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OstAfrika Korp by soundwave3591 OstAfrika Korp by soundwave3591
German forces of a little Alt-history timeline I call TL: Ostafrika.

in this version of history, Hitler decides to commit himself to the destruction of Britain and her commonwealth: To this end, after securing military alliances with the Scandinavian and Eastern European powers to contain Russia, he turns his entire military strength against Britain.

things do not go well, to say the least. with his limited seapower and the short range of his Air force, Hitler's attempt to land troops on the British Isles ends in failure, with over 25000 men lost.

with this shattering defeat, Hitler, his confidence shaken, turns military operations over to the general Staff, turning his full attention to other matters, involving the SS.

it was at this time that the Wehrmacht approached retired General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the fantastically successful and highly acclaimed commander of German forces in East Africa in World War One. knowing he still commanded fierce loyalty among the Askari, the colonial forces he commanded, the OKW wanted the old warrior to return to Africa as commander of a new army, to wage war on the British. despite his harsh criticism of the Nazi regime, von Lettow-Vorbeck relished the opportunity to again command in battle, and upon being informed that Hitler was not his direct superior any longer accepted the Command.

with the assistance of the Italians and anti-British Egyptian officers, a task force of German and Italian light cruisers escorted Freighters loaded with 500,000 men, tanks and aircraft, fought their way through Suez into the Indian ocean. despite losses along the way, a series of air bases organized in the middle east and Itlaian Ethiopia are able to give support to the German forces, allowing them time to land. Von Lettow-Vorbeck quickly reorganized the Askari, who flocked to their "commander," and a beachhead was soon organized and expanding. at the same time, a small force of Germans cross through Italian East Africa and invade the lost territory from the North.
the General eyed the addition of Tanks and Aircraft to his command with a skeptical eye, recalling that his successful campaign of the Great war was fought with salvaged guns and wild animals for weapons and transport. while he quickly learned the value of his aircraft, his tanks, with limited fuel and little in the way of opponents, were soon reduced to mobile strongpoints in the expanding beachhead.

British and Belgian colonial forces were driven back on all fronts, and Tanzania was soon back  in German hands.
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HockeyFanatic154 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your designs. would it be ok with you if i use some for a project i'm working on? i'll give you full credit.
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
i'd rather you didn't, if that's OK.
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HockeyFanatic154 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok. i understand. you would like to keep your work to yourself. thanks anyway. :)
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Student Writer
I recognize some of this work as not his own....

So it makes no sense for him to say this.
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whodatninja9386020 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
8-cm multiple launcher 
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LittleBigAias Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Das ist und Nebelwerfer!~
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seanchow806 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, could I have this story about the perspective on the Ostafrika Korps instead of the Afrika Korps in North Africa or otherwise on fanfiction?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
I wouldn't know where to post it.....
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Enrico1946 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is that a Mistel?? 
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
yes.
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seanchow806 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is my favourite alternate perspective that Paul Von Lettow-Vorbeck will come out of his retirement and win the hearts of Askari the fight again. What if Hitler plan to conquer East Africa, the very they have lost it after World War I and the Askaris will fight again including the blockade of Suez Canal to cut off the supply line to Egypt?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
that's the plan: the OKW intends to finish England off via starvation, after the disaster of operation Sealion. in addition to the U-boat fleet, military operations to cut England off from it's colonial riches are undertaken. East Africa is one of these.
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seanchow806 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Can the Askaris fight again along with newfangled world war 2 era planes and tanks?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
if you read some of the other comments, you'll find that the Panzerkorps will have little to do. though the Askari will benefit from air power.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Cool what if scenario there, but the profiles of the tanks and planes are well made :)
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Fan-tastic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
The tank up on the far left corner, isn't it French?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
yes, yes it is. Vichy France is taking a more...militant role in this Alt-History.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd like to make those dirty Germans eat some lead with an F6F Hellcat! 
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
good luck with that. that ME-262 would eat you alive.

and, IMO, the Afrika Korp and their leader, Rommel, deserve nothing but the utmost respect. even his enemies admired him, Churchill going so far as to commend him in the house of commons.

as to Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, he is the Only German General of WWI to be fully undefeated (he only surrendered after the war was over) AND the only one to invade British territory during WWI, and fought one of the most successful guerrilla campaigns of all time.  even after his death the 1980's, the Askari natives whom he had lead honored him, and remembered their Rifle drill (the latter allowed them to receive their pension from the German government, when they could not all produce the receipts the General had left for them in 1918: the officers handed each man a broom, and all 350 survivors performed their rifle drill without fail.)

