When the Russians finally closed off the allied sectors in the blockade, bombers took off from airfields to aid civilians. After a week of the Allied airlift, Russian generals decided to shoot down any incoming craft. The British and American sectors were poised to break into East Berlin to free the economy and build a democratic government. Harry Truman made a speech condemning Russian action and justified the invasion plan. "We can not let these repressed peoples starve to death." said Truman at an emergency meeting in London. Meanwhile, Stalin still cut off East Berlin's airspace and put troops on high alert. On the 31st of June 1948, Operation Black Bear commenced.


Operation Black Bear commences. 500,000 American troops invade East Germany led by General Douglas MacArthur as Soviet airfields and installations are bombed in the opening weeks of the war. President Truman calls for the people of Europe to rise up against Communist Totalitarianism in a public speech. The Americans attack East Berlin, their objective: to force the Soviets to leave Germany. Although the Soviets are initially, stunned they soon begin to resist fiercely and soon the Allies realise they have made a terrible mistake. The Soviets have more artillery and T-34s and Soviet tanks are superior to the American Sherman. They use thousands of airplanes (many American made from lend lease). The Red Army overwhelms the US troops and, after a month, had been able to push Allied Forces back into West Germany, blaming America for starting World War II back up again. The Soviets are getting sympathy everywhere. In a speech in Red Square, Premier Stalin vows to eliminate the American aggression once and for all, while Britain and France declared themselves neutral, saying they did not wish for another World War. Secretly Stalin was wanted to spread Soviet influence to the rest of Europe but the American attack gives them a perfect cover story. By November 10th Hamburg is encircled and the Red Army have overrun Coburg. Red Army soldiers give the same treatment to German civilians as they did in Germany in 1945. American forces are outnumbered by 7-1 and they have lost all foreign support as Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Iceland and Canada all renounce there alliance with America. The United States of America now stand alone against forces of the Soviet Union.


Soviet T-34 tank


American Forces have been pushed back to the Rhineland, and are sparsely fighting as they wait for additional forces. President Truman, just barely re-elected, orders the full force of the U.S. military be moved to Europe to stop the Soviet expansion. By March, U.S. forces have managed to check the Soviet advance. President Truman commits more troops to Europe and sends envoys to Moscow to negotiate peace. So far the talks have been unsuccessful. As General MacArthur suggests that the U.S. use the Nuclear Option to end the war quickly, Russia shocks the world in August with their first atomic test. The reaction in the U.S. is mass hysteria; people are calling for a nuclear bombing campaign against the Soviets before they can launch an attack on American soil. President Truman orders several B-29s with nuclear payloads be transferred to France to begin bombing runs against the Soviets as soon as possible. President Truman switches America back into a war economy and hundreds of thousands of US veterans from WW2 are recalled. Millions more enlist or are drafted and sent overseas. Soon, the size of American ground forces swell in Europe. New jet aircraft are rushed through development and testing and are mass produced. Superior American armored vehicles and weapons are produced. The US government puts pressure on neutral European powers to get involved or lend support to the American forces.


By February the US military presence in Europe is as strong as it was before VE Day, and the first series of nuclear bombers have arrived.Great Britain and France allow the US to launch bombers on their soil, but still refuse to sent military aid. American B-29s launch from Britain and France on March 13th, after continued rejection of peace from the Soviets, and Operation Vesuvius begins. The US drops Hiroshima size bombs on Coburg, and the Soviet line outside of Hamburg during the first day of bombings killing close to 150,000 Red Army troops. American armies launch a massive offensive, Shermans are replaced with M26 Pershing tanks in all American Armored units, and the first M48 Patton tanks arrive (rushed through production) and outclass Soviet WW2 era tanks, give American tanks an advantage over T-34s, but still outnumbered by Soviet tank armies. US deploy the first German divisions to fight the Soviets many are German veterans from WW2 (using either left over German weapons or American weapons). The USAF deploy F-86 Saber Jet's and large air fleets from newly produced bombers, the B-36, B-32 and B-29. Also rushed through testing and mass produced, new generations of Jet bombers B-47's, and B-49's gain air superiority, and begin to attack Soviet cities and factories using long range bombers. The US pacific fleet use carrier aircraft to attack Vladivostok. American forces in the Pacific attack Soviet occupied North Korea and drive them out. Long range bombers based in Japan are used to attack Soviet factories in Siberia. On March 15th, the US bombs Kraków and Leningrad from Norway and Germany; and from airfields in China paid for with funds to the Republic of China to finish off Mao's army, the US destroys the Semipalatinsk Test Site, crippling the Soviet Nuclear Weapons Program. US troops take back Berlin by the end of the year.


