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I hate to point out, it might be simplier to point out people who were not bigotted against the Japanese, Jewish, African Orgin. or Catholics among other groups. Hard bigotry was rampid along with the more soft bigorty being fashionable.

The main reason why Mr. Smith puts people of other races in key positions (such as May Day going into space and fighting alongside Blackhawk Squadron over Pearl Harbor) is to undermine the soft bigotry you mention. As for hard bigotry, Mr. Smith has a VERY short way with such people.


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jemhouston wrote:
Garrity wrote:
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I hate to point out, it might be simplier to point out people who were not bigotted against the Japanese, Jewish, African Orgin. or Catholics among other groups. Hard bigotry was rampid along with the more soft bigorty being fashionable.

The main reason why Mr. Smith puts people of other races in key positions (such as May Day going into space and fighting alongside Blackhawk Squadron over Pearl Harbor) is to undermine the soft bigotry you mention. As for hard bigotry, Mr. Smith has a VERY short way with such people.


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Precisely. Witness the interaction that Smith & Company had with the KKK in Alabama when the sheet-heads were trying to lean on the Tuskegee Institute...


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author's note: here follows the next update in Crime Time. Outside of the first couple of paragraphs, the rest of the update is the work of my fellow author Harold Hutchinson.

Date: March 10th, 1942
Location: Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa
Time: 9:00 pm

Upon leaving Prime minister King’s office, Mr. Smith and his party spent the rest of the day in making preparations to visit Sudbury tomorrow, March 11th; the distance between Ottawa and Sudbury is just under 300 miles and, given the state of the roads, the trip will take just about eight hours. After a late dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, Smith and the others retire to their suite of rooms. Just before turning in for the night at 9:00 pm, Mr. Smith receives a call on his personal communicator; the tones indicate that it is from one of the alternate timelines that his activities created.

He takes the call and listens to the device for a few seconds:

“Yeah.”

“Uh-huh”

“Copy that, David. I’ll be there directly; Smith out.”

Joanne Faulkner affects a look of curiosity on her face as she says “who was that, boss-man?”

“That call came from an associate of mine in an alternate timeline, a Mr. David Foster; he requests my presence. I shouldn’t be gone for more than fifteen minutes of relative time, so you’re in charge until I get back.”

“I hope you’re not going there unequipped.”

“Of course not; I don’t anticipate any trouble, but I’ll be wearing my warsuit and carrying my bolter and heavy machine pistol.”

At 9:00 pm exactly, Mr. Smith activate his time device and fades from view.

Interlude #2
Date: December 2, 1939
Location: NTL-0026, Kilkenny Industries Headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia

LeMay leaned forward.

“It’s too heavily armed. I have flown with crews, and if they have this firepower, they will be tempted to fight it out instead of trying to get out with the photos,” he explained. “This armament suite might be good for a bomber, but I doubt it would have a good payload with the present engine technology.”

“Lieutenant, I think you make some good points. You are correct, this design is not ideal for reconnaissance missions. It is the best I could come up with given the present level of technology. Ideally, I would be able to send a plane that could be flown remotely, and which could transmit the pictures back over a radio link,” Kilkenny said. He took in LeMay’s stunned reaction.

“That would be very impressive,” LeMay said. “I detect a ‘but’ coming.”

“The technology we need to do that is at far in advance of what we have available,” Kilkenny said. “I have to work with where it is at the present. The ideal reconnaissance plane is, at least by the reckoning of my R&D people, thirty years into the future.”

“I’ve heard you think of the long term,” LeMay said. “That was no exaggeration.”

“Right now, we’re stuck taking pictures and bringing the film back. If the plane doesn’t make it back, we lose the photos, we lose the plane, and we lose the crew. This minimizes the risk to losing it due to enemy action,” Kilkenny said. “The good news is that this plane has lead to some improvements on the baseline B-17. Tests showed that it was vulnerable to head-on attacks.”

LeMay thought it over for a moment. “Maybe we could still lighten the load somewhat,” he said. “Delete the waist positions and that second top turret, reduce the ammo load by 50 percent…”

Kilkenny thought it over.

“It delays the inevitable. KSI has acquired information that Germany is developing this,” Kilkenny said, producing a sheet of paper. “We think it’s a rocket-powered interceptor. Short range, but extremely fast and able to reach high altitude. The Nazis are also pursuing jet fighters. Not as fast, but longer range. We’re working on our own designs, but right now, those are private ventures, and we have current contracts to fulfill. Your idea could get us some speed and a little more altitude,” he said. “But as I said, it delays the inevitable. The good news is, we don’t think they have the jet engine technology that we have. Still, the jets we have burn a lot of fuel quickly, so any bomber going in will take casualties. That leaves tactics against the airfields.”

“Fast bombers, operating at night,” LeMay said.

“That is one option,” Kilkenny said with a smile. “We’re looking at finding ways to train pilots to handle jets. Some of our newer designs could do the job, if the pilots know how to play to their strengths and how to exploit the weaknesses. We call the concept ‘Red Flag,’ and we’re going to test it out around Las Vegas and Wendover. We’re also going to give as many pilots as possible experience as close to combat without the actual bullets.”

“So that they have a sense as to what they face. Won’t be like real combat, but… if they have that knowledge…” LeMay’s face soon showed the dawning realization.

Kilkenny let LeMay think through the implications. Silence could be a powerful weapon. He intended to use that in combination with LeMay being on his turf. The lieutenant didn’t scare easily, but Kilkenny figured he had an edge, especially if…

“But we would need combat-experienced pilots to play the bad guys at this Red Flag,” LeMay said.

“That is the big problem,” Kilkenny said.

LeMay thought it through.

“Those 400 P-29s and FAs,” he said. “Officially, they were sold for one pound each, some tech licenses, and those refugee concessions. You also got the British to agree to have the RAF send over pilots for this ‘Red Flag,’” he said.

“Precisely,” Kilkenny said.

There was a knock at the door.

“Mr. Frank is here,” a secretary said.

“Lieutenant, I know I probably have not addressed all of the concerns to your satisfaction. That said, I think we can work well together, and hope that can happen,” Kilkenny said.

“That would be agreeable,” LeMay said.

The two exited the office, and LeMay noted the man in the lobby, with a ten year-old daughter..

“Mr. Frank, sorry to have kept you waiting,” Kilkenny said. “Lieutenant LeMay, meet Mr. Otto Frank. One of the refugees we brought over. He will eventually manage a P-36 factory in Tel Aviv, but we want to get him spun up on the technical side first.”

“My pleasure,” Otto said. “This is my daughter, Anne.”

“Pleased to meet you,” Anne said, offering her hand to Lieutenant LeMay.

Interlude #3
Date: December, 1939-December 6, 1941
Location: NTL-0026

The delivery of weapons to England continued. As the 400 FA/P-29s made their way to England, a second order, this time for 300 P-36s, was made. Those also were on their way.

Kilkenny had managed to introduce the M1939 light machine gun (a copy of the M249 in .30 SPC), and he’d also managed to license some armored vehicles that the Army had compared to their old designs and bought. The M3 light tank was a Stuart with a 75-mm gun, the M4 medium tank was a Sherman with a 90-mm gun, and the M8 armored car was a Greyhound with a 75-mm gun.

Most importantly, the development of Davao proceeded apace. The largest city on Mindanao had become the arsenal of the Philippines, and it was producing 15 P-29s a month. More importantly, it had become a base for the United States Navy. Fifteen modern Porter-class destroyers were there, as were ten Clemson-class destroyers, along with all ten Omaha-class cruisers and two dozen S-class submarines, armed with Mk 10 Mod 1 torpedoes (capable of going 4,500 yards at 40 knots). The Philippine Navy had a dozen gunboats as well (the OTL Erie-class), along with six Clemson-class destroyers of its own.

When the Nazis made their move in May, the Low Countries fell quickly. France and Britain put up a determined fight, but by the end of June, it was obvious that the situation was going downhill. Kilkenny Armament had, though, designed the Utility Landing Craft, and had delivered fifty to the British. Operation Dynamo began and over 370,000 troops were evacuated from Dunkirk and Calais.

The presence of 400 P-29s in Britain (as well as the arrival of 250 P-36s) quickly made it obvious to the Nazis that there would be no invasion. That left 2,500 planes available. Hitler, realizing that invasion was out of the question, turned to a mix of terror bombing and U-boats.

With the Porter-class destroyer production line going at full-tilt, the United States offered the British 100 destroyers from the Clemson and Wickes classes. In exchange, the United States received not only 99-year leases on British bases, but also purchased the Yukon and Northwest
Territories from Canada. The United States also occupied Greenland, establishing a protectorate and deploying to Iceland as well.

