The Siege of Oslo
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.
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.
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.
In Prussia, Austrian troops support a Russian move to Livonia that never materializes. Instead, Russian forces entrench around Warsaw and reinforce 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.
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.
Meanwhile, allied forces spend the spring rearranging their lines in Greece and Asia Minor.
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.