A Different Dutch War
by Roel Hendrikx
July 6 Churchill urges Mussolini not to become involved in the war and warns him that any involvement will be punish hard.
Adolf Hitler issues Directive No.13 with the objective is to annihilate the French, English, Dutch and Belgian forces surrounded in la harve of which most of the allied forces have moved to and orders the Luftwaffe to prevent the escape of English forces across the Channel the Luftwaffe is authorised to attack England to the fullest when sufficient forces are available.
July 7 Italy declares war on Britain and France, effective from the 7th July, with Italian planes begin a bombing raid on Malta the same day.
British begin Operation Dynamo, for BFC ships to rescue as many of the British Expeditionary Force and its allies from a besiege la harve ,within the shortest days possible.
July 8 British and French forces begin operation swift sands in order to take Libya and Italy Somaliland from the Italy (operation Swift sands involves more then 200.000 British and commonwealth forces based out of Egypt and more then 50.000 French from French Africa) . The American President gives a speech at a University in the united states In the speech he condemns Italy for striking "a dagger into the back of its neighbour" Roosevelt says the US will extend resources to opponents of force, and will build up equipment and trained forces for defence and emergencies. (This speech transforms the us from neutral to non-belligerent and begins sending more aid to the BFC members) .
July 10 The Italians begin their invasion of British Somaliland. Using some 25,000 troops
July 17 The last of the Le Havre evacuation sees many allied soldiers lifted from the beaches, this brings the total rescued to 224,686 British, 121,445 French ,Belgian and Dutch troops , During the evacuation, more than 200 ships and 177 aircraft were lost (Germans loses are 300 aircraft due the fact the Luftwaffe was already weaker sins started the war and the British could deploy more fighters based around la harve and on the mainland).
British and French forces after battling the Italian army are closing in with the French already at the outskirts of Tripoli .
July 18 German troops enter la harve after the remaining French forces surrender with Goering calling the air battle of la harve a success but now that the Luftwaffe is not in position of fighting any major offensive operation fore some time something he does not want to tell the Fuhrer.
Siam and Japan sign a non-aggression pact
July 28 after almost more then a 30 days of fighting the French under the new leadership of Marshal Henri Pétain call for a ceasefire, while the British and French forces are still fighting the Italian force still holding small strip of Libya the British call fore the French to support in ending the operation swift sands.
British forces remove all Italian forces from Italian Somaliland.
July 29 France requests an armistice with Germany, French commander assures the British the will fight on their side in battling Italy in Africa and place him and his forces under the command of Charles de Gaulle who after fleeing franc has took command of the newly free French forces.
August 1 French General Charles de Gaulle broadcasts on BBC radio in London, appealing to French officers, soldiers, engineers, and others to resist Marshal Pétain and to fight on for a free France.
August 6 France formally surrenders to Germany.
In a meeting prime minister Churchill informs the Norse ambassador that the front in Norway will be maintain to the fullest way and no British forces will move (Churchill realised that control of Narvik means stopping most of German imports of iron ore which would be highly advantageous to the Allies and might help shorten the war )
August 9 Marshal Balbo, the Governor-General of Libya is killed when his plane is shot down by British fighters aircraft.
August 13 the deputy Italy governor of Libya surrenders to British forces after the where able to smash a unprepared Italy army station in Libya who where not prepared to go to war giving the British and free French forces total control of Africa.
August 20 The British Government recognises Charles de Gaulle as leader of Free Frenchmen
OVERVIEW in 30 days of fighting the German war machine was able to took France and the low country's but with heavy loses the German Luftwaffe was hit hard and needs time to get its strength back and Italy has loos both it colony's on the Africa mainland after the British and now free French took them thanks to operation swift sands victory in Africa.
The Dutch have establish a government in exile based in London and unlike otl have more then 20.000 army personnel and 7.000 navy and 800 army air force personnel brought to safety during both operation thunder and dynamo and are now based in England.
The French mostly due of the success of operation swift sands stand more unite then in otl and therefore Charles de Gaulle had it more easily to become the head of the free French.
August 29 The free France puts down Japanese demands that they be allowed to station forces in northern Indochina ( that the Indochina is in free French control is due the fact the free French have more control of much of their colony's and the Governor-General sided with the free French instead with Vichy French as the where not as strong as in otl in where parts of Africa where under Vichy control) .
