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Once the Nazis lay siege to Moscow, this is going to bugger up the Soviets' use of rail to transport troops and materiel...

If you're sticking to the @ railway system, not as much as you might think. Moscow was never the vital hub that it was written up as. When I was writing Winter Warriors, I was given a map of the real 1941 Soviet rail system and there is a lot of it that simply isn't on the public maps. There's plenty of alternative routes and all the choke-points are by-passed. The system is a sort of grid with the points where the north-south and east-west lines cross being arranged so they can be by-passed. For example if one was shifting supplies from the east to Leningrad, the normal route would be through Kazan, Gorkiy to Moscow and then up to Leningrad. However, if Moscow is gone, the supply line would change so that the supplies went to Kazan, then up to Archangel'sk and then west to Leningrad. Do remember that the Russians are very experienced at being invaded . . . .

The odd thing is that the German rail system is a lot less flexible than the Russian one in this respect. There were only a handful of NS-EW marshalling yards in the 1940s railway system. One was at a place called Hamm which was a favorite target of the RAF, another was a place called Dresden . . . ..

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When the IJN comes calling at Pearl Harbor in December, the beating that their pilots are going to get will be nothing short of epic; courtesy of a full-scale air raid drill (where every gun is manned and at the ready with ample stocks of ammunition; said ammunition being equipped with Mr. Smith's proximity fuzes)

and, of course, Mr. Smith's experimental squadron of 18 Saberjet prototypes....


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When the IJN comes calling at Pearl Harbor in December, the beating that their pilots are going to get will be nothing short of epic; courtesy of a full-scale air raid drill (where every gun is manned and at the ready with ample stocks of ammunition; said ammunition being equipped with Mr. Smith's proximity fuzes)

and, of course, Mr. Smith's experimental squadron of 18 Saberjet prototypes....


Oh, COME ON!

We need a squadron of TOMCAT prototypes!


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When the IJN comes calling at Pearl Harbor in December, the beating that their pilots are going to get will be nothing short of epic; courtesy of a full-scale air raid drill (where every gun is manned and at the ready with ample stocks of ammunition; said ammunition being equipped with Mr. Smith's proximity fuzes)

and, of course, Mr. Smith's experimental squadron of 18 Saberjet prototypes....


Oh, COME ON!

We need a squadron of TOMCAT prototypes!


People who tend to take steps that are too big tend to trip and fall. After all, the Saberjets are far easier to train in than the Tomcat. ITTL, I'm looking to have something like the F-14 Tomcat or the F-15 Eagle in service by the early 1960s.


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Could you please make sure the F-14s have better engines?

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Could you please make sure the F-14s have been engines?

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Could you please make sure the F-14s have been engines?

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Do you mean both engines?



Better engines

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The Nazis, Japanese, Italians and Soviets are heading for an extremely rough time against a prepared and eminently well-equipped American military machine.

However, given the knowledge, resources and advanced technology available to Smith, there needs to be a compelling reason as to why he has let matters deteriorate to this point. There is the factor of the Entity instructing him to 'row his boat and fish in the river, but do not dam or divert it', but this hasn't been a central point.

The protagonist has an extremely high level of freedom of action, the capacity to project modern military force through time and unchanged opponents. It is an incredibly detailed, meticulously researched and entertaining curbstomp in the making, but the outcome is not in doubt. As I and others have said in the past, it may be an idea to slightly downgrade his capabilities or throw a big spanner in the works somehow.

If Smith had been stuck in the 1920s without the ability to conduct raids back through time and across different dimensions/realities, then the current course of action would make perfect sense and there would be greater dramatic tension to the narrative. If he was facing an opponent on the other side with some degree of future knowledge and power, then it would be an even match.

As it stands, he is too capable, too advanced and too endowed with resources for there to be any doubt as to the final victory.


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The Nazis, Japanese, Italians and Soviets are heading for an extremely rough time against a prepared and eminently well-equipped American military machine.

However, given the knowledge, resources and advanced technology available to Smith, there needs to be a compelling reason as to why he has let matters deteriorate to this point. There is the factor of the Entity instructing him to 'row his boat and fish in the river, but do not dam or divert it', but this hasn't been a central point.

The protagonist has an extremely high level of freedom of action, the capacity to project modern military force through time and unchanged opponents. It is an incredibly detailed, meticulously researched and entertaining curbstomp in the making, but the outcome is not in doubt. As I and others have said in the past, it may be an idea to slightly downgrade his capabilities or throw a big spanner in the works somehow.

If Smith had been stuck in the 1920s without the ability to conduct raids back through time and across different dimensions/realities, then the current course of action would make perfect sense and there would be greater dramatic tension to the narrative. If he was facing an opponent on the other side with some degree of future knowledge and power, then it would be an even match.

As it stands, he is too capable, too advanced and too endowed with resources for there to be any doubt as to the final victory.

Mr. Smith does what he does for a number of reasons. The first of these is of course. money.

In the same way that his association with Al Capone, the Chicago Outfit and the other OC groups provided Mr. Smith's seed capital, his raping and pillaging of the stock market between 1929 and 1932 provided the funds he needed to build his industrial empire and get the U.S ready for the Second World War. In turn, the profits he makes from the war will finance his post-war expansion, which will include paying for the Smith Plan (not the Marshall Plan) and the U.S Interstate Highway System out of his own pocket.

The second reason is to shorten the war. Even with all of his power, wealth and influence, Mr. Smith could not stop the war as the underlying causes were still there and would have cropped up again in the future. Allowing the war to unfold pretty much as it did will allow Smith to have some measure of control over how it progresses. I do plan for the war to be over by January-February of 1945, however.

The third reason is to right certain injustices, such as Executive Order 9066 and all that it entailed. Additionally, no Nazi or Japanese war criminals will escape justice this time around. The organization will also step into save people when and where it can; witness how Mr. Smith acted to prevent the Katyn Forest Massacre. The fact that he can't save everyone cuts him to the quick. Mr. Smith himself said "I can do anything. However, if I tried to do everything, I could accomplish nothing".

The fourth reason is that Mr. Smith wants to prevent the future he came from. To do this, he wants to ensure U.S preeminence in the post-war world for at least the next 60 years (rather than just 20 years as it happened IRL).

In the immediate post-war period, Mr. Smith will be running things in Japan, not MacArthur. The Korean War will happen, but it will be one of the last acts of a Republican-Communist Chinese civil war. Viet Nam will never happen ITTL and the U.S space program will have a 30-year head start.

The whole Arab-Israeli conflict thingy will have a rather different outcome than it did IOTL, as Mr. Smith will come down VERY hard on radicals for both sides. If the 1967 and 1973 conflicts still happen, he'll crush OPEC like an egg thrown against a brick wall.

Among his other post-war projects are a binocular version of the Overwhelmingly-Large Telescope (to be sited on top of Mauna Kea) and a much-larger and vastly more-powerful version of the Superconducting Super Collider.


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jemhouston wrote:
Garrity wrote:
jemhouston wrote:
Could you please make sure the F-14s have been engines?

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Do you mean both engines?



Better engines

Whatever passes for the F-14 ITTL will have reliable engines...


