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The alliances did their job, and now all the powerful nations are at war.

French public opinion weighs heavily on the shoulders of the command. They want to be able to say to the people that the great French army is on the offensive, the spirit free from all hesitation. The reality is different...

Germany began by destroying the fort of Liege, with the strength of its Howitzer guns, and the 1st and 2nd German armies march on the destroyed city. Without a break, and with the support of the 3rd Army, they attack the 5th French army stationed in Sedan. Despite the overwhelming superiority of the Germans, the French managed to inflict significant losses on the German 3rd Army, and the surviving half of the army began a big retreat, to Château Thierry. The German armies decide not to rush and stay on their positions.

The French replicate immediately, and the 1st and 2nd French armies attack the German army stationed in Strasbourg. The city is heavily fortified, and the German 6th Army deemed superior, but the losses are significant. The French also leave half of an army, but the French pressure is such that the rest of the German army withdraws to Koblenz. Sieging the city is tempting, but a single French army would be an easy prey for all German troops stationed in the surroundings. However, the French propaganda can rejoice, tomorrow the press will publish in great title "The French army attacks Strasbourg, the Germans in rout! "

At the same time, the Russians attack with their 8th army the 3rd Austro-Hungarian army in Tarnopol. The fights are violent, but finally nobody moves. The weakened Austro-Hungarian army no longer seems in a good position to repel a new Russian attack, even a weakened army.

In the East, The Germans march the 8th Army to Lodz, a major city on the Russian border. The corps that was with the 8th Army will guard the port city of Königsberg. With fortifications and trenches, even a single corps can hold the ground. In parallel, the 6th Austro-Hungarian army joins the 5th at Novi Sad, at the gates of Belgrade. The Serbs dig trenches in their capital to prepare for an attack. Moreover, the 3rd Austro-Hungarian army retreats from Tarnopol to join a corps stationed at Czernowitz, a more important position. They are joined soon after for the 2nd army, although still incomplete, and together they dig trenches with remarkable efficiency. In the west, the Germans reinvade Strasbourg with the remains of the 6th army and the 3rd complete army.

In response to all these movements of troops, the French raise the 10th army, the British the 1st army, and the Russians the 9th and 10th army at once. The war is intensifying.

The Germans decide to intensify their participation in the East and the Supreme Command, "OberOst", decides to attack the Russian forts. The 8th German army attacks and takes Warsaw, which had only its garrison, and a corps from Oppeln settles in Lodz, to protect the supplies of the 8th.
The Powers send fresh troops to reinforce the armies not being at their full potential, notably the German 3rd in Strasbourg, the 1st French army of Nancy, the two Austro-Hungarian armies of Czernowitz and the 8th Russian army in Kamenets-Podolski . The English reinforce their corps in Egypt, especially in Cairo.

As September begins, French political power still demands proof of French superiority, and the Austro-Hungarian people, doubtful after the Russian attacks, demands the same. In response, the 7th Austro-Hungarian Army is mobilized. The Germans also mobilize, the new 9th Army, in Essen, and the British their 2nd army.

The central powers are organizing to create the "Sud Army", a cooperation between the German corps and the Austro-Hungarian forces, while the Allied powers are moving their troops: The 9th French army, still reduced, joins Nancy, and the 5th Belfort. The 9th and 10th Russian armies march as far as Kamenets-Podolski, then together with the 8th, they launch a massive attack against Czernowitz where the imperial troops are entrenched. The fight is very deadly: two of the three Russian armies are amputated by half of their men, and an entire Austro-Hungarian army perishes, losing to the last man to repel the Russian hordes. The human cost is heavy, but they can keep a foothold in their trenches.

As a result of these fights, the Germans send two corps, the one from Bremen and one from the reserve in the capital, to Przemysl. The 1st Russian Army moved, from Kovono to Plock, threatening the stationed corps at Lodz and the 8th German army which depends on it, but following their exhausting march and the logistical choices of the high command, their attack will be delayed. The Russians attack Czernowitz once more, lose an army, the survivors of which do not even represent a full corps, and the Austro-Hungarians lose their second army, also complete, and their survivors fight relentlessly to prevent the Russians from pushing forward. The Central Powers decide to send the two remaining corps to rest in the fortress of Przemysl, while the 4th army supported by two German corps will take place in these trenches still filled of blood.
The French command launches an attack, from Belfort to Mulhouse, to fuel propaganda in the rear, but the attack is small, sacrificing just a few tens of thousands of men in an attack without hope, but that, the press does not need to know it.

