Wolfenstein: The Rising Sun

A/N: This concept was three years in the making, inspired by encountering Carpathia2013 in Deviantart and his awesome alternate take on Wolfenstein: The New Order's timeline, where Japan remains a power whereas in the game Japan was squashed and turned into a puppet state. There aren't a lot of visitors in the Wolfenstein archives so the prospects of this story having a wider readership are slim, even with the success of Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.

I've already done two such stories, Eyes Only and my crossover, Black sun Rising. My own take on the New Order timeline about Japanese-American kids fighting against Imperial Japan of all enemies. What they have in common is that their fathers served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit of Japanese-American soldiers serving in the US army and were one the most highly-decorated units during the Italian Campaign. They have to team up with other resistant, who loathe because they are Japanese. . In addition to fighting with their allies in spite of the flak they received from them, they also want to know about what happened to their fathers(although the group would also include other war orphans whose fathers served in the war). Though they won't figure much the Allies, led by the Commonwealth in Australia is a third player in my story. They have access to Da'at Yichud tech, which prevents them by being overwhelmed by the Reich or the Empire, but still doesn't keep them from out of the war: there's still fighting in Africa and Australia sets up a defensive perimeter which stretches from the Cocos Islands in the west to Pitcairns in the east. Also, there will be many historical characters which my characters will interact.

This fic will portray technology based on real-life developments in our world as well as from other games like Bioshock, the Resistance trilogy by Insomniac Games, a spot of Dishonored and Command and Conquer: Red Alert. Really ambitious considering my efforts in other fics. Don't forget to tell me how you like it.

Disclaimer: Wolfenstein franchise now property of MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. Inspirations by different source matierals belong to their respective owners. No copyright infringement intended.

Qoud Expeditionem Italica, Anno Domini MCMXLIII-MCMXLV: An introduction

The place became a battleground once again as the Allied Armies did battle with the Wehrmacht. The Italian Campaign, an offensive which promised so much for the Allies during 1943 was finally renewed with the intention of pushing the Wehrmacht out of Italy and chase them into Austria, then into the heart of the Reich. Northern Italy was no stranger to the ravages of warfare. The ancient Romans, whom the the former Fascist Party styled themselves as the heirs to, moved up to conquer their neighbors during the early years when they were still a republic. Hannibal of Carthage crossed the Alps to invade the Eternal City. Julius Caesar pronounced the die was cast as soon as he crossed the little Rubicon with his army from Gaul, an act of treason under Roman law as the river formed the western boundary of Roman-controlled Italy to defeat his rivals and in effect paving the road which would see the rise from the ashes of the republic one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. And when the Roman Empire slid into disorder, barbarian tribes from the north laid waste to loot and plunder the capital, setting the beginning of the Dark Ages, from then on, a long list of conquerors came and went through this cockpit of Europe: Lombards; Franks; the famous Swiss mercenaries; Slavs from the then Byzantine-controlled Balkans; and finally the Holy Roman Empire which protected the country under its wing as the Kingdom of Italy where its emperor as also took the throne. There was a brief moment of peace under the Holy Roman Empire and neighboring France buckled under the Hundred Years War. This allowed the rise of city-states throughout the north which increasingly challenged the Empire's power and fought among themselves for supremacy. With the Empire's waning influence they eventually founded the Renaissance, an age of enlightenment and prosperity in Italy not seen since the glory days of the Romans. This only attracted the growing envy of others - and each other - enough to spark war once again in the 16th century.

During the interregnum of foreign wars, the business of battle was fought by the mainly mercenary armies of the city-states, but they turned war into a science, a profitable business venture, and act of politics, remaining largely bloodless as it was more of a game to outsmart their opponents - who may be their comrades in the next battle should their employer offer a more lucrative contract. The condotteiri, the men who led these bands of professional men-at-arms, became adept at the cutthroat, double-faced politics of the Italian peninsula, who often switched sides, dictated terms to their nominal employers and rose to power. This trend did not prepare them for the coming storm.

The second phase of warfare in the north brought the French, the Spaniards, the Germans, the Swiss, the Italians themselves, so much more, even England and Scotland, into the fray for fame and fortune, the north being overrun by invading armies crisscrossing the land, leaving death, destruction, and despair in their wake. The Reformation headed by a former German monk Martin Luther only intensified it by adding a religious dimension to it, Protestant armies marching south to rape and plunder. In in the early phase of that dark period Niccolo Machiavelli wrote his magnum opus, The Prince, a controversial treatise on cutthroat politics, its reception after being published scandalized many people, for it frankly discussed the the devilish ways which a ruler ought to run his holdings. Truth be told, however, was that it was a manual, written by a man who was so disillusioned by the sight of his country being torn apart by foreign depredations and internal strife because no ruler was strong or wily enough to unify its squabbling people into a true nation.

