Wars on the Horizon
BETA Version 5.5 Scen 90 Updated 4-19-20 : https://www.dropbox.com/s/g8bfeaxalyizzoh/WoTH%208Z.zip?dl=0
Art Link: Air art is in the same file as above
This is an alternative history scenario. The bases of this mod is that most everyone seen war coming and started to prepare for it a lot earlier than in real life. This mod is based off of John 3rds Between the Storms. A big thanks goes out to those who are listed and others I can't think right now for their help. John 3rd and his team, Symon and his team, JuanG, Skylands, Paradigmblue, Koniu, Gary Childress and others.
Washington Naval Conference (LNT) happened late in 1922. A 5:5:3 ratio in battleships was achieved. Mutsu was already in service by this time. Japan argued for the Amagi class battlecruisers. Japan got to keep on Amagi class BC, while the US got 2 Lexington class BCs, and the British got 2 G3s. Two experimental carriers were allotted to each of the countries. US got two Kitty Hawk (Omaha Scout cruiser conversion), GB got an extra Hermes, and Japan built 2 Hosho's. Again 2 BC were converted to CVs.
London Naval Conference (LNT) was held in 1930. Japan and Britain didn't want any limits on the number of cruisers. The big 3 agreed that cruiser must be under 10,000 tons and guns would be under 8 inches. Carriers under 10,000 tons would not be added to CV tonnage. No limitations where placed cruiser hybrid. One extra CVL was allotted for each of the big 3.
After World War 1, Germany was allowed to keep its colonial possessions around the Bismarck sea. They started to build Rabaul into a moderate sized base. Plan Z was put into effect in the mid 1930s to prepare for the next war. The world threatened Germany for remilitarizing, but did not follow through with any of those threats. With a good portion of Plan Z competed the KM sent a potent raiding force to operate out of Rabaul.
Japan just like Germany started preparing for the next war in the 1930s. Japan knew that she needed resources, so she started looking around for them. They found some of them in China. In the early 1930s they invade Manchuria. In the late 30s they invade China. Japan was unable to get all the resources they needed, so they started looking around again. What they needed was controlled by the British, French and the Dutch. Japan was not able or willing to go to war in the 1930s. They needed time to prepare, equip and something else they just didn't know what else yet.
Japan leaves the LNT around 1933 after it was found to be building 2 new battleships (Fuso replacements). With resources coming in from potential enemies Japan decided not to build 4 super battleships and uses those resources to build a better military. The navy starts with 2 new 16 in gun BBs, and 2 new CBs (12 8in guns), with, 2 BCs (B65) and a fast 16 in BB being built. CVs, CAs, and CLs are standardized in the late 30s and early 40s. Hybrid cruiser/carriers are the new trend in the early and mid 30s. Japan turns the Chitose class seaplane carriers into G6 carriers, giving Japan 5 CAVs. Two old CLs are converted into CLAAs. Japanese aircraft are streamlined towards the Zero. Some research is put into long range bombers. Germans supplied the plans for a high speed fighter the HE 100. Even with a new modern navy, some of the best aircraft in the world. While watching Germany in Europe they form the first tank divison in China and accelerate another tank division. Japan needs something else to happen.
The world holds its breath as Japan and Germany prepare for war.
Britain was able to build 2 new G3 battlecruisers, an extra CVL after the WNT. During the 20s they converted all 5 Hawkins class cruisers to cruiser/carrier hybrids. With 5 CAs now hybrids GB decide to build 5 new CAs. They built the Surrey class CA in the early 1930s. With Germany, Japan, and the US building new large cruisers Britain builds the Drake class CB (12 9.2 in guns). Hermes and her sister ship Apollo are stationed in the Pacific. Force Z has been augmented with a CAV. A G3 is hunting for the German commerce raiders around Australia. Britain wakes up after what happens to the French in Indochina. Britain decides to prepare Malaysia for war. Singapore sees an increase in supplies and forts as do some other locations on the Malaysian peninsula. The RAF sees some modern planes in the form the long range escort fighter (Westland Whirlwind) and the hurricane.
With Germans sitting across the Bismarck Sea Australians built up several bases to watch the KM. After the start of the war the AIF tried to assault German bases. They suffered several defeats at and on the ground. They decided to contain the Germans and wait for help. Australia and New Zealand each buy a CAV in the mid 1930s to help protect their commerce fleets. The 7th Australian ID is at Sydney resting from its tour of duty in the middle east. Australia 1st Armored Division is planned to be formed in mid 42. With these two units resting and being formed an offensive is being planned against the Germans.
