour, the IJN would be attacked, he
said matter-of-factly.  Using weapons from 60 years in the future,
every aircraft carrier, battleship, and heavy cruiser in the Japanese
task force would be sunk.  However, he was giving them a chance to
live.  If they abandoned ship, then the light cruisers of destroyers
of the task force would be spared, and allowed to return to Japan.  He
beseeched Admiral Yamamoto to think of the lives of the men entrusted
to his care, and allow them to save themselves.  There was no shame in
it - how could even the greatest warrior fight an enemy from the
	Yamamoto clenched his fists.  He was shocked to his core - and didn't
have a reply.  The radio went dead, and Yamamoto thought for a moment.
 The brazenness of the American was unbelievable - but what if he was
right?  Yamamoto thought of the thousands of men under his command,
and the soul of the nation he was sworn to protect - and ordered all
ships to go to battle stations.
	Bushido demanded that all men do their duty, and Yamamoto had never
shirked his.
	Satellite imagery showed the Japanese fleet change formation.  They
turned into the wind, and the carriers started launching planes.  The
Americans watching this winced; in 1942 night operations were not
something that was commonly done.  Still, the Japanese were
impressive; they launched a CAP of over a hundred planes, without a
	For all the good it would do them.
	Captain Hiro Fujimoro of the destroyer AKASHI paced on his bridge. 
The battle-stations order from the YAMATO had come an hour ago.  The
crew of the AKASHI had done Fujimoro proud, and beat to quarters in
under 10 minutes.  But what for?  No threat had been identified.  The
Japanese Navy prided itself on its night-fighting capabilities.  The
AKASHI was ready - but for what?
	The dark mass of the AKAGI was on the AKASHI's port side.  Fujimoro
watched more planes - zeros - take off from it.  Most of the carriers
of the Imperial Navy were here, and the battleline as well, and
Fujimora was confident they could deal with whatever came their way.
	Suddenly, streaks of fire lit the sky.  Before Fujimoro's stunned
eyes, the streaks impacted the side of the AKAGI, which was wracked by
a succession of explosions.  The great carrier seemed to buck, and a
string of secondary explosions went off.  Fujimoro groaned as he
thought of the fuel the great carrier had onboard, and before the
thought could finish, a massive explosion ripped through the AKAGI. 
The carrier seemed to lift into the air, and then sag back down.
	The AKAGI wasn't alone.  The night was lit by fire and explosions. 
Off in the distance, Fujimoro could see the HIYO burning.  The roar of
alien planes filled the sky, and the AA guns of the AKASHI started
flashing.  Every ship that could opened up on the unseen attackers,
while the airborne zeros flashed overhead.  More explosions occurred,
and, for all the good it would do, Fujimoro ordered his ship into a
wild evasive pattern.
	The CIC on the STENNIS recorded it all.  The first pass of F-18s had
savaged the Japanese fleet - and only one had been slightly damaged by
a golden BB.  Every carrier had been hit, and the F-14s were still
lining up for their pass.  Halsey was whooping - most of the 1942
people were.  The 2002 people running the show were more sombre.  The
Pacific was cold, and thousands of people would die in it tonight.
	The F-18s would return, re-arm, and go out again.  The Japanese
planes launched by the carriers didn't know where to go, but there was
always the chance they could stumble onto the right (or wrong,
depending on how you looked at it) heading, and find the STENNIS. 
Kamikazes were unknown to the IJN of 1942 - they'd come later - but
there was no guarantee the idea wouldn't occur to a Japanese pilot
anyway.  Some F-18s would be kept on CAP - the rest would return to
finish what they started.
	Isoruku Yamamoto lay on the bridge, a steel splinter in his belly. 
He was bleeding to death, and most of the people who could help him
had been killed when the demon rocket had hit the YAMATO's bridge.  He
gasped in pain, and tried to make himself heard to the badly wounded
helmsman who was still steering the great battleship.  He smiled
grimly in pride; the great battleship had taken four hits, and was
still fighting.
	He could only hope his ace in the hole would work.  The entire
Japanese Navy wasn't dying here tonight.  Japan's two fastest fleet
carriers - SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU - with some fast escorts were off on
another mission - hopefully, they could succeed.  Meanwhile, perhaps
things were not so bad.  No new explosions had occurred; maybe the
worst was over.
	Those were Admiral Yamamoto's last thoughts before the torpedoes from
the USS PORTLAND - a LOS ANGELES-class nuclear attack submarine -
ripped the bottom out of IJN YAMATO.  The resulting explosion blew the
battleship in two, and killed everyone still one board.  The great
battleship rolled over, and sank.
	After two more strikes from the F-18s and F-14s, CIC called it a day.
 The toll was staggering - 6 Japanese Fleet carriers (AKAGI, KAGA,
HIRYU, SORYU, HIYO and JUNYO), 8 Battleships, 12 Heavy Cruisers, 6
light carriers and twenty smaller ships all sunk.  The remaining were
gathering survivors and heading away.  Admiral Herzog (over Halsey's
objections) elected to let them go.  Sinking them served no purpose.
	It was, by any measure, the most lop-sided victory in naval history. 
No American had been killed or injured, and only one plane had been
slightly damaged.  For all intents and purposes, the IJN had been
	The absence of the ZUIKAKU and SHOKAKU were noted, and a search for
them was begun.
	The AKASHI was loaded down with survivors.  The destroyer had fished
hundreds from the sea, and was almost groaning under the weight of
them.  In one day, the IJN had been crushed, and Captain Fujimoro
despaired.  The few ships that remained headed for Truk.  They left
the flower of Japan behind them.
	The news of the victory was received with shock throughout the world.
 The silence from Tokyo was damning, and the Americans' news services
were full of the story.  Despite all that had happened - mainly in
isolation - this was the first real proof of the power of the United
States.  Everything else had been impressive - from the FW-190s to the
TIRPITZ.  This was more than impressive.  This was unbelievable.  One
US CVN had destroyed the Japanese Navy, and the trembles were felt in
Rome, Berlin and Tokyo.
	Trembles in Moscow, as well.  It had been hoped that the Axis powers
would buy time in their demise to learn about and prepare to face this
new United States.  Now, one of those powers had been defeated.  Not
totally, but the destruction of the navy limited the Japanese to
defending what they had - and it seemed they had not enough.
	Still, the Soviets knew the Germans were tough.  The pull-back from
the soil of the Rodina was proceeding, and the Red Army was
scrupulously allowing them to leave unmolested.  Every German that
lived to face the Americans was one that could die for the Soviet
	The operation was supposed to have been simple.  In - out, no
problems, no interaction with anyone.  Murphy had made an unwelcome
appearance, though, and thrown a monkey wrench into the works.  Jakob
Weinstein crouched behind the corner of the building, and watched the
golf cart approach.  The Los Angeles night was hot and
uncharacteristically muggy, and sweat soaked the shirt he wore.
	Weinstein was Isaac Jacobs' chief operator in the United States, and
whatever else happened, he was glad he wasn't in Cuba - it was even
hotter and muggier there.  He'd been assigned to the United States in
1999, and expected a nice, quiet time overseeing Mossad field
operations for Isaacs in the Western Hemisphere until his retirement
in a few years.  He'd done enough scrambling for Israel in the Sinai
in 1973, and then in Lebanon in 1982.  He'd also been to almost every
Arab capital in the world, and done things in them he still shuddered
to think about.
	And now, here he was, couched in the night, watching a rent-a-cop
security guard checking his rounds.  In all of Los Angeles, Weinstein
had found the one conscientious security guard still doing his rounds.
 It was ridiculous.  The main security had been bought off for almost
no money, and wasn't even aware Weinstein was there.  The cops never
came here.  But one lousy guy hadn't gotten the message.  So Weinstein
had to deal with it.  The golf cart approached - it was electric, not
gas - and Weinstein tensed.  He body had slowed a bit with age, but
his instincts and timing were honed by years of operational
	He moved at the right time.  The guard had stopped when he'd seen the
pickup truck Weinstein had left parked in the road.  He walked over to
it, and was shining his flashlight into the truck's cab when Weinstein
snuck up behind him, and clamped the chloroform-soaked cloth over his
nose and mouth.  The guard's struggles had been brief, and he'd
succumbed to unconsciousness quickly.  Weinstein lowered the guard to
ground - he sleep for at least six hours - more than enough time for
	With the guard disabled, the loading could continue.  The pickup
truck was joined by two eighteen wheelers, and some local labor began
loading them.  Weinstein grimaced when he thought of what was being
loaded, but it was necessary for Isaacs to continue the plan.
	The pullback of the German Army from the USSR was noted by the NSA. 
It had not been entirely unexpected - Stalin was nothing if not
practical.  More ominously, a build-up of Soviet power near the Finish
front was noted.  The NSA passed the information along.
	With the Germans openly pulling back from Russia, it was decided to
give them a taste of what was coming.  200 cruise missiles were
launched from the IKE task force.  Bridges, rail yards, and even the
Wolf's Lair in East Prussia were hit.  One group plastered Peenemunde,
and killed Werner Von Braun.
	Meanwhile, the US Air Force hit the German 4th Panzer Division as it
deployed against Normandy in France.  Cluster munitions from F-16s
ravaged the formation, and streaked off to provide CAP for the A-10s
that followed.  The Warthogs dissolved panzers with their 30mm
autocannons.  Finally, in a kind of coup-de-grace, AC-130 gunships
showed up, and savaged the survivors.  Of 4th Panzer's 151 operation
tanks, 119 were destroyed, and over four thousand men killed or
injured - all for no loss to the US.
	There was not enough US military power in place to do much more -
yet.  It was coming, though.
	Zossen noted the action with as much detachment as they could.  The
Americans' own broadcasts had revealed that in the original history,
the D-Day landings had taken place at Normandy.  The attack on the 4th
Panzer indicated an attack could come there.  However, it struck the
Germans as foolish that the Americans would hit the same place they
did originally.
	Still, every possibility had to be accounted for.  Two more infantry
corps, backed up by more mobile forces were sent to northern France. 
They were told to disperse to avoid damage from air attacks.
	It hadn't been much of a fight.  The Cuban Army - such as it was -
had been taken totally by surprise, and most of it hadn't been in
Havana anyway.  Batista hadn't even been contacted - the Israelis had
convinced Marrenda that it would serve no purpose other than just
warning the dictator.  The assault on the Presidential Palace had come
at dawn, and the Cubans were no match for the Israelis.
	The assault had been over in less than an hour, and only one Israeli
had been killed and two wounded.  Only 40 Cubans died - including
Batista.  By Latin American standards, it was a fairly bloodless
affair.  The arrival of the rest of the flotilla, and the evident
wealth they had had quelled any nascent dissent from the remaining
Cuban power groups.  With much celebration, one of the most prominent
members of the Cuban Miami community was declared interim leader. 
Until new elections could be held, of course.  Marrenda intended to
see those elections take place.  Time in the United States had taught
the Cubans the value of strong, Republican government, and for Cuba to
be the power Marrenda wanted it to be, such a government was
	As for the Israelis, they were overseeing the loading of the two
Italian freighters.  Their weapons were already stowed, and cranes
were loading food - if things continued, bananas would be the new
nation food of Israel.  A small group of Israelis had set up a
communication center in a large hotel in Havana.  Marrenda was having
them watched, of course, and was distressed to hear that some of the
"Israelis" that were arriving were considerably less "Israeli" than
American.  He knew there was a large Jewish population in the United
States, but he was concerned anyway.  Meanwhile, the Israelis were
waiting for a shipment of some kind - from Los Angeles of all places -
and then they would depart.
	There was a wild celebration going on, but Marrenda took no part in
it.  He was always uncomfortable with celebrations, and had one more
task to accomplish anyway.  He and several of his men walked to a
small Cuban police station.  It was empty of all except Marrenda's
men, and one prisoner.
	The prisoner was held in a cell, and, when Marrenda arrived, he went
and studied him through the bars.  He'd never met the man, of course,
and didn't know what he expected.  He felt nothing, even as he gazed
into the eyes of a 16-year old Fidel Castro.
More to Come.
USA 2002 ISOT 1942 Part X - "Compromises"
	The cinema in London was packed.  Londoners - protected from German
bombing raids by the United States Air Force - were coming out of the
long night the Blitz had imposed on their city.  The parks were full,
pleasure boats had re-appeared on the Thames, and entertainment
facilities were doing great business.  The war was still on, to be
sure, sons and fathers and husbands were away from home, and in danger
all over the Empire.  However, for the first time in what seemed like
an eternity, hope was in full blossom in Great Britain.  The new
Americans, with their magical technology were going to win the war,
and everyone knew it.  The papers were full of the American victory in
the Pacific over the Japanese Fleet, and the pictures taken from the
F-18s of the TIRPITZ had been front-page news.
	Furthermore, people from 2002 - not Americans, but good honest
Englishmen and Englishwomen who'd been in the United States when the
event took place - were coming home to England.  The Churchill
government had recognized what a tremendous resource these future
people represented, and they'd been welcomed in Britain.  The
government had painted a picture for the population; these people from
the future were the children and grandchildren of the people in
Britain.  They were lost, and with no homes, and no familiar
relatives.  Churchill had asked the people of Britain to open their
hearts and their homes to the future English, and the British people
had responded.
	These future British people were already making an impact. 
Apparently, oil lay beneath the North Sea.  They'd brought pictures of
great offshore oil derricks, pumping oil for a thirsty Britain.  Also,
cars and jets and electric trains, and plans for something called a
"Chunnel" - apparently a tunnel underneath the English Channel.
	The most exciting pictures were those from space.  The view of Earth
from orbit was breathtaking.  It was known that Americans were in
space even now, using powerful tools to watch the Germans.  Their
satellites were a priceless advantage, and one that the Germans had no
counter for.  The pictures of men on the moon - which had apparently
happened sometime in the 1960s and 1970s - had electrified the British
populace.  It had been depressing to learn that Britain's own space
program hadn't ever gotten off the ground in the original history.
	That would change, though.  Churchill talked openly of the Empire
expanding to space "where the sun truly never sets".  This seemed to
amuse many of the 2002 people - space exploration was apparently both
complicated and expensive - but no one would ever accuse Winston of
thinking small.
	The movie people were crowding in to see was one from the America of
the future.  Technicians from America and from future Britain had
spent a couple weeks "upgrading" the cinema, one of London's largest. 
Now it featured a larger screen, full color and "surround sound" -
whatever that was.  The movie was supposed to appeal to the British
audience - it was from the future, but about the past.  It was called
TITANIC, and it was about the great luxury liner.  Many of Britain's
social elite turned out to see it.
	TITANTIC had been chosen deliberately by both the 1942 British
government and the 2002 Americans.  It represented the most advanced
movie-making techniques available to the Americans, but was about a
subject the British audience would completely understand - for this
reason, the MATRIX had been rejected (well, that and the fact that no
one on the American side could stomach the thought of Keanu Reeves
being the first modern American movie star international movie-goers
had access to - and at least Leonardo Di Caprio hadn't been in the US
when the Event took place).  The key was to see how the British public
reacted to the (for the time) relatively blatant sexuality, special
effects, and class struggle the picture featured.  The movie had been
made, after all, for an audience whose cultural morals were 60 years
more advanced.
	The movie got strong reviews from the audience.  The special effects
were dazzling, and many in the audience were moved to tears.  However,
many objected to some of the messages the movie presented - from the
portrayal of the rich as evil, and self-centered.  Still, all in all
the audience loved it, and more movies were planned - starting with
the INDIANA JONES series.
	Admiral Chuichi Nagumo of the Imperial Japanese Navy was numb with
shock.  A little more than six months ago,  he had led the IJN to the
most dazzling victory in naval history over the Americans at Pearl
Harbor.  The IJN had ruled supreme, and swept the westerners from
Asian waters.  The string of conquests - from Java to Wake to
Singapore - had seemed to assure Japan's dominance in the Pacific for
the next century or more.
	Now that was all ashes in his mouth.  The reports that Nagumo had
heard from the radio room of the SHOKAKU had been met with disbelief
from Nagumo and his staff; it was inconceivable that one carrier, no
matter how advanced, could have sunk the Combined Fleet.
	However, two days ago, a courier plane had reached Nagumo's task
force from Japan.  The message it carrier sank Nagumo's heart.  It was
true - all true.  The Navy - Admiral Yamamoto - all of it - was gone. 
Now, almost all that was left of the once-mighty Imperial Navy was
Nagumo's task force; the SHOKAKU, ZUIKAKU, 5 heavy cruisers, 4 light
cruisers, 15 destroyers and support ships.  Yamamoto's last orders
were to inflict as much damage as he could on the Americans.
	Nagumo was brave, and his heart screamed at him to sail at once for
the Americans and satisfy the honor of the Japanese Navy.  However,
his mind told him not to.  SHOKAKU and ZUIKAKU were the largest
carriers Japan had - each carried over 90 planes.  But that wasn't
enough.  According to survivors of the battle, the Americans had
struck at night, with weapons of magic.  Nagumo didn't believe in
magic, but he did believe in the value of good intelligence.  No, he
would sacrifice himself, and his ships, for the emperor, but not that
	Instead, he found himself in the North Pacific, far from the shipping
lanes, and wondering what to do.  With tankers, he had range, and
striking power.  His biggest advantage was speed, if he left the
tankers behind, he could do 33 knots.  He considered targets.  The
West Coast of the US was reachable - barely - but these future
Americans seemed to have technology for detecting ships and planes,
and Nagumo had to believe that technology extended to protect the US
homeland as well.
	No, the West Coast could not be a target.  But there were other
places that could.
	Captain Tatu Rahuamaki of the Finnish Army trembled as he
contemplated the Soviet forces being drawn up on the other side of the
Svir river.  The German pullback had left the Finns in an awful
position, and the Captain knew it.  He was commander of a Finnish
infantry company, and had seen a lot of combat.  In 1939, as a young
lieutenant, he'd led ski troops against the invading Soviets.
	This was not 1939.  The Soviets opposite Rahuamaki were not the
peasant army he'd faced back then.  Long lines of T-34 tanks, backed
up by more mobile artillery than Rahuamaki thought existed on the
planet, and shock troops were moving into position.  The Soviets were
more experienced, better equipped, better led, and, worst of all from
Rahuamaki's perspective, going to attack in the summer time.
	It wasn't going to be all one-sided though.  Many Finns gripped about
the German betrayal, as well they should, but the Germans hadn't
simply up and left, either.  The Finnish Air Force was now equipped
with BF-109s and even a few FW-190s.  Two actual armored divisions
were forming, with PKIIIs and PKIVs that the Germans had somehow
transferred over from Estonia before the pull-back..  Marshall
Mannerheim was an experienced leader, and Finns doughty fighters. 
They would fight the good fight.
Despite the material aid that Germans had provided, and the leadership
of Marshall Mannerheim, Rahuamaki didn't expect to win.  There was
just too much combat power facing the Finns, and no one to come to
their aid.
	Captain Rahuamaki wasn't the only one noting the Soviet build-up.  A
spy satellite did as well.  Pictures from the satellite ended up in
Fort Meade, Maryland.  After a brief analysis there (it was pretty
obvious what was happening), they made it to the Pentagon and the
White House.
	President Bush, and the rest of the National Security Council (NSC)
saw the pictures.  No one was exactly shocked - the Germans and
Soviets clearly had made some kind of deal - but the sell-out of the
Finns was unexpected.  The question was, what, if anything, to do
about it.  Powell pointed out that Finland was, technically, and Axis
power, and the USSR was, technically, an Allied power.
	Rice rejected that immediately.  Finland wasn't a REAL Axis power -
they just wanted their 1939 territory back.  The message that had been
delivered to Molotov must be enforced - else Finland wouldn't be the
last place that Stalin would attack.  Powell broke back in - do we
really want to fight the USSR now, before the defeat of the Nazis? 
That earned him some hard looks.  It was unspoken here in the NSC that
after the defeat of Hitler, Stalin would be next.  That wasn't policy
- yet - but the idea was gaining strength.
	Bush broke in.  One thing at a time.  Hitler first.  But he wanted
options.  Short of openly fighting the USSR, what could America do to
help the Finns?
	The debate went on.
	Erwin Rommel looked at the shattered remains of the Africa Corps, and
despaired.  Most of the 21st Panzer division had been destroyed, and
the British 8th Army was pursuing.  Tobruk was far to east, and the
uncertain sanctuary of Tripoli was fast approaching.  What shipping
was available was gathering there, and in a few other tiny ports in
Western Libya.  With the American Navy ruling the Med, Rommel didn't
see how he could make it back to Europe.  Or, for that matter, what
good he could do there.
	The US destruction of the Italian Navy had effectively ended Rommel's
ability to attack towards Suez and Cairo; air strikes from the
CONSTELLATION, and "satellite intel" given to Montgomery at 8th Army
were cutting him to pieces.  He couldn't hide, with no fuel couldn't
manoeuvre, and couldn't really run.
	At Tripoli, Rommel planned a Dunkirk-like evacuation.  He'd get as
much away as he could, and surrender what was left.  Of course, that
was his plan.  Others had plans for General Rommel, and those plans
didn't include a POW camp.
	The two ships departed Havana harbor before dawn.  Marrenda had
delivered what he promised, and the package from Wienstein in LA had
come as well.  The soldiers were on board, relieved the side-show in
Cuba was over.  They were going to Europe to kill Nazis now.
	On the bridge of the FANO, Isaacs stared at the dark sea.  Someone in
the US had finally woken up to the fact that a regime-change had taken
place in Cuba, and Havana was being flooded with reporters.  The
Israelis had left a little earlier than intended; it would do them no
good if the American press found out about them - yet.  Of course, the
eventual participation of the American media was rather central to
what Isaacs  - and the people he was working with (people the Israeli
soldiers didn't know about) - were doing.
Issacs would leave the FANO shortly to return to the mainland.  Tasks
awaited him still in America.  However, the next stage of the
operation required a delicate touch.  Issacs would oversee it
personally - and right now.
        An aide came to him with haunted eyes.  It was time.  Issacs
followed the aide of the bridge.  The packages from Weinstein in LA
had caused considerable speculation among the Israeli soldiers - they
had weapons, what could come from Los Angeles of all places to delay
their departure?
Isaacs smiled grimly to himself.  Judging from the cries coming from
the compartment ahead, Wienstein's packages had been unwrapped. 
Isaacs entered the compartment, and hubbub died down a bit.  Looks of
outrage, shock and horror greeted him.  The Israelis were giving one
man their attention, and it wasn't friendly attention either.  The man
in question was Captain Yoshi Perlmen, Israeli Army.  He was popular
with his men, an accomplished clarinet-player, and fierce in battle. 
He was also wearing, right down to the epaulets, the uniform of an SS
More to Come
Dave Knudson
USA 2002 ISOT in 1942 Part XI - "Movements"
	It should not have been the Trial of the Century, or even the Trial
of the Year.  But the courthouse in Chicago was packed.  Reporters
from all the major US news services were there, as were
representatives of both Canada and the BBC.  The BBC didn't have
televisions cameras, of course, but there was nothing wrong with the
reporters' ability to get to the heart of the story.
	At odds in the trial were Malcolm Bryce on one side, and his
relatives on the other.  Bryce was a 35 year-old 1942 Chicago
industrialist who'd been in Canada when the Event happened, leaving
him somewhat adrift.  In the old history, Bryce had taken the
industrial plants he owned in Milwaukee, Chicago and South Bend, and
morphed them into one of the first post-war US industrial
conglomerates.  By 1960, Bryce Enterprises had holdings all over the
world, and in areas as diverse as pharmaceuticals, farm products, and
even textiles.
	In 1971, Bryce, somewhat distraught over the death of his wife in an
automobile accident, sold his companies to various other large
corporations.  He'd made billions, and lived well (if quietly) until
his death in 1987.  Bryce had been (and was again) a man of energy,
integrity, and ambition.  He had been successful, and had his fair
share of enemies, but no one ever accused him of a crime.  In other
words, Bryce was an industrial capitalist, who realized the best way
to make money in the long term was hard work, and at least a fair
degree of honesty.
	The same, unfortunately, could not be said of his children.  Bryce
had three children, and none had inherited much of in the way of good
traits from him.  He had two sons and a daughter, and a horde of
grandchildren.  One son was an alcoholic; the other a 58 year-old
playboy.  The daughter was even worse; she'd invested in every new age
cult that had come along over the decades, and was currently a
scientologist in good standing.  None had done anything but spend the
money Bryce had left them; and none had done much for anyone except
themselves.  The spouses, friends, hangers-ons, and other were not any
better.  The grandchildren (the great-grandchildren were infants or
toddlers) were generally speaking, just as bad, with a couple of
notable exceptions.
	Bryce was alone except for his lawyers.  He was dressed in a
conservative 2002 business suit, and was very well groomed.  A
handsome, athletic man, he was utterly unable to conceal his contempt
for his relatives.  The children were all born later than 1942, and he
knew none of them.  The defendants were a gaggle of competing
interests (all the children had their own, separate teams of lawyers,
and some of the grandchildren did as well), dressed in a variety of
clothing, and in various states of cleanliness.
	Bryce's case was simple; he wanted his money back.  He didn't mean to
impoverish his heirs - he'd leave them enough to live on - but he
wanted the bulk of the money back, before they squandered any more of
it.  Bryce had powerful, and unanticipated allies in this case; both
General Motors and Microsoft contributed to his defence.  A senior
manager at GM actually remembered Bryce as a man of integrity and
vision; Microsoft wanted him to lead a management team.  Both wanted
his services as a consultant.  Bryce was one of the few 1942 American
corporate heads who both had contacts around the world, and had been
out of the country on March 13.  He would be invaluable in
facilitating contacts and business deals between the 2002 US
corporations and the 1942 international business environment.
	The defendants had a variety of positions (some mutually-exclusive). 
The various lawyers, advisors, spiritual guides, friends, etc. had
boiled it down to a fairly simple position:  the will stated the
disbursement of Bryce's holdings, and that will was in force.
	Public sympathy was firmly with Bryce.  Despite being 60 years behind
the time, he had an intuitive sense of what to say and what not to
say.  His children - spoiled by immense wealth their whole lives -
were ridiculous.  Bryce talked about building for the future, and the
opportunities that were unexpectedly present.  His children talked
about "what they deserved".  Which was nothing, according to one CNN
	The real problem Bryce faced was his own will.  Written in 1985, it
was, like most things he did, very well crafted.  When he'd died in
1987, the will had stood up to challenges from near and far, as the
children wrangled over who got what, and other relatives claimed their
piece of the pie.  Complete strangers, claiming to be Bryce's
illegitimate children showed up, as did "business partners" claiming
oral contracts.  In the end, the courts had held up the original will.
