The Divide (novel)

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The Divide is a 1980 alternate history novel by William Overgard. It presents a narrative of resistance in the USA to a Nazi occupation.[1]

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Nazi Germany develops Me-262 Jet Fighters, Tiger Tanks, and V-2 Rockets by 1939. They provide Jet Fighters and Heavy Tank technology to Japan in exchange for information on Aircraft Carriers allowing them to operate captured British and French vessels. The German Me-262s destroy the RAF during the Battle of Britain, and the V-2s cause the Nation's surrender. Japan attacks Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and invades Hawaii ten days later. In January 1942 Japanese invasion forces land in Santa Barbara and San Diego. IJN "Swinging Sword" Jet Fighters (Japanese version of the German Me-262) launched from their Aircraft Carriers destroy all U.S. Army Air Force Fighters in the area. Maj. Gen. George Patton's 2nd Armor Division is reinforced by the 3rd and 4th Armored Divisions, and form the nucleus of the U.S. Third Army. Patton launches an attack from Indio Valley to split the Japanese invasion beaches, but the U.S. Code has been broken and Japanese Carrier Aircraft bomb and strafe the U.S. Third Army while the Japanese "Chi-Ha 100" Tanks (Japanese version of the German Tiger) intercept the Americans at China Lake. The U.S. M3 Grants are outclassed, and Patton is killed making a last stand while only a dozen trucks and jeeps escape from China Lake. By May California is secure and the American West is lost. The U.S. surrenders the West on August 4, 1946 on the battleship Yamato.

The Germans then launch their invasion starting with a 1000 plane bombing raid launched from Greenland and Iceland, covered by Me-262 Jet Fighters launched from captured British and French Aircraft Carriers. The German Battleships Tirpitz and Scharnhorst bombard New Jersey. By 1947 the Germans have reached the provisional U.S. Capital at Kansas City, although the U.S. Chief of Armies General Buckwesson has managed to launch a counterattack in Pennsylvania, and retaken Pittsburgh.

After the Nazis force the surrender of the United Kingdom and France in 1940, Burton K. Wheeler, running as the Isolationist Party candidate, defeats President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 election on a pledge to keep America out of war. After Germany has overrun the Soviet Union, both Germany and Japan invade the United States in 1941. President Wheeler surrenders the United States to the Axis after a devastating bombardment of missiles from occupied Canada. The surrender takes place on April 20, 1948, Adolf Hitler's fifty-ninth birthday. President Wheeler, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall, and other U.S. Government officials are executed by garrote in a meat packing plant outside of Washington D.C. after being found guilty of "war crimes."

However, before surrendering, President Wheeler did manage to preserve one spark of hope for the future: he ordered General Buckwesson, who at thirty-eight was the youngest four-star general in history, to set up a secret base in the Rockies known as the National Redoubt, and complete this timeline's version of the Manhattan Project, in the hope that the first atomic bomb would some day help in liberating the country. The base remains intact, undiscovered by the victorious Nazis and Japanese. A group of American Resistance fighters attempt to spark a revolution at a summit meeting between Hitler and Tōjō celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Axis victory in World War II.

The book begins on July 4, 1976. A Japanese general is visiting China Lake, California, the site of his victory over General George Patton during World War II. A bomb planted on a horse explodes, killing the general, and a mysterious cowboy is seen in the area. The cowboy is Cooper, travelling with his adopted father Wayne Stubbs, and a young Native American woman named Chula. They travel to the hidden National Redoubt in the Rocky Mountains, where work on developing a nuclear bomb had been ongoing throughout the decades. However, General Buckwesson, comfortable in his fortress, has no intention of sparking a revolution despite the unique opportunity that has recently arisen. A senile Hitler and a retired Tojo are meeting in the geographic center of the now divided United States. Cooper and younger members of the resistance plan on attacking the event, and Lisa Blum, daughter of the last head of the Manhattan Project, suggests using the only atomic bomb in the world.

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  1. ^ Michael Butter (28 April 2009). The Epitome of Evil: Hitler in American Fiction, 1939-2002. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 54–. ISBN 978-0-230-62080-3.