Winter 1908

Trapped!

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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.

Annihilation

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

Russia reorganizes it’s armies, including a self-standoff in St. Petersburg

Germany and the Mediterranean

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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.

A static front in Germany.

Italy moves a fleet to Tuscany.

Italy moves a fleet to Tuscany.

Overview

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.

Builds!
Austria: build one
Italy: Must disband one
Russia: build one
Fall 1908 orders overview

Fall 1908 orders overview

Winter 1908 builds pending

Winter 1908 builds pending

 

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

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

 

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

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

Fall 1904

The Battle of Algiers

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The Italian garrison at Tunis has not left it’s entrenchments since it arrived in the Fall of 1901, three years ago.  But now the army is on the move– columns of green-jacketed Italian infantry snake west along the coast into Algeria.  They are followed closely by an Italian fleet that steams towards the great harbor at Tunis.

Italy moves its Tunis army west to North Africa, and it's fleet to Tunis.

Italy moves its Tunis army west to North Africa, and it’s fleet to Tunis.

 As the Italians follow the dusty roads west, they see thousands of ships massing off the coast.  The French are organizing an invasion– The entire Marseilles army, convoyed by the combined Mediterranean fleet, is heading for the port of Algiers.  The Tyrrhenian fleet  unsuccessfully  attempts to disrupt the convoy just west of Corsica.  Italians columns rush to meet the invasion force, and in a month of bitter street fighting French marines are forced withdraw.  Victorious but decimated, the Italian troops retreat to their supply depots at Tunis.

France convoys its Marseilles army to North Africa, bouncing against the Italian army moving from Tunis.  An Italian move into the Gulf of Lyon bounces.

France convoys its Marseilles army to North Africa, bouncing against the Italian army moving from Tunis. An Italian move into the Gulf of Lyon bounces.

Meanwhile, Austrian forces march west into Piedmont with assistance from allied troops in Tuscany.

Austria moves into Piedmont with support from Tuscany.

Austria moves into Piedmont with support from Tuscany.

Stalemate

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The battle for Germany remains in relative stasis, and no gains are made by either side throughout the summer and fall.  The French continue to make probing attacks against Munich, but the Austro-German lines are too well defended.  Meanwhile British troops in Kiel and Holland fortify their front against Heeresgruppe Bülow.

Western Wall

A French attack from the Ruhr valley bounces against a network of Austrian-German support orders.

The Bloody North

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The British resume their assault on St. Petersburg early in the season, desperate to make gains before the winter.  The army in Norway strikes east through the permafrosted mountains of near Kirkenes.  Russian attempts to deny the British passage through the mountains are turned back by a naval bombardment from the Barents Sea.  By mid October, a combined force of British infantry and marines seizes St. Petersburg.

A British attack from Norway carries St. Petersburg with support from the Barents Sea.

A British attack from Norway carries St. Petersburg with support from the Barents Sea.

A second British assault, this time against Sweden, comes howling across the Oresund strait in early fall.  They find Stockholm abandoned– The Russian fleet has already moved west into Norway.  A British naval force moving into the Skagerrak briefly skirmishes with Russian ships at harbor in Oslo.

Russia captures Norway, abandoning Sweden to a British fleet moving from Denmark.  A second British fleet moves to the Skagerrak.

Russia captures Norway, abandoning Sweden to a British fleet moving from Denmark. A second British fleet moves to the Skagerrak.

 Meanwhile the rest of Russia’s armies rush north to create a defensive front against the British invasion.  Troops in Poland occupy Livonia, while a second army moves by rail to defend the entrenchments north of Moscow.  They are replaced in Sevastopol by their Rumanian fleet.

Russia moves it's forces north.

Russia moves it’s forces north.

The Division of Turkey

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Desperate Turkish forces attempt to retake Istanbul in late summer with a supported assault from their gunboats in the Black Sea.  A spoiling attack from Russian troops into Smyrna dashes their hopes, and Austria successfully defends the city with support from Bulgaria.  As winter falls across Anatolia, Free Turkish forces hold only the province of Ankara against the invading forces.

A supported attack from the Black Sea fails to take Constantinople.  A Russian army dislodges dislodges the Turkish army in Smyrna with support from the Aegean.

A supported attack from the Black Sea fails to take Constantinople. A Russian army dislodges dislodges the Turkish army in Smyrna with support from the Aegean.

Overview

Britain makes gains in the north, but loses Norway.  Germany lives to fight another year with help from Austria.  The battle for the Mediterranean Sea begins as Turkey loses the last of it’s home provinces.

Retreats!
Russia: St. Petersburg can retreat to Finland or choose to disband
Turkey: Smyrna can choose to retreat to Syria or disband.

Build orders for Winter 1904 will follow retreats, but are welcome ASAP

Supply center changes:
Austria: Gain one
Britain: Gain one
France: Gain one (differential from disband of Silesia)
Turkey: Lose two
 
Fall 1904 full orders

Fall 1904 full orders

Winter 1904, retreats pending.

Winter 1904, retreats pending.

Winter 1904 influence (cosmetic)

Winter 1904 influence (cosmetic)