	The Catch-22 that Bryce faced was, that in a way, he was arguing
against himself.  Despite his older self's disappointment in his
children and grandchildren, the original Bryce had dispersed money to
them, and to his other relatives.  Bryce's lawyers argued that since
Bryce was clearly alive, the Will was null and void.  The defendants'
overall argument was that the man was clearly dead - his grave was
available for viewing - and the money was theirs.
	In the end, the judge ruled on the basis of the Mildred Myers' case
in California.  The Malcolm Bryce alive now and the Malcolm Bryce
who'd died in 1987 were two different people.  As such, the will
stood.  The relatives were happy.  There was an audible gasp from the
public galleries; they'd been on Malcolm's side.
	The judge continued.  However, inasmuch as the will stood, all of its
provisions were still binding.  Malcolm Bryce had distributed his
wealth among his relatives.  Malcolm Bryce of 1942 was clearly a
relative of Malcolm Bryce who died in 1987 - they shared the same
parents.  Therefore, the Malcolm Bryce of 1942 was entitled to a
percentage of the will.  Which meant all the relatives had to pay.
	In the end, it only amounted to about 25 million dollars for Bryce. 
Divided up, that was only a couple million per original will
recipient.  That should have been no problem, given the size of the
original will settlement.  However, some relatives had been truly
proliferate with the money, and couldn't pay.
	It didn't matter to Bryce.  He had more than enough for seed money,
and juicy consulting fees from GM and Microsoft.  It was enough for a
man of energy and skill, and Malcolm Bryce was that.
Before leaving court, Malcolm Bryce informed his relatives that after
they paid, he never wanted to see them again.
	The problem that Marty Wilson and his team had at Fort Meade,
Maryland was simple, but then most problems in life were, if distilled
down to their component parts.  He had just one task to accomplish:
locate the remaining Japanese task force in the Pacific.  It should
have been simple; Nagumo's mini-fleet had no ECM capability, and US
satellites were designed for this kind of thing.
	The problem was that the US satellite network was still tattered, and
Europe had a higher priority.  The Pacific was a big body of water,
and Wilson had two - count 'em - two dedicated birds for the search. 
They couldn't begin to cover the whole ocean.  Even that should have
been OK - listening posts on the US West Coast, a new one in Hawaii,
and AWACS from the CVNs in the Pacific should have been enough to
detect any radio transmissions Nagumo made - but the Japanese had
evidently observed strict radio silence, so that was out.
	That left the whole project a guessing game.  What would you do if
you were Chuichi Nagumo?  Wilson and his team had spent long hours
discussing just that.  There were few obvious targets.  Hawaii and the
West Coast were out; if Nagumo approached either, local radar would
detect him, making Wilson's problem moot.  The STENNIS was in the
Philippines, and quite capable of smashing the two Japanese carriers. 
Indonesia (or, as it was now called the "Netherlands East Indies") was
a concern - there were few US assets there.  But Nagumo couldn't
accomplish anything there; and local mischief he raised would be both
irrelevant to the US war effort, and suicidal.  The same with the
British base in Sri Lanka ("Ceylon") and the Australians in Darwin.
	There were plenty of places to hide, as well.  The Marianas,
Marshalls, - even the wastes of the Northern Pacific.  The satellites
couldn't be everywhere at once.  Wilson sighed as he contemplated the
vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and went back to work.
	Isaacs was back in Washington.  The Israelis had gotten over their
sense of revulsion at wearing Nazi uniforms - it did make a good
disguise after all - and there was even a sense of ironic justice in
it.  Weinstein had stolen as many uniforms from the LA studios as he
could (the only place in 2002 America to get WWII-era military
uniforms was Hollywood), and they would do.  There were relatively few
SS uniforms in the bunch - most were simple Wehrmacht - but a body of
Wehrmacht backed by SS should be enough for the Israelis' tasks once
in Europe.
	The two Italian ships were almost to Italy.  Getting them to
Gibraltar had been easy - both flew the Cuban flag, and no U-Boats
were left to molest them.  The problem was getting them to Europe. 
Various ideas had been discussed; a landing in France or Spain seemed
easier than Italy.  However, circumstances had intervened.  Isaacs saw
an opportunity, and wanted to discuss it with his partners.
	As much as it pained him to admit, Isaacs couldn't have pulled this
off without their help.  The hardest part was the gas for Cubans and
the weapons for the Israeli soldiers.  The Mossad just didn't have
that many assets in place in the US.  However, when he'd been trying
to gather these things - his "partners" had contacted him.  They could
provide anything and everything that the Israelis needed - they just
wanted a voice in what happened next.
	Isaacs had been reluctant to deal, especially where something as
visceral to him (and the Israeli soldiers) as the Holocaust was
involved.  However, the people who were his partners calmed him down. 
They'd made sense.
	Simply put, 1500 soldiers suiciding against the Reich would make for
headlines and good stories, but wouldn't actually accomplish anything
lasting.  Isaacs served Israel, even if Israel didn't exist now. 
Forget Germany - it was dead.  One way or another the United States
would crush it.  The real issues lay in the future - the post-war
world.  Yes, America was powerful, but it had a long memory.  The
Middle East in the original time was complicated enough.  Adding
Israel to the mix in 1949 had made it worse.  The United States' need
for oil had not abated, so the Middle East would still be vital to it.
	The US remembered 60 years of Mid East turmoil, culminating in 9/11. 
While it was certain to take steps to prevent the development of
radical Islam, that was a difficult task - even for America.  The task
would be eased considerably without an Israel, or at least with a
managed Israel that the Arabs could be persuaded to live with. 
Powerful elements of the US government were talking openly about this
- a reduced Israel as an almost client state of the United States.
	While this was practical, Isaacs couldn't believe that the United
States, with its long history of friendship with Israel, and powerful
pro-Israel lobby, would allow this to happen.  However, his "partners"
were reliable sources, and Isaacs had been swayed by their arguments.
	The thing that bothered Isaacs about his partners was their stake in
this.  Clearly, they had goals here, and Isaacs didn't know - and had
no real way of finding out - what they were.  He fretted about this,
but wasn't in a position to deal with it.  For now.  However
disconcerting and confusing their interest might be, they were
powerful, and Isaacs had no intention of betraying their trust.
	Now, he was in Washington to meet them.  The next phase of the plan
was to be discussed.  He arrived at the usual location, but was
surprised at who was waiting for him.  Usually, his partners sent
proxies to meet him; today they had come in person.  Isaacs smiled as
he sat down with CIA Director George Tenet and National Security
Advisor Condeleeza Rice.
	Charles de Gaulle was not happy.  Of course, he'd rarely been happy
before June of 1940 (and some suspected before even that), so this
wasn't unusual - to either his own staff or the British.  He was in
London, and at the SHAEF.  The British and the new Americans were
there as well for a conference.
	The immediate source of de Gaulle's unhappiness was a feeling of
being an outsider.  Previous to the remarkable events of March, this
feeling had been because of Vichy France.  The British, and the
America from 1942 had seemed to be all to ready to deal with the
collaborationists when preparing for Operation TORCH.  Their arguments
- that Vichy administrated the areas of North Africa they were
concerned with - had fallen on deaf ears.  As for as de Gaulle was
concerned, his Free French were the only true representative of the
French people and French interests.
	The Americans from 2002 solved the Vichy issue; they didn't seem to
care (or even know much about) the Vichy regime.  They were perfectly
happy to deal with the Free French as the legitimate government of
France.  That suited de Gaulle.  What did not suit him was the
planning for the liberation of Europe.  The reason it didn't suit him
was because he didn't know anything about it.
	US troops were arriving steadily in Britain as the summer of 1942
progressed.  An invasion was coming - everyone knew it - but the
Americans were playing their cards very carefully.  For one thing,
this was a mammoth undertaking, and the US hadn't tried anything this
big since "Desert Storm" - whatever that was.  For another, de Gaulle
strongly suspected that the US was planning this without really
consulting the British either.
	Oh, the Americans were plenty polite, but the problem was they didn't
actually say anything.  They talked of the brotherhood of the west,
and how NATO would come, and how they needed the British.  And the
French too, of course.  But what the British and French were needed
for was never made clear.  If there was one consolation de Gaulle took
from this, it was that Churchill seemed almost as put out as he did.
	The conference de Gaulle was attending had been called by the
British.  They wanted to know what and where.  What was the scope of
the invasion, and where would it occur.  It seemed the American were
finally ready to bring them into the loop, and discuss their thinking.
 The invasion was still months away, but apparently a landing site had
been determined.
	Charles de Gaulle had seen the history books, and knew about D-Day,
and the landings at Normandy.  He strongly suspected the Americans
would go someplace else - like Calais - but he didn't know where. 
Then he saw the American general pull out a satellite map, and point. 
And Charles de Gaulle's unhappiness increased ten-fold.
	Colin Powell did not want to be in Stockholm.  He wanted to be at the
CCS (Combined Chiefs of Staff) meeting in London.  He had a lot of
faith in the US military (of course), but he wanted to be there to
smooth any ruffled feathers - and he strongly suspected a certain tall
French general would have very ruffled feathers.
	Instead, he found himself seated in an ornate conference room in a
palace in Sweden.  With Soviet foreign minister Molotov.  Neither man
was happy.  Molotov's face was it's usual bland mask, but inside he
was seething.  He'd warned Stalin about this; that the Americans would
see the Soviet troop movements.  He'd warned Stalin, as had Zhukov. 
Now, there was some talking to do.
	Powell presented satellite images of Karelia and the Leningrad area. 
They clearly showed a massive build-up of Soviet forces.  Additional
satellite images of Talinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia showed Soviet
troops entering as the Germans left.  Molotov sat and looked at the
photos, and his face showed nothing.
	Powell wanted an explanation.  He thought that the US had made clear
that it would recognize the 1939 border of the USSR.  That clearly
meant that the Baltic nations were to be left alone.  Additionally, it
was clear that the Soviets planned an attack on Finland.  The US
wanted to know why.
	Molotov was shocked the American hadn't mentioned the German-Soviet
truce; after all, it had to be clear that the Germans were peacefully
leaving the USSR.  That didn't happen without a deal of some kind
being made.  He wasn't about to bring it up, though.
	Molotov shrugged.  The Germans had fled large areas of the eastern
front.  The war had been very fierce there; local infrastructure and
government were non-existent.  The Red Army was the only organized
force around that could prevent anarchy, and provide humanitarian
(Molotov had learned what that meant) aid to the unfortunate
inhabitants of the region.  As for Finland?  Molotov shrugged. 
Finland was an enemy of the USSR, and would be treated accordingly.
	Powell leaned forward.  The United States, he said, would take a very
unfavorable view of Soviet aggression towards Finland.  Molotov
pretended surprise.  Finland is a German ally.  Surely the United
States could understand if the USSR took the appropriate steps to
defend itself.
	No, actually, the United States would not, said Powell.  Finland
wouldn't be a German ally if Stalin hadn't attacked it for no reason
in 1939.  Molotov's eyes bugged; these future Americans got right to
the point.  The United States position was firm; it viewed any Soviet
activity against Finland in an unfavorable light.
	Molotov noted to himself that Powell had not said "act of war". 
Interesting.  He smiled tightly at the American Secretary of State. 
The USSR was an independent country.  It would act in it's own best
interest.  It had nothing but feelings of brotherhood with the United
States, but would act in its own interest.
	Powell sighed to himself.  This just got more complicated.  Oh well. 
Sooner or later Stalin would have to be dealt with.  Might as well
start sooner.  Not with US troops of course.  Not yet anyway.  But
there were other things the US could do.
	Other things indeed.
More to come.
USA 2002 in 1942 Part XII - "Heresy"
        The meeting was held in the National Cathedral in Washington,
D.C.  It was highly irregular, of course, but then again, since March
13, very little had not been "highly irregular".  Just as people had
to make do with the strangeness of the situation on an individual
level, organizations had to on a collective one.  The Catholic Church
was no exception.
	The beginning of 2002 had seemed ominous to many in the church.  The
sex scandals that had been an uncomfortable, almost subliminal part of
the church for decades seemed to be gaining more and more national
attention, and the dearth of new priests was forcing many to ask hard
questions of the church and its traditions.  March 13 had changed all
that.  The Event had triggered an upsurge in church attendance as
people sought answers to the simply unbelievable situation the country
- and the world - found themselves in.
Yet, Catholics had to ask themselves questions beyond the how and why
of the Event.  Regardless of the deeper spiritual meaning of the
Event, the Catholic Church remained a tightly run, highly centralized
organization.  Unfortunately, that center was Vatican City, in Rome. 
Rome, Italy, where they thought it was 1942, that Pius XII was Pope,
that Italy was (for the moment) at war with the United States.  Oh,
and no one had ever heard of "Vatican II".
	The US Conference of Catholic Bishops was an organization of 375
bishops that (among other tasks) interpreted policy as the Holy See
dictated it.  Now, meeting along with the thirteen American Cardinals,
and other Church officials, they had a number of decisions and
interpretations to make.
	The most important set of these regarded the message they had for the
Pontiff in Rome, Pius XII.  The current international situation make
communication with the Pope difficult; officially neutral in the war,
the Vatican was however, located in the middle of the capital city of
the one of the three big powers the US was at war with.  Furthermore,
in a panic about US capabilities, the Italians had shut down all
communication to the city - including the Vatican.
	The problem was that the Catholic Mass and Liturgy had changed
dramatically in 1963 with the adoption of a set of codicils popularly
known as Vatican II.  Vatican II had modernized church doctrine in an
attempt to meet the spiritual needs of Catholics in the fast-paced
modern world.  Mass was no longer conducted in Latin, subtle, but
important changes had been made to the manner in which Mass was
conducted, the Liturgy, and so on.  Vatican II was the modern Catholic
Church, and its adoption had been hard enough in the 1960s.  Many
traditionalists were unhappy with it.  Over the decades, however, it
had become part and parcel of the Catholic Faith.
	Of course, it was entirely possible that Pius XII would view it as
	Vatican I, in the 1870s, had established the doctrine of papal
infallibility; that is, that the Pope is the living representative of
God on Earth, and his writ is law.  When Pius XII was contacted, and
the way Catholics worshipped in America was revealed to him, he might
well order a change back to the old ways.  Most US bishops shuddered
at the idea of doing Mass in Latin; church membership would likely
plummet.  If the US Bishops failed to comply, Pius might simply
excommunicate them; that would make for good laughs on Letterman and
	In short, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was in a quandary. 
Already religious scholars, both lay and otherwise, were asking
questions about the Church.  Should Pius prove intractable, some were
calling for a new Declaration of Independence, and the formation of
the United States Catholic Church.  The USCC could be a reformed
church, allowing priests to marry, female priests, and so on.  Most of
the US Bishops were firmly against this idea.  They were Catholics,
and the Christian Church had seen enough schism in the last millennium
without creating a new one.
	Rather, the idea was that when the opportunity arose, they would
present the post-Vatican II of doing business to the Pius.  The hope
was that he would acknowledge the strangeness of the situation, and
grant a special dispensation.  This dispensation would allow for the
US Churches to carry on as they had, while the tenets of Vatican II
were reviewed by the Holy See.
	They agreed on this, and communicated it to the millions of US
Catholics awaiting guidance.  It was not a perfect solution, but few
of those existed for anyone these days.
	Genoa harbor was a bustle of activity.  Ships, coming back from the
disaster in North Africa came into the harbor carrying men and
material.  There was no order; quite simply, both Italian and German
commanders expected the Americans to simply blow the ships out of the
water.  It was hoped that by scattering the transports, a few might
make it through.
	Instead, and much to the delight of the Axis, most of the transports
did make it through.  The Germans were at a loss to explain this; the
CONSTELLATION had withdrawn through Gibraltar, but detached a couple
of squadrons operating from Malta and Tripoli.  However strange it
was, the almost 170,000 troops that made it out (of which 120,000 were
Italian, and therefore of little use, as far as the Germans were
concerned) arrived without schedule, warning, or formation, presenting
a logistical and command nightmare.
	Ports from Taranto to Marseilles (and the troops that arrived there
were treated very well by Vichy.  America had completely ignored
Vichy, and France, for that matter, except to say that they looked
forward to re-establishing the NATO Alliance - whatever that was - and
Vichy was miffed about being ignored) were receiving troops, without
order or sense.
	Therefore, when the two freighters carrying Germans arrived in Genoa,
hardly anyone was there to greet them.  Earlier, three other
freighters loaded with troops had arrived, and the port facilities
were swamped with men, material, and confusion.  Just as had been
planned by the people on the two freighters, who had timed their
entrance into Genoa with the help of satellite intel.  The
Harbormaster sent boats and guides out to meet them, who directed them
to a dock.  An ordered procession of troops - both Wehrmacht and SS - 
debarked from both ships, and milled about on the docks.
	The SS-uniformed troopers began forming up the men.  If anyone
thought it was strange that SS were giving orders to Wehrmacht, no one
said so.  The SS also formed a loose perimeter around the Wehrmacht
troops - it would be bad if any Germans from other units were to try
to talk to these troops.  As the troops were forming up, a
young-looking SS Colonel and a squad approached the harried-looking
German logistical officer in change.  The SS Colonel sneered at the
Italian liaison officer, who quailed and tried to make himself as
small as possible.
	Yoshi Greenbaum was a Lieutenant in the IDF - Israeli Defence Forces.
 He spoke perfect German - a rarity - and, hence, he and the few other
Israelis who spoke German were now in SS uniforms.  He couldn't
believe he had it on - his whole life he been taught that the uniform
he now wore meant death for Jews.  Now he was wearing it.  He was no
actor, but he and the "SS squad" had drilled repeatedly to get the
routine down.  The Israeli commander had told Greenbaum over and over
again - the SS were arrogant bastards - even to their own.  Be
arrogant, and threaten others.  Remember, they are afraid of you.
Greenbaum looked over the Major in charge of logistics.  He gave a
Hitler salute (and that had taken some practice too...), and demanded
that a train be made ready for them.
        It was impossible, the major explained.  All available trains
were dedicated to other tasks.  Field Marshall Kesselring had ordered
all troops to fortify the ports they landed in, in preparation for a
possible amphibious attack against Italy.  Therefore the Colonel and
his men must -
        Greenbaum grabbed the major by the collar.  He snarled at the
German.  The Colonel and his men had a job to do, Greenbaum said.  He
half-dragged, half-walked the major over to one of the ships.  They
boarded the ship, and Greenbaum walked him to a cabin with a SS guard.
In the cabin, the major saw three sullen looking men.  They were
bound, and looked roughed up.  They were wearing unfamiliar uniforms. 
The major did, however, recognize the US flags on the shoulders on the
        These US prisoners were taken in North Africa, the SS Colonel
explained.  They were from the future, and had strange devices -
Greenbaum waved a PDA and a cell phone in air in front of the major. 
It was critical that they be delivered at once to the Gestapo.
The major quailed.  He said he understood and would be happy to report
the problem to his superiors, but he had strict orders...
Greenbaum roared at him.  Report the problem?  Why not broadcast it to
the whole world?  If the American found out that the SS had prisoners,
they would mount a rescue operation.  The most priceless intelligence
asset the Reich had would be lost.  And in that case, the Colonel
would ensure that everyone knew that Major - Mohler, was it? - was
        Taking a deep breathe in an apparent effort to calm himself,
Greenbaum gripped Mohler gently by the shoulders.  They were both true
sons of the Reich - both Aryans - and they had to stick together.  The
Reich faced a great crisis, and it needed great deeds to survive.  The
captured Americans meant that fate was not against them - that hope
existed.  They just needed to act.
        Mohler sighed, and nodded once.  A train could be provided to
take the SS man and his Wehrmacht men to Berlin.
        No, not Berlin.  There was an SS facility in Poland, near -
well, Mohler didn't need to know exactly where.  A train to Warsaw
would suffice.
        As they left the cabin Greenbaum winked at the "prisoners". 
The "roughing up" they had taken wasn't real, of course, anymore than
the handcuffs they wore.  They were simply three more IDF men who'd
volunteered to play the parts of prisoners.  They had done so, and now
they were on their way.
        President George Bush rubbed his eyes as he looked over the
"short list" his staff had put together.  The AG was right - a veep
was needed.  There were several names on the list - Powell, JC Watts
of Oklahoma, Elizabeth Dole, and even a Democratic Senator.  Bush
sighed - he didn't really want of these candidates in the job - Powell
and Watts because he needed them where they were.
        The other reports on his desk had more depressing news.  There
had been several problems across the country - particularly in the
south.  People from 1942 were having a hard time adjusting to modern
culture.  Race relations were different in 1942, and there had been a
couple of ugly incidents - one in Alabama, another in Texas.  Despite
the best efforts of both the government and NGOs, some Americans from
1942 were still in culture shock.  On top of that, they didn't really
trust the government because they didn't know it.  No one in
government in 1942 was still alive of course.  What they needed was a
representative they trusted.
        Bush stopped shuffling reports, and smiled.  Two birds, one
stone.  And the man was even a Republican.
        Marshall Mannerheim of the Finnish Army was near despair.  He
now commanded the biggest, best equipped force Finland had ever had,
and it was doomed.  Intelligence estimated upwards of seventy Soviet
divisions would attack, backed by another fifty in reserve.  To meet
that, the Finnish Army had 21 divisions.
        They would fight, of course.  Stalin meant to annex the whole
country, and no one wanted that.  Yet as the Soviets massed,
Mannerheim's despair grew.  This was not the peasant army he had
routed in 1939.  The Red Army of 1942 was a highly mobile, more
professional force.  Man for man it was not as proficient as the
Finnish Army, of course, but had gone through school with the Germans,
and learned its lessons well.  Lessons it would apply against Finland.
        Mannerheim was surprised by a knock on his office door.  His
aide entered, with two other men.  Mannerheim rose from his chair in
shock, but his aide's ashen face precluded any immediate orders. 
Instead, one of the new men spoke.  He introduced himself as the
Finnish ambassador to the United States in 2002.  He smiled at
Mannerheim, and shook his hand.  He then introduced the man with him -
who spoke Finnish as well.  He was an American, from an organization
called the Central Intelligence Agency, and they wanted a few minutes
of the Marshall's time.
        Mannerheim was shocked.  The stories of the future Americans
were almost too bizarre to believe, but here was one in the flesh. 
Mannerheim couldn't imagine what they were doing here.
        The Finnish ambassador continued.  The United States
government was well aware of the Soviet build-up, and had no desire to
see Finland conquered by the Soviet Union.  Indeed, they had made this
clear to Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov.  However, the Soviets were
intractable, and the American diplomatic effort had failed.
        Hope brightened Mannerheim's face.  Does this mean that the
United States will send soldiers and planes to defend Finland?
        Alas, no.  That was not possible until the Germans were
defeated.  The ambassador spoke without acknowledging that the Germans
were allies of the Finns.
        Mannerheim schooled his face to prevent any sign of
disappointment from showing.  Then what were they doing here.
        The man from the CIA spoke as he sat down, and placed a
briefcase on the Marshall's desk.  The United States wanted to offer
assistance to the Finns.  Although direct military intervention was
out - for now - there were other things that the US could provide.
        Mannerheim was doubtful.  Then he saw what the CIA man had in
his briefcase.  The Marshall was still doubtful, but again felt a
twinge of hope.
More to Come...
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XIII - "Mistakes"
Two-year old John Lennon sat on his mother Julia's lap, nibbling a
piece of buttered toast.  He was contemplating it with the wide-eyed
wonderment that only a two-year old has, and completely ignoring
everything else going on around him in the living room of the Lennon's
modest working-class home in Liverpool.
"Everything else" at that point consisted of a strange meeting
between his parents, his Aunt Mimi (Julia's trusted sister), and a man
who was the family barrister on one side, and two slickly-dressed
Americans from 2002 on the other.  The Americans had quick eyes, and
easy, perfect-teeth smiles, and laughed too easily at little John's
childish, rather mundane, and not-that-funny antics.
The Americans had arranged the meeting through the barrister.  They
wanted everything nice and legal - "for John's protection".  Neither
the barrister or John's mother were exactly sure what John needed to
be protected from.  However, the meeting was set up.
The Americans were salesmen, through and through, and made no bones
about it.  They explained this to the Lennons and their lawyer.  The
Event had presented certain opportunities, and they wished to pursue
these.  Little John, they said would become a singer of some small
regard.  Not his main career, of course, but still, they thought with
a little early investment, that John Lennon could become a decent
singer with a solid musical life ahead of him.
The Lennons were dubious.  Singing was not something they'd
anticipated for John.  That's all fine and good, said the barrister,
but what do you care?  The lead guy smiled brightly.  We think that
there is some small profit to be made from John's talents.  If trained
early enough, we think that talent could engender a moderate pay-off
down the road.  For, which, we'd be prepared to invest some money
right now.
The lawyer narrowed his eyes.  Invest money in what?
Smooth as silk, one of the Americans reached into a faux-leather
briefcase and pulled out several documents.  The lawyer examined them.
 They were in 2002 US legalese, almost indecipherable, but he got the
main idea.  It entitled "Event Opportunities Enterprises" to release
any and all of John's professional musical productions to the public
both in the UK and the USA.  Furthermore, it entitled them to a share
of the profits of the direct sales of the records, and to full rights
for marketing any products that came as a result of the music.
The lawyer had never seen such a contract, but wasn't about to let
the Americans know that.  And why should the Lennons agree to this?
The Americans glanced at each other, and then the main guy spoke
again.  The Lennons were hard-working, honest people.  The bedrock of
the British Empire.  The Americans had agreed on this ahead of time. 
The same patriotic theme that played in Peoria would be tried here as
well.  As hard-working honest people (as opposed to lazy, dishonest
ones, it was implied), EOE fully understood that the mild means of the
Lennons precluded a heavy investment in John's latent talents.  To
make up for this, EOE was prepared to front John - and his parents -
the sum of $50,000 American dollars.
Involuntarily, the Lennon's eyes bugged out, and the lawyer gasped. 
New American products were becoming available to the public in the UK,
but they were hideously expensive.  Televisions (useless in the UK for
now, but an important status-symbol), VCRs (useless without TVs), CD
Players, stereos, computers - all could be had by the British
consumer.  For lots of money.  Money that the Lennons would not have
in the foreseeable future.  Until now. Fifty thousand American dollars
was a fortune to the Lennons.
The lawyer stuttered on.  That's very generous.  But why so much?
Sincerity dripped from the first American.  Well, the strangeness of
the Event - and it has been strange - has thrown everything off.  Some
things are good - like the war being over sooner.  The Nazis are going
to get beat, and Alfred, John's father, won't be killed in that German
bombing raid next year.