The Navy had also begun an expansion. Two-Ocean Navy Acts in 1938 and 1940 began a massive build-up. Eight more of the United States-class carriers (Bon Homme Richard, Bennington, Oriskany, Shiloh, Gettysburg, Franklin and Chickamauga) and eight Independence-class carriers (Cowpens, Lake Erie, Manassas, Bladensburg, Nassau, Bunker Hill, and Kings Mountain) were added to the vessels already under construction. Kilkenny had also proposed the construction of 18 Iowa-class battleships (the six OTL Iowas, replacing the North Carolina and South Dakota classes, and six additional ships to replace the OTL Montana class), eight Alaska-class large cruisers, eight “capital cruisers” (Iowa hulls with 15 12-inch guns in a Brooklyn-style arrangement), 24 Baltimore-class heavy cruisers (the OTL Des Moines class), and 40 Cleveland-class light cruisers. The Atlanta-class anti-aircraft cruisers were instead turned into additional St. Louis-class light cruisers (modified Brooklyns). The Porter design was also placed into further mass production. A new carrier class, the America (based on the SCB-110 version of the Midway), was also planned, with twelve placed on order
(America, Brandywine, Germantown, Tripoli, Lake Champlain, Manila Bay, Valley Forge, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Santiago). An escort carrier design (the OTL Sangamon) was also under construction, with the lead ship being named USS Long Island. On the submarine front, the United States was producing a lot of Tambor-class submarines (OTL Balao-class, with snorkels and improved batteries), and added a dozen Humpback-class submarines (diesel-electric versions of the OTL Typhoon modified as transports).

In September of 1940, as the Battle of Britain hit its peak, the Lend-Lease Act was signed. By the end of 1940, it was expanded to China. KSI had commenced training work in Siam and China, improving those countries’ defenses. Siam was even producing the P-29 under license for itself and China.

Events kept moving. The Germans seized Yugoslavia and Greece in April, 1941. The attack on Crete on May 20, 1941 didn’t succeed, although the Germans kept fighting until June 9.

NTL-0026
June 9, 1941
Manila, The Philippines

David Kilkenny entered the office of General Douglas MacArthur.

“Good afternoon, Mr. Kilkenny, may I get you something to drink?” the General asked.

“Just some Coca-Cola would be fine,” Kilkenny said. As the General got the bottle, and handed it over, Kilkenny opened it, and took a swig.

“I must thank you. You’ve greatly improved our situation here,” MacArthur said. “We’ve received over 150,000 M2 carbines and 50,000 M1940 light machine guns.”

“No thanks needed,” Kilkenny said. “The fact is, if Japan wants Southeast Asia, and the resources of the East Indies, they have to neutralize or take these islands. I do not think we can keep them from Luzon.”

“Which explains Davao,” MacArthur said.

“It’s clearly out of their aircraft range. Furthermore, with our facilities there, on Leyte, Mindoro, and Palawan, we have some defense in depth,” Kilkenny said. “Davao has produced P-29s, and now is building P-36s.”

“The runway there is quite big,” MacArthur noted.

“Had to be, for the cargo planes we intend to send,” Kilkenny said. “They’re huge, but they can carry 50 tons of cargo or 400 troops with a range of 8,000 miles. The Provider is a tactical transport, capable of carrying 60 troops or 12 tons of cargo.”

MacArthur paused.

“You think there will be a war here,” he said.

“Inevitable since the Panay was attacked,” Kilkenny said. “And since the Japanese allied with Hitler, we have a two-front naval war.”

“All ten Omaha-class cruisers are here,” MacArthur noted. “I noticed a lot of S-class boats here, too.”

“Put it this way, KIPF experts believe that no matter what, Luzon will fall. But we can hold the southern islands – easily indefinitely. Mindanao produces most of the food in these islands, and with the bumper crops…”

“You were able to produce a lot of rations,” MacArthur said. “How long does Luzon have?”

“We think it can hold out for a year, maybe 18 months on the outside” Kilkenny said. “I know, not what you want to hear. Personally, I feel sick that we didn’t properly build defenses for these islands. But we have done what we can in the time we’ve had.”

“I wish we’d been able to get the M1 rifles and carbines,” MacArthur said. “The M2 and M3 carbines are good weapons, but the M1…”

“Has more reach, and isn’t selective-fire,” Kilkenny said. “I get that complaint a lot from bean-counters. Trust me, these carbines will be a symbol of how the Philippines stood firm against Japan’s invasion.”

“You didn’t come over for just a fact-finding mission,” MacArthur said.

“Very simple, some recommendations from KIPF,” Kilkenny said. “Similar copies have gone to the White House, the Secretary of War, and the Secretary of the Navy. Primarily, run some practice raids geared at ensuring an efficient scramble.”

“Makes sense. We have fuel for that,” MacArthur said.

“Second, when the war starts, hit Formosa. Keep at least half the bombers ready – we hope to have 72 B-17s here, and we have another project that may need Davao as a landing point,” Kilkenny said.

“Done. We can have a raid set up,” MacArthur said.

“You’ll want your submarine commanders to attack. We believe the main attack on Luzon will come at the Lingayen Gulf, but there may be initial
attacks in the north,” Kilkenny said.

“Fall back to Bataan?” MacArthur asked.

“If necessary, but we think you can hold out longer by arranging for stay-behind units to attack supply lines and to carry out hit-and-run attacks,” Kilkenny said.

“Hence the pack howitzers and the focus on light gear we can move easily,” MacArthur said.

“Plus that POMCUS concept, and passing down the surplus Springfield and Enfield rifles to civilians,” Kilkenny said. “

“Finally, start having recalls of reserves on the first Monday of every month, and do a major recall drill of at least a week and a half every six months,” Kilkenny said.

“Can’t do a big one until December,” MacArthur said. “It will take that long to work out.”

“Yeah, the paper wars and logistics need to be worked out,” Kilkenny said. The timing worked out perfectly… forces recalled for an exercise will be more ready…

“By the way, that new mine you demonstrated yesterday. How many of those can you have here?” MacArthur asked.

“Oh, the Claymore? We made that in Davao,” Kilkenny said. “We can probably supply 1,000 a month through December.”

NTL-0026 Interlude
June 9, 1941 through December 6, 1941

David Kilkenny was busy through the next few weeks, touring the KSI installations in the Philippines, Siam, Guam, Wake Island, Midway, Niihau (which KSI had purchased for $3 million to serve as a base), and Pearl Harbor. He was generally satisfied with the preparations, but was worried about the state of mind of the military personnel.

The good news was he’d gotten permission to have KSI evaluate the defenses, with one major drill every three months. He’d wanted one every two, but he knew he’d have to settle. The first one, set for September 11, 1941, went okay, but KSI’s evaluators had made some harsh notes. General Short had been particularly chastised when the pain bombs had colored a lot of the P-36s at Hickam Field and Wheeler a bright shade of pink.

“Disperse these planes,” Lindbergh told Short. “Look, how do you think the Germans were unable to knock the RAF out? The RAF didn’t give them a lot of targets on the ground.”

Grumman was license-producing the F2A, which was really the FM-2 from Kilkenny’s original timeline, as the F4F. The SBD was the A-1 Skyraider from Kilkenny’s time, and the TBF, entering service, was based on the Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf. Kilkenny aviation had also produced a version of the PBY with a radar.

The SB2A, was one plane Kilkenny had high hopes for. Based on the OV-10 Bronco from his original timeline, it was primarily deployed on land. The Army liked it, too, and saw it as an excellent light bomber. Its standard load was four 750-pound bombs and two 19-round pods firing three-inch rockets.

By December 1, 1941, 75 A-24 Broncos had arrived in the Philippines, joining 50 B-17s, 18 RB-17s, 120 P-36s, and 250 P-29s. Wake Island had 12 F4Fs, 18 FAs, with 12 SBA Dauntlesses, 12 SB2U Vindicators, and 12 PBYs.

The invasion of the Soviet Union on July 13, 1941 had been the biggest problem. President Roosevelt had wanted to extend Lend-Lease to the Soviets, but KIPF’s reports had dogged the effort. Kilkenny finally had agreed to allow exports of the P-29 and the P-39 Airacobra (OTL’s P-400) which came from the Bell Aerospace division of Kilkenny Aviation, but other gear was strictly limited.

