Spring 1906

The Siege of Oslo

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With the spring thaw, hostilities resume across Scandinavia.  The British fleet in the Skagerrak pounds Stockholm with support from friendly ships in Denmark, but the city is empty.  Russian ships and marines are long gone, having struck out west along the Norweigan coast towards Oslo.  With support from armies in Finland and St. Petersburg, the Russians envelop the British garrison. Surrounded, cut off, and without a avenue of retreat, the British garrison surrenders in April.  100,000 prisoners of war are railed east towards Siberia.

The British army in Norway is dislodged and destroyed by a supported Russian attack from Sweden.  Britain moves a fleet into Sweden, and another south into the Baltic Sea.

The British army in Norway is dislodged and destroyed by a supported Russian attack from Sweden. Britain moves a fleet into Sweden.

To the north, British ships in the Barents Sea make a belated attempt to cut off support for the attack on Norway, but it is not enough. The remainder of the Royal fleet steams south towards the Baltic, away from the massive buildup of Russian troops around St. Petersburg.

Britain disrupts one of the supports for the attack on Norway with its fleet in the Barents Sea.  A second fleet moves into the Baltic Sea, away from the supported defense of St. Petersburg.

Britain disrupts one of the supports for the attack on Norway with its fleet in the Barents Sea. A second fleet moves into the Baltic Sea, away from the supported defense of St. Petersburg.

Central Europe

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To the south, things are more quiet; most troops spend the spring adding to their entrenchments.  In Munich however, German troops are on the move again– Armygroup Mackensen marches northwest into the Ruhr Valley, threatening the low countries and the southern flank of the British line in Germany.  Austrian troops move in to man the defenses around Munich.

Germany moves an army into the Ruhr, and Austria moves up to replace it.  All other armies along the front hold.

Germany moves an army into the Ruhr, and Austria moves up to replace it. All other armies along the front hold.

 In Prussia, Austrian troops support a Russian move to Livonia that never materializes.  Instead, Russian forces entrench around Warsaw and reinforce Galicia.

Austria supports a Russian move to Livonia that never happens. Russia moves an army to Galicia.

Austria supports a Russian move to Livonia that never happens. Russia moves an army to Galicia.

To the west, the French Mid Atlantic Fleet enters the English Channel at a full head of steam in late spring, almost certainly to the defense of the low countries and the German front.

France moves its fleet into the English Channel.

France moves its fleet into the English Channel.

Southern Stalemate

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The dismal stalemate in the Western Mediterranean drags on into Spring.  French forces launch an offensive all along the front, but without any attempts to concentrate their forces they are unable to achieve a breakthrough.  Austrian and Italian troops are content to remain in a defensive posture, repelling countless French naval and infantry assaults into early summer.

Unsupported French attacks bounce all along the front against defensive-minded Austrians and Italians.

Unsupported French attacks bounce all along the front against defensive-minded Austrians and Italians.

 Meanwhile, allied forces spend the spring rearranging their lines in Greece and Asia Minor.

Allied forces reorganize.

Allied forces reorganize.

Overview

For the second season in a row, Russia makes gains in the North, this time destroying the British army in Norway.  Still, the situation is fluid, and British forces have reclaimed Sweden.  In Germany, Kaiser Brillhelm makes a desperate attempt to outflank the Franco-British positions.  To the south, a dreary stalemate drags on.

Spring 1906 orders overview.

Spring 1906 orders overview.

Fall 1906 disposition

Fall 1906 disposition