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The Globe

1936 Europe


Gear Kreig is a world where super science rules. Walkers, super-tanks and tesla rays share the battlefield with simple peasants armed with molotov cocktails. I've modified my campaign to make it more detailed and realistic as well as more cinematic, than the core GK war game, in order to deepen its appeal and add more plot twists. Bellow you will find a timeline derived from GK as to what changes I have made to it. Feel free to change or play around with it as you see fit.


Pre-1939

USA: Heavy industrialization continues at an ever increasing pace for the coming war. Factories are being raised at incredible numbers to make the United States, along with the Soviet Union, the most powerful industrialized countries on the face of the planet.

The Great Commonwealth: Canada copies the US and also begins heavy industrialization at the request of the British government, knowing full well that the German aggression must be stopped.

France: With a very strong industrial capacity itself, France hopes to overcome Germany and become the superpower of the continental Europe. Its industrial capacity is hampered however by the confusing centralization of the French heavy industry, and the slow french burocracy.

Greater Germany: Invests heavily into super science research such as chemical, walker and rocketry technology, giving itself a technological lead through the war in these departments. Also invests into heavy industrialization, pumping large amount of production capacity into the army (yielding in more walkers and heavy armour) as well as the navy (more advanced and larger submarines as well as the first german carrier), but fails to invest into the long range bomber programs, in the end never producing a decent long range aviation arm.

The Soviet Union: Continues its ever increasing rapid industrial growth, driven by Stalin's mad desires to become the most powerful nation on earth.

The Japanese Empire: Also takes its cue from the rest of the world, increasing its war capacity. The navy and air force get the greatest share of these new resources, but the army does not suffer either, investing into articulated walker technology, yielding larger walker numbers and later thanks to german technology transfer, a sizable number of powered infantry forces.

1940-1941

The Great Commonwealth: Industrialization in the colonies of Canada and South Africa continues, yielding in large numbers of Lend Lease arms sent to the USSR, as well as a larger amount of steel (planes, armour, walkers) being sent to the UK. Rocketry and jet research also receives substantial resources, beginning to yield first results by 1942.

Greater Germany: The hurried appointment of Albert Speer as the industrial minister, as well as the capture of a large part of the French armament industry allows the Germany to exponentially increase its production capacity, fielding heavy tanks in sizable numbers, as well as increasing aircraft and submarine production considerably. A large swath of the french navy also falls pray to german special units, and is in turn absorbed into the Kriegsmarine or passed into the Italian hands. The Atlantic war goes well for the germans, with their wolf packs racking considerable kill lists at the cost of the allied convoys.

Italy: Mercy gifts from germany of french ships as well as a number of captured french armour and sizable amount of obsolete artillery allows for the marginal improvement of the Italian armed forces, but a sizable improvement in the Italian navy, which, togheder with the German navy, becomes something of a menace to British and US navl forces in the Mediterranean.

The Soviet Union: With the German aggression of 1941, huge allocation of resources is placed on the rapid movement and construction of industry away from german hands. Super science gets its well deserved recognition as well with weapon, walker and rocket technology receiving a large allocation of resources. British transfers of Tesla technology as well as NKVD spies rummaging through french workshops in the confusing days of 1940 gives USSR a rapid boost to its eager scientists and engineers.

1942-43

USA: Due to great strides in improving the industrial base, American forces field huge numbers of new wonder weapons. Armor, Aircraft and Walker research and production yields in ever more powerful fighters, tanks and walkers. Bomber production grows in huge bounds, but the lowly infantryman doesn't suffer either, with APC's and Bazookas being produced in huge numbers with the first examples of US Recoilless Rifles and Powered Suits entering service in late 1943.

The Great Commonwealth: Rocketry research continues in the UK, yielding in first rocket bikes, rifles and missiles entering service in the beginning of 1942. RAF Bomber force increases as well with many victories lowering much of occupied French and German industrial output in 1942, however making painfully slow and costly progress in 1943 with the appearance of German Rocket Fighters and the new ever increasingly deadly Flak Rockets.