The allies are putting a sea blockade on Germany, because their fleet is much more powerful. At the same time, the German parliament gives its confidence to the Kaiser, which supports its legitimacy.

The French armies in Paris and Nancy are reinforced by new troops, just like the Russian army which have fought so much. The 10th Army, disappeared during the clashes, is completely reformed in the rear. The Central Powers delay these allocations of new troops in order to mobilize their military-economic machine directly to the front. The inaction of the Austro-Hungarian troops will cause some minor troubles in the rear, and a small loss of confidence of the people.

Both sides were now engaged in the war, a war that would last, contrary to the initial hopes.

To be continued...

Part 2 (Turn 3) is here
Part 3 (Turn 4) is here
Part 4 (Turn 5) is here
Part 5 (Turn 6 & 7) is here
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Please, add more details about the game: number of players, scenario, optional rules, game time, etc. The narration is well written, it will be a pleasure to read the continuation.
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I love this kind of session. It's easier to read, and fun to guess whats going on on game terms
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Thank you for your feedback I'll bring you turn 3 later today !

hieronymus62 wrote:
Please, add more details about the game: number of players, scenario, optional rules, game time, etc. The narration is well written, it will be a pleasure to read the continuation.


We are 2 players : my wife as CP, and myself as AP. We are not good players. We play with supply warnings, 7 cards, additional corps at Lutsk/Stanislaw, trench modifiers after one fail. Standard scenario, not tournament. For game time... I'm not sure to understand.
 
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The Austro-Hungarian people demand a proof, a sign, that their soldiers are strong, that they are able to triumph over the Russian barbarians. The French seem satisfied and do not ask for more.

At the beginning of autumn 1914, Turkey enters the war. Bulgaria surprises the world, including the Serbs, by entering the war, too, alongside the Central Powers. The Russians respond to this by sending two armies of reserve on the front, the 6th and 7th.

The Germans, aware of the risk of encirclement, attack with the 8th army the Russians in Plock. They show an aggressiveness peculiar to the cornered animals and make a massive use of chlorine gas. Having seen it coming, the Russian army immediately begins an orderly withdrawal, avoiding a total destruction. One man out of two managed to retreat to Lomza. The Germans, them, lose almost nothing in this offensive, and camp on Warsaw. The German armies of Liege bury themselves in trenches, and the 7th Austro-Hungarian army reaches the front in Tarnow.

The Russians begin large maneuvers in response: the 5th Russian army joins Ivangorod, and is replaced by a corps, coming from Lutsk, and the 3rd army leaves Dubno to go to Lemberg, where it threatens the supply of Czernowitz. The Belgian army joins the BEF in the trenches of Brussels to consolidate their position. The Germans move a corps of Czernowitz to Stanislaw and deploy several corps to support the East, including Czernowitz, Warsaw and Stanislaw, just in time to defend the ground against the Russian offensives.

The Lemberg guns opened fire on Stanislaw to prepare the ground for the infantry. The 3rd Russian Army rushes forward in overwhelming numerical superiority against troops with little artillery, mixing Austro-Hungarian troops and German elite corps. Thanks to a good training and an impressive combativeness, the Kaiser's troops inflict non-negligible losses on the Russians. The Austro-Hungarian, less disciplined, all die in the fighting, but three Germans out of four remain ready to fight. Weakened, the Russian army is not in position to advance, and the ground is immediately reinvested by the German soldiers. At the same time, four Russian armies storm the ruined city of Warsaw, north from Lomza and south from Ivangorod. The Germans are weakened but hold the ground, amputating the Russians half an army to the north and south. In the north, the army was already weakened, therefore only a group of a few thousand men ready to fight remains... not enough to weigh in a battle, but they can always die for their comrades.

Despite their victory, the Germans finally retreat their 8th army to Czestochowa and their support corps in Tarnow, to compensate for the departure of the 1st Austro-Hungarian army, which went to support Stanislaw.

Far, far away from the Russian front, a U-boat torpedo the Lusitania. A tactical German victory, knowing that the cruise ship contained military equipment, but the public does not know it, and the Allied media quickly turn it into a strategic victory for their camp, increasing the support of the people involved in the tragedy, including America, yet neutral.

Still in the East, the war is raging. Supported by the 1st Austro-Hungarian army, the German corps of Stanislaw take their revenge by attacking the Russians of Lemberg. The defenders, extenuated from their previous fight, manage to defeat half of all the attackers, but are killed to the last.

