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A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 7:39:26 PM   
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Germany and Austro-Hungary, aka the CP have declared war on the peaceable Triple Entente.
The Western Front, save for some desultory artillery fire, reamains quiescent. The enemy, seized by a
fit of anti-Tsarist sentiment, drives deeply East. Polish peasants stare in wonder at the fleeing Russian
armies. By October 1914, the Russians are well-confounded.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 7:57:36 PM   
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March 1915. Serbia has surrendered. The hard-pressed Russians attempt to make a stand.
The Western snoozekrieg continues.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 8:22:40 PM   
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So who is playing whom?
Looking forward to your AAR – have been a bit distressed that there have been so few lately.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 8:49:39 PM   
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I have not discussed an AAR with my opponent, so I will keep him anonymous.  He can tell his side if he chooses.  As Churchill said, history will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Really  I'm just trying to drum up interest in the game.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 9:02:49 PM   
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May 1915. The center does not hold. Counterattacks in the south gain ground.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 9:35:38 PM   
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May 1915. Overcome by pasta-cravings, the CP invade Italy.
The Italians fail to burnish their martial reputation.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 9:38:27 PM   
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Simultaneously, the Triple Entente, to better ensure the sovereignty of the Beneluxes, declares war on Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg.   The entire adult manhood of Holland is slaughtered in a day.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 10:56:43 PM   
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The Kaisers Huns, feeling at home in the steppes, rampage freely.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 11:07:17 PM   
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The hapless Italians, Sept 1915.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 11:17:05 PM   
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While the Allies press on.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/5/2008 11:30:06 PM   
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November 1915. The enemy responds.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 12:06:57 AM   
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March 1916. Foreigners stomp all over Holy Russia.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 12:25:04 PM   
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Oh his opponent? That would be me. Here's my recap of the events:

I went for an east first strategy and was able to finish off Serbia quite quickly. Also my advance into Russia went well. I got all of Poland and it wasn't until Riga that resistance stiffened. I got pretty much all I wanted, except for the south where most of the Russians were staying. Also I took a lot of ground just by cavalry and got deep into Russian territorities. But every now and then heavy fighting errupted in the east. But Russia should not be able to recover.
Meanwhile the Turks took Egypt and a brand new Austrian Fleet took India! I have been controlling the Eastern Med for some time now and there was a successful 2 turn period when German merchants got me some food from the Atlantic.
When Italy declared war they were smashed by the CP troops.

So far so good. There are a few things that aren't going well:

Italy should have surrendered already. I have multiple town occupied and crushed their army. I don't know why they are still going. I really don't.
Russia seems to be still stronger than I estimated. They re-took a barely guarded Minsk and tried to encirlce some troops. I also have some Russian troops encircled.

Now for my big mistake: I completely underestimated the power of the Allied offensive through Belgium and Holland. Upon the DOW I could not sent reeinforcements because the game doesn't allow me to rail into these areas. I tried a counteroffensive in the south, I took Verdun and some, but he just kept marching. I have a bunch of troops in Belgium, well actually enough to stop him, but he cut them off off supply so I cannot activate them and that means they will starve to death and that will be my end. (Why doen't Liege provide more supply?)
I've never seen any western offensive that strong. Well done. I thought I had everything under control, Italy, the East, the Med, even the Atlantic.... I was wrong.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 4:39:10 PM   
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Italy has fallen. They were at zero morale the previous turn, I think it took just one more casualty.

The Tsar clings to his throne, but both he and his cousin Willy are looking at travel brochures.

Mar 1916, significant German formations are encircled.





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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 4:42:50 PM   
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The sad part about this is: Before you broke through Luxemburg I was close to cut off all your troops off supply by cutting the line to Rotterdam. Damn. 

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 6:26:39 PM   
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"Sad"? What a baffling attitude to take towards the Poilus' glorious feat of arms.

Some miscellaneous notes:

The TE has spent nothing on diplomacy, while the CP has sent flowers and champagne to everybody (with good effect).

TE tech spending has been near max every turn with so-so results.

France and Britain bought a few submarines; whether they've been anything more than a minor nuisance, boogada could tell more than I. Right now I regret the expense.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 6:31:12 PM   
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May 1916. British, French, Australian, Canadian, and Indian forces send the Germans reeling:




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 9:27:27 PM   
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Things don't look too good for the CP in the west. Any chance that Russia will give up soon?

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/6/2008 10:01:29 PM   
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Russia is certainly vulnerable to revolution. If it should come, the Kerensky government can count on a steady diet of good news, though not bread. As you can see, Germany's wounds are mortal.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/7/2008 2:08:31 PM   
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I'm done. This looks like a WWII Blitzkrieg defeat. Patton cannot have done this any better. Tons of encircled troops and a very fast moving ET.
The ET has all those HQ points from the beginning and if they never use em, those are a real threat.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/7/2008 3:05:18 PM   
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Thankyou.  I'm not a Patton admirer, but I'll take that as a compliment. 
Yet the CP economy is in very good shape, is it not?  And diplomatically, things couldn't be better.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/7/2008 3:22:52 PM   
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Lets see how it looks at the next strat phase. But you have almost conquered all of Germany! 

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/8/2008 7:10:33 PM   
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August 1916.  The French capture Rostock and Stettin.  The British take Leipzig.   A French assault on Wilhelmshaven is repulsed.
General Dobell opens a staff meeting with one word:  "Berlin."

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/8/2008 9:33:12 PM   
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This is the most humiliating defeat I've ever witnessed in the history of this game. 

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/8/2008 10:34:36 PM   
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Buck up, boogada, we have all been to Valhalla. You fought with valor and honor, and we both learned things -- those are victories anyday.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/9/2008 12:57:41 PM   
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Look at the bright side. In my experience you learn a lot more from getting your ass kicked then you do by winning.

So your purpose in this game wasn’t winning or losing but learning enough to comprehensively humiliate your opponent in your next game.

The best revenge is writing a AAR and detail your victory for our entertainment.

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/9/2008 2:26:40 PM   
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August 1916. After phosgene saturation, infantry of the British Empire storm into Berlin, suffering few casualties.
Field Marshall Dobell staggers under the weight of medals showered on him, and is now Viscount of Brandenburg.
The viscountess takes a lover.




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/9/2008 2:42:45 PM   
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September 1916. After an unfortunate open-mike "Let 'em eat piroshki" moment, the Tsar is deposed.

The fronts converge:




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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/9/2008 2:55:35 PM   
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that coverage doesn't show the multiple towns still under german control with lots of stacked A class units. out of supply and out of hope. time to develope some V-weapons it is. 

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RE: A History of the Great War - 9/9/2008 3:57:02 PM   
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Casualties are about 2.7m per side, so I'm guessing all those starved Russians and Germans are not included in the death toll.

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