NECRO THREAD BUMP
So, A while back I wrote what amounted to a short story about an alternate history where Hitler is assassinated in 1943. Well, I'm going to alternate *that* history.
I learned recently that in 1943, after Stalingrad but before Kursk, the USSR made feelers for peace with the Germans. In real life, these weren't considered seriously by Germany until later 1943. By then, the Soviets were less serious, changed their conditions and of course as the fortunes turned more and more against Germany, those offers were withdrawn.
So, I will take this thread thus:
Stalingrad occurs just as in our timeline.
Von Manstein's counter blow restores the front and deals the Reds a serious blow, just as in our timeline.
Hitler goes to the Ukraine to meet with his front HQs to discuss the upcoming summer offensive, just as in our timeline.
German and Soviet agents meet in Sweden to discuss feelers for peace, returning to the borders of September 1, 1939 (this means a free Baltic States and for Finland as well, FYI), just as in our timeline
*Plot Twist* The assassination attempt on Hitler (which failed in real life) succeeds in my alternate universe. The new Führer, Hermann Goering, pursues the feelers, makes some counter proposals for borders (nothing major) and suspends the Kursk offensive.
So, how would the war in the West proceed? Would the USSR then pursue a war with Japan? Would Stalin survive? The invasion of Sicily and subsequently Italy would occur, just as in our timeline, but by October 1943, the German Army is really reinforcing the west (It maintains a strong presence on the Eastern "border" with the USSR and its puppet state of Poland, naturally), but how would this affect the war in Italy? How would the defences of France look? In our timeline, 3rd Canadian Division faced off against 3 Panzer Divisions (albeit they were sent in piecemeal and not as a proper corps) and emerged victorious. How would the landings survive a counter blow by the 1st SS Panzer Korps? Would there be landings?
I'll ponder this and ponder that and see what I can come up with!