With that done, Kilkenny was constantly touring the production facilities, and on December 3, 1941, left for Niihau, which was serving as a dispersal base. Large swaths of sugarcane helped produce ethanol for electrical power generation in conjunction with windmills, along with a desalination plant to constantly produce fresh water. On the island were 30 of Kilkenny Aviation’s newest planes, the P-40 Mustang, being tested for their long-range capabilities.

Charles Lindbergh had been there, helping teach pilots how to milk range from their planes without surrendering performance. Kilkenny then arrived in Pearl Harbor on December 6, where he made arrangements for the next air-raid drill. It was to take place at 7:00 AM on Sunday, December 7; Kilkenny prepared for the inevitable, waiting for the conflagration to start. He’d done all he could.

Now, to find out if it would be enough.

Kilkenny had awakened early to be ready for the exercise. One that would turn out to be all to real, he told himself.

The word from the radar at Opana Point had prompted some concern, and an order to scramble. The Army and Navy planes, mostly P-36s, F4Fs, and P-29s, began scrambling, and Kilkenny had ordered the P-40s rearmed and airborne as quickly as possible, as well as the aggressor units KSI had.

A total of 24 P-36s, 12 F4Fs, 18 FAs and 18 P-29s were airborne when the first wave of 43 Mitsubishi A6M Zeroes, 51 Aichi D3A Vals, and 89 Nakajima B5Ns arrived. The Zeroes moved to intercept the American planes, and a huge furball broke out over Hawaii.

American sailors, soldiers, and Marines soon realized this was not a drill. Anti-aircraft fire was going up very quickly.

Kilkenny Armaments had developed a proximity fuse, and it took a toll. The heavy flak threw off the aim of Japan’s level bombers. Only five bombs scored hits, two of which were on USS Arizona. Two torpedoes hit USS Oklahoma, four hit USS West Virginia, and one hit the California.

The cost to Japan for damaging seven battleships: 11 Zeroes, 24 Kates, and 17 Vals from the first wave. The second wave arrived just as most of the fighters that got airborne were landing, but the 30 P-40s had now arrived, led by Charles Lindbergh, while other planes from Oahu got airborne. Of the 35 Zeroes, 78 Vals, and 54 Kates sent, 13 Zeroes, 29 Vals, and 7 Kates didn’t return.

Kilkenny had been at Kimmel’s headquarters and had seen a stray round strike General Walter Short. The Army commander had been killed instantly by the bullet, one of 1,694 Americans killed on the day that would live in infamy. American losses included 143 aircraft destroyed, about half in the air, and half on the ground.

George Welch, in a P-36, scored five kills that day, as did Charles Lindbergh in his P-40. Of 30 KSI pilots in P-40s, and another 24 in FAs, seven were among the dead.

But despite eight damaged battleships, the United States had not suffered a crippling blow. Most of the carriers had been at San Diego, receiving their new air groups. Others had been delivering planes to Midway and Wake Islands. Two had been serving as an opposition force to test the Panama Canal’s defenses.

The submarine base, fuel storage, and dockyard facilities had not been touched.

On board HIJMS Akagi, Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo looked over the reports. They had done serious damage to Pearl Harbor, but the American carriers had not been present. They’d lost 101 planes, and a similar number were damaged.

He’d outlined his rationale for not ordering the third strike, then gathered his last planes, hoping to escape what had to be a very outraged United States Navy. He knew America had ten carriers in the Pacific. He had to hope that he could evade until his losses could be restored.

“Right now, I want to find the enemy fleet,” Kimmel said. “Find them and blast them to the bottom of the ocean.”

“I don’t blame you, but I think anything we have in the area is overmatched. The enemy sent a lot of planes,” Kilkenny said. “My guess? Two waves, we’re looking at a force of at least six long-range fleet carriers. Enterprise and Ranger were out delivering reinforcements to Wake and Midway. Hornet, Congress, Wasp, and Essex are all either taking on air groups or working up out of San Diego. United States and Yorktown are in Puget Sound, undergoing some maintenance, while Lexington and Saratoga were around the Canal Zone. They’re dispersed,” Kilkenny said.

“Which invites defeat in detail,” Kimmel said in response. “We’ll have Enterprise and Ranger secure our waters. But I intend to punch back, and punch back hard,” he added.

“I expect nothing less,” Kilkenny said.

Football Interlude
Date: September 2, 1979
Location: NTL-0021, Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

David Foster warmly greeted James Smith as the massive man arrived in the box reserved for the Bears executives. Owner George Halas was also there.

“Greetings, Mr. Halas; I’m pleased to finally meet you. Mr. Foster has told me about what you and he have done with the Bears. Though I’m a fan of the New England Patriots, I’m quite impressed by the Chicago Bears.”

“Thank you, Mr. Smith; that was very kind of you to say so.”

Smith accepted a half-dozen slices of Chicago-style deep dish pizza as the game began to start. Bob Thomas put the ball through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Green Bay Packers no chance to return it.

David Whitehurst’s first pass went for all of three yards to Aundra Thompson. The second was incomplete. The third pass was a disaster for Green Bay. Alan Page tipped the pass, and Mike Hartenstine chased it down at the Packers’ 27-yard line to give the Bears a short field.

“I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of starting a rookie quarterback, a rookie receiver, and a rookie tight end” Halas admitted.

“Your offensive coordinator, Bill Belicheck, will do fine with them” Smith said with a slight smile. Knowing Belicheck’s future with the Patriots, Smith commented silently to himself “oh, if you only knew…”

Montana would take seven plays to get the Bears into the end zone, counting a false start against Revie Sorey before Walter Payton scored from five yards out.

The next drive saw Green Bay get 18 yards on the first two plays from Eddie Lee Ivery, but two incompletions later lead to a punt through the end zone.

Montana again marched the Bears downfield, mostly relying on Payton and Roland Harper to carry the ball. But on second-and ten from the 13, Belicheck called a play-action pass, and Montana found Roy Green in the end zone for the touchdown.

The Bears were up 14-0, and Buddy Ryan then began to call more blitzes. By running Ivery, the Packers got to midfield before having to punt again. Montana again handed off to Payton and Harper, but also mixed in a completion to Winslow and a screen pass to Payton, leading to Payton diving in from the one-yard line. Now, the score was 21-0.

Green Bay managed only three plays before punting, and Drew Hill returned it 19 yards to the Packers 45. Montana again relied on Payton and Harper to move the ball down the field methodically, with Payton scoring his third touchdown.

“We’re using Walter a lot,” Halas said as halftime began. “Not sure I like it. He’s already got 100 yards.”

“That’s the idea,” Foster said smiling. “I talked this over with Belicheck and Ditka. I expect the Packers will be hyper-focused on Payton for the most part.”

The second half opened with a play-action pass. As the Packers moved in on Payton, Montana set up, and threw a 17-year bullet to Kellen Winslow. A couple of running plays later, Montna found Payton for 11 yards on wheel route that included breaking the initial tackle attempt by
cornerback Mike McCoy.

But the drive was for nothing as Bob Thomas missed a 31-yard field goal.

Green Bay didn’t capitalize, and punted. Hill got the ball to the Bears 42. After Harper was stuffed, Montana wan a screen to his right. Harper blew through Estus Hood on the way for a 58-yard touchdown.

Detroit would follow with a drive that would get them to the Bears 4 early in the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand, punctuated by Mike Hartenstine sacking Whitehurst on four-and-four, left the Pack with nothing. Again, Montana arched the Bears downfield, in a long, clock-killing drove that featured six completions to Payton, plus an 18-yard strike to Winslow after a fake to Harper. Harper would cap the drive with a one-yard run.

Green Bay let Ivery run it out, but was on the wrong end of a 42-0 game. Montana had thrown 24 passes, and completed 23 for 272 yards and a touchdown. Payton has 143 yards rushing on 30 carries and 90 more on ten receptions.

“Most impressive,” Smith said with a smile.

“Yes, it was,” Halas said. “Mr. Foster, I think I’ve just seen some stars emerge today.”

“Thank you. My intention is to use Payton and Harper to keep teams from rushing Montana too much. But Montana, along with Winslow, Green, Christensen, and Hill, will play an important role in opening the field up. Eventually, teams will have to decide how the Bears score points:
Payton and Harper, or Montana passing,” Foster said.

“They will have to honor Payton at any time,” Smith said. “Seeing him play… Mr. Halas, you have arguably the best of all time in that man.”

“I’ve seen some great ones,” Halas said. “Nagurski, Grange, Sayers…”

“Yes, but Payton’s done it all. Did you see those blocks on the play-action passes? The linebackers had 20-25 pounds, and he laid `em out. He’s bulled over players, he dodges them… he can catch,” Smith said, drawing a nod from Foster.