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Garrity wrote:
Simon Darkshade wrote:
The Nazis, Japanese, Italians and Soviets are heading for an extremely rough time against a prepared and eminently well-equipped American military machine.

However, given the knowledge, resources and advanced technology available to Smith, there needs to be a compelling reason as to why he has let matters deteriorate to this point. There is the factor of the Entity instructing him to 'row his boat and fish in the river, but do not dam or divert it', but this hasn't been a central point.

The protagonist has an extremely high level of freedom of action, the capacity to project modern military force through time and unchanged opponents. It is an incredibly detailed, meticulously researched and entertaining curbstomp in the making, but the outcome is not in doubt. As I and others have said in the past, it may be an idea to slightly downgrade his capabilities or throw a big spanner in the works somehow.

If Smith had been stuck in the 1920s without the ability to conduct raids back through time and across different dimensions/realities, then the current course of action would make perfect sense and there would be greater dramatic tension to the narrative. If he was facing an opponent on the other side with some degree of future knowledge and power, then it would be an even match.

As it stands, he is too capable, too advanced and too endowed with resources for there to be any doubt as to the final victory.


Mr. Smith does what he does for a number of reasons. The first of these is of course. money.

In the same way that his association with Al Capone, the Chicago Outfit and the other OC groups provided Mr. Smith's seed capital, his raping and pillaging of the stock market between 1929 and 1932 provided the funds he needed to build his industrial empire and get the U.S ready for the Second World War. In turn, the profits he makes from the war will finance his post-war expansion, which will include paying for the Smith Plan (not the Marshall Plan) and the U.S Interstate Highway System out of his own pocket.

The second reason is to shorten the war. Even with all of his power, wealth and influence, Mr. Smith could not stop the war as the underlying causes were still there and would have cropped up again in the future. Allowing the war to unfold pretty much as it did will allow Smith to have some measure of control over how it progresses. I do plan for the war to be over by January-February of 1945, however.

The third reason is to right certain injustices, such as Executive Order 9066 and all that it entailed. Additionally, no Nazi or Japanese war criminals will escape justice this time around. The organization will also step into save people when and where it can; witness how Mr. Smith acted to prevent the Katyn Forest Massacre. The fact that he can't save everyone cuts him to the quick. Mr. Smith himself said "I can do anything. However, if I tried to do everything, I could accomplish nothing".

The fourth reason is that Mr. Smith wants to prevent the future he came from. To do this, he wants to ensure U.S preeminence in the post-war world for at least the next 60 years (rather than just 20 years as it happened IRL).

In the immediate post-war period, Mr. Smith will be running things in Japan, not MacArthur. The Korean War will happen, but it will be one of the last acts of a Republican-Communist Chinese civil war. Viet Nam will never happen ITTL and the U.S space program will have a 30-year head start.

The whole Arab-Israeli conflict thingy will have a rather different outcome than it did IOTL, as Mr. Smith will come down VERY hard on radicals for both sides. If the 1967 and 1973 conflicts still happen, he'll crush OPEC like an egg thrown against a brick wall.

Among his other post-war projects are a binocular version of the Overwhelmingly-Large Telescope (to be sited on top of Mauna Kea) and a much-larger and vastly more-powerful version of the Superconducting Super Collider.


The reasons discussed are valid, but they are more in the form of motivations as to why he is trying to set out in the first place, rather than why he doesn't use his god-like powers in a more efficient and effective manner.

The combination of the four reasons only works if his power is limited - here, it very much isn't.

Being able to travel through time gives him the capacity to literally prevent war or at the very least, dramatically shorten it by several years rather than a few months. That he is not in the position to do so points more towards inefficiency and poor planning rather than an ironclad limitation.

Churchill was eminently right that the Second World War was a preventable one. Smith has complete future knowledge and unlimited resources yet he has still allowed matters to deteriorate to the current level, which is a very close historical facsimile. With the type of prior warning and opportunity available to Smith, he could radically alter events at any of the key junctures that can prevent a war, or limit it severely.

Removing the ability to travel in time after the initial move back to the 1920s removes this logical issue; he doesn't need to do any of the cross-time treasure raiding, trading with advanced US presidents or other business in order to achieve any of the goals you have set for him.

There is no compelling narrative reason for him to personally fund everything or personally run countries and whole programmes when he can achieve the same ends through manipulation behind the scenes, which is more in keeping with his instructions by the nameless Entity. If that isn't a limiting factor or of any utility, then it doesn't add anything to the story.

His postwar plans seem to consist of merely nudging and tweaking historical events when his goals could be fulfilled far more effectively.

Essentially, there are several elements working at cross purposes.
- Smith is all-powerful, doesn't seem to have made a mistake, has limitless resources and is running through the history of the 1930s and 1940s like a player on God mode.
- He doesn't seem capable of making a mistake
- He can move back and forth and across time with no more consequence or challenge than going out to the letter box.
- He doesn't face any enemies nearly sufficient to challenge him.
- None of his goals are being optimally served by running matter so closely to the original timeline
- There don't seem to have been any unexpected consequences to any of the changes he has wrought
- If he can go back much further in time to raid for treasure, why not simply start from sufficiently far back in the first place or work his way along several decades, nudging events, people and policies as he goes?

Considering addressing some of these elements will add dramatic tension to the story, develop it in a more logical fashion and provide a more complex plot and character development arc. Those in turn would allow your style to shine, focused as it is upon excellent research and an exacting eye for detail, rather than falling into the traps of predictability, Mary Sues and making things too perfect.


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The reasons discussed are valid, but they are more in the form of motivations as to why he is trying to set out in the first place, rather than why he doesn't use his god-like powers in a more efficient and effective manner.

The combination of the four reasons only works if his power is limited - here, it very much isn't.

Being able to travel through time gives him the capacity to literally prevent war or at the very least, dramatically shorten it by several years rather than a few months. That he is not in the position to do so points more towards inefficiency and poor planning rather than an ironclad limitation.

Churchill was eminently right that the Second World War was a preventable one. Smith has complete future knowledge and unlimited resources yet he has still allowed matters to deteriorate to the current level, which is a very close historical facsimile. With the type of prior warning and opportunity available to Smith, he could radically alter events at any of the key junctures that can prevent a war, or limit it severely.

Removing the ability to travel in time after the initial move back to the 1920s removes this logical issue; he doesn't need to do any of the cross-time treasure raiding, trading with advanced US presidents or other business in order to achieve any of the goals you have set for him.

There is no compelling narrative reason for him to personally fund everything or personally run countries and whole programmes when he can achieve the same ends through manipulation behind the scenes, which is more in keeping with his instructions by the nameless Entity. If that isn't a limiting factor or of any utility, then it doesn't add anything to the story.

His postwar plans seem to consist of merely nudging and tweaking historical events when his goals could be fulfilled far more effectively.

Essentially, there are several elements working at cross purposes.
- Smith is all-powerful, doesn't seem to have made a mistake, has limitless resources and is running through the history of the 1930s and 1940s like a player on God mode.
- He doesn't seem capable of making a mistake
- He can move back and forth and across time with no more consequence or challenge than going out to the letter box.
- He doesn't face any enemies nearly sufficient to challenge him.
- None of his goals are being optimally served by running matter so closely to the original timeline
- There don't seem to have been any unexpected consequences to any of the changes he has wrought
- If he can go back much further in time to raid for treasure, why not simply start from sufficiently far back in the first place or work his way along several decades, nudging events, people and policies as he goes?

