Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt looked out of the window of his car and admired the industrial skyline of Essen in the distance, while his driver drove up to the security checkpoint of the facility he was about to inspect. It was impressive how well Germany had recovered from the war and the allied bombings. The years 1942 and 1943 had been hell for the German industry. Bombings non-stop. The only thing that saved the Wehrmacht from a logistical collapse was the use of confiscated Italian and Eastern European factories. But after the disasterous Invasion in France, the British agreed to a ceasefire, when most of their remaining troops were dead.
Things slowly started to calm down in Europe. The Soviets appearently respected the 1942 ceasefire-agreement so far without incidents. Rundstedt hoped with Mexico under almost full occupation by German troops, the USA and would be forced to accept the terms demanded by the OKW. Britain's military power was essentially reduced to colonia