BOTH these men deserve respect (and receive it from Germany, having regiments, streets and ships named for them) not only for thier tactical skills, but also for their devoted opposition to Hitler and his evil.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I suppose I spoke too soon. :( 
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
nothing to feel sorry for, my friend. modenr media has cast a foul brush on all Germans, and it takes some digging at the paint to see the few gems among the dark morass.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I must learn to open the books before I open my mouth if ever. Thank you for the information. 
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Huertgin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why so many Infantrymen with Stg's? Is this like a "What if Germany won kind of thing?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
The Germans had more time to develop infantry weapons: this is post-1941, in an alt-history where Hitler decides to finish Britain off before hitting Russia. however, Sealion is a disastrous setback, and it shakes his confidence in his command abilities. so the war is being run by the Generals, and they decide the best way to cripple Britain is a joint Sea blockade and cutting off Suez.
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Huertgin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good realistic call, having the Generals in charge gives Germany a much greater chance of Victory .. But I think it would be even more accurate if Hitler were assassinated, I feel like he would've never relinquished control unless he were killed
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
if that were the case, Germany likely would have devolved back into the Medieval fiefdoms, each one led by the old Prussians like Von Rundstedt, while the SS would have either dispersed or become a roving cult, akin to (da-dada-da!) the Teutonic knights. Hitler's governing system was so disorganized as to be non-functional: in order to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful, Hitler often gave different departments the same jobs, and set them against one another.  it's likely the Army would have taken over, and a true police state formed.
though, likely, the Nuremberg laws against the Jews would have been revoked, so that's something to consider.

one of the Key aspects of this AH is that, unlike IRL, Norway actually joins the Axis voluntarily, after learning of british plans to occupy Narvik to cut off Germany's Iron Ore supply. in a plan reeking of the same stench as Germany's invasion of Neutral Belgium in 1914, Britain is called out for hypocrisy, and her stance in the world suffers.
more importantly, however, is that Germany does not suffer the huge losses in warships that she did IRL in Norway: this will be vital later in the story.

another aspect of this AH is that Vichy France is more aggressive, as the apparent "abandonment" by the British and their destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-El Kibir, killing over 4000 Frenchmen, as well as the apparent good behavior of the Germans (the oppression did not come till later) drive a great many Frenchmen into the Nazi camp.
in late 1940, Petain, as a show of his support, offers the services of the rest of the French fleet to Raeder, who gladly accepts it: the French battleships can distract the British while Bismarck, Tirpitz and the other planned vessels are finished.

Gibralter comes under siege from French and Italian battleships and marines: Franco, meanwhile, "returns" the favor the Axis gave him, and has elements of the Blue Legion (the 47000 Spanish volunteers who fought with the Nazis on the Eastern Front IRL) seize the vital outpost. the flags of the four nations are raised on the Rock after severe fighting.

Britain, now cut off from her far eastern colonies, takes a desperate gamble, and tries to revive their dormant alliance with Japan: the the surprise of the British, Tokyo happily accepts. in exchange for Japanese troops securing British and other allied interests, the Japanese will have access to Fuel and resources in Asian colonies that were occupied by the Allies, such as the Dutch East Indies.
this act of magnanimity, combined with a Japanese agreement to Withdraw from CHina and pay reparations to Chiang Kai-shek, reopens their connection to the USA. this has been done with the advice of the New Japanese Prime minister: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
for Japan has taken notice of  much bigger threat to the North......a sleeping red bear that is starting to awaken......and Japan knows she cannot hold off the Russians on her own, despite her Naval superiority: Russia simply has to much in the way of resources: the two disastrous defeats Japan faced at Russian hands in the late 1930's has shown this.
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Huertgin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good lord! .. You've had a lot of time to plan this, haven you?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
I'm only just getting started: there's a great deal more to come....
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Huertgin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh awesome, like how they defeat the Japs?
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soundwave3591 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
things with Japan turn out VERY different...America's military might will be directed elsewhere...in a southern direction.

due to the common threat of the USSR and Japan's reaffirmed alliance with Britain, as well as the cordial relations encountered with Prime Minister Yamamoto, Japan and the United States will become, of not friends, at least Allies.
(this all stemmed from a mental image of the USS North Carolina and the IJN Kongo under attack from Russian fighter planes)

things come to a head when Stalin launches a dual assault on Manchuria and Alaska, seizing the islands of Attu and Kiska to use as jump-off points for further advance. Russian bombers hit Anchorage, and cut the railroad line to White Pass. at the same time, Argentinian and Paraguayan Pro-Nazi military officers sieze control of thier respective countries, cutting off resources vital to Britain and the USA, and sinking two British cruisers off Montevideo.
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Huertgin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, nevermind XD Interesting. Alternative :/
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DannetSink Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Amazing indeed.
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TrainzMan14578 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Wow, a Mistel! 
I love how a Ju-290 was in there!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Very interesting stuff. Some cool "what if" vehicles here. Intrigued by the uppermost panzers. Also dig the 109 getting a piggyback ride. 
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