With the arrival of 1915 several new techs are available for research. British research is directed towards heavy tanks and trench mortars. Both of these techs will provide a nice boost when trench warfar kicks in. France is still(!) researching light machine guns having achieved nothing so far...
The extra French economy is directed towards two artillery corps and an extra selection of infantry corps. The artillery will be a while in arriving but the infantry will arrive during the summer. A unit of aircraft rounds out the new unit construction for France.
Great Britain is spending resources to make 9 MUN each turn. Points are spent on new infantry corps to form the core of the new III and IV Armies. The lack of conscription in Britain is limiting the amount of new forces that can be raised each turn. Two fighter units are ordered to arrive in May & June 1916. HMS Barham is laid down and will arrive later this year after a single stage construction.
Diplomacy wise things were a mixed bag. Greece has now opened the entire nation to Entente forces to transit between fronts. AT the other end of Europe, Spain has expelled all foreign dilpomats on suspicion of espionage! Toulouse now needs to be garrisoned by three corps, which is exactly the amount of force I can't afford to spare from the front at the moment.
The adoption of submarine warfare by Germany means that I've got to allocate light warships to ASW duties. There are a few small fleets scattered around the world for the Entente and these are being sent to sea at once and are on their way to the North Atlantic and North Sea.
On land, the French Army is pretty much in position with a detachment of IV Army moving from Dijon to plug the whole at Bourgogne.
British II Army is moving towards St. Quentin, German forces have been reported on the march so combat is a possibilty here. I Army is also on the march, a German detachment is to the east of Paris at Craonne and I intend to push them back over the Oise river.
British forces in the Middle East are pulling back slightly to more defensible positions.
Turkish forces are defeated in the battle of Gaza, a single Turkish corps attacks 5 British/Anzac corps and is easily wiped out. The obstination value of the Turkish general was obviously higher than 1 so the single Turkish corps was easily exhausted and finished off.
The Battle of Al Muthanna ends with 2 Turkish Corps destroyed, 1 Indian Infantry Corps is destroyed and another ends the battle in panic. As a result the battle is won by the Turks.
An outnumbered German force attacks Nancy, the German attack breaks off and retreats after 2 infantry corps are destroyed. Unfortunately current doctrine doesn't allow for a counter attack against the battered Germans so the French hold their positions.
Br I Army arrives at Craonne after the Germans have already seized the best positions. Luckily the German force consists of a single infantry corps whilst the British force has some of the best troops available to the Entente. The resulting battle is short and the Germans are forced from the battlefield.
German forces take Douai, Argonne and Val de Meuse causing a loss of 3 NW in France in addition to the loss of NW from the ungarrisoned border with Spain. Entente forces are still reeling from the initial CP assaults and there aren't enough troops to do everything that is needed.
British NW suffers from combat losses but this is countered by public rejoicing at the successful battle at Craonne.
I'm considering shipping the territorial corps from the UK to France in an effort to bolster the front, they are far from the best forces available but they have to be better than nothing.
Br I Army has managed to link up with the remnants of the Belgian Army, the Belgians will be withdrawn from the forest and sent back to Belgium's Channel coast, they are of limited value though with just 1 weak infantry corps and a cavalry corps. It's possible to deploy some foreign corps into the Belgian army so if it seems prudent then a British Infantry corps might provide a bit more support.
British research pays off quickly. Trench Mortar A and HEavy Tanks are both available now, several tank corps are going to be ordered ASAP. They should arrive in time for a Grand Offensive later in the year. Entente forces have also made the transition to Firepower Doctrine (this is the first time I've got it before the CP).
The thick white line shows the current front line, note the massive gap at the Northern end of the line. If I use the British GHQ as an emergency force then there are still 3 areas without any Entente forces between Paris and the Channel. The German attack in the south around St. Dizier is not sustainable, the detachment from IV Army is going to move north to St. Dizier itself. Although it's only a small detachment they could cut the German force off from their supplies leaving them easy pickings for a French counter. You can also see that my forces have started to dig in, shown by the orange area with the number inside indicating the relative level of entrenchment. I may look at deploying 2 Indian Corps in France for a while as part of the defensive line...
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