From: Danmark, Europe
Central Powers initial War plans.
Yes I’m arrogant and megalomaniac enough to discuss them publicly. In fact I think I’ll may write a pre-war book about my objectives and strategy, I’ll call it “My Fight” or “My struggle” or some such……
Anyway, Warspite has kindly agreed to play me again and before I proceeded to establish Germanic hegemony over Eurasian I thought I’d take this opportunity to thank him for being such a great and gracious opponent. I can warmly recommend him. Apart from all his other qualities he plays fast – often several moves an hour. Really appreciate that when things gets exciting. Considering all the other games he plays in he must be very close to his computer all the time or have a smart phone notifying him about new moves in real-time.
Now where was I? Oh yes, planning to conquer the world. My primary war objective for 1915 should be obvious:
Occupy both Moscow and Petrograd in 1915.
In fact I consider the seizure of those two industrial centers to be of such high importance that I fully plan to reject any Russian peace offers prior to me having gotten there. I want the plunder, excuse me – production, to be had from them and I mean to possess them before 1915 is up.
A bit bold to say so up front isn’t it Ulver? I hear you say. Well, for one thing I suspect the thread title may have given my intentions away to the astute reader anyway but perhaps more importantly I just don’t think there is that much the Entente can do about it.
I always try to think beforehand on how I would counter my own strategy, how I would play if I was sitting across the table. (Of course last time that led me to disband most of the French army just prior to a major German offensive so one could argue that the track record is imperfect but still….) In this case what can the French do when I screen the German French border with garrisons and a few corps and throw the rest eastwards to knock out Russia? The way I see it they can:
Launch bloody land attacks against the narrow entrenched German-French border to draw my attention away from Russia.
Well, if France wants to commit suicide she can. Listen, they start without industrial warfare and have no artillery support. Let’s just say the rate of attrition is likely to be unfavorable, which brings me neatly to option two:
Build stacks of artillery, focus technological research on it and invest heavily in expanding to an obscene level of ammunition production.
Better certainly but I figure I can afford the losses initially, suck it up as it were. France needs to build the artillery; she needs to invest in technology improving the deadliness in a technological race with my ability to develop ever better trenches. That is a race weighted toward the defender in the initial stages and on top of that France needs to invest hundreds of build points in ammunition production. All that takes time. A problem that also applies to my favorite option and the one I disbanded so much of the French Army to pursuit vigorously when I sat on the other side of the table:
That will work, but not in time. Sure if he focuses Anglo-French Research into bombing and airship technology by mid 1916 the Ruhr will be a smoldering pile of rubble. Hence my eastwards industrial relocation project involving Moscow and Petrograd. Long term counter obviously involves an air offensive of my own and especially sinking every convoy on the map.
So, to summarize, my initial war plan involves overrunning the Russians shielded by British Neutrality and a narrow French front that is well fortified and I can’t see what the Entente can do about it.
Obviously I have other concerns such as Italy and Serbia. With regards to Serbia it isn’t that much of a priority initially. The Serbian army is close to its maximal size and can’t really expand much, it has only one research center so it will be progressively easier and cheaper to overrun as time passes. To insure I am in a position to react swiftly to both Serbian and French offensives I plan to spend heavily in expanding the already excellent German rail network so if either leave their fortifications I shall be able to rail the bulk of the German army swiftly to the point of enemy penetration and crush them in a meeting engagement before going on the counter attack to conquer them. Sure a really adventurous advisory could send a significant French force to the Balkans to help the Serbians out but that seems incredibly risky prior to British intervention. Only other options I can really think of is reducing the size of the Serbian army and invest in technology to avoid Serbian obsolescence. Could work if I ignore them to long and they get some French/British help but I do plan to deal with them before it becomes a problem.
Italy is more of a concern. I need to capture the plain in front of Venice in the first turn of Italy being in the war. Both to shorten the front and to insure that the Italians do not posses any airbases they can strike at Vienna from. Yes, seriously – the Italians starts with excellent bombing technology and I really can’t afford a heavy Italian bombing offensive that can reach Vienna.
That’s pretty much it for now. Well, what I’m willing to reveal anyway.