“My intention is to offer Payton a contract that will keep him in Chicago through his career. More importantly, I believe the defense will need some help at linebacker and defensive back, and I think we need to look at getting Alan Page’s replacement. I have my eye on a defensive tackle currently playing at University of Texas, as well as a linebacker at Louisville. There is a linebacker at Baylor who looks to be a good pick for the 1981 draft – a proper successor to Doug Buffone.”

“This linebacker at Baylor – you really think he can fill Buffone’s shoes in the middle?” Halas asked.

“Don’t get me wrong. Buffone is one of the great Bears, but this guy… I think he can make Buddy Ryan’s defense special. His name’s Mike Singletary.

Fighting Back
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1941
NTL-0026

Philippine Campaign

When the message “Air Raid Pearl Harbor – This is No Drill” was flashed out, it immediately generated action at all KSI locations in the Pacific.

On Luzon, in the Philippines, there was confusion, and the United States Army Air Force was nearly caught on the ground. Only a combination of KSI contractors and Philippine Air Force pilots flying P-29s managed to disrupt the raid enough to allow P-36s to make safe landings and re-arm.

MacArthur, though, on word of the attack, ordered the strike. 48 B-17s got to the air and hit Formosa, doing some damage in exchange for the loss of five planes. MacArthur, unwilling to lose his planes without escorts, halted further attacks. The Americans and Japanese had traded ineffectual strikes to start the Philippine Campaign.

While the Far East Air Force fought valiantly, the Japanese Zero was available in such quantity that strategic bombing operations from Luzon became untenable, and the B-17s were sent to Davao. MacArthur and Philippine President Manuel Quezon evacuated to Davao as the Japanese landed. On the ground, though, the campaign proved to be very difficult for Japan.

They advanced, but often the engagements in the Philippines would see platoon or company-sized units stand firm to provoke the Japanese into an attack, then hitting them with the Kilkenny Armaments Claymore mines in hit and run attacks.

The A-24 Broncos proved lethal. On the initial invasions, they sank three transports, the light cruiser Naka, a minesweeper, and the destroyer Murasame. The A-24s proved deadly against the Japanese air bases as well. The landings at Gonzaga and Aparri saw the heavy cruisers Ashigara and Maya damaged, but the Japanese still established their bases for the 5th Air Fleet.

While some American and Philippine Army units retreated to Bataan and Corregidor, others made their way to Manila, where Humpback-class transport submarines shuttled them to Davao.

The attempt to invade Davao went south quickly. The invasion force was detected by a RB-17 out of Davao, and on December 19, the light carrier Ryujo was sunk after taking seven hits from 750-pound bombs from A-24s, causing the landings to be called off. By the time the First Battle of Davao was over, the Asiatic Fleet’s ten Omaha-class cruisers and fifteen Porter-class destroyers sank ten of the 14 transports, along with four destroyers, the seaplane carrier Chitose, and the heavy cruiser Nachi. In return, the United States lost the cruisers Marblehead, Omaha, and Richmond, along with one of the Porter-class destroyers. Four other cruisers and eight destroyers suffered varying amounts of damage, and limped back to Davao, where repairs were under way.

The Mindanao Redoubt Strategy was well in effect by Dec. 31.

Resistance on Guam

Guam never had much of a chance to repel a Japanese invasion, but it still proved costly. The 4th Marine Regiment fought fiercely, but eventually dispersed to take to the hills, as did KSI personnel. By December 31, there was a well-organized intelligence network in place on the island.

Wake Island Holds

On Wake Island, the first attempt at landing was a disaster. The Marines and KSI personnel sank the light cruiser Tatsuta, and the destroyers Oite, Hayate, and Kisuragi. Both transports were also sunk, along with Patrol Boat Number 32.

Stunned at the setback, the Japanese would try again on Dec. 23, pulling in the First Air Fleet. By then, three of the Humpback-class transport subs made runs, retrieving the civilians, and leaving supplies, including over 300 Claymore mines, and two companies of Marines and rations.

Admiral Husband E. Kimmel ordered a relief expedition to be sent under the command of William F. Halsey, consisting of the carriers Lexington, Saratoga, Enterprise, Ranger, and Congress plus escorts to get the seaplane tenders Tangier and Curtiss to the scene. News of the First Air Fleet’s presence reached Kimmel just as Halsey launched his first strike against the Nagumo Force, a force of 54 SBDs, 24 TBFs, and 36 F4Fs.

Halsey’s message read, “Unless otherwise directed, I intend to engage the enemy carriers and relieve Wake Island.” Kimmel ordered no further strikes than those already launched.

The first strike sank the Akagi, killing Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo and a number of his officers (Genda and Fuchida were among the 944 survivors), the other five carriers had taken damage from hits by 500-pound bombs, 250-pound bombs, or rockets. Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi took command of the survivors, and ordered a retreat.

The Tangier and Curtiss landed their supplies, and took the remaining civilians and the casualties back.

The White House
December 31, 1941
NTL-0026

David Kilkenny had arrived upon receiving the summons from President Roosevelt. It was a meeting he both dreaded and expected. Roosevelt was in the Cabinet Room with Vice President Truman as well as senior military officers, discussing the situation in the Pacific.

“…the battle line is probably going to be out of commission for months. None lost, thank god, but several of these ships will need extensive repairs and modernization. Fuel storage and the submarine base are both undamaged,” Admiral Kimmel said.

“Aircraft losses?”

“143 in the air or on the ground, in exchange for 101 Japanese planes. I think General Short and I both erred in not taking the KSI reports on the Zero as we should have,” the admiral said.

“Your contingency plans for Wake Island went well,” President Roosevelt said.

“If I’d let him launch more strikes, he’d have taken down all the carriers,” Kimmel said.

The aide knocked, and told the assembled personnel that Kilkenny was there. He took a seat.

“Mr. Kilkenny, the Cabinet and I were discussing the situation in the Pacific. I want to thank you personally. The Kilkenny Institute for the Preservation of Freedom and Kilkenny Security Incorporated have saved a lot of lives,” the President said.

“Thank you, Mr. President. To be honest, since the invasion of Manchuria, I came to the belief that war between the United States and Japan was a distinct possibility. After coming across that memorial by Baron Tanaka, I felt it was prudent to advocate for policies that would, if successful, deter Japan from choosing war with us by placing the United States in a position of economic and military strength,” Kilkenny said. “I regret that these policies did not succeed, and that too many have paid dearly for that failure – and some of those were people who I am responsible for.”

“Mr. Kilkenny,” Roosevelt said. “You have no control over the actions of other governments. The policies and preparations you have advocated for over the last decade have been on invaluable service to the United States. Admiral Kimmel has been recalled to Washington to serve as deputy Chief of Naval Operations. In reality, he is to be the military liaison to KIPF and KSI.”

“It would be a pleasure to work with Admiral Kimmel,” Kilkenny said.

“For starters, you can outline where things stand in terms of what aircraft and other systems you are developing,” President Roosevelt said.

“My pleasure. The P-40 Mustang, which Colonel Lindbergh flew over Pearl Harbor, is a long-range escort that is meant to complement the P-38 as part of a high-low mix. The B-24 Peacekeeper is a long-range bomber that is capable of taking off from Anchorage, Alaska, dropping 50 1,000-pound bombs over Tokyo, then landing at Davao in the Philippines, or Bangkok in Siam. The C-50 Skylifter is a heavy cargo plane that can carry up to 60 tons of cargo over 7,000 miles. We also developed the Sealifter amphibious cargo plane, which can carry a similar load with a range of 3,000 miles,” Kilkenny said. He spent another twelve minutes outlining the company’s proposed projects.

“All of which we can deliver as quickly as possible,” he said. “That said, to do so most efficiently, we need to hire regardless of race, religion, or sex. Of the seven pilots who died over Pearl Harbor, two were Negroes, one was Japanese-American. Other Negroes and Japanese-Americans have died in the Philippines, at Guam, and at Wake. As Jesse Owens did at the Olympics, we can shatter Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy once and for all.”

There was some uncomfortable shifting among senior Cabinet officials; less so among the military. They had seen the reports from the field. The officers who sent them noted the high performance of KSI personnel. Even those from the Deep South had been impressed.

“Secretary Stimson, Secretary Knox, order the immediate de-segregation of the armed forces. Furthermore, make it known that nobody taking a contract from the Navy or War Departments is to discriminate on race or religion. We’ll work out the details about employing women later,” Roosevelt said.

