|Part of World War II|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Gerd von Rundstedt
Operation: Overlord in Joe SteeleEdit
During the Basra Conference, Vince Scriabin and Maxim Litvinov got into a row over opening a Second Front in Europe. The Soviets had wanted Britain and the U.S. to invade France in 1943 but it hadn't happened. This invasion was stalled more by British PM Winston Churchill than by U.S. President Joe Steele since the former remembered the bloodbath from the previous war.
In the event, the invasion did take place in 1944. Along with U.S. and British troops, Canadian and Free Polish troops took part. It was planned and led by General Omar Bradley. While bloody, it was successful leading to the eventual liberation of France and the defeat of Germany.
In the short story, President Steele was reluctant to commit US forces to Operation: Overlord, preferring that Germany and the Soviet Union pound on each other. However, once it was clear that the USSR had the upper hand, Steele pushed ahead with Overlord for fear of Soviet domination in Europe.
Operation: Overlord in "Ready for the Fatherland"Edit
In the aftermath of the separate peace concluded between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1943, and the redeployment of all Eastern Front Wehrmacht troops to the west, Operation Overlord proved to be a disaster for US and British forces, who were driven back into the sea.