Winter 1905

Builds and Disbands

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Britain disbands it's fleet in the Norwegian Sea.

Britain disbands it’s fleet in the Norwegian Sea.

Russia builds an army at Moscow.

Russia builds an army at Moscow.

Russia builds a second army in Rumania while Austria disbands its army in Galicia.

Russia builds a second army in Rumania while Austria disbands its army in Galicia.

Italy builds a new fleet in Rome.

Italy builds a new fleet in Rome.

Overview

Winter 1905 build overview

Winter 1905 build overview

Spring 1906 disposition

Spring 1906 disposition

 

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Fall 1905

Mare Nostrum

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In late summer, President Fierri makes a third attempt at seizing the port of Algiers.  This time he is successful: French marines landing along the western coast of North Africa link up with the convoyed army from Marseille, and drive Italian troops back to Tunisia.  Desperate Italian attempts to disrupt the invasion  are unsuccessful.  French troops now occupy the western approaches to Tunis.

A convoyed French army from Marseilles seizes North Africa with support from the Mid Atlantic.

A convoyed French army from Marseilles seizes North Africa with support from the Mid Atlantic.

The Italian fleet in the Tyrhennian Sea bounces in the Western Mediterranean, preventing the movement of its second fleet in the Ionian Sea.

The Italian fleet in the Tyrhennian Sea bounces in the Western Mediterranean, preventing the movement of its second fleet in the Ionian Sea.

To the north, French reinforcements rail into the Marseille to replace the North African expeditionary force.  They are unopposed, as Italian and Austrian troops are content to fortify their positions in Piedmont heading into the winter.

The French army in Gascony moves with support to Marseilles.  The Italian army in Tuscany supports the Austrian army in Piedmont to hold.

The French army in Gascony moves with support to Marseilles. The Italian army in Tuscany supports the Austrian army in Piedmont to hold.

Germany

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Along the Western Wall, Kaiser Brillhelm orders the first German offensive in more than a year.  Attacking north from Munich with support from Berlin, German troops break through the allied lines at Hamburg, but are unable to seize Kiel.   The British rail in reinforcement divisions from Holland, stabilizing their lines and driving Army Group Mackensen back towards Munich.  To the east, Austria carefully marshals its armies in defense of Munich and Prussia.

The German army in Munich makes a supported attack on Kiel, but bounces.  Austrian armies stand themselves off in Munich, while a third army moves to Prussia.

The German army in Munich makes a supported attack on Kiel, but bounces. Austrian armies stand themselves off in Munich, while a third army moves to Prussia.

Meanwhile, Austrian troops fail to complete the occupation of Rumania, leaving it in Russian hands for the winter.  Instead they head north into Galicia towards the western front.  Russian troops stationed in Moscow rail west to Warsaw.

An Austrian army moves north to Galicia, while a Russian army moves west to Warsaw.

An Austrian army moves north to Galicia, while a Russian army moves west to Warsaw.

The Battle of Stockholm

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Fighting rages across Scandinavia into the fall.  Led by the newly christened Battleship HMS Henry, the British North Sea fleet attempts to close the trap on the Russian ships in the Skagerrak.  They are unsuccessful, as Russian ships leave the strait and make landings along the west coast of Sweden, marching on Stockholm with support from an allied army in Finland.  Attempting to move against Finland itself, the British fleet is caught off guard, routed, and the marines there are forced to evacuate by sea.  Russian troops re-occupy Sweden.

A Russian fleet dislodges the British fleet in Sweden with support from Finland.    Britain makes a supported move to the Skagerrak.

A Russian fleet dislodges the British fleet in Sweden with support from Finland. Britain makes a supported move to the Skagerrak.

 Further north, socialist troops try to force their way into Norway through the mountain passes near Kirkenes.  They are turned back by a British army defending with support from naval artillery in the Norwegian Sea.  A British spoiling attack from the Barents Sea has little effect.

A Russian move to Norway bounces against a supported British defense.  The British move from the Barents Sea bounces in St. Pete's.

A Russian move to Norway bounces against a supported British defense. The British move from the Barents Sea bounces in St. Pete’s.

The Administration of Turkey

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Russian troops liquidate the last pockets of Turkish resistance in late September, occupying Smyrna and Ankara. Meanwhile the Austrian fleet leaves a garrison in Constantinople and steams west into the Aegean, where they replace an Italian fleet that takes over the administration of Bulgaria.

Russian units complete the occupation of Turkey, while an Italian army moves to Bulgaria.

Russian units complete the occupation of Turkey, while an Italian army moves to Bulgaria.

Overview

Things are looking up for Russian forces in the north, as they save their fleet and retake Sweden and St. Petersburg.  The stalemate in Germany continues, while French forces finally seize North Africa, threatening the southern flank of Italy’s empire.

Retreats!