Considering addressing some of these elements will add dramatic tension to the story, develop it in a more logical fashion and provide a more complex plot and character development arc. Those in turn would allow your style to shine, focused as it is upon excellent research and an exacting eye for detail, rather than falling into the traps of predictability, Mary Sues and making things too perfect.


You raise excellent points, and I am unsure as an author how to address them properly. I suppose that some of the flaws in this TL come from my own biases as someone from the early 21st-century who wants to see the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese get righteously f**ked up six ways to Sunday.

As far as someone to challenge Mr. Smith, I could always have the temporal cold war between him and McFly/Parker go hot. After all it was McFly who killed Smith's best friend Don and sold the man's wife and daughters on the black market (the fact they the women were rescued is not relevant).


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My apologies for the somewhat delayed nature of this response, but after a busy week, I can give this the attention it deserves.

In my view, a dual track approach could well work. Firstly, increase the challenge presented by having McFly or another such figure work to counter him by directly or indirectly aiding either the Axis or the Soviet Union; the latter could be more viable. Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan with some degree of assistance become whole new foes worthy of an all out effort and this makes their crushing more satisfying in story telling terms.

Secondly, some of the previous elements might be subject to some degree of reconsideration. Smith has used the combination of foreknowledge, a bit of future tech and money to position himself in an extremely good position. If the cross-time treasure raiding jaunts had not occurred, this would not have been significantly changed. More tension, immediacy and consequences are added to his labours if he is stuck in the past, rather than being able to cross the multitudinous rivers and seas of time with ease.

I don't know how this could be done without going back over earlier parts of the story, so the first notion of increasing the challenge/knowledge/power of the enemy is easier.

Finally, Smith could gradually be revealed to be slightly less infallible, making some wrong calls by applying hindsight in an erroneous way, having someone killed off for historical reasons with some unforeseen consequences or acting in haste out of anger.

I do look forward to reading more, as this tale is a fine one and I love the level of detail and research.


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Simon Darkshade wrote:
In my view, a dual track approach could well work. Firstly, increase the challenge presented by having McFly or another such figure work to counter him by directly or indirectly aiding either the Axis or the Soviet Union; the latter could be more viable. Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan with some degree of assistance become whole new foes worthy of an all out effort and this makes their crushing more satisfying in story telling terms.

McFly & Parker don't know where in the spacetime continuum Mr. Smith is, so renewing the war between him and them is a remote possibility at best,

Any conflict between Mr. Smith and the Soviet Union will have to wait until after the war, as he is aiding them against the Nazis with sales of his military equipment. I can easily imagine the Russians siding with the communist Chinese as they attempt to keep the West off-balance by starting the Korean War; in this case, Smith will be more than happy to seriously f**k them up.

Smith likes his enemies to think they have a ghost of a chance against him. This way, crushing them like bugs on a windshield will be that much more satisfying... :twisted:


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Author’s note: ‘Wartime Interlude’ is the work of my fellow writer Harold Hutchinson. My contributions were limited to a minor bit of editing.

Wartime Interlude
Date: June 19th, 1934
Location: Wake Island, NTL-0026
Time: early afternoon

Well, we are certainly going to make taking this atoll a much pricier proposition for the Japanese, David Kilkenny thought. He’d gone to inspect the island, where KSI had already begun some of the work. One of the good points: They’d already constructed some of the defensive positions where eight 5”/51 guns would be placed. Many of those were coming from the battle line which was being re-built.

The island would have another eight 3”/50 guns, and at least two dozen positions for the CGMG mounts were also in position. Those would be a nasty surprise, he thought. The two .50-caliber machine guns were enough to do for a Japanese aircraft, but it also had a 37-mm autocannon for extra punch.

KIPF had won one major victory by sinking the National Firearms Act that FDR had been pushing. The president had instead been forced to settle on what Kilkenny had called 10-20-Life-Chair. A person would get ten years for brandishing a firearm during the commission of a crime, twenty for discharging it, life if someone was hurt, and the chair if someone was killed.

It had been relatively easy to do, and the KIPF report on the Second Amendment, released the day that “Farmer Bob” Doughton had introduced the bill, was enough to prompt a minor revolt among Congress until the KIPF alternative had been suggested.

That had landed him in the doghouse with Eleanor Roosevelt. So, he was going to let things cool off while he checked out the KSI work at Wake, Guam, Midway, the Philippines, China, and Siam.

The plan would be to get two 18-plane fighter squadrons, a 24-plane scout bomber squadron, a single 18-plane medium bomber squadron, and two 18-plane squadrons of flying boats at Wake. Of course, plans might not work. He’d be lucky to get just one fighter squadron, the bomber squadron, and a flying boat squadron at Wake.

Still, that was somewhat better than the situation at Guam. Guam was both too big and too small. KIPF was already calling for at least a Marine regiment there, but Kilkenny was also expanding the local militias, and KSI had a 450-man security and training force there. The good news was that M1 rifle and M1 carbine production was making a lot of M1903 Springfields and M1919 BARs available.

KSI had recruited a number of Chamorro natives as guards – over 600, to join the security force, a mixture of African-Americans, Filipinos, and Americans. The guards were also intended to serve as a fall-back guerilla army. The local military personnel had been glad for the help. The problem was, if Japan did send a powerful force, they’d just be butchered valiantly.

Congress was holding off, partially for that reason, and partially because the First Lady was becoming concerned about Kilkenny’s influence, which meant that the New Deal and her social programs were not moving forward very well.

KIPF, though, had a track record for accuracy and integrity, and it had been working against the Jim Crow laws of the South. KSI had also been willing to hire regardless of race. So, many Democrats began to split between Kilkenny and Roosevelt, while Republicans devoured the KIPF reports. With President Roosevelt wanting to push a series of new laws, including the Social Security Act and the National Labor Relations Act, that wasn’t going to be pleasant.

“We’ve got to find a way to hold Guam,” Charles Lindbergh said, breaking Kilkenny’s inner monologues.

“I agree. North Field could be a good base for those bombers Boeing wants to produce. Pair them with some long-range escorts, and a good number of flying boats…” Kilkenny said.

Kilkenny had hired Lindbergh as a consultant, paying him the unheard of sum of $120,000 a year to travel around Asia and Australia. He wanted to get away from the trauma of his son’s Charles’ kidnapping and murder. Kilkenny had sought to detour him away from his flirtation with Hitler. The needs had coincided, and Lindbergh had swung back here after a tour of Thailand, during which he had met with His Majesty, the King.

“The problem is Japan has a very good jumping off point from Saipan,” Kilkenny said. “We got some of our planes to make photo-runs at high altitude – experimental designs – and they’re showing the islands have been fortified.”

“Contrary to treaty stipulations,” Lindbergh said. “I don’t like us poking our noses into places, but Japan’s looking to cause trouble. That much is clear to me. The question is, what do we do about it? The way I see it, we can only make things costly for them, at least in the early stages.”

“So, how do we make this costly for Japan?” Kilkenny asked.

