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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. February Learn how and when to remove this template message U. At the Battle of Chattanooga, American forces land paratroopers on top of Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain , rather than fight their way to the top in hard-fought battles.
Having gained Chattanooga , Morell seems bent on driving to the Atlantic Ocean through Georgia, thus cutting the Confederate territory in two. Confederate General George S.
Patton , does less well on the defense than he did in the attack on Ohio two years before, his pugnacious instincts making him squander irreplaceable resources on futile attempts at counter-attack. The murder of blacks in gas chambers at Camp Determination in Texas continues, while U.
With only marginal forces at his disposal, this proves difficult. Dowling does send air support to bomb the railways on which horribly crowded cattle cars full of blacks are brought in. However, the advance takes too long; the sound of distant U. Among the innumerable victims is Scipio. Despite this setback, Confederate blacks continue to find ways to resist. In Richmond , the Confederate capital, blacks rebel, seeking not to save their lives but to die with weapons in hand and exact a price from their murderers.
Meanwhile, fighting continues among black guerrilla bands in the Georgia countryside. As the war rages, the race between American and Confederate physicists to build a " uranium i. They launch an air raid on the U. Meanwhile, Germany seems ahead of both the North American powers in the construction of a uranium bomb.
Irish and Serb uprisings continue, and the Ukraine remains a battleground for both sides. The Russians are unable to concentrate on Alaska , though it never gets invaded due to the fact that the US and Russia were engaged with other enemies and saw no reason to divert resources to a territory that is seen of no value. In Virginia , ground fighting seems largely quiet, but both sides are able to launch air strikes against the other, although the Confederates are not able to launch attacks quite as often due to heavy losses.
The Mormon rebellion in Utah is suppressed for the third time and the U. It seems a set of contingency plans to deport all Mormons from Utah, possibly to the Sandwich Islands , are drawn up.
Meanwhile, the Canadian rebellion is fully active, prompting units which had been fighting in Utah to be transferred to Canada. The troops from the U. Fighting in Sequoyah appears to be back-and-forth, with both sides sabotaging the oil wells there. A general advance seems to be made in Arkansas , and U. Allegiances at the top of the Confederate government are beginning to show strain as losses to the Confederacy increase. Featherston engages in shouting matches with his commanding officers over their tactics.
Angered with his generals, Featherston puts all his faith in "wonder weapons" to win the war. Most ominously, despite the increasingly desperate military situation, Featherston continues to divert considerable resources to the extermination program as being justified and necessary, since "The War Against the Negroes" is a most important goal which must be "fought" and "won" by total extermination and making the Confederate territories "Negro-free".
At sea, the Imperial Japanese threat to the Sandwich Islands ends with a naval victory at Midway , and American forces retake that island. Neither side has any real desire to pursue the war further, and there are strong hints that the Japanese might attack the British possessions of Hong Kong , Singapore , Malaya , and even India.
The U. Navy also smuggles arms to a nascent rebellion in the Confederate State of Cuba , in which a teenage Fidel Castro participates.
The United States is able to recapture Bermuda in a costly action and is threatening to move naval forces to the South Atlantic , to cut off food shipments from Argentina to the United Kingdom. President Charles W. La Follette asks the Confederate States for unconditional surrender. Featherston replies with a defiant speech, and launches two long-range rockets from bases in Virginia onto Philadelphia.
Damage from the rocket-bombs is light, but the psychological damage is much heavier.
Shelves: read-ebooks While in the previous book the balance had begun to tip towards the USA. However, Jake Featherston refused to surrender, on account of his beliefs on some wonder weapons. Now, I can see that the story has begins to unravel, I expect nothing really interesting new things, CSA is doomed to fall. However, some, if not most of the viewpoint character that I like to follow hailed from CSA. I still sad from knowing the tragic fates that While in the previous book the balance had begun to tip towards the USA. I still sad from knowing the tragic fates that befell Scipio and Hip Rodriguez, for example. You cant have that kind of rocket without Van Braun.
But as new demonic tools of killing are unleashed, secret wars are unfolding. The U. It is , the third summer of the new war between the Confederate States of America and the United States, a war that will turn on the deeds of ordinary soldiers, extraordinary heroes, and a colorful cast of spies, politicians, rebels, and everyday citizens. The tide of war is changing, and victory seems within the grasp of the USA. Still, new fighting flares from Denver to Los Angeles. Indeed, as the air, ground, and water burn with molten fury, new and demonic tools of killing are unleashed, and secret wars are unfolding.
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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. February Learn how and when to remove this template message U. At the Battle of Chattanooga, American forces land paratroopers on top of Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain , rather than fight their way to the top in hard-fought battles. Having gained Chattanooga , Morell seems bent on driving to the Atlantic Ocean through Georgia, thus cutting the Confederate territory in two. Confederate General George S. Patton , does less well on the defense than he did in the attack on Ohio two years before, his pugnacious instincts making him squander irreplaceable resources on futile attempts at counter-attack.
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