The scene here is a depiction of how McSweeney earned the Medal of Honor by roasting an advancing Confederate Barrel (but Limeys call them 'Tanks' -shudup, whod'ja think won the war...) After a recent re-read of the chapter (after having inked the artwork), I realised that I got some things wrong (most notably, the lack of the ridge and the trench). So call it propaganda artwork by some newspaper artist far away from the front.
This work was started back in 2001, but I finally got to inking and colouring it this year. I did have to redraw a few things (mostly McSweeney himself), but overall the composition remains the same.
Based on Harry Turtledove's "Walk in Hell"
Jack Bell 2007
It’s an alternate history of what would a ww1 in the americas would look like though I admit the American ww1 uniform in this timeline would look similar, but still have its differences from a German ww1 uniform
French style uniforms were popular from the Late 1600s until 1970. The Civil War uniforms of both the North and the South were French style. The American used Spiked Helmet German style uniforms during the Spanish American War. The 20th Century had most countries using British style uniforms. The SS Officer uniform of a Visor Hat, open lapel jacket with neck tie, Sam-Brown Belt, riding pants with riding boots, was based on the WW1 British Officer uniform. The Late 20th Century had British, American, and Russian style uniforms. Your alternate history thing is B.S. The British style uniforms were more popular in the time period of WW1. Also French style uniforms were more popular than German style uniforms. Many nations used French style Adrian helmets. The French Adrian, and British style helmets were created before the 1917 model German steel helmets. French, and British style was more popular. Again, the southerners would have lost the Civil War anyways. They had no chance of winning. The Ken Burns documentary, "The Civil War", said that the North had 21 million people, while the South had 14 million people, and 4 million were African slaves. So, the North with 21 million people stomped on the South of 10 million people. Also, the Northern state of New York out produced the 11 Southern States. Every war supply manufactured in the Agrarian South only equaled 25% of the war supplies made just by the state of New York. The North had all the factories. They had Gatling Guns, exploding bullets, repeater rifles, breech loading rifles, better Iron Clad ships, more ships that they could blockade the coasts, etc., etc. The North had more people, more manufacturing, better weapons, etc. The North was going to win the American Civil War anyways.
seeing this, the UK and France recognize the CSA and essentially threaten to intervene on their behalf if the USA does not make peace. The Civil War ends in Confederate Victory in 1862.
Flash-Forward 50 years, and when WWI breaks out the conflict comes to the Americas. the USA, now allied with the German Empire after a second humiliating defeat during a subsequent war with the CSA, UK and France, attacks the CSA and Invades Canada.
This time, the disparity between the North and the South comes to the fore, as without their European Allies to back them up the CSA is on its own. Combine this with a communist revolt by African Americans (the UK and France force the CSA to end Slavery during that Second War if they want their help, but they are still treated poorly) and the CSA is defeated, though not erased.