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