September 13, 2014
Bunnies and kitties (plus the occasional ursine and panda ‘advisors’) refight the Indo-China conflict in Cat Shit One - Year of the Monkey (1998) story & art by Kobayashi Motofumi
This has been another manga-riffic Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.

Bunnies and kitties (plus the occasional ursine and panda ‘advisors’) refight the Indo-China conflict in Cat Shit One - Year of the Monkey (1998) story & art by Kobayashi Motofumi

This has been another manga-riffic Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.

September 13, 2014

  • Agents selected should be permanent residents of Alaska and have established means of livelihood and logical reasons for being placed where they intend to operate.
  • Agents should not have been members of the armed forces of the United States nor employees of the United States Government.
  • Agents should be chosen from those persons who will not be logical internees or victims of the enemy.

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An example of a typical person to be one of the principals is a professional photographer in Anchorage; he has only one arm and it is felt that he would not benefit the enemy in any labor battalion; he is an amateur radio operator; he is a professional photographer; he is licensed as a hunting or fishing guide, and well versed in the art of survival; he is a pilot of a small aircraft; he is reasonably intelligent, particularly crafty, and possessed of sufficient physical courage as is indicated by his offer to guide a party which was to have hunted Kodiak bear armed only with bow and arrow. If such an individual were chosen it is believed that he would be eminently satisfactory as a principal.

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It is to be expected that, in any future war, prisoners taken by the Soviet Army, or by any other Army trained in Soviet methods will be ruthlessly exploited. They will be interrogated in detail, and the methods used will be designed to extract the last bit of information from them. It must be anticipated that knowledgeable prisoners particularly will be subjected to vigorous inducements to disclose such information as they possess.

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The selection of agents from the Eskimo, Indian, and Aleut groups in the Territory should be avoided in view of their propensities to drink to excess and their fundamental indifference to constituted governments and political philosophies. It is pointed out that their prime concern is with survival and their allegiance would easily shift to any power in control.

The Eskimo would probably not resist an invasion and would readily accept foreign rule if the Eskimo is provided the necessities for sustaining life. The Eskimo has been living so long in a land where his primary interests are tangible things that will keep him alive that he just cannot comprehend the feeling of loyalty to the Government.

Excerpts from the files of Operation WASHTUB, a joint effort between the FBI and the Office of Special Investigations of the USAF to select and train civilian ‘stay-behind’ agents (so-called “SBAs”), complete with hidden caches of equipment, food and survival gear, who would gather intelligence in the event of a Soviet invasion of Alaska. WASHTUB plans remained in place from 1951 until 1959, when Alaska achieved statehood.   (via: io9)

This has been a Yukon-tastic Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian

September 12, 2014
The Nakajima G9A (天の雷 “Heavenly Thunder”) was a 4 engine long-range bomber designed for use by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The IJN designation was “Type 20 land-based attack aircraft” ( 二十八試陸上攻撃機 ) with the Allied code name "Wanda". Reverse-engineered from the wreckage of US Army Air Corps B-17D Flying Fortresses destroyed at Clark Field in the Philippines, Nakajima’s personnel were greatly aided in their efforts by the recovery of multiple complete sets of the aircraft’s instruction manuals. Due to dwindling fuel reserves, the G9A saw little combat service and most were destroyed on the ground by strafing runs from marauding US Navy fighters.

The Nakajima G9A (天の雷 “Heavenly Thunder”) was a 4 engine long-range bomber designed for use by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The IJN designation was “Type 20 land-based attack aircraft” ( 二十八試陸上攻撃機 ) with the Allied code name "Wanda". Reverse-engineered from the wreckage of US Army Air Corps B-17D Flying Fortresses destroyed at Clark Field in the Philippines, Nakajima’s personnel were greatly aided in their efforts by the recovery of multiple complete sets of the aircraft’s instruction manuals. Due to dwindling fuel reserves, the G9A saw little combat service and most were destroyed on the ground by strafing runs from marauding US Navy fighters.

September 11, 2014
General Douglas MacArthur is executed as a war criminal in Nihonjin no wakusei (Planet of the Jap) 1985 story & art by Suehiro Maruo
This has been a manga-riffic Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.

General Douglas MacArthur is executed as a war criminal in Nihonjin no wakusei (Planet of the Jap) 1985 story & art by Suehiro Maruo

This has been a manga-riffic Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.

