Winter 1908

Trapped!

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In late September, time finally runs out of the isolated Russian fleet in Norway.  Despite an heroic attempt to break out into the North Sea, the fleet is finally surrounded and destroyed by an allied force four times its size at Oslo.  Britain once again holds an unadulterated battle line in the north.

Annihilation

The Russian fleet in Norway is surrounded and destroyed.

To the east, the rest of the Soviet military takes advantage of the allied focus on Norway to reshuffle it’s troops.  Reinforcement armies rail into Moscow, Sevastopol and Warsaw, while two more forces stand each other off in a conservative defense of St. Petersburg, that leaves the province unoccupied.

Russia reorganizes it's armies, including a self-standoff in St. Petersburg

Russia reorganizes it’s armies, including a self-standoff in St. Petersburg

Germany and the Mediterranean

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Outside of Scandinavia, there is little action along the entire length of the European front, as most units choose to hold in place before the winter.  The isolated move comes from Italy, who move a fleet north along the coast to Tuscany.

A static front in Germany.

A static front in Germany.

Italy moves a fleet to Tuscany.

Italy moves a fleet to Tuscany.

Overview

Britain has managed to reassert control over Scandinavia, while the rest of Europe holds in place, anxious for word from the peace conference in the United States.

Builds!
Austria: build one
Italy: Must disband one
Russia: build one
Fall 1908 orders overview

Fall 1908 orders overview

Winter 1908 builds pending

Winter 1908 builds pending

 

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Spring 1908

The North

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As spring drags on, French ships in the North Sea attempt to finish off the Russian fleet in the Skagerrak.  The Russians, however, break out of their encirclement, retaking Norway with help from their forces in Finland and St. Petersburg.  British ships are driven from Oslo and the western Fjords.  Elsewhere, British and Russian forces dig in, attempting to fortify their positions heading into the summer.

A Russian fleet dislodges the British fleet in Norway with support from Finland and St. Petersburg

A Russian fleet dislodges the British fleet in Norway with support from Finland and St. Petersburg

Central Europe and the South

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In Germany, the British fleet at Kiel moves northwest into the Helgoland Bight.  Seeing this, German troops rush west, but are turned back by a reinforcing British army moving east from Holland with support from the Ruhr valley.  To the south, France makes a series of probing attacks against Austrian-held Munich.

Kiel moves to Helgoland, and Britain moves up a reinforcement army from Holland.

Kiel moves to Helgoland, and Britain moves up a reinforcement army from Holland.

In the Mediterranean, the stalemate continues as Austro-Italian forces frustrate French offensive plans for another season.

The stalemate continues.

The stalemate continues.

Overview

I think it’s time that we begin to discuss a negotiated peace.

Retreats!

The British fleet in Norway may retreat to North or Norwegian Seas.
Spring 1908 orders overview

Spring 1908 orders overview

Fall 1908 disposition, retreat pending.

Fall 1908 disposition, retreat pending.

 


			

Fall 1907

The Meatgrinder

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Desperate to break out of the Franco-British encirclement in the Skaggerak, Russia coordinates a massive attack on Norway.  Armies in St. Petersburg and Finland launch supporting offensives along the border, as the Skaggerak force lands near Oslo and attempts to fight its way inland.  Russian troops are met by an overwhelming force of British and French marines, conducting their own attack from Sweden and the waters around western Scandinavia.  For over three months, close to two million marines and their supporting ships vie for control over Norway.  Ultimately, allied forces prevail, as British marines break through, and turn the Russian right flank near Halden, forcing a retreat back into the Skaggerak strait.

A four-strength British attack defeats a three strength Russian attempt to take Norway.

A four-strength British attack defeats a three-strength Russian attempt to take Norway.

 In Germany both sides conduct late summer offensives.  British ships and marines attempt to seize the Baltic Sea port of Rostock, but run into determined Austro-Germanic defenses. To the south, Austrian infantry divisions attack towards Kiel.  In their absence, a French army moves east across the frontier towards Munich with support from British troops in the Ruhr.  They are met and pushed back by Austrian reinforcements railing in from Prague.  Ultimately, the stalemate continues across Germany.

Britain bounces against the supported defense of Berlin, and a French move into Munich is stalemated by a similarly supported move by Austria.

Britain bounces against the supported defense of Berlin, and a French move into Munich is stalemated by a similarly supported move by Austria.

 In the Mediterranean, the stalemate drags on into winter.  To the east, Russian forces move up to reinforce the front lines.

No change along the front this season.

No change along the front this season.  Austrian and Italian fleets move to Apulia and Albania.

Russian troops in Rumania move to Galicia.

Russian troops in Rumania move to Galicia.

Overview

British and French forces score a victory in the north, seizing Denmark and maintaining the encirclement of the Russian fleet in the Skaggerak.  Otherwise, there is little change, as the European stalemate drags on into another winter.

Builds!

Britain: Gain one
Russia: Disband one
Fall 1907 orders overview

Fall 1907 orders overview

Spring 1908 disposition, builds pending

Winter 1907 disposition, builds pending

Spring 1907

Scandinavia

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As the ice clears and the spring sun thaws the north, Russia and Britain resume their hostilities.  British battlecruisers make an attempt to take Norway with support from friendly ships in Sweden.  They are waylaid en route by Russian armies moving west from St. Petersburg and Finland.  In the meantime, the naval garrison in Norway steams south into the Skaggerak.