“The Marine regiment from China,” Lindbergh said. “I’m not a fan of us being in China. We should recall that regiment to Guam and use it to defend our own soil.”

“That does make sense,” Kilkenny said. “We may not be able to stop them from taking Guam, but we can slow them the hell down.”

“I hope the Philippines aren’t going to be as depressing,” Lindbergh said.

“I’m more confident there,” Kilkenny said. “We have the ability to carry out a defense in depth if we can develop Palawan, Mindanao, Samar, and Leyte. Have you been to La Brea?”

“The tar pits?” Lindbergh asked, then a smile broke across his face. “I like that. We could possibly even force them to accept not having all of them. You know, this could be a very interesting approach. But will the Philippines be willing to trade Luzon under occupation for this approach?”

“That is the question,” Kilkenny admitted. “That said, such preparations may deter a Japanese attack. That said, this will keep at least some of the Philippines free, should the build-up fail to deter the Philippines. KSI is planning to build a factory in Davao to supply China’s request for the FA, and the Philippines will get a bunch of those planes, too. We can also put in other support facilities there for naval vessels, and an arsenal for producing guns, like the Scout/Patrol Carbine.”

“That’s a very handy gun,” Lindbergh said. The Scout/Patrol Carbine was about three feet long and fired a .30-caliber cartridge that was less than an inch and a half long. Philippine troops had found the M1 carbine to have a nasty kick, and while Kilkenny was trying to get the Army to consider adopting the .30 Kilkenny, which was about a half inch shorter than the .30-06, he’d also designed the Scout/Patrol Carbine. The Army had liked it enough to call it the M2. A select-fire version was the M3. That fired a cartridge about an inch and a half long, also in .30-caliber, and Kilkenny had called it .30 SPC.

The Scout/Patrol Carbines were making a lot of money, so Kilkenny had offered to build a factory in Davao, and was also working to add a major naval base there.

“Let me know if you want me to testify in front of Congress. I know you’re not exactly the First Lady’s favorite person of late,” Lindbergh said.

“I would really appreciate that,” Kilkenny said.

“Isn’t that why I am being paid the big bucks?” Lindbergh asked. “Seriously, it’s time for me to get in the game here. I can help out, and I’d like to feel I’m earning my keep. KIPF has got good stuff, and unlike the stuff Hitler put out in Mein Kampf, that stuff checks out.”

You already are, Kilkenny told himself. I’ve got you away from your pro-facist impulses.

“Tell you what, maybe we can have you craft an appeal to help raise funds to spread KIPF’s message,” Kilkenny said. “I also got that radio star in Des Moines.”

“I like that guy,” Lindbergh said. “Dutch Reagan’s got one hell of a voice – and my wife thinks he’s pretty handsome. Could be a movie star, if the political bug doesn’t bite him.”

You have no idea, Kilkenny thought with a smile.

Smash & Grab
Date: October 16th, 1941
Location: Alpha Site, Xenia, Ohio
Time: 10:00 AM

While Mr. Smith, Joanne Faulkner and the others are away in California, Otis Needleman exercises his authority as Director of Operations & Intelligence by sending word to the Alpha Site that the plans for Operation: Vengeance are to be implemented without delay. Accordingly, a team of 40 men & women is assembled from O & I’s personnel roster; they meet in the site’s main conference room in order to receive their mission briefing. The overall mission commander is Rick Leavitt (also in charge of the 1st squad), with Matthew Salk, Andrew Bond and Frank Scaramanga in charge of the other squads. The purpose of the mission (titled ‘Operation; Vengeance’) is to steal the entirety of the gold reserves held by the government of Vichy France (all 1,100 tons of it). Presently, the gold is stored in the city of Kayes in western Mali. It was moved there for safekeeping after the failure of the Anglo-Free French raid on Dakar in September, 1940. Now that the entire team is present, Rick Leavitt stands up and begins the briefing.

“Good morning, people. There’s a little job in central West Africa that the Boss wants us to attend to. Since Vichy France is in bed with the Nazis, Mr. Smith is of the opinion that they shouldn’t be allowed to have further custody of their gold reserves. In other words, we’re going to steal the whole damned lot of it.” One of the operatives speaks up and asks “just how much gold are we talking about and where is it located?”

“Karen, the gold held by Vichy France amounts to 1,100 tons in total. It is in storage at a branch of the Banque Nationale d’Mali in the city of Kayes. Leavitt activates the conference room’s main viewscreen and calls up overhead images of the city and the bank’s compound. He highlights the compund’s several security precautions and says “boys & girls, take note of the bank’s perimeter wall. It is 12' high and is topped with iron spikes. There is a security force of 50 gendarmes on-site, with half of these on duty at all times; the other half is a reserve force, to be called on if necessary. Two miles away on the other side of the city, there is a Vichy French army garrison. This cantonment hosts three battalions of infantry and one battalion of armor (consisting of one company of Renault R35 light tanks and two companies of Panhard Type 178 armored cars.” At the touch of a button, Leavitt brings up the design & performance specifications for each of these vehicles.

Leavitt goes on to say “the gendarmes on duty at the bank carry MAB model D automatic pistols (chambered for the .32-acp cartridge) as sidearms. For shoulder arms, they carry either the MAS-36 rifle (chambered in 7.5×54-mm French) or MAS-38 submachineguns (chambered in 7.65×20-mm Long). The army troops carry the same rifle, while their officers have the Modèle 1935 pistol (also chambered in 7.65×20-mm Long). Of course, the troops have the usaul support weapons (such as the FM 24/29 light machine gun, the Hotchkiss 13.2-mm M-1929 heavy machine gun and the Darne 7.5×54-mm machinegun).

Matthew Salk speaks next and asks “what’s the plan, Rick?”

“When we make the jump to the outskirts of Kayes, we’ll have one hour to get into position. Then the UAV orbiting over the city will drop a couple of ‘Firecracker’ 100-lb bombs on the city’s telephone exchange to put it out of commission. Then, it will follow-up by dropping a blackout bomb on the city’s power station. While the Frenchies are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, one part of the team will distract the troops at the garrison by attacking it from two different directions at once. Under cover of this chaos and confusion, the second part of the team will hit the bank. The first order of business will be to neutralize the guards and the second will be to blast open the vaults where the gold is stored. 22 of you will carry field-effect retrieval beacons; as you already know, each of these beacons can transport up to 50 tons of material back to Traffic Control. When the gold is back at the Alpha Site, that’s when we’ll return home. Draw your gear from the armory and don’t forget to do function checks on all of it; we jump in one hour.”

The men and women of the strike force head off to the armory where they draw their weapons and equipment; then, they proceed to the ready room where they gear up and check each and every item of their equipment. This operation is not intended to be a straight-up slugfest; rather, it is a ‘smash & grab’ job. Every member of the team will be wearing a stealthsuit, along with helmets and macrovisors. Sidearms will be 9-mm CET machine pistols, and the issue shoulder arm will be the 5.7-mm CP-150 submachinegun. In case the strike force comes into contact with French armored vehicles, eight members will be carrying RPG-90 rocket launchers with three rockets each. To deal with the bank’s storage vaults, the vault cracking team will have thermal lances, flexible cutting charges and larger explosive charges so the vault doors can be blown off. Lastly, 22 members of the team will be carrying field-effect retrieval beacons for removing the gold.

