Третья мировая война 1946 - Красная волна - Сталин атак впервые - Альтернативная история

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Greek Salad with Italian Dressing

Washington D.C.
The Pentagon Lunch room

August 21st, 1946

Well Bill looks like we have confirmed reports of Soviet units joining the Bulgarians near the Greek border and the Yugoslavs on the Italian border and there are units of both Romanian and Czech armies in support roles as well.

Yeah I heard that the Yugoslavians are more than ready to invade Italy. According to our ambassador their hatred for the Italians goes way back and they are more than willing to seek revenge for past real and imagined transgressions. This Tito fellow seems pretty upset about something the recent Italian government did to him. It had something to do with the Ustashe and their rain of terror in Croatia. Anyway he’s raring to go in order to show off for Stalin. He wants Italy to pay big time.

From what I heard this could get real ugly for the Italians. They will have to fight the Soviets and Yugoslavians as well as their own Communist Party who will constantly be asking for peace and trying to harm the war effort.

Our estimates are that the new Italian government will last only a matter of weeks before they surrender.

The same is true in Greece. The combination of Red Army training and equipment and Bulgarian hatred will be hard to stop. Let’s hope that the Reds do something to piss off Greek Commies and they decide to fight for king and country instead of for some economic system.

I was reading about just this the other day and the article I read said that there is no love loss between the Greeks and Bulgarians since the 20s. This historian was boring me with all sorts of stories about these ridiculous border disputes about stray dogs and a massacre. All the kind of normal ethnic crap that goes on in the Balkans. Anyway they’re ready to impress Stalin as well and to take on their old enemy Greece.

I worked on the estimates for the Major on just this scenario. It does not look very good for the Greeks in a war with Soviet backed troops either. This could get very ugly in the Balkans once again.

Hey is that Pecan Pie? Where'd you get that?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Give Em Hell Harry

The White House
August 22nd, 1946
The Map Room


The air is sweltering in the enclose room. There are too many big bodies crammed into a small place. The atmosphere is even more uncomfortable than the sweltering heat outside for more than one reason. The most powerful man on earth is speechless. At the moment there is not a more uncomfortable place on earth.

There is stunned silence as the news sinks in. No one moves waiting for Truman to say something… anything. Someone coughs and the silence is broken as others breath again.

The president looks sick to his stomach and is as white as a ghost. Then the color returns to his face his fist clench and then the old WWI Captain is back in command.

Truman finally explodes. Jesus Christ how many?

Virtually all of the personnel at both Oak Ridge and Dayton sir are sick or dieing. Remember the report a few days ago about two small explosions at both facilities.

Hell yes!

There was something in those explosions that is causing everyone who was in the facilities at the time and who have since visited to become deathly ill. There was some kind of poison or germ or who knows what in those tiny explosions that was spread by the air system. The timing was perfect as almost everyone involved with the atomic program was either at the symposium or at one of the facilities within a few days.

What the hell can do something like this?

Well sir it could be a germ but probably it was some kind of radiation as the symptoms are strikingly like what we’ve seen in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It’s hard to detect whatever it is. To make matters worse many of the relatives and hospital staff attending the victims are also contaminated and are becoming sick.

Holly S##t! So what is being done to stop the spread of whatever it is for God’s sake?

Dr. Anderson will fill you in sir.

We have to quarantine everyone who has come in contact with any of the victims. So far it looks like it has to be direct contact with either the victims themselves or anything they’ve touched.

Holy mother of Mary!

Yes sir and it gets worse. We have no way of detecting what it is yet. Geiger counters register nothing yet the symptoms are very much like radiation poisoning. The good news is that the farther it gets away from the original victim the less potent it is. So their seems to be some dilution effect.

If this ever gets out to the press they will demand that we shut down all our atomic weapons and research facilities and that will be the end of the atomic bomb.

Ah sir… Wilkes. here sir… That in effect is what already has happened. All of our current experts are dead or dieing, all of our facilities are infected by something and no one is allowed in or is going to enter them again for a long time until we figure out what it is and how to clean it up or kill it and even then who are we going to get to work in them. The atomic weapons program is essentially shut down until further notice sir.

Again a stunned silence fills the room.

Truman gets up and pace the room. All eyes are on the small yet powerful figure. Everyone is unsure of what to do. Finally he speaks directly to the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Well gentleman I guess we have to do this the old fashioned way. We have to beat their asses fair and square. No secret super weapons or atomic wonder weapons. We have to use what we got against what they got. We have to out smart them starting now. No more of this arrogance about how they can’t do this or they can’t possibly do that. They just did it to us! Now we have to figure out a way to beat em straight up man to man. There’s no more easy way around it. We can assume nothing about the Reds. So far they have outsmarted us at every turn except Louisville Slugger. “You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.” Now get the hell out of here and get to work ON JUST HOW THE Hell WE‘RE GOING TO DO IT! BY GOD YOU HAVE A WEEK TO FIGURE IT OUT OR I’LL FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN! DISMISSED YOU SONS OF BITCHES! Not you Marshal… You stay behind. By god it’s time to shake things up around here.

Give Em Hell Harry

The White House
August 22nd, 1946
The Map Room


The air is sweltering in the enclose room. There are too many big bodies crammed into a small place. The atmosphere is even more uncomfortable than the sweltering heat outside for more than one reason. The most powerful man on earth is speechless. At the moment there is not a more uncomfortable place on earth.

There is stunned silence as the news sinks in. No one moves waiting for Truman to say something… anything. Someone coughs and the silence is broken as others breath again.

The president looks sick to his stomach and is as white as a ghost. Then the color returns to his face his fist clench and then the old WWI Captain is back in command.

Truman finally explodes. Jesus Christ how many?

Virtually all of the personnel at both Oak Ridge and Dayton sir are sick or dieing. Remember the report a few days ago about two small explosions at both facilities.

Hell yes!

There was something in those explosions that is causing everyone who was in the facilities at the time and who have since visited to become deathly ill. There was some kind of poison or germ or who knows what in those tiny explosions that was spread by the air system. The timing was perfect as almost everyone involved with the atomic program was either at the symposium or at one of the facilities within a few days.

What the hell can do something like this?

Well sir it could be a germ but probably it was some kind of radiation as the symptoms are strikingly like what we’ve seen in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It’s hard to detect whatever it is. To make matters worse many of the relatives and hospital staff attending the victims are also contaminated and are becoming sick.

Holly S##t! So what is being done to stop the spread of whatever it is for God’s sake?

Dr. Anderson will fill you in sir.

We have to quarantine everyone who has come in contact with any of the victims. So far it looks like it has to be direct contact with either the victims themselves or anything they’ve touched.

Holy mother of Mary!

Yes sir and it gets worse. We have no way of detecting what it is yet. Geiger counters register nothing yet the symptoms are very much like radiation poisoning. The good news is that the farther it gets away from the original victim the less potent it is. So their seems to be some dilution effect.

If this ever gets out to the press they will demand that we shut down all our atomic weapons and research facilities and that will be the end of the atomic bomb.

Ah sir… Wilkes. here sir… That in effect is what already has happened. All of our current experts are dead or dieing, all of our facilities are infected by something and no one is allowed in or is going to enter them again for a long time until we figure out what it is and how to clean it up or kill it and even then who are we going to get to work in them. The atomic weapons program is essentially shut down until further notice sir.

Again a stunned silence fills the room.

Truman gets up and pace the room. All eyes are on the small yet powerful figure. Everyone is unsure of what to do. Finally he speaks directly to the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Well gentleman I guess we have to do this the old fashioned way. We have to beat their asses fair and square. No secret super weapons or atomic wonder weapons. We have to use what we got against what they got. We have to out smart them starting now. No more of this arrogance about how they can’t do this or they can’t possibly do that. They just did it to us! Now we have to figure out a way to beat em straight up man to man. There’s no more easy way around it. We can assume nothing about the Reds. So far they have outsmarted us at every turn except Louisville Slugger. “You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.” Now get the hell out of here and get to work ON JUST HOW THE Hell WE‘RE GOING TO DO IT! BY GOD YOU HAVE A WEEK TO FIGURE IT OUT OR I’LL FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN! DISMISSED YOU SONS OF BITCHES! Not you Marshal… You stay behind. By god it’s time to shake things up around here.

