68 years ago World War 2 began for America, truly, officially, and publicly began. The Japanese empire attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor with the hopes of knocking out the country’s Pacific fleet, and letting them go on to conquer the entirety of the Pacific Ocean.
Some people say that it wasn’t truly a surprise attack, and clearly the withdrawing of the Carrier’s leads others to think someone somewhere knew something. But these allegations all come after the fact. All the conspiracy theorists, and pacifists, and overall cowards question why Pearl Harbor was allowed to happen.
Imagine for a moment that it was prevented.
- Would we have went to war with Japan and/or the Axis Powers?
- Yes, but that war would be drastically different.
For starters you wouldn’t have a near unanimous approval of our entry into WW2 by the public. And if the public doesn’t support the war, the war is lost. You can’t spend millions of dollars, or send hundreds of thousands of men over seas if they aren’t willing to go. That being said, our presence in the European theater would have been drastically different. Hitler would have done all he could to not go to war with us, because he knew that if we got involved, it was only a matter of time before he lost everything. And seeing as we wouldn’t have been directly thrown into the war, the public would be torn over going into Europe, so we can assume that we wouldn’t have been in Europe fully for at least another year (if England even lasted that much longer. Because if England fell, then everything changes, but that’s beyond the scope of this alternate reality).
So the public is more or less behind the Pacific war, and because we stopped Pearl Harbor, 95% of the Pacific fleet is intact. We begin to advance across the ocean stopping at every island and forceably removing all remaining Japs from them. This continues all the way to the Japanese mainland. Now because we still have our entire fleet, we are able to make it there with little fuss, and in alittle over 2 years. The Japs are unable to do any major damage to us because we know where they are (because we were able to decipher their messages long before Pearl Harbor). This causes a huge demoralization to the Japanese, but they continue to fight regardless.
Because the War has gone well, and we made it so far so fast, we are left with 2 choices, a blockade, or an invasion. The Atomic bomb has not been finished yet, so we can’t bomb them into submission with it.
Depending on what General was in charge, and what President was in office. (Lest we forget, this war was not backed 100%, so FDR’s decision to enter it after Pearl Harbor doesn’t really happen, and breaking all his promises he campaigned with could lead to some changes in the next election), this is a pressing matter. For the sake of this reality, we will go with an invasion, because I said so.
D-day happens on the beaches on Japan instead of France, and instead of liberation of a nation, it’s occupation. Same thing almost. Because the Japanese mainland has already been bombed heavily, resistance is little if any in most places. American GIs make their way to Tokyo, and quickly take control of the country. The Empire of Japan has come to an end, and the United States of America adds it’s latest addition to it’s bag of territories.
Back to Europe
American troops come to the aid of England just when they thought it would never happen, or about Fall 1942. However moral is low, supplies are gone, and Hitler has a near impenetrable hold on the greater part of Europe. He has fortified his positions along the entire coast. Things are going the same in Russia as they really did go, not well. However, not having to worry too much about American troop involvement, or buildup has let the Axis powers flourish. They spread themselves out along northern Africa, and decimate the English troops there. Rommel is soon sent to use his magic on the Eastern front, and things begin to turn.
By late 1943 American support is waning, they had just about won the Pacific war, and that’s all they really cared about to begin with. Pressure is on to leave the silly Europeans to fend for themselves. But equal pressure is there to try and liberate the Europeans from the grip of the Nazis. Stuck in this dilemma, troops are sent, but not nearly enough to make any difference, Hitler thrives.
The Eastern front hits a stalemate, neither side can make any significant advances over the year, but a truce is not called. This continues well into 1945. During this time, Nazi scientists have been making progress on atomic weapons. Great progress. Ironicly in August of 1945 Luftwaffe bombers are sent towards Moscow, on board is a nuclear bomb. Russia being already demoralized by the ongoing war, decides to surrender after only one bomb is dropped (lucky really, as that’s the only one the Nazi’s had (they didn’t even know if it would work)).
The Nazi’s annex the former Soviet Union, and now control France to the Sahara to the Middle East, to Siberia.
The New Cold War
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion to the New World War II.