Smash & Grab, Part 2
Date: October 16th, 1941
Location: the city of Kayes, Mali, west-central Africa
Time: 11:45 pm local time

One hour later, the strike forces reassembles in the transport room to await the jump to Kayes. Rick Leavitt signals the transport operations crew that all is in readiness. He calls out to the team and says “synchronize your watches, prepare to jump on my mark; three...two...one...MARK!!” At this signal, the temporo-spatial displacement effect fills the room and the members of the strike team fade from existence in the here and now of 1941.

Instantaneously, the 40 men and women reappear in a small clearing in the forest outside the town of Kayes; the precise location is Latitude 14°26'N by Longitude 11°26'W and the local time is 11:45 PM. Given the fact that Rick Leavitt and the team are now in West Africa, the local climate is indicative of this. Presently, the temperature is 85 degrees and the humidity is just 35%.

Leavitt gets on the team’s communication net and says “heads up, people. Engage your stealthsuit camouflage systems and let’s move out.” Silently and stealthily, the strike team assembles itself in two columns of 20 people each. These columns move forward in a bounding overwatch formation until such time as they are on the outskirts of Kayes. Then, they switch to single-file. Thanks to the visual camouflage of their stealthsuits, them tema moves through the dusty streets of Kayes with none of the locals knowing that they were ever there.

When the team gets to the bank’s compound, they notice that there are two Panhard Type 178 armored cars stationed outside the front gates. Each of these vehicles is armed with a 25-mm Hotchkiss SA-35 cannon and a coaxially-mounted 7.5-mm machinegun; the vehicle weighs 8.2 tons and is protected by 20-mm of armor plate in various locations. At a pre-arranged signal, the 25 men & women assigned to take the bank take up their positions while the other 15 personnel head off to make things miserable for the Vichy French army garrison. Owing to the distance of two miles form the bank to the cantonment (and the winding, twisty layout of the streets of Kayes), it takes the second team more than two hours to get there.

Back at the bank’s compound, two men take up their positions and prepare to engage the two Panhard armored cars with their RPG-90's; eight others are waiting nearby, and the remaining 15 personnel wind their way around the perimeter to the other other sde of the compound. Slowly, carefully and quietly, these 15 men scale the wall and infiltrate the compound. All is quiet and undisturbed, the only noises coming from the footsteps of the patrolling gendarmes.

High overhead, the operations crew back in Traffic Control is observing what is going on via the sensors of the orbiting UCAV. Once the strike team is in position, Rick Leavitt calls over the radio and says “Traffic Control, Team Leader; prepare to deploy on my mark.”

“Team Leader, Traffic Control; standing by.”

“Copy that, Traffic Control. Your first target is the city’s telephone exchange. On my mark...ENGAGE.”

“Roger that, Team Leader. Bombs away...”

From an altiude of 15,000', the UCAV releases four 100-lb ‘Firecracker’ demolition bombs. Each of these weapons holds 75 lbs of high explosives contained within a thin casing of pre-fragmented steel. The bombs are laser-guided, fall true and strike the target with unerring accuracy. One moment, the telephone exchange is operating; the next, four simultaneous explosions put it out of order. The damage is such that it will take weeks to get it operating again. At the same time, the UCAV operators release a blackout bomb over the city’s power station. Instead of destroying the target with an explosive charge, a blackout bomb carries a payload of thin graphite fibers. A small explosive charge ruptures the weapon’s casing just 300' above the power station; then, the fibers scatter over a very wide area and float down until they come in contact with the power station’s transformers and power lines. Instantly, numerous arcs of high-voltage electricity illuminate the inky blackness of the African night as the entire grid is brought down by massive numbers of short circuits.

All over Kayes (including the army garrison and the bank compound), the lights go off and plunge the city into darkness. Before the bank’s security force can react, the team outside the front gate destroys the Panhard armored cars and eliminates the reserve Gendarmes who come running with precisely-delivered bursts from their CP-150 submachineguns. Inside the compound, the foot patrols of Gendarmes have just begun to react to the unfolding situation when they too are eliminated.

Over at the garrison, the second part of the strike team divides itself into two smaller elements and attacks the cantonment from two different directions simultaneously. Thsi time, the objective is not to kill the troops but to keep them occupied and prevent them from interfering with what’s going on over at the bank. These objectives are accomplished with bursts out of the darkness from their CP-150 SMGs, tossing greandes over the walls of the cantonment and the setting off of incendiary charges in various nearby locations. For the Vichy French army troops inside the camp, it seems as if they have come under a general assault from a large enemy force.

Back at the bank, the opposition has been wiped out; so, the vault cracking team gets to work. The thermal lances are employed to burn holes into the steel & concrete frame sholding the vault doors in position, while the flexible cutting charges are emplaced so as to sever the vault door’s hinges. When the holes burned by the thermal lances have cooled down sufficiently, they are packed with bundles of explosives and the charges are fitted with remote-control detonators. The cracking team withdraws to a safe distance, then sets the charges off. Ordinarily, these detonations would have attracted a great deal of attention from the local population but, with everything else that is going on tonight, no one really notices.

The vault doors are blown out of position, leaving the interior compartments exposed. Inside, there are a large number of wire racks holding bars of gleaming yellow gold bullion. Each bar is stamped with the mark of La Banque de France and numbers indicating the weight of the bar and its purity. All the bullion within the vaults is in the form of what is known as ‘good delivery’ bars, each weighing 400 ounces and with a purity of 99.99%. Not wanting to waste any time, the vault cracking team moves out to the way and the rest of the strike team starts to emplace the field-effect transporter beacons. Every few seconds, each beacon is activated from Traffic Control and another 50 tons of gold is sent back to the Alpha Site. In less than five minutes, the vault is cleaned out.

Once the last of the gold has been transported back to the Alpha Site, Rick Leavitt calls over the radio to the members of the strtike team and says “objective achieved; all team members will initiate independent transport. Good job, people; see you back at the house.”

By twos and threes, the members of the strike team activate their time devices and are instantly briought back through the myriad folds of the space-time continuum to the Alpha Site, where they appear on the main platform in the transport room. All around the room, there are stacks of gold bars waiting to be moved to the main vault.

As with all major operations, Otis Needleman is on hand to greet the members of the strike team as they rematerialize. One of the last to arrive is Rick Leavitt. He and Needleman shake hands, then Otis asks “how did things go, Rick?”

“Pretty good, boss. I had the team disperse to keep that Vichy French army garrision occupied, while the other boys and girls had a go at the bank. There were 50 gendarmes as site security, and they were swiftly eliminated (along with two armored cars on duty at the gate to the bank’s compound). After that, the vault was cracked open and the gold sent back here. The LACE report is green in all respects. Right now, the authorities in Kayes are wondering just what the hell happened. When word gets back to those Vichy French assholes in Paris that their 1,100 tons of gold is gone, they are going to have conniption fits like you wouldn’t believe.”

“Excellent work, Rick. You and the members of your crew have each earned yourselves a $100,000 bonus for this little job. As of now, you and the boys & girls are off duty for the next five days.”