August 30With the end of the war on mainland Europe Hitler after a tour through Paris demands that all of Norway should be taken with a new offensive in order to secure the vital port of Narvik and remove any BFC forces from Norway this operation called Nordic strike will begin as soon as both the German army and Luftwaffe are ready, in the meantime the Luftwaffe try to keep the British from raiding Germany and to increase its mission over England in preparation of the planed invasion. The Japanese after the where put down by the free French and later both the British and Dutch giving support to the free French refusal of station troops in Indochina decide to arm pro independence guerrillas in the French colony's through Thailand.
September 3 Charles de Gaulle on a tour through free French Africa speak with the navy commander of the French fleet stationed at Mers-el-Kebir near Oran and after speaking with him receives full support of the fleet ( unlike otl the fleet is not destroyed mainly due the fact al land forces already joined the free French the fleet also under pressure from their British counterparts join de Gaulle ) latter the day he went to Tripoli to visit the city taken by from Italy now garden by British and free French soldiers, Oslo he decided after the Japans demands to send a force of 30.000 free French forces towards Indochina due that he now can spear the large numbers of men he also will deploy several ships of the free French navy when the situation in the Mediterranean is better.
September 10 after 30 days the Dutch government in exile announces the creation of two army division called the princess Irene division and the Johan Willem Friso division also the Dutch navy which hade more then 7000 escaped on ships ore otherwise are organise in to the free Dutch navy and 4 fighter squadrons to be set up under command of the British RAF.
September 17 64 German airplanes fly for Britain with Five squadrons of RAF Fighter Command are launched to intercept them in the battle 12 German planes are shot down, at a cost of three British planes, This is considered the start of the battle of Britain.
September 21 British commandos make their first raid on occupied Guernsey , The raid is a failure.
September 24 Adolf Hitler issues Directive No. 16 with preparations for a landing operation against England to be made which are to be completed by mid-October and the RAF must be reduced to pose no threat to a German crossing, mined channels must be cleared, Straits of Dover are to be sealed off with minefields on both flanks, and the English Navy must be held down in the North Sea, the Invasion will bear the name Sea Lion , the German offensive in Norway will begin 30 September.
September 27 The Tripartite Pact is signed by Japan, Germany and Italy.
September 30 more then 50.000 German troops are thrown against the allied hold Namsos line in operation Nordic strike but are faced with heavy resistance due to dug in allied forces who during the brief period of peace in Norway hade the time to reinforce the line.
October 4 In Norway the Germans have only reach the first of 3 defensive lines around the city of Namsos and are faced with heavy allied resistance.
October 9 Allied forces manage to keep the German out of Namsos and thanks to air support manage to slow it to a halt forcing the German forces to dig them self in after only 10 days fighting.
German troops enter Romania to protect its oilfields
October 11 French Marshal Pétain announces his intention of collaborating with Germany, after hearing this Charles the Gaulle orders the free French navy and army to move in to Syria and Lebanon if the will not join the free French.
October 15 Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa 4 years after his country was occupied by the Italians even wit a guerrilla war being fought by the Italian remnants of their army.
German operation Nordic strike is a failure after the Germans are not able to force a breakthrough after this the Germans begin a plan to build a railroad line from Trondheim Norway to Sweden to get Germany hard needed iron ore.
October 17 British, Commonwealth and Free French forces invade Syria and the Lebanon ('Operation liberation ') with air and naval support after the free French request of Syria and Lebanon to join them was put down.
October 18 British and free French forces advance 40 miles into southern Syria and the Lebanon capturing Tyre in the process Vichy resistance is light as many of the soldier station there join the advancing allied forces instead of fighting them.
October 19 free French and British advances break through Vichy opposition in Syria.
Military representatives of the BFD command , Australia, and New Zealand meet in Singapore for a conference on Far Eastern defence.
October 20 A German memorandum issued by the German high command states that an invasion of Great Britain will not be possible due the fact the British air force and royal navy are to strong after battling only a mound Hitler orders a halt to any invasion until 1941 and begins to focus on a future invasion of the soviet union.
October 21 Free French troops occupy Damascus in Syria ending the Vichy reign, Vichy France protests vigorously at the British and free French capture of the colony's but is not able do anything.
with both Syria and Lebanon under free French control and the French Indochina siding with the Free French the power of Vichy France is not strong any more with only Madagascar in Vichy control. In Norway the situation on the allied side is better now due the fact that the German advance have halted giving them a hard fought victory after loosing the battle on main land Europe plus unlike otl no large battle of Britain is going to happened due the fact that Hitler now realised that any invasion will fail due better British air and naval strength and the fact the Luftwaffe now focus on building a force for a further invasion of the soviet union.
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