The Northern Front August 20th, 1946 by Mad Missouri

From the Personal Diary of General Aksel Airo

The enemy continues to press us hard. Our forces continue to fall back slowly towards our main line in an orderly way.

The 40 tanks we received from the Americans in July are finally starting to prove worthwhile. They were invaluable in defeating the last 2 breakthroughs. Our operational tank strength should be around 85 tanks by the end of the week.

Thankfully our friends are now available in large numbers. The fourth Swedish division is now in the lines. Also our friends from Norway now have 3 brigades in the fight.

Train loads of supplies from the British and Americans have been arriving regularly for the last two weeks. Today’s train included much needed British artillery. This load was made up of 16 183mm and 15 140mm pieces.

The new small rocket launchers from the Americans have proven very useful.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Desegregation by Mad Missouri

WAR DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF
UNITED STATES ARMY
WASHINGTON

22 August 1946

General Devers,

I have spoken with the President on the issues you raised in your memo dated 20 August. He understands that manpower issues are a real concern throughout both the Army and the Navy, but fails to see the reasoning behind allowing everyone but colored troops to service in normal Army units.

During the conversation the President asked more than once if complete desegregation would allow the Army to manage manpower easier. I believe the President is leaning towards that path. He has asked me to meet again with him on this subject on 5 November. At that meeting I plan to give my recommendation supporting gradual desegregation of the Army.
*
Until such time as the President makes his final decision on this subject, begin implementing your recommendations to reduce to manpower shortages.


General Eisenhower


(I love this one Mad)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Management by Objective

August 21, 1946
Pyrenees Mountains
The Pyrenees Line

The foothills around the town of Vileha look like a WWI no-mans land. It reminds the few vets who fought at Monte Casino of old times. Except this time they are the defenders and the Soviets are regulated to playing their part. Ominously the Red Army has made headway by shear force of being willing to take losses. They are not making banzi charges or even suicidal charges but they are just not willing to give any ground once gained. Counter attacks are not the answer at this point and NATO troops where not capable of making them.

As the Germans found out, the Red Army soldier was able to fight under the most extreme of conditions. They fought through the Winter months just as their enemy did but they were able to handle the elements and deprivation better. They live on less food, supplies and many times worse leadership. Yet they prevailed against the most deadly enemy the world has ever known. That is until now.

The NATO troops facing them are gaining valuable experience in the art of defensive warfare. They may not be capable of attacking yet but they are becoming very adept at defending. They are finally receiving enough supplies to take the fight to Ivan. They can give as good as they take mainly because of their strong defensive positions. It's pretty easy to give em hell from the high ground.

Luckily for the soldiers on the ground, the air war is a stand off with neither side gaining the advantage. This favors the defender on the high ground. They have a manageable fear of being blasted out of their defensive positions by IL10 and TU2s. Both are remarkably versatile at a tactical level. The fighters continue to cancel each other out. A special operation here or there will gain a decided advantage for one side or the other but no clear cut winners.

Much like Monte Cassino this is a soldiers war. It takes grunts to take the high ground. Artillery can just make it unoccupied for a while. Air power can turn it to mush and debris. But only the grunt can take it and keep it. So far Ivan has been able to keep what he has won the hard way.

The shear numbers of Soviet troops and planes are gradually pushing the NATO forces back foothill by foothill. There will be no breakthroughs yet there will be no letup in the attacks either. Much like Monte Cassino on a grand scale. The Allied forces eventually took Monte Cas
sino...eventually and at great cost.

Unnoticed by the Stavka at this early stage is that as the US units are being rotated back to the rear for R & R they are increasingly being replaced by Spanish, Portuguese, British, Canadian and other NATO forces as they become trained and able to take up their positions. Even units of Belgians, French, Polish, Dutch and Danes are appearing in small numbers. All have new equipment, training and supplies courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Ironically the smaller front and the uselessness of armor have freed up a large number of Soviet mechanized units who are being moved to other fronts. Again ironically the lack of any massive armored operations have decreased the Red Armies need for supplies and fuel.

If you are student of Management by Objective you will know that the first thing you look at is the trend. You ask yourself "if nothing changes what will be the outcome?". The outcome of this situation is that the Soviets will pierce the Pyrenees Line in 3 months... if there are no changes.

Army Ground Forces by Mad Missouri

WAR DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
ARMY GROUND FORCES
WASHINGTON
20 August 1946

MEMORANDUM FOR GENERAL OF THE ARMY EISENHOWER.
1. During the last four months Army Ground Forces has made great strides in executing the plan for the activation, equipping, training, and deployment of Army combat units. As per the meeting of 15 May 1946, the plan calls for the mobilization of 4 types of divisions: infantry, armored, mountain, airborne. The planned break down as it now stands is: 18 armored divisions, 69 infantry divisions, 4 airborne divisions, and 2 mountain divisions.

2. So far all existing divisions have been raised to full wartime strength, and 15 new divisions have been raised. Those new divisions being: 3 armored, 2 mountain, 1 airborne and 9 infantry. This process has been made much easier by the return of large numbers of trained veteran troops. For now each newly activated infantry or armored division is being built with a core of at least 1/3 to 1/2 of total personnel being experienced veterans. The numbers for the airborne divisions being closer to 3/4 veteran personnel. The fact that large numbers of trained and experienced troop already exist has allowed the reactivation, and training times to be cut shorter than originally planned. With the main problems causing delays being a lack of modern equipment types. Further divisions will be ready in groups of 20 with an expected readiness date for the next group is around October 1946, then another group being ready every 60 to 90 days.





3. Each armored division is being rebuilt to the new April 1946 Tables of Organization and Equipment that take into account lessons learned during the last war. Each infantry division is being rebuilt to a modified July 1943 Tables of Organization and Equipment that increase antitank capability while limiting manpower usage. Please see the attached pages for complete break downs for the new armored division.

4. The 18 armored divisions will include all 16 divisions from the last war, plus the 2 former cavalry divisions which will now be designated as the 1st and 2nd Armored Cavalry Divisions. In addition to the 18 planned armored divisions, 119 independent armored battalions will be raised to support the infantry. Also 80 self-propelled anti-tanks battalions will be formed out of the personnel from the former tank destroyer units.

5. So far the only problem of real concern is in a projected shortage of available manpower for combat replacements. In the last war there was a noticeable shortage of available combat replacements for much of 1944 and 1945. This caused the removal of many seemingly redundant support personnel from units for fill combat roles. This in turn had the unintended effect of unbalancing those units, and limiting their combat staying power. It is predicted that this will be an even larger problem during this war possibly starting as early as the summer of 1947. Based on manpower projections by December 1947 the only units that will have a steady surplus of available replacements will be the 3 segregated colored divisions. As we are already facing a huge manpower disadvantage against the Russians we must become more flexible in our staffing policies. To address this issue it is recommended that immediately the regulations be amended to allow all citizens not of the colored race to serve in regular Army divisions. This action will allow a larger available draft age manpower pool starting in winter 1946. Furthermore it is recommended that further battalion and regimental size segregated colored combat units be raised and assigned in an as needed bases to Regular Army divisions.
General J. L. Devers
Army Ground Forces




Amendment 1

Summary of revised April 1946 Armored T/O & E:

1. Armored Division:
1 Division HQ Battalion
1 Heavy Tank Battalion (90mm gun tanks)
3 Medium Tank Battalions (76mm gun tanks)
4 Armored Infantry Battalions
1 Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
3 Armored Field Artillery Battalions (105mm)
1 Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
1 Armored Medical Battalion
1 Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
1 Armored Engineer Battalion
1 Signal Company
1 Antitank GMC Company
1 Antiaircraft automatic gun Company