“Thanks, boss. They’ll really appreciate the bonus pay and the leave.”

Leavitt turns to go and give his people the good news, while Otis arranges for the gold to be stored in the vault. In the near future, the bullion will be melted down so as to conceal where it came from. It will then be cast into new bars and each of them will be given standard SmithCorp markings.

The Gathering Storm
Date: October 17th, 1941
Location: Los Angeles, California
Time: 11:30 AM

Just before lunch at the hotel with Joanne Faulkner and the other members of his traveling staff, Mr. Smith receives a copy of Rick Leavitt’s after-action report. He notes with evident interest that the operation was successfully carried out and that his gold reserves have now increased by 1,100 tons. Smith informs the others of this, and the respond with enthusiasm. Faulkner says “Boss, that job was pretty sick. There’s one thing for certain, however; when word leaks out of what happened, the economy of Vichy France is going to get it in the back of the head.”

“You’ve got that right, Joanne. You want to know something, Vichy’s economic situation means exactly less than nothing to me. If I can think of ways to hurt Laval’s government even more, I’ll do them in a New York Minute. Speaking of Laval, I’m going to have Otis Needleman send word to the French Section that they are to have eyes on Prime minister Laval at all time; you see, it might be necessary for me to sanction that slimy, two-faced rat bastard. So, it behooves me to be completely familiar with the man’s routine before I decide to drop the hammer on him.”

“Sounds alright to me, Jim. Do you still intend to go forward with your project to save the Jews taken in the Vel d’Hive roundup?”

“I certainly do. The way that Vichy France bent over backwards for the Nazis in accomplishing the round-up offends my sensibilities, so much for the vaunted principles of Liberty Equality, Fraternity.” Faulkner replies “does this mean you’re not done with France just yet?”

“Correct. Those French military units and political subdivisions that refused to give up when the rest of France rolled over and stuck their asses up in the air for the Nazis are known as the Free French. This bunch is going to get my support, though I might have to do something about Charles de Gaulle and his monstrous ego. In a related matter, the war materiel I sell to the Free French will be paid for from that half of the French national gold reserves that were brought to the U.S for safekeeping before the Nazi invasion. This gold amounts to 1,145 tons; at the present price of $35.00 per ounce, this amounts to $1,282,400,000.”

“Jim, I really have to hand it to you this time. Not only do you have the gold held by Vichy France stolen, you’re going to get your hands on the portion held by the Free French by selling them the materiel they need to carry on the fight with Nazi Germany.”

“Indeed.”

Later on that evening in the waters to the east of Reykjavik, Iceland, a convoy of British ships carrying war supplies was set upon and attacked by a wolfpack of German U-Boats. Several U.S. destroyers (including USS Kearny; DD-432) were called upon for assistance. After reaching the battle area, USS Kearny launched spreads of depth charges on the attacking U-boats. Some time later, the ship interposed herself between one of the U-Boats and a heavily-loaded oil tanker. As a result, one of the torpedoes fired by U-568 struck her amidships on the port side. The explosion flooded the forward fire room and knocked out one of the ship’s two engines. It killed 11 men of Kearny’s crew and wounded a further 22 more. Due to valiant damage-control efforts, the ship was able to make temporary repairs and sail back to Iceland. It is important to note that when Nazi Germany later declares war on the United States, USS Kearny’s actions are mentioned as being the provocation leading to the issuance of the declaration.

The diplomatic damage caused by this incident far-outweighed the physical damaged inflicted upon USS Kearny. A strongly-worded protest note was delivered to the German ambassador in Washington, D.C. This note demanded an explanation of th circumstances under which USS Kearny was attacked; when Nazi Germany dithered, then finally delivered a non-committal response, President Roosevelt was so furious that her immediately ordered the U.S. Navy to take any and all measures to protect its ships while on convoy escort duty. This order will later come into play on October 31st when the destroyer USS Reuben James (DD-245) was torpedoed and sunk by U-552 after placing herself between an ammunition ship and the known position of a U-Boat wolfpack seeking to attack Convoy HX-156. The torpedo’s impact sent off the destroyer’s forward magazine, an explosion which blew off her bow; the ship’s stern section remained afloat for another five minutes. Of the ship’s crew of 144, only 44 enlisted men survived the sinking. All of the ship’s officers were killed.


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This just goes to show you that Mr. Smith doesn't discriminate in ripping people off that really, really deserve it.


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Date: November 3rd, 1941
Location: various
Time: various

Previously on October 19th, the Hearst Newspaper chain ran the story of how the destroyer USS Kearny had been attacked by a German U-Boat; the story ran on the first page of every Hearst newspaper, but below the fold. This was certainly not the case with the sinking of USS Reuben James on October 31st; when that ship was torpedoed and sunk, every Hearst Newspaper ran the story in banner headlines. Such was the story’s impact that it immediately caused a public outcry. Even so, the isolationist faction in Congress still had enough influence to keep anything substantive from happening just yet. Still, the clouds of war are starting to gather and then to darken considerably. Mr. Smith again confers with Joanne Faulkner and the other members of his travelling staff and says “we’ve got less than five weeks until the IJN comes a-calling at Pearl Harbor. Time certainly does have a habit of sneaking up on us, doesn’t it?”

Faulkner replies “it does indeed, Jim. I’ve been with you for the past 13 years, and it only seems like yesterday when you pulled my bacon out of the fire and recruited me after the Russian Mafiya tried to have me wasted. As for those pilots from the IJN, we’re going to make them feel as if hell itself has risen up against them.”

“Well-spoken, madam. Once the balloon finally goes up, all of our operations will switch over to full wartime status. This means that there will be no side trips or other projects that don’t directly relate to the conduct of the war.”

Date: November 5th, 1941
Location: San Francisco, California

In today’s edition of the San Diego Evening Tribune, it was reported that Lt-General John L. DeWitt resigned his commission after he was relieved of his command of the 4th U.S. Army and of the Army’s Western Defense Command by order of Defense Secretary Henry L. Stimson. Though the reasons for these actions were not publically mentioned, Secretary Stimson acted as he did because General DeWitt had been involved in an automobile accident back on November 1st where he was found to have been under the influence of alcohol. DeWitt’s abrasive nature and high-handed abuse of the responding officers from the San Diego Police Department did him absolutely no good when his vehicle was searched and a certain quantity of cocaine was found hidden under the back seat of his car. When word of the seizure reached Washington, D.C through the local branch off of the Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger would have been very happy to make an issue of it, had Secretary Stimson not stepped in and used his considerable political influence. In short, Stimson offered DeWitt a simple choice; resign or be prosecuted. Not surprisingly, he chose the former. In consideration of this, he was allowed to retire at his current rank and keep his military pension.

When Mr. Smith finished reading the newspaper, he turned to Joanne Faulkner and said “congratulations are certainly in order, madam. You did the job on DeWitt most completely.”

“You’re welcome, Jim. What happened was that I had the California Section keep their eyes on that racist assclown. When the time was right, they arranged for things to happen. First, the team waited until DeWitt left the Presidio on some purpose or other. Then, they gassed him unconscious and dosed him with cheap Scotch, put him back in his car and ran it into a telephone pole. Before leaving the scene of the ‘accident’, they hid a bag containing fourteen ounces of cocaine under the back seat of DeWitt’s car.”

