In late September, time finally runs out of the isolated Russian fleet in Norway. Despite an heroic attempt to break out into the North Sea, the fleet is finally surrounded and destroyed by an allied force four times its size at Oslo. Britain once again holds an unadulterated battle line in the north.
The Russian fleet in Norway is surrounded and destroyed.
To the east, the rest of the Soviet military takes advantage of the allied focus on Norway to reshuffle it’s troops. Reinforcement armies rail into Moscow, Sevastopol and Warsaw, while two more forces stand each other off in a conservative defense of St. Petersburg, that leaves the province unoccupied.
Russia reorganizes it’s armies, including a self-standoff in St. Petersburg
Germany and the Mediterranean
Outside of Scandinavia, there is little action along the entire length of the European front, as most units choose to hold in place before the winter. The isolated move comes from Italy, who move a fleet north along the coast to Tuscany.
A static front in Germany.
Italy moves a fleet to Tuscany.
Britain has managed to reassert control over Scandinavia, while the rest of Europe holds in place, anxious for word from the peace conference in the United States.
Austria: build one
Italy: Must disband one
Russia: build one
Fall 1908 orders overview
Winter 1908 builds pending
As spring drags on, French ships in the North Sea attempt to finish off the Russian fleet in the Skagerrak. The Russians, however, break out of their encirclement, retaking Norway with help from their forces in Finland and St. Petersburg. British ships are driven from Oslo and the western Fjords. Elsewhere, British and Russian forces dig in, attempting to fortify their positions heading into the summer.
A Russian fleet dislodges the British fleet in Norway with support from Finland and St. Petersburg
Central Europe and the South
In Germany, the British fleet at Kiel moves northwest into the Helgoland Bight. Seeing this, German troops rush west, but are turned back by a reinforcing British army moving east from Holland with support from the Ruhr valley. To the south, France makes a series of probing attacks against Austrian-held Munich.
Kiel moves to Helgoland, and Britain moves up a reinforcement army from Holland.
In the Mediterranean, the stalemate continues as Austro-Italian forces frustrate French offensive plans for another season.
The stalemate continues.
I think it’s time that we begin to discuss a negotiated peace.
The British fleet in Norway may retreat to North or Norwegian Seas.
Spring 1908 orders overview
Fall 1908 disposition, retreat pending.