Arming Spain by Mad Missouri


CONFIDENTIAL

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE
WASHINGTON

21 August 1946

FROM: General Campbell, Chief of Ordnance
TO: General Eisenhower, Chief of Staff
SUBJECT:*WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SPAIN-SHIPMENT OF

1.*DISCUSSION:

a.*The first large scale shipments of weapons and equipment to the Spain were completed 19 August. Here is a summary of what each was sent:
(1) M1 Helmets, with liners: 40,000
(2) Pistol, Caliber 9mm, Inglis HP: 2000
(3) Pistol, Caliber .45, 1911A1: 2500
(4) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A3: 15,000
(5) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4: 500
(6) Rifle, Caliber .30, M1: 35,000
(7) Carbine, Caliber .30, M1: 15,000
(8) Machine Gun, Caliber .30, M1919A4: 2000
(9) Machine Gun, Caliber .50, M2HB: 500
(10) Sub-machine Gun, Caliber .45, M1/M1A1: 5000
(11) 2.36 inch Rocket Launcher M1/M1A1/M9: 4000
(12) Mortar, Caliber 60mm, M2: 4000
(13) Mortar, Caliber 81mm, M1: 2000
(14) Howitzer, 75mm, M3A3 carriage: 300
(15) Gun Motor Carriage, 75mm, M8: 80
(16) Gun, 155mm, M1917/M1918: 30
(17) Gun Motor Carriage, 155mm, M12: 8
(18) Howitzer, 105mm, M2A1: 70
(19) Gun Motor Carriage, 105mm, M7: 20
(20) Automatic Gun, 40mm, M1: 150
(21) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 3 inch, M3: 40
(22) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 90mm, M2: 40
(23) Gun Anti-Aircraft, 120mm, M1: 4
(24) Gun, 57mm, M1: 200
(25) Tank, Medium, M4(105): 100
(26) Tank, Medium, M4A3(76)W: 200
(27) Tank, Light, M5: 300
(28) Tank Recovery Vehicle, M31: 10
(29) Armored Car, M8: 200
(30) Truck, ¼ ton, 4x4, (jeep) MB/GPW: 1000
(31) Truck, 2 ½ ton, 6x6, M1 GMC: 500
(32) Truck, 2 ½ ton, 6x6, US6: 1000
(33) Carrier, Personnel, Half-track, M3: 500
(34) Ammunition, 7.92mm, for M43 rifles: 100,000*

b.*Included in the shipments were sufficient quantities of ammunition to sustain all weapons for 20 days of training and 70 days of average combat usage.*

c.*Further shipments besides ammunition resupply will be sent based on the recommendations of Spanish needs given by the Army Ground Forces training teams in country.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Defend Toulouse

The KGB has done it again. The NATO planners are going to attempt a so called carpet bombing operation near Toulouse. We know the date and the location of the strike. The only question is are they able to get units in place in time. We still only have 60 operational jet interceptors and only a few dozen air to sky rockets. Air Marshal Nonikov anticipated this next move and much of the equipment is already in Western Europe and near Paris.

I suggest that we do not use the Trepops for this operation. The fake Tu2s should be enough along with the air to sky rockets to give them a scare. Marshal Novikov was smart to move the equipment. After what happened in Leningrad I don't believe the US will be sending many raids deep into the Mother Land. I've heard that this carpet bombing cannot be done from high altitude so that should be to our advantage. Another reason not to use the Trepops.

I've heard that they have replaced the guidance system of the rockets with an even simpler method. The details are not for me to know. All I care is that they work and break up the blasted formations so our fighters can penetrate their defenses.

That Sergey fellow gave quite a lecture on how things are supposed to work together. Much like ground combat he has designed a combined arms plan. The air to sky rockets make the bombers take a few hits and unnerve the others who must stay in formation. Then the rocket launching heavy fighters and medium bombers move in and launch with the aim of drawing off the fighter escorts and dragging them down to lower levels where our conventional fighters can have the advantage. Hopefully this will also serve to break up the bomber formation and they too will fall prey to the Yak 9s and Lag 7s. Then there are the jet interceptors that will engage any of their jet fighters and if they are not present then they will attack any remaining bombers. The rockets being launched by the heavy fighters and Tu2s will be different too. If unmolested they will be able to break up the bomber formations.

So the escorts are damned if they do and damned if they don't engage them.

Most interesting also is that they have stepped up production of the old Pe8 heavy bomber.

what in the world for. Those things are so obsolete and could not possibly survive against modern air defenses.

All I know is what I heard and that Sergey fellow mumbled something about the Pe8 being used for yet again another purpose.

Yes I was not present but I heard about how strange that little Sergey is. An odd duck as the Limeys would say. Not your normal sort of person from all accounts.

I don't care if he has horns and a tail as long as he is on our side and keeps the Yankee pigs from using their bombers to destroy the Motherland.

I heard he has some kind of fetish for small animals.

Ha what can you do with a small animal? Now I know what you can do with a sheep and have seen it done many a time.

Sounds like you've been away from your wife too long comrade.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Decoy Missiles

Why do we continue to do this senseless work? These don't even look correct Dmitri. Anyone could tell by just walking up to them that they are not real.

Shut up and hand me that wrench idiot. They are not meant to be just walked up upon hence the guards.

Two dozen workers are finishing up the last assembly of what looks to be rockets. Hundreds of rockets stationed all around the city of Minsk. The "rockets" look like small versions of the German V2. They are replicas of the same missiles that were used in defending Leningrad. The same sites are being developed throughout the USSR. First in the cities most likely to be hit by strategic bombers flying from England.

In a factory near the Urals Studebaker trucks are being modified with what seem to be mobile units replacing the Katuska rocket launchers. Most are also fake but a number of them are real. These fake missiles are of course meant to be seen and reported. Reported as being evidence of a massive defensive ring around most of the major Soviet cities and strategic targets that are within reach of the fighter escorts of the Allies flying from England.

The plan is to make it seem that every major city and even the rear areas and supply lines are similarly defended. The hope is that there is no large scale testing of these systems as the vast majority are just hollow shells that will never leave the ground. Stalin, Sergey and the Stavka are all counting on this bluff to hold for at least the next 6 months. Just until the real defense is operational.

Already the major industrial sites that are still located beyond the Urals and have a credible threat. It is predicted that the missile systems around the sites will be able to have a 5 or hopefully 10% hit rate. That combined with the new jet interceptors being produced should be able to make any large scale strategic bombing campaign very costly. Not impossible but very costly.

It is said that the NATO allies will not put up with massive losses, especially the USA. It is felt that with a combination of propaganda and mounting losses, any bombing campaign will be halted by the will of the American people and Europe will become the true workers paradise that Marx envisioned so long ago.

That's what they say anyway.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Small Arms by Mad Missouri

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE
WASHINGTON
15 August 1946

FROM: Sub-Committee on Small Arms
TO: Chief of Ordnance
SUBJECT: RIFLE, U.S., CALIBER .30 M2-Limited Procurement of

1. DISCUSSION:

A. Based on the recommendation of Headquarters, Army Ground Forces originally submitted 20 July 1945, and resubmitted 30 May 1946 limited production contracts for 100,000 Rifle, .30 Caliber, M2 were issued 3 June 1946.


(1) Two 50,000 piece contracts were issued to Springfield Armory and Remington Arms Company for a total of 100,000 rifles.

(2) Springfield Armory delivered the first 2000 rifles on 20 July 1946. Remington Arms Company delivered its first 1500 rifles on 7 August 1946.

(3) Both entities believe they will meet contracted production requirements of 4,000 rifles per month within 60 days.