While watching the Germans start to rearm, France strengthened the Maginot line. War industries started to ramp up in 1939. During the phoney war period several frontline fighters and bombers are put into production. Germany attacks threw Belgium and the Netherlands. With these two countries putting up a stubborn defense, causing the Germans to eat up more supplies than they had planned for and enabling Britain and France to develop a second line of defense. The main units of the BEF and French army are not caught flat footed in the Flanders region. With supply lines strained and a an allied army in front of them the advance stalls. Germans and Italians launch a coordinated offensive on the 10th of June. The French gov realized that they could not stay in France. They decided to evacuate. With the help of the British and the close proximity to allies. They started to move the gov, industries, specialists and key military assets to England or North Africa to continue the fight.
Oct of 1940 Thailand invades French Indochina. Thai forces begin to get the upper hand on the French troops. Japan sees an opportunity with this new war. They start to openly send military assistance to the Thai's. Japanese combat units start to show up in northern Indochina cutting off the main supply route into China. This move draws criticism from both England and the United States. With supply lines stretched to the max and not enough military equipment to send they decide to sue for peace. As peace talks breaks down the French start to withdraw as much of their military forces as possible. The evacuated troops where slowly sent to Noumea. As newer and better equipment was delivered to French force in North Africa the older equipment was sent to the troops in the pacific. A small fleet of warships is dispatched to Noumea. Because of its aggressive actions towards France an embargo is forced upon Japan.
During the 30s the Netherland gov watch two potential adversaries start to either rearm and modernize their militaries. The Dutch realized that they couldn't rely on their neutrality or the help of a larger country to protect them. They decided to slowly build up the military of both the homeland and the DEIs. They bought a CAV from Britain and started building their battlecruisers and the Gerard Callenburg destroyers in the mid to late 30s. Several fighters and bombers were advanced. With some reaching the KNIL. The full mobilization and revitalized military helped the Netherlands hold off the Germans for over a week. This in return helped saved France from a quick defeat. After the defeat and occupation of the home land the KNIL started looking for arms suppliers. The US didn't hesitate to send what it could. KNIL was able to field 5 mechanized brigades.
Unites States did not sit by as everyone else prepared for war. They also took heed of the ominous signs. US built a few more cruisers in the 20s and 30s. Watching the Germans and Japanese put large cruisers in the Atlantic and Pacific, they decided to build 3 of their own Alaska class CBs. Five CLVs are built by the US 3 of which are serving in the Pacific in 1941. The military notices that 2 potentially hostile forces are between the US west coast and the Philippines. They decide to boost the land, naval and air forces of the US Far East Forces. Philippine ground forces are mobilized earlier, better fighters are present along with dive bombers, several more cruisers and a CVL (Kitty Hawk) are on station. The USAAC notices that it is deficient in front line fighters. They also see that they will need high altitude interceptors. The P39 is produced with its turbo supercharger. Giving it a better altitude and speed. USAAC also adds another fighter to its arsenal the P50 Skyrocket. The USN gets worried when they see that the fast Kongo class and the new BBs being produce can outrun and gun their best BBs. The Big 5 (Tennessee, and Colorado Class BBs) are extensively modernized. The results are they have better armor, AA, and speed.
Changes from BTS
PPs different for both sides. Both sides have some different or altered TFs.
2 Deutchland CBs
2 Squadrons BF 109s
2 Squadrons of Stukas
1 Patrol Squadrons
3 Inf RGTs
2 Art unit
Merchant raiders in * TF at Rabual
HE 100 (50 in the pool)
1st Tank Div ready to be formed in China
Accelerated 2nd Tank Division
2 Izum CBs (12 8in guns)
2 B65 BCs (14in guns)
1 BB (30Kt 16in gun)
More Shokau Kai CVs
More CVLs/CA/CLs Later game
2 Old CLs now CLAA
1st Tank Div
7th ID at Sydney
Big 5 BBs modernized (27kts better armor, AA)
3 Alaska class accelerated
Other ships accelerated
P39 with turbro supercharger
Several AC are accelerated or run longer or have more produced
USMC CD Bns changed
1 Drake CB (12 9.2in guns)
Maylasia better supplied more forts less disruption for some troops
Some AC have higher productions runs
200th Tank divison
several Corps at or close to full strenght
4 Gerard Callenburgh DDs
1 1047 BC
5 Mech BDEs
GI Fokker Fighter
Fokker Torpedo Bomber
4 Inf BDEs
1 Tank Bn (no replacements)
1 CD unit/BF
Nomeau built up
AC Upgrade path
2 Fighter Squadrons (MS
2 Bomber Squadrons
1 Patrol Squadrons
Disruption has been lowered
This mod uses the DBB extended map.
I also have stacking limits in my game.
Juan G's aircraft purchase program is used in this mod.
This is a PBEM mod. I don't know how the AI will work with the changes.
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