In Serbia, the defenses of the capital are severely tested by the two Austro-Hungarian armies. Each side loses half of an army, but the pressure put by the attackers is such that a retreat would have been preferable. But the defenders strive to keep the ground, and after a few days, it is no longer really an army that holds the walls of the city.
In Tarnow and Strasbourg, work is starting to create a network of trenches ... but for now, these are just scattered holes rather than an effective defense system.

The Russians respond to the last attack with firmness and an important resolution: two armies and a support corps move from Kamenets-Podolski to Lemberg, and are replaced by the 6th, 7th and 10th armies coming from the rear, thanks to a monumental effort at the level of the railway. The 2nd Army left Lomza to join Lublin, passing through Warsaw deserted, planting some liberating flags. Meanwhile, the 2nd Serbian army enters Belgrade to allow the defenders to rest, and ensure a proper response when the invaders attempt to renew their attack.

The two powers send on the front many fresh troops gathered during the last weeks: the French replenish their army at Belfort and raise a corps, ready for deployment, while the British reinforce their corps at Barsa; the Serbs reform the beginnings of a first army, and the Russians replace the losses at Ivangorod, give troops to the auxiliary corps at Lomza and Lublin, and lay the foundations of two armies at the rear, named 1st and 3rd Army, following the elimination of these. They still lack more than a hundred thousand men each to regain their former glory. The Germans, them, are able to bring back all of their corps and armies to their full potential, their empire being so powerful and their commitment to war unlimited. The Austro-Hungarians reinforce their armies of Stanislaw and Novi Sad, and reform the 3rd army in Budapest, but also lack men and equipment to make it fully operational.

To be continued...
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This is great! Just a little advice: Maybe when armies and corps are eliminated, the troops rout, are too disorganized or too scattered to be useful in the scale of the war, insetad of just all dead.

It's not a criticism, really, just a "if you like it, use it". Looking forward to the next turn.
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With "game time" I intend: the time requested to play a particular turn of the game, and the final game time.
Nice to read but AG AG is right: for the scale of the conflict fortunately there not never been similar hecatomb.
 
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Thank you AG AG for your advice. You and Gianluca are right, I know that most of the time the armies disbanded, or were made prisonners. I'll include that in my following reports

As for the game time, most of the time we sit for 1 turn, we need some time to get back into it, and we do a lot of "trials & errors" (e.g. oh no you can't do that or I'll cut your supplies). But in general I'd say 30-45 minutes per turn.
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The war is so violent that it exceeds anything that has been seen so far. The recent events have caused some trauma to the population, and no one is asking for more blood than there was so far. But generals rarely rely on the advice of civilians to implement their strategies!

Stanislaw is fully surrounded by a large network of trenches, which will greatly complicate the task for the Russian invader. Threatened, the Austro-Hungarian corps of the fort of Przemysl move in the one of Cracow, farther from the fights, and where another corps is already stationed. The Russians react immediately by attacking from Lemberg. Apart from the first wave of assault, which takes a blow from the fury of the garrison and disperse quickly in the nature, the Russians do not have significant losses, and completely dismantle the enemy fortifications. They then quickly return to their position in Lemberg, still threatening Stanislaw.

Thanks to the talent of the Germans, the Russian wireless communications are intercepted and allow a particularly effective flank attack against the armies at Ivangorod, which do not expect it at all. Attacking from Czestochowa and Tarnow, where a German corps came to coordinate with the Austro-Hungarian army, hundreds of thousands of soldiers engage in a violent confrontation, under the shelling of the artillery. The Russian losses in the initial moment are severe, but they fight back with animal ferocity! After a few weeks of fighting, the two armies of the Tsar have only half of their elements still ready to fight. On the other side, the assault stops as many Germans have deserted the battlefield, disgusted to see the Austro-Hungarian hiding far behind when they were supposed to fight together. The combat-ready forces available to the Germans represent only half of what they had deployed.

This is the moment chosen by Italy to declare war on Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. Their armies, mobilized in the greatest secrecy, are certainly weak, but suddenly give a stab in the soft belly of the Beast.

The Germans urgently send the newly reformed 9th Army to Trent. The Italians, aware of their inability to face the Germans from the front, push back the 1st army in Milan, and the 4th besiege Triest, so much desired by the Italians! The 3rd Army attacks Villach from Maggiore. In their trenches, in the heart of the mountains, the Austro-Hungarians fight tooth and nails, and despite an important number of dead and wounded, they prevent the Italians from advancing.

