Superbly skilled German craftsmen continue to deliver exceptional equipment focussed on peace keeping and civilian defence. Workers gave up their summer holidays to meet demands; demands that are so high they will only be met by adding additional factories. French workers in British occupied Lille cry out for freedom and the chance to be part of a progressive labour force within an innovative Industrial Relations regime.
Meanwhile, General Guderian had written a book...
Clearly the British had not let their French subjects, eh allies, read it.
With the help of some precious O Points (or Offensive Chits) Guderian pitted all the German armour against all the French armour in a plus 13.9 blitz and when combined with a die roll of 9.6 produced a 23, Top Of The Table result. That's oakleaves, diamond cluster and koala stamp for Herr Guderian.
Terrified, the British abandon Lille leaving behind their French au pairs. A very promising plus 19 attack collapsed into a mere 13.5 after the French airforce intervened after evading the Luftwaffe and the sleeping 88mm AA gun crews which, when coupled with a miserable roll of 5.6 produced a halting success. The city is liberated, but all attacking forces are exhausted after celebrating with the newly freed French au pairs.
While all this was going on the USSR bullied Rumania into parting with Bessarabia. This then saw Bulgaria and Hungary pile on and demand bits of Rumania as well. Germany was called in to mediate and waved all this through, saying "Can't you see I'm busy?"
And in the Far East Japan took out its frustrations on the inhabitants of Sian, upsetting the US who promptly applied sanctions. Further impoverished Chinese joined the partisans.