“Excellent work, Joanne. If the guy was out cold, how did you get him to take the booze?”

“I’s very simple, boss-man, DeWitt was injected with the stuff through the navel; this made it almost impossible for any but the most detailed examination to detect what really happened. Plus, DeWitt is such a raving egomaniac that he was sure to piss off whoever responded to the scene from the San Diego Police Department; this is just what happened. His denials of responsibility got him exactly nowhere, then things got real interesting when the coke was found hidden under the back seat. As icing on the cake, I had a bunch of literature from those ‘America First’ assholes planted in DeWitt’s house. Given that Charles Lindbergh has publically come out in opposition to that organization and all that they stand for, it seemed the natural thing to do.”

“Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. Now, he won’t be in a position to throw his weight behind Roosevelt’s male bovine excrement internment order.”

“Jim, just how do you intend to keep Executive Order 9066 from ever coming into effect? I mean, it’s not as if you can tell the President not to do it...”

“Joanne, in our original history, a document known as the Munson Report was delivered to FDR on October 7th, 1941. This report was composed by businessman Curtis B. Munson at the behest of the State Department and concerned the suspected loyalties of the Japanese-American population living on the West Coast. The report concluded that those people had an extraordinary degree of loyalty to the United States, and that there was no reason to suspect that they had any sympathies for what Japan was doing. In the current timeline, the Munson Report was delivered and read just as it was originally. There was an investigation that started in 1939 and lasting until just last month wherein the FBI worked with the Office of Naval Intelligence on the West Coast and conducted thousands of interviews with Japanese-Americans. At the close of the investigation, it was determined that there was no reason to suspect the loyalties of these people.”

“That’s all well and good, Jim. What happens if Roosevelt tries to issue the order as he did in the original history?”

“In that case, I’m going to lean on J. Edgar Hoover and tell him to oppose the order. He’ll be instructed to tell the President that the order is blatantly unconstitutional and that he won’t support it in any way, shape or fashion. If FDR tries to press Hoover on the issue, he’ll tell the President that he’s going to resign and go public with the reasons for his opposition. Though Hoover is still a dirtbag, his standing with the public is such that FDR will have no choice but to back down. Then, there will be my own humble efforts to be considered. If you will recall the original history, the ‘Niihau Incident’ (where a downed IN pilot named Shigenori Nishikaichi was sheltered by some of the local Japanese-American population after the attack on Pearl Harbor) was used as one of the central justifications for Executive Order 9066. This incident will not happen this time around for three reasons; first, I own Niihau Island. The second is that the IJN attack on Pearl Harbor is going to get torn to shreds by my Saberjet sqadron; lastly, four of the pilots in the squadron are Japanese-American. When their contributions become known, FDR will see the light and circular-file the order.”

“Sounds good to me, boss.”

On the Russian Front
Date: November 7th, 1941
Location: Moscow, Russia
Time: various

It can be seen as an indicator of how dire the situation facing the Soviets is that a replacement for Georgy Zhukov (killed in a Luftwaffe airstrike) was found with such speed. The officer chosen by Stalin to take Zhukov’s place is Ivan Konev (formerly the commanding officer of the Soviet 19th Army in the region of Vitebsk). Marshall Konev was recalled to Moscow for a private meeting with Stalin, after which he was charged with the supremely-important task of coordinating the defense of Moscow.

Marshall Konev’s task is made all the more difficult due to the necessity of diverting some of his attention towards the defense of Stalingrad. Not only have Wehrmacht troops completely surrounded the city, they have advanced to within three miles of the city’s outskirts. Despite the defensive valor of the city’s residents and those troops stationed there (along with several attempt by the Red Army to break the siege), Stalingrad is not expected to hold out for more than another sixty days.

There is a certain ray of hope, however. Now that the agreement between Mr. Smith and the Soviet government is in effect, large numbers of Smith’s cargo ships have joined other such vessels engaged in carrying enormous quantities of food, equipment and other war materiel to Soviet ports. The most important of these is the city of Murmansk, on the shores of Kola Bay (just north of the Arctic Circle). Already, the crews of these ships are calling what they are doing the ‘Murmansk Run.’ If there was one benefit to what happened to USS Kearny and USS Reuben James, it was that the German High Command (despite the U.S sending material support to Russia in its fight against the Nazis) issued an order that merchant ships flying the flag of the United States are to be left unharmed; unless and until a state of war comes to exist between the United States and Germany. Not surprisingly, U-Boat commanders operating in the area are less than pleased.

The Blackhawks are coming, the Blackhawks are coming…
Date: November 9th, 1941
Location: Lindbergh-Goddard Aerospace, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Time: 3:00 AM

At long last, the project for which Mr. Smith, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart have striven for the past two years and more has come to fruition. The squadron of Saberjet prototypes which has cost millions of dollars and taken many thousands of man-hours (both on the ground and in the air) has finally been declared operational. As such, it is now time to transport the aircraft, their pilots and ground crews to Niihau Station in Hawaii so that they can prepare to meet the IJN attack on Pearl Harbor in December. The process began yesterday morning when a special freight train with attached passenger cars rolled into LGA’s private railroad terminal. After this, the 18 aircraft were prepared for shipment by first having their wings removed and boxed-up separately. The fuselages were likewise crated, then the containers were taken to the

railyard under the cover of darkness and put aboard the train. The secrecy of the mission is such that the squadron’s personnel will also be travelling along with their aircraft. A complicating factor is the immense personal popularity of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart (the former for his many exploits going all the way back to being the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone, and the latter for being the first person to fly into outer space. For these reasons, the pilots and crews will not be leaving the train for any reason until it is time to go aboard ship. The loading process is completed by 3:00 AM, then the squadron’s personnel board the passenger cars attached to the train.

Aside from their aircraft, the most important pieces of equipment issued to the pilots are their flight suits. Rather than being a simple set of insulated coverall, these items are wonders of aeronautical technology. The basic material of each unit is Nomex (one of Mr. Smith’s ‘inventions’). Each unit incorporates a G-suit (to protect the pilot against loss of consciousness during high-speed dives and intensive combat maneuvering). The suits also provide the equivalent of Level III-A ballistic protection to the torso, Level III protection to the legs and Level II-A protection to the arms. The suit’s flight helmet provides rigid Level-IV protection to the head.

Before the train moves out of the station, the loadmaster (who is also responsible for the security arrangements during the move) conducts a roll call for the squadron. The first to respond is of course, Charles Lindbergh (the squadron commander); following him is Amelia Earhart (the executive officer). In turn, the rest of the pilots (May Day, Jacqueline Cochran, Fritz Beckhardt, etc) do likewise. As the train begins to move, Lindbergh stands up in front of the other pilots and says “ladies and gentlemen, it has been one of the highest honors of my career to have you serving under my command. I am pleased to say that your service and devotion to duty has been exemplary. In recognition of this, I present you each with your flight outfits.” These consist of a flight jacket carrying the emblem of the squadron embroidered on the back, plus matching scarves and A-10 gloves

The jackets that Lindbergh presents are hand-made copies of the USAAF’s A-2 flight jacket. This item is made from premium vegetable-tanned (not chrome-tanned) kidskin leather, lined with Mulberry silk and trimmed with Vicuña wool fleece at the collar and the cuffs. The scarf is likewise made from Vicuña wool, while the gloves are of the same construction as the jacket (except that they are lined with Nomex instead of silk).