At this Alfred gave an involuntary start.  Many people from 1942 -
from Churchill on down - had been faced with the prospect of
fore-knowledge of their own deaths.  Alfred digested the news that he
was to die - but was now reprieved - with wide eyes.  A person's own
death is never something to be contemplated lightly, and Alfred
thought he'd just been granted a pardon.  He looked at the American
(whose face was a perfect picture of concern and pity) and smiled -
they'd saved his life by coming here from 2002.
Some things, however, are bad, the American continued.  Some
unscrupulous people might try to take advantage of their
fore-knowledge of the future.  He smiled again at the absurdity
"fore-knowledge of the future", and continued.  Some people might try
to, well, exploit is an ugly word, but accurate, exploit the situation
for their own gain.  They might go around lying about the future, to
profit off other people's talents.
The Lennons nodded, and the lawyer looked at the men.  Aren't you
trying to profit from fore-knowledge of the future?  The American
nodded.  Of course we are.  But mainly we're trying to help John here.
 The American continued.  Is John worth $50,000?  Who knows.  In the
past, we think that he displayed talent worthy of that amount.  He
could end up being a superstar - heck bigger than Jesus, even.  The
American's partner snickered a bit, and the Lennons looked
scandalized.  The American continued, after a wink to his partner. 
Who knows - maybe he'll hate singing, and we'll never get anything. 
But it's a risk we're willing to take. The American smiled
conspiratorially at Alfred.  That's why we're here.  We have friends
who got us here early - to protect people like John.
The lawyer started to speak again, but was cut off by Alfred.  We
accept, he said.  With a flourish the American produced a fine pen,
and Alfred signed, as John's father.  The Americans smiled, and let
Alfred keep the pen.  The money would be wired wherever the Lennons
wanted it.  They shook hand all around, smiled at little John, and
As they walked away, the Americans smiled at each.  Telling Alfred
that he'd been killed in 1943 - a complete lie - had been the clincher.
 Now the Americans, after "saving his life", offered him a huge sum of
money.  Of course he'd sign. And the $30,000 they'd bribed the State
Department clerk with to get a spot on the plane - well that was worth
it too.
John Lennon's house was the third that the two Americans had visited.
 Assuming the McCartneys were as pliable, then the Americans were on
the verge of pulling off the greatest deal since the Louisiana
The United States began a concentrated series of military actions
against Antwerp.  Cruise missiles were launched that hit rail centers,
munitions dumps, German military units, and defensive emplacements. 
Meanwhile, unmanned spotter planes flew low over the city apparently
scanning everything.  AA fire at them did little but bring a visit
from an AC-130 or A-10 to the AA battery, so the drones were more or
less unmolested.  The Germans had an infantry corps in the city
itself, and another guarding the Schedlt Estuary.  There wasn't much
they could do besides hunker down and wait it out.
At Zossen, the Americans' increased interest in Antwerp was noted. 
Antwerp was a key port, and seemed to be a good place to invade, if
the American were "softening it up".  Another infantry corps was
ordered to the city, with more troops detailed for garrison duty in
Brussels and southern Holland.
In England, the results of the activity were carefully noted by the
Americans and the British.  The American in charge was satisfied with
the results of Operation FIRSTLOOK - he couldn't quite bring himself
to call it FORTITUDE.
The train pulled into Warsaw.  The central rail yard was a madhouse
of trains, harried Polish rail workers, German engineers, and the
military.  Most of the military was gone; the troops back from the
Eastern Front were by and large redeployed to the West.  The Soviets
had been scrupulous in observing the terms of the truce, and, as the
threat from the Americans grew and grew, more and more front-line
units were withdrawn.  Not all of them, of course - no German would
ever trust the Soviets - but enough.  Still, and entire corps remained
in Warsaw, with another outside the city.  Still more infantry
divisions were fanned in a loose line along the frontier - more to
keep the Poles in line than provide any real defence against the Red
The train had originated in Genoa, and the men had been riding on it
for days.  Warsaw wasn't their destination, just a stop, but they got
out to stretch their legs.  Their officers made sure their German
uniforms were on correctly, while the "SS" contingent milled about in
a loose circle, and tried to scowl to dissuade casual questions.
That's when the mistake occurred.
Private Ben Rabin of the IDF and his friends were huddled around the
back of the train.  They were trying to look inconspicuous, lest
anyone realize they didn't speak German.  He and the IDF people with
him assumed the trains were full of German troops.  Much as it ached
him, here in the belly of the beast, to let them go, he did nothing.
Until he found out he was wrong about the German troops.
The trains carried people, but not soldiers.  And the people weren't
in coaches, but boxcars.  Rabin happened to look up, and saw a train
not fifty yards away.  Through the smoke of the yards, he saw a line
of people - girls and women, being loaded onto a train.  They were
dressed in brown and grey rags and clothes, except for a bright yellow
patch each one had on their chests.  A Star of David.
As Rabin watched, a young girl fell from exhaustion - or collapsed
from fear and hunger.  A German guard snarled at her, as the child's
equally exhausted mother tried in vain to help her up.  The guard
snarled again, then kicked the girl.  The mother tried to intervene,
and the guard shoved her aside, and kicked the fallen girl again.
And Rabin pretty much forgot about the plan.  Without thinking, his
greatcoat fell away, and the fake Mauser he'd been carrying fell to
the mud.  The M-16 came up, and bucked twice.  The German was dead
before he hit the ground.  There was a moment of stunned silence, and
then as the Israeli troops realized what was on the trains around
them, they reacted.
For months, they'd been forced to wait, forced to watch, forced to
make side trips and delays.  Now they were here.  To Hell with Isaac's
plan.  They were going to go now.  The officers' half-hearted attempts
to restore order failed, and 1500 Israelis troops fell on the Germans
in Warsaw.
The fight in rail yard was swift and deadly.  There were 200 German
soldiers in the yard providing security, another 200 outside.  There
were also several hundred Polish rail workers, and even a small
detachment of real SS, to oversee the loading of the untermensch. 
They were completely unprepared for the assault that happened.  The
Israelis fanned out in squads, and killed every German they saw. 
Shrugging out of the hated Wehrmacht and SS uniforms, they were
relentless.  The pitiful sight of the people in the trains - Jews,
Gypsies, Russians, other Slavs, and other enemies of the Nazi state
only fuelled their rage.  In less than 30 minutes, the rail yard was a
bloody morass, and the Israelis had cleared it of Germans.
Stanislav Brodi was a Polish loader at the rail yard.  Like everyone
else, when the firing began, he dove for cover.  He was confused, why
were the Germans fighting other Germans?  Brodi soon found out.  He
and some others were huddled about a discarded pile of railroad ties
as the fighting - slaughter, really.  The Germans who'd started it
discarded their uniforms - and seemed to adopt the Jewish star as
their symbol.
Two terrified, disarmed German soldiers tried to hide with Brodi's
group, but Jewish soldiers found them and shot them.  Brodi had no
love of Jews, but he hated the Germans with a passion that was holy. 
If the Jews wanted to kill them - well, Brodi certainly didn't mind.
Brodi's other position was more interesting - when he wasn't loading
trains in Warsaw, he was a Major in the Polish Home Army, waiting for
the day when it was time to strike for liberation.  These new
Americans - from the future - seemed to be the key, and as Brodi
watched the Jewish soldiers, he couldn't help but notice their small
arms, which were completely unfamiliar to him.  A gem of an idea
Brodi and the other non-Germans were herded by the victorious
Israelis into the center of the rail yard.  The Israelis clearly
hadn't been planning this, and Brodi was able to get a good count of
their numbers.  About 1500, and completely cut off, too.  They were
superbly armed, and, if the fight in the rail yard was any indication,
fairly well trained.  But there were 30,000 Germans in Warsaw, and
another 70,000 near the city, watching the Russians.  No way these
guys could hold.
Unless, of course, they got help.
In Washington, Isaacs was beside himself with rage.  To have come so
far - and then have it fail due to stupidity.  He'd told them not to
go through Warsaw!  Again and again!  And now they were stuck; away
from help, away from the coast - away from everything.  1500 of
Israel's finest - sacrificed for no reason.  Isaacs was a realist, and
he knew there was no way they could last against the number of Germans
in Poland alone.
And then an excited call from Warsaw let him know they weren't alone.
The Soviet attack on Finland opened with all the subtlety of a
sledgehammer in a crystal shop.  Stalin had no time for delays.  The
US attack on Germany was clearly coming, and Stalin wanted Finland
secured before that attack was finished.  That way, he'd have
something to give away at the bargaining table.
Twelve Soviet divisions attacked on the isthmus between Leningrad
and Lake Lagoda, while dozens of other attacked the long front from
the eastern shore of Lagoda to the Murmansk/Petsamo front.  The
Soviets relied on their usual brute force methodology; massed
artillery, backed by swarms of airplanes and human-wave infantry
The Soviets ran smack into the defences the Finns had prepared, and
suffered terribly.  Hit-and-run Finn raids, back by occasional
tactical air strikes by the upgraded Finnish air force bled the
advancing Soviets.  Minefields, tank-traps, and other obstacles
interfered with the advance, and the Finns fought hard for each mile
of territory.
There were too many Soviets, though, and they had too much firepower
at hand.  Time and time again, the Finns would make a stand at a
defensible position, and time and time again the Soviets would simply
overwhelm them.  Sometimes, the Soviets would just human-wave the
positions, sometimes swarm them with armor, sometimes flatten them
with masses artillery, and sometimes even manage a combined-arms
assault.  Every time, though, the Finns were eventually forced to
Three days after the attacks began, the Soviets had penetrated the
initial Finnish defences at several points, and "broke out".  The
forested and swampy terrain of the border precluded much in the way of
motorized advances, but Soviet infantry swarmed forward, and some
actual horse cavalry was brought up as well.
Then every Soviet radio in north-western Russia stopped working.  
As the Soviets desperately tried to understand what was happening,
and Zhukov found himself cut off from STAVKA and Stalin, the Finns
launched their counter-assault.  Focused, pin-pointed Finnish raids
hit battalion, regiment and divisions HQs.  The small Finnish
air force, bolstered with BF-109s and Stukas from the Germans added to
the attack.  The Finns knew exactly where and how to the hit the
Soviets; each HQ had been unerringly identified, and was hit hard.
The Soviets completely lost their ability to coordinate and
communicate.  Individual units were cut off.  Worse, supply units
found themselves hit by Finnish raiders, and HQ units were
annihilated.  The Soviets reacted, of course.  Units went into
Laager-mode, orders were written on paper.  The Soviets pulled back
slightly, and reformed into defensive positions.  In other words, the
Soviet attack had been stopped.
The satellite maps, signal intercepts, and other high-tech
intelligence the US was able to provide the Finns what was did the
trick.  The AWACS planes broadcasting Soviet positions to Helsinki,
and the jamming on the other planes also helped.
The Soviets had a fair idea of what was happening, of course.  The
Americans had demonstrated magical technology before, and this was too
well-coordinated to be anything else.  As the Soviet units in Finland
suffered, the Soviet government pondered an appropriate response.
More to come.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XIV - "Growing Fury"
Rolf Jurgen was not a happy man, and hadn't been one since March 23. 
Jurgen was an employee of SAP - the German computer firm - and had
been on long-term assignment in Cleveland, Ohio, when the Event
happened.  Like many foreigners, he was caught in a United States that
found itself suddenly at war with his homeland, Germany.
Nazi Germany, that was - an entity Rolf was unfamiliar with.  Like
many of his generation  - Jurgen was 34 - Rolf was a Germans who
thought of himself as a European.  He was a happy-go-lucky guy - the
consulting work paid big bucks, and Rolf liked to travel with his
wife, and had lived all over the world - indeed, she'd been with him
in Cleveland.  A post-modernist at heart, with no real nationalist
feeling, Jurgen had always found the flag-waving patriotism of the
Americans to be a bit vulgar.  September 11 had changed that somewhat
- Rolf had worked in the World Trade Center a few years earlier and
was stunned that anyone would crash planes into it - but the "War on
Terror" had been an American affair - something to watch on TV and the
internet, not something that impacted him.
Now he was impacted.  American TV broadcast daily satellite pictures
of the Death Camps, with their hideous palls of smoke over them, and
he knew shame as he'd never thought he would.  He'd answered the call
of the German Embassy - his computer skills were useful to them in
their propaganda war against Hitler - and arrived for work every day
at the heavily guarded office building the embassy had leased in Falls
Church, Virginia.
The Virginia state troopers who guarded the building (what they were
guarding against wasn't clear - either Virginia from the Germans or
the Germans from the various groups in the US with cause to hate the
Nazis) they were very polite - friendly even - after all, Rolf and his
co-workers weren't Nazis - but they couldn't entirely hide their
disgust.  Modern TV made the death camps accessible to the American
living room.  In addition to completely shutting up the various
holocaust deniers recent years had seen (it was difficult to deny
"live" shots of people being killed) it had aroused in America a deep
revulsion (exactly as the government had intended) of the foe.
It had aroused a deep revulsion in Rolf and his fellow 2002 Germans
as well.  It was their people doing this.  However much Hitler was to
blame for starting it, the scope and scale of the Holocaust required
the active participation of thousands of others - and they knew - they
had to know - what it was they were doing.
Rolf and the other Germans were working 18-hour days now; the
alternative was passively accepting what was happening, and that
wasn't palatable to Rolf or his compatriots.  It was not a happy
environment to work in; grim purpose had replaced twenty-first century
European "business casual", and there was little even in the work to
take solace in.  The one thing that they had going for them was that
in all of America's propaganda efforts, theirs seemed to be having the
most impact.  The people from the CIA and NSA were pleased.  Various
German celebrities like Claudia Schiffer and Rutger Hauer made daily
broadcasts to their homeland.  Ms. Schiffer was often in tears, and
her voice broke as she spoke.  Mr. Hauer was firmer, but no less
committed.  The kicker for the office had been Arnold Schwartzenegger.
 The big Austrian had broadcast as well, and he pulled no punches
after all, he had a potential political career ahead of him.
"This is Tom Brokaw, reporting live from New York.  In a time of
extraordinary events, news tonight of an even more unbelievable
occurrence: Israeli soldiers from 2002 are in Europe, battling the
Nazis.  In an NBC exclusive report, Mark Davies reports from
Washington. Mark?"
"Tom, the reports starting coming in a few hours ago, and the
Washington NBC bureau has been trying to put events together. 
Unfortunately, we do not have the full story.  Indeed, it seems that
even parts of the US government have been taken by surprise by this."
"Mark, what do we know?"
"Tom, details are sketchy, but here's what we have.  Two battalions
of the Israeli Army - I'm told that's about 1500 troops - were
training with the US Army in California at the National Training
Center there.  They were there on March 23, and, like the rest of us,
found themselves trapped in 1942."
"And I would guess, Mark, that it goes without saying that all 1500
of the soldiers are Jewish?"
"Yes, Tom, they are."
"And where are they now?"
"Well, details on how they got there are sketchy, but it seems they
are in Warsaw, Poland."
"And how do we know that?"
"Tom, it seems the Israelis brought some satellite communications
with them.  Somehow, they got the number of the NBC desk here in
Washington.  We are even now getting reports of the fighting in
"Mark, how did the Israelis get there?  And what were they doing?"
"Tom, we don't have those answers.  Speculation is that the Israelis
- a pretty motivated bunch under normal circumstances - were not going
to wait for the US attack.  Understanding why they didn't want to is
easy.  Understanding why and how they got to a land-locked city in the
middle of Nazi-occupied Europe - and why they choose to fight there -
those are deeper issues we are trying to answer."
"Mark, we all know the Israelis to be fierce fighters under normal
circumstances, and the situation they find themselves is a nightmare. 
While I'm sure they'll fight hard, given the huge number of Germans
they face, how long can they hold out?"
"Well, Tom, it seems they found some help in the form of the Polish
Home Army."
"And Mark, what would the Polish Home Army be-"
        An infuriated President Bush slapped the TV remote in the
Situation Room, cutting off Tom Brokaw mid-sentence.  He glared at the
assembled senior staff, sparing none.  Winston Churchill, back in the
US for a talk with Bush, was amazed; this was the most emotion he'd
seen the mild American President take.
        Bush had known about the Israeli operation of course - both
Rice and Tenet had kept him well informed.  It hadn't seemed like a
big deal.  Some Israeli troops - suicidally angry with the Nazis -
would be used to raise a little hell in the German backfield when the
US Army hit Europe, garner some propaganda value by freeing some camp
victims, and keep a vague eye on the Red Army.  Then they'd be used as
the core of a new, US-controlled "independent" Israel in the Middle
East, forestalling the problems there, and securing America's oil
supply for decades to come.  The passing shot at Havana had given the
CIA a secure Latin American base outside the United States to maintain
a watch on another critical region.  All in all a tidy use of an
unanticipated, and, if necessary, expendable, asset.
        Not any more.  The whole country was riveted to the battle in
Warsaw.  Jewish groups around the country were even more vociferous in
demanding action.  They'd been joined by various Polish groups; for
the Home Army was fighting in Poland as well.  Worst of all, despite
their ferocity and rage, there was no way that the Israelis could hold
out against the Germans for long; it seemed that the first major
ground conflict between 1942 and 2002 would be a victory for 1942!
       Bush wanted a solution, and he wanted it now.  Writing off
Warsaw, however sensible it might be in pure military terms - was
politically infeasible.  To abandon - or to be seen as abandoning -
Jews to Nazis was not something the administration could do. The Joint
Chiefs of Staff (unaware of the Israeli escapade) were stunned to
learn that they might have to support non-American forces in an
unfamiliar land-locked urban locale several hundred miles behind enemy
       Militarily, the US had a few options.  Warsaw was in range of
carrier strikes and bombers based in Britain.  The 82nd and 101st
divisions were in Britain and available; however they had critical
roles to play in Operation Sovereign, the invasion of Europe.  The
10th Mountain was also relatively airmobile, but both it and the 101st
had been brought up to strength with reservists (the other parts of
those divisions still presumably in 2002, fighting in Afghanistan). 
The other 12 US divisions in Britain had no way to get to Warsaw
       Bush fumed.  This was ridiculous.  They couldn't abandon
Warsaw.  Surely there was something they could do.
       And Winston Churchill smiled.  A chance for relevance at last.
       At Zossen, the reports were confused.  It seemed Warsaw had
risen in revolt.  This was not entirely unexpected; German military
intelligence had known for quite some time about the Home Army.  The
timing was odd though.  With the Eastern front closed down, and no
fighting in North Africa any more, the German Army was actually
unengaged with any foe for the moment.  The Americans were coming to
be sure, but they weren't here yet, and over four million German
soldiers were around with nothing to do.
What was unexpected was the presence of the Israelis.  Jewish
soldiers from the future.  They were fighting hard, with magical (but
not too magical) weapons from the future.  The Poles had spontaneously
joined them, and actually seized central Warsaw, while fighting raged
in the perimeter and outskirts of the city.
The military professionals at Zossen pondered an appropriate
response.  There were too few of the enemy to truly threaten to hold
Warsaw, but it was a sore that needed to be closed before the showdown
with the Americans.  General Weichs' infantry divisions were fighting
in Warsaw; it was decided that another division of infantry, along
with a panzer division would suffice for the task.
It was there that Prussian military sense ran smack into Nazi
ideology.  Hitler was incensed at the idea of armed Jews in the Reich.
 Two divisions - no matter how much they outnumbered the enemy, when
added to the five divisions that were already in Warsaw - was not
enough.  Instead, Hitler demanded - and got - the entire German Sixth
Army under Friedrich von Paulus sent from Breslau.  Led by another two
divisions of the Waffen SS, no less.  Das Reich and Totenkoff would
teach the Jews a lesson.
        Stanislav Brodi ducked as the distinctive brap-brap-brap of
German MG-42 rattled off to his left.  The ruins of the apartment
building he and the Israeli squad were shuddered as more artillery
from the German positions along the Vistula landed nearby.  A fine
layer of dust coated everything.
Brodi and the Israelis were working well together.  The Israelis had
disbursed to form a tactical reserve and rest, while the Home Army
attempted to hold off the Germans.  Despite the highly motivated
Poles, and the insanely motivated Israelis, German numbers, firepower,
and discipline were telling.  If not for the complete absence of the
Luftwaffe, the fighting might have been over already.
       As it was, it seemed to Brodi that the legacy of the Poles and
the Israelis might be one of valiant, but ultimately futile
resistance.  Brodi was fatalistic about that; his choices after
September of 1939 had narrowed to either Russian or German suzerainty
(neither appealed) now his children might at least remember his
resistance - and take heart in the possibility of eventual freedom.
       Another repetitive brap-brap-brap occurred, and Brodi ducked
again.  However, the tone was different, and the Israeli didn't duck.
       Instead, he smiled as the first helicopter appeared.
       A battalion of the 101st Airborne division - the "Screaming
Eagles" - roared in over Warsaw.  They devastated a German assault on
the north side of the city, and the Apaches (operating at extreme
range) slaughtered German artillery parks.  Meanwhile, carefully
coordinated air strikes from F-15Es and F-18s shattered German
marshalling areas.  Most importantly, they cleared the airfield.
       The runways of the Warsaw airport were far to pitted to be
useable to land airplanes.  However, the airfield was the largest open
area controlled by the Israeli-Polish-American allies in the Warsaw
pocket.  Which was useful, as the Germans soon found out.
       The British 1st Airborne division, accompanied by a brigade of
the Free Polish Army, descended by parachute on to the airfield - the
Poles weeping with joy to be on the sacred soil of their homeland
after an absence of over three years.  Armed with a mixture of 1942
and 2002 weaponry, they quickly linked up with the other defenders of
the city.
       The polyglot Allied force now firmly held Warsaw.  Almost
150,000 armed troops (most of them Polish) now held the city.  The
helicopters of the US Airmobile battalion provided tactical air
support, and served as mobile artillery.  They were still outnumbered,
but once again Stanislav Brodi allowed himself to hope.
       If the Americans came quickly, he - and Poland - could live.
       Christiane Amonpour checked her bearings and equipment
carefully.  She and the one cameraman she'd been allowed were in an
ornate room, and as ready as they'd ever be.  The smiling non-entity
official who'd met them re-entered the room, and bid them to stand.
       Josef Stalin entered the room.  Christiane wrinkled her nose. 
A foul-smelling Russian cigar was between strong yellow teeth as he
smiled.  Amonpour shook his hand, and sat down with the interview of
the century.
       Stalin had allowed Molotov to talk him into this.  The Soviet
foreign minister had been impressed with the propaganda value of mass
media.  The American government had it all its own way; why should the
Soviet Union not hit back?  Discreet inquiries had yielded the
surprising answer that this foreign-looking woman was the premier
journalist in America, well-respected by the public and the American
       Molotov had contacted "CNN" - the company she worked for. 
They'd been overjoyed to hear from him - the first Americans that
seemed overjoyed about anything having to with the Soviet Union. 
However, they'd turned down an offer to interview Molotov.  They
wanted the Man.  Christiane wanted Stalin.
She got him.  Molotov was terrified of what the abrasive Stalin would
say.  However, the Americans were clearly thinking of hitting the USSR
after dealing with Hitler (the Soviet attack on Finland - and worse,
the stout Finnish defence of their home - had not helped endear the
USSR to the United States).  Therefore, it was time to build a
defence, and pre-empt the one-sided description of the USSR and Stalin
the American public was getting.
       The interview started.  A smiling translator seamlessly
integrated the interview, never knowing that the cameraman Christiane
brought was fluent in Russian.  Furthermore, a tiny, hidden recorder
was making a copy of the interview should the Soviets seize the CNN
team's equipment.
       Amonpour started with softball questions.  What did the General
Secretary think of what he'd heard and seen of the United States? 
What hopes did he have for the future of the relationship between the
United States and the Soviet Union?
       Molotov and others had brainstormed likely questions, and
prepared Stalin with certain responses.  The General Secretary said
that he was impressed with the technical skills of the United States,
and that with them, he hoped that many issues facing the world could
be solved.  He also said that he sincerely hoped that the United
States would  it's great advantages well, and that many in the world
of 1942 were waiting to see if the wisdom of America's leaders matched
the technological tools they had to use.
       Amonpour nodded, and continued.  What of the Cold War?  Did the
General Secretary see a way around that?  Also, the future showed that
Soviet-style communism was a failure.  How would the leadership of the
Soviet Union address that?
       Stalin actually smiled.  Well, the so-called Cold War could be
averted easily enough - surely with the knowledge both America and the
USSR now had, some accommodation could be made.  From the limited
understanding the Soviets now had, it seemed the Cold War was a
collection of mutual mistakes, and misunderstandings.  It only showed
that communication was vital to preserve world peace.  As for
communism?  Stalin shrugged.  That it "failed" in the future was an
issue the USSR was examining.  Assuming it wasn't American propaganda,
then the causes of the failure could be addressed, and corrected. 
Communism wasn't a failure - those who tried to implement it might
have been.
       Amonpour almost choked at this.  She decided the time had come
to play hardball.  In Stalin's tenure, the people of the Soviet Union
had suffered greatly.  The forced collectivization of the Kulaks, the
forced relocations of "unreliable" ethnic groups -
       Necessary, Stalin interrupted.  The security of the USSR was at
risk.  Certain sacrifices had to be made to ensure the ability of the
state to resist the fascist invasion.
       Really?  Then why cut a deal with Hitler in 1939?
       Stalin shrugged, visibly growing more uncomfortable.  Again,
necessity.  The capitalists had abandoned the USSR and the states of
Central and Eastern Europe to their fates.  Soviet security demanded
that certain steps be undertaken to ensure the survival of the
revolution.  The USSR had no argument with Poland --the occupation of
the eastern part of the country was dual purposed; to help provide a
buffer against the fascists, and to correct the historical wrong of
the 1921 war against Poland.
      And Estonia?  How did it threaten the USSR?
      Stalin stared hard at Christiane, who didn't blink.  The people
of Estonia requested our intervention to free them from Capitalism,
the General Secretary said.
      And the people of Finland?  From the way they're fighting, they
do not seem to welcome a Soviet presence.
      Finland, Stalin growled, is a German puppet -
      They weren't until the USSR attacked them in 1939, Amonpour
Stalin was almost speechless - it had been years since anyone dared to
interrupt him.  He continued.  The historical grievance of the people
of the Soviet Union against Finland are well-known, and justified.
      Amonpour changed tacks very quickly.  Does the General Secretary
think that had the Soviet officer corps not been purged in the late
1930s, the Red Army might have done a better job of resisting the Nazi
      Stalin stared again, completely discombobulated.  He was stunned
at these questions.  Staring hard at the CNN reporter, he ground his
cigar out on the priceless inlaid gold of the table, and stalked from
the room.
