EARLY JUL, 1916
Diplomatic Situation: USA 42%CP; Greece 64%CP; Holland 50%CP; Denmark 49%CP. The current Russian alignment is 58%. Greece shifted 10% towards the CP because Bulgaria had joined the Entente. We are attempting again to send a diplomat to the USA and now Sweden to counter the enemy's diplomats already being present.WESTERN FRONT
[color="#0000FF"]Belgium & N. France:[/color] In the Ardennes, since von Heeringen was inactive, he split off his 6th Korps to attack Maud'hui's Korps full korps. The initial encounter was a success and we destroyed an infantry division composed of only one field artillery regiment. The second and last round had korps from von Heeringen's Armee as well as from von Bulow's Armee in Dinant. In total, we knocked out a division and captured a supply train, 400 prisoners and 4 WS while forcing Maud'hui to flee to Neufchateau. No other battles occurred.
Chetwood's over-commanded korps moved into Genthe while French's Armee over-commanded armee railed to nearby Ostende, which clearly means that the WE will be attacking in Genthe this turn. We're moving von Hausen's Armee from Mechelen to Alost to try to eliminate so many areas of attack the WE have against Genthe. Von Kluck will be outnumbered in this attack and will hopefully get some help from von Hausen or Wurttemberg. Joffre and his 66 PWR remains in Bruxelles, will they attack again? The WE only has 4% MC so I believe they have to go on offensive (although I don't think that happened in the last turn with the same 4% MC!). I'm railing von Bayern's Armee from Guise to Alost to add some more muscle to the area. Guise is not as important right now. Von Heeringen will move to Thionville and von Bayern will move to Metz to help in case the megastack in Briey decides to move. That's not likely this turn. I also think it's better to lose the level 6 entrenchment now and build it up in Metz before a planned attack occurs. Athena seems more inclined to attack only when they move a small force into a region first but I can't overlook 7500 PWR. No offenses this turn; we'll just defend, although moving into Alost should initiate an attack.
[color="#0000FF"]Southern France:[/color] The OHL's assault on Chaumer's unit outside of Epinal did occur. This was the first time we attempted tank breakthrough (although unsuccessfully) but still managed to win a bloody contest. We lost 27k men to 33k for the WE and we took 1800 prisoners and they did retreat. Unfortunately von Deimling did not have a battle for the fort but did take substantial hits so he'll move back to Belfort for replacements. Birdwood crossed our borders and is besieging Saarbourg so von Oven is detaching his korps from Luxembourg to rail to their defense. Unfortunately no leaders with siege defense ability are available in this region.
[color="#008080"]Italy:[/color] Two battles occurred in Gorizia where we sent Boroevic's Korps and von Brudermann's Armee in the adjacent Flitsch. Boroevic's Korps held out one round before von Brudermann's forces arrived on round 2 and it was six long rounds of balanced deployment from both sides with each round being slightly in favor for our side. We lost 21.5k men to 31k for Brusati's Armee and we captured 1500 prisoners. The next battle was a repeat of the first but only lasted until von Brudermann's forces arrived on round 2; thus the losses were 800 men for us and 8.6k for Brusati.
No other battles occurred however the Italians did manage to cut the rail lines in Sachsenburg and Spittal. We'll send a mountain brigade out to each region to repair the lines. An Italian unit made it to Rosenheim in a play for Salzburg; we'll definitely move in more reinforcements there to make them pay.
[color="#008000"]Baltic States: [/color] Events did not go as well on the Eastern Front.
It appears that I detached a korps from von Boehn's Armee and sent it to Augustowo where battle did occur. Jakolev's Korps was fatigued and fought cowardly, but their 300% entrenment made it a close battle with our Marine Brigade having to face the entire brunt of two enemy field artillery regiments. Our forces won the day and sent Jakolev running back to Grodno (where all chicken Russians seem to flee!). Mackensen (5-3-3) actually commanded the battle. We lost 5.7k men to 7.3k for the Russians and will rail the korps back to Bielostock to join von Boehn.
That was fine, but then disaster struck in Moscheiki. I pushed the troops too hard and should have let the rest. The battle commenced with just von Freytag's korps and he had a river crossing penalty and the defending Russians were led by Brusilov, a 6-4-2 commander, enjoying 255% entrenchment. The Russians got the better of us in the first round. When Richtofen's Korps arrive in round 2, his two korps were fatigued and exhausted but went toe-to-toe with the defenders and inflicted slightly more damage. But by round 4, one korps was fatigued and three were exhausted so our losses were heavier and the battle ended with our side losing 27k of our 96k men to the Russians losing 26k of their 59k men. Brusilov also managed to capture 1000 of our brave soldiers who refused to lay down their arms until encircled by the enemy and would have been executed instead. I am sure they will escape and rejoin the war asap. We also lost 1NM. Von Richtofen's Korps was actually 5 days away from Moscheiki so I ordered them to stay in Teshe and fall back to Memel. Von Freytag's Korps is inactive we're detaching his two korps and sending an active leader to Rossieny with the depleted supply train and the inactive korps will try to make it back to Teshe on g/g in 18 days.