“Very well. I understand that there has been talk of hitting Tokyo,” Kilkenny said. “I would love to introduce the Axis to the Peacekeeper, and Tokyo would be a good introduction for the Japanese in conjunction with what the Army and Navy is already planning. But Germany… I can have a dozen Peacekeepers send them a message as early as next month.”

“What’s the target?” President Roosevelt asked.

“Wannsee,” Kilkenny said.

Memo
To: James Smith
From: David Kilkenny
Subj.: SITREP January 1, 1942

As of 0755 December 7, 1941 ITTL, the United States is at war with Japan. KIPF, KSI, and Kilkenny Armaments have spent over a decade trying to prepare for this.

Attack on Pearl Harbor
All seven battleships were damaged, none beyond repair. KSI pilots joined USN, USMC, and USAAF pilots in trying to repel attack. Total Japanese losses were 24 Zeros, 46 Vals, and 31 Kates. Seven KSI pilots were among the 1,643 dead. Col. Charles Lindbergh shot down five enemy planes in a Mustang.

Pacific Situation – General
Luzon will likely fall by the end of 1942, and Guam has quickly fallen as well. However, Japan has been unable to take the southern Philippines, especially the Mindanao Redoubt, and Wake Island has held.

Japanese forces have taken heavy casualties, including the carriers Akagi and Ryujo, the cruisers Nachi, Naka, and Tatsuta, and the seaplane tender Chitose. The other five carriers of Kido Butai have all suffered damage and will be out of action for anywhere from one to eight months.

Planning has begun for a raid on Tokyo, to be carried out in two phases. Phase one is to involve 32 B-25s being launched from the carriers Lexington and Saratoga, to be escorted by the carriers Enterprise, Hornet, Yorktown, and Ranger. Lt. Col. James Doolittle will lead that attack. The second phase will involve 32 B-24 Peacekeeper bombers, striking that evening. Col. Lindbergh will lead them, and they will continue to Davao, where they will re-fuel and make a flight back to San Diego.

Major Curtis LeMay will be commanding one of the bombers. He has personally requested permission to target the Emperor’s Palace, saying, “Hirohito lives in luxury while common people suffer and die. We need to send a message that war with the United States leads to their destruction.”

Col. Lindbergh seems inclined to go along, but there is some skepticism elsewhere, and Doolittle is not happy about the LeMay plan. Through ADM Kimmel, I have President Roosevelt’s ear, and Kimmel has asked my thoughts. Part of me is inclined to go along with LeMay, part figures Hirohito’s the only one who can really make a surrender happen.

Atlantic/European Situation – General
Hitler declared war on Dec. 14, 1941. Plans are for LeMay to lead 12 B-24s on a strike at the Wannsee Conference.

Convoys are in place, and the four Independence-class carriers have begun to operate with the convoys as distant cover, while Long Island-class carriers escort the convoys proper. We’re planning to try to lure out the German fleet with a huge convoy this spring.

I’m looking to make a lot of money off this, and KIPF is working on addressing some things. The good news is we desegregated the Armed Forces, and have set it up as a “efficient use of manpower” issue. Plus, we’ve managed to stave off the internment. Having no Niihau Incident helped, but the big item was the African-American and Japanese-American personnel who died during the early fighting.

Technical Updates

Training of the Army continues, with the M1 rifle, M1/M2/M3 carbines, M1933 infantry machine gun, M1939 light machine gun, and the M1 rocket launcher (OTL SMAW), M2 Infantry Rocket (M136 LAW), and M1 anti-tank gun (75-mm, not 37-mm) all being produced.

Each infantryman will have an M1 rifle or one of the carbines, eight extra magazines, three frag grenades, a M2 infantry rocket launcher, a M1933 pistol with three spare magazines, and a six-day supply of Individual Combat Rations. These look like the World War II K-rations, but provide better calories and nutrition. There are three breakfast options: Ham and eggs, Steak and eggs, and Sausage and eggs with nine other meal options: spaghetti and meat sauce, canned meat loaf, canned pork and beans, ham slices, roast pork in gravy, roast beef in gravy, canned beans and franks, canned turkey slices in gravy, and macaroni and cheese with beef. Aside from the entrees, each ICR has twelve pemmican biscuits, cheddar cheese spread, peanut butter spread, jam spread (grape, strawberry, or seedless blackberry), two D-ration bars (think OTL Soldier Fuel), chewing gum (modeled off Jolt Energy Gum), powdered coffee, powdered hot chocolate, lemon, orange, or grape drink mixes (think powdered Gatorade with some caffeine and added vitamins), and a “combat mix” (dried fruit, M&Ms, and peanuts). It comes in at about four pounds for one day of rations, and provides about 4,000 calories. I’ve enclosed a set if you would like to try them out. Won’t be the best-tasting stuff, but it’s bleeding-edge for the 1940s.

We’ve got the tank situation ironed out nicely. There’s the M3 light tank (think OTL’s M3 with a 75-mm gun from the Sherman), the M4 medium tank (think a Sherman with a 90-mm gun), and there is the M5 infantry support vehicle (it has a crew of three, a 37-mm auto-cannon, and holds nine infantry). I can’t wait to see how the Nazis react when they face these.

The US Army Air Force has standardized on the P-40 Mustang for long-range escort, the P-38 Lightning as a long-range multi-role fighter, the P-43 Thunderbolt as a swing-role fighter-bomber, the A-24 as a light bomber, the B-17 for their medium-range heavy bomber, and the B-24 as their long-range heavy bomber. The C-47 is in wide-spread service, but the C-49 Provider (OTL’s C-123B) and the C-50 Skylifter (the C-99) are also around. We also made a version of the Spruce Goose as the RK – a flying transport hauling 75 tons.

The Humpback-class transport subs are proving very useful. They can haul about 500 tons of cargo, and they do have some weapons. They’re only able to go about 15 knots, but planes can’t find them, and they have delivered some valuable cargoes. But this does offer some interesting options for some raids in the Gilberts and Marshalls.

Oh, you may be interested to know that KSI is providing security for the Manhattan Project. We’re hoping to nail every Soviet spy who tries to infiltrate the program; our first sting operation resulted in an American communist getting caught trying to steal classified material and sell it to the Soviets. Needless to say, I was not happy and I told President Roosevelt so. Now, everyone who’s involved with the project in any way shape or form gets seriously vetted.

At this time, I am heading for another meeting with Admiral Kimmel. Please advise me as soon as possible on the Palace matter.


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NTL-0021 and -0026 are two of six alternate timelines created when Mr. Smith helped David Kilkenny, David Foster and four of their associates.


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Thank you; I had another thought over the weekend. Since KG-6 was assigned the counter-culture Canterbury raid in @, why not mandate that they were an elite unit, trained to do precision bombing at night? A bit like 617 Squadron post dams-raid or, the Pathfinder force? That would justify the unusually high hit percentage on point targets. Just a thought.

As you are knowledgeable about such things, could I have your input on how many aircraft would be involved in Bomber Harris' retaliatory raid on Berlin?

What squadrons, what types of aircraft, that sort of thing...


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Here follows the next update. The 'Interlude' and 'Technical Memo's sections are the work of my fellow author Harold Hutchinson.

Rock Talk, Part 1
Date: March 11th, 1942
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Time: 3:00 PM

Upon arriving in Sudbury after a grueling eight-hour road trip, Mr. Smith and his party check into their previously-booked accommodations at the Nickel Range Hotel (where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stayed on their visit to Canada in June, 1939). Then, arrangements are made to visit the workings. Out of curiosity, Joanne Faulkner asks “Boss, do you intend to visit all of the mines in Sudbury?”

“As much as I would like to do that, it really isn’t practical. You see, there are (at present) a total of 77 different mines in the Greater Sudbury area. If we were to visit them all, it would take the better part of three months; this is time that I simply don’t have.”

“Why is that?”

“Well, the organization of the retaliatory strike against Japan for the attack on Pearl Harbor is very near completion; I want to be there to see the fleet set sail. If at all possible, I will use my influence with the Department of the Navy to get me aboard one of the carriers so I can see the strike take off with my own eyes.”

“I understand, Jim. So, where will we be going tomorrow?”

“That would be the Creighton Mine on the outskirts of Sudbury. It was opened back in 1901 as an open-pit operation and is the largest mine in the area. About ten years ago, Creighton’s highest ore grades were exhausted, so management decided to shift operations over to underground mining. As of now, it’s the deepest underground mine in Canada; presently, the workings have reached the level of 5,000’ below ground.”

