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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/24/2019 10:10:01 AM)

Dec 20, turn 21

Signs point to Italian entry into the war on the side of the Entente, within the next few weeks. That will certainly increase pressure against Austria-Hungary, however it doesn't directly or immediately help the Entente position in the west, where reinforcements remain scarce.

GHQ has finally acceeded to the British demand that that BEF must be withdrawn from its salient, before being isolated by the continuing German pressure against the flanks. Loss of the BEF would mean the collapse of the western front.





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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/24/2019 10:33:36 AM)

On the Eastern Front, Stavka has ordered a resumption of the offensive southwest towards Glawice. The intent remains to cut off the Austrian forces to the east from supply lines from Austria, thus hopefully making their positions north of the Carpathians untenable.

Chenstakov has fallen to 5th Army. 9th and 10th Armies are pushing foward along the flanks of 5th Army.

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MikeJ19 -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/24/2019 10:33:08 PM)

Gary,

Looks like you are having fun. Thanks for sharing.




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/24/2019 10:45:48 PM)

The scenario is indeed fun. No weather effects, but on the other hand also no air or navy to fiddle with, which I like. I see you're getting a good dose of post-WW2 warfare. Kudos on that.




MikeJ19 -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/24/2019 11:32:49 PM)

Gary,

Thanks. It is fun playing against Larry. Like you, his approach is very interesting.

Enjoy your game!




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/28/2019 12:28:26 PM)

Jan 3, 1915 turn 23

On the Western Front, the Germans are relentless in their drive on Paris. Even with the withdrawal of the BEF from the St. Quentin salient, the Entented lines are not strong enough to hold the Germans when they concentrate their forces.

Since reserves are non-existent, GHQ is contemplating a pullback to the Siene, to release some forces for the defense of Paris.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/28/2019 1:55:54 PM)

On the Eastern Front, the battles for Chenstakov continue, with the city changing hands twice already, because the Russian armies have not been able to invest the city with anything more than advanced cavalry.

Intelligence shows that the Germans are reinforcing their Austrian allies in order to blunt the Russian offensive.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/28/2019 2:00:27 PM)

The Serbian army has regained it's original defensive lines protecting Belgrade. Austrian forces along that line remain weak, but there is little that Serbia can achieve from attempting further offensive operations at present.

Perhaps if Italy, or even Romania, were to enter the war, the Serbians could work with them to seriously upset Austrian plans.

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Cfant -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/29/2019 11:11:47 AM)

Witcraft! What a dark sorcery is this??? How did the Germans manage to reach Paris suddenly? Hope the lines will hold. Funny, that Serbia has taken Sarajevo and no Austrians anywhere. That's a problem with purely operational games. Such a situation would have had massiv consequences in Austria. But no national moral in TOAW, so it doesn't matter if Monte Negro takes anything - except Vienna and Budapest, I guess.




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (1/29/2019 11:41:15 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Cfant

Funny, that Serbia has taken Sarajevo and no Austrians anywhere. That's a problem with purely operational games. Such a situation would have had massiv consequences in Austria. But no national moral in TOAW, so it doesn't matter if Monte Negro takes anything - except Vienna and Budapest, I guess.


Fog of war. The Austrians are there, but not in strength.

The scenario needs some editing, to add events, decisions, weather. It's fun, nevertheless.




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/4/2019 2:17:18 PM)

Jan 17, 1915
turn 25

Eastern Front
The 11th Army has formed near St Petersburg and entrained for the front, to join the offensive driving southwest towards Gliwice. With the help of German reinforcements, the Austrians continue to hold onto the vital rail and roads hub at Chestakov.

Western Front
For two weeks the Germans have made no major attacks, and appear to be reorganizing their lines. GHQ has ordered a series of spoiling attacks at perceived weak points in the German salient pointing towards Paris. Their lead elements have been driven back 20 miles.

Indian and Aussie troops have arrived from Marseilles, and will go straight to the front.

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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/5/2019 10:34:14 AM)

Jan 24, turn 26

Morale in the West is low, not the least at GHQ. Casualties have been horrendous, and there are few reinforcements. Meanwhile the Germans continue to bring new divisions into the fight for Paris - six new divisions have been identified being brought in by rail to the front.

The stark truth:



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/5/2019 10:43:34 AM)

The offensive against the German flank has not drawn German forces from their own offensive near Paris.

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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/5/2019 10:52:19 AM)

The Russian offensive towards Chenstakov-Gliwice has new life with the arrival of 11th Army, but it is on its last legs with the exhaustion of other forces.

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Cfant -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/5/2019 2:20:00 PM)

wow, the german rail is intact already. Looks grim. But it seems Paris itself is a fortress hex with 500% defense bonus. Should be like helms klam. :) Hopefully some cavalry will arrive in time to save it...




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/11/2019 1:57:22 PM)

Feb 7 1915, turn 28

On the Eastern Front, the Russians have entered Chestakov again, this time in force. The offensive towards the rail line linking Austria to easter Galicia must continue.

Meanwhile, Stavka has to address the building German/Austrian force pushing towards Lodz.

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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/11/2019 2:06:32 PM)

In France and Belgium, the Germans have briefly halted offensive operations, but they continue to build up strength north of Paris. It is expected that they are merely in a reorganization phase.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/11/2019 2:18:36 PM)

Middle Eastern Force, not content to limit their actions in defense of Palenstine, have teamed up with Admiralty, to push for some action directly against the shores of the Turks, or somewhere along the Adriatic.

So far this idea is meeting stiff resistence both in the War Ministry and from Anzac and India.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/20/2019 10:32:25 AM)

Feb 28, turn31

All quiet on the Serbian front, but the three hotspots of action continue near Paris, Lodz, and Chenstakov.

It's mostly a defensive action now for the Entente, as replacements are scarce.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/20/2019 10:35:09 AM)

The West

The Germans are getting reinforcements, and every week bring new or transferred forces to the battle for Paris. If rifle squads can't be found, the Paris defenders will eventually be ground down.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/20/2019 10:37:47 AM)

The East

The 8th Army commander expanded on his orders to hold Lodz, and immediately got into trouble with an opportunistic offensive against the German flank northwest of Lodz. The Germans countered with unexpected force and isolated part of the 8th.



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Cfant -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/21/2019 6:00:44 AM)

Can't you shorten your line at Dieppe to release a one or two units, which would be needed at Paris?




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/21/2019 11:36:57 AM)

I considered earlier pulling back to the Siene to free up units. Can still be done. But that will free up German units also.




Cfant -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/25/2019 8:54:02 AM)

True, but they have troops at Paris anyhow. You don't. So it's better for you, even if the Germans also profit.




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/28/2019 11:49:38 AM)

March 14, turn 33

Replacements have improved marginally, for rifle squads. On all fronts, the Entente is strictly on the defensive, until a reserve can be accumulated.

Fortunately, the Central Powers are also relatively inactive everywhere except to the northeast of Paris. Their Chalons offensive continues.

The rail lines east from Paris have been cut, making the entire eastern part of the Western Front reliant on the Rhine railroads.

A cautious drawdown on the inactive parts of the front, to manufacture reinforcements for Paris, will lead to vulnerability - it will be necessary to closely watch from any attempt by the enemy to exploit it.



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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (2/28/2019 11:50:34 AM)

replacements

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gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (3/5/2019 4:25:10 PM)

March 28, 1915 turn 35

On the Eastern Front, both sides seem to be in reorganizing/replacement mode. For the Russians, there are zero surplus replacements - every new recruit is going straight to the front.

On the Western Front, the French and Belgian forces are in much the same mode. Only the British are mustering significant new forces.

As a result, the BEF has completely taken over the immediate defense of Paris, digging in across a 100+ mile line. That has freed up French units to offer a flexible defense against the continuing German offensive southwest of Chalons.

GHQ is inconcerned about that enemy offensive. There seems to be little that the Germans can gain but open territory. They are lengthening their own supply lines and not seriously threatening any vital Entente rail line.

[note: I have no clue why my screenshots are such low quality.]

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StuccoFresco -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (3/6/2019 10:55:20 AM)

Do you think PAris can be defended? In the case it falls, does France surrender?

Also, about Russia: why does it have problems with reinforcements? Historically, it didn't until internal strifes and big losses by the hand of the Germans drove the point home.




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (3/6/2019 1:37:03 PM)

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ORIGINAL: StuccoFresco

Do you think PAris can be defended? In the case it falls, does France surrender?


I believe it can be defended. The BEF is very strong defensively, and the German offensive is currently headed to the southeast - a move I don't think can be sustained. They're only advancing where they have heavy artillery to punch through, so their offensive capabilities right now are very limited ... I hope.

I need to work better at counter-battery fire, although I don't know if it's effective.

I have not investigated whether the French ever surrender with the loss of Paris or other cities. I guess I could find out by looking in editor mode, but don't know how yet.


quote:


Also, about Russia: why does it have problems with reinforcements? Historically, it didn't until internal strifes and big losses by the hand of the Germans drove the point home.


Unfortunately, as I understand it, the replacement pool is designed for the Entente as a whole, rather than by country. So the Russians suffer for French losses.

The scenario is very old and needs some changes




gwgardner -> RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central Powers (3/10/2019 11:29:51 AM)

April 18 1915, turn 38

The never-ending German offensive east of Paris did indeed end for one week. (proficiency check failure, is what intelligence has learned). The respite is well-earned by the French and Belgian forces that have faced the brunt of the attacks. They will use the brief rest to dig in even deeper. The BEF will continue to extend it's line.

Concentration of artillery attacks on the German heavy gun emplacements has netted some benefits. GHQ was late to the game in that regard, stubbornly leaving artillery dispersed to their units until finally concentrated in early April.

Replacements are slowly catching up, but rifle units are still the most needed.

No action on the Eastern and Serbian fronts.



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