Everyone played for keeps, which brought even the Church, and the Ottomans and their nominal Balkan subjects into conflict. These wars ultimately won the north, already broken and despoiled of its former slendor, to the Hapsburg monarchs of Austria, heirs to the Holy Roman Empire which then only existed in name. Again the peace in its place, which stagnated the entire country, was merely an eye of the storm when Napoleon Bonaparte crossed from the Alps again to defend the nascent French republic against monarchist forces of the First Coalition. He then took the war into Italy, turning much of it, especially the North, into client republics that were essentially puppet states to his empire. He did not conquer all of Italy down south and French presence was limited to the wealthier north. The Second Coalition pushed him out of the boot while he was away from the continent fighting in Egypt but he came back to push out Coalition troops after the Battle of Marengo.

He consolidated his hold there through his client republic scheme, introducing republican principles to its people and intended to attached Italy with France once again, crowning himself King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy at the Milan Cathedral. It was to be short-lived. Napoleon's enemies rallied under the Third Coalition and the Congress of Vienna restored the status quo of late 18th century. It only awakened a new unity in the Italian people, the ironic, unintentional legacy of Bonaparte, which would have far-reaching consequences for the 19th century. Throughout the boot nationalistic ferment was in the air, calling for the Risorgimento, the Resurgence. The north was divided between French under the restored Bourbon dynasty and the Italians' old masters - and enemies - the Hapsburg Austrians. Much of the efforts by Italian nationalists was directed against the latter. The mid-19th century saw violent revolutionary activity throughout the boot, every time the authorities try suppress it it only fed kindling to the fire, spreading the idea of a united Italy like wildfire. Men like Giuseppe Garibaldi, with the connivance of Count Cavour and the King of Naples, spearheaded the march to nationhood, fighting forces that resist unification, mainly the aristocratic rulers who tried to resist the tide and the Austrians. Their efforts eventually saw the founding of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 but full unification was accomplished ten years later after annexing the Papal states. The young Italian nation then joined in the superpowers club.

It was a mixed one. Italy joined the colonies game and acquired Somaliland through a series of treaties from the local elite. They tried to invade Abyssinia but they were bitterly defeated by forces under Emperor Menelik II in Adwa. It humiliated the young nation who then made good by joining the Eight-Nation Alliance during the Boxer Rebellion and some yeras later declaring war against the Ottomans to take over their province of Libya. Although a winner, it was a costly enterprise and Italy did not get a crack at power and territory again until the Great War of 1914-1918. They broke their previous treaties with Germany so they can join the war to expand their empire at the expense of the dying polyglot union of Austia-Hungary, the Hapsburgs' domain and the last incarnation of the Holy Roman Empire. What they thought was an easy war was a bitter struggled in the cold Alps awashed with blood, the Italian Army failing to achieve its objectives, made even worse with a country lacking adequate infrastructure to support them at the start and hamstrung the ever-infamous bureaucracy of their country's government, made even worse by the appointment of Luigi Cardona as commander-in-chief, an out-of-touch aristocrat whose tactics did not match the reality of the war or the requirements of fighting in one of the most inhospitable fronts of the war, his only redeeming feature was ramping up the nation's production to support her armed forces in the face of withering, incompetent, self-serving bureaucracy, blamed the fighting men for his defeats and was only replaced after the Capporeto debacle in order to continue the war. When the war ended, Italy was like winner who came out like a loser. The Balkan territories with ethnic Italian majorities that it had coveted so much were given to the new Balkan nations instead. Furthermore, Italy was bled dry by the war and most of its fighting men were outraged at returning to poverty after sacrificing so much for their country. The revolutions that shook the postwar world threatened to split the country apart and it allowed the rise of one veteran of the Apline front, one-time communist, and newspaper editor Benito Mussolini.

He founded an ideology called fascism, a rightwing form of nationalism. An old Latin word, fasces, a bundle of wood with an axe, which symbolized the power of the law during Roman times. It was eagerly adopted by Mussolini and his followers as an emblem of their new ideology, an authoritarian and reactionary one. The state assumed power over its citizens and suspended their rights. It was enthusiastically received by a population so disillusioned by the old older's failure to solve the nation's ills. They were attracted to his powerful message of patriotism and the promise of a spiritual rebirth of the country - back to the glory days of the Caesars. Under him Italy really improved steadily but he was realizing that his country would be for nothing if not a world power. He flexed his muscles by invading old Abyssinia, now Ethiopia, to increased his holdings and avenge Adwa as well as intervening in Spain on the Nationalist side. He warmed up to Adolf Hitler, who adopted his ideology into a unique German variant called Nazism. However, his foreign adventures put a strain on the economy and the Second World War broke out, he tacitly switched to neutrality, much to the consternation of his German allies. He then declared war as soon as France was on the verge of defeat but his forces were thwarted by French troops guarding the border and Germany had to intervene in order to end the Western Campaign which was all but won at that point. Then he tried again at North Africa and Greece but his forces, while initially successful, were defeated and needed Germany to bail them out. It was made worst when the Italian Navy was hit by Royal Navy aircraft at Taranto, this was a start of humiliating defeats culminating in Cape Matapan, which ended the navy as a serious threat to the Allies in the Mediterranean. In fact the navy will play a role for the Allies once the tide's changed.