Rock Talk, Part 2
Time: 9:00 AM

This morning, Smith, Faulkner and the others are driven out to the Creighton Mine, where they are met by the project’s General Manager Richard Dawson. Greetings are exchanged, and Mr. Dawson says “on behalf of Morn Nickel Company’s Board of Directors, welcome to Creighton, Mr. Smith. I take it that you and your associates had a pleasant-enough journey…”

“We did indeed, sir. In truth, I’ve been looking forward to this visit for quite some time; much of my wealth comes from mining, so it behooves me to become as familiar as possible with all aspects of the industry. In particular, I want to see how your methods compare with my own.”
“Well the, I will endeavor to see that your sense of curiosity is gratified. Before we begin, might I enquire how familiar you are with the mining industry in Sudbury?”

“Of course, Mr. Dawson. The Sudbury deposits were discovered by Provincial Surveyor Albert Salter back in 1856, when he was laying out a baseline from Lake Misipining. It so happened that in the course of his work, Mr. Salter detected certain magnetic anomalies that were indicative of mineral deposits. These findings were examined and subsequently confirmed by Mr. Alexander Murray from the Geological Survey of Canada. Due to the remoteness of the area, the deposits did not begin to be exploited until 1883, when the Canadian Pacific Railway ran tracks through the area.”

“You are very well-informed, sir. The Creighton Mine began operating as an open-pit back in 1901. In 1932, the decision was made to shift over to underground mining: presently, it is the deepest such mine in Canada. Between 1914 and 1918, Creighton was a major supplier of nickel for the Allied war effort. Now that war has broken out in Europe again, there is an even greater need for our product.”

“Indeed, Mr. Dawson.”

The assembled party walks past the mine’s administration building and towards the engine house and lift frame. Mr. Smith halts in mid-step near a strange rock displayed on a concrete slab and asks “Mr. Dawson, have your geologists given any thought as to the origin of Sudbury’s deposits?”

“They have, actually. The company’s geologists have determined that a large majority of Sudbury’s deposits (80%-85%) are of magmatic origin, with the remainder originating from ancient hydrothermal vents; the curious thing is that there are no recognized volcanic structures in the area.”

“I might be able to provide an answer to that little conundrum. To do so, I have to ask some questions of my own. First, have your geologists found any iron meteorites in the area?”

“Why, yes they have. Some have been found throughout the Greater Sudbury area, and others have been found by survey parties out to a distance of 800 kilometers and more. May I ask why this is relevant?”

“Sir, my purpose will be made clear very soon. I now direct your attention to the rock we are standing next to. Do please take note of the unusual pattern of triangular fractures on the surface; do you see how they all seem to radiate from a central point?” If you were to take a sample of the rock and analyze it in a laboratory, you’ll find an elevated iridium signature; the levels range between ten and twenty time normal. Furthermore, if you were to compare these figures with those in the meteorites I asked about, you will see that they are identical.”

“What are you saying, sir?”

“Mr. Dawson, I am saying that Sudbury deposits have their origin in a giant meteorite impact which took place here many ages ago. The elevated iridium levels in the local rocks plus the unusual fracture patterns (which I call ‘shatter cones’) are absolutely diagnostic of such a strike. When the meteorite hit, it penetrated the crust to a depth of about twenty miles or so and had the effect of fracturing the underlying rock strata for several more miles below that. The incredible energy released by the impact caused a vast pool of molten rock laden with metals to fill the bottom of the crater. As this magma slowly cooled over the flowing centuries, the copper, nickel and platinum-group metals slowly sank down and became concentrated.”

“Fascinating. Do you have any idea how long ago the impact took place?”

“Not precisely. If you were to take some local rock samples and have them forwarded to my good friend Professor Arthur Holmes at Durham University, he’ll be able to give you a more exact figure. Professor Holmes recently pioneered several new methods of radiometric dating that will be of great use is determining the answer.”

“Indeed, Mr. Smith; I will do so at the earliest opportunity. Now, if you and the ladies will please follow me, we’ll get started.”

The party now walks over to the mine’s headframe, where an elevator car has been held in readiness for them; before boarding, everyone is issued a miner’s helmet in the interests of safety. The trip to the 5,000’ level takes ten minutes, and the walk along the drift to the working face takes a further ten minutes. Along the way, Mr. Dawson explains “this working face is one of several throughout the mine. As you can see, it has been drilled for the placement of explosive charges for the next shot.”

“I see. How do your miners guard against the onset of silicosis?”

“The holes are sunk by the use of pneumatic drills; these drills have an attached hose which sends a stream of water down the drill hole. Instead of hazardous rock dust, all that comes out is a sort of muddy slurry.”

“It is so noted; you’ll be pleased to know that I am employing the same procedures at all of my mining properties. In connection with the use of a filter mask, instances of silicosis at my mines have dropped to zero. On a related topic, what can you tell me about the size of the Creighton Mine’s ore body and the grade of ore it produces?”

“Mr. Smith, as you already know, Creighton has been in operation ever since 1901. Initial surveys (followed up with an extensive drilling program and analysis of the core samples) revealed that the ore body is just under 200 million tons. In terms of grade, the mine produces 3,000 tons of ore per day (six days per week) that grades out at 1.7% copper, 1.6% nickel and between 3.5 and 6 grams per ton of the platinum-group metals. At present rates of production, our reserves are sufficient to keep the mine in operation for at least the next 65 years.”

The party now steps back from the working face in order to observe how the explosives are loaded into the drill holes. First, sticks of gelignite are threaded with blasting caps and lengths of fuse, then gently pushed to the bottom of the holes. Next, additional sticks of gelignite are loaded on top of the first stick and the hole is covered with congealed slurry. Lastly, the fuses are spliced together with a main fuse and an igniter is attached to the end.

Mr. Dawson looks to Mr. Smith and says “it’s time for us to withdraw to a safe distance so the shot can be fired. If you will please follow me…” The miner in charge of the blasting pulls the igniter and lights the fuse; while it burns, Dawson brings Smith and his party back to the elevator. Some twenty minutes later, a loud (though muffled) series of explosions is heard. Now, Dawson describes what happens next.

“As soon as the dust settles, an excavator will go forward and commence to loading the broken ore onto a series of electric mining trucks. These trucks will carry the ore to a crusher on this level that will break the ore into much smaller pieces; this processed ore will then be taken to a high-speed elevator for carriage to the surface. The final step will be for the metal content of the ore to be concentrated via the process of froth flotation; these concentrates are shipped out by truck to be refined.”

Mr. Smith listens to the narration with interest and says “a fascinating description, sir. I’ll have you know that it is much the same at my own mines, except that the concentrates are refined on-site instead of being shipped out. Not only do I save on shipping costs, security for the refining process is much easier to arrange.”

“Hmmm, very interesting, sir; I’ll have to mention it to the board. Perhaps the same procedure can be employed here.”

“Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to meet with me and my staff, Mr. Dawson; this visit is one that I’ll not soon forget.”

“The pleasure is all mine. If you and the ladies will follow me to the elevator, I’ll get you topside and you can be on your way.”

After another fifteen minutes, Mr. Smith and the others are back on the surface and in their cars. Joanne Faulkner looks back over her shoulder form the driver’s seat and says ‘Back to the hotel, boss?”

“You got that right; I’ve worked up a mighty appetite with all this rock talk, and I am minded to have a substantial brunch.”

“You’ll get no argument from me in that regard.”

The second car with the other bodyguards takes the lead position, with Smith’s vehicle falling in behind. As the drive begins, Faulkner says “back at the mine, I got the distinct impression that you weren’t telling all you know about the Sudbury impact.” Smith grins and replies “guilty as charged, Madam. Originally, the Sudbury complex measured some 160 miles in diameter, making it the second-largest impact crater on Earth; ahead of the Chicxulub impact (at 112 miles in diameter) and coming in behind only the Vredevort Ring in South Africa (at 187 miles in diameter).”

“Wasn’t Chicxulub the one that got the dinosaurs?”

“Correct; it’s also where I send certain of my enemies, those who I find sufficiently annoying. Others who aren’t quite so bothersome get sent to the Trinity Test Site early on the morning of July 1, 1945 and strapped to the tower 30 seconds before the Gadget goes off…”

Once Mr. Smith and the others get back to the Nickel Range Hotel, a large brunch is served. Then, preparations are made for the trip back to the United States.

Interlude
Date: January 3rd, 1942
Location: Kilkenny Security Incorporated Headquarters, Chantilly, Virginia
NTL-0026

Major Curtis LeMay was waiting as David Kilkenny entered.

“Major, I looked over your request. I can agree with the sentiments behind it, but after consultation with Colonel Doolittle and an outside expert, I think the negative effects from a successful strike would outweigh the visceral satisfaction,” Kilkenny said.

