This was a turn of many battles. Some went our way, some went the Entente's way, and some were inconclusive at best. The First was the French attack on Bonn, which was decidedly a victory for the Central Powers.
The French struck back though, in the South Atlantic two German commerce raiders are caught by the French fleet and are sunk at the cost of a destroyer by the French.
Next, the Germans stormed Lodz and began on their march towards Warsaw.
Back on the Western Front, the French win a series of victories around Thionville and Metz where they lose far more men than the Germans do.
There is a brief interruption from the east when the Germans take Wilna.
And then it is back to the west.
The Germans attempt to storm Grodno, but the local commander calls off the attack to rest after 3/4ths of the Garrison has been killed.
So that's what happened to the Germans this turn, now on to Austria. There is a Titanic clash outside Dubno, the Russians suffer significantly more casualties than I but don't break and I am unable to take the fort. Despite having only 100 Rail capacity last turn the Russians managed to double their troop strength in Grodno, which I find to be a most impressive feat of logistics.
In the Balkans, Oskar Potiorek manages to hold Sarajevo and retain 100% MC due to "Hold at all costs" posture but does so at with severe losses despite outnumbering the Attackers. It seems that the Slavic troops basically refused to fight Serbia at all, and that likely contributed to the high numbers of men lost. Either way though, the Serb offensive is now dead in its tracks and I can take comfort in that the Serbs will likely lose men to wear and tear on the way back to Serbia and thus somewhat even out the losses.
Finally at Ivangorod one of 1. Armee got separated from 2. Armee and got badly mauled by MTSG Russian reinforcements, I have it retreating now with 2. Armee arriving to support in two days.
Here is the current state of the Galician and Northern parts of the great ongoing Battle for Poland. While I may not have made much in the way of Progress it is actually a blessing in disguise, the Russians have all but abandoned fighting the Germans in favor of Fighting me and both the Southern German Force around Lodz and the Northern ones are all but unopposed and advancing rapidly. Quite soon the Russian flank at Ivangorod will be threatened by the Germans even as my armies recover and prepare to do the attack right this time.
At its forwards base the K.u.K. navy forms up and prepares for my next trick. The turn before Britain enters they will move down to the South Malta Channel (From whence I can cover all exits from the Island without being seen). With intercept orders and a good Admiral like Horthy I should be able to catch the British Mediterranean fleet as it leaves Malta and nab a glorious naval victory.
Also, as a bit of a novelty, the first air battle of the war occurred this turn. The Russians lost 25 planes and the Germans 11 in a squabble over Memel.
No requests for recruitment this turn because von Murrin let me do my own. 7. Armee also begins to form up under Archduke Eugen and should be ready in three turns with 8. Armee being ready in 5.