Simultaneously, the French launch a major offensive against Strasbourg to support their Italian allies. The three armies of Nancy make an intensive use of phosgene and launch a massive assault once the gas is dispelled, supported by an air force with complete air superiority. The psychological shock is such that very quickly, the Germans are completely routed: several tens of thousands die, as many flee, and more than one hundred thousand soldiers are taken prisoner. It is an overwhelming victory for the French army, which gets away with the minimum loss that such an attack could foreshadow. German soldiers still alive and disciplined fall back to Mulhouse. The French do not make the mistake of besieging the city, which would let them be encircled.

The Germans, to face this shock, reorganize their troops: the 2nd Army at Liege and the 6th Army at Mulhouse return to Strasbourg and take care of their dead; reserve corps are deployed in Trent and Stanislaw, while a former Stanislaw corps take position in Uzhgorod to protect supply lines that have been exposed for too long. Finally, the Bulgarians, under the pressure of the Austro-Hungarians, agree to move with the forces stationed at Sofia to Valjevo, encircling the Serbs.

The Italians, to face the German threat, and as a result of the initial successes, manage to mobilize enough men to form a 5th Army.

Winter, this year, is tough. The Allied blockade seriously undermines the morale of peoples. And yet Triest resists siege. It must be said that the garrison is important, and galvanized.

The French managed to heal enough wounded soldiers from the battle of Strasbourg to make their 9th army operational again. The Italians send their many volunteers to reinforce the 3rd Army in Maggiore, just like the Serbs who finish training many fighters, who came to defend their homes against the oppressors, to finally have a 1st fully operational army. The Russians receive trains every day filled with new soldiers. They are first sent to Ivangorod, where the fights were the hardest. One of the armies preparing in the rear also benefits from the new conscripts and becomes a real army.

The Germans mostly replace the losses of the deadly Ivangorod battle. The core of a new army is also formed in Essen and takes the name of the 3rd Army, whose survivors after the battle of Strasbourg were assimilated by the other armies in Mulhouse. Their allies take advantage of the few soldiers they have to replace following the last battles to bring the 3rd army to its full potential in Budapest. The rest of the troops serve to supply the men of Villach and Cracow.

To be continued...
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With spring and new buds coming, the French call again to fight, and the Austro-Hungarians raise the 10th army, which hovers over Serbia the threat of a total and massive assault to break them. Thus threatened, the 1st and 2nd Serbian armies attack the Bulgarian corps that encircled them, and were perceived as a big threat in the case of an Austro-Hungarian attack on one front and Bulgarian on the opposite front. The Bulgarians, surprised, oppose only a weak resistance before laying down their weapons. The lucky ones manage to flee to the mountains and the others are parked in prison camps. Perhaps the Serbs overestimated the coordination of the two nations ...

The French command, convinced that the weak point of the German front line is Strasbourg, orders a new assault, massively relayed by the press. In fact, despite a certain impact on German troops, the French have suffered heavy losses, which leads to a complete debacle. After two weeks of fighting, the general staff of the 9th Army realizes that they do not have enough men to be able to consider themselves as an army. Men were even found in shell holes in the No Man's Land, tearing the toes of corpses with their teeth to feed themselves.

The Ottoman Empire awakens slowly, and sends the corps of Damascus, Mosul, and Adana to Dilman, at the foot of the Erivan Mountains. The Russians, aware of the enemy's intentions, are moving a corps from Batum to Erivan. The Turkish attack does not wait, but the advantage of the number is nullified by the dominant position of the Russians in the mountains. Each side loses several thousand men, and many more are wounded. It does not stop them, and a new attack is ordered. It ends up in a bloodbath, the Turks being shot like rabbits to advance a few hundred meters against the Russians well settled in the mountains. The general staff doesn’t care, and without respite they attack again, taking advantage of the ground won. The fighting is a little more equal, and the wounded on both sides accumulate, along with the dead. The fights drag on, and without realizing it, "the battle of Erivan" celebrates its two months, planting its candles on a stack of corpses accumulating below, freshly sprinkled by losses on both sides.