B. The initial 3500 rifles were shipped with required technical manuals and accessories to Spain on 13 August 1946.

(1) Each rifle was provided with seven 20 round magazines, a modified M1937 BAR belt, M1945 suspenders, new 7 inch M5 bayonet, bipod, cotton web sling and cleaning kit. The modified M1937 BAR belts have 3 single magazine pockets on each side. This was done to remind the troops that magazines for the M2 while similar in shape and size to those for the Browning Automatic Rifle are not interchangeable.

C. The production of these rifles should not have any long term effect on M1 rifle production. In addition to resumed production at the two former wartime manufactures (Springfield Armory and Winchester) new contracts totaling 3 million rifles have been award to Harrington & Richardson Inc., Savage Arms Company, and Remington Arms Company. It is expected that the monthly M1 rifle production will match the Second World War maximum wartime monthly production rate by November 1946. The end result being a monthly rate expected to be over twice the previous maximum rate by August 1947.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Buffalo by Mad Missouri

Buffalo, New York
August 21th, 1946

It had taken a three full days longer than expected to get the Acting FBI Director to allow him to see the suspect. But on the positive side it had allowed him to send for two specialists.

Walter chuckled to himself, “If the bastard hadn’t refuse to speak, they wouldn’t have let us have a try.”

Officer Sanchez gave his boss an odd look, “What was that, Sir?”

“Nothing Fred just talking to myself.” Walter said.

Three bored looking FBI Agents stood guard before the door.

“Officers Walsh, Sanchez, Keller, Smith, and Lynch, Central Intelligence Agency, we are here to see the prisoner,” Walter Walsh said.

“Yes, Sir we were told you would be here this morning. The prisoner is inside,” answered one of the FBI Agents.

Behind the solid metal door room was a single table, a GI folding cot, and 2 chairs. The two chairs were taken up by another G-man and disheveled looking middle aged man with his left arm in a sling.

The G-man stood and offered his hand, “Special Agent Ryan, Sir. We have been expecting you.”

“Nice to meet you Agent Ryan,” Walter said. “What happen to his arm? He fall down?” “Does his jaw still work?”

“Go to hell.

His jaw works fine,” answered Ryan.

“Listen Walsh, I been ordered to turn the prisoner over to you jokers, and that’s fine, but don’t give me any of your shit. We had our best people questioning this murder from minute one. All he says is the same BS story.“

Walter laughed, “Thanks, Agent Ryan, why don’t you and your men go get something to eat. I think we can handle this now.”

“Smith, Lynch, go watch the door. No one enters this room until we are done,” Walther said.

“Yes Sir. We got it. Lynch get the grease guns out of the bag,” Smith said.

The two agent exit the room taking up position just outside, closing the door behind them.

Walter takes the chair formerly occupied by the G-man. He opens his brief case and take out a brown file folder.

“Mr. Anderson, my name is Walter Walsh, and I’m here is ask you some questions. Unlike our colleagues in the FBI we did our research. And we found some really odd things in your background. You have anything to tell us, before we begin?

No?

Ok, let’s see what we know is true: Mr. Thomas Arthur Anderson was born 1901, in Madison Wisconsin. He attended 5th Street Elementary school until the 8th grade. His parents died in 1917 in a fire. He has no close family. In 1918, at the age of 17, he joined the Army and was assigned to the 339th Infantry Regiment. This is where our story gets really interesting, Mr. Anderson. See the 339th Infantry Regiment didn’t go to France. It went to Russia as part of the American Expeditionary Force North Russia. And here is the main part I find interesting, Private Thomas Arthur Anderson was listed in the official records of the 339th Infantry Regiment as going missing after a battle in January 1919. The next time a Thomas A. Anderson shows up in any government records is when you bought that building in New Port in 1928 and started a small radio repair business. Where did the money to buy that building come from Mr. Anderson?

Still not talking?

OK. Let’s see you worked at the New Port Naval Station during the war as a civilian radio technician. Then you went back to the repair shop after the war ended. Then we can’t find anything on you until this event. You have anything to say?”

“No? OK. I see we are going to have to try another tactic. Let me introduce my two friends, the dark haired one is Officer Sanchez. He was a cook in my old unit during the war. As it turned out he was a horrible cook, but he had other useful skills. He was really good at getting information from the toughest Jap soldiers. The blond, now that’s Officer Keller he is a different story, he just joined our company. Officer Keller learned his skills hunting partisans in Yugoslavia. He’s not someone you want to make mad. Would you like to rethink your decision to stay silent?

No?

Are you sure?

Fair enough. ”

“Sanchez, I’m going to get some coffee. See that he has changed his mind by the time I get back.”

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Personal Observations of an FO

August 21st, 1946
The Pyrenees Line
Lt. Arthur Smyth
936th Field Artillery Battalion

Personal observations of an FO

From my observation post I could see almost the whole attack unfolding. It was a strangely beautiful sight from 4000 ft. perched nice and safe far from the action. My BC scope was my weapon. It was to a Forward Observer what an M1 was to an infantry man.

In the days leading up to the attack there had been many probes by the Red Army’s reconnaissance forces. All had been given bloody noses and sent scurrying back to their holes. There was a close call at Vielha when a Soviet OMSBON unit showed up a full 4 days before we thought possible and caught the local forces with their pants down. Somehow a battalion size unit had gotten to Vielha undetected and gave us quite a scare. Luckily they were far ahead of their support units and supply and after a 6 hour fire fight they were surrounded and had to surrender. They were a tough bunch of yahoos. Pretty much fought to the last man.

I heard a few more meeting actions occurred with the Reds being turned back. Then they tried to bull rush us. I guess they were counting on sheer numbers and shock value. It’s pretty hard to continuously charge up hill but they gave it their best shot. They die bravely…but they died. It was pretty much a slaughter after the first initial contact.

I mean we had pre-registered the artillery, had mine fields set, tank traps, interlocking fields of fire, our artillery was placed on the high ground, trenches dug. Everything that could be done by desperate men in desperate times we did. I’m surprised we didn’t have some boiling oil ready. Jees it was still a close call until the flyboys finally showed up. Man have we been missing them. I usually can’t stand to see them in a bar but I would have kissed em this time. Those Red bastards just might have over whelmed us in a few key passes if the Navy and the Army fly boys hadn’t done their thing.

They got this new thing call napalm. Wicked stuff made out of gasoline they say. Somehow it sticks to you and burns like a son of a gun. I guess you die pretty horribly. Amazing what man can invent to kill another man.

The F4Us, P47s and even some P38s did the trick on the most advanced units and it was over in less than 20 minutes for start to finish. Strafing and bombing till there was nothing left to kill. Hell the arty barely got started and it was over. I guess it was a peek at what was to come. Those Reds are some fighters and man can they die hard. I hope I never meet one face to face. That’s why I have my scope and binoculars so I can get them before they get too close.

We still don’t have the kind of coordination we need between the flyboys and us ground pounders. One artillery barrage messed up a flight of P47s that attacked just as the shells hit. I’m pretty sure 3 of the planes went down. That’s not good for moral but neither was the bombing of the 20th Armored HQ. What those flyboys were thinking is beyond me. Why would there be and enemy command post so far behind our own lines? Once the first guy started they all joined in. It was a mess. That unit is one piece of bad luck.

The Reds pulled in their heads for a few days and are getting coiled like a spring. We can hear them bringing up their air units and heavy arty. It was going to get very ugly and hot sometime soon. They got those friggen rockets. Stalin’s organ they call em. More bark than bite I hope.

They say it’s going to be a war of attrition and we don’t have any reserves. We got 15 full strength divisions against over 45 of theirs and they are getting stronger everyday and we aren’t. I don’t know where all those new units are going we keep hearing about but they aren’t showing up here. Ha that’s going to be edited out I’m sure.

They should come again tomorrow or the day after and this time they will have their own air forces and those damn Stormervicks or whatever they call em. Those things are like a flying tank. Very hard to shoot down and they pack a mean wallop. I won’t be like that first attack. This time things will be very even. I hope we have some kind of bucket brigade waiting to plug the gaps that are sure to appear. Yeah this could get real ugly real fast.

