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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/27/2018 11:34:12 AM   
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Interesting game. In RL the Central Powers would crumble, the loss of Königsburg would have been a major blow to Germany. Well done! Any idea why he gave up Eastern Prussia? Press on on Galicia, Austria seems to be in trouble :)


The 'early mobilization' feature, whereby both the Russian 1st and 2nd Armies start full strength, and the scattered start for the German 8th, makes it really difficult to hold Prussia. So I'm guessing MP9090 decided to take that early loss with the hope that he'll be much stronger in the near term. He apparently made the same choice in eastern Galicia.



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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/27/2018 11:37:21 AM   
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Stavka has decided that 3rd and 8th Armies will have to halt their offensive, having taken Przemsyl, and stretