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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/8/2019 3:37:18 PM   
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Did you guys quit?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/12/2019 1:01:28 PM   
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No, I got lazy in making screenshots, probably because I'm getting creamed in Italy. Next turn I'll update.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/12/2019 2:16:27 PM   
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The scenario looks very interesting, but with the flaws you mention (the shared replacements being particularly bad).

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/13/2019 8:55:35 PM   
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Turn 55

German and Austrian offensives in France, Italy, and Serbia have been relentless over the last month. And successful.

The Italian aggressiveness at the start of their involvement in the war has devolved into a string of disastrous battles in which entire divisions have been smashed, surrounded, surrendered, disbanded. Trieste and Venice have fallen, and the Italian army is struggling to establish a line west of Venice.

In the Tyrol it's the same story, with the Italian 3rd Army making a fighting withdrawal with heavy losses to Trentino.








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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/13/2019 8:58:34 PM   
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The Italian 1st Army in Serbia has fared little better, being forced back from their farthest advances and attempting to establish a firm line that can be held. To make matters even more tenuous, Bulgaria has entered the war against Serbia, and Turkish troops have already advanced across Bulgaria to the southeastern Serbian border.

The Serbian response has been to pull forces from its strong lines around Belgrade. If the Austrians can muster a stronger force there, the loss of Belgrade seems imminent.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/13/2019 9:00:57 PM   
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In France the Germans continue their push through the Ardennes region. It still baffles GHQ to determine what the ultimate goal of this offensive is.

Sedan has fallen, but there is no general, disastrous collapse in France as there is in Italy.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/13/2019 9:03:22 PM   
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There is no improvement on the replacements front, and perhaps that is the goal of the Germans. They have been wildly successful in increasing the casualty totals.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/14/2019 5:59:16 AM   
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Such a pity for the promising Italian front...

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/14/2019 1:22:07 PM   
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Caporetto reloaded... any french/british troops left to bolster the Italians?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/24/2019 11:15:10 PM   
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Turn 56

disaster -> catastrophe -> disintegration
That would be one way to describe my handling of the Italian Front

3rd Army is now isolated and soon to disintegrate. 2nd Army is doing little more than serve as a punching bag for the German and Austrian divisions pouring into Lombardy.

I just did not foresee ANY German involvement on this front.

To answer it I should have followed the advice in previous comments above, to send in British or French help.

Now too late?






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/24/2019 11:26:44 PM   
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Unfortunately for the Italians, all recent British reinforcements have been ear-marked for an offensive in France and Belgium.

Having looked with the editor at the scenario replacements schedule, I see that the long-awaited surge in manpower is never to come. Rifle squad replacements are slated to remain at 350 till the end of the war. In short, there will never be a surplus, never a reserve. Thus waiting to try to shake things up in France and in the East is useless. It might as well be done now.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/24/2019 11:29:31 PM   
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Nothing shaking on the Eastern Front, but the Russians are reorganizing and planning a renewed offensive.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/27/2019 7:57:33 AM   
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Could you show a map of Italy? Stop the Central Powers at the Piave, as historical Oh, and by the way: If you attack anyone in WW1, ALWAYS expect Germany to teeth gnashing save the day Otherwise WW1 had been 1914-1914.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/27/2019 6:39:01 PM   
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The enemy is already beyond the Piave. better screenshot when I get my next turn

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/28/2019 7:12:57 AM   
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Ok, but in the screen there is "3rd Italien army cut off". But cannot you rail them out?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/29/2019 10:54:25 PM   
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Yes, my bad. An excess of panic on my part.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 5/31/2019 7:22:52 AM   
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Let's better call it roleplay of Italian High Command

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/6/2019 11:09:37 PM   
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Sept 15, turn 58

With Italy prostrate before the combined German/Austrian onslaught, the French government finally was able to pressure GHQ to send a relief force.

The situation in Italy seems to have been saved (at least temporarily), along the line of the Adige and the southern Tyrol.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/6/2019 11:16:02 PM   
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Of course sending a force to Italy necessarily caused a weakening of the front in France. GHQ is gambling that the British offensive through Abbeville will make it impossible in the short run for the Germans to exploit the French line northeast of Paris.

The British 3rd Army is spearheading the offensive, using the entirety of the recent reinforcements from the UK.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/6/2019 11:18:23 PM   
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In Serbia, the Central Powers are tightening the noose. Inevitably, Serbian lines are being stripped and weakened in the north, in order to try to stabilize the line against the Bulgarians and Turks in the southeast.

It has the appearance of a lost cause at this point.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/6/2019 11:21:04 PM   
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On the Eastern Front, the Russian 1st and 9th Armies have renewed the push towards Gliwice, in order to cut the Austrian army in Galicia off from its rail supply lines. The time Stavka is certain that it has prepared sufficiently to make sure that the enemy will not be able to push Russian forces back.

Austrian forces in Galicia are not going to budge if they can once again oust the lead Russian units from their advances.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/6/2019 11:24:14 PM   
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These offensives are going have a heavy toll in casualties, far outstripping replacements. They are in fact desperate measures.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/7/2019 5:49:55 AM   
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Well, it looked like Entente was going to lose the war of attrition, so some kind of strategic risk was to be taken.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/7/2019 6:21:44 AM   
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Concentrating on the Austrians may indeed be a good idea. I wonder what the British can achieve in the fields of Flandern... cool match you have here!

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/11/2019 3:49:46 PM   
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Sept 19, turn 60

The fighting on all fronts has indeed meant heavy losses, especially in rifle squads.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/12/2019 7:20:22 AM   
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How is it done in the game: russians light rifles, brits and french normal rifle squads? serbs and itlians light, too? And the CP: germany normal, A-H and Ottomans light?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/20/2019 4:39:04 PM   
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Sept 26, 1915
turn 61

The Italian Front is stabilized. There are signs that the enemy is pulling forces from Italy to shore up their lines against the French and Russian Fronts.

Turkish/Bulgarian forces are continuing to hammer the Serbian holding force - which is really no longer holding, but disintegrating.

Serbian high command has repeatedly drawn forces from Belgrade to send to the south, but it's just not going to be enough. Any hope of Italian or French support seems unlikely, due to the lack of railroads from the Adriatic.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/20/2019 4:52:22 PM   
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The Germans are pushing divisions up against the British offensive in Flanders. GHQ believes it still has a force advantage there, and the offensive will attempt to further roll up the German line.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/20/2019 4:57:35 PM   
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The Gliwice Offensive is stalled. If the enemy can reinforce with German units, it is probable that Russian forces will lose their toehold across the Austrian rail lines. Stavka is ordering a continued effort to broaden the bulge, to obtain better supply and reinforcement lines to Gliwice.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 6/20/2019 5:02:16 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Cfant

How is it done in the game: russians light rifles, brits and french normal rifle squads? serbs and itlians light, too? And the CP: germany normal, A-H and Ottomans light?


Exactly.

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