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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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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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