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.
To the west, French and British reinforcement fleets rush north to surround the western coast of Norway.
The Dirge of Kaiser Brillhelm
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.
Italy and The Mediterranean
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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.
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.