The Channel Coast
A hoarse Prime Minister Nathan stands before parliament, clears his throat and begins, “Britain has stood by Belgium since her inception, we have long been her guarantor, her ally, and her friend. But now the exigencies of the European situation have forced my reluctant hand. For Belgium’s neutrality to be defended, it must be violated, better by a trusted friend than by ancient enemies. I have thus ordered our forces to the defense of Belgium and her frontiers.”
A long convoy of transports, battlecruisers and supply vessels carry the Home Army from its ports near Edinburgh to the Belgian coast. Once ashore, astonished British troops find their columns led by German scouts and their rations supplemented by German bratwurst. From the coastal towns of Oostende and Middelkerke the expeditionary force marches southeast to Brussels, where a reluctant King Leopold II offers his country’s formal surrender. The British Army has returned to the continent.
To the north, Heeresgruppe Bülow crosses the Kiel frontier into Holland, seizing Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam before the end of the summer. Amsterdam’s great harbor is put to work bringing in German men and matériel.
British troops convoyed to Belgium by the North Sea Fleet, with German troops in support. Heeresgruppe Bülow seizes Holland from Kiel.
British naval forces stationed in the Norwegian Sea steam south and begin landing troops along the Norwegian coast in early August. The HMS Harald Hadrada is the first ship in; her marines take Trondheim before proceeding overland to Oslo, seizing thousands of pounds of Rakfisk along the way. 300 miles to the east, Stockholm surrenders to a Russian naval bombardment in late September. To the south, German troops peer anxiously across the Oresund strait as Sweden is overrun by carousing Russian marines.
British naval forces seize Norway while Russia occupies Sweden. German forces hold in Denmark.
Along the Baltic coast, Russian troops leave their summer quarters in Warsaw and begin the long march north into Livonia.
Russian troops move north into Livonia.
On the early morning of September 1st, German pickets report seeing columns of blue clad infantry moving in the pre-dawn gloom. By mid-morning, over two hundred thousand Frenchmen cross the German frontier. With Heeresgruppe Haeseler supporting the British invasion to the north, the German people can only watch as French troops fill the idyllic valleys of Bavaria. One by one the great Catholic cities of southern Germany fall– First Stuttgart, then Nuremburg, and finally Munich.
On the other side of the Alps, Italian troops abandon their defensive positions around Venice and strike westward, determined to recapture Italian Piedmont from Gallic forces. They find entrenched French troops waiting for them. Wave after wave of Italian infantry hopelessly melts away against massed French fire. The Italian army is forced to limp back to Venice.
In Austria Franz Joseph issues a public proclamation in support of his German speaking brethren and orders the Vienna army west into the mountains of Tyrolia. From there, Austrian troops are positioned to strike south into Italy or north into Germany.
French forces seize Munich. Austrian troops move west into Tyrolia. Italian troops are repulsed in Piedmont.
The Mediterranean is a peaceful contrast to the violent tumult of northern Europe. A long hot summer stretches into fall without a shot fired in anger. The French Mid-Atlantic Fleet sails into the port of Cadiz, and from there marines march north to Madrid. The Spaniards prove to be welcoming hosts; a quarter million Frenchmen are very valuable to a tourist-economy. The Spanish armament garage in Toledo is immediately put to work making dozens of 8mm MLE rifles for France.
The French Mid-Atlantic Fleet seizes the south coast of Spain.
To the east, Italian cruisers in the Ionian sea convoy troops west into Tunisia. It was here 2000 years ago that Rome sacked Carthage. This time, the Italians have an easier go of it; the great port city of Tunis falls under their control by the end of October.
Italian troops cross the Ionian Sea by convoy and seize the port of Tunis.
Emperor Franz Joseph is determined to make good on the promises he made in Spring. Austrian troops cut short their military occupation of Serbia and invade Rumania to the east, seizing Bucharest and the Black Sea port at Constanta. They quickly entrench and wait for a counterattack that never arrives. Instead, the Turks turn their Bulgarian army south towards Greece, where it collides with the Austrian fleet attacking from Albania. The two forces fight a series of indecisive actions along the Greek coast at Corinth, Athens and Khalkis. Eventually they are both forced to withdraw.
Austria abandons Serbia for Rumania. Turks and Austrians deny each other control of Greece.
Mid-September: Turkish mountain troops turn north from Armenia and invade the Russian Caucasus. Gunboats support the infantry’s advance and keep the Russian Black Sea Fleet in port. The Turks reach the Crimean port city of Kerch by October and begin preparations for the siege of Sevastopol, which is now under heavy naval bombardment.
Just as the siege begins, Russian reinforcements arrive from Ukraine. Over the next two weeks, roughly a million men contest the crowded Crimean Peninsula. Eventually the Turkish army is forced back across the Caucasus, but Turkey’s fleet remains in control of the Black Sea.
Turkish troops attack Sevastopol from Armenia supported by their Black Sea Fleet. The Russians turn them back with help from Ukraine.
Full orders, Fall 1901
Winter 1901 Disposition, builds necessary
No retreat orders necessary
It is now Winter 1901. Troops have retired to winter quarters and there will be no movement until Spring. Supply centers have changed hands and players will be able to build/disband accordingly.
Supply center changes:
- Austria: Gained one
- Britain: Gained two
- France: Gained two
- Germany: Gained two, lost one. Gained one net
- Italy: Gained one
- Russia: Gained one
- Turkey: Gained one
Build orders are due Sunday Feb 17th at Midnight