And some wise men and some fools, and I believed it too
Let me return to the action in my Hearts of Iron II game. When last left, in 1939, war had broken out over the Sudetenland and, after Germany annexed Czechoslovakia and Poland, turned into a battle between the Axis powers (Germany, Rumania, Italy, Portugal, Hungary, and Bulgaria) and the Comintern (Soviet Union, Mongolia, and Tannu Tuva), which turned into a stalemate on a line running roughly from Odessa to Minsk. Meanwhile in the far east Japan has overrun all of China except for Sinkiang, in the northwest of mainland China, and the Communist Chinese. My United States have joined the Allies, but as of 31 December 1939, we are not at war.
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Trivia: Pete Conrad made his bet, regarding whether he would be allowed to pick his own First Words on landing on the Moon, with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, whom he had known since 1964. She had bet $500 that he would not say what he did. Source: A Man On The Moon, Andrew Chaikin.
Currently Reading: The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale Of Genius, Deceit, And The Birth Of Television, Evan I Schwartz. Huh. So Farnsworth really was working on fusion power.