“Doolittle had been quite adamant,” LeMay said.

“I do have an alternative, maybe not as satisfying, but should send a message and has less deleterious effects for any endgame,” Kilkenny said, laying down a pair of photos.

“Tojo?” LeMay said, cracking a smile. “He would be satisfying enough.”

“Major, by the end of April, you may have more than one peacock in your bag. We’re sending some Peacekeepers to hit a target in Germany,” Kilkenny said. He explained the target, and what they had going on. That had included a meeting with a KSI operative.

By the time the briefing had finished, LeMay’s face reflected a mixture of shock and horror.

“This is a mission that’s well worth pursuing,” he said. “Colonel Lindbergh’s leading this one?”

“Lead plane. He’s asked for you as lead navigator for this and the Tokyo strike,” Kilkenny said. “After that, you get the 305th Bomb Group, a B-17 unit. It will be one of six we will have in England by October 1. We will also have six groups of A-24s, four groups of P-40s, four of P-38s, and four of P-43s. Around November 1, we will be landing troops in North Africa.”

“Why aren’t we building more B-24s?” LeMay asked.

“The C-99 Skylifter and RK Sealifter have a higher priority for the engines. With the C-99, we’re able to fly in supplies to allies. They’re making runs to Davao on almost a daily basis. The RK does the same for Wake Island. We’re lucky to build 15 Peacekeepers a month. The good news is that the B-17 and the new B-29 can hold the line,” Kilkenny said.

“Yes, we have to compromise until new production lines for the engines can come on line,” LeMay said.

“That said, time is on our side, and I hope that we’re putting a lot of pressure on Japan. Such pressure will force them to make mistakes,” Kilkenny said.

Those mistakes may just enable us to win this war faster and with less bloodshed, he didn’t say.

Date: January 1st-April 1st, 1942
Location: Pacific Theater

The Japanese had managed to land in the Dutch East Indies from bases in Indochina, but that campaign was slow going – and the Americans had forward-based a dozen Porter-class destroyers in Darwin, and also had the carriers Wasp and Congress with escorts en route to join the Langley. The Dutch East Indies were fighting, but Japanese numerical superiority was again telling.

Of the seven Omaha-class cruisers that survived the First Battle of Mindanao, four would be sunk during the battles around the Java Sea in February and March of 1942, while the other three would be damaged and forced to take refuge in Darwin. In exchange for Trenton, Cincinnati, Concord, Memphis, and seven of the twenty Porter-class destroyers, as well as most of the Dutch and British forces, the ABDA Command would sink the heavy cruiser Haguro, the light cruisers Nagara, Sendai, and Yura, nine destroyers, and over a dozen transports.

The good news was that ABDA Command bought enough time for the Allies to secure Malaita, Guadalcanal, Tulagi, the Russell Islands, and the Santa Cruz Islands. With Australia’s maritime lines of communication secure, regular convoys began to make their runs, building up a powerful relief force for Mindanao under Lieutenant General Robert Eichelberger.

A raid against Darwin on March 26, 1942 by the carriers Hiryu, Junyo, Hiyo, and Soryu, under the command of Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, sank two Porter-class destroyers and the cruiser Omaha. That enabled the Japanese to capture New Britain and New Ireland, giving them control of Rabaul.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American carriers carried out a number of hit-and-run strikes in the Marianas, Marshalls, and Gilberts. Perhaps the most impressive was the Guam raid, carried out by the carriers Enterprise and Hornet under the command of Vice Admiral William F. Halsey. Due to intelligence provided by the Marines and KSI personnel on Guam, the raid caught most of the Japanese planes on Guam on the ground.

The bulk of American and Philippine forces on Luzon fell back to Bataan, and were holding firm on the Abucay-Maubon line as the month of March ended. Twice a week, a Humpback-class submarine delivered supplies to Corregidor to keep the Allies fighting. More effective were the guerilla raids on Japanese rear areas. One such raid killed Kineo Kitajima, who had been sent to help prepare artillery attacks.

The Siamese forces joined British forces in holding open the Burma Road. The Siamese proved to be very capable allies, and worked well with the Flying Tigers in their P-36 planes.

Europe and the Atlantic

The German declaration of war found the United States somewhat ready. The Independence-class carriers formed the Atlantic Striking Force, and almost immediately joined the British Home Fleet, carrying out strikes against German-occupied Norway.

On January 20, 1942, 12 B-24 Peacekeepers flying from Iceland under the command of Colonel Charles Lindbergh, hit the Berlin suburb of Wannsee with 600 1,000-pound bombs. They missed the Wannsee conference by less than a half hour, but still killed Otto Hoffman, Karl Eberhard Schöngarth, Adolf Eichmann, Rudolf Lange, and Josef Bühler. All 12 planes returned to Iceland safely.

Hitler was infuriated by the raid, even though it was a pinprick, and ordered that efforts to develop the Amerika bomber be accelerated. However, Hermann Goring and Reinhard Heydrich noted the tonnage dropped, and began to work to improve German air defenses.

In March, the Atlantic Striking Force escorted PQ-12 when the Tirpitz sortied. On March 7, 1942, the Independence, Princeton, and Belleau Wood launched a total of 24 fighters, 72 scout bombers, and 36 attack planes against the Tirpitz force. A second wave, featuring 32 fighters, 60 scout-bombers, and 30 attack planes, followed. By the time it was done, the Tirpitz, Admiral Scheer, and six destroyers had all been sunk, leaving a grand total of 308 survivors for the loss of four fighters, two scout-bombers, and three attack planes. Ten days later, Atlantic Striking Force hit Kiel and Wilhelmshaven, rendering the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau total losses.

By April 1, the Allies had chosen to invade North Africa that October. The destruction of Germany’s major surface ships now put most of the focus on Germany’s submarines. Kilkenny Armaments had already designed fast merchant ships – which the Maritime Commission designated C3-MET-1a, and had built 60 by the time the war started. By April 1, 150 were in service, being built in 12 shipyards across the country. The vessels had a top speed of 20 knots, and were able to cruise at 16 knots. A T4-MET-1a was also being built in six shipyards with 60 in service by April 1.

The Long Island-class escort carriers were also taking to the Atlantic in numbers, with eight in service by April 1. Copies of the Sangamon-class ship in Kilkenny’s original timeline, they could carry 24 F4F and 16 SBDs.

Home Front

Kilkenny Armaments had been acquiring production contracts – and introducing newer materials. The M3 infantry rocket (based on the OTL M72) and M1942 grenade launcher (based on the OTL M79) were introduced, and adopted by the United States Army.

With the announcement of the armed forces being de-segregated, KIPF also moved hard against Jim Crow. In several southern states, suits were filed on behalf of African-American troops. With a lot of research, and the President’s de-segregation orders, the first rulings against legally-mandated segregation came on March 29, 1942. KIPF also represented Jehovah’s Witnesses in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.

Kilkenny Armaments had also developed synthetic rubber, as well as other synthetic fibers, and Velcro for the uniforms. Through a mixture of licensing patents, David Kilkenny rapidly was becoming one of the wealthiest men in America. The aircraft designs that were licensed were also a stream of revenue.

Progress on the atomic bomb project was moving forward, with facilities in Tennessee (Oak Ridge), Montana (Roundup), Wendover (Utah), and Los Alamos (New Mexico). KSI quickly neutralized the Soviet spy ring in conjunction with the FBI.

On April 1, Colonel Charles Lindbergh and Major Curtis LeMay arrived at Anchorage, Alaska, where 32 B-24 Peacekeepers were being prepared for the attack on Japan. At the same time, Enterprise, Hornet, the Tokyo Strike Force assembled in the Puget Sound area, preparing for its long journey across the Pacific to strike Japan with 32 B-25 bombers under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle.

With the military recruiting regardless of race and ending segregation, KSI found a number of its experienced personnel were being offered commissions and positions in the military. Some were allowed to move on, others were retained. KSI also began to provide intelligence and covert operations support to the United States.

Technical Memo
To: James Smith
From: David Kilkenny
Subject: Overview of NTL-0026 Weapon Systems

This is to inform you of the current and planned weapons systems that the United States will be operating in the present conflict. To wit:

Aircraft for the U.S. Navy
FA – This is the OTL Brewster Buffalo with a 1350 horsepower engine, and armed with two .50-caliber and four .30-caliber machine guns.
F2A/F4F – This is the OTL FM-2 Wildcat.
F3A/F5F – This is the OTL F6F, to replace F4F on fleet carriers
F4A/F6F – This is the OTL F8F, to replace F4F on escort carriers
SBA – This is the OTL SB2U
SB2A – The OTL SBD
SB3A/SBD – This is the OTL Skyraider
SB4A – This is the OTL OV-10 Bronco
TBA/TBF – This is the OTL TBY Sea Wolf torpedo bomber
RK Sealifter – This the Spruce Goose, built as a transport.

Aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Forces
P-29 – The Army’s version of the FA. Exported to Siam, China, the UK, and Philippines
P-36 – This is the OTL P-40
P-38 – This is up to the late-war P-38J specs.
P-39 – Think the baseline P-39 with a 20mm cannon.
P-40 – This is the OTL P-51C Mustang
P-43 – This is the OTL P-47D without the bubbletop canopy
A-24 – This is the OTL OV-10 Bronco
A-25 – This is the Army’s version of the SBD. Gonna see a lot of CAS action.
A-26 – Think the OTL A-26K Counter-Invader
A-38 – This is a P-38 configured for tank-busting with a 37mm cannon with 60 rounds plus the four .50-caliber guns.
A-39 – This is a P-39 with the 37mm gun for tank busting.
B-17 – The OTL B-17E was the baseline, and the B-17A is the B-17G
B-24 – The OTL B-36B was the basis for this. The OTL B-24 Liberator didn’t make it in this timeline. Ah, well, the B-17 was better, anyhow. Planned B-36A will add jets.
B-25 – The baseline B-25 is the B-25D. The B-25A is more akin to the B-25H, but they replace the 75mm gun with two 37mm cannon.
B-29 – This is the OTL B-50.
B-33 – This is the XB-33A from OTL. We’re going to use this to replace the B-17, which will shift to maritime patrol missions.
C-48 – This is the De Havilland Caribou
C-49 – This is the C-123 Provider
C-50 – This is the C-99.

United States Navy Ships
United States-class aircraft carriers
These are the SCB-125 Essex-class carriers, albeit retaining the full WWII anti-air armament and displacing roughly 40,000 tons, with a top speed of 35 knots. At the start of WWII, each carried 36 F4F, 36 SBD, and 18 TBF.
USS United States (CV 4)
USS Yorktown (CV 5)
USS Enterprise (CV 6)
USS Ranger (CV 7)
USS Hornet (CV 8)
USS Wasp (CV 9)
USS Congress (CV 10)
USS Essex (CV 11)
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 16)
USS Bennington (CV 17)
USS Oriskany (CV 18)
USS Shiloh (CV 19)
USS Gettysburg (CV 20)
USS Franklin (CV 21)
USS Chickamagua (CV 22)

Independence-class aircraft carriers
These are 22,500-ton carriers looking like mini SCB-125s. They have 10 5-inch guns as a main battery. Each carries 36 F4F, 18 SBD, 12 TBF.
USS Independence (CV 12)
USS Princeton (CV 13)
USS Cabot (CV 14)
USS Belleau Wood (CV 15)
USS Cowpens (CV 23)
USS Lake Erie (CV 24)
USS Manassas (CV 25)
USS Bladensburg (CV 26)
USS Nassau (CV 27)
USS Bunker Hill (CV 28)
USS Kings Mountain (CV 29)
USS Mobile Bay (CV 30)

America-class aircraft carriers
These are the SCB-110 versions of the OTL Midway class. They carry 16 5-inch guns, 24 3-inch guns, and lots of light AA. Each will carry 72 F5F, 48 SBD, and 18 TBF.
USS America (CV 31)
USS Brandywine (CV 32)
USS Germantown (CV 33)
USS Tripoli (CV 34)
USS Lake Champlain (CV 35)
USS Manila Bay (CV 36)
USS Valley Force (CV 37)
USS Antietam (CV 38)
USS Chancellorsville (CV 39)
USS Fredericksburg (CV 40)
USS Santiago (CV 41)
USS Wake Island (CV 42)

Long Island-class escort carriers
OTL Sangamon design, replacing the Long Island, Charger, Bogue, Sangamon, and Casablanca-class escort carriers from OTL. Can carry 24 F4F and 16 SBD.

North Carolina-class battleships
These 18 vessels are of the OTL Iowa-class
USS North Carolina (BB 55)
USS Washington (BB 56)
USS South Dakota (BB 57)
USS Indiana (BB 58)
USS Massachusetts (BB 59)
USS Alabama (BB 60)
USS Iowa (BB 61)
USS New Jersey (BB 62)
USS Missouri (BB 63)
USS Wisconsin (BB 64)
USS Illinois (BB 65)
USS Kentucky (BB 66)
USS Montana (BB 67)
USS Ohio (BB 68)
USS Maine (BB 69)
USS New Hampshire (BB 70)
USS Louisiana (BB 71)
USS Georgia (BB 72)

George Washington-class capital cruisers
Like the Iowa, but they have 15 12-inch guns in five triple turrets in the same arrangement as the Brooklyn-class light cruisers.
USS George Washington (CC 7)
USS Abraham Lincoln (CC 8)
USS Thomas Jefferson (CC 9)
USS John Adams (CC 10)
USS James Madison (CC 11)
USS Andrew Jackson (CC 12)
USS James Monroe (CC 13)
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CC 14)

Alaska-class large cruisers
As in OTL, but have 16 5-inch guns and 16 3-inch guns.
USS Alaska (CB 1)
USS Guam (CB 2)
USS Hawaii (CB 3)
USS Philippines (CB 4)
USS Puerto Rico (CB 5)
USS Samoa (CB 6)
USS Midway (CB 7)
USS Virgin Islands (CB 8)

Baltimore-class heavy cruisers
These are actually the OTL Salem-class cruisers and include OTL Oregon City and Salem classes.

Atlanta-class light cruisers
These are Brooklyn-class CLs but with 12 five-inch guns. Include OTL Atlanta-class CLAAs and Cleveland and Fargo-class CLs.

Porter-class destroyers
OTL Somers, but with eight DP 5-inch guns, 8 3-inch guns, and 12 21-inch torpedo tubes. Replace all DD classes through Allen M. Sumner.

Tambor-class submarines
OTL Balao-class, but replacing all subs through OTL Balao-class.

Humpback-class transport submarines
OTL Typhoon, but with diesel-electric propulsion. Missile compartment used to haul cargo. Armed with eight 21-inch torpedo tubes forward.

Ground Systems
Tanks/Armored vehicles
M3 Stuart – OTL M3 with a 75mm gun from the OTL M4 Sherman
M4 Sherman – OTL M4 with a 90mm gun from the OTL M26
M5 Hancock – ICV with 37mm gun from OTL M3 light tank, carries nine troops
M6 self-propelled anti-air gun – M3 chassis with four .50-caliber machine guns
M7 self-propelled anti-air gun – M3 chassis with two .50-caliber machine guns and 37mm autocannon.
M8 Greyhound – OTL M8 with 75mm gun

Infantry Weapons
M1 rifle – OTL M14 chambered for .30-06
M1 carbine – OTL Springfield M1A with 16” barrel and chambered for .30-06
M1933 machine gun – OTL Heckler and Koch G8 chambered for .30-06
M1933 pistol – OTL Para-Ordnance P14
M1933 compact pistol – OTL Para-Ordnance P12

M2 carbine – OTL M1 carbine chambered for .30 SPC
M3 carbine – OTL M2 carbine chambered for .30 SPC
M1939 light machine gun – OTL M249 chambered for .30 SPC

M1 infantry rocket – OTL SMAW
M2 infantry rocket – OTL M136 (Swedish AT-4)
M3 infantry rocket – OTL M72 LAW
M4 infantry rocket – OTL M74 Flame Rocket
M5 multiple infantry rocket launcher – M202 FLASH capable of firing M3 or M4 infantry rockets
M6 infantry rocket – OTL M141 (SMAW-D)
M1940 grenade launcher – OTL M79 “blooper”
.30 SPC – 7.62 x 39-mm rifle cartridge


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Nice update, but what's the reasoning behind the George Washington class?

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jemhouston wrote:
Nice update, but what's the reasoning behind the George Washington class?

That would be a question for Harold Hutchinson, as his TL is an off-shoot of Crime Time; you see, Mr. Smith helped him get set up.


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jemhouston wrote:
Nice update, but what's the reasoning behind the George Washington class?


Fast fleet carrier escorts that would not be pulled away for a battle line. Part of it is to avoid a "Where is TF 34" misunderstanding, part of it was also to be a bit of a decoy (they were intended to be cancellation bait, but as World War II kicked off, they got ordered alongside the North Carolina-class BBs), and part of it was because he wanted something between the Alaska-class cruisers and the battleships.

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