Winter 1903

Britain builds an army in Edinburgh

Britain builds an army in Edinburgh

Germany disbands it's army in the Ruhr Valley

Germany disbands it’s army in the Ruhr Valley

France builds a fleet along the south coast of Spain.

France builds a fleet along the south coast of Spain.

Italy builds a third fleet in Naples

Italy builds a third fleet in Naples

Overview

Winter 1903 build overview

Winter 1903 build overview

Spring 1904 disposition

Spring 1904 disposition

 

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Fall 1903

Bloody Bulgaria

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Combat Bulgaria

The Russian fleet cuts Turkey’s support for Bulgaria. Austria carries the province with a supported attack from Greece.

Fighting continues across Bulgaria throughout the summer.  Austrian marines launch attacks along the south coast in an attempt to outflank the stubborn Turkish entrenchments.  At the same time, the Russian fleet at Constanta leaves port and fights an inconclusive but bloody naval battle with Turkish gunboats in the Black Sea.  The Russian attack is enough to cut off support for the Turkish troops in Bulgaria however, and without naval support they are overwhelmed and forced to retreat.  Austrian marines occupy Bulgaria.

To the east, Turkish troops continue their desperate defense of Anatolia.  Infantry divisions redeploy to Smyrna and Ankara in an attempt to keep out the Russian invasion from the east.  The two sides meet outside Adana, just north of the Syrian border, and force each other back.

Russian and Turkish troops bounce each other in Smyrna.  A Turkish army moves into Ankara.

Russian and Turkish troops bounce each other in Smyrna. A Turkish army moves into Ankara.

Forced back towards the Citadel of Istanbul, retreating Turkish troops arrive in time to see the Italian fleet renewing it’s attack.  Once again, the Italian ships are driven back with heavy losses.  However, the presence of the troops in Constantinople blocks all avenues of retreat open to their compatriots in Bulgaria.  The army there is destroyed.

Turkish troops are bounced to Constantinople, which bounces the Italian fleet.  With nowhere to retreat, the Turkish army in Bulgaria is destroyed.

Turkish troops are bounced to Constantinople, which bounces the Italian fleet. With nowhere to retreat, the Turkish army in Bulgaria is destroyed.

To the North, Russian troops rushing southwest from Sevastopol are forced to stop by the retreat of their ships into Rumania.

A Russian army is unable to move to Rumania because it's fleet there was bounced.

A Russian army is unable to move to Rumania because it’s fleet there was bounced.

An overview of the east.

An overview of the east.

A Lazy Summer

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As the Austrians leave Greece to complete their occupation of Bulgaria, Italian ships move in to replace them.  In Tuscany and Tunis, Italian troops continue to enjoy the long mediterranean summer and remain in place.

Italy occupies Greece and holds everywhere else.

Italy occupies Greece and holds everywhere else.

To the west, the last French fighting formations leave the Iberian Peninsula and trudge into Gascony, as French ships spend the fall training and rearming in Marseilles.

France holds in Marseilles and moves Spain to Gascony.

France holds in Marseilles and moves Spain to Gascony.

The Western Front

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Fighting continues unabated in western Germany.  The French are repulsed outside of Munich by a combined force of German and Austrian infantry in late August.

France bounces against a supported defense of Munich.

France bounces against a supported defense of Munich.

To the north, Kaiser Brillhelm launches a series of desperate attacks on French troops in the Ruhr Valley, but soon finds that they have already completed an orderly retreat into Belgium the month before, replacing the British garrison which has moved north to Holland.  Meanwhile, The rest of the Royal Navy launches a massive assault on the skeleton garrison in Kiel, seizing Hamburg by the end of Fall.  British ships in the English channel reverse course and steam into the North Sea.

Britain takes Kiel and Germany moves to the Ruhr, which has been vacated by a French move to Belgium.  The British fleet in the Channel moves into the North Sea.

Britain takes Kiel and Germany moves to the Ruhr, which has been vacated by a French move to Belgium. The British fleet in the Channel moves into the North Sea.

Central Europe

Fighting continues between German and French troops outside of Frankfurt, and neither side is able to gain a decisive advantage despite months of assaults by both sides.  Meanwhile Austrian and Russian armies move west by rail into Bohemia and Warsaw respectively, forming a solid front of armies from Tyrolia to the Prussian border.

French and German armies fight to a stalemate.  Austrian and Russian troops move to the eastern border of Germany.

French and German armies fight to a stalemate. Austrian and Russian troops move to the eastern border of Germany.

The Cold War Turns Hot

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In late October, panicked Russian lookouts in Sweden report the disappearance of the British fleet in Norway.  Patrol boats find the force a week later, steaming east along the fjords towards the Russian border.  Luckily, the northern army is completing it’s routine patrol of the Livonian-Barents front, and is able to reach the shores of the Barents Sea by rail just as the British make landfall.  A month of heavy fighting ensues before both sides are forced to retreat by the approach of winter.

The British move to St. Petersburg is bounced by a corresponding Russian move.

The British move to St. Petersburg is bounced by a corresponding Russian move.

Overview

All dislodged units destroyed, no retreats necessary.

Britain continues it’s assault on Northern Germany with the French, and makes an unsuccessful move to capture St. Petersburg.  Austria and Russia consolidate their lines to the north and south, while Turkey seems to be fighting a losing battle in the east.  Germany is in for a dark winter.