In heraldic terms, the squadron’s insignia is as flows:

‘A hawk’s head sable, with eyes aflame gules and a curved beak Or on a circular field azure bordered twisty argent’

Around the bottom edge of the field is the squadron’s motto in Latin text: Robur Honorque (‘Strength and Honor’). In this sense, strength having the meaning of hardiness and toughness.

The train trip to the port of Los Angeles is expected to take the better part of the next 24 hours. Upon arrival, the aircraft, pilots and ground crew will be put aboard Mr. Smith’s two ships SS Glomar Explorer and SS Arcadia. After this, they’ll sail for the island of Niihau, where the aircraft will be off-loaded and put back together. Then, Lindbergh and his fellow pilots will begin to practice squadron operations.

The Breaking Storm
Date: November 17th, 1941
Location: various
Time: various

Twelve days ago, the United States entered into peace talks with Imperial Japan in hopes of defusing the situation between the two countries. The Japanese were superficially warm and pleasant in response to Ambassador Joseph Grew bu tin private, they had already made up their minds to attack. At a diplomatic reception where the Ambassadors of the United States, Germany and a number of other nations, Ambassador Grew overheard a Japanese naval officer talking in somewhat hushed tones to a functionary from the Japanese Foreign Ministry. The substance of the conversation was that certain pieces will be in play before the end of the month.

Ambassador Grew affected a look of nonchalance during the rest of the reception. As soon as he got back to the U.S. Embassy, he immediately cabled Secretary of State Cordell Hull in Washington, D.C. and voiced his concerns in the strongest manner possible.

Date: November 20th, 1941

Ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura delivered the final proposal of his government in relation wiht the ongoing diplomatic talks between Japan and the United States. Japan offered to withdraw their forces from southern Indochina and promised not to make any more attacks elsewhere in Southeast Asia, provided that the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands stopped providing aid to China while withdrawing their economic sanctions against Japan.

Date: November 26th, 1941

After consulting with President Roosevelt and senior staff in the State Department, Secretary Hull delivered the response of the United States to Japan’s counterproposal of November 20th. The response was in the form of a strongly-worded note which will be referred to by later historians as the ‘Hull Note’. This document (properly titled ‘Outline of Proposed Basis for Agreement Between the United States and Japan’) was delivered by Hull to the Japanese ambassador Kichisaburō Nomura. Ambassador Nomura accepted the note and promised Secertary Hull that it would be forwarded immediately to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.

Later that afternoon, a copy of the Hull Note was cabled to the Japanese Foreign Ministry; their response was straightforward and to the United States, totally unacceptable. War between the two nations is now inevitable.

On November 25th, The Japanese I-Boat fleet submarines I-16, I-18, I-20, I-22 and I-24 (each carrying a Type A Kō-hyōteki-class midget submarine) slipped their moorings and put out to sea. Their joint objective was the waters off the entrance to Pearl Harbor. At 6:00 AM local time the next day (November 26th), the six carriers of the Kido Butai strike force (Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū, Hiryū, Shōkaku & Zuikaku) made forth from their anchorage in Hitokappu Bay on the northern end of the island of Etorofu and set course for the Hawaiian Islands. Admiral Yamamoto ordered that his task force sail under conditions of strict radio silence until after the strike against Pearl Harbor had been made.

Date: November 27th, 1941
Location: Washington, D.C

On the afternoon of November 27th, Mr. Smith receives a call at his hotel from the Executive Office of The President. The call is from Marguerite Le Hand, the President’s private secretary. The call is put through to Mr. Smith’s suite and he says “good afternoon, Ms. Le Hand. How can I be of assistance to you today?”

“Mr. Smith, the President wants to consult with you on a matter that is of the highest importance. How soon can you be back in Washington?”

“Please give my respects to the President and tell him that I will be there in three days.” Le Hand replies “thank you, sir. I will so inform him.”

The call ends and Mr. Smith says “Joanne, pack your bags, we’re heading back east.”

“What’s up, Jim?”

“The President wants to see me on a matter that his secretary says is of the highest importance. For once, I have absolutely no idea as to what’s going on here.”

“That’s quite a switch, boss. You’re always so very well-informed; now this happens…”

“Indeed.”

Within the hour, Mr. Smith and Joanne Faulkner are back aboard his private train at the Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal. From here, the train will go across the country, making no stops except for refueling. The next three days pass without incident or delay and, at 9:00 AM on the morning of November 30th , Mr. Smith’s train pulls into Washington D.C’s Union Station. Having called ahead to let the President’s secretary know of their travel plans, Smith & Faulkner are met at the station by a pair of Secret Service agents and immediately driven to the White House. The pair are escorted to FDR’s office, then he and Mr. Smith shake hands.

“Good morning, Mr. President. I came as soon as Ms. Le Hand called me; how can I help you?”

“Ahh, James; so good of you to come here at such short notice. As to why I called for you, it occurs to me that I might not be getting the full story on how well-prepared Pearl Harbor is prepared to respond to an enemy air attack. Therefore, I want to you go there and meet with Admiral Kimmel and General Short as my personal representative. You can go anywhere you want, ask any questions you want, along with issuing such orders and making such recommendations as you see fit.”

A slight, businesslike smile crosses Mr. Smith’s face as he replies “Mr. President, your request could not have come at a more opportune time. I had already intended to go to Hawaii in order to oversee certain of my business operations in the territory; so, I’ll be pleased to help you out in any way I can.”

“I’m delighted to hear that, James. How soon can you leave?”

“Sir, owing to the time it will take to head back to Los Angeles and then across the Pacific, I think I can reliably say that I’ll be at Pearl Harbor no earlier than Wednesday, December 3rd.”

“That will do just fine. If Admiral Kimmel and General Short have any doubts, tell them that you are acting under my authority as Commander-in-Chief. In fact, I will call Admiral Stark and tell him to send a message to Admiral Kimmel that you are coming and that he is to extend you every possible courtesy.”

“Thank you, Mr. President; that will be most useful. When I have information of any substance to report during and after my visit to Pearl Harbor, I will call you immediately.”

“Thank you, James. That will be all.”

“Yes, Mr. President.”

So dismissed, Smith and Faulkner leave the White House and head back to Washington D.C’s Union Station. Once they are back aboard their private train, Joanne asks “what are you going to do now, Jim?”

“We’re going to take the train and make a speed run back to Los Angeles. Time is of the essence so, after we get there, we’re going to make the jump directly to Niihau Station. Charles Lindbergh and the rest of the Blackhawks will have already been there for some little time, so we’ll meet with them before we head to Pearl Harbor.”

“Alright, boss. I’ve never been to Hawaii, even before you recruited me; seeing things there as they are in 1941 will be interesting, to say the least.”


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"issue such orders as you see fit"????

So FDR has just commissioned Mr. Smith as a four star general AND admiral, with date of rank to predate that of Kimmel and everyone else?

I can understand the recommendations, but issuing orders to members of the military is a VERY different kettle of fish.

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