A civil war begins in the Soviet Union as Stalin refuses to surrender to the United States. Farmers from the Ukraine and Samii begin attacking Soviet troops and rioting, demanding for the Communist Party to negotiate peace. Many Soviet leaders and generals see Stalin descending into madness as they see that the Soviet union presently unable to beat the USA, and many compare his insane orders to Hitler's. In early summer Americans forces begin an overwhelming offensive in East Germany, with thousands of tanks and aircraft that dwarfs any American field army ever fielded. Soviets attempts to counterattack and cut off the American spearhead are destroyed by air power and in one occasion the use of an Atomic bomb. On August 3rd, Mao Zedong is killed by US and ROC forces during a raid on a US air base that has been bombing Soviet forces. American forces drive deeper into Siberia from China but make little progress from the weather conditions, and Soviet and Communist Chinese forces give a stubborn resistance. The Chinese Communist Party quickly begins to lose support without their leader. During this same month the Allied forces cross into Poland, and continue to push back the Soviets as their internal conflict keeps them fighting a war on two fronts. With the war dragging on, and casualties mounting, there are calls for President Truman to bomb Moscow and end the war. the US air force use overwhelming air power and destroy Soviet infrastructure. and make it difficult to supply the Soviet armies at the front, also attack Soviet oil refineries in the Caucasus and disrupt the flow of oil. In the winter of that year the Soviets launch a massive counter offensive to through back the Americans. Using winter weather to their advantage. Soviets deploy strong tank armies equipped with new T-54 tanks, and with over 2.8 million infantry many equipped with new AK- 47s. Along with large number of MiG 15 Jets, and supporting jet bombers.


At first the quality of the forces attacking take the Americans by surprise (built up shock armies and elite NKVD troops are used) and push the Americans back. But as the Americans reorganize, the Soviet counter attack falters because front line units suffer from supply shortages and have out paced their own supply lines, and do not have overwhelming numbers (the number of American troops deployed in Europe is at its highest at any time before), once the weather over the battlefield of Poland clears up, the US air force attacks in force and beat back the Soviets. The Americans and allied forces - German divisions under American command - counter attack and the largest tank battles in history unfolds as the largest air battle in history is fought - the USAF and the red air force fight it out - but superior American logistics and superiority in material and air power win the battle. American air power cripples the Soviet supply lines. But the battle ends with thousands of aircraft and tanks from both sides liter the battlefield and over millions troops from both sides are lost. The Soviets retreat consolidates their forces in Belorussia (Belarus) to slow further American movement towards the Motherland. The Soviets use for the first time an atomic bomb on the front line American units (even though the fallout drifts back toward the Soviet line), the blast and radiation kill or wounds over 120,000 American soldiers. The US responds with atomic-bombing the forces just outside of Kiev, radiation poisoning soon kills millions within the city. Even with the loss, Stalin does not give in, and by summer American forces break through the Russian defense in Belorussia and head toward Moscow and a second force advances through the Ukraine. German generals who fought in Russia before in the German invasion advise the Americans, Field Marshal von Manstein commands the Germany expeditionary force under the Americans leadership. German units - one of the few European forces fighting along with Americans because other nations do not wish to get involved - fighting the Soviets particularly fight savagely for "revenge" for Soviet crimes in Germany, some German soldiers who fought for Fascism in Russian before are now advancing again in Russia this time for American democracy. American B-32 Dominators and B-29's fly long range missions and bomb Soviet factories beyond the Ural mountains. the Soviets use Tu-4 bombers and atomic bomb Tu-16 bomber to atomic bomb the east and west coast of America (with the last of the Soviets Nuclear weapons). American fighter defenses shoot down most of the bombers. But Seattle is hit directly with the bomb. Soviet air crews under attack would drop their payload over wherever they happen to be to escape fighter, an atomic bomb detonates 20 miles north of New York killing thousands from fallout in rural towns. A Atomic bomb is dropped on the outskirts of Washington D.C. killing ten of thousands but the federal buildings and center of the Capital remains undamaged. President Truman's calls to end the war are now a roar, and on September 3rd, 1952; he orders that Moscow be atomic bombed, but with a new type of bomb the Hydrogen bomb newly created by Edward Teller. The city, with most of the Soviet leaders, is destroyed, killing millions more. The large blast radius kills hundreds of thousands of Red Army troops that surrounded Moscow to fight off an American attack on the city. The Red Army being pushed back under supplied and with little fuel for their armor, with casualties not even the Soviet Union can sustain the Soviets agree for peace talks. President Truman announces the day after the peace talks begin in Kiev that he will not run for re-election.