September 11, 2014
CORONET June 16 1946 (Y-Day plus 107) Camp Kelly, Honshū: A grim reminder from the 227th Medical Support Unit to the U.S. First Army’s Forward Support Troops - the so-called "Dead Men Walking".  Developed at Miskatonic University by Dr. Herbert West, Atabrine’s ability to revivify the deceased and - with continued doses - keep them in fighting condition enabled US forces to offset the horrific casualty rates suffered during DOWNFALL, the invasion of the Japanese home islands.

CORONET June 16 1946 (Y-Day plus 107) Camp Kelly, Honshū: A grim reminder from the 227th Medical Support Unit to the U.S. First Army’s Forward Support Troops - the so-called "Dead Men Walking".  Developed at Miskatonic University by Dr. Herbert West, Atabrine’s ability to revivify the deceased and - with continued doses - keep them in fighting condition enabled US forces to offset the horrific casualty rates suffered during DOWNFALL, the invasion of the Japanese home islands.

September 9, 2014
"I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, obedient and indifferent about the quality of food they eat !" 
With this brief from Joseph Stalin himself, Ilia Ivanov - a world pioneer in artificial insemination and Russia’s leading expert in animal husbandry since the reign of Nicholas II - set about in 1926 to revitalize the Red Army’s manpower, still reeling from the losses of the Great War.  In 1931, Проекt Адам ("Project Adam") achieved success; that August saw the ‘birth’ of IVAN 1 (pictured above in an official photo), the result of a seemingly scattershot range of techniques, from the artificial insemination of female chimpanzees with human sperm, to the tissue grafting procedures pioneered by Serge Voronoff, to the gestation of the resulting hybrids in artificial wombs developed by Sergei S. Bryukhonenko.  IVAN 1 was aptly named, as he was but the first of many thousands of “living war machines” promised to Stalin.  IVAN and his ‘vat-brothers’ first proved their mettle in 1939 during the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, their mere appearance sowing total panic among the Japanese forces.  Fitted out with suitable equipment and weapons - chief among them Georgy Shpagin’s PPSh-44, a robustly built sub-machine gun optimized for use by a fighter lacking opposable thumbs - "Stalin’s Red Apes" covered themselves in glory in June 1941 with their shattering of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa on the banks of the River Dvina.

"I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, obedient and indifferent about the quality of food they eat !" 

With this brief from Joseph Stalin himself, Ilia Ivanov - a world pioneer in artificial insemination and Russia’s leading expert in animal husbandry since the reign of Nicholas II - set about in 1926 to revitalize the Red Army’s manpower, still reeling from the losses of the Great War.  In 1931, Проекt Адам ("Project Adam") achieved success; that August saw the ‘birth’ of IVAN 1 (pictured above in an official photo), the result of a seemingly scattershot range of techniques, from the artificial insemination of female chimpanzees with human sperm, to the tissue grafting procedures pioneered by Serge Voronoff, to the gestation of the resulting hybrids in artificial wombs developed by Sergei S. Bryukhonenko.  IVAN 1 was aptly named, as he was but the first of many thousands of “living war machines” promised to Stalin.  IVAN and his ‘vat-brothers’ first proved their mettle in 1939 during the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, their mere appearance sowing total panic among the Japanese forces.  Fitted out with suitable equipment and weapons - chief among them Georgy Shpagin’s PPSh-44, a robustly built sub-machine gun optimized for use by a fighter lacking opposable thumbs - "Stalin’s Red Apes" covered themselves in glory in June 1941 with their shattering of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa on the banks of the River Dvina.

September 7, 2014

  The front cover was decorated with a hand-drawn swastika, and while it is not uncommon to find swastikas on notebook covers - they make for entertaining doodling - the sight of this one gave me a chill. I leafed through the pages, noticing that though the entries were in English, there were occasional words and phrases in German, these having question marks beside them; then I went back and read the first entry.