The conduct of the war turned for the worst for Italy until it was defeated in North Africa, followed by Operations Husky and Avalanche, brought the war home and Mussolini was ousted by his people, who celebrated his fall in the streets while defacing every element of his regime they can find. Yet, it was far from over. Nazi Germany, realizing the sudden exposure of their southern flank, immediately deployed their forces, some whom diverted from the Eastern Front, under Field Marshal Albert Kessrling to Italy to close the breach. The Germans defended the vital high ground of Monte Cassino and subjected every Allied attempt to take it. The daring Allied landing on Anzio was stopped because of the Germans responded immediately and effectively against the beaches, the Allied force was only saved by the timely intervention of American general John P. Lucas - whose forces should have exploited the gains made in the initial success in the first place! The blunder was compounded by his replacement Lucian K. Truscott, ordered by General Clark to turn to Rome rather than cutting of the German Tenth Army's lines of communication, allowing them to withdraw from Cassino and into the Gothic Line of defenses Kesserling prepared. The price for such prestige victory was a long, painful struggle for the boot.

Allied forces were forced to fight for every inch ground against Wehrmacht forces, having only made it north through sheer determination in the face of stiffening resistance from a cunning and ruthless enemy. Then the tide swung against the Allies: Hitler authorized the deployment of chemical and biological weapons against the Soviets, first against Leningrad, then at Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, cutting off the vital Arctic lifeline and weakening the Red Army before the pivotal battle of Kursk, which saw the first major use of helicopters when several Luftwaffe squadrons equipped with the new vehicles provide tactical air support to the Heer, from reconnaissance, overwatch, to ground attack and logistics. The battle saw the first major use of vertical envelopment when the 91st Airlanding and 5th Mountain Divisions landed via helicopter behind the enemy's rear and seized the high ground on the village of Olkhovatka after its defenders were stunned by a surprise bombing raid that included powerful bombs that used coal dust to devastating effect, then defending it from a vigorous counter-attack with only Luftwaffe support until relief came with the panzer spearheads while an Axis skytrain of obsolete Junkers Ju 52/3m flown by Hungarian, Rumanian, and Bulgurian air forces flew logistics throughout all stages of the offensive. Among those killed was General Georgy Zhukov, who died of nerve gas poisoning. The loss of so many men including a good portion of its officer corps struck a debilitating blow on the Soviet Union, carrying it a long way to its defeat as the Red Army was saddled with reverse after reverse that broke its back in Moscow, pushed further east to Kazan, which left large numbers of Soviet soldiers to capture with only few diehards turned partisan.

The blackest day of the war for the Allies came in June 6, 1944: D-day, an ambitious and risky operation that promises to carry a massive army across the English Channel to engage Hitler's forces in northern France and open a second front for the Russians, ended in disastrous failure after the Germans deployed weapons developed by Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse's Special Weapons Division, sending hopes of ending the war in Berlin by Christmas down crashing. In Eastern Europe and in the heart of the Reich itself, two great men, distant family, met in secret: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, meets with his relative Polish general Juliusz Rommel', along with representatives of the Czechoslovakian resistance, to coordinate a secret insurrection which aimed to topple the Reich, victorious from Kursk but sustaining horrendous casualties casualties from chemical warfare, which caused a shift in public opinion. Juliusz's escape was arranged, afterwards he acted as contact for the plotters. The two plots, the attempted assassination of Hitler in his East Prussian bunker and the Warsaw Uprising, were brought to spectacular failure, which brought wholesale destruction for the plotters and their sympathizers and further cemented the power of the SS. Erwin committed suicide to buy time for plotters' families including his own to escape while Juliusz was killed in action. This saw the might and renewed vigor of a Wehrmacht armed with new weapons, pushing the Allies back to the south.

England was once again sufering a new and more terrifying Blitz, embattling the RAF and USAAF while the Royal and US navies attempt to keep the sea lines of communication open from a renewed U-boat campaign, both seem hopeless as losses mounted by the day. Now it was up to Allied forces further south and the push for the conventional phase of war against the Germans while their battered comrades muster up what strength they can get to hold on, planning a daring operation that would shorten the war by eliminating Deathshead...

The free world holds its breath and waits...

Prologue, coming soon. Last line from the first Ghost Recon game's trailer. In reality it is unknown how Erwin Rommel and Juliusz Rommel' are related but it's no more true than the extent of the Desert Fox's knowledge and involvement of the July 20 plot. If it were for real such an opportunity for two momentous events to happen in summer of '44 would have changed the course of the war, only being the Wolfenstein universe they fail spectacularly and the Nazis are hardly forgiving to contests against their rule. The Japanese did perform research over guided munitions as well as radar but R&D was severely hampered by their Army-Navy rivalry.