      From ports along the coast of Britain, ships put sea.   Covered
by planes and satellites, the United States commenced Operation
Sovereign - the liberation of Europe.
Coming up next - the Battle of Europe, Part I.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XV
The Battle of Europe, Part I
	Operation SOVEREIGN, the “Allied” plan for the liberation
of Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany began in three separate, but
related parts.  Taking the experience of sixty years of knowledge
about World War II, the memoirs of many of the enemy commanders, and
their own experiences, from Korea through Vietnam to Enduring Freedom,
the United States military planned an offensive to utterly crush Nazi
Germany in one month.
	The first part of the plan opened on September 1, 2002, or, September
1, 1942, depending on who was looking at the calendar.  At 10:30 PM,
EST on August 31, White House spokesman Ari Flieschman gave a brief
statement to the Press.  The Press, still wrapped up in the Battle of
Warsaw, was eagerly anticipating the news; after all, the US
government had to act now or Warsaw would be lost.  It did.  With
allusions to the brief statement Marlin Fitzwater had given in 1991
with the opening of Desert Storm, Flieschman was brief; Operation
Sovereign, the Liberation of Europe, had begun.  The Pentagon would
have a more thorough briefing soon.
	Almost simultaneous to the news from the White House, the US military
went into action.  1214 cruise missiles – most of the available
US inventory of those weapons - erupted from bases in Britain, US
surface ships in the North Sea, Atlantic, and Western Mediterranean
seas, and US submarines.  Additionally, B-52s, B-1s, B-2s, F-4
“Wild Weasels”, C130s carrying “daisy cutters”
and some British bombers took off in a carefully coordinated series of
strikes.  The cruise missile hit rail centers, warehouses,
communication centers, anti-aircraft guns, and other targets.  The
bombers also hit targets like that, and strikes hit Berchstgarden, the
Wolf’s Lair, Zossen, the Bunker in Berlin, and anywhere else
Hitler and the German general staff had ever had a headquarters during
the original war.
	At the same time, special strikes hit radio towers, power plants,
bridges, and other logistical sites in Germany, the Benelux, and
France.  Observed German troop concentrations were plastered by US
strikes; even camouflaged, stationary units were located and hit. 
Additionally, the Wild Weasels took out every active radar site in
German-occupied Europe.
	Civilian casualties were severe.  US precision munitions helped keep
them down, of course, but the US strikes had come hard, and without
warning.  Although Germany’s cities were spared the horrific
bombing of the original timeline (much to Churchill’s disgust),
the strikes were hard, and not perfect.  Near-misses on urban targets
pulverized apartment blocks; the destruction of one of Berlin’s
huge AA towers caused more deaths – in particular 11-year-old
Helmut Kohl, who was near the site when cruise missiles reduced it to
rubble.  In addition, the disruption caused by the missiles, as
panicked civilians fled for shelters, caused still more deaths.
	The German General Staff had relocated from Zossen to a site near
Sonneberg in the Thuringer Wald.  The primary appeal of the site was
that it wasn’t near anything else of military significance, and
had never been a headquarters before, hence the Americans
shouldn’t know about it.  In this, the Germans guessed right. 
Hitler wasn’t with them; he choose instead to stay in Berlin. 
Dumb luck meant he was having dinner with Party notables in Potsdam
when the US strikes came in; he wasn’t hurt, and his security
people hurried him to another secure site just outside of Berlin.
	Hitler, predictably, took it as a sign of his divine favor and
destiny that he wasn’t hurt when the US strike pulverized the
bunker under the Reichstag.
	The second part of the attack was more focused.  US air assets,
including C-130s, C-5s, helicopters, C-15 Dakotas from the old US 8th
Army Air Force, and British Warwick transports flew two divisions of
troops – the British 51st Highland division and the US 10th
Mountain division – to Warsaw.  There, they would combine with
the Israeli, Polish, British, and other troops in the beleaguered
city, and fight on until the US Army could relieve them.  Also
included in the package were supplies, more weapons, and Bernard Law
Montgomery, named overall commander of the Allied “14th Army
Group” – the rather overstated name given to the Warsaw
garrison.  Some US commanders chaffed at this, but Powell had talked
Bush into it.  Yes, conventional, modern, US views held that Monty
wasn’t that good a general.  But the Warsaw situation
wasn’t fluid or mobile, it was defensive.  All the British Field
Marshall had to do was hold the city.  Besides, it would make the
British and Churchill happy.
	The German 6th Army was investing Warsaw.  It had superiority of
numbers, and its troops were veterans.  The commander of the 6th Army,
Friedrich von Paulus, was an experienced general.  Still, the troops
were finding it hard going.  The Poles were fighting hard, and knew
their city well.  Equipped by the Americans, and with continuous
satellite reports from their link to the NSA, von Paulus found it
impossible to mass troops for am attack without both the Poles knowing
it, and the Americans hitting it with air power.  As for the
Luftwaffe, it was not in evidence anywhere.  And if the Poles could be
described as “fighting hard”, what the Israelis were doing
defied easy description.  Von Paulus was a good Nazi, and he
“knew” Jews were untermensch – inferior.  Yet they
fought harder – and better – than anyone von Paulus had
ever faced.  No quarter was asked for or given.
	The Israelis, in addition to forming a mobile reserve, also had a
portion of the front.  Von Paulus assigned the SS troops Hitler had
sent to that sector.  To call the fighting there “intense”
was a bit of an understatement.
	The Germans were still confident, though.  They still had numbers,
they still had interior lines, and everyone knew that Poles and Jews
couldn’t fight.
	The third part of the attack was very quiet.  In the pre-dawn
darkness hours of September 1, small and medium-sized SEAL and Ranger
teams descended on, or swam up to the small German ports of Cuxhaven
and Bremerhaven.  At the same time, US Marine Raider battalions landed
on the small North Sea islands of Mellum, Scharhorn, Neuwerk,
Trischen, and Helgoland.  The small German garrisons on those islands
– hardly more than police – were quickly overcome in the
early hours of the morning.  The SEALS and rangers had a different
task; they were to seize the port facilities of both Bremerhaven and
Cuxhaven intact.  Neither port was all that large, but they were
sufficient to unload US troops from ships quickly.
	The Cuxhaven operation went smoothly, but at Bremershaven, an alert
guard raised an alarm.  A German infantry division outside the city
was alerted, and started to move in.  The elite US troops fought hard,
but were unable to prevent the Germans from getting artillery into
range of the port.  F-15Es crushed the artillery, but not before they
hit the port facilities.  Damage was moderate, not enough to cancel
the US landing, but enough to hamper it a bit.
	The German General Staff got sketchy information at best.  The Reich
had been hit hard by the US strikes. Still reports of ground fighting
in Bremerhaven were noted.  Warsaw was turning into one giant sore in
the German rear, and the US strikes had gutted Germany’s
transportation network.  Additionally, anything that moved was a
potential target.
	The Germans still had no clear idea of where the US was going to
land.  Antwerp made sense, as did Calais, Normandy, and now, it
seemed, northern Germany itself.  The General Staff had one ray of
hope: numbers.  The US had no more than 12 divisions in Europe.  A
mere 12.  Germany had almost 250.  If 20 Germans died for each
American, then Germany would win.  That was the mantra the Germans
repeated to themselves over and over again.  Plans were modified,
messengers dispatched, and nerves steeled.
	As dawn broke over embattled Europe, the citizens of Cuxhaven and
Bremerhaven saw ships on the horizon.  Two divisions of US Marines
– one for Cuxhaven, one for Bremerhaven, were coming ashore. 
Accompanied by swarms of helicopters, A-6s, A-7, and A-10s, and
covered by F-16s, the US troops swarmed ashore to relieve the Special
Forces, and take the towns.
	The Germans reacted as they could.  General Walter Model, in Bremen
had overall command of the area.  He had few mobile forces, but he
directed what he did have to the area.  Meanwhile German infantry
resisted the US troops every step of the way, confident help was on
the way.
	No help was coming.  As the marines were landing, the helicopters and
transports of the 101st Air Assault division flashed overhead.  Troops
quickly seized Altenbruch, Otterdorf, Freiburg, Dorum and Beversetdt,
as well as occupying the west shore of the Weser, including Brake,
Burhave, and Nordenham.  This isolated Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven from
reinforcements coming from either Bremen or Hamburg.
	German resistance was scattered, and not very effective.  US
city-fighting techniques had improved, and the Germans had no counter
for US tactical mobility and airmobility.  Still, they fought hard,
and US causalities – much lighter than the Germans – did
	Twenty-four hours into Operation Sovereign, the Pentagon was
reasonably happy.  Warsaw was holding well, and Monty hadn’t
screwed up yet.  The Special Forces operations and marine landings had
been satisfactory as well; if the Bremerhaven operation hadn’t
been perfect, well, that was why two cities had been seized, and it
wasn’t like Bremerhaven was unusable.
	The best news was that there was no reason the ports couldn’t
take ships, and that meant that the US heavy divisions could start
landing at first light in Europe, on September 2.  First in the queue
were the 24th Mechanized Division (an armored division in all but
name), and the 1st Armored division.  It would interesting to see what
the Germans thought of M1A2 tanks.
	At “New Zossen” as some Germans were calling it, the mood
was not so good.  The American had picked an unfortunate place to
land; most German mobile forces were arrayed for a landing in France
or the Low Countries.  Still, the possibility of a landing in Northern
Germany had been considered, and assets were in place to react.
	It was decided.  This was the landing.  Operation Thule would
commence as planned.
	From a series of never-before-used transmitters and towers across the
Reich and occupied Europe, the Germans broadcast.  The US detected the
broadcast almost at once, of course.  However, the duration of the
transmissions was very brief, and seemingly meaningless; a single
tone, broadcast for thirty seconds, before shutting off.
	US code-breakers tackled the signal, while the US Air Force clobbered
the transmission sites and towers.  The Air Force mission went
smoothly enough, and the transmitters were trashed.  However, US
code-breakers could make nothing of the tone.  It was a single tone,
unmodulated, and unwavering.  There was no hidden signal in the tone,
nothing under it, and it had no meaning.
	That the US could tell, at any rate.
	During September 2, the landing continued.  US troops noted that
German infantry advancing from Bremen and Hamburg began falling back
under increased US air pressure.  The marines advanced steadily,
occupying positions held by the airborne.  The freed-up airborne
troops began streaming to assembly areas in the rear, preparing for
another leapfrog air assault behind the lines.
	Meanwhile, US engineers were unloading US tanks from ships in both
Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven.  Heavy US units began forming up, and the
first were soon on their way to the front.
	CNN, CBS, ABC, and NBC all had correspondents in Germany at this
point.  Most covered the war.  CNN had one team of German-speakers. 
They went into the headquarters of the local branch of the Nazi party
in Cuxhaven, and started interviewing local party officials.  One of
the CNN crew was Jewish.  Atlanta had thought long and hard about
that; it was overtly sensationalist, but it was still news.  In the
end, the Jewish member went.  Besides, it made for good TV and good
	As soon as the US tanks made an appearance, air-land battle went into
affect.  Carefully coordinated US strikes demolished German strong
points.  German anti-tank weapons were all but useless against M1s;
indeed, even Bradleys were well nigh unstoppable.
	On both the third and the fourth of September, the US made
increasingly quick progress as more and more troops were landed.  By
the end of the day on September 4th, leading US elements were at the
outskirts of both Bremen and Hamburg, right on schedule.  A growing
sense of confidence in both London and Washington prevailed, as the US
advance seemed to pick up steam.
As the fifth dawned, and precisely 72 hours after the mysterious
transmissions ordered by the as yet unlocated New Zossen, the Germans
launched Operation Thule.  Whatever else it accomplished, Operation
Thule would address the confidence of both London and Washington.
Coming Soon: The Battle of Europe, Part II.
Dave Knudson
USA 2002 in 1942 Part XVI – Operation Thule
    Conceptually, THULE was a German response to the nightmarish
military and political situation they found themselves in.  Chief
among the problems the Germans faced was this; while the Americans
could bring only a relatively small number of actual troops against
them, the technology available to the US military was far above that
which was available to Germany – one grim member of OKW compared
it to Caesar’s legions facing Napoleon’s Grande Armee.  To
make a bad situation worse, the Americans had a number of weapons that
negated the few technological tools Germany did have – wild
weasels against radar, satellites, AWACS, and the ability to break any
code the Germans had within minutes.  Furthermore, there was no
guarantee that New Zossen had seen – or even heard about –
everything the Americans could do to them.  Finally, the US had denied
the Germans the ability communicate with radio, meaning German field
commanders could exercise little control over their troops.
    To counter this, THULE relied on mass, simplicity and the skill of
the junior officers and NCOs of the Wehrmacht.  New Zossen realized
they had one shot at this; if they could hurt the Americans badly
enough to buy Germany some time, it was possible the technological
problems could be addressed before another US invasion came.  Of
course, it was exceedingly unlikely that this could come to pass; even
if THULE worked it was understood that the Americans had a whole class
of super weapons so terrible that they hesitated to use them, but it
had to be tried as it was the only card the Germans had left to play.
    Since THULE was the only play the Germans had left, it was planned
meticulously and with forethought.  Or, more accurately, New Zossen
tried to plan meticulously and with forethought.  THULE suffered from
the interference of Hitler and in particular Goering.  Hitler was
being even more problematic than usual; US reports, in addition to the
hatred of Hitler and Nazism they emoted, were also frankly
contemptuous of his military skills.  Hitler, predictably, decided
that this was Jewish propaganda, and insisted on directing the
planning for THULE himself.  Luckily (as far as most of OKH and OKW
were concerned), the relative remoteness of New Zossen coupled with
the need for security and Hitler’s insistence in staying in
Berlin, precluded most interference.
    Most, not all.
    Motorcycle couriers raced back and forth, and for the German
officers unfortunate enough to be in Berlin, daily tirades about the
incompetence of the German generals, the OKH, OKW (variously and
alternatively), and how the whole USA from 2002 was a Jewish ploy to
be countered by Aryan Mysticism (“We will show the Americans
Thor and Freya, and they will know suffering!” Himmler
promised).  Some of the minimal intelligence the Germans received
about future history did make an impact, however.  New Zossen had been
counting on that, and actually got around Hitler’s usual
intransigence on the issue.  Approval for the unpleasant parts of THULE
that OKW conceptualized was slow in coming, but it did come.
    Starting at about 4:45 AM, 16 hours after the mysterious tone
broadcast all over Germany and Europe, over 200 Luftwaffe old-model
bombers (mostly JU-186s and Do-17Zs) of all descriptions took off from
bases in France and the Low Countries.  It was a ragged affair;
individual squadrons were dispersed, and there was little organization
to the flight.  Their path was unmistakable, however.  London was the
target.   The planes were detected almost immediately, and ready
squadrons both in Britain and on US carriers in the Atlantic and North
Sea were scrambled, and the RAF was put on alert.
    US planners were puzzling over the nature of the strike –
too small to be really dangerous, and targeted at London, which would
accomplish nothing as far as hindering US operations in northern
Germany.  As the German planes crossed over the channel, they were
engaged by F-15s and F-18s and SAM sites the Air Force had rigged in
southern England.  The results were fairly predictable, with dozens of
German planes getting shredded.  But some did get through.
    Then the horror began.
    Simon Harkendale was limping along a meadow just outside
Folkestone, enjoying the early morning breeze on his face.  With him
was his 14-year old nephew John, his younger sister’s boy. 
John’s father was Executive Officer of a British light cruiser
in the Pacific.  Simon had been severely wounded at the Somme in 1916,
and the damage to his right leg (where a German machine gun had put
three bullets in to him) precluded his military service in this war,
so Simon (a firm believer that children needed a father) took the boy
at times for hiking and camping trips.
    This morning, both turned their eyes to the sky as the
now-familiar shriek of US jets filled their ears.  Pencil-thin
contrails streak skywards, and bright boils of light marked the sky as
German planes died.  Both Simon and John enjoyed the spectacle; after
all, not too long ago, they would have had to run from sounds in the
sky.  It was pleasing to see the Luftwaffe get it back – in
    Then a boil of flame appeared directly above them as an F-18 shot
down a German plane.  A fiery ball of fire seemed to plunge down at
them, and John recognized a JU-186 German bomber as they scrambled for
cover.  That was odd; the JU-186 was old even by 1942 standards.  The
explosion was right above them, but the plane’s forward momentum
carried it away, and it crashed into a sheep meadow.
    The plane hit the ground about 200 meters from Simon and his
nephew, and there was a small explosion as the gas tanks went up. 
Both Simon and John scrambled over towards the spot, looking to see if
the pilot had survived.  It was then that Simon saw it.
    Sickly-looking yellow-white gas, different from the smoke of the
petrol fire, was billowing out from a tank on the plane.  Without
thinking, Simon fingers clawed at his waist where a gas mask had hung
for years in the Somme.  Of course, no mask was there now.
    Simon felt the breeze on his face, so fresh and clean, and looked
at his mangled right leg.  His nephew was still moving towards the
plane.  Simon gripped his shoulder, and told him to run.  His nephew
was young and strong, and might make it.  Simon would not.
    Only 42 planes of the original force reached London, and of those,
only 13 landed back in France.  Their bomb loads were a combination of
Sarin, Mustard Gas, and Phosgene.  In addition to Simon Harkindale
(John escaped), 212 British subjects, and one visiting American were
killed by gas inhalation.  Another 34 were killed or hurt in the mad
scramble to the London Tubes, once it became apparent that a gas
attack was underway.
    Churchill was at Chequers, getting regular updates about the
military campaign when the news came in.  He was aghast at the news of
a gas attack on London, even one as limited in scope as this.  After
requesting regular updates on the situation in London, he called Hugh
Dowding, the British Air Marshall.  Contingencies existed for this
– had existed for this since September 3, 1939, as a matter of
fact.  He was on the Satellite phone to Bush after hanging up with
    It was much earlier in Washington, but Bush had already been
awakened by the time Churchill called.  The report was grim, and
confusing.  Why would the Germans throw away 200 planes, even old
obsolete planes, to kill a few hundred Londoners?
    On the SatPhone, Churchill was livid.  He wanted know why this had
happened, and why the US Air Force hadn’t stopped the Germans. 
Bush was shocked, and frankly apologetic.  He and Churchill were still
talking when the news came in.
    At 6:45 AM, eighteen hours after the mysterious tone, another air
mission lifted off from France and the Low Countries.  More German
aircraft rose into the air, and headed for London.  These were late
model planes – JU-88s escorted by Bf-109s and FW190s.  They were
piloted by some of the best German pilots available.  And there were
more than just 200 of them.
    In all, 2827 German aircraft were headed towards London.
	It was seen very quickly, course.  Both US and British defences were
alert, and the Satellites were already in position.  But the scope of
the raid was staggering.  It was the largest air armada ever seen, and
if its organization was lacking and its formation ragged, it more than
made up for these deficiencies in scale.
	American planners were momentarily stunned.  Attracting the Luftwaffe
was an on-going project, of course, and hundreds of planes had already
been destroyed.  But since the German planes were so
“primitive”, it had been thought they could do little to
interfere with the US military.  And, in truth, they couldn’t. 
But London was vulnerable – very vulnerable.  And, as the
previous raid had shown, the Germans had upped the ante.
	US and British squadrons already aloft raced to intercept the threat,
but there was no way they could get them all before they reached
London.  Churchill was on several phones at once, and demanded that
all available US assets be used to counter the threat.  Meanwhile,
every fighter the British had – from late model Spitfire Vs to
Defiants to Gloucester Gladiators was ordered into the air to defend
the British capital.
	In Washington, the JCS was meeting with Bush.  It was clear that the
first, small German raid had been an intentional signal.  The Germans
wanted the Americans and British to know this was a gas attack.
	Bush was confused; why would the Germans want to do that?  Warning us
means the gas attack won’t be as effective.
	General Hayes, US Air Force answered.  The reason was simple. 
Clearly, the Germans have been paying more attention to our broadcasts
than we thought.  They know who sensitive we are to casualties –
ours, theirs, and especially those of Allied civilians – like
Londoners.  The Germans don’t want the gas attack to succeed
– or more accurately, they don’t care if it succeeds or
not.  The real purpose here is to divert US attention and air power
from the landings in northern Germany.  By using gas, the Germans know
that we have to respond to this raid.  Doing so will expose our troops
to their own attacks.
	Bush frowned.  He was still confused.  Even without air cover,
weren’t the weapons available to the US Army still much better
than anything the Germans had?
	Defence Secretary Rumsfeld responded.  Of course.  By now, the
Germans probably know that as well as we do.  But this is the best
play the Germans had.  By denying us air cover, they give themselves
an advantage.  Hayes thought that this was it – this was the big
German shot at victory – or to stave off defeat.  They’re
probably going to take their shot at throwing the invasion back into
the sea.
	Bush frowned again, concentrating hard.  He wanted to know if the US
denied London air cover, what would be the casualties.  A quick
conference, and Rumsfeld came back.  Of the 2800 identified bogies, it
was estimated that 1300 would make it through to London.  Assuming
standard loads for the gas, wind, humidity, dispersal patterns, and
the such, casualties were estimated at between 75,000 and 125,000
people.  These numbers were generated very quickly, but should be
reasonably accurate.
	Bush gasped at this, and the Colin Powell broke in.  Another casualty
would be our alliance with Great Britain.  He turned to Bush.  We
promised them security.  We promised them that we would protect them. 
They have people in most of our command centers.  They’ll know
if we don’t try to stop this.
	Rumsfeld growled out at Powell.  What of our men on the ground?
	Powell met Rumsfeld’s glower with a steady look of his own. 
They’ll survive, said Powell.
	Marshall Ivan Koniev, Red Army schooled his face to impassivity in
the American command center just outside of Harwich.  The Americans
had invited the Soviets to send a “military observer” to
Harwich to observe the invasion of Europe.  In public, this was to
better “coordinate” the actions of the two
“allies”.  In reality, it was to give the Soviets a
front-ring seat for the destruction of the German Army, as a warning
to what would happen to them if they messed with the US.
	Words like “unbelievable” and “incredible”
had lost their meaning for Koniev.  The US military might as well have
been using magic.  The satellites showing “real-time” (a
phrase Koniev knew well now) TV pictures of the fighting gave the US
an advantage that was incalculable, as commanders could react
instantly to changing battlefield conditions.  The Germans had
virtually no chance of achieving tactical surprise.
	Coupled with the equipment the US soldiers had, the Germans were in
real trouble.  M1A2s flowed forward, blasting Germans from the field
like some ancient god of war, and the airplanes the US could bring to
bear with simply phenomenal.
	Koniev was there because Marshall Zhukov was otherwise employed
– against Finland.  The campaign against what the USSR called
“counter-revolutionary bandits, oligarchs and other
criminals” in Finland was not proceeding as well as could be
hoped.  The seeming magical ability of the Finns to thwart Soviet
attacks could be explained; clearly the magical American satellites
were relaying information to them.  Koniev was confused by this; what
did the Americans care about Finland?
	The center was a flurry of activity now.  The German gas attack had
aroused the Americans (typical Nazi stupidity, thought Koniev) and
they were vectoring every plane they had to intercept it.  It was a
classic trap – feint in one direction, strike in another.  And
the Americans were falling for it.  Yet, they seemed to know they were
falling for it.
Koniev understood what the Germans were doing.  He didn’t think
it would work; even without air cover the Americans had too much
power; but Koniev’s mind was on something else.  If the
Americans were busy here, they might not have the time to focus on
Finland.  Koniev motioned to an aide.  He and Zhukov were rivals, but
his first duty was to the state.  Marshall Zhukov might have an
opportunity – if a message could be gotten to him.
	Colonel Kenneth Olson of the US 24th Mechanised Division grimaced as
the report came in.  Air cover was temporarily unavailable while a
threat was dealt with.  Until further notice, offensive operations
were suspended.  The report went on to say that a heavy German ground
attack, possibly accompanied by gas, was anticipated in the next few
	Olson read the report in his Bradley command vehicle and shook his
head.  He wondered if anyone in Washington or even Harwich appreciated
how badly outnumbered the US troops in Germany were.  Olson had fought
in Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia, and the Germans were as
professional and motivated as any troops he’d ever faced.  They
were completely outclassed – even worse than the Iraqis –
but they fought very hard.  Worst of all from Olson’s
perspective, they maintained their discipline.  They didn’t
rattle, they didn’t run.  When they had to, they retreated, but
they never routed.  Olson had several weeks of very hard fighting to
look forward to.  The idea of assaulting a big city like Hamburg made
him sweat – the casualties would be horrible.
	Colonel Olson, like many in his profession, was a bit of an amateur
historian.  He remembered the original timeline – and how the
first invasion of Germany went.  How US forces flung themselves
against Aachen and the Saar, and how they bled rivers of blood doing
it.  But he also remembered the Bulge, and how a German attack on
Americans without air cover achieved temporary success, exposed the
Wehrmacht after the weather cleared.
	Olson started giving orders.  If the Germans wanted a fight,
they’d get one.
	Field Marshall Erich von Manstein grimaced as the clock struck 8:45
PM – twenty hours after the signal from New Zossen.  He was in
charge of the ground component of THULE called VALHALLA (though
privately most Germans in the know were calling it RAGNORAK instead).
	Manstein was in charge of German Army Group Jutland, a fifty-five
division force tasked with the defence of northern Germany.  He had
been picked as the operational commander of VALHALLA some time ago;
had the Americans landed in Antwerp (as had been expected), he would
have been in charge of Army Group Flanders.
	Manstein owed his appointment, ironically enough, to the Americans. 
Among other things, it had been learned from their broadcasts, that he
was regarded as “Hitler’s best general”.  This came
as surprise to some; Manstein was well-regarded, but not worshipped as
the Americans seemed to imply.  Nevertheless, Manstein’s
appointment was made, and he intended to win.
	The twenty-hour mark meant that the time had come.  In theory the
Americans were distracted, and the time to strike was now.  He nodded
to his field commander, Erwin Rommel, and the plan was put into
	Over the North German plain, from Bremen to Hamburg, the German Army
erupted at the American Army.  Entire divisions, cut off from
communication simply attacked forward.  Panzer divisions shook
themselves out, and formed barriers of steel for infantry behind them.
 Even new German tanks like the Tiger had no chance against M1s, but
it was hoped that US tanks were as vulnerable to close assault by
infantry as German tanks were.
	General Karl Student was coldly satisfied when the order came down. 