Request #10 “Fox oboe Baker number one fire mission! Azimuth 3200, from check point #210, right 300 add 500, enemy tanks in the open, will adjust.”

That’s how you do it. That’s how you rain death and destruction upon your fellow man.

It comes in a variety of sizes from mortars to 155 mm guns. I even got to assist the navy in Operation Louisville Slugger. Those 16” were really something. You didn’t even have to get close. I doubt the Reds will be anywhere near our left and right flank. Not with those old battle wagons still moving about.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Office of The Chief of Ordnance by Mad Missouri

WAR DEPARTMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE

WASHINGTON

15 August 1946


MEMORANDUM FOR GENERAL CAMPBELL.

1. The special board convened 10 June 1946 has completed its testing. The full report should be published by 25 August. Here is a summary of the findings.

2. During the last two months we have conducted tests on multiple examples of front line Russian tanks. The first test batch consisted of two T-34/76 tanks and one T-34/85 tank received from Finland in July. The Finnish tanks were received in serviceable condition. The second test batch was made up of tanks captured by United States forces in Europe. This group consisted of three T-34/85 tanks, one IS-2 heavy tank, one ISU-152 heavy tank. All of the tanks of this group were received with some damage.

3. Every standard Army anti-tank weapon, 3 experimental anti-tank weapons, and 2 captured Nazi weapons were tested against these test vehicles. The weapons tested were fired at distances of 50, 100, 500, 1000, 1500, and 2000 yards. They were fired at the front upper hull, front lower hull, side hull, rear hull, turret front, turret side, and gun shield.

4. The weapons tested were, 57mm Gun M1, 3 inch Gun M5, 3 inch Gun M7 (M10 Motor Gun Carriage), 90mm M3 Gun (M36 Motor Gun Carriage, M26 Heavy Tank), 76mm Gun M1/M1A1/M1A2(M18 Motor Gun Carriage, M4A3 tank), 57mm M18 Recoilless Rifle, 75mm M20 Recoilless Rifle, 2.36 inch Rocket Launcher M1/M1A1/M9, 3.5 inch Rocket Launcher T20, 105mm Gun T8, 76mm Gun T2, PanzerFaust 100, 8.8cm Panzerschreck.





5. Testing found:

A. 57mm Gun M1 could not penetrate the front, turret or side armor of any test vehicle with standard AP ammunition. When tested with British 57mm APDS rounds the gun was able to penetrate the side armor of the T-34/76 and T-34/85 at 100 yards. It is the committee’s recommendation that the 57mm APDS round be purchased for rush shipment to the deployed units. And that the weapon is withdrawn from service as better weapons become available.

B. 3 inch Gun M5, and 3 inch Gun M7 are able to penetrate the front hull and turret armor at 1000 yards on the T-34/76 and T-34/85 tanks. They were able to penetrate the front and turret armor of the IS-2 and ISU-152 at a range of 500 yards.

C. 90mm M3 Gun could penetrate the front hull and turret of all test vehicles at 1500 yards.

D. 76mm Gun M1/M1A1/M1A2, and 76mm Gun T2 when firing HVAP M93 round can penetrate the front hull and turret of the T-34/76 and T-34/85 tank. It is the committee’s recommendation that the 76mm Gun T2 be put in production and standardized.

E. 57mm M18 Recoilless Rifle could only penetrate the rear armor of the test vehicle at 50 yards. During the testing it was found that the 75mm M20 Recoilless Rifle could reliably penetrate the front armor of the T-34/76 and T-34/85 tank at 400 yards. The committee recommends that problems with the HEAT rounds for both weapons be studied and improvements made.

F. 2.36 inch Rocket Launcher M1/M1A1/M9, could not penetrate the armor of any test vehicle at 50 yards. The 3.5 inch Rocket Launcher T20 was able to penetrate the front hull and turret of the T-34/76 and T-34/85 tanks. The 3.5 inch Rocket launcher T20 has been in limited production for one month, with over 1000 already shipped to Spain for field trails. The committee recommends that the T20 be standardized and put into full production.

G. 105mm Gun T8 could penetrate all test vehicles at 1500 yards. The T8 has been in limited production since May 1946, with 15 shipped to Spain for field trails. The T8 is a very heavy gun with a large gun crew and requiring a M39 armored combat utility vehicle to pull it. The committee recommends the T8 be standardize but only placed in limited production.



H. PanzerFaust 100 was able to penetrate the side and rear of the test vehicles at both 100 and 50 yards. The committee recommends that this systems warhead and means of launch be studied to improve Army rocket systems. The 8.8cm Panzerschreck was test fired twice before a rocket exploded in the launcher. Testing of that system was ended.

I. Preliminary booklets and pamphlets outlining the best ways to defeat these Russian vehicle types with available anti-tank weapons have been printed for dissemination to the troops. The first 5,000 booklets left for Spain by aircraft on the 5th of August.

R. M. Clinton
Colonel,
U.S. Army.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lunch Time at Oak Ridge


Lunch
Oak Ridge, TN
June 17th, 1946

Lunch at What’s for lunch today Pete?

Just some same old stuff. They got … ah SOS (broads are close).

Oh you mean Chipped Beef?

Yeah that’s what I mean.

Let’s sit over here. Gollly the place is packed today. I’m glad we got here before the crowd really got big.

What’s going on anyway?

I dunno, some big conference on a new gadget. All the bigwigs and brainiaks are here. Can’t believe they’re going to eat in here with us. Kinda puts the cramp on our noon card game.

Ha don’t you think they want to join.
Not with a cheater like you playing. Your reputation is well known. I still don’t understand why I keep playing with you. Man there’s barely room to sit in here. Hey over there with Schmitt. He’s got some room.

Hey Schmitty how’s it going? You got some….Jeesus what was that?

Holy crap! Something exploded by the kitchen. Can’t see much through the dust….Hey Bill what’s going on?

You know as much as I do Pete. Wasn’t that big of an explosion … maybe one of the cooks let the gas build up in the stove or something. Wait I can see where it happened. It’s overhead in the air ducts. See by the wall there.

OH yeah nice little hole. What the hell could have done that? HEY DAVE ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EVACUATE OR WHAT?

CAN’T HEAR YA. I’LL COME OVER THERE.

I said are we supposed to evacuate or something?

Well no alarms yet. Kind of a small explosion. Maybe a little gas got up in the air ducts somehow.

LISTEN UP EVERYBODY…NO REASON TO PANIC BUT LET’S EVACUATE THE AREA UNTIL WE FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED THE EXPLOSION. NO ONE WAS HURT. TAKE YOUR LUNCHES WITH YOU IF YOU WANT AND EAT IN THE AUDITORIUM.

Damn straight I’m taking my lunch. I paid 10 cents for this feast and I’m not wasting a mouthful. Let’s go before they change their mind.

Lucky that gas leak or whatever it was didn’t do more damage. Sounded like a big firecracker. Who in the hell would do something so stupid?

Maybe it was one of the circulation fans……no I don’t think that’s it. They’re still working see how that dust is blowing around. Huh it wasn’t a fan.

2 HOURS LATER
In the head of security’s office

It appears to have been a very small explosion set off by a cheap wrist watch as a timer. We just heard that a similar thing happened in Dayton in the middle of their big conference in the auditorium just before they were about to break for lunch. Same type of thing a small explosion that sent a dust cloud from the air ducts circulating. Funny thing about both explosions was there wasn’t that much dust in the other air ducts. These are all pretty new buildings and it was strange.