The British fleet in Sweden may retreat to Bal or Bot or choose to disband

Builds will follow on retreat result

Supply center changes:

Austria: Lose one
Britain: Lose one if fleet is not disbanded
Italy: Gain one
Russia: Gain two
Fall 1905 orders overview

Fall 1905 orders overview

Winter 1905 disposition, retreat pending

Winter 1905 disposition, retreat pending


Spring 1905

The End of an Empire

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With their backs against the Black Sea, the last of Turkey’s forces put up a fierce resistance throughout the winter.  Turkish commanders can see the writing on the wall however, and isolated units begin surrendering to Russian troops in May.  The Russian fleet skirts south along the Georgian coast to make sure no Turkish partisans escape into the mountains of Armenia.

Russia destroys the last Turkish army with support from Austrian troops in Constantinople.

Russia destroys the last Turkish army with support from Austrian troops in Constantinople.

On the other side of the Black Sea, the Austrian army in Bulgaria moves north to occupy Rumania.  Austere, socialist Bucharest is redecorated with the tapestry of empire and the seal of the House of Hapsburg.

Austria occupies Rumania.

Austria occupies Rumania.

North Africa and the Mediterranean

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Italian and French hostilities resume again in the spring, as French forces make a second attempt to seize the port of Algiers by sea.  Despite another bloodletting, neither side is able to gain a foothold in the province.  French ships retreating from Algiers still manage to repulse an Italian fleet off the coast of Sardinia in early June.

French and Italian troops once again stalemate each other in North Africa.  An Italian fleet bounces in the Western Mediterranean.

French and Italian troops once again stalemate each other in North Africa. An Italian fleet bounces in the Western Mediterranean.

The stalemate in North Africa has devastating consequences on the rest of the Italian navy’s plans. With Tunisia still supporting an army, ships in the Ionian and Aegean seas are forced to sit idle for months. A disgusted General Barrigus issues the following statement, “The French know nothing of the gastronomic arts.  Their food is bland and boring and their wine tastes like vinegar and tears.”

The rest of the Italian fleet is unable to move.

The rest of the Italian fleet is unable to move.

 Meanwhile the French fleet mooring off the Spanish coast steams west through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Atlantic.

The Spanish fleet in Spain moves into the Mid Atlantic Ocean.

The Spanish fleet in Spain moves into the Mid Atlantic Ocean.

Northern Italy

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In early June French troops attempt to force their way through the mountain passes into northwestern Italy.  Despite a determined naval bombardment from the Gulf of Lyon, they are repulsed at great cost.  Somewhat bizarrely, Austrian high command makes an unsuccessful effort to encourage the attack of one French army upon another.  Instead, the French army in Burgundy rails west into Gascony.

France bounces 2:2 in Piedmont, as Austria attempts to support a French move into Marseilles that never materializes.

France bounces 2:2 in Piedmont, as Austria attempts to support a French move into Marseilles that never materializes.

 To the east, a newly-raised Austrian army in Trieste marches northwest into the mountains of Tyrolia.

Austria moves its Trieste Army into Tyrolia.

Austria moves its Trieste Army into Tyrolia.

 The Western Front

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The stalemate across Germany drags on into Spring, as neither side attempts any assaults.  The front lines remain static, save for the movement of French forces in the Ruhr Valley, who abandon their trenches and march southwest into Burgundy.

France moves its Ruhr army to Burgundy, while all other units hold or support in defense.

France moves its Ruhr army to Burgundy, while all other units hold or support in defense.

Scandinavia

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British forces in the north stay on the offensive, attacking aggressively with the coming of spring.  Troops in St. Petersburg retrace their steps west into Norway with support from battlecruisers in the Barents Sea.  Support from Sweden is checked by a spoiling attack from Russian divisions in Finland.  Nevertheless, the Russian fleet at Oslo is defeated and its ships driven into the Skagerrak.

The British army in St. Petersburg dislodges the Russian fleet in Norway with support from the fleet in the Barents Sea. Further support from Sweden is cut by a Russian attack from Finland.

The British army in St. Petersburg dislodges the Russian fleet in Norway with support from the fleet in the Barents Sea. Further support from Sweden is cut by a Russian attack from Finland.

To the south and west, British ships move to complete the envelopment of the Russian fleet, occupying Denmark and both the Norwegian and North Seas.

British fleets move into Denmark and the North Sea.

British fleets move into Denmark and the North Sea.

A third British fleet moves into the Norwegian Sea.

A third British fleet moves into the Norwegian Sea.

 Seeing the British vacate St. Petersburg, Russian troops rush to re occupy their former capital, taking the city unopposed in late spring.

A Russian army recaptures St. Petersburg.

A Russian army recaptures St. Petersburg.

Overview

Turkey is eliminated as the rest of Europe settles down into a bitter stalemate.  British and Russian troops fight desperately to maintain control over the North.

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Turkey is eliminated

Retreats!: Russian fleet in Norway may retreat to Skagerrak or disband

Spring 1905 orders overview

Spring 1905 orders overview

Fall 1905 disposition, retreat pending

Fall 1905 disposition, retreat pending