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Britain and Russia stand each other off with dueling supported moves into Norway. The Russian fleet in Norway moves into the Skaggerak.

 To the west, French and British reinforcement fleets rush north to surround the western coast of Norway.

British and French fleets move into the Norwegian and North Seas.

British and French fleets move into the Norwegian and North Seas.

 

The Dirge of Kaiser Brillhelm

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In Germany, British troops march southeast into the Ruhr valley with support from French troops in Burgundy. The Austrian garrison at Munich holds while reinforcements rail into Bohemia from Vienna.  To the north, Austrian and German staff HQ’s have a falling out– Austrian officers advocate a defensive strategy around Berlin, while Kaiser Brillhelm demands an attack. After a month of bitter argument, Brillhelm storms out of staff HQ, determined to retake Kiel at any cost.

As spring arrives, German divisions attack west towards Hamburg without Austrian support. The Kaiser is always in the vanguard, leading a series of hopeless attacks against the reinforced British lines. In late May, in an attack outside Lubeck, Brillhelm is mortally wounded leading a charge on horseback.  He dies two days later at a military hospital in Schwerin.  Command of the remaining German forces passes to Unterfeldwebel Schnauser, a popular but inexperienced commander.  However, It soon becomes clear that Unterfeldwebel Schnauser is in fact a purebred dachshund dressed in a miniature Prussian uniform.  The remaining German forces suffer a crushing defeat.

A British army moves into the Ruhr Valley, while the last remaining German force attacks Kiel.

A British army moves into the Ruhr Valley, while the last remaining German force attacks Kiel.

Italy and The Mediterranean

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Russia

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Russian forces continue to redeploy northwards towards the British threat.  Armies rail into Livonia and Warsaw, while a third is convoyed over the Black Sea from occupied Turkey into Rumania.  The Moscow garrison is blocked from moving north by the failed attack against Norway.

Russia moves its armies north.

Russia moves its armies north.

Overview

France and Britain muster their naval strength in the north, while Germany makes a futile attempt to take back it’s fatherland from the British invader.  Russia hurries reinforcements north, and the dreary stalemate in the south drags on.

Spring 1907 order overview

Spring 1907 order overview

Fall 1907 disposition

Fall 1907 disposition

 

Fall 1906

Trading Places

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In the north, a vengeful Britain launches an invasion of Norway from the Barents Sea.  They are met and turned back by Russian armies moving west from St. Petersburg and Finland.  Both sides are forced to retreat.  Meanwhile, the Russian fleet in Norway makes a bid for the North Sea, but runs headlong into a British fleet steaming out from Denmark.  The two sides meet just off the coast of Aberdeen. After a night and a day of heavy gunnery, both sides fleets are forced to retreat.

Russian and British forces stalemate each other in the North Sea and Norway.

Russian and British forces stalemate each other in the North Sea and Norway.

The Western Front

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A front that has remained largely static for years suddenly erupts in the fall.  British and German troops clash outside of the port of Lubeck, while confused Austrian troops continue to add to the entrenchments around Berlin.  To the south, Austrian and French armies fight a 3 day battle at Strasbourg, on the border with French Burgundy.  German troops rush south to reinforce the Austrian lines, but a spoiling attack from British Holland delays them.  To the west, a French fleet moves to the defense of Belgium.

Germany and Britain stalemate between Kiel and Berlin, while French and Austrian forces stalemate in the south.  A British move from Holland disrupts German support for the Austrian Army.  The Austrian army in Prussia attempts to support the defense of Berlin, but fails as the army moves towards Kiel.

Germany and Britain stalemate between Kiel and Berlin, while French and Austrian forces stalemate in the south. A British move from Holland disrupts German support for the Austrian Army. The Austrian army in Prussia attempts to support the defense of Berlin, but fails as the army moves towards Kiel.

A Dreary Fall

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In the Mediterranean, the stalemate drags on for another season, as France resumes a costly but ineffective offensive across the entire front.  With Italian and Austrian troops conducting determined and conservative defensive actions, neither side is able to make any gains before winter.

Same old, same old

Same old, same old

Traffic Jam

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With their move to reinforce Norway thwarted by British ships, the rest of Russia’s armies are thrown into confusion.  Rail lines are backed up from Galicia to St. Petersburg, as more than a million men unsuccessfully try and move north.  In the south, Russian and Italian troops hold their positions, while the Austrian fleet in Greece steams northwest along the Albanian coast.

A series of Russian move orders fail because of the standoff in Norway.

A series of Russian move orders fail because of the standoff in Norway.

Overview

Very little changes this season, as Russia and Britain change places again in Scandinavia.  Without success in Burgundy, Germany has lost control over Munich to its Austrian allies, reducing the erstwhile Empire to a one-province rump state.  France and Italy continue their lethargic waltz in the south.

Builds/Disbands!
Austria: Gain one build
Britain: Gain one build (because of the destruction of the Norway army)
Germany: Disband one unit
Fall 1906 orders overview

Fall 1906 orders overview

Winter 1906 disposition, builds needed

Winter 1906 disposition, builds needed