He was in a JU-52 transport plane, as were two entire divisions of
troops.  It would be the largest airborne operation Germany had ever
attempted.  And a chance for Karl Student, once the golden-eyed wonder
child of the German Army, to reclaim some martial glory.
        For Student, the war had started to go badly long before the
Americans from the future came.  Crete.  The name hung on him like the
stench of death.  On Crete, in May of 1941, Student’s Star had
fallen.  It didn’t matter that Student had won the battle; it
didn’t matter that the British had lost.  All that anyone
remembered were the casualties.
        As the JU-52 rumbled down the runway, Student’s eyes
were bright.  His orders came in two parts; official, and real. 
Officially, his job was to seize the port facilities at Cuxhaven and
Bremerhaven, and hold them until relieved by von Manstein’s
troops.  Since von Manstein’s was exceedingly unlikely to
happen, Student’s real orders were to seize the port facilities
and wreck them so the Americans couldn’t use them.  Student
clench his jaw.  He would not fail.
        This time, he would win.
Didn’t think THULE would take more than 1 part.
More to Come.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XVII – Operation THULE, Part II
	Had a human astronaut been in space, and had that human been properly
equipped, then a vast panoply of events would have been apparent.  The
human observer would have seen multiple operations – military,
commercial, political and even environmental – unfolding on the
fragile globe of the Earth.
	For this human astronaut, the eye would first be drawn to
North-western Europe, where the largest air battle in history (either
history) was about to occur.  The heart of the Luftwaffe was going to
meet the United States Air Force combined with the complements of two
super carriers of the United States Navy, and that meeting promised to
confrontational, to say the least.
	Another battle, air, sea and land, was shaping up in Northern
Germany.  There, a vast moving plain of German vehicles and infantry
was moving like a plague of locusts towards the “exposed”
units of the US Army.  JU-87 Stukas and JU-88s joined the forces on
the ground, as they sought to add their weight to the battle.  Also in
the air, the JU-52s of General Student lumbered towards Cuxhaven and
Bremershaven, as the men in New Zossen prayed for a miracle.
	A closer look at Northern Germany would have revealed even more;
thought less obvious than the Germans, the Americans too were
preparing, as hundreds of Apache and Blackhawk helicopters of the
101st Airborne revved up and prepared for the enemy.  At sea,
Aegis-class cruisers moved closer to shore, keeping a wary eye on the
remains of the German Navy in Kiel and Stettin.
	A further look at Great Britain would have revealed preparations of
another type – as dozens and then hundreds of Manchester and
Lancaster bombers began to take off and head for Germany.  These
bombers were escorted by British Mosquito fighters and had orders
directly from Churchill.  Meanwhile, the rest of the RAF in the UK
formed up over London, to defend the heart of the British Empire from
a German air armada of unprecedented scope.
	Going further east, the human observer would have seen other military
events.  Another, smaller group of German planes was headed for
Warsaw.  The Allies had precious little in the ways of air assets
there, but forewarned by London, they were somewhat ready for gas. 
The Israelis, Americans, and some British had masks; for the rest,
mainly the Polish Home Army, hiding would have to suffice.  Meanwhile,
the few available attack helicopters took to the air to combat the
	To the North, the Finnish Army was starting to collapse under the
remorseless pressure of General Zhukov and the Red Army.  Cut off from
German help, and facing an enemy far more proficient than in 1940, the
Finns, even with covert US satellite intel, would not last long.  Even
so, the human observer would have noted a massing of troops to the
north, as the Swedish government got a first hand look at US
technology at work in Germany, and made a decision about who would win
in the long run.
	Far to the East, in the vast area called the Pacific Ocean, while the
fighting was on a much smaller scale, it was no less intense.  The
Philippines had seen a complete reversal of fortune, as the Japanese
were now isolated and cut off from aid.  The Japanese 14th Army was
now forced back towards Northern Luzon, growing short on food,
ammunition, troops, and hope, but not on spirit.  US troops,
reinforced both by 1942 troops from Hawaii, and growing detachments of
the 2002 US Army had regained Manila, and now fought for total victory
	Elsewhere, isolated Japanese naval detachments were struggling back
towards their Emperor.  Individual destroyers, subs, even a few
cruisers were picked off by either US nuclear subs or small strikes
from one of the US carriers.  Meanwhile, the United States Navy
imposed an almost unbreakable blockage on the Home Islands.
	Politically, the situation was just as muddled.  In London, the Prime
Minister of Great Britain was gripped by rage.  The
“total” security of Great Britain had proven to be less
than that, and he would have his revenge.  Meanwhile, he would ask his
new American friends for help.  Non-conventional help.
	In Washington, an almost equally enraged President Bush wanted to
know how the Germans were doing this.  After all, he’d been
assured by both the Navy and the Air Force that Britain was
“inviolatable”.  Equally abashed military leaders assured
him it was, and that this current German attack would be slaughtered. 
The discussion grew even more heated when someone suggested
retaliating with a nuclear weapon.  Then, almost simultaneously, two
events happened. Churchill called, and US Satellites picked up a large
number of British planes headed for the Ruhr.
	In both New Zossen and Berlin, men waited as the plans they made came
to pass.  In Washington and London, other people (men and women)
reacted to those plans.  In Tokyo, still others tried to find
something to salvage from defeat.  In Moscow one man thought about
bargaining with the Americans, while others around silently
contemplated his removal.
	Of course, no human astronauts were in space – the shuttle
wasn’t up, and NASA’s next planned emergency mission
wasn’t until late September.  Of course, no one else had the
capacity to launch even unmanned satellites into space.  US satellites
kept a cold watch on the world below, but few thought to look outward
– after all, there was nothing there.
	Other “eyes” watched, though, watched from an
unimaginable (to humans) place, through unimaginable (to humans)
means, and were deeply interested what was about to transpire.
	Flight Leader Ernst Gruber cringed as yet another fireball appeared
above the JU-88A1 he was piloting.  It wasn’t the sight of the
fireball that made him cringe; he’d seen plenty of those
recently.  It wasn’t even the thought that his JU-88 might be
struck by a missile and turned into a fireball as well – Gruber
was way too busy piloting his plane to worry about that.  What made
Gruber cringe was that every time a plane blew up – and so many
were blowing up or crashing that someone from 2002 would have compared
the sky to a disco strobe light effect – was that his eyes were
involuntarily drawn to it for just a moment.  Normally that
wouldn’t matter, but Gruber was flying his plane a bit lower
than normal, and he needed to pay close attention to the ground.
	Gruber and his JU-88 were at barely 200 feet above the English
countryside, and every bit of skill as a pilot was required to
maintain a reasonably level flight, and to avoid hitting the ground.
	When this aspect of THULE had been briefed to Gruber, he’d had
grave misgivings.  Not about the mission; Gruber was a dedicated
member of Luftwaffe, and would fly whatever mission he was ordered to.
 The gas caused some consternation; Gruber was uncomfortable about
using – not out of concern for British civilians, but mainly
because he worried about the American counterstroke.
	Everyone had heard stories about the American wonder-weapons, and the
few Luftwaffe pilots that had actually seen an American plane and
lived had been scattered about German aerodromes briefing other pilots
and crews.  Resistance was futile.  The only hope was to evade them
through superior piloting – and prop planes were more
manoeuvrable than jets.  Of course, if the Americans locked on to you
with one of their seeking weapons, or a "SAM" hit you, or even if a US
jet flew too close, and the jetwash ignited your plane, you were just
as dead, so manoeuvrability really wouldn’t help in those cases.
	Then there were the nuclear weapons.  Gruber still wasn’t sure
what a nuclear weapon was – beyond some kind of superbomb. 
American planes had dropped many propaganda pictures – from
Hitler ordering 12-year old boys to defend Berlin in 1945 to the Red
Army and US Army embracing on the Elbe, to pictures of the "Bikini
Atoll" test of one of those nuclear weapons.  It showed an explosion
of unimaginable size with – if the US caption was to be believed
– the German Heavy Cruiser PRINZ EUGEN lifted over three miles
into the sky.  Gruber had gaped at that, but the Party men had been
there.  They’d explained this was a hoax – the Aryan
science had decreed the existence of such a device an impossibility. 
Gruber hadn’t contradicted them (he liked being alive), but he
hadn’t believed them either.
	The "raid" (as if 2700 planes could be a mere "raid") Gruber was
flying had been carefully planned.  With no communication really
possible, the Germans were relying on timing and the skill of their
pilots.  It looked like a mad dash for London – and, in many
senses it was – but each squadron had an assigned approach
vector and an assigned altitude.
	The Luftwaffe fighters were doing their best, but Gruber could see
that the attack was being slaughtered.  Silvery darts of US planes
streaked back and forth, and German planes died in droves.  Still,
some were in the air, and London wasn’t that far from Dover. 
Gruber planned to drop his gas bombs, and then head west, and then
circle back to Brittany, landing in Western France.
	Then he could –
	Gruber’s thought died with his plane.  Captain Evelyn Morris,
USAF reserve, put a three round burst from her F-16’s cannon
into the JU88 and it died.  Captain Morris wasn’t supposed to be
flying, but the scope of THULE had taken the US command by surprise. 
In the mad scramble to get planes into the air, there’d been
more planes than pilots (the assigned pilot of this plane was in a
base hospital with food poisoning – something about 1942 British
cuisine not being agreeable to his stomach), and Morris had gotten
one.  Her job normally was to ferry planes across the Atlantic, but
she was a pilot, and there was a plane, and President Bush’s
orders had been clear.
	Morris had eight kills already to her credit – Gruber’s
plane made nine.  Her plane was out of missiles, but had rounds left
for the guns, and plenty of fuel.  There were so many Germans that
Morris was tempted just to hold down her trigger and hose away.  But
that would not be an efficient use of ammunition, and there no time to
land and rearm.
	Hundreds of US jets were in the fight – Northern Germany having
been denuded of air cover.  Morris grit her teeth – like anyone
else with a brain, she knew this was a diversion by the Germans,  Of
course, also like anyone else with a brain, she knew the US had to try
and stop this raid.
	She was momentarily stunned by another sight – a plane going
down in flames.  What made it unusual was that it was an F-18 –
and she didn’t have time to look for a chute.  She concentrated
on the fight.  There were so many planes that accidents were bound to
happen, and maybe some German got lucky with a golden BB.
	She continued the killing.
	VALHALLA rolled at Kenneth Olson, and he smiled grimly.  No one would
ever accuse the Germans of cowardice or lack of moxie - that was for
sure.  Intel put a dozen divisions attacking from Bremen, with another
twenty coming in from Hamburg.  At least twenty more were in reserve,
and already moving up.
	Olson’s regiment was dug in.  Radar showed German planes
approaching; reasonably well coordinated with their land attack.  They
were coming, and coming hard.
	And Olson was ready.  Or as ready as he could be.  US land doctrine
emphasized the offensive – to attack the enemy, and maintain
initiative.  That was possible strategically at the moment, but 24th
division had cooked up a little plan to meet the Germans.
	Regimental artillery was firing hard, and Olson could see plumes of
dust and smoke, and knew Germans were dying.  But some artillery was
incoming as well – the Germans had deployed it for the first
time, with US air assets gone.  US counter-battery fire was destroying
it almost as fast as it was assembled, but the Germans were getting
shots off.
	Olson hunkered down in his command vehicle as a nearby battery fired
off another salvo – and then the Germans appeared – and
not in anyway that Olson expected.  A ragged line of vehicles appeared
on the low berm opposite his company – and vehicles of all
kinds.  Tanks, intermingled with trucks and even civilian cars.  They
seemed to hesitate – and then erupted at his position.  However,
what stunned Olson was the sight of German troops leaping off the
vehicles as they began their charge.
	Then the German plan became clear.  The vehicles continued their mad
rush at Olson, while soldiers ran behind them.  Olson understood
– this was an infantry charge – and they were using their
own tanks, APCs and trucks as active armor to protect the infantry. 
In a grim way, it made sense – the German tanks were useless
against the Americans, and the Nazis were hoping that infantry close
assault could hurt the Americans.
	They were right, not that Olson intended to let them succeed.  The
M1s and Bradleys of Olson’s regiment belched fire, and more
Germans died.  Chain guns and mortars ravaged the Germans as Olson
barked commands into his radio.  The north German plains were soon
littered with burning German vehicles, and German infantry began to
die as their moving shields were destroyed.  Olson’s own
infantry opened as the Germans approached, and Olson got another nasty
	More Germans came over the berm – this time riding motorcycles.
 The old style motorcycles were hardly ATVs, and not nearly as
powerful as the Harley Olson had in his parent’s garage in
Omaha, but they were faster than infantry, and received little
attention compared to the infantry.  Olson almost had to admire them
– the motorcycles were packed with explosives, and were no doubt
suicidal.  Additionally, intel reported another attack force massing
in the rear.
	JU-87s showed up, their characteristic screams hitting the
battlefield.  US anti-aircraft fire struck many, but some did get to
release their bombs, and Olson grimaced as US troops died.  It was
time.  Olson nodded, and an aide spoke into a headset.
	A dozen AH-64 Apache attack helicopters streaked over the
battlefield, and two battalions of M1s and Bradleys from divisional
reserve poured out from the right flank.  The Apaches hellfire
missiles devastated  the German attack, and then tried – with some
success – to engage the JU-87s in air-to-air combat.  Meanwhile
chain guns raked the German advance, as the US armor took them in the
flank.  Then the real killers – two AC-130 gunships –
came, and converted the plains into a churning mass of dirt and blood
that seemed alive to those unfortunate enough to see it.
	The Germans didn’t panic.  They weren’t completely
suicidal either.  They hunkered down – finding what cover they
could, until the Apaches passed, and then charged again.  Their unit
cohesion was long gone, of course, but Olson decided they had some
damn good NCOs over there leading them.  Any stirrings of admiration
he might have felt were quelled though as the first reports of the
results of the second gas attack on London came in.
	Olson set his teeth as another attack came.  More Germans to kill.
	Erwin Rommel winced as more fragmentary reports came in.  His field
headquarters were in a large church in the small town of Geiburg
outside of Bremen, and what information was available came there.  The
Americans were fighting hard.  There was some mention of success
– some infiltrating infantry got through, and some US vehicles
were destroyed, but the attack was shattering against the wall of
chobam the Americans had, and the Germans were bleeding rivers of
blood.  Worse, carefully husbanded US reserved were counter-attacking
locally – using their devastating mobility against German
	Rommel had sporadic radio contact with Manstein and New Zossen, but
was surprised to get a priority message from Berlin – from the
Fuehrer himself.  Hitler wanted news – and wanted it now. 
He’d bypassed the entire chain of command to get to Rommel
– and he wanted to talked.  Rommel paled – both at the
prospect of speaking with Hitler, and because the Americans seemed to
be able to home in on radio signals.
	Hitler was ranting – why were the Americans not pushed back
into the sea yet?  Rommel was trying explain, but Hitler kept
interrupting.  The Reich had provided the tools – now Rommel
must use them.  Rommel felt himself growing angrier – he was
trying to explain, and get off the radio, but the Fuehrer would have
none of it.
	He was still trying to make Hitler understand when a GBU-13 "Daisy
Cutter" used so successfully in Afghanistan arrived.  It was rolled off
the back of a C-130 that had been vectored in by an AWACS that had
detected Rommel’s radio transmissions.  And it blew the 
church, Rommel’s staff, and Rommel himself into very small
	General Kurt Student gaped as yet another JU-52 plunged to it’s
fiery death over Cuxhaven.  American ships – Aegis cruisers,
though of course Student didn’t know that – were
slaughtering his planes.  US attack helicopters added to the fray, and
Student knew he’d be lucky to get 30% of his force down.
	He was crouched in the door of his JU-52, and was heartily glad when
the jumpmaster gave him the go – he wanted off that flying
coffin.  His chute deployed perfectly, and he started to drift down.
	He noted with satisfaction that he was completely on target, and that
there was only sporadic gunfire at his paratroopers as they descended.
 It was hoped that the local populace could be incited to rise against
the Americans – indeed each German paratrooper carried some
extra weapons to distribute to civilians should the opportunity arise.
 That would be nice, from Student’s perspective, but he
wasn’t counting on it.
	He hit the ground in a small town square, and rolled, before
releasing his chute.  Perfect.  He was down in one piece. Other
Germans were landing, and scrambling to get into squads and platoons. 
Student’s staff was also coming down, and they quickly
appropriated a small hotel to serve as an HQ.
	A local policeman – the Americans had denied the local German
police any firearms, but allowed them to patrol with billyclubs to
maintain order – was located and brought to Student.  He was
happy to see Germans, and reported what he knew.  There were few
Americans in Cuxhaven, but there were a divisions in Bremershaven. 
Student winced – if that was true, then the other landing had
been wiped out.  However, here there were only a few dozen troops
guarding the docks – and they’d just arrived a few hours
	Student was elated – a few dozen only?  He felt a surge –
despite his hideous losses so far, he might yet succeed.  The
policeman continued – but there were US marines not too far
away.  They would attack, and could be here in a few hours.
	Student snorted – he wouldn’t need that long, and
hopefully Rommel would break through soon anyway.  What of these few
dozen troopers guarding the docks?  The policeman knew little about
them.  He described them, and Student was puzzled.
	Why would anyone wear anything as flimsy as a green beret in combat? 
	In Washington, an early morning was turning into a long day.  Bush
and his advisors were gathered around the table in the Situation Room
as the results came in.  Of the 2800 planes, only 140 reached London. 
Of those, only 13 were bombers – the rest fighters.  The bombers
did drop gas – but initial casualty reports were light.  Perhaps
two dozen killed.  None of the planes involved in the raid returned to
Occupied Europe.  A fair number of German pilots had bailed out, and
were being rescued.  There were unconfirmed reports of British
citizens killing German pilots – but those were unconfirmed, and
most Germans had been picked up by US SAR.  Seven US planes, and an
unconfirmed number of British planes had been lost.
	It had worked.  The German raid – and with it the Luftwaffe
– had been smashed.  Now it remained to be seen how the rest of
THULE played out.
	An aide rushed in, and spoke with General Hayes.  A massive force of
British bombers had been located, heading for Germany.  Even as he
spoke, a monitor displayed the British planes’ track.
	Bush was confused – and then Powell spoke up.  A reprisal raid
– for sure.
	Conventional or gas, asked Rumsfeld.
	No way to know for sure, said Hayes.
	The phone rang.  The special one – with the line to Britain.
	Bush was on the SatPhone almost instantly.
	From the roof of Churchill’s London HQ, the PM made the call. 
He’d been preparing for it, after all.
	Bush asked first about the situation in London.  A somewhat jovial
Churchill said that casualties were minimal – thankfully, and
that Harwich informed him that the German raid had been destroyed.  He
formally thanked the US President for the air support, and said that
he hoped the Allied ground forces would be able to hold out in
	Bush expressed confidence that they would, and then begged the Prime
Minister’s indulgence – he must ask a question.
	Ask away, said Churchill, though he knew what was coming.
	There is a large group of British airplanes moving towards Germany. 
What were they doing?
	Churchill sighed, and then responded.  Ever since September of 1939,
a protocol had existed.  Even Chamberlain had kept to it:  Any attack
by gas would be met in kind.  Absolutely, no exceptions.
	So those planes are carrying gas to their target?
	Yes, Churchill responded.
	A pause from America, and then Bush asked what the target was.
	Churchill chewed his cigar.  Berlin was the preferred target, but
British fighters didn’t have the range to escort the bombers
that far, so another target had been picked – the city of Essen
in the Ruhr.
	Another pause, and then Bush came back.  He understood why the
British were doing this, and understood why such a protocol had been
implemented.  However, the situation had changed.  The German air
force was gone, and would not return.  There was no military reason to
respond with gas.  The United States formally requested that Great
Britain recall the strike.
	Churchill had expected this.  He spoke clearly and concisely.  His
Majesty’s Government appreciated the position of the United
States, but would not be swayed.  The raid would go forth.  This was a
matter of sovereignty and the British government answered to the King,
not the US President.  There was, however, one thing Bush could do,
and Churchill would recall the strike.
	What was that, the US President asked eagerly.
	Churchill was matter-of-fact.  Deploy a nuclear device, and vaporize
Berlin.  Kill Hitler now.
	The Situation Room got very quiet.  Bush gripped the phone and spoke
slowly.  While he acknowledged the use of a weapon of mass destruction
by the Nazis, he was hesitant to use a nuclear weapon.  Several
million Berliners would be killed if he did that.  As horrifying as it
was, the scope and casualties of the London attacks did not warrant
the use of a nuclear weapon by the United States at this time.
	Fine, said Churchill.  Give us one, and we’ll use it.
	Bush spoke carefully.  The United States would be happy to explore
the possibility of sharing nuclear technology with Great Britain, but
would not release one at this time.
	Then the gas attack goes forth.  Frantic technicians had been
analysing the composition of the British raid, and the possible loads
it was carrying.  Given Essen’s estimated population, casualties
of between 100,000 and 150,000 were predicted.
	Bush changed tacts.  He spoke of history, and said that Churchill
– a hero to so many – would be vilified if he did this.
	Churchill snorted.  More vilified that for Dresden – where
300,000 Germans died according to the 2002 histories – or for
loosing the Empire?  No, the Prime Minister cared not what some future
historian would write.  He would respond as he saw fit, and history
would judge him – but not until later.  Then he bid the
President good evening.
	In Washington Bush held the unresponsive SatPhone, and asked what to
do next.
Dang!  THREE Parts?  This just doesn’t end…
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT.  The Gloves come off.	
	The gloves came off and Brenda Collins cursed as the wrench slipped
out of her hand and fell to the basement floor.  The rusty pipe joint
had refused to budge, and Brenda swore again as she noticed a torn
nail - her hand numbed by the cold water that had been dripping on it
meant she saw rather than felt it.
	Brenda stared at the pipe, and cursed more quietly - her children
were asleep upstairs, and Brenda had no desire to wake them.  Her
husband - Lieutenant Andrew Collins - was in Harwich, England, working
with the Air Force in the war against the Nazis; a concept Brenda
still had trouble with.
	She had lots of trouble these days.  The government had finally
unfrozen prices, and, if food and other basics were still affordable,
the cost of everything else had skyrocketed.  Including plumbers. 
Brenda had watched the TV while smart-looking men with pipes and
cardigan sweaters and lots of letters after their names explained that
the prices would come down in time.  It was just an adjustment to the
new situation - that was all.  Of course, none of those smart men
could explain why the United States was stuck in 1942 - or if it would
happen again.  And none of those men were here fixing her house's
plumbing, either.
	Meanwhile, Brenda could not afford a plumber, even here in Omaha,
Nebraska, and her skill with the wrench was anything but profound. 
She cursed again, picked up the wrench, and attacked the pipe again -
more out of a sense of pent-up aggression and frustration than with
any real hope of success.  Thus, it was with considerable surprise and
pleasure that the joint turned, and the drip stopped.  Brenda stepped
back with a hopeful look on her face, and was pleased when the drip
did not return.  She smiled, and placed the wrench back in her
toolbox.  She pulled the small chain that led to the basement's naked
bulb, and the basement was plunged into darkness.  That was fine -
Andrew had promised to install a light switch near the door some day,
and until then, Brenda could live with her flashlight.
	Brenda was fumbling for her flashlight when she noticed the sound. At
first she just thought it was water in the pipes, but then she
listened more and realized it was the faint murmur of voices. Grasping
the flashlight Brenda shone it at one wall of her basement.  She moved
towards the wall, and the murmur grew louder, though it was still not
	The Collins' lived in one of a series of attached row houses.  The
attached houses were near Offutt AFB, and popular with officers
assigned there like Brenda's husband Andrew Collins.  Being an
attached house, Brenda's house shared interior walls on two sides with
the neighbours.  The wall Brenda faced was also the basement wall for
Craig and Joann Bedrick, an older couple.  Craig Bedrick was retired
Air Force, and he and Joann had elected to settle in Omaha.  Brenda
hadn't seen much of them; they were quiet and kept to themselves, but
they seemed nice enough, though Craig could be bit creepy.
	Brenda flicked her eyes upward, towards here sleeping children, and
then back at the basement wall.  Feeling slightly naughty, she picked
up an old, empty tin soup can, and quietly placed it against the
basement wall.  Craig and Joann didn't seem all that kinky (and how
kinky was basement sex anyway?) - in fact Joann seemed very subdued
most of the time - but Brenda was a bit bored.
	She listened, and the murmur cleared up into voices. 
	"-nother beer, Fred?"  Brenda recognized Craig's voice.
	"Sure, thanks," said a voice Brenda didn't recognize - persuadably
	Great, though Brenda, I'm listening to Craig and some buddies
swilling beer.  Boy, do I need a life-
	"So what's next?" said yet another voice.
	"What's next is we wait for orders." Craig sounded firm.
	"Fuck, that, man.  I say we move now."
	"Use your brain, Mike.  Half the ZOG army is over there.  Even if the
Compound is in contact with someone - which they might be - they'd be
smashed by the time they got anything we sent them - and we might be
implicated.  Don't fuck with this Mike - we're too close."
	Mike sounded petulant.  "So what do we do?  Just wait?  White men are
getting slaughtered by a bunch of Jew-lovin' ZOG troops-"
	"I said can, it Mike."  Craig sounded sure.  "We have a god-given
opportunity to make America a white man's nation again.  After this
war, Europe'll be shattered.  That means refugees.  White refugees. 
The Compound is working on it.  We're gonna get some people over -
good people.  Not those hard-core Nazi assholes, but real white men
who see a chance to change things."
	"So we do nothing."  Mike was pissed.
	"Well, I didn't say that.  Take a gander at what I got in my den" 
Brenda strained to hear what was next.  It seemed the men were heading
upstairs.  "Here's what the compound wants-"
	Try as she might, Brenda couldn't hear anything else.
	Carefully Brenda moved back upstairs to her living room, and
considered what she heard.  She'd always thought Craig a bit creepy,
but this was ridiculous.  Brenda's mouth tightened.  She knew what to
	Brenda called her brother.  After two rings, he picked up the phone. 
"Robert Drew, FBI," he said.
        And then got VERY interested in what his sister had to say.
	The gloves came off as Lieutenant Garret "Spud" Bryan, USAF, fell in
behind his squadron leader over the English Channel.  The young man
cracked his knuckles - his hands were stiff after so much flying, and
he was nervous.  Spud was from Idaho (hence the name), and while he'd
expected to see the world, he hadn't ever expected to see THIS one,
and certainly never expected to have to fight Germans.  He - like most
in his squadron - was very tired; almost 20 hours of continuous combat
against seemingly endless streams of slow moving, but hard to hit
German planes.