Anyway HQ has ordered a lockdown of both facilities until we find the culprits. We’re going to test everyone for explosive residue etc. on their hands. Both air systems are back up and running and the holes are patched but we’re going to keep everyone in place for at least 24 hours until we find out who was responsible for this … prank. I don’t know what else to call this. Was someone trying to test our security or something? I mean those tiny explosions couldn’t do much damage.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Top Secret

TOP SECRET:



August 17th , 1946
Special Meeting.
Office of the Director of Central Intelligence


Start: 0630
End: 0745


Attending:
General W. Donovan
General J. Magruder
Mr. A. Dulles
Mr. F. Wisner
Mr. D. Chavez
Mr. J. Clark
Mr. W. Walsh
Ms. Michelle Ryan-notes.


GWD: Gentlemen, please take your seats, we need to get started. The President has finally decided to take concrete steps to stop communist infiltration of our government and nation. And he has given us a roll. First of all, I am sure everyone is aware of the suspected acts of industrial sabotage that have taken place across the north east these last 3 weeks. In none of those cases have we been able to prove they were committed by Soviet agents. The attack on Director Hoover changes that, we now have proof that US citizens are actively helping the communists. Gentlemen as many of you have noticed we have a new member of our team. Let me formally introduce Walter Walsh, he will be running the Counter-Espionage Division. Walter is a former member of the FBI, and served as a Marine in the Pacific during the war. Walter, please give your brief.
WW: Thank you, Sir. Good morning, gentlemen. As everyone knows 2 days ago seven gunmen attempted to assassinate FBI Director Hoover while he was on a trip to New York City. Hoover was shot twice it looks like he will live. With Hoover out of the loop, the FBI has been a lot more open, and forth coming with us. They have been more willing to share information. We now know that one of the gunmen was taken alive. The FBI has told us that at least 2 of the gunmen were active members of the Communist Party USA and that two others were known communist sympathizers. Two of the others were foreigner working in New York; one was a Puerto Rican, the other was Cuban. The gunman that survived seems to be more of a puzzle. Form what we know he wasn’t a member of any communist or other radical groups. He was a decorated veteran of the war, a church going family man from Rhode Island. He is now being held in a FBI owned building in Buffalo. I will be leaving with a team for Buffalo right after this meeting, to see if they will allow us to question him.
FW: Do we know what Hoover’s condition is? When will he be back on the job?
WW: It’s too soon to tell if or when he will return. My contacts at the FBI say he should recover but the doctors are not yet sure if he will walk again. Both bullets struck him in the lower back.
GWD: Ms Ryan, please remind me to send the Director some flowers later today. Walter please, cover the subject of Ms. Bentley.
WW: Yes, Sir. That is another piece of information that has just come to light. It seems Ms. Elizabeth Bentley is a soviet spy the FBI has had in custody sinse 1945. It looks like she became upset with the movement, walked into a FBI office and turned herself in. During questioning she named about 100 people as members of soviet spy networks in both the US and Britain. The FBI put a lot of the people on her list under surveillance in hopes of following the trail, but it didn’t work out. From what we are being told after the FBI passed the information on to the British, everything went quiet.

GWD: Sorry Walter, but this is a good place to interrupt. Gentlemen, the President has agreed with both me and the Joint Chiefs that the Russians have agents at high levels in the British Government. So please pass this throughout your divisions, but it is now official agency policy that no information is to be shared with any British or Canadian agencies or personnel without them first being vetted by my office. I know that we made many close friends among those people during the war, but for now this is the way we must work. Walter, do you have anything else for us?
WW: No, Sir.
GWD: All right, here is the point of this meeting. Gentleman, the President was briefed yesterday on this subject. Let me tell you, he was shocked to hear that the FBI didn’t tell anyone about a Soviet spy turning herself in almost a year before they attacked us. And when the Acting Director mentioned that she wasn’t the only one they had, President Truman became unglued. I have never seen the man so upset. I am not sure Mr. Hoover is going to have a job to come back to. The President ordered the acting FBI Director to share all information they have on Soviet espionage to us. So Walter you are going to be very busy soon.
With that said, President Truman late last night signed an executive order last night outlawing membership by any Federal government employee or military member in any group that advocates the overthrow of the American government. Also it requires all Federal employees and military members to submit to a loyalty program. The FBI has been charged with conduction background checks on all Federal Employee. Just like the military, we will be conducting our own checks. The President wants the holes plugged or heads will roll. This is serious Gentlemen; no one gets a pass on these checks. If any of you noticed that Mrs. Barrett isn’t here anymore there is a reason for that. Mrs. Barrett asked if we could find a job for her son, a very nice young man, wanted a job in the mail room, if I remember correctly. As it turned out he had visited Russia twice during the war, and was a member of the Communist Party. She is now longer with us. If we are not successful in stopping these leaks it may cost us the war. Walter brief all on the FBI’s Operation Red Light.
WW: Yes, sir. Gentleman starting at 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time today Agent of the FBI will begin seizing the offices and records of the Communist Party USA. At the same time that is happening, other Agents will begin arresting the all known current and former leaders of that group. Of course, our role is very limited in these operations, but we will have Officers observing with many of the FBI strike teams.
GWD: That is all for today. These new policies are going to be very hard on us all and I need all of you on the team. Thank you for coming so early. Frank, will you and Mr. Clark please remain behind.


(General Donovan, Frank Wisner, and John Clark remaining.)
GWD: Frank, did you speak with the gentlemen I asked you to?
FW: Yes sir, I arranged a meeting with associates of Mr. Lansky in Chicago. Who arranged for us to meet. He seemed receptive to our offer, but said he couldn’t speak for the others.
GWD: I spoke with the Attorney General, and Mr. Dewey they have both agreed to look the other way if this helps the war effort. Tell Mr. Lansky that it’s a go. But make sure he understands Havana is as close as Mr. Luciano comes and that if the labor unrest doesn’t stop the deal is off.
FW: Yes, Sir. I am going to New York tomorrow, to meet my ship to Sweden. I will get a message to him.
GWD: Good, cable me when those former Nazi E-boats we bought from the British arrive. Thank you Frank.
John, I had a visitor last week at the club who wanted to know if we could find a spot for one of his son. Normally, I’d tell Joe Kennedy to go to hell, but he already lost one son, so I agreed. I spoke with the Navy, and they are going to transfer his boy Robert to us for the duration of the war. Put him through the standard training package, then find a place for him.
JC: Yes sir.

Friday, November 12, 2010

But Sir

But sir you have to realize this might be a very appealing offer to some. Suppose they make it public? There could be a lot of pressure to take a close look at his offer.

I’ll be damn if I’ll kowtow to his demands. He’s dictating that we let all of Europe fall behind an Iron Curtain of slavery that is Stalinism, that we allow our own traitorous Communists free rein to undermine our democracy and that we assist him in opening up the world’s oceans to his navy. Is he mad!

Probably Sir Winston, but the alternative is equally unthinkable. If we don’t acquiesce to his demands then he threatens to unleash the largest air force ever seen against our island. Every city south of Leeds is within their range and we now know that they have jet bombers and jet fighters as well as thousands of conventional fighters and bombers. Not only that but he threatens to invade the Middle East, cut off our oil supplies and take over the Suez Canal. In addition if the Americans continue with their plan they will not be able to assist us. The great bulk of their air forces will be elsewhere carrying out their part of Plan Griddle.

It seems to me that another diminutive, bombastic dictator threatened much the same. The Americans were not available then. I see Stalin and Communism as an even greater threat then Hitler and the Nazism and he must be stopped. We fought then and we won. We shall have to repeat the effort once again.

If I may remind you sir you are not in power anymore and that decision is out of your hands. Stalin has given us 2 months to make a decision. He is counting on the masses rising and demanding that we sit this one out. They will argue that we did enough. We lost an empire. We are drained. The communists are gaining ground fast. Unless something changes we will run out of time.

Well Roger we shall see what we can do to change that dynamic.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Captain Crenshaw has Some Theories

A low level Captain buried deep in the Pentagon hierarchy ponders the facts regarding the failed Leningrad raid.

He uses 3 black boards and starts to make a list in his windowless office far below ground. His normal day to day job is photo analysis but he feels compelled to find an answer as to exactly what happened on August 10th in the sky over the Baltic Sea.