The Treaty of Kiev is signed, and the Second World War finally comes to an end after fourteen years of fighting. The Americans dictate terms for the treaty, the territory taken from Poland and Germany is given back to those nations and the massive deportation of Germans ends and people are returned to their homeland. This also includes German POWs/scientists and engineers from WW2 . The Soviet puppet governments in Eastern European are destroyed and a democratic government is in place. The Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states are made into independent nations (under US influence). The US eradicates Communist revolutions in other countries (China, Greece, and Turkey). The Soviet armed forces are demobilized, and Soviets can no longer produce nuclear weapons or rocket technology, and all advanced Soviet technologies including their tanks, small arms, Jets and Rockets are turned over to the US. And large reparations are paid back to the US (but the Soviet Union is still an independent nation). President Truman, after signing the treaty, introduces a proposal before the United Nations, that would ban the use or proliferation of nuclear weapons by any nation in the future. It is ratified the day he leaves office, and the new President, Dwight D. Eisenhower is sworn into office, promising to bring about a new era of peace for the world. President Truman dies one month after leaving office. By the end of the year President Eisenhower signs the American Highway Act into law, beginning the first stages of US domestic reconstruction.


US forces begin withdrawing from Europe and begin funding the "European Highway Act" alongside their own. The plan would unite Europe by highways, and allow commerce and reconstruction to begin much more easily now that the Iron Curtain was torn down before it could even go up. German economy recovers as American efforts to build up their industry to fight the Soviets and infrastructure rebuilt as railways and roads are built up to aid in the transfer of troops and material from west to east across Germany. The German military is built again during the course of the war and millions of Russian and Polish settlers in German territory put in by the Soviets in the resettlement and explusion from formerly German territory in 1945 are expelled and formerly displaced German peoples reclaim their homes in the east. Other western European powers recover more slowly as American bitterness over the fact that no other former allies aided the Americans in the military effort against the Soviets. British and French economy slip into a massive recession similar to the Great Depression as American aid is a trickle. Later on the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine is purchased by Germany as the French government is desperate for revenues. By the end of the year the Germany has more land than it did in before 1939 (territory in Czechoslovakia, some of western Poland, and the Polish Corridor is annexed to Germany in the aftermath of the war), German territory is equal to that of German territory pre-1914 in Europe. The now unified Germany with its industry, infrastructure, and military rebuilt emerges as a potent European Power and an economic power house. The British and French colonial empires fall apart much quicker because of the weaken states of those nation's economy and the native people in colonies demanding independence, and the lack of American aid and support. Communist efforts in Asia, Africa and South America continue, Soviets secretly send supplies to these movements (but at a extremely small level) and use arms dealers to supply them,the Soviet government is in disarray as with leadership destroyed in the H-bombing of Moscow, a famine kills thousands of citizens in Russia because of the war and the Soviet refuses to accept foreign aid, a new civil war erupts in the Soviet Union as different factions fight for dominance. The American empire is a sphere of influence from The Ukraine, North Africa, Middle east, Asia (Korea, Japan, and the new Republic of China with the Chinese Communists defeated). The United States also emerges as the world's sole superpower with a flattened, crippled and restricted USSR, and the British empire quickly falling apart, and slip into a massive depression.

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