    The Führer had been dead three days, and still no one had ventured into the office where he had been exposed to the poisoned blooms, although a servant had crawled along the ledge to the window and returned with the news that the corpse was stiffened in its leather tunic, its cheeks bristling with a dead man’s growth, and strings of dessicated blood were hanging from its chin. But as we well remembered his habit of reviving the dead for a final bout of torture, we were afraid that he might have set an igniter in his cells to ensure rebirth, and so we waited while the wine in his goblet turned to vinegar and then to a murky gas that hid him from our view. Nothing had changed. The garden of hydroponic roses fertilized with his blood continued to lash and slather, and the hieroglyphs of his shadow selves could be seen patrolling the streets…

excerpt from A Spanish Lesson by Lucius Shepard (1943 - 2014)

This has been an SFnal and literary Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian

September 6, 2014
A selection of photographs from the post-War logbook of Zoftig Vicki - formerly EWL.VI ”Viktoria Louise” of the Imperial German Flying Service. The bloody stalemate of the Great Continental War (1913 - 1920) came to an end amidst the German Revolution of 1919, which saw the collapse of the German Empire. Taking advantage of the widespread civil disorder and factional fighting, Captain Wolfram Mors and the crew of EWL.VI loaded their massive vehicle with supplies and fuel and took to the skies. The next seven years saw them shipping humanitarian aid and goods to all parts of the war-torn Continent, often in blatant defiance of customs and tariff laws. The exploits of Zoftig Vicki,her captain and crew were soon immortalized in a number of wildly popular pulp novels with the series title Der Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff.

A selection of photographs from the post-War logbook of Zoftig Vicki - formerly EWL.VI ”Viktoria Louise” of the Imperial German Flying Service. The bloody stalemate of the Great Continental War (1913 - 1920) came to an end amidst the German Revolution of 1919, which saw the collapse of the German Empire. Taking advantage of the widespread civil disorder and factional fighting, Captain Wolfram Mors and the crew of EWL.VI loaded their massive vehicle with supplies and fuel and took to the skies. The next seven years saw them shipping humanitarian aid and goods to all parts of the war-torn Continent, often in blatant defiance of customs and tariff laws. The exploits of Zoftig Vicki,her captain and crew were soon immortalized in a number of wildly popular pulp novels with the series title Der Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff.

September 6, 2014
With a caption that reads "Captain Nemo: science pirate and butcher" this 1917 poster from the Berlin atelier of Julius Gipkens* decries Nemo’s sinking in April that year of the German hospital ship Weißen Flügeln (White Wings). The conduct of the Great Continental War (1913 - 1920) at sea was greatly hampered by Nemo’s predations against the naval forces of both the Central Powers and Western Allies - “With my help, may each and every one of those colonialist white devils enter the Deep Ones’ embrace!”  In 1924, the Truth & Reconciliation Committee empanelled by the League of Nations uncovered evidence that White Wings was in fact operating as a commerce raider (complete with sliding panels concealing quick-firing guns) under the command of Kapitänleutnant Jörn Farrow of the Imperial German Navy. 
* when asked why Captain Nemo was depicted as female, Gipkens replied “Ah, Titten verkaufen sich sehr gut.”

With a caption that reads "Captain Nemo: science pirate and butcher" this 1917 poster from the Berlin atelier of Julius Gipkens* decries Nemo’s sinking in April that year of the German hospital ship Weißen Flügeln (White Wings). The conduct of the Great Continental War (1913 - 1920) at sea was greatly hampered by Nemo’s predations against the naval forces of both the Central Powers and Western Allies - “With my help, may each and every one of those colonialist white devils enter the Deep Ones’ embrace!”  In 1924, the Truth & Reconciliation Committee empanelled by the League of Nations uncovered evidence that White Wings was in fact operating as a commerce raider (complete with sliding panels concealing quick-firing guns) under the command of Kapitänleutnant Jörn Farrow of the Imperial German Navy. 

* when asked why Captain Nemo was depicted as female, Gipkens replied “Ah, Titten verkaufen sich sehr gut.”

August 29, 2014
Rossignol’s curious, albeit simply titled book, 'The Origins of A World War', spoke in terms of “secret treaties”, drawn up between the ambassadors from Plutonia and Desdinova the foreign minister. These treaties founded a secret science from the stars…
Liner notes to SECRET TREATIES (1974) by Blue Öyster Cult
This has been a rockin’ Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.

Rossignol’s curious, albeit simply titled book, 'The Origins of A World War', spoke in terms of “secret treaties”, drawn up between the ambassadors from Plutonia and Desdinova the foreign minister. These treaties founded a secret science from the stars…

Liner notes to SECRET TREATIES (1974) by Blue Öyster Cult

This has been a rockin’ Xenophone TRUFAX submission to The Alt-Historian.