Greater Germany: Though the worsening situation in Africa, the collapse of the Stalingrad pocket and allied bombings of Fortress Europe were beginning to take their toll on the Nazi war machine. However technology once again comes to help with new walkers, heavy tanks, first examples of powered armour beginning to reach the front lines thanks to the new heavy, rocket and jet fighters as well as the new Flak and air to air rockets, which severely slow the allied bombings, making them pay dearly for even the smallest success. The costly Kursk debacle however, puts the Eastern Front on the defensive, straining the german army and tying up many resources there.

The Soviet Union: With the soaring production and research capacity, the Red Army introduced scores of new equipment into its ranks. Thousands of new tanks, walkers, and a huge drove of super science weapons increased the war fighting capability of the red forces many fold, with the victories in Stalingrad and Kursk as proof of this. With the great tide of Soviet steel mounting opposite the german front, Stalin pushed for larger and larger offensives to pry back the motherland from the invaders at all costs.

The Japanese Empire: With the pressure of the American and Commonwealth forces baring down on them the Empire knew only to well that they could not match the output of the Allied industry and needed to inflict maximum casualties on the Allies as quickly as possible. With their new super science technology however, droves of new aircraft, tanks as well as many new kamikaze weapons and easily produced powered infantry exoskeletons improved the striking power of the Japanese forces considerably.

1944

USA: More numerous and advanced walkers, tanks, aircraft began to see service with the armed forces, increasing their power even further than ever before. Helicopters and powered armor started appearing in more and more numerous numbers adding new capabilities to these forces as well. The costly and almost failed Normandy landings finally allowed the bulk of the Army to move into Fortress Europe. The huge numbers of bombers however were offset however by german high technology (jet, rocket, missiles) and each strategic bombing, no matter how large, suffered costly losses, and many were even forced to turn around. Aerial Infantry and Rangers in response made many deep strikes to destroy the German C&C and air defense complexes, slowly but steadily crippling their defenses. All this caused some damage to the german war industry, but but otherwise the allies failed to cripple the war machine that kept the armed forces fighting with almost fanatic zeal. The secret american Manhattan project was also stalled by close to 20 months, when a secret unit of Rockettruppen and Kommando deployed by a Kraken U-boat attacked the research complex killing many scientists and destroying many documents before being forced to retreat.

The Great Commonwealth: With the Normandy invasion the concentration of British high command fell upon western europe. There the allies steadily and slowly won ground, and both sides paid a high price in blood for it. By the end of 1944 the allies had reconquered close to half of french soil. The german V-1 and 2 rocket menace grew stronger over the british isles however, causing the british bomber command as well as special forces to concentrate on whiping the production and launch sites, wherever they were found. Further advances were also made with the first recoilless rifles and later guided missiles entering service.

Greater Germany: Many new technological advances were made by German scientists in 1944, yeilding in new and improved wonder weapons hitting the front, and togheder with new tanks, planes, walkers and equipement, these made a tremendeus difference improving the power of the nazi forces considerably. The eastern front held, with the german army retreating slowly but counterattacking swiftly, draining the Red Army of its huge reserves of man and equipement, though slowly paying the price itself. The more anticipated landings in western europe were handled rather badly, and while the allies were almost pushed back into the sea, they slowly recovered, making the german army fight hard and dearly for each km of french (greater german) soil. At the end of 1944 germany was still holding half of western france in its grasp, while engaged in life and death strikes and counterstrikes against Red Army forces all throughout white russia and ukraine.

The Soviet Union: By now the red army and airforce were humongous organizations, filled with tens of thousands of rugged tanks, walkers, planes supported by millions of men eager for revenge sporting thousands of super science weapons. However, their skill overall was still quite poor, and combined with Stalins psychopathic orders and strategy, They were simply sent west in a cloud of steel and meat. The german hold and counterstrike tactics were than draining the soviet formations of blood while draining the germans of ground. But by the end of 1944, much of the Union had been retaken, and the troops were beggining to gain valuble tactical and strategic experience, causing the germans more and more headaches.

The Japanese Empire: As the war industry struggled to keep up with the losses, much of the pacific became a battleground. Troops clashed in jungles as aircraft, carriers and battleships battled at sea. Each battle causing both sides terrible losses, yet the USA would always come back with more. Would the japanese fighting spirit, even agumented with all this technology hold up, or was there more sacrifice necessary to push the allies away from all the territory taken at such a dear cost?