Indsendt: 5. juli
If masterminding the below sounds like your idea of a good time then this game may be for you (warning: TL;DR).September 1941
The dark of the night was lit up by the bombs dropped by the He-111s and Fw-190s. RAF Hurricanes tried to respond but were met by the escorting Bf-109s. The bombers pounded the remnants of the British army dug in around London and throughout Kent, the motley handful of survivors from a disastrous attempt to turn around the war through a raid on Germany itself via Kiel. Few survived that as the British army was quickly cut off, surrounded and annihilated.
However tonight the bombs weren't the only thing falling from the sky. Other shapes came down, softly, dangling beneath canopies. Paratroopers of the XXIV Fallschirmjäger Korps commanded by Generalleutnant Student dropped throughout Dover, immediately assaulting the harbour and RAF Hawkinge. Less than half an hour later, with the battle for these key locations ongoing, explosions rocked the coastal defences as three Admiral Hipper class Heavy Cruisers opened fire whilst landing craft flooded into Dover, disgorging thousands of marines in support of the paratrooper drop. The Home Fleet could do nothing to disrupt the landings, with the Channel being completely dominated by the German main fleet consisting of the battleships Bismarck, Tirpitz, Schlesien and Scharnhorst in support of the gargantuan super-battleship Götz von Berlichingen with an escorting screen of destroyers.
But all of this was a distraction from the real attack. A couple of hours after the initial assault, with all of the British attention on Dover, almost a hundred and fifty miles further west a second wave of paratroopers dropped onto Bournemouth. The British Army had nothing in the area to respond with other than handfuls of local garrison troops and Home Guard units which were quickly overwhelmed by the elite German troops and the harbour taken. With the door now kicked in transport ships steamed into the harbour, disembarking the XVII and XXII Panzerkorps which quickly spread in all directions. The biggest push being, of course, for London and from there to Dover.
On the outskirts of London a brief armour battle broke out with the remanants of the once-proud British armoured divisions fighting tenaciously but hopelessly to prevent the assault from breaking through into the capital itself. Eventually, however, the inevitable happened and as paratroopers stormed the gates of Buckingham Palace the British Army retreated from London. The forces fighting in Dover, now cut off entirely and surrounded, fought ferociously to break through with some limited successes. But for many, completely out of fuel and ammunition, all they could do was surrender. Britain was not yet conquered, but with two supply routes from France forced open and more German divisions arriving every hour the end result was no longer in question, it was just a matter of time.January 1942
I sip my coffee in a Parisian cafe as I study the reports from across the Channel. Five long months since the first attack but now the British Isles are almost completely pacified. I sign off on the orders to begin transferring the Panzerarmees under my command back to France and from there to the eastern front, as well as to Student's recommendation to let his two Fallschirmjäger Korps cross the border into Ireland to finish off the last potential threat in the theatre. I lean back in my chair and sigh with fatigue, staring at nothing.
A cough brings me back to my senses. An aide holds out a piece of paper, snapping a salute, a staff car idling behind him. Raising a brow I take the paper and read it. Stalin has finally made his move with an attack near Königsberg. Worse, a large force of the Red Army has also assaulted Finland and the Finns are close to breaking point. My attention is needed in the east, personally.
I stand, carefully settle my cap into place and drop some money on the table and make for the staff car whilst asking the aide to find out the progress on the Panzer VIII Maus super heavy tank project I ordered for development. I think I'm going to need some very big guns for this one...