	The Luftwaffe had been defeated - crushed was a better word - and
Spud and his squadron mates had expected some relaxation.  Orders had
come though, that sent Spud scrambling.  Now they were in the air, and
being joined by some F-18s from a carrier according to Harwich.  They
were shadowing an immense formation of British bombers headed east,
and Spud didn't like one bit.
	It didn't take a genius to figure out what was going on, and Spud,
despite the name, was a fairly smart guy.  The pace of combat over the
past several hours had precluded much in the way of speculation about
how the British would react to London being gassed, but Spud knew that
Churchill was not the type of guy to just let this go.  He was a bit
surprised the British had gotten a formation this big put together
this quickly, but understood they had a certain motivation.
	An option.  Spud knew that - what he and his squadron were - an
Option with a capital "O".  They were there to give Bush clout.  Spud
could not for a moment believe that Bush would order them to attack
the British air fleet, but maybe the US President was betting
Churchill didn't.
	History would record this strike - if it went through - as a tragedy.
 Even a "crime against humanity".  Spud didn't think it was - the
Germans gassed first, after all.  But one could never underestimate
the power of those who would - years after the fact - decry it as a
vicious attack against defenceless civilians by a power-mad
capitalist.  Spud would have ignored that - he'd never had much time
for that sort of thinking anyway.  But as the English Channel gave way
to the green fields of France, Spud had to wonder what history would
say - not only of the raid, but also of the compliance of the US Air
Force if they let it happen.
	In the Situation Room, President Bush gripped the unresponsive
satphone so hard that his knuckles showed white under the skin.  He
looked around at the assembled senior staff, and wanted options - now.
	Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld spoke first.  The Germans gassed first.
 Technically - and legally - the British were well within their rights
to retaliate in kind.  Secretary of State Powell pointed out that the
attack on London had killed relatively few people, while an attack of
this magnitude on Essen would be devastating.  Doesn't matter, replied
Rumsfeld.  Not legally, said Powell, no, but in the minds of people-
	The entrance of an Air Force major into the room interrupted the
Secretary of State.  The aide (looking somewhat abashed at having
interrupted) whispered something to Rumsfeld and then left.  Rumsfeld
reported to the group - significant assets of the US Air Force and the
US Navy were now in a position to intercept the British force short of
	Powell's eyes bugged out.  He half rose from his chair.  Under no
circumstances can we actually shoot at the British.  That would be an
act of war!
	Rumsfeld shrugged.  We don't have to.  Churchill doesn't know we wont
shoot at them.  Just let him know that the planes are there, then we
try to talk-
	Powell was almost incandescent with rage.  We can't even do that. 
Even the threat would poison relations.  And if he knew anything about
Churchill, it was that threats were meaningless.  The guy stood up to
Hitler in 1940 when Britain was alone - this was ridiculous.
	General Hayes spoke up.  With the destruction of the German radar
net, there would no warning at Essen until the British bombers
actually arrived.  That would maximize casualties-
	Bush looked around.  Rumsfeld and Powell were screaming at each
other, the Air Force was saying there wasn't much time, and everyone
else was silent.
	Then he noticed Condi Rice smiling.  He leaned over to her.  She said
she had an idea...
	Spud and others got orders from Harwich.  Spud couldn't really
believe them until he thought about them.  And then they made perfect
sense.  The US jets armed their weapons, and accelerated towards the
British planes.
	Group-Leader George MacKenzie was shocked when the first US plane
zipped by him.  He was piloting a Manchester four-engine bomber, and
holding his course as steady as possible, as the other bombers in his
squadron were following his lead.  Mackenzie had no problem with this
mission; he was from London, and the thought that someone would use
gas on it - on his family - was intolerable.  As for the Americans,
well, MacKenzie's children had been evacuated from London in 1940. 
They'd returned in 1942 because the Americans had "guaranteed"
London's security.  They hadn't been hurt in the recent German attack,
but MacKenzie had lost a lot of faith in the Americans.
	For one awful moment, MacKenzie thought he was under attack.  The
American planes were demonically fast, and MacKenzie knew that he and
his squadron were sitting ducks, relatively speaking.  But the US
planes continued zipping past him, towards Germany.  Several US planes
zipped through and past the British squadron and then vanished into
the rising sun.
	Early morning in Essen was a sombre affair, as German and "guest"
workers from occupied Europe went to their jobs.  Apart from targeted
cruise missile strikes, Essen had been spared much in the way of
bombing until then, and with the all the fighting up north, city
leaders hoped it would remain so.  Information was very sketchy at
best, with the US jamming all the radios, and the local Gestapo
ruthlessly suppressing all rumors.
	The morning was shattered by sonic booms.  US jets screamed over
Essen at high mach, the sound of the passing blowing out windows all
over the city.  Stunned Esseners looked skyward as the US jets looped
and made another pass over the city.
	Most Germans had heard of the US wonder planes, but this was the
first they'd seen of them.  The cruise missiles had been invisible to
most; they'd arrived too quickly and unexpectedly to be seen.  The US
jets however, went out of the way to be seen - and then they struck.
	Three F-18s lined up and made a bombing run - over the unoccupied
Rhine River.  Simple gravity bombs detached from the planes and
exploded as they struck the river, generating huge water spouts. 
Esseners stopped staring and started running as the air raid sirens
wailed.  Other US planes made strafing runs at wide streets and parks.
 Some AA came up from German sites scattered around the city - these
were targeted directly and destroyed.
	Meanwhile, Essen's civil defence went into action as citizens
scrambled for the shelters.  This meant that most got there by the
time the British showed up.
	The British bombers dropped a combination of incendiaries mixed with
various chemical weapons; the incendiaries designed to strip away
cover, the gas to kill people.  The British bombers were right on
target, and the absence of AA or German air opposition meant they
maintained perfect formation.  Not enough incendiaries were dropped to
start a firestorm like the one that would have consumed Dresden in
1945, but several major fires were started.
	The gas was not as effective as it would have been.  The fires did
stir up local winds, and few residents were above ground anyway, due
to the US 'strike'.  Still, casualties were severe.  In the end, 5,000
people were killed, and another 15,000 left homeless.  Still, not as
bad as it could have been.
	In northern Germany, the gloves came off.  With the destruction of
the Luftwaffe, there was nothing to hinder the US army.  Two corps
worth of MRLS and regular artillery simply blasted away, while two US
Armored divisions blew through the German defences.  The Germans were
still numerous, but completely cut off.  No German radio worked, and
no German commander could effectively command a group larger than a
platoon.  New Zossen had no idea of the situation at the front.
	With THULE, the Rules of Engagement for the US Army changed.  Rather
than isolating and bypassing German strong points, the plan became
isolate, plaster with artillery and air strikes, and then bypass,
leaving the places to be overrun by British and follow-up US forces. 
President Bush wanted Berlin taken, and Hitler found.
	As the US Army advanced towards Hannover and Madgeburg, German
opposition began to collapse.  Often times, German troops had no idea
US forces were in the area before being pounced on.  German rail and
road movement was simply stopped; anyone trying to move by road or
rail was annihilated by US air.
	However, Berlin was a different story.  Recognizing what was coming,
Hitler put Heinrich Himmler in personal command of Berlin's defences. 
Seven regular Wehrmacht infantry divisions were supplemented by two SS
motorized divisions and three SS armored divisions.  Meanwhile, more
troops were ordered to Austria - Hitler was prepared to flee Berlin
for the Alps if necessary.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XIX "Conferences"
 Contrary to what many mystery writers would posit, coincidence does
occur.  The world is so large, and so complicated, and has so many
disparate people living in it that "coincidence" - as it is termed by
some - is actually inevitable.  Some might call it fate, others
serendipity, still others a weird convergence.
 Whatever the term, it certainly happened a few days after the British
raid on Essen.  The strange occurrence of March 23, 2002 - though
still completely mysterious - had happened long enough in the past
that people were reacting to it in a non-flabbergasted way; that is,
the usual human weaknesses were coming in to it.  First of all, the
United States from 2002 evidently wasn't going anywhere.  Whatever
mysterious intelligence (and most conceded that it was an
intelligence) had deposited the United States into 1942 seemed content
to leave it there.
 The human emotional price for this was immense.  Literally millions
of people had been shorn away from homes, loved ones - familiarity was
nowhere to found.  Most impacted were the American citizens from 1942
who had been outside the United States on that fateful day.  Their
families were gone - and their country was now
 The 2002 government did it's best to succour these people; civilians
and military alike.  The government also did it's best for 2002
citizens whose loved ones had been overseas in 2002 - and hence lost
to the mists of time.  The traditional strengths of society -
government and religion - were helpless before the event, however. 
They could not explain it - and worse, they could not prevent it from
happening again.
 This fact drove the salient points of the coincidence.  In raw form
the coincidence was a series of meetings that took place around the
globe at the same time.  The agendas for these meetings were almost
identical - a startling fact given the disparity of locations, and
individuals at these meetings.
 The meetings were about the United States, and what to do about it. 
Specifically, what it meant, and what place in the world other powers
and cultures might have.  Given the diversity of the participants and
locations, there many opinions presented.
 The first meeting was held late in the morning in Camp David,
Maryland.  Participants included most of the senior leadership of the
United States, including the President, Vice-President, Secretary of
State, Senate and House leaderships from both parties, and the JCS.
 This meeting was probably the most critical, as the United States
possessed most of the military power- and therefore the most options. 
Despite the smashing of the German counterstroke, and the increasing
speed with which the US Army was advancing through Europe, deep
problems remained.  These problems fell into two categories; immediate
military problems, and the longer-term strategic issues.
 In the shorter term, while many German units were unable to offer
resistance; and indeed many were starting to surrender, many others
were dug into German urban areas.  In particular, Berlin was heavily
garrisoned by SS and Wehrmacht troops - over 300,000 in all.  While
the US could take the city, casualties were likely to be high.  The
JCS said they needed another two months to secure logistics in
Germany, isolate other Nazi pockets of resistance, and gather forces -
infantry and air assault - for the attack on Berlin.
 There were grimaces at the number of casualties that an infantry
assault against hardened German regulars in an urban environment would
cost.  Bush was adamant about this, though.  Berlin was to be taken as
soon as possible.  The US President had been badly shaken by the gas
attack on London, and Churchill's reaction to it.  Bush wanted Hitler,
and if Enduring Freedom had taught him anything, it was that getting
the main guy was important.
 Mussolini in Italy was still defiant, but with the Italian Navy gone,
and the Italian army being interned by the British 8th Army in North
Africa, it was not expected to present a problem.  George Tenet,
director of the CIA, revealed that the US was already in contact with
certain members of the Italian government.  Steps were being taken -
both by the US and Italians - to ensure that Italy did not see the
same kind of fighting that was gutting Germany.
 Japan was a bigger problem.  The IJN had been utterly destroyed
(except for those two fleet carriers the US couldn't locate), and the
combination of SSN and CVN was proving unbreakable as far as the
blockade went.  However, Japan was showing no inclination to negotiate
a peace.  To invade the islands would require literally hundreds of
thousands of troops, and take years.  Casualties - both for US troops
and Japanese civilians were likely to be extreme.
 Both of the tactical issues could be solved with nuclear weapons. 
Nobody was particularly interested in that - yet.  It was hoped that
the assault on Berlin would break the Germans, while the CIA and NSA
had cooked up a scheme for dealing with Japan.  Bush looked curious
about this, but the plans were still being formed - he would be
briefed later.
 Strategically, the US faced three big issues - China, the USSR, and
the British Empire.  In China, the Japanese Army was finding itself
isolated from its supply sources in Japan and Manchuria.  The Chinese
were fighting the Japanese, but the civil war was heating up again. 
The best Nationalist and Communist units were fighting each other, and
Tenet believed that both sides were receiving advice from certain
members of the 2002 embassies of the two Chinas that were now making
their way over there.
 A map of China was brought up on an electronic screen, with different
colors for areas under Nationalist, Communist, Japanese, Manchurian,
and "other" forces.  It looked like bad modern art to Bush; no one
faction controlled anything like a coherent territory.  Condi Rice
asked about the "other" designation, and was informed by Tenet that it
represented warlords, bandits, communists-communists, independent ethnic
groups of various types, and the like.  There were more grimaces. 
China was a morass, and nobody wanted to get involved in it.
 The Soviet Union was a different matter.  The fighting in Finland was
nearing an end as the Red Army pushed its way forward.  Satellites
showed the Soviets digging in along the old 1941 pact line with
Germany, and Stalin had remained silent after the Amonpour interview. 
The group was in agreement here - the Soviets would be restricted to
their 1939 national borders.  No one liked the idea of invading
Russia, but no one liked Stalin either.  Additionally, Bush instructed
the NSA and CIA to maintain a careful watch for any nuclear testing or
development by the Soviets.  Stalin would not be allowed to develop
nuclear weapons.
 The JCS recommended that if Bush wanted, plans for an outright
invasion of the USSR could be created.  Bush nodded, as did Rice. 
Additionally, it was hoped the example of the United States would
prove to the Soviets that they did not have a lock on the future as
far as economic models went.  Additionally, the JCS noted that the
performance of the US Army was making a deep impression on the members
of the STAVKA in Harwich.  Koniev had been deeply impressed.  Some US
officers - and some members of the 2002 Russian embassy - had been
pointing out to the Soviets in Harwich that relations between the two
countries could be vastly improved without Stalin.
 Finally, the issue of the British Empire came up.  Bush had been a
fan of Churchill before arriving in 1942 - seeing the man in action
had only reinforced that feeling.  Despite the disagreement over
Essen, Bush - and others - could see the man's point, and couldn't
honestly say that they would not have done the same in his shoes.  The
British had happily coordinated their troops with American plans, and
even now British regulars were doing hard fighting in Germany.
 The problem was the Empire.  Over a million of Americans were from
various parts of the British Empire - from Indians and Pakistanis to
Kenyans, Burmese, and Malayans.  While for the most part they had been
quiet, with the war seemingly almost won, and the shock of being in
1942 wearing off, they were demanding - more and more vocally, that
the British Empire withdraw from their homelands, and the US recognize
their independence.
 Most of the American government was inclined to agree with this. 
After all, the British would lose the Empire sooner or later; indeed,
even the original Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations had done
little to help the British keep their Empire.  The problem was that
Churchill and the British government of 1942 had access to the history
books.  They knew what had happened, and might very well take steps to
prevent it.
 The US government was in a real quandary, and they knew it.  Quite
simply, the British Empire was not democratic; it was territory the
British were exploiting to enrich themselves.  On the other hand, the
British had deep, and traditional ties to the United States, and were
active allies in the war against Hitler.
 Bush fretted about this.  There was a lot of talk about quietly
recognizing components of the Empire as being independent, but doing
nothing - in much the same way that the United States had never
recognized the incorporation of the Baltic States into the USSR in the
original timeline.  Like with China, no one wanted to get involved in
this, but circumstance would not let them sit it out.  It was decided
that Bush would meet with Churchill after Berlin fell to openly
discuss the situation.
 While the Americans fretted about what to do, the British were having
a conference of their own.  Meeting at Chequers (a place the Americans
hadn't been, and presumably hadn't placed any of their magical
listening devices), indoors (so the Americans' satellites couldn't see
them), Churchill and Imperial War Council met.  As far as the war was
concerned, things were going swimmingly.  The Americans' sophisticated
technology was shredding the Germans, and the Japanese.  It was clear
that the West was going to win - and better yet, the Soviets were
going to be pushed back to their 1939 borders.
 That was good, all agreed.  What was bad was that the Americans were
very anti-imperialist.  The fact that their society was so ethnically
diverse, and that so many non-whites had positions of power within it
meant that the United States was distinctly unsympathetic to the
problems of the Empire.  The British had reference materials from 2002
that clearly showed the decline of the Empire, and now they wanted to
do something about it.
 What was amazing to the British, in addition to how complete the
collapse of the Empire in 1950s and 1960s seemed to have happened, was
that it left such a mess behind.  India had been split into three
countries based on the Hindu-Muslim divide, and it seemed they'd been
at each others' throats ever since.  Worse, in 1998, both developed
atomic weapons, and threatened not only each other but also the whole
region with nuclear annihilation.  Africa was a mess, with a new type
of government prevailing - a "kleptocracy".  It was even worse in the
former French parts; genocide between warring tribes seemed to rule
the day there - while Algeria was a conflict between a fascist
military government, and a horrifying confluence of radical islamists.
 The real issue was the Middle East.  It seemed that most post-war
problems centered around a state of Israel that had been carved out of
Transjordan.  This had enraged the Muslims of the area, and the fact
that these "Israelis" seemed to be such doughty fighters (a fact that
Monty had commented on from the ruins of Warsaw) meant that it was a
festering sore in 2002, never closing.
 Despite the protestations of the Americans, and of the people from
the Empire in the 2002 United States, it was obvious to all at
Chequers that decolonisation had been a disaster - both for the
Europeans and for those they ruled.  The question, what was to be done
about it.
 It was clear that the Americans wouldn't move until after the war. 
That was good.  Additionally, the Americans seemed much more concerned
with the USSR than the British Empire.  That was also good.  Then
 The technology of mass media was a powerful tool; Goebbels in Germany
had used it well - until the Americans shut him down, that was.  The
British would use that as well.  They would stand foursquare with the
Americans in this war, and the one presumably headed at the USSR. 
Meanwhile, they would blitz the US mass media with examples of the
Empire's benefits - to Kenya to India to Singapore.  The Commonwealth
of the late 20th Century seemed to be an interesting idea.  Perhaps
something like that could be worked out.
 Meanwhile the government would work the Americans to come up with a
post-war structure that would address the Americans' needs -
particularly in the Middle East where the powerful Israeli lobby in
Washington was already demanding a State of Israel - while preserving
the British Empire.  The British were already the beneficiaries of
more technology than any other 1942 state save Canada (and
surprisingly, Cuba, but that was another story).  That technology
would be used - to hold the British Empire.
 At New Zossen, the mood was grim beyond belief.  The Germans Army had
been smashed - Thule had done little besides destroy the Luftwaffe,
and  bring a gas attack on Essen.  German command and control was gone
- New Zossen had contact with virtually nothing.
 There were two camps at New Zossen - those who recognized that the
war was lost and the best Germany could do was sue fore peace before
any more damage was done.  Then there were the hawks.  The said that
Germany still held most of continental Europe, and the Army, while
being pushed back, could still offer resistance to the Americans in a
guerrilla capacity, if nothing else.
 Generally speaking, the camps were comprised of regular Wehrmacht in
the "peace" camp, and the hardcore SS and Nazis (with a few Wehrmacht)
as "Hawks".  Instructions from Hitler in Berlin were irregularly
received, but consistent in content - resist until the end, no
compromise with the Americans allowed.  Shoot deserters, and scorch
 Even the hawks thought this a bit off.  Therefore, when the time
came, some of the hawks participated.  As the Americans met at Camp
David, and the British at Chequers, a nasty little firefight broke out
in New Zossen.  The "doves" initiated it, and had brought in a
battalion of infantry to help them.  The hawks - led by Heinrich
Himmler - fought back fanatically.  It was a brutal fight, and in the
end, Himmler and the others fled.  The doves, led by Heinz Guderian,
tried to pursue, but frantic radio calls by Himmler had attracted the
attention of a US F-16 flight, which hit New Zossen.  The damage was
not severe, but it delayed Guderian enough that Himmler and his
followers escaped.
 Meanwhile, in Moscow, yet another meeting was held.  This occurred in
the Kremlin, and included the politburo and senior members of STAVKA. 
This also included Koniev, flown in from Harwich.
 Stalin was concerned about the pace of American military operations
against the Germans.  He glared at the table, and turned on Molotov. 
Stalin wanted to know what they should do now, what with the course
they had embarked on which had been recommended by the Foreign
Minister.  Molotov appeared totally non-plussed at this accusation. 
The fact that Soviet policy since March 23 had been recommended by
Stalin and not Molotov was irrelevant; fact was not something Stalin
let cloud his thinking.  Molotov said simply that there was no way to
predict how effective the future Americans would be, and that the
growing speed of German collapse was evidence of the futility of their
economic and political systems - just as chairman Stalin had always
 Flattery was something that impacted Stalin, and his eyes turned from
Molotov to Koniev.  What about the Americans?  Was their equipment as
good as all that?  It was unbelievable, said Koniev.  Their ability to
detect enemy movements - and react quickly to it - was unheralded. 
They backed that up with superb training and massive hardware
superiority.  There were only a dozen divisions of Americans in Europe
- yet they were conquering the continent -  with ease.
 Nikita Khrushchev spoke up.  What about the inherent class
differences in the American Army?  Surely the inequities of the
capitalist system meant that the American soldiers labored unwillingly
under the yoke of oppression.  Koniev was not as experienced in Soviet
politics as others at that meeting, but he'd been there enough not to
snort in derision at the question as he wanted to.  Instead, he spoke
slowly and clearly.  While the Politburo member was correct that those
inequities must exist, the Americans' indoctrination efforts must be
very good.  Koniev had seen little in the way of rebellious spirit
among the Americans he had seen; indeed, many seemed committed to the
United States.
 Stalin waved his hand at this.  Of course the Soviets would only have
been around indoctrinated Americans - Stalin was sure that the
Americans would not show Koniev real troops.  There were nods all
around at this (agreeing with Stalin was healthy), and Koniev nodded
as well.  He did not say that the Americans had made no efforts to
keep him from meeting any soldiers - it would serve no purpose.
 Beria spoke.  Broadcasts picked up from the United States had not
diminished in their anti-Soviet rhetoric.  The 2002 Russian Embassy
seemed to be leading the charge - though it was undoubtedly populated
exclusively by revanchist pseudo-Tsarists.  Still the core issue
remained.  The Americans would soon finish with the Germans.  Then
 Stalin was quiet, so Molotov spoke again.  The glorious Red Army
would soon finish liberating Finland.  As much as it pained him to
suggest it, the dialectic did not provide for capitalists from the
future.  It might be best to give Finland up - as a temporary
concession only, of course - to give the Americans the illusion that
the USSR knew it was finished.  That would give the brilliant
scientists of the Soviet Union time to develop counters to weapons of
the plutocrats.  Meanwhile, the Americans would find it impossible to
hold Finland; once the common people there had experienced Socialism,
they would want more.
 Khrushchev spoke again, agreeing with Molotov.  Molotov hated owing
anyone favors, but he needed the support of at least one member of
this circle, no matter how junior.  Stalin's eyes flicked from Molotov
to Khrushchev, and a glimmer of paranoia crept into them, but when no
one else spoke he relaxed.  He asked for opinions of the suggestion of
the Foreign Minister.  Everyone gave a carefully crafted non-opinion
that it might be a good idea.  Or might not.
Stalin sighed, and nodded at Molotov, who relaxed internally.  Stalin
spoke to Zhukov.  Zhukov was to continue liberating the Finns,
wrapping it up as soon as possible.  Molotov would contact the
Americans.  An aide entering the room interrupted Stalin.  Interested
news had been received - from Vladivostok.
USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XXI "Land Wars in Asia"
 "There's something you should know," said the Spaniard.
 "What's that?" asked the Man in Black.
 "I am not left handed."
 There was a gasp, and then a giggle.  Five-year-old Geoffrey Winthrop
covered his mouth with his hands as the Spaniard's sword flew through
the air.  The Man in Black parried, and the fight resumed.
 The sun was high in the sky over the aquamarine and turquoise waters
of Abaco's Treasure Key.  The vibrant colors of the water gave way to
the pure white sand of the beach, and then the dense green of pines
and palmettos, and, for the life of him, Geoffrey's father Harold
Winthrop could not imagine what anyone would want here.  The Bahamas
were hardly the top notch place to be assigned in His Majesty's
Foreign Service, and Harold knew - just knew - that real reason he'd
been assigned here in 1939 was because a war had started, and a man
with his weakness for the bottle couldn't be trusted in a sensitive
 Well, he was in a sensitive spot now.  It was impossible to not to
know of the profound change that had undertaken the world, when the
United States from 2002 appeared, and even Harold knew about the
impact they were having Europe.  In Freetown, all anyone could talk
about was how the Americans were overrunning Germany, and the big
Battle of Berlin was shaping up to come soon.  There'd been strict
instructions from London as well - limited contact only with the
Americans.  They knew too much, and even wary men could be fooled.
 However, one night in Freetown, at his favorite bar (just about the
only bar in Freetown, as a matter of fact), Harold had been approached
by a man with an easy smile and lots of money.  That the man was an
American was obvious - and from the future, even more obvious.  He had
an easy manner, and got in well with Harold, and had introduced
himself as Mike Santarino from Newark.  When he learned that Harold
had an important position in the British Colonial Administration here
(well, important for the Bahamas), he'd been delighted.  He'd offered
to take Harold on his yacht - there were certain investment ideas had
wanted to discuss.  Harold had demurred, but the promise of more
money, and a good time had swayed him.  Besides, said Mike, bring the
lad.  A day on the water will do him good.
 So, Harold agreed, and met Mike's boat - The Jersey Belle - at an
isolated dock away from Freetown.  Palatial didn't begin to describe
the 72-foot yacht.  There were staterooms, bars, and even a miniature
theatre with movies - like the Princess Bride - which Geoffrey was
watching with delight.  Also, there was plenty of liquor - and the
 Harold had been stunned at the ridiculous clothing - called 'bikinis'
after some island in the Pacific Ocean - that these women wore.  They
were friends of Mike's, and Harold struggled not to stare at them. 
They were gorgeous, and Harold sweated beneath his white suit.  He
didn't want to offend Mike, but as soon as the Belle left, Mike - and
the girls - made it plain that he could stare all he wanted.  While
one kept his glass full, another sat on the chair next to him, rubbing
his shoulders.  Harold knew about prostitutes of course, but refused
to believe these women could be ladies of the night - they were simply
too gorgeous, and besides, it was the middle of the day.
 Mike Santarino - Mikey Cool to his friends - smiled inwardly.  He'd
presented himself as an agent of Weyerhauser Lumber.  In the 1950s
Weyerhauser moved into the Abacos in force, only to discover that the
trees here weren't high enough quality lumber to justify the expense. 
What they did discover was that Americans would pay a lot of money to
come here for the other attractions.  Sun, surf, snorkelling - and
parties.  Yep, this was prime-grade real estate, and with Harold
signing contracts, it would all belong to the Family.
 With the Cubans already sealing up the Northern Caribbean, and the
British and Dutch owning just about everything else, opportunities
were few and far between.  Some twit at the DEA figured out that the
real way to stop the drug trade was to move in hard and fast and
early, before the networks had a chance to re-establish themselves. 
