Gray Tide in the East
An Alternate History of the First World War
by Andrew J. Heller
Copyright 2013 Andrew J Heller
Published by Strict Publishing International
Cover Design by Rachel Heller
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On August 1, 1914 Germany struck the first blow of what would later be called the First World War by sending 750,000 troops flooding through the small neutral countries of Luxembourg and Belgium on the way to France. The invasion of Belgium had the immediate consequence of bringing the British Empire into the war against Germany, which would not have otherwise happened. In the longer term, Belgium led to the British blockade of Germany, and the German counter-blockade by the use of unrestricted submarine warfare (meaning that the submarines would sink any vessel, British or neutral in the waters around the British Isles). This in turn led the United States to join the coalition that finally defeated Germany in 1918, after more than 4 years of the bloodiest war in history.