A VERY interesting picture.
As a someone affiliated with (but not a member) of a VMC (Veteran's Motorcycle Club), I could easily see this kind of thing happening...
A bunch of vets, coming off the high of combat and needing a new fix, start riding motorcycles (an all too true story, right now newly minted vet bikers cost the army almost as many casualties per year as Iraq). Upon the breakaway of Hollywood, these patriotic citizens begin enforcing the borders of 'their turf' in a very rough and ready way. Formerly military and with a strict hierarchy they easily fall back into an somewhat ordered, semi-military existence. Initially, they are mercenaries, selling themselves to whatever border town that might need a helping hand this week or month, but they slowly become something more.
New chapters open up everywhere they garrison for more than a few weeks as locals join the club. Ranks swell and equipment becomes more 'serious'; formerly bikers armed with scavenged pawn-shop weapons, they begin to invest their contract money in real military hardware. Simple motorcycles evolve into specialized, high-mobility weapons of war: scout bikes, with a pair of sawed-off M1 Garand-type rifles flipped upside down for easy loading and rigged to be fired from the handlebars... 'war chariot' trikes with belt-fed machine guns and V8 engines... the possibilities are endless!
LOl. Yeah, a interesting thought......Very unique
Excellent Carthaginian! We share a vision here! Initialy bankrolled by Howard Hughes as mercenaries, they rapidly evolve into their own subculture, serving as an informal, irregular malitia. Part merc, part gang, roughly militarily structured with tribal undertones and strict social codes. They play rough, live hard and die hard for brotherhood and Hollywood.
By 1937 they might still be on the small side, maybe a four squadrons directly employed by Hughes and three to five mounted chapters.
Consider. . . They may see Mexico as a problem, as a result they spend a lot of time patroling the Tijuana to Mexicali area, taking on bandits and keeping an eye on Mexican govt movements. Perhaps even planning an eventual invasion of Baja on behalf of their nation, without their nations knowledge or support. . .
Perhaps even planning an eventual invasion of Baja on behalf of their nation, without their nations knowledge or support...
Do we ever share a vision!
I think a 'preemptive' invasion of Tijuana and even a conquest of all of Baja would be a possibility for Hollywood. An independant mercenary group bankrolled by Hughes (who really runs Hollywood anyway) would be a very logical move- Hollywood could deny direct involvement for the longest possible time, and Hughes could stay involved in the process with the safety of anonymity.
By twos and threes, the bikers infiltrate Mexico, regrouping near Mexican military bases. Using stealth at first, they place bombs on specific targets and then, simultaniously across Baja they attack, stealing planes & tanks and drestroying as many others that they cannot steal. Hells Angels Squadrons launch, bombing and strafing the hell out of Mexican positions. . .
In a few days it would be over with Hells Angels controlling all the key positions. Any remaining Mexican forces that surrendered would be allowed to board boats and cross the gulf back into Mexico even as the Angels present the new territory to the Hollywood people. . .
Thom, I think you have a campaign there!
If you write it, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I have a couple of new T.N.C.A. planes I'm working on for my Caribbean book- feel free to use them if you like. The Puma is in the preview I posted, if you like it, I'm starting to work on another this week and will PM you the details when it's hammered out.
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