Full orders, Fall 1903

Full orders, Fall 1903

Winter 1903 disposition, builds and disbands necessary.

Winter 1903 disposition, builds and disbands necessary.

Supply Center Changes

Austria: no builds
Britain: one build
France: one build
Germany: one disband required
Italy: one build
Russia: no builds
Turkey: no builds

Spring 1903

The Dardanelles

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Turkish troops spend all winter reinforcing fortifications along their frontiers.   Trench networks crisscross Bulgaria, reinforced by troops from Istanbul and gunboats from the Black Sea.  When the Austrians attack in early spring, they are thrown back in a month of hard fighting.

The Turkish army in Bulgaria holds against Austrian attack, supported by from the Black Sea and Constantinople.

The Turkish army in Bulgaria holds against Austrian attack, supported by from the Black Sea and Constantinople.

To the south, the Italian Aegean fleet resumes its assault on the Asian coastline, this time against the city of Istanbul itself.  Heavily armored Italian corvettes try to open the Dardanelles, but are turned back by the massive coastal artillery guarding the passage.  For days, the sky over the ancient city is blackened by the smoke of burning ships.

The Italian fleet cuts the support from Constantinople.  Smyrna holds.

The Italian fleet cuts the support from Constantinople. Smyrna holds.

To the north, socialist troops leave the fortress of Sevastopol to trudge southeast through the Georgian mountains into Armenia, threatening the heart of Anatolia.  They are followed closely by a second army which takes over the garrison at Sevastopol.  To the west, troops in Ukraine aid the Russian fleet in its defense of Rumania, and the Austrian army in Budapest moves by rail into Galicia.

Russian troops move into Armenia and Sevastopol.  The army in Ukraine supports the defense of Rumania.

Russian troops move into Armenia and Sevastopol. The army in Ukraine supports the defense of Rumania.

Austrian troops occupy Galicia with support from Vienna.

Austrian troops occupy Galicia with support from Vienna.

An overview of fighting in the east.

An overview of fighting in the east.

The Mediterranean

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In Italy, General Barrigus’ troops leave their entrenchments in Piedmont and follow the Roman roads south into Tuscany, abandoning the front against the French.  The army in Tunis and the Fleet in the Ionian Sea remain in place.

Piedmont moves to Tuscany.  Ionian Sea and Tunis hold.

Piedmont moves to Tuscany. Ionian Sea and Tunis hold.

Meanwhile, French troops begin a massive series of marches eastward.  The army in Marseilles move north into Burgundy, replaced by the French fleet sailing along the Catalonian coast.  In turn, troops in Portugal move to replace the fleet in Spain.

French troops execute a monumental eastward movement.

French troops execute a monumental eastward movement.

The Defense of Germany

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Heeresgruppe Bülow rushes east by rail to deny the city of Berlin to the French. Supported by a second army in Bavaria, German troops turn back the Gallic forces in three days of fighting outside of Potsdam, taking possession of the city and forcing French troops back into Silesia.

Germany carries Berlin with support from Munich.  Munich is supported by Tyrolia.  The French army in Silesia is bounced.

Germany carries Berlin with support from Munich. The French army in Silesia is bounced.

Meanwhile, Heeresgruppe Haeseler moves in to occupy the entrenchments in Kiel, followed closely by a French army attacking northeast from Burgundy with British support.  To the south, Austrian troops are spotted digging trenches along the German defenses near Munich.

Ruhr moves to Kiel and the French army in Burgundy follows after, supported by the British army in Belgium.  Austria support the defense of Munich.

Ruhr moves to Kiel and the French army in Burgundy follows after, supported by the British army in Belgium. Austria support the defense of Munich.

Northern Europe

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Steaming norwest from the Heligoland Bight, the dreadnoughts of the 1st Geschwader run headlong into the British North Sea fleet.  German ships are overwhelmed by the sheer number of British vessels, as a second fleet lends its support from Holland.  Driven back towards land with no place to retreat, the German fleet is completely destroyed.  To the west, the seemingly endless stream of British ships leaving port continues; A new fleet sails southwest into the English Channel, coming within site of French lookouts at Cherbourg.

Britain carries the Heligoland Bight with support from Holland.  The German fleet is annihilated.  Another British fleet moves to Denmark.

Britain carries the Heligoland Bight with support from Holland. The German fleet is destroyed. Another British fleet moves to the English Channel.

With the German fleet destroyed and German armies occupied with the defense of Kiel and Berlin, the British fleet in the Skagerrak occupies Denmark unopposed.  Russian and British marines hold in place for the spring, while a second Russian army moves southeast from St. Petersburg to the Livonian coast.

A British fleet moves to Denmark.  Norway and Sweden hold, and the army in St. Petersburg moves to Livonia.

A British fleet moves to Denmark. Norway and Sweden hold, and the army in St. Petersburg moves to Livonia.

Overview

Both Germany and Turkey continue to fight tenaciously in defense.  France moves the axis of it’s forces eastward, while Britain further solidifies it’s control of the sea.  Italy and Russia both patiently bide their time.  Austria is trying to force Turkey back into Asia minor, so far unsuccessfully.

All retreating units destroyed, no retreat orders necessary.

It is now Fall 1903.  Orders are due next Thursday at midnight.

Complete Spring 1903 orders.

Complete Spring 1903 orders.

Fall 1903 disposition.

Fall 1903 disposition.