‘Operation Blowlamp’ Implications
In APOD, we are keeping the ‘old FTL’ ‘Operation Blowlamp’.
‘Operation Blowlamp’ means an operational force of 300 Stirling bombers based in Israel.
That is two full Groups and 5 independent Squadrons.
That is about 70,000 men and about £150,000,000 of bombers, with at least another £150,000,000 of ground assets. Local personnel will be employed wherever possible, Arabs as unskilled labour, Jews as skilled labour.
The ground asset infrastructure will displace much of the Arab rural population west of the Jordan (they will be paid, of course, and probably moved to Trans-Jordan where there is land for them).
These assets have to be protected from the ongoing attacks of nationalist Arabs.
Locally recruited troops are always preferred, so a King’s Jewish legion of two infantry brigades will be raised, and quickly expanded to four.
The effect of ‘Operation Blowlamp’ as developed by the European Team in ‘old FTL’ is profound – it establishes Israel as a defacto functional state in 1941, with a powerful army and a small but functional air force and then makes it a critical part of Allied Grand Strategy. This profoundly changes the entire relationship the British Empire has with the Middle east.
One of the smallest effects is that any person of the Jewish faith within the British Empire who wishes to relocate to Israel will be actively assisted to do so from early 1941.
In APOD, Israel will probably get Dominion status in 1944-45.
I am not sure if the European Team understood, when developing ‘Operation Blowlamp’ that they were instituting the Balfour Declaration with powerful and immediate effect.