The Bulgarians also respond to the pressure of their allies and send a corps from Varana to Villach, just in time to defend against an attack by the Italian 3rd Army. The Austro-Hungarian, exhausted, do not take the attack well and half flees from the beginning, but the Bulgarians are fighting ... not enough to inflict significant losses on the Italians, but they force them to stop their advance. The Germans advance, the 9th army taking place in Asiago, which causes a panic movement among the Italians. Faced with the situation, and aware that a collapse of Italy would be catastrophic, the British send urgently from London, thanks to a massive logistical investment from England, France and Italy, the 2nd British Army, to Maggiore. Well trained and equipped, this army can stand up to the Germans. The escalation continues, the Austro-Hungarians sending the 3rd and 10th Army to Zagreb. The British launch an assault on Villach, to reassure their allies, who do not take part in the attack. Despite the mountains and the trenches, they manage to completely knock out the Austro-Hungarian troops, for minimal losses on their side. Unfortunately, the Bulgarians hold the ground anyway, protecting the Austro-Hungarian supply lines, allowing both armies to attack Triest and to take possession of the fortifications. No Italian soldier present today will fight again in this war. Finding themselves caught in a vice, the 2nd Italian Army, in Udine, and the 2nd British with the 3rd Italian in Maggiore move to Verona. The 9th German Army returns defensively to Trent, while the Austro-Hungarian hammer marches on Venice.

Without warning, the Serbs attack with their two armies the Austro-Hungarian corps of Trimisvar, making many prisoners. Thus threatened, the central powers send a corps of Cracow to Szeged to protect the 5th and 6th armies.

The movements of troops of the central powers in reaction to the allied movements and attacks mobilize their transport, while the allies, them, use it to send troops to the front to fill the holes created by the wounded: the French create the skeleton of a new 9th Army in Paris, and the Italians bring their 2nd Army to its full potential. The Russians reinforce the 1st Army, still at the rear, as well as the heroic corps of Erivan. A few thousand men are also mobilized and kept in reserve, just in case.

To be continued...
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The summer 1915 is very hot. The Russian people, having followed the Turkish aggression, demand revenge! The Russians shall be conquerors, not victims!

As a result, the 12th Army is created, and the Germans also form a new army in response, the 11th, which takes place in Czestochowa. The 3rd, despite being reduced, leaves the security of Essen to go to Metz.

Allies go on the offensive. The Serbs, led by Putnik, attack the Austro-Hungarians in Novi Sad. The Serbian troops, galvanized by their resistance so far, violently attack the enemy defense. The walls and the trenches were no strangers to the balance so far... Of course, the Austro-Hungarians see the strength of the 6th Army reduced, but the Serbs are cut in pieces by the artillery, and soon the national pride gives way to the instinct of survival, and many of the valid ones flee, leaving their former brothers in the mud of the battlefields. In just a few days, half of all the Serb forces disappears into battle or infirmary. For their part, the French attack Strasbourg, from Nancy. As usual. And thanks to a slightly less reckless tactic, the French losses are this time comparable to those of the Germans. The remains of a corps of skirmishers also die, but they are only colonial troops.

The belligerents quickly transfer corps across great distances to make
corrections to their strategies: the Turks send the troops from Constantinople and Ankara to Dilman, and the Russians mobilize from their reserve a corps in Erivan, as well as the corps of Szawli to Ivagorod. The Bulgarians advance their corps from Villach to Asiago, and the Austro-Hungarians reinforce Novi Sad with their reserve troops. The British deploy the corps of the BEF in Brussels, and the Serbs demobilize their diminished corps, so that it can rest and be ready to take over from the armies in case of a big attack.

The 8th and 11th German armies of Czetochowa and the 7th Austro-Hungarian army of Tarnow, commanded by a German corps, attack Ivangorod. The fighting is very violent, and the Russians oppose an heroic resistance against the enemy forces. Nevertheless, the Russians will end up with the 4th and 5th Army, as well as the auxiliary corps, greatly weakened. The Germans took the lion's share of the losses on the 11th Army, and the Austro-Hungarian allies suffered many wounded. With so many men unable to fight, the attack ends, and the Russians hold their position.

The Russians are also attacked in Erivan, but fight back proudly, and the list of losses is growing on both sides.

Thus, assaulted from all sides, the Russians eventually go on the offensive. Czernowitz is the target of their wrath, and three armies rush to attack the trenches. Unfortunately for them, the German corps had built fortified machine gun nests, which made this attack expensive, very expensive. The 6th Army is completely destroyed, survivors fleeing into the wild, and the 7th Army will also pay an heavy price. On the other side, Austro-Hungarians will have tens of thousands of wounded to take charge of, and the Germans too, although fewer, end up with less than one man out of two still ready to fight. This result, while almost catastrophic, will satisfy the Russian people.