The newspapers and CNN could crow all they wanted about Israelis and
Cuba - Mikey knew the real reason.  The DEA and INS and every other
alphabet soup government agency with any interest in the drug trade
had set up shop in Cuba, far from the prying eyes of the American
Media or Congress.
 Treasure Key was the result.  The Bahamas were close - some would say
too close - to the United States, and available.  There was a ton of
cash to made here - both legitimate and illegitimate - and Mikey
wanted in.  He could already see the hotels and casinos that would be
set up - and all for a song.  The Sea of Abaco - five to seven mile
wide strip of water between Abaco and smaller island like Green Turtle
and Great Guano Keys - could serve as the highway to the Family's -
and Mikey's - dreams with the legitimate businesses on Abaco and the
not so legitimate on the others.
 The best part was that the islands were not independent, but part of
the British Empire.  That had worried Mikey (the British being
notoriously hard to bribe) until he got there and realized just how
huge the British Empire was in 1942.  India, half of Africa, other
places all over were British.  And, since no one had considered
tourism as a moneymaker in 1942, well, the Bahamas just didn't rate
first-class people.  Instead, they got people like Harold.  Mikey
really liked Harold.  He was a total slave to his baser passions, but
maintained a rigid pose that just screamed British aristocrat.  A few
nights in Freetown had revealed him to be a bitter, failed, and
eminently corruptible official.  Just Mikey's kind of guy.
 A little booze, a few girls, and a promise of soundproof rooms on the
Belle (so as not to disturb little Geoffrey, watching his movie), and
Harold was signing anything Mikey put in front of him.
 Harold staggered to feet.  Linda and Bonita giggled and rose with
him.  Linda glanced at Mikey, who gave a barely perceptible nod.  They
would make sure that Harold enjoyed the rest of his day before they
returned him and his son to Freetown.  As the happy trio stuttered off
to a stateroom, Mikey leaned back in his seat.  He contemplated the
view for a moment, and then heard maniacal laughter and glanced in the
room where the movie was playing on the DVD.
 "You've committed one of the two classic blunders," screeched the
Sicilian.  "The first is never get involved with a land war in Asia". 
Mikey tuned him out.  He'd seen the movie.
 Still, that was good advice.
 Asia - and wars in it - were very much on the minds of the two men
seated at a small table in the rear room of a restaurant in Chicago's
Chinatown.   The restaurant was open, and doing a fair amount of lunch
business, but the back room was closed for a private party.  Six men,
all Chinese - were in the back room.
 There were three tables in the room.  A radio blasted out an
improbably loud mix of rap and salsa music, which destroyed the
ambiance of the restaurant, and effective masked the conversation that
was taking place in the room.  Two of the tables were very large, and
covered with a variety of Chinese dishes.  Four of the six men sat
these two tables, two at each.  They were eating, but were focused on
each other with a degree of wariness that professional bodyguards
would have recognized.
 The third table was small rectangle, and had nothing more than a
small teapot, which steamed gently, and two cups.  Two middle-aged
Chinese men faced each other.   Lee Ho was a cultural attaché to the
mission that the Republic of China - Taiwan's official name -
maintained in Washington.  Wei Jong was a Special Assistant to the
official ambassador to the United Nations for the People's Republic of
China.  While their titles were innocuous enough, they were the power
of their respective governments in China and Taiwan, and this meeting
was unprecedented.
 Wei sipped his tea, and glanced at Lee. Neither man had spoken of
anything consequential yet - and Wei was waiting for Lee to open the
discussion.  He was curious - the Embassy of the PRC was trying to
contact Mao, but the United States was not making that easy, and Wei
at least had no real desire (beyond historical fascination) to put
himself under the command of a peasant with poor taste in wives.  Lee
had called the meeting, and Wei agreed, simply to see what the man had
to say.
 Lee sipped his tea.  "The event of March 22 was, I think, very
 Wei cocked his head.  "I agree.  Most fortunate - for the future of
 "Yes.  The future of China.  That is what I wish to speak of -
 Wei studied his tea.  "It would seem that fate has provided a chance
for China to resume her rightful place in the world - even sooner than
it would have seemed earlier than March 22."
 Lee smiled.  "I agree, of course.  But let us speak of the future. 
For it seems to me that China has two possible futures in front of it.
And I do not think that you and I would have the same future for
 Wei simply looked at him.
 "One future is a sad one.  In it, you go to your faction and I go to
 "Chairman Mao is not a faction.  He is the future of China." Wei
 Lee actually snorted, a surprisingly indelicate and American-sounding
expression given the circumstances.  "Yes, the Great Chairman.  Tell
me - do you actually carry a copy of his little red book?"  Wei stared
hard at Lee, but couldn't faze him.  Lee would well aware of the
unofficial panic that gripped the remnants of the PRC government in
the United States at the thought of dealing with Mao.
 "What is it you wish to say, Mr. Lee?"
 "Yes - two futures.  One in which Chairman Mao, aided by you, and
Generalissimo Chaing Kai-Shek, aided by us, fight the Civil War again,
but with much more terrible weapons-"
 "We would win - will win - as we did in the past."  Wei was blunt. 
"Especially since the Nationalists have no access to American weapons
as they did originally."  Wei allowed himself a small smile.  "Just as
the Soviets are discovering, relying on the United States of 1942 was
a misplaced faith."
 Lee gestured with his tea.  "Yes, you might - just might win."  He
sat back and sighed.  "Yes, then what a glorious future China would
have.  The Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the Gang of
Four - yes, I can see how that would appeal."
 Wei actually winced.  "You spoke of two futures, Mr. Lee?"
 Lee sipped again.  "Yes.  I believe that both Mao and Chaing can
serve us - and China - in identical ways."
 Wei smiled.  "And how might they do that?"  A note of incredulity
crept into his voice.
 Lee stared at the ceiling for a moment, and then looked directly at
 "As martyrs."
 For a moment neither man moved.  Wei sat, simply shocked that anyone
in Lee's position would suggest the assassination of the two dominant
figures in Chinese history of the mid-20th century.  Lee spoke again.
 "Neither of them ever did China any good, Mr. Wei.  The people who
can lead China - all of it - to greatness are here in the United
States.  Mao is a brutal peasant and Chaing a bloodthirsty warlord. 
Neither seeks any but his own greatness, and China will suffer for
decades if they are allowed to pursue this foolishness."
 Wei drank his tea, and stalled.  "China needs a strong government to
care for 1.3 billion people-"
 "China does not have 1.3 billion people, Mr. Wei.  It has less than
half that, and we can keep it that way if we cooperate.  My people
will recognize the primacy of your - candidate - for the leadership of
China.  In return, we want a say in what goes on."
 Wei stalled some more.  "The Japanese rule a good part of China.  The
Americans destroyed their navy, but I do not think they will invade
the home islands any time soon."
 Lee waved.  "The Japanese are fanatics.  They are of no moment, no
matter who long it takes to expel them.  While that is happening - and
the Americans are fruitlessly bashing away at them - we can organize. 
We can give China the government it deserves - it needs - to be
 Wei drank his tea.  He stared for a moment at the other man, and then
rose.  Two security men rose as well, and followed Wei to the door.
 Wei paused, and looked at Lee.  "Tell me, Mr. Lee, who would be
responsible for the Martyrdom of which you spoke?"
 The other man shrugged.  "It hardly matters.  We can blame the
Japanese.  Or even the Russians."
 Wei nodded slowly.  "Thank you for the tea, Mr. Wei.  And, the
conversation was - well, more interesting than I might have thought. 
As the Americans say, I will be in touch."  With that, he left.
 Lee finished his tea, and nodded to himself.  That had gone as well
as he'd dared allow himself to hope.
 Private Senji Taemura of the Imperial Japanese Army enjoyed the
breeze coming in off the Pacific.  It blew the stench of Tokyo away,
and allowed the young man to enjoy the spectacle of Mt. Fuji beneath a
sliver crescent of a moon.  He adjusted his rifle on his back, and
gazed at the sight, and tried to ignore the hunger pangs he felt.
 Whatever propaganda the government put out, they couldn't deny the
reality that was hitting Japan.  Very few motor vehicles moved in
Tokyo, and the emptiness of the food markets.  Senji had heard rumors
of a huge naval defeat some time ago.  He was supposed to ignore that
- the Imperial Fleet was sailing to victory against the Americans even
now - but if that was the case, then where was the oil, the fuel, and
the food from China and the NEI?
 Senji was so lost in thought that at first he mistook the sound in
the sky for the drone of a patrol Zero the Japanese still infrequently
flew over Tokyo.  Then he realized it was an entirely different sound.
 He stared hard at the direction the noise was coming from, and then
saw them.  He blinked, for what he saw were not like any aircraft he'd
ever seen before.  There were almost two dozen of them - and they had
no wings.  Senji had been briefed on Auto-rotor flying craft that the
Americans had - and concluded these must be them.
 Senji stared hard.  He knew these helicopters could carry armed
troops, and place them anywhere they choose.  But those twenty craft
couldn't possibly carry enough soldiers to threaten Tokyo - not even
close.  The Senji plotted their course from what he could see.  He was
a native of Tokyo, and he gasped in horror as he saw them descend
towards a beautiful park-like area.
 The Imperial Palace.
 Colonel Robert Searle of the United States Army grunted as the
G-forces hit him.  The blackhawk he rode on turned hard to avoid
something Searle couldn't see, and the harness bit into his shoulders.
 This plan was not his idea, and, much as he hated to admit it,
despite the pucker factor, the Pentagon might have had an idea here. 
Searle knew enough history to know that the United States would be
forced to essentially starve the Japanese out to win, and no one
wanted that.
 The idea of hitting them with the Marines was there, of course, but
Searle shuddered to think of the casualties that would cause - both
Japanese and American.  No, there had to be another way, and this was
the idea they had.  The lights in the cramped cabin of the Blackhawk
turned green, and the Rangers Searle commanded made last-minute
adjustments to their gear.  Then the helicopter touched down.
 Searle was running the before the helicopter stopped moving.  Apaches
took out watchtowers and guard posts with hellfire missiles and auto
cannons, and the Japanese were taken by surprise.  Each Ranger had an
assigned mission, an assigned target to take out.  Intel put close to
two hundred thousand troops in Tokyo, but only the emperor's personal
guards were in the palace.
 The rangers hit hard and fast, and Searle and men swept through the
palace.  The resistance they met was fanatical.  No one could accuse
the Japanese of either cowardice or stupidity, and they had to know
what Searle and the Rangers were after.  Searle's hope was to get
there fast enough, get what he came after, and get out before all of
Tokyo fell on him.
 The Palace was beautifully landscaped, of course, and Searle felt a
twinge as explosions from the fighting ripped it to shreds.  They'd
all been thoroughly briefed, and they moved like the well-trained
soldiers they were.
 Someone opened up with a machine gun, and a Ranger went down, but an
Apache nailed the spot, and as Searle rounded a corner, he saw the
Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, was being hustled by a group of guards
towards a solid-looking concrete structure.  Searle didn't hesitate;
he tossed two grenades that landed right at the Emperor's feet. 
Another ranger added two more, and they went off, blanketing the group
with tear gas.
The Japanese guards were superbly trained, motivated men, and they
tried to resist.  But the tear gas caught them, and Searle and the
Rangers cut through them easily.  Searle unceremoniously grabbed the
arm of the semi-conscious emperor, and then hustled off back to the
Boarding the Blackhawk with the quarry, Searle strapped him into a
seat, and then signalled the return to base.
        A very relieved Pentagon was able to report to President Bush
that the Emperor of Japan was safe and unhurt.  And a prisoner of the
United States.

USA 2002 in 1942 ISOT Part XXII "Keep your eye on the Ball"
 Given the fact that he was only 22, the reception he got was well
nigh incredible.  The capacity crowd in the stands went wild -
absolutely insane - as soon as the Red Sox' Nomar Garciaparra lined
out to Derek Jeter.  It didn't matter that the poor fellow was out; it
mattered who came to the plate next.  He emerged from the dugout (he
hadn't been in the batters' box; the Red Sox knew how to put on a
show, and the umpire - since this was only an exhibition game -
allowed it), and maintained his poise as he walked to the plate.  As
he took a couple of practice swings, he eyed the Yankees' Roger
Clemens with intensity.  The roar of the crowd at Boston's Fenway Park
so completely drowned out the announcer that the batter's name was
lost to echoing sound that rebounded from the Green Monster in left
field back towards home plate, but it didn't matter - everyone knew
what was happening.
 For the first time in 42 years, Ted Williams stepped up to the plate
at Fenway Park with a bat in hand.
 It hadn't been much of a 2002 season.  By March 23, most players had
been at Spring Training of course, but many had not.  With the war,
the disorientation, and the general lack of organization, the 2002
Season had given way to a series of exhibition games, and USO-Type
shows for both 2002 troops and 1942 US expatriates returning home to a
country they didn't recognize.
 If the United States had a national religion in 1942, it was
baseball.  Everyone played, everyone knew their home teams, and
everyone knew the bad guys (be they Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies or
Cubs).  Baseball was what reminded people from 1942 that no matter how
strange this new United States from 2002 was, it was still America,
and "Play Ball" meant something special.  Baseball was one mechanism
by which the US government planned to reintegrate some members of the
1942 America to the new one from 2002, and it was proving to be a
reliable as ever.
 The superstars of 1942 were mostly gone - to wherever the United
States from 1942 went.  Williams was an exception - he'd been hunting
in Ontario on March 23 while his lawyers and the US Government
wrangled about his draft status.  Upon his return, he learned that the
US government had no plans to reinstate the draft, and that he was a
hero to many.
 The disoriented (and young) Ted Williams had been besieged by offers
almost the minute he'd crossed the border at Sarnia.  Upon being
approached by agents from many teams, he'd simply retreated into a
hotel (where the proprietor - an old Red Sox fan - put him up for
free), and tried to contact old friends who might still be alive.
 His name was in the papers, though, and it wasn't long before the
Commissioner of Baseball - Bud Selig - was shown into the hotel. 
Selig and some lawyers had worked out a plan whereby major leaguers
from 1942 that were in the United States got agents and representation
for their reintroduction to baseball.  They're weren't many - but
Williams was the real prize.
 There'd been no question of the team, of course.  It never even
really occurred to Williams that anyone but the Red Sox would take
him, or that he would go anywhere else.  The Red Sox management - no
dummies there - quickly inked Williams to a five-year contract worth
100 million dollars.  Their rationale was that even if he couldn't hit
the new major leagues (which he probably could), the sheer name
recognition alone was worth that much in endorsements.  Of course, the
Boston papers, the New York Times, and both Letterman and Leno
speculated that, given the Red Sox' history, Williams would soon be
traded for an old shoe and a baseball card to be named later, but thus
far the Red Sox' management was clinging to their reborn star with a
fanaticism unseen in Beantown in a long, long time.
 With no idea of how he would play, but intense media speculation, the
Red Sox all but sequestered the young Williams while they taught him
the new game of baseball.  More importantly, they taught him the new
game of being a 22-year old superstar in a media spotlight that would
dazzle him.  They shielded him from the intense public scrutiny that
would have otherwise come his way, and let him adjust to his new
environment.  And when, in early October, the Yankees came to town,
they brought him out.
 The Umpire suspended play until the crowd noise had subsided to a
Niagara Falls-like roar, and then gave up and indicated that play
should resume.  Clemens' first pitch was a vicious cut fastball that
had Williams diving out off the batter's box even as the Umpire called
strike one because the ball curved back over the plate.  The
embarrassed Williams dusted himself off, and waited for the next
pitch.  Clemens' next offering was an evil breaking ball that curved
away at the last moment.  Williams hideously over-extended himself
swinging for the ball, and almost fell over for strike two.  Clemens
then decided on his heat, and a low 98-mph fastball sizzled over the
 Big mistake.
 The man with the prettiest swing in baseball hardly seemed to move
his arms.  The ball rocketed off the bat in a line drive down the
third base line that resulted in a stand-up double for Williams.  The
crowd went, well, bonkers.  Play was suspended as the crowd tried to
surge on to the field.  Boston PD and Sox security held them back, and
Bean town had reason to hope that the curse of the Bambino might
finally be dispelled in 2003.
 The Emperor of Japan had not had a good few nights.  After his
kidnapping by the American Rangers, he'd been flown to the carrier
CARL VINSON off of the coast of Japan.  From there, he'd been flown to
Hawaii, and then to Los Angeles.
 He'd been taken to a place in the desert - "Nellis Air Force Base" -
where more of the Americans' magical planes were.  The desert was hot,
but the emperor's accommodations were comfortable, if very heavily
guarded.  He had not been mistreated, nor questioned, and he had to
wonder what the purpose of his confinement was - other than as a
 On his second morning at Nellis, there was a discreet knocking at the
door to his suite of rooms.  The guards around him all spoke Japanese,
and had even provided him with some wonderfully illustrated botany
books from 2002.  Many of the pictures in the books were of plant
unobtainable to the emperor in 1942, and he perused them with great
 The Emperor had guests.  Entering the living room were four Japanese
men in conservative western business suits.  Three immediately
prostrated themselves before the Emperor, and the fourth merely stood
to one side.  The Emperor acknowledged them, and the three rose to
their knees.   None of their eyes rose higher than the Emperor's
 The man in the lead introduced himself as Ryozo Kato, Japanese
Ambassador to the United States in 2002.  The other two were embassy
staffers.  Kato offered his humblest apologies to the emperor, but
feared he must address the monarch directly.  The emperor paused a
suitable amount of time, and then gave the man a barely perceptible
 Kato's eyes were on the Emperor's collar. He explained that he had
served as ambassador to the United States since 2001, and that he was
loyal to Japan and to his emperor.  The staffers with him were also
Japanese citizens from 2002.  The fourth man was Jim Ashigara, an
American of Japanese descent who served with the US State Department.
 As much as it pained Kato, the Ambassador felt that he had to inform
the Emperor that Prime Minister Tojo, and many of Japan's highest
ranking military officers had not been giving the emperor the best
advice.  Indeed, the course that Japan had taken was sure to bring
about the deaths of millions of the Emperor's subjects in fruitless
combat against the United States.
 The emperor did not speak for a moment.  Then he addressed the
ambassador.  He demanded to know what evidence the ambassador had of
this treason.  He knew that the future United States was powerful, but
had it not come from 2002, then Japan would have achieved its military
 The emperor was almost interrupted by a snort from Ashigara, who was
still standing.  No, that wasn't true.  Had the United States from
2002 not arrived, Japan still would have been crushed.  Attacking
Pearl Harbor, said Ashigara, was just about the greatest act of
stupidity in the history of humanity.
 Kato's nostrils flared, and he stared daggers at the American, who
returned the ambassador's gaze blandly.  We are not here, Kato said,
to discuss the past.  Rather, to discuss the future, and how to
mitigate the impact of the strange event of March 23 on the Empire of
 Ashigara snorted again.  The ambassador should realize that the past
was all there was, and that unless it was addressed - here, now - then
they were all doomed to repeat it.  The cliché rolled off Ashigara's
lips, and Kato fumed.  Before meeting with the Emperor, every word of
the introduction rehearsed, every statement the Emperor might make
anticipated, and planned responses in place.  Ashigara - who had
worked with Japanese Embassy for months - was ignoring the script. 
Despite his rage, Kato understood what was happening here.  While the
Emperor was the closest thing to divinity on earth Japanese culture
possessed, to the Americans, he was just a guy.  Oh, the understood
his position - Ashigara better than most - but the State Department
knew what it was doing.  By not paying the Imperial Person the respect
that the Japanese did, they were letting the Emperor (and Kato) know
that while Hirohito was important, vitally so, he wasn't God.
       Just a guy.
       The Emperor spoke.  He agreed that the important thing was the
future.  But what he wanted to know was what he could accomplish as a
prisoner of the United States.
       Ashigara looked up.  Nothing.  He could accomplish nothing as a
prisoner of the United States.  Which is why the Emperor would not be
a prisoner much longer.  Kato broke in at Hirohito's surprised look. 
Over the next several weeks, the Emperor would be toured - in secrecy,
of course - around the United States.  He would visit Japanese auto
factories in Kentucky, sushi shops in Minneapolis, a camera company in
New Jersey, and meet with some selected members of the Japanese
community from 2002 in the United States.  The emperor would also see
how the war originally turned out.
       Then, Hirohito would see the Japan of 2002 - the Japan that the
future could still hold.  He would see a country with deep ties to the
United States.  He would see the second largest economy in the world. 
He would see the Asians with the highest quality of life, enjoying not
only a prosperous and happy homeland, but traveling the world to do
business - and do it well - everywhere in the world.
       After this, the Americans would return the Emperor to Japan. 
It was their hope that the Emperor would be able to convince the
Japanese of the futility of armed resistance against the United
States.  Then, peace could be achieved, without the need for further
loss of life.
       After all, said Ashigara, that's what is important here. 
Keeping people alive to work for Japan in the future.  He was sure the
Emperor would agree  that was what should be focused on.  As the
Americans say, that was the pitch to watch for.
       Captain Robert Oakley of the US Army tried to make himself one
with the dirt berm he was on.  He clutched the binoculars in his hand
as German artillery fire from central Leipzig rained down.  Overhead,
US counter battery fire - much heavier than the German fire - whistled
towards the besieged city.
       Leipzig was going to be a bitch.  A cast-iron, no-holds-barred,
unforgiving bitch.  Oakley had participated in the big American
assault that had cleared Hannover, and that had been tough.  But there
had only been two divisions of Germans there, and they hadn't figured
out how to fight the Americans right off.  They'd tried to stand in
the suburbs, and the Americans' air power had nailed them.  Some had
retreated into central Hannover, and dug into building as basements,
and the US and Britain had to go house-to-house to clear them out. 
Casualties had been low by WWII standards, but high for the US.
Now, the US 49th Infantry Division (New York National Guard) was
moving up on Leipzig, and it looked like it was going to be awful. 
The better part of five German divisions were dug in, and either they
got some advice (somehow) from the Germans who'd defended Hannover, or
the guy in charge was just a smart cookie.  The Germans were dug into
an urban environment with multiple lines of self-supporting and
mutually overlapping positions, and they still had artillery.  US
reluctance to use mass munitions against urban areas was doctrine
(much to the astonishment, befuddlement, and later anger of the
British, who had no such qualms themselves), and, despite the
casualties, one that Oakley agreed with.
       Still, this was going to be hard.  The Germans had no real way
of stopping US armor, and helicopter gunships drove them bonkers.  But
they learned quickly.  Apaches were generally too heavily armored for
German hand weapons.  But the 88s - those famous AA weapons the
Germans had used so effectively as anti-tank weapons in the original
history - well, those made mincemeat even of Apaches, and the Germans
were learning to hoard them - to let the helicopters make an initial
pass - and then take them out to use against follow up attacks.  Of
course, aiming an 88 at helicopter wasn't easy, and the Americans
tended to blow them up after they fired, but, with an experienced
crew, and a good position, they could (and did) do damage.
       Despite all of this, the US was going to win.  For all of their
vaunted militarism, the US troops were better soldiers than the
Germans on a man-for-man level.  US training had no parallel, and the
Germans also couldn't match US equipment.  Body armor was effective
against German small arms, and the US night-fighting capability was
light-years ahead of anything the Germans had.  Additionally, the
Germans were having issues controlling their troops.  No one wanted to
be the last casualty in a war, and many Germans - even veterans - who
saw US equipment in action had figured out how this would turn out.
       Not the bunch in Leipzig, however, which is why Oakley was
here, doing recon.  Oh, the US had satellite imagery, air photos, and
the new, unmanned predator drones in abundance, which gave everyone a
pretty good idea of what the Germans had here.  But the battalion
commander was a bit old fashioned, and, when it came right down to it,
trusted the Mark I eyeball more than a satellite.  More to the point,
he trusted Oakley, and wanted his opinion of what he saw.  Oakley
sighed, and as the German barrage ended, belly-crawled off the berm,
and then walked back to the battalion HQ to give his report.
       When he got there, he was astonished to see them packing up. 
The battalion commander had a tight grin on his.  He had good news,
and bad news.  The good news was that someone in Washington had wised
up, and realized that hitting every fortified Festung in Germany was
just plain dumb.  There was no reason to, so the attack on Leipzig had
been cancelled.  Instead, the British and some US armored cav would
seal the city up while most of the US Army moved on.
       Oakley wanted to know where.  The battalion commander said that
was the bad news.  President Bush wanted the war over.  So the
division, along with several others, had a new target.  It was felt
one last assault would convince the Germans to throw in the towel.  So
they were going for the grand-slam homer of them all.   They were
going east.
       To Berlin.
More to Come.
USA ISOT 2002 to 1942 – Part the Last "The Postdam Conferences…"
Part A.  Uniting Against the Other.
Berlin, March 1943 (March, 2003)
	Heinz Guderian drew his heavy greatcoat about him as he hurried down
the street.  A desultory, icy rain dribbled out of a grey sky onto
Berlin's equally grey rubble, coating Guderian and the other few
people out and about with a cold miasma of wetness.  Guderian coughed
a bit, hunched over like an old man.  He had not weathered the winter
well, after his capture, despite the relatively comfortable prison the
Americans had held him in.
	A loud motor roared overhead, and Guderian looked up to see a
helicopter – he believed it to be of a type called ‘Blackhawk' by the
Americans – as it flew southwest.  Presumably, it was carrying
attendees for the "Potsdam Conference" the Americans were hosting to
decide the fate of –
	Of well, everything.  The final surrender of the Third Reich on
January 1, 1943 coincided with Japan's decision to "end" their war –
the US-educated emperor and 2002 Japanese embassy staff (coupled with
US Special Forces operations that targeted the most die-hard of the
Japanese militarists) – proving sufficient to the cause.
	Adolf Hitler was dead; if you believed the surviving members of the
bunker, he'd died fighting off the Americans until the last minute; if
you believed "CNN", he was shot by his own SS guards right before US
Delta Force operatives stormed the place.  Guderian knew what he
believed; the Americans would have loved to put the man on trial with
the other Nazis at Nuremberg, and the SS (acting under orders from
Bormann or some other flunky) never would have allowed it.
	The rubble was still piled high.  The Battle of Berlin had proven to
be the most costly battle in terms of lives for the Americans – over
2,000 combat fatalities.  Of course, of the 1.5 million defenders,
there was no accurate total on deaths.  Suffice to say that number had
been in the hundreds of thousands.  When initial American armored
probes into the city had been roughly handled, the US had backed off,
and sent in the USAF.  B-52s, A-10s, F/A-18s, F-15s, F-16s, B-1B, B-2
Stealth; these were the litany of names that spelled death for Berlin
and the Nazis.  And, after the idiocy of THULE, it was only strong
American pressure that kept Churchill from gassing the city.