He paces back and forth muttering to himself…”OK what do we know and what do we think we know?”

76 bombers out of 242 didn’t return to the airbase.

21 out of 51 fighter escorts did not return to base.

V2 like rockets were fired from the ground at the bomber streamMost of the initial volley of these missiles missed

Some of these rockets were reported to be guided to their targets

They appeared to be wire guided for much of their flight

Hundreds of conventional rockets were launched from some TU2 medium bombers

Some of these seem to be guided

They came in two distinct sizes with the majority being smaller caliper.

A new single radial engine propeller driven fighter was identified by several sources.

It appeared to be of German design similar to the Focke-Wulf 190 was seen in close proximity to the Tu2s and appeared to be escorting them.

Both atomic bomb capable carrying B29 Silverplates where hit by missiles/rockets

The atomic bomb that was on board the Enola Gay did not explode and was not yet armed.

One of the bombers was hit by a larger surface launched rocket and the other by one of the air launched rockets.

There were a number of mid-air collisions

From interviewing the survivors it appears that most of the reported damage was done after the bomber boxes broke up and was done by single seat Soviet fighter planes at levels below 8000 meters.

The Soviets employed about 40 jet fighters that appear to be of Soviet designOne was a twin engine design. Since designated by NATO as “Fargo”.

One was a single engine design that looked like a Yak 3 with a jet engine instead of a prop engine.Since designated by NATO as “Feather”.

Both had very good performance compared to the P51.

Chalk dust is flying as he puts his thoughts on the black board. Its 18:35 hours and he should be on his way home but he is transfixed with the challenge before him. How did such a disaster happen? What kinds of weapon or weapons have the Reds developed? Or more probable their captured German eggheads developed that could accomplish such feats? Maneuvers far beyond what a normal missile or rocket can accomplish. What was guiding them with such accuracy? How can we defeat this guidance system?

He hadn’t been chosen for the “Blue Ribbon” panel but he was certain that he held the answer to the puzzle somewhere on his black boards. Hell he’d even use the walls if he had to.

Captain Harvey Crenshaw was going to solve this problem or possibly lose his job trying.

Something was on the edge of his memory. Some class or something one of his professors said. Some method that was just wacky enough to work. Some kind of experiment he read about.

What the hell was it that was just out of reach? Just beyond his grasp?But of course the more he thought about it the more he couldn’t remember. The harder he tried the further away the memory faded.

It was close to driving him over the edge. The answer was right there somewhere. Somewhere on the edge of his memory so close he could smell it. One more clue and he would have it. But what was that clue and when would it come?

Maybe if he could examine the physical evidence but of course that was out of the question. Photos … could he get his hands on some photos? A few of the bombers that were hit, survived and their damage was meticulously photographed and cataloged.

How could he get his hands on those photos?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hoover Shot by Mad Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Special Afternoon Edition
August 15th, 1946

HOOVER SHOT!
By UNITED PRESS

New York, NY. – Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director J. Edgar Hoover was shot early this morning
when gunman attacked the car he was riding in.
Director Hoover had just left his hotel to attend a
meeting with the Gunmen struck. Director Hoover was
in the city to attenda meeting dealing with the recent
sabotage at east coast shipping ports. A spokesman for
the New York Police Department stated that 4 of the
gunmen were killed by the FBI Agents during the
attack, and another 3 were killed by NYPD Officers
while attempting to flee the scene. The attackers killed
3 FBI Agents, 1 NYPD Officer, and 3 citizens. A FBI
spokesman listed the 3 murdered agents as, Mr. Clyde
Tolson, Mr. Herman Miller, and Mr. Richard Smith.
Director Hoover survived the attack and was rushed to
an area hospital. His condition was unknown
at the time this story went to press. The FBI has stated
that 3 of the gunmen were known members of
communist groups.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Polonium

August 13th, 1946
9:04 hours
Oak Ridge

His hands were slick with sweat in the rubberized gloves as he carefully lifted the container from the vault. In his sweaty hands he held the most expensive and deadliest substance on earth. It was the key to detonating the atomic bomb. Most people have never heard of it but for the last year it had been his life. In his capacity of Health Physics Officer he had full access to both the Oak Ridge and Dayton nuclear sites.

Both facilities were gearing up for maximum production and research. Many of the original team, along with many new members were drafted after the Soviet attack to continue their work. Their newly acquired civilian jobs where left behind because their nation needed them once again.

In his job as Health Physics Officer he had handled the containers many times and even helped dispense its contents during the production process. He knew the dangers and knew what he had to do to protect his own life. A salt size grain of this harmless looking powder could kill thousands of the strongest and healthiest man on earth if breathed in or ingested. Death comes with less than 50 nanograms. The amount in each container could easily kill a small city.

Intellectually he knew that external alpha irradiation is not harmful because alpha particles are completely absorbed by a very thin dead layer of skin as well as by a few centimeters of air. But on a gut level he was scared shitless about what he was planning on doing. He had split the available supply into two separate containers. One was destined for Oak Ridge and the other for Dayton.

His Soviet handlers had taught him how to attach the detonator to the explosives and set the timers. He had in turn provided them with the best locations for the explosions in each facility. Each location was chosen to infect the maximum number of critical personnel and the timers were to be set to a time when the maximum number would be gathered in the same place.

The explosions would be small just enough to destroy the containers and disperse the Polonium. They would cause a momentary concern and investigation but the buildings would continue to be used well after infecting most of his colleagues. Within weeks they would be dead.

Polonium is almost undetectable outside of the body of the victim and even then you have to be looking for it. The small damage by the explosive would be fixed in an afternoon and the both operations would be up and running in hours. Even if they did suspect something it would be too late for those in the facility at the time and if by some miracle they did all get out in time and did figure out that there was polonium involved the facilities themselves would be contaminated and useless for generations.

He regretted this on one hand but on the other their work had been responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and countless tales of sickness and deformities for generation to come. It was easy for his Soviet handlers to convince him of what had to be done.

After seeing what happened in Japan he might have done it anyway.

Ironic how Polonium was discovered by Madame Curie and her husband and it probably killed them. Kind of fitting in a way. It was named after her beloved country of Poland in a possible attempt to first rid it and then keep it free from foreign invasion. It didn’t seem to have been very successful.

Polonium…The Holy Grail and key to causing a nuclear chain reaction in a Mark III atomic bomb. Polonium…the most sought after substance in the world and the most deadly.

The Soviet spy code named Delmar was about to change the course of history forever and Delmar almost forgot to replace the real containers with their fake replacements. He had actually closed the vault before he remembered and this fact filled him with doubts about his abilities to carry out his plan.

Full scale production of the atomic bombs was about to resume. The new assembly teams had been trained and had practiced for weeks. Just the right combination of individuals has been found and recruited. With the loss of the Leningrad bomb the US was down to 3 usable atomic bombs. His safely hidden containers held the entire US supply of polonium

He had 48 hours to place both dirty bombs. He had 48 hours to become the deadliest saboteur in modern history. Ironically he also had 48 hours to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of his fellow countrymen from the fate of nuclear horror. He had 48 hours to basically stop the American nuclear program for years to come.

This weighed heavily on Delmar His heart was racing and he was breathing hard. All the guards in both locations were used to seeing him crawling around in restricted areas carrying his tools and instruments in his tool bag. He was the Health Physics Officer and it was his job to crawl around testing for radiation, just as he had been doing for years. He had Top Secret clearance. It should be no problem at all for him to both smuggle the containers in and place them where they needed to be set.

The explosives had been brought in bit by bit in hidden in his tools, hollow coins etc. during the last few months. The small detonators were hidden in his Geiger counter. The timers were two exact copies of his old and familiar watch. In fact that had almost got him caught.

One of the new guards commented on his new watch. If one of the old guards had noticed the same thing there might have been trouble. He had to figure out how to make his new watches look old. It’s surprisingly hard to do convincingly but he had accomplished the task just last week.

