From: Reading, Pa. USA
I'm having trouble accomplishing much of anything as the CP in 1914. So I thought I'd ask a few general questions.
1. How on Earth can Germany establish an eastern front without stripping the west? I can't seem to get enough forces east by 1915 to establish any kind of stability. The Russians just seem to ooze around the map. Austria is having this same problem. The front is simpy huge compared to the number of forces the CP can allocate there.
I don't look forward to creating an Italian front from scratch.
The later scenarios (1915 on) seem much easier because the front is already established. But you just don't seem to have the corps and rail movement to duplicate this.
2. I've taken Belgrade as Austria, but I can't seem to get much further. Is it best at this point to just wait for the Bulgars to join the war? Austria just doesn't seem to have enough activations to make a real breakthrough. Its easy enough to take Belgrade, but there aren't enough corps or HQ's to create a front much deeper in Serbia.
3. Germany can't seem to duplicate its 1914 success -- just in terms of logistics. Moving one hex per impulse, at best if an attack is successful, will only get you to Lille by September. After that, even winning battles doesn't help a lot because your forward HQ's run out of activations. I suppose I could try to elaborately swap the southern western front HQ's with Kluck et al, but that seems hard to do.
Is the best CP strategy to push into Belgium, stop, and then start just pouring troops east? If you can't take Paris, there seems little point to losing Breslau, Lemberg, and Krakow.
1) I'm assuming this question is about a Russia first CP strategy. Take your initial German set-up forces, and after building your Switzerland to Beligium line, set up two groups: Prussia, guard Konigsberg but set it up to drive southward towards Warsaw, and a second smaller group west of Lodz to drive eastward towards Warsaw. With AH, take units from Serbia and creat a line from Tarnopol to Krakow, you should be able to get reinforcements to the mountains west of Czernowitz later. This AH line should try to swing left targeting Ivangorod and Lublin. Remember Russia has a lot of units but not a lot of HQ points, she can fight back but not as long as the CP. Whether you're playing a human or the AI, Russia must try to defend Warsaw and Lublin and then those foods adjacent Rowno.
Likewise either opponent will see Russia first and be aggressive on the West -- dig in, Russia takes a while.
2) Serbia is a pain. Take Belgrade and use cavalry to push but concentrate on Russia. Remember you can easily win the game without conquering Serbia. IIRC Serbia was not conquered in WWI
3) I always concentrate my German HQ's toward the right when trying the von Schlieffen, leave just one in the south to counter attack.. Put some cavalry on the right to advance into empty hexes too. You have to alternate which HQ activates units and deploy them with with a plan in mind. All I can say is, I've done it; maybe I was lucky.
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