[color="#008000"]Western Russia:[/color] Two battles occurred in Bielostock. Von Boehn's Armee had no problem destroying the garrison, eliminating 12k men (1.2k were prisoners) while losing 2k. Three days later, under the leadership of von Komarow, von Boehn's Armee encountered Radko-Dmitriev's Korps (under the command of Ruzski) and destroyed it. The second round saw Mackensen's Korps entering the fray as Ruzski's Armee made it to the field. Mackensen's Korps was the star of the round as both he and his subordinate, von Heineccius, led their troops well against a much more numerous foe but dealt out much more damage than the meager amount we received. We continued to dominate through the 5th round when Epanchin's Korps was destroyed and the Ruzski ordered his armee to retreat to Grodno. After the dust was cleared, we lost 20.5k men while Ruzski lost 65.5k. We also took 2500 prisoners and gained back 1NM. Our forces will stay in Bielostock and rest.
Von Hotzendorf's and von Frank's Armees did indeed meet up with Sakharov's force in Lutsk. We defeated Mischenko's and Artamanov's Korps in the process. It was a bloody battle as we lost 79k men to 95k for the Russians. We also captured 4600 prisoners and 68WS. Von Frank's Armee will fall back to Gorokhov and its rail line while Von Hindenburg will hold defend against Ruzski. Plehve's Armee is nearby and on rails so they may be coming to help.
[color="#008000"]Central Russia: [/color] We won a battle in Vinnitza and are splitting the korps up; one for defense and the other to attack Khanzin's Korps in Ivanov. Kirchbach's Korps from Tarnopol is railing to attack Krasnov's Korps in Schmerinka. We are abandoning Berdichev and Korosten for Jitomir and Konstantinov for Novaia Ushitza. This is to safeguard our supply lines as the Russians will be able to cut it off from either of those two cities we are abandoning due to more Russian manpower in those regions.
Von Bohm-Ermolli's was exhausted from his train ride from Bakhmach to Jitomir where he met Gorbatovskaya's Korps and lost a close battle so he is railing from his final destination from last turn of Konstantinov to Novaia Ushitza for rest. Once rested, his armee, with the help of the three korps in this area should be able to plow through the Russian forces assembled here.
[color="#008000"]Southern Russia:[/color] In a tough battle at Odessa, Cristescu's First Armee and Prezan's Third Armee defeated Rennenkampf's forces. We lost nearly 16k and the Russians lost 27k as we also took 1000 prisoners. Three days later the Third Armee assaulted Odessa in a brave move. We destroyed the Citadel Artillery, captured a magazine and damaged half of the fortification batteries but at a heavy cost of 11.5k men, 400 of our prisoners captured and 4WS stolen. Prezen's Armee will rail back to Kishinev for replacements while Cristescu's Armee will continue the assault with the help of the captured magazine! This is another gamble as the 40k men in the Third Armee will be missed but their cohesion and manpower are so low I don't want those forces to be lost forever.
[color="#8B4513"]Serbia:[/color] The disasters continued on the Eastern Front, this time in Varos where The Romanian High Command lost a battle to a combined Serbian/Bulgarian force. We lost nearly 18k men to 11k for the enemy and they captured 600 prisoners and we were forced to retreat to Skopje. Skopje does have 80k men there so we will see if they attack us while we defend and wait for reinforcements to arrive.
[color="#00FF00"]Ottoman Empire:[/color] The main Bulgarian forces seem to be in Serbia but a good-sized force is just to the ne of Edirne. Since both armees are inactive, we'll detach three korps, two combined korps will go to Haskovo which has a regular unit in the forest region and one korps to Kisyl Agatch which has two infantry divisions in the woods. The remaining forces will stay in Edirne.
We captured the supply train stranded in Kars with Selivanov defending it. He fled to Kumany, but Djavid Pasha's Korps captured it and will remain there to establish MC of the region and rail. Just to the ne is a Russian unit defending the rail to Tbilissi.
Kazim Pasha marched into Al Ryadh and defeated the loathsome Emir Faisil I who appears to have betrayed his people and fled to Yemen. We'll rest a turn before deciding on attacking Yemen.
The battle for Port Said did not go well. Our supplies did not last and we were exhausted from marching in the desert. Both sides ended up losing 2k men and we decided to fall back on El Qatar where we should meet up with a supply train if we make it out of Port Said with another supply train one turn away.
The Overall Situation: We did manage to gain a net of 2 NM and lead with 136 to 72 for the EE and 49 for the WE. We have managed to kill just over 1.3m more men than the Triple Entente but they continue to have plenty of combat power. I could probably end this game by sending a naval invasion force adjacent to Petrograd then move onto the city before the EE can react (that's how I won my first campaign) but I don't want to repeat the same play from the game book, as I am enjoying the see-saw battles with the fronts moving up and then back and would like to see how this plays out.
The way I play is I am making my moves as I do the AAR, when the AAR is completed I post it but go back and cycle through my units. I almost always miss units that aren't too close to the fighting so that's why some moves aren't reported in the AAR until after the fact, plus I never know if Athena is reading this and don't want her to know everything I do