The explosives, timers and detonators were waiting. All that was missing was the Polonium and the hands that would put them all together.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Medal of Honor Winners to Fight Again

The Front Page of the New York Times
August 13th, 1946

Medal of Honor Winners to Fight Again

In an unprecedented show of courage, honor and
patriotism almost all of the surviving World War
Two Metal of Honor awardees have pledged to

follow Audie Murphy’s example and join up again.

"We're not going to let America's greatest hero do this by himself."

The following is just a short list of all the award
winners who are signing up to fight the Reds and
to free Europe once more. They have all signed a
pledge and urge all young men who are able to
join them in this crusade against a godless foe.
They are especially appealing to veterans.
“We need thevets to once more charge into the breach”.
Here is a short list of all those who have signed the pledge

AUDIE MURPHY
EDWARD A. BENNETT
ARTHUR O. BEYER
MELVIN E. BIDDLE
CECIL H. BOLTON
HERSCHEL F. BRILES
BOBBIE E. BROWN
FRANCIS S. CURREY
JOE FOSSPIERPONT
M. HAMILTON
JAMES H. HOWARD
JAMES R. HENDRIX
LEON W. JOHNSON
JOHN R. KANE
JOSE M. LOPEZ
VERNON McGARITY
WILLIAM A. SODERMAN
PAUL J. WIEDORFER

Not to be out done many members of the entertainment
industry have also pledged to do their duty once more.
Actors who are veteranshave pledged to fight for freedom
once more. These actors and veterans have joined the call
to join up once again and “Win One For the Gipper”.

GENE AUTRY
EDDIE ALBERT
JAMES ARNESS
ERNEST BORNINE
MEL BROOKS
RICHARD BURTON
ART CARNEY
KIRK DOUGLAS
HENRY FOND
AGLENN FORD
CLARK GABLE
WILLIAM HOLDENBURT
LANCASTER
RONALD REAGAN

In a joint statement from The Actors Guild all
veterans are urged to sign up now.
To quote Clark Gable … “We have the
training and the experience to pitch right in,
right away and to drive the commies out
of Europe and back to where they belong.
We don’t have time to train all the men we
need or wait for the draft. The time is now.
The road to freedom has always started with
our democracy and this time is no different.
To all you vets out there. Join up and join up
now! Let’s free the world from Godless
Communism. Let’s finish this job once and
for all

AND FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DO GIVE A DAMN…”

Noticeably absent from the announcement was
America’s favorite movie soldier and celebrity,
John Wayne who made 13 movies during WWII.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Swain's Barber Shop

Swains Barber Shop
Ponder, TX
9:04 am


Hey Joe what do ya know?


That gets real irritating after the first 10 years Ralphie!

Ha, that’s why I do it. Well look who’s here the war hero. Hey Mr. Murphy how is civilian life treating you? All the girls flocking to touch your metals? Say kidding aside I really do want to thank you for what you did over there. Medal of Honor and all that. Pretty amazing. It must have been rough?

It was just luck of the draw Ralphie. Just luck of the draw.

I suppose. The bullet with your name on it just wasn’t made. I’m old enough now to join up. You think this dust up with the Reds will last long. I mean can’t we just bomb em to hell with our abombs?

I suspect we would have done it already Ralphie. I’m afraid there is bad news that we were just discussing when you busted in here. Walter Winchell is talking about a bombing raid that didn’t turn out so good. He’s claiming that we lost an abomb and most of the bombers were shot down. He says his sources tell him the Reds have some kind of German Wonder Weapon for shooting down our bombers.


Man, you’re kidding right? That’s just terrible news Mr. Murphy. What’re we going to do about it?

Well Ralphie I’m joining up again. It looks like I have to show them how it’s done again.

If you’re joining Mr. Murphy so am I! We’ll show em a thing or two together won’t we Mr. Murphy?

I suppose you are old enough Ralphie but you better talk it over with your parents.

Can I go with you to the recruiting office Mr. Murphy? It would sure be an honor to be with you when we sign up.

All right it’s a deal Ralphie but you have to talk to your parents first.

Oh alright but don’t sign up without me OK Mr. Murphy. Promise me now. Don’t sign up without me.

OK Ralphie I promise.

You sure you want to do this Audie? You’ve done your part. Maybe it’s time someone else stepped up for a change.

I thought about that long and hard Joe. I think we have to get this over right fast and us Vets are the fastest way to get this done. The government spent lots of time and money into training us to kill Nazis and Nips. I guess that same training can be used to kill Reds too. Don’t worry we’ll probably be used for desk jobs and young guys like Ralphie will do the actual fighting. I suspect our experience makes us Vets pretty valuable for training these gungho youngsters who missed the last one. We’ll see but I do know that we have to take these guys real serious and it’s going to be a hard fight ahead of us. I don’t give a rats ass about the Germans but I got real fond of the French and Brits and it just doesn’t seem right that we leave em in a lurch and run away with our tail between our legs. As I see it this Stalin is maybe even worse than Hitler and I just can’t see us lying down and letting him undo everything we fought for. One dictator is the same as another. Besides if we leave him alone he’ll figure out a way to attack us I’m sure. From what I read he hates our way of freedom and the way we do business. Well I happen to like it myself and I’m going to see that we keep on keeping on.

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Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press.

America’s greatest hero is going to show us how to do it again. Audie Murphy has re-enlisted and wants all the vets out there to join him.

According to Murphy “One dictator is the same as another. Besides if we leave Stalin alone and let him sit there in Paris… he’ll figure out a way to attack us I’m sure. From what I read he hates our freedom and the way we do business. Well I happen to like the way we do business and I’m going to see that we keep on keeping on.”

Amen Audie Amen.

Monday, October 25, 2010

What is the Name of that Mountain Range

Central Group of Armies

Marshal Rokossovsky Quarters

August 12th, 1946

09:49 Hours


We are having more and more contact with the Americans. Logic would dictate that they will try and make a stand soon if only to show their oppressed masses that they are trying to stop the all conquering Red Army.


You can stop the communist rhetoric Nikolai, the commissar is not here. I think your assessment is correct. We must see if we can disrupt their plans. Send the OMSBON Operational Groups ahead and order them to press forward until they have passed through the mountains ahead. What is the name of that mountain range again?


The Pyrenees comrade.


Why can’t I ever remember that name? How much of an obstacle will they pose for our armored units?


They are a formidable barrier into Spain. They have not been tested since the days of Charlemagne. Their reputation has been enough to deter any invaders that contemplated an attack through them. Any modern armies would most certainly have used the relatively easier terrain on both coasts. I do recall an anti Franco faction that tried a route through the middle of the mountains in late 1944. The name Vielha comes to mind.


Despite the small victory by the air force on the NATO battleships they will still be available near the coasts. Our flanks will always be in the flux if we make a major attack on either end of the Pyrenees. I have no doubt that we can accomplish our objectives but at a great cost. Send a heavy reconnaissance force to this city of Vielha and see if the Americans have defended it yet. Give them as much air support as we can and let’s see what we are facing. If they can force their way through then be in position to follow up swiftly. If not then we will have to prepare general assault on the various other passes through the mountains. If these fail we will again have to figure out a way to neutralize the NATO navies and go around the flanks.


May I suggest comrade Marshal that we start operations in Italy and in Greece. Our allies are anxious to get their share of the spoils of war. Their knives are sharp and the Bulgarians are eager to make up for past deeds done by the Greeks. The Romanians will do whatever we ask of them. They want to please their Uncle Joe.


I personally hope the Turks give us reason to attack. My family owes them for what they did in the old times.


Yes we all have those old wounds eh? Family stories about this massacre or that expulsion. It’s not easy to keep them all straight but we all seem to have them.


I will recommend that we begin operations in Italy and Greece but we must wait for the order to attack from the Kremlin. Stalin prefers to stay focused on the task at hand.