Admittedly, this is a slow start to the PBEM game, but we are newbies at this and I always have a hard time getting motivated at the beginning of a game. Turn 2 orders were received and was half way done with my moves before realizing I forgot to get screenshots first so can't show positions after the first movement orders or else a spy may reveal my next moves to my erstwhile opponents
First a mood enhancer:
[color="#006400"]Russia:[/color] This was actually the front that raised my eyebrows. The EE is going aggressive and did enter Gumbingen but a battle did not ensue with troops from both sides sitting there. I waffled a bit with my army in Konigsberg and did not send that to Gumbingen which might have brought battle, but I'm waiting for a pretty decent general named Hindenburg. For starters, I will be just trying to hold the line at minimum on this front with the foreknowledge that a good RGD is always possible.
The Russians also made incursions into Maseren and Allenstein but did not rush all their troops into the region and wisely left an Army in Kaminiets to possibly blunt my invasion through this route. The center appears weak in the strategically rich cities of Dubno, Rowno and Kowel but my recon is not good enough to know for sure.
[color="#800000"]Serbia:[/color] The Serbians spanned out to guard against all the bridges leaving only the Serbian HQ in Belgrade, which will be sufficient for now, depending on how aggressive the Serbs will be to relieve the AH push into Russia.
Naval warfare right at the beginning. I was fortunate to find an ANZAC fleet:
I do not believe in testing strategies out beforehand. For me, that takes the fun out of the game, so with only one campaign under my belt and never playing the WE, I was surprised that they could not move too much, but did organize their Armies very well.
I sent von Quast's F. Korps out to siege Antwerp. Alone, he will not be enough, but for starters, I was OK with this. Von Kluck's 1. Armee gained control of Liege while von Bulow's 2. Armee captured Bruxelles!
Day 10 brought a battle with the Belgian King:
Day 11 finished the battle:
Sitting in Luxembourg are von Hausen's 3. Armee and the 4. Armee of von Wurttemberg to guard against the easy path through this region. Von Preussen's 5. Armee is in Metz with reinforcements and von Bayern's 6. Armee is guarding Morhange. Von Heeringen's 7. Armee is just out of ZOC of Moltke in Colmar guarding against a thrust into Muelhausen.
I welcome all comments and criticisms and I promise to remember to screenshot my moves and post them in order to more easily understand what the battlefield look like.