	Guderian arrived at his destination; a small dark door in a ruined
apartment block; no different than a thousand other blocks in ruined
Berlin.  He knocked once, feeling the cold of the door even through
his glove.  After a moment, the door opened, revealing a man dressed
in the latest Berlin fashion; filthy clothes.  The man eyed Guderian,
and then beckoned with one hand.  Guderian entered, and the man
glanced furtively down the length of the street before firmly shutting
and barring the door.
	"You're late, General."  The man said, picking up a lit candle, and
leading Guderian into the freezing gloom of the building.
	A ghost of a smile touched Guderian's lips.  "You are mistaken.  The
name is simply Herr Guderian.  There is no German Army any more, and
therefore, I could hardly be a General, could I?"  Guderian laughed
briefly at his own joke.  "As for the lateness, well, I apologize; the
Americans keep an eye on me now."
	The man grunted, and continued to another door.  This one led to a
stairway down, which Guderian followed to another door.  The guide
knocked again, and a tiny hatch in the door opened.  A pair of cold
blue eyes regarded both the guide and Guderian, before it closed, and
the door opened.  The guide gestured again, and Guderian entered the
	A single naked bulb lit the interior – a former basement storeroom. 
A rough wooden table and several chairs were in the room, along with
several men Guderian knew, if only by reputation.  His eyes widened in
	Guderian had been captured several months ago, and held in Hamburg,
after that city's fall.  His American captors had treated him well
enough, but had been closed-mouthed about his eventual fate.  They had
shared the original history with him, and he had read of the Nuremberg
War Crimes Tribunals set up in 1946.  Now, the Americans had
reconvened it, and Guderian had been able to help it but to wonder if
he was slated for his own trial.  However, two weeks ago, the
Americans had moved him to Berlin.  Rather than a prison, they had put
him (with several other captured German civil and military
authorities) into a converted hotel.  His daily movements were
unhindered, but he was told to be in the hotel by nightfall.
	Yesterday, Guderian had gotten an odd message via a close-mouthed
hotel steward; a meeting at a certain location in Berlin at a certain
time, and his presence was requested.  Guderian hadn't thought long;
he'd decided to attend it.  There was always the chance that it was
some form of assassination attempt, but Guderian doubted it; besides
he was bored.
	Now, Guderian faced several men in uniform.  He recognized Bernard
Montgomery of Great Britain and General LeClerc of the French Army,
and knew General Crerar of the Canadian Army personally.  He had never
met Marshall Koniev of the USSR or General Badgolio of Italy. 
Additionally, he saw several others – presumably translators.
	Guderian stood for a second looking at the various men in the room. 
He hadn't known what to expect, and this certainly wasn't it.  He
managed, however, to sound fairly composed. "Good afternoon,
Gentlemen.  What can I do for you?"
	Monty indicated a chair, and Guderian sat.  All the military men did,
with translators close at hand.  Guderian eyed all of the men.  Koniev
and Monty glared with open hostility - at Guderian and each other -
while LeClerc and the Italian regarded Guderian with wariness. 
Guderian could not imagine for the life of him what they were all
doing here together.
	Koniev opened the conversation.  "Are we secure here?  Can the damned
Americans hear us?"  The Soviet Marshall addressed the Canadian,
	Crerar shrugged.  "I don't think they can hear us.  My men swept the
whole building and found nothing."
	Monty chimed in.  "Their listening devices are devilish, and tiny. 
How can we be sure?"
	Crerar shrugged again.  "The man in charge of my team spent some time
at the Americans' CIA headquarters in Langley.  He did get a chance to
view some of their – ‘Bugs' – they're called.  He knows as well as
anyone from this time what they look like."  Another shrug.  "Besides,
the Americans haven't bugged the whole city, and they have had no
reason to come here.  The rubble will muffle our sound, and no one
knows we're here."
	LeClerc looked sour, but nodded at Crerar.  "I think he's right.  Our
best defence is that the Americans have no reason to suspect that we
are all here."
	Guderian spoke.  "And why gentlemen, are you here?  More to the
point, why are any of us here?"
	Monty looked at the German general, distaste in his eyes.  "Because
of you, General.  The Americans won't let you leave Berlin, and all of
us are here for the Potsdam Conference anyway, so this was the time
our governments decided that we should be here."
	Stranger and stranger, thought Guderian, their governments are
sponsoring this little chat.  Very strange, given the US troops
massing on the Soviet border, and that Canadian and British troops
were massing with them.  There was every possibility that Koniev would
soon find himself at war with Montgomery and Crerar.
	"Me?" asked Guderian.  "Why me?  I'm not even a general anymore. 
Besides, I believe that the Americans have a slot reserved for me in
	"They don't." Crerar cut off Guderian.  "Actually, the Americans do
have plans for you – but they aren't to put you in jail."
	Guderian felt a wave of relief flow through him.  He was careful not
to let it show.  "Oh?"
	"Actually, General, they have an offer to make you at the end of this
month."  Montgomery spoke.  He nodded at Crerar.  "General Crerar and
I are privy to their plans.  They intend to reconstitute a small
German Army, and plan to ask you to be in charge of it."
	Guderian felt surprise again, and it showed.  LeClerc smiled
humorlessly at him.  "Yes, General.  You.  Apparently, in the original
history, you were in charge of the German Army in 1945, and had the
good sense to be sacked by Hitler, thus making you a ‘good guy' in
American eyes.  Additionally, sir, you enjoy a reputation as a fine
field commander with the US military, so the Americans feel confident
you'll do here as well, in charge of what they're planning to call the
Bundeswehr.  It will be quite limited in scope; from what we hear no
more than six divisions, but an army none the less."
	Guderian felt a surge of different emotions run through him; relief,
pride, excitement, anticipation, and finally a bit of disappointment
at the Versailles-like limitation of the German Army.  "I – I thank
you for sharing that with me, sir.  But I still fail to see what it is
we are doing here."
	Montgomery stood, and placed his hands behind his back.  He paced for
a minute, and then looked at Guderian.  "You have an advantage, sir,
that none of us do.  Two of them, actually."
	Guderian did not respond.
	"You see, " Montgomery continued, "this new United States represents,
well, something no one else in the world is quite prepared to deal
	Guderian snorted.  "Certainly I understand that.  And I would point
out, I understand that as the target of this new United States,
something no one else here has been."  Guderian didn't count the
Italian, Badgolio, or even look at him.  Certainly Italy had not
suffered as Germany had.
	"Yes, quite." Said Montgomery.  "Yet, it seems that all of us share
one thing, General.  A reorganization of the world order on terms not
of own making."
	Guderian raised an eyebrow.
	"Oh yes, " broke in LeClerc, "they certainly talk a good game.  But
in the end, they have both carrots and the sticks, as it were.  They
have technology beyond our dreams, and wealth to support it.  Their
ideas are – are well, Alien, almost."  LeClerc reached into a pouch,
and brought out a folded map.  He spread it out on the table, and
Guderian recognized enough of the English on it to read the year –
2001 – and realize that it was from the future.  Guderian's eyes
lingered over it; noting the truncation of Germany, and the break-up of
the USSR.  "Look at this, " LeClerc continued, "the parts I've marked
in blue are the French Empire in 2001 – the parts in red, the
British".  Guderian stared for a moment.  These empires were gone;
only tiny bits around the world were left.
	Montgomery spoke quietly.  "This is the world they came from.  A
world they dominated already as a ‘hyperpower'.  This world-" he waved
a hand at the room and Berlin beyond – "they will not simply dominate
– they will own."  The British general snorted.  "They will not call
it ownership of course.  They are very clear about that; they will not
expand the territory of the United States by even one square inch. 
But that doesn't matter.  Their culture, their technology, and their
businesses – they will rule.  The next generation – wherever and to
whomever they are born – will be American."
	"The attitude they have displayed most of all, General, is a kind of
condescending paternalism, with a dash of disapproval thrown in for
good measure.  They are very polite – friendly even - and open about
their technology.  But when it comes to sharing their marvellous
weapons, they have proven most reticent."  Montgomery shrugged.  "They
have an absolute monopoly on modern military equipment, and they show
no signs of sharing it any time soon."
	The military disasters that had befallen Germany before the fall of
Berlin, and his personal fate afterwards, had dominated Guderian's
thoughts.  He hadn't really considered the longer-term implications of
the arrival of the future United States.  He knew their technology was
impressive, and, had come to realize that they had been supreme in the
world they came from.  To hear them speak, Britain, France, and
Germany were allies – some might even say partners, albeit junior ones
– in an alliance called NATO.  Russia was shattered – a dead empire of
declining population and importance.  Japan was an economic
powerhouse, but a military pygmy, firmly subordinated to Washington.
	Crerar spoke.  "So that is what we face.  The break-up of the European
empires, the universal rights of all people, regardless of race or
culture " LeClerc snorted at this, his eyes locked on Algeria on the
map. "and finally capitalism ruled from New York and Washington."
	Guderian thought of shattered Germany.  "I frankly don't see how this
impacts me or Germany.  Or what you can do about it right now."
	"Nothing.  We can do nothing about this."  LeClerc gave a Gallic
shrug.  "They have power, we have none.  We must go along with them." 
He stared off at a point over the table.  "For now."
	Montgomery looked at the German.  "You remember, Herr General, I
said you had two advantages over the rest of us?"  Guderian nodded. 
"Well, here's what they are.  First, unlike all of us, your country
will have a large American military presence for quite some time to
	"I fail to see that as an advantage."  said Guderian.
	LeClerc smiled humorlessly.  "But of course it is, General.  Unlike
Germany's occupation of my country, the Americans do not intend to
loot Germany; primarily because you have nothing at all they would
want.  No, they will secure the country, use it as a base to keep an
eye on Europe and the Middle East, eradicate the remains of the Nazi
government, and, with our help, establish a new government for
	Guderian's brow furrowed.  "I thought this conference meant you were
their enemies now."
	There was laughter, and then Montgomery spoke.  "Only an idiot would
make themselves the Americans' enemy, General.  No, we are not their
enemies.  Merely – concerned – I would say, yes concerned about the
future.  In no way would we oppose them openly."
	"No general, not enemies.  But back to that occupation.  The
Americans intend to rebuild your country.  Part of this is simply
sympathy on their parts, and that is how they portray it to their
press.  However, a much more concrete reason is that the Americans
need a market for their goods, and a strong German – and European –
economy is the quickest way to that.
	"No, General Guderian, we are not their enemies.  However, the first
advantage of which spoke is this:  The Americans intend to rebuild
Germany's Army from their own obsolete equipment.  Older weapons and
vehicles removed their National Guard arsenals and such."
	Guderian was silent for a moment while this sank in.  "Surely they
will not give us anything that is dangerous to them-"
	Montgomery was shaking his head.  "Of course not, General.  The
equipment you get is completely obsolete in their eyes – weapons and
vehicles scrounged from the bottoms of their arsenals from the 1960s
and 1970s, meant as a stop-gap while Germany's own industries recover.
 Completely obsolete to them."
	"Decades ahead of what we have." Said LeClerc softly.
	Guderian stared.  "Surely they are planning to equip you, their
allies with similar technology-"
	"No."  said Crerar.  The Canadian shrugged.  "They say that there's
no need; that war in the future will be eliminated or non-existent. 
They recommend that we simply disband our militaries to invest in
upgrading our civilian economies.  Needless to say, our elected
civilian leadership is happy with this, as are most people."
	Koniev spoke.  "Simply put, General, no matter what they give, you
won't be allowed to use it aggressively; firstly the German government
that the Americans are putting into place won't be like the Nazis at
all; secondly, they will maintain their own military to crush anything
you attempt."
	"So, if I understand you gentlemen, Germany will have a small army
equipped by Americans capable of defeating any 1943 opponent, but not
allowed to do anything with it."
	Nods all around.  "And this were you come in, general."  Said
Montgomery.  "The two advantages; US military occupation of Germany,
and then a US-equipped German army will provide you with access to far
more military equipment than we.  We want you to share that with us."
	"I'm sorry?"
	"We want you to actively and secretly share advanced American
technology with us."
	Guderian was silent for a moment.  "And even if I could, why should
I?"  He stared at Koniev.
	Crerar spoke.  "You are of course familiar with the conference going
on down the way in Potsdam?"  Guderian nodded, and the Canadian
continued.  "The Americans are deciding, among other things, they face
of the new Europe.  National boundaries, ethnic movements, and the
like.  While the Americans are deciding these issues, it is odd that
they don't actually have much of a stake in them."
	Guderian raised an eyebrow.
	"Oh, to be sure, the Americans have their own domestic reasons to
care; ethnic voting blocs and the like."  Montgomery said.  "However,
in the end, no one domestic group can influence the Americans to the
extent that we can.  Quite simply, the American State Department is
out of its time.  It has no local experts, and their man in charge,
Mr. Powell, is relying on us to help dictate the terms of this new
	Understanding dawned on Guderian.  "I see.  And in return for my
agreement to this proposal, you will present a case favorable to
	Guderian furrowed his brow.  "And why are there no diplomats here
now?  Why are soldiers doing this?"
	Koniev spoke.  "A new and wonderful term our American friends have
taught us – plausible deniability.  If this blows up on us – if the
Americans find out, then our governments just shrug, fire us, and say
‘we didn't know'".
	Guderian frowned again.  "I see."  Guderian tried to buy time to
think.  "Even if I were so inclined to accept, eventually I will have
to answer to a civilian authority."
	Crerar spoke, "A difficult position, yes."  The Canadian stood. 
"However, I would think that the prospect of a Germany whose Eastern
border was not on the Oder would be sufficient."
	Guderian stared at the Canadian.  He knew the strings to pull to get
to Guderian.  Then Koniev came into view, and Guderian's back
stiffened.  "I'm very sorry, gentlemen, but I can not view sharing
advanced military equipment with Stalin.  He is a lunatic as bad as
Hitler, and-"
	Koniev burst out laughing.  "Oh, my dear General Guderian, Comrade
Stalin does not know that I am here."
	Guderian looked confused.  "I thought that you said that the
	Montgomery gave an uncomfortable-sounding cough.  "Marshall Koniev is
attending this conference at the behest of certain – elements – of the
Soviet government.  Chairman Stalin is not aware that he is here."
	Guderian's eyes widened a bit.
	Montgomery continued.  "As a matter of fact, General, we have reason
to believe that the Soviet Government may soon undergo a bit of an
	Koniev broke in.  "You see, General, I watched the Americans' war
from Harwich, and I assure you that no sane man would defy them. 
Comrade Stalin seems bent on a course of defiance, and the safety of
the revolution dictates that adjustments be made."
	Guderian stared at Koniev, but addressed Montgomery.  "I see.  What,
precisely, are you prepared to offer?"
Part B.  Leadership changes.
Potsdam, March, 1943 (2003).
	Colin Powell was surprised at how well things were going.  The
squabbling was to be expected of course, but the rough outline of
post-war Europe was emerging.  The only real non-Soviet sticking point
was Poland.  Powell was amazed at how – well, nice – to Germany the
French, British and Italians were being.  The Poles were, predictably,
outraged at the idea of German retention of Silesia, and Powell didn't
know why their former allies, the British, were being so favorable to
	The truth of the matter was, however, that Powell had little
attention for Poland.  The Soviets were being completely intransigent,
and war was clearly brewing between the US-led allies, and the Soviet
	The conference room was large, ornate and filled with delegates,
availing themselves of the refreshments the US security detachment
provided.  There was quite a bit of milling about because, as usual,
the Soviet delegation was late.  Powell didn't know if it was
grandstanding, simple stubbornness, or to try to convince others here
that the Soviets were a viable military power to compete with the
Americans.  If so, it wasn't working.  Not one country sided with
	Powell was distressed at the absence of any Asian delegates.  Asia
was a mess into itself, and a conference in Honolulu was planned for
July.  It seemed the Chinese embassies – both of them – were up to
something, and Powell could only hope the CIA could keep a lid on it
while the US moved to stabilize Japan.  Additionally, the hopes and
aspirations of Vietnam, Indonesia, and India were taking center stage
as 2002 citizens of those countries viewed the Imperial masters
through the lens of the 21st century.
	Powell turned as a commotion arose behind him.  General Buchanan, his
military liaison was speaking into a sat phone with tones that
indicated something was up.  Buchanan looked up and said one word –
"Moscow" – quietly.  Before Powell could inquire further, the door to
conference room opened, and the Soviet delegation entered.  Something
in their manner made Powell look up.
	Rather than moving to his seat, Molotov walked over to Powell
directly.  A translator appeared with him.  Powell looked at the
Soviet Foreign Minister.
	Molotov cleared his throat.  "I must ask for an indulgence sir."
	"Yes.  I must request a temporary recess.  It seems that there has
been some trouble in Moscow."
	Powell frowned.  "What kind of trouble?"
	Molotov looked uncomfortable.  "It seems that certain
counter-revolutionary elements of the Soviet internal security
services attempted a coup against the Center."
	Powell raised both eyebrows.
	Molotov continued.  "The conspirators were of course defeated, but I
regret to say that they wreaked considerable havoc."  A deep sigh.  "I
must regretfully report that Chairman Stalin was killed in the
	It got very quiet in the American delegation.  "I see," said Powell.
	"I am in a difficult position sir, " Molotov continued, "and must ask
for a recess to consult the new leadership of my country."
	"And who is in charge of the USSR?"
	"General Georgi Zhukov has assumed the chair position until the
Politburo can convene."
	"I see."  Said Powell.  "And you expect this will impact Soviet
positions on the issues we are discussing?"
	Powell sighed.  So even the Soviets were going to come on board.
Part C:  Skip, the alien space bat.
Washington DC, April 1943 (April, 2003).
	President Bush was in an upbeat mood as he entered the Oval Office
with Colin Powell.  The Potsdam Conference was over, Stalin was dead,
and the economy was turning around.  The strategic situation was
	Bush froze mid-stride at the sight of a monster behind his desk.  It
was a huge bat-like beast, vaguely man-shaped, but with
leathery-looking black wings, and a demonic face.  Glowing red eyes
regarded the US President from beneath a bony brow, and two horns at
least a foot long each sprang from the beast's forehead.  It must have
been 9 feet tall, and had somehow managed to fit itself – and look
completely at ease while doing it – in Bush's chair, behind his desk,
with clawed talons/feet up and resting on the blotter on the desk.
	A secret service agent caught sight of the beast, and drew a gun
while trying to leap to cover Bush.  He froze – literally stopped all
movement – and hung suspended in mid-leap, in mid air.  The agent's
eyes darted furiously as his brain to process the impossibility of
being suspended motionless in midair.
	"Good Afternoon, Mr. President," the being spoke.  His voice was
surprisingly mellow for such a huge and monstrous-looking being. 
Later voice analysis by the NSA would suggest a lifetime spent in
Southern California.
	Bush managed a croak.  Both he and Powell were also immobile, though
Bush could at least speak.
	"What's the matter sir, cat got your tongue?"  The being asked.
	"Who – who are you?
	The being stood, and moved around to the front of the desk.  He
smiled – a truly horrible sight – and spoke again.  "My own name for
myself, you would find impossible to pronounce.  However, for the
duration of this discussion, you may call me ‘Skip'."
	Skip shrugged massive shoulders.  "It'll do for now.  Besides, my
agent loves it."
	Bush was trying to process what was happening, so Powell spoke.  "Who
are you, Mr. Skip, and what do you want?"
	Skip looked at the US SecState.  "Just Skip, no ‘mister' needed. 
Well, let's get the obvious out of the way.  I'm an alien.  As in, not
from this planet."
	"Why can't we move, and how did you get in here?"  Bush had found his
	Skip stared at the US President.  "Well, gosh, I would have thought
the whole ‘Alien' thing would have given you a clue that ‘hey, maybe
this guy Skip, in addition to his stunning good looks and suave sense
of style, has command of some technologies that we don't'"
	Neither man spoke.
	Skip placed his clawed hands behind his back, and wings, and sighed
deeply.  "OK, clearly I have to make this simpler.  First of all,
despite that fact that you can't move, and no one else will be coming
in here until I leave, all of the recording devices that monitor this
room, both visual and audio, are picking everything up.  I figured
Powell would be enough to verify this little chat we're having, but
that should help.  Secondly, I guess you've noticed the little
temporal displacement that took place a year or so ago?"
	Bush stared blankly.  "Huh?"
	Skip closed his eyes and counted backwards from ten.  "The US being
back in the 1940's – you recognized that?"
	"Well, I represent the organization that was responsible for that
	Powell's face bulged with fury.  "Do you have any idea of the damage
you've done, the lives you've shattered, the-"
	Powell's voice shut off, and Skip waved one massive hand.  "Gee, like
I care.  Look, I'm acclimated pretty well, but let's not forget the
whole ‘Alien' thing I mentioned earlier.  Completely different value
set, OK?  Individual human lives don't mean squat to me, or those I
work with, and won't until you've earned it."
	"Why?  Why did you do this?"  Bush asked.
	Skip blinked rapidly.  "Wow, an intelligent question.  And just when
I thought all was lost.  Well, that's why I'm here.  To explain why. 
And to assure you of something else.  This will not happen again.  No
more displacements.  This is the world, now, and you're here to stay."
 The alien blinked.  "Or is until you bozos figure out how to do it on
your own, which ain't likely in the near future."
	Skip sat down on a couch.  He reached behind his back, and pulled out
a cigar.  He struck a match against Bush's desk.  He puffed several
times on the cigar, and then glanced at his three human visitors.  "Do
you mind if I smoke – actually, who cares if you do mind?  It's not
like you can stop me."
	Skip leaned back, and crossed his legs.  He inhaled on his cigar, and
blew a perfect smoke ring.  "Ahhh.  Nothing beats a Cuban."  He
chuckled.  "Cute trick with the Israelis down there.  That got some
laughs, I gotta tell you.  You should let Fidel try out for baseball."
 He stared at the ceiling for a minute and then spoke.
	"OK, clearly we're now past the whole ‘we're not alone in the
universe thing'.  I mean, that was arrogant beyond belief.  Also, I'm
not two million years old, so clearly FTL – you can as NASA what ‘FTL'
means – is possible, though probably not for you for a while."  More
puffing on the cigar.  There were no ashtrays in the Oval Office, and,
after glancing around for one for a moment, Skip shrugged and simply
flicked the ashes on to the carpet.
	"One of the things we like about your species is your capacity to
dream – fantasize if you like.  Now, let's face it, most of the
fantasies that aren't prurient sexual desires are religious
mumbo-jumbo and other superstition, but sometimes something
interesting comes out.  Your capacity to believe in a universe beyond
what you can touch, but still governed by rationality.  Rare, but
	Skip looked at them.  "The universe, and all species in it are
governed by rational scientific laws, gentlemen.  Humanity has
discovered some of these, but many more are out there.  It is
believed, by my organization that in due course, Humanity would have
discovered those laws, made use of them, and – well, let's just say
become more than what you are now."
	More puffing.  "Now, I'm actually going somewhere with all of this
crap, believe me.  There are other races out there, as should be
obvious to even you.  Some of these have sets of cultural or racial
values that are completely different from your own.  One of these
races is local, in a galactic sense of the word.  And they know about
	"This race is, well, if you about them you would say that they are
vile.  And hey, they are.  They've also targeted you.  They're not
overfond of competition, and your rate of scientific and cultural
advance is a whole lot faster than theirs.  Additionally, for now at
least, they're more technically advanced.  If left alone, we figure
you two would've blundered into each other at some point or another. 
Predictions were that you'd win; believe it or not this other race can
be even more pig-headed than humans; but it would be a tough fight. 
In the end, a war against that race, fought mostly in your solar
system, would've resulted in a politically unified Earth, with
technological development spurred by the conflict."
	Bush and Powell still couldn't move, but the shock registered in
their eyes.
	Skip waved his massive clawed hand, scattering more cigar ash over
the Oval Office.  "Probably.  Of course, maybe you'd just get your
butts kicked; and these guys put the gen in genocide, if you catch my
	Skip scowled; a terrifying sight.  "But something went wrong."  More
puffing.  "Certain – elements – of my organization decided, for a
variety of reasons I'm not gonna go into right now, that this other
species needed a leg up.  They utilized this localized time-travel
capability we have to knock these guys back in time; not much, but
enough to make the odds from about 90-10 in your favor to more like
50-50.  Part II of their little plan was to make that 50-50 about
10-90 against, but we intercepted that before it happened."
	"What was that?" Powell could speak again.
	Another dismissive wave from Skip.  "Oh, they were gonna send some
lunatic from Tampa – Mike or Mark or something – it started with an
‘M'- back to 1942 instead.  This loser is a Nazi sympathizer, and any
disruption there could have been awful.  Oh, the Nazis weren't gonna
win, but enough advancement from this idiot, and your economic and
cultural development would have been slowed down.  By the time we
caught up with this, the – let's call them entities – in question had
already started the time displacement procedure.  We decided to kill
two birds with one stone, and simply equalize the earlier part of
their plan.  Viola, you guys get a one-way ticket to 1942."
	"Why didn't you simply reverse what had happened to this other
species, " asked Powell.
	"Yeah, that would have been easier, and more moral, but hey, this was
already paid for, and a lot more fun.  I gotta say" -  Skip was
chuckling now – "that some of the things that have happened since you
got here have been a hoot.  I mean, come on.  The whole British Empire
is on the brink of collapse –Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet.  And
who'd ever though the USSR would be brought low by – well, never
	Powell was thinking of shattered lives, combat losses, aliens, and
rebuilding Europe.  "You know, I don't think this has been funny at
all.  In fact, I think that this whole childish attitude –"  Powell's
mouth kept moving, but no sound came out.
	Skip stood, and waved his arm with a certain airy indifference.  "You
say Potato, I say Pototo.  Look, I've already explained, I don't give
a crap."  A deep draw on the almost-depleted cigar, and a sigh.  "This
world is yours, gentlemen.  Your particular nation state has the power
to do what it will.  What you choose to do from now on out is entirely
up to you, but I might think that a little unity in the face of a
genocidely-inclined enemy to be a spur.  We're out now; your destiny
is you own."
	There was a flash of orange, and a bright light from Skip's eyes. 
Bush, Powell, and the Secret Service agent all involuntarily closed
their eyes, and then they could move.    Which was unfortunate, as the
agent's flight resumed, and he crashed into Bush.  The Oval Office was
suddenly flooded with security as Bush and Powell looked around.
	Apart from a small scent of brimstone, and a mostly used Cuban cigar
burning on the carpet, Skip was gone.
Thanks, it was a lot of fun.
Dave Knudson
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