Fall 1907

The Meatgrinder

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Desperate to break out of the Franco-British encirclement in the Skaggerak, Russia coordinates a massive attack on Norway.  Armies in St. Petersburg and Finland launch supporting offensives along the border, as the Skaggerak force lands near Oslo and attempts to fight its way inland.  Russian troops are met by an overwhelming force of British and French marines, conducting their own attack from Sweden and the waters around western Scandinavia.  For over three months, close to two million marines and their supporting ships vie for control over Norway.  Ultimately, allied forces prevail, as British marines break through, and turn the Russian right flank near Halden, forcing a retreat back into the Skaggerak strait.

A four-strength British attack defeats a three strength Russian attempt to take Norway.

A four-strength British attack defeats a three-strength Russian attempt to take Norway.

 In Germany both sides conduct late summer offensives.  British ships and marines attempt to seize the Baltic Sea port of Rostock, but run into determined Austro-Germanic defenses. To the south, Austrian infantry divisions attack towards Kiel.  In their absence, a French army moves east across the frontier towards Munich with support from British troops in the Ruhr.  They are met and pushed back by Austrian reinforcements railing in from Prague.  Ultimately, the stalemate continues across Germany.

Britain bounces against the supported defense of Berlin, and a French move into Munich is stalemated by a similarly supported move by Austria.

Britain bounces against the supported defense of Berlin, and a French move into Munich is stalemated by a similarly supported move by Austria.

 In the Mediterranean, the stalemate drags on into winter.  To the east, Russian forces move up to reinforce the front lines.

No change along the front this season.

No change along the front this season.  Austrian and Italian fleets move to Apulia and Albania.

Russian troops in Rumania move to Galicia.

Russian troops in Rumania move to Galicia.

Overview

British and French forces score a victory in the north, seizing Denmark and maintaining the encirclement of the Russian fleet in the Skaggerak.  Otherwise, there is little change, as the European stalemate drags on into another winter.

Builds!

Britain: Gain one
Russia: Disband one
Fall 1907 orders overview

Fall 1907 orders overview

Spring 1908 disposition, builds pending

Winter 1907 disposition, builds pending

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Spring 1907

Scandinavia

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As the ice clears and the spring sun thaws the north, Russia and Britain resume their hostilities.  British battlecruisers make an attempt to take Norway with support from friendly ships in Sweden.  They are waylaid en route by Russian armies moving west from St. Petersburg and Finland.  In the meantime, the naval garrison in Norway steams south into the Skaggerak.

Britain and Russia stand each other off with dueling supported moves into Norway.  The Russian fleet in Norway moves into the Skaggerak.

Britain and Russia stand each other off with dueling supported moves into Norway. The Russian fleet in Norway moves into the Skaggerak.

 To the west, French and British reinforcement fleets rush north to surround the western coast of Norway.

British and French fleets move into the Norwegian and North Seas.

British and French fleets move into the Norwegian and North Seas.

 

The Dirge of Kaiser Brillhelm

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In Germany, British troops march southeast into the Ruhr valley with support from French troops in Burgundy. The Austrian garrison at Munich holds while reinforcements rail into Bohemia from Vienna.  To the north, Austrian and German staff HQ’s have a falling out– Austrian officers advocate a defensive strategy around Berlin, while Kaiser Brillhelm demands an attack. After a month of bitter argument, Brillhelm storms out of staff HQ, determined to retake Kiel at any cost.

As spring arrives, German divisions attack west towards Hamburg without Austrian support. The Kaiser is always in the vanguard, leading a series of hopeless attacks against the reinforced British lines. In late May, in an attack outside Lubeck, Brillhelm is mortally wounded leading a charge on horseback.  He dies two days later at a military hospital in Schwerin.  Command of the remaining German forces passes to Unterfeldwebel Schnauser, a popular but inexperienced commander.  However, It soon becomes clear that Unterfeldwebel Schnauser is in fact a purebred dachshund dressed in a miniature Prussian uniform.  The remaining German forces suffer a crushing defeat.

A British army moves into the Ruhr Valley, while the last remaining German force attacks Kiel.

A British army moves into the Ruhr Valley, while the last remaining German force attacks Kiel.

Italy and The Mediterranean

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Russia

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Russian forces continue to redeploy northwards towards the British threat.  Armies rail into Livonia and Warsaw, while a third is convoyed over the Black Sea from occupied Turkey into Rumania.  The Moscow garrison is blocked from moving north by the failed attack against Norway.

Russia moves its armies north.

Russia moves its armies north.

Overview

France and Britain muster their naval strength in the north, while Germany makes a futile attempt to take back it’s fatherland from the British invader.  Russia hurries reinforcements north, and the dreary stalemate in the south drags on.

Spring 1907 order overview

Spring 1907 order overview

Fall 1907 disposition

Fall 1907 disposition