At the other end of the world, the allied armies of Verona attack the Austro-Hungarian armies of Venice. The English, leading the assault, suffer significant losses, but rout their enemies, who retreat to Udine after losing the 10th Army.

The German command, after having put back some of the wounded of the last battle, attacks again Ivangorord, without waiting for their allies of Tarnow. This time, it is the 8th which collects the bulk of losses, but the Russians perish by tens of thousands, so much so that the 4th Army ceases to exist, its remaining elements integrating what remains of the 5th, and the auxiliary corps will be reduced to a few hundred men, also integrated in the 5th. The Turks also repeat their attack, but with less success. The wounded and the dead of this assault are almost all Turkish, while the Russians only count a few wounded, and no fugitive.
The British, aware of the need to bring more support to their allies, create the 3rd Army in London, ready to sail for the continent.

On the western side, fresh troops leave their barracks to join the operational forces: the 1st French Army in Nancy and the 9th in Paris reach their maximum quota, as do the 2nd British Army in Verona, the 1st Italian Army in Milan and the 3rd German army of Strasbourg. At the same time, on the eastern side, it is the 1st Serbian army, the 5th Russian army of Ivangorod and the 7th army of Kamenets-Podolski, the 8th and 11th German armies in Czestochowa, and the 4th Austro-Hungarian army of Czernowitz and the 6th Army of Novi Sad, which benefit from reinforcements. The Russian corps of Kamenets-Podolski and Erivan are also reinforced, and both Turks and Bulgarians are mobilizing a corps in their reserve, ready for deployment.

Tens of thousands of Turkish youth left their barracks and gave no news. Several months ago, the government announced a conquest of territory against the Russians ... then nothing. The Turks doubt, and ask that his army shows its strength by decisive victories! On their side, the Italians also, learning the retreat of their army and the loss of territory, require that their soldiers do not remain inactive: it is mandatory to take back what belongs to the Italians!

The Germans continue to increase their power, and form the 12th Army, a news which worries the allies, who are already struggling to cope with those already existing. In order to keep the initiative, the 2nd and 3rd Italian armies march to Venice, officially liberating it (despite the departure of the Austro-Hungarian armies few weeks ago), and thus preparing to attack the invaders in place in Udine. The British are beginning to dig trenches, but it’s their first time, so they do not come up with a very convincing result.

The Russian general staff, aware of the delicate position of Ivangorod's 5th Army, considers its options. Finally, it is decided that the brave soldiers will serve the motherland right here, and they storm Tarnow. The Austro-Hungarian army is defeated, and although the Germans try to stop them, tens of thousands of soldiers are definitely deserting the army. The Russians have also paid this attack on the lives of thousands of its soldiers. But the Russian general staff knows that the Austro-Hungarians are running out of steam, and that without the help of the Germans, they could not even defend their capitals, so every loss inflicted on the double kingdom is well worth it. The riposte is not long in coming, and the Germans strike Ivangorod with the strength of their two armies. The remains of the 5th Army die on the spot, or become prisoners, not without causing significant damage in the ranks of the Kaiser. The Germans stop just before the fortifications of the city and decide, for the moment, not to besiege it.

The Germans also attack from Trent the British deprived of the support of the Italians. The British army suffers from this assault and must retreat to Bologna, while the Germans, apart from their front-line corps of which nine men out of ten will be killed or wounded in the first day of combat, do not suffer a loss. The Italians, to prove that their movement is not just an abandonment of their English allies, attack Udine. The Italians see the first wave of the 2nd army heavily affected by the fighting, but the 3rd is doing well. The Austro-Hungarians, for their part, make use of their support corps to absorb the losses, and following the integration of the survivors in the 3rd Army, can affirm that the latter is complete. It is not strictly speaking a victory, from a military point of view, but the Italian press will not deprive itself of using this word! However, the riposte does not wait, and the 3rd Austro-Hungarian army lose half of its power to cause the disband of the 2nd Italian. This blow pushes the Italians to retrench in Bologna to find their British allies.

The Russians respond to the loss of Ivangorod by a new massive attack by Czernowitz. They lose, once more, more than thirty thousand men, and the quadruple are wounded. Adding the missing, almost one in two men doesn’t come back unscathed. But on the enemy side, despite their trenches, all Germans still present die, and the Austro-Hungarians die or flee in the face of the savagery of their opponent. Only a third of them are still really able to fight, adding than lightly wounded who are forced to hold the line. The Germans urgently send the corps of Tarnow and Uzhgorod to hold this city so contested, and the 8th and 11th armies march to Przemysl. The Russians respond to these movements on a large scale: the 8th and 9th move from Lemberg to Lutsk and are joined by the 2nd, from Lublin. The corps, present in Lublin, goes to Brest Litosvk. The rest of the Russian troops of Kamenets-Podolski, consisting of the 7th and the 10th, as well as a corps, all largely diminished, go to Dubno, and their place is taken by the 1st, 3rd and 12th, all fresh.

The Austro-Hungarians decide the creation of an 11th Army, and the British form the 4th Army. The Germans use the reserves of the Landwehr to reinforce the 6th Army of Strasbourg, and the 8th in Przemysl.
The surprise is complete when 3 British corps land at Salonika, despite the neutrality of Greece, threatening the Bulgarians who have largely stripped their defenses for the war effort.

The Serbs completely reform their 2nd Army, while the Italians only hand over the base of their 2nd Army to Rome. The French afford the luxury of creating a reserve corps, while the British replaced their losses in Bologna, and the Russians the weakened armies of Dubno.

On the Turkish side, the grumbling rises as the government has been languishing in silence for months after the dubious struggles of Erivan.

To be continued...
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Hearing regularly about Russians, Italians and their British neighbors, the French suffer. They suffer for lack of pride. National pride requires that the French be as strong, as impactful, as important as other nations. The French army must attack! And the French command is preparing by deploying troops stationed at the capital: the 10th goes to Verdun, and the 6th to Nancy. The 9th remains garrisoned and improves the trench system.

The German war machine does not slow down, and a new army is born: the 10th, whose provision in artillery was delayed, hence the formation of the 11th and 12th armies before it. The 10th and 12th armies move together from Essen to Liege, to join the 1st Army.

The British embark the 1st, 3rd and 4th Army and leave for the continent, and take position at Sedan. They also attack with their freshly landed troops at Salonika the Bulgarians in the Strumitsa Mountains. The battle is no pleasure cruise for them, but the Bulgarians are so crushed by their firepower that they quickly abandon their position and disperse in the countryside. The weakened British corps remains in Salonika, to rest and secure the port city, while the rest of the troops advance on the conquered mountains. Threatened, the Bulgarians bring their two last corps back to Sofia, and the Turks give them a hand by sending Adrianopole's corps to Sofia as well.

The Italians of the 3rd Army are busy creating a network of trenches in Bologna, while the 2nd British army moves in Venice, to prepare to free Udine.

Unsurprisingly, Strasbourg, this historic symbol, this city to liberate, and also this tactically and strategically advantageous city (or say, less bad than the others), is the one French choose as a target. But the Germans, trained, disciplined, and well settled, repel the assault. The losses are terrible on the French side, and it's the equivalent of an entire army that is missing, wounded or killed. The troops are reorganized, and the general staff of the 6th Army ends up without men to command. The Germans have half the losses.

Falkenhayn becomes Chief of the Great General Staff, which leads Germany even more deeply towards total war. In order to mark his arrival, he orchestrates a large-scale attack on Verdun, Operation "Gericht", "place of execution" in our language. The attack is coming from Metz, and is greeted with ardor by the French defenders. The 3rd German Army, not being at its full potential and being sent to the front line, is crushed by French artillery and lebel rifles. There is not even enough to form a corps capable of fighting. The French also suffered major losses in the 10th Army, but the offensive is repelled.

That’s the moment Romania decides to join the war: at the moment when Bulgaria is the weakest, and opening a way for an encirclement of the armies of the Central Powers of the Russian front.



Faced with the threat of an aggressive Germany, France forms the 7th Army, and the British organize Canadian and Australian troops, for an imminent deployment. The Germans decide to use a new weapon: zeppelins raids to undermine morale and British logistics.

But this does not discourage the British, who attack Udine with their 2nd army in retaliation. The already weakened Austro-Hungarian 3rd Army cannot sustain this attack and disperses quickly without inflicting significant losses on their enemies. The bravest soldiers still organize themselves into an operational corps, and retreat to Maggiore.

Troops reinforce the 6th German army in Strasbourg, and the army backbone formed in Essen receives the name of 2nd Army. Turks are mobilizing men to prepare for more fighting, east and west.

Three months without a big offensive, is there a problem? Is it a sign of weakness? The Russian people are worried ... and the Tsar does not see it favorably.

The Germans, in their African colonies, particularly from East Africa, attack the British, harass them, make them a guerrilla. The English decide to send a reserve corps as reinforcement, which will fight during the entire war against the troops of Vorbeck, far from the continent.

The allies continue to fight in Italy, to retake the lost ground. The British army in Venice attacks the Bulgarians in Asiago, who are no match for the westerners. The 3rd Italian Army besieges Triest to force the garrison to surrender. The 11th Austro-Hungarian army, having not yet done their first action, goes to Villach, where it is joined by the brave corps of Maggiore, to support Triest. The British move to Maggiore, adding a layer of complexity to the situation.

The Russians do not wait any longer to strike with force. The three armies of Kamenets-Podolski attack, once more, Czernowitz, putting out of action half of the Austro-Hungarian forces and a few thousand Germans. But the defense is fierce, and the Russians fall in large numbers, so much so that the 1st and 3rd armies are no longer able to continue their advance. Anyway, the defenders do not retreat, and the status quo settles again. But Pravda publishes on the front page "Pobeda", and the people regain confidence! In addition, the Russians finish to equip in man and equipment the 11th army, which is ready for deployment. In all discretion, the Russian High Command decides to prepare the troops for a great retreat, in case the Central Powers attack their armies, in order to save their troops. An extra sign that the Allies expect, and adapt, to a long and total war.

But the Germans turn their gaze to the west, and the 1st, 10th and 12th German armies of Liege attack Brussels, massively using a terrifying weapon: the flamethrower. The Belgians fight hard, but are quickly crushed, scattered, disoriented. The last valid men, heroic, even persist in a suicidal fight to allow a reorganization of British troops to reinvest the trenches and not give ground. The Germans count their wounded and disappeared by hundreds of thousands, but nothing extraordinary for an attack of this magnitude. The 10th army, largely affected, still remains capable of fighting. Fighting continues, and during a searing push, the British Expeditionary Force is driven out of the trenches. The auxiliary corps is obliterated by the German hammer, and the army has so many wounded that it cannot evacuate that it sees its power greatly diminished. Left behind, the wounded will be taken prisoner or will die of lack of care. The survivors gather in Antwerp, being only the shadow of their past glory. The 10th German Army no longer exists as such.

At the same time, the Germans are also attacking Belfort, from Mulhouse, with the support of the Alpenkorp, specialist in mountain fighting. But the French, unlike the British, hold good and make use of favorable terrain: mountainous, entrenched and fortified. The Germans lose half their power, and the famous "Alpenkorp" is completely decimated, after being trapped by machine guns crossfire and artillery bombardment. The French count "only" eighty thousand wounded, fifteen thousand dead and twenty-five thousand missing.

The Germans finalize their great movement by positioning the 2nd German army, still reduced, in Aachen, to secure the troops of Liege.

The three British armies of Sedan take over from the BEF in the trenches filled with blood of Brussels, which the Germans have finally decided not to invest after the fighting, because of the threat of an attack on their stretched supply line.

The Italians engage further in the fighting with the 2nd and 5th armies, who leave the security of the capital to join the trenches of Bologna.

The Central Powers invest heavily in the war and send more than two million additional men to the front. First, they restore the power of their armies having paid the price of fighting. On the German side, the 2nd at Aachen, the 7th at Mulhouse and the German corps of Liege and Czernowitz. On the Austro-Hungarian side, only the 4th in Czernowitz. In addition, armies are reformed, from zero to their full potential in the space of three months: the German 3rd in Essen and the 3rd and 7th Austro-Hungarian in Budapest. In addition, groups of a few tens of thousands of men are organized in corps, kept in reserve: two for the Germans, two for the Bulgarians and one for the Turks.

The Allied Powers do not make such a change, and their flow of reinforcement is constant: the Italians get their 2nd army to its maximum, the Belgians begin to recruit and train a few thousand men, the Serbs complete their reserve corps. The French are supplying the 5th Army of Belfort and the 10th of Verdun, which had been waiting for these reinforcements for months. The British support their landing of Salonika and the corps at the back is reinforced. Finally, the Russians compensate the losses of Kamenets-Podolski, and begin to reform a 5th army in the rear.

Triest and its garrison hold the siege, surely galvanized by the allied presence in Villach.

At this stage, there is no longer any doubt that the war is total, for all participants.
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I have a question for you : would you like pictures in the report ?
If yes, what kind ? More global situation at the begining/end of each turn ? More close-up of some important situation ? Let me know what do you want
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Oh yes please!

Global images of start/end situation would be nice!
Also from important battles/situation mid-season. For example, it would have been nice to see Verdun in this report.

Great work!
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