October 29th, 2009

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But when the dawn comes up

Resuming the progress of my Hearts of Iron II game, as previously introduced. In background, Republican Spain beat the Fascists; but Japan is invading China with steady if unexceptional success. Czechoslovakia refuses Germany's demands regarding the Sudetenland, prompting Germany to invade; Poland soon goes to war with Germany. In the last quarter of the year, the Soviet Union declares war on Germany, and Rumania joins Germany to form an Axis. Bulgaria goes to war on its own against the Comintern (Soviet Union, Mongolia, and Tannu Tuva); and the Allies are not yet involved. And that's how the world begins 1939.

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As it happens I've already played out 1940, as well, which I suspect is going to prove to be an important year for deciding the shape of the war, should it come to the Allies, even though it wasn't chock full of the same sort of intrigue as 1939 or drama of 1938.

Trivia: The final Wall Street ticker tape quotation from ``Black Tuesday'', 29 October 1929, was transmitted at 5:32 pm, just over two and a half hours after the close of trading, iwth the signoff, ``TOTAL SALES TODAY 16,383,700 GOOD NIGHT''. Source: The Day The Bubble Burst: A Social History Of The Wall Street Crash of 1929, Gordon Thomas, Max Morgan-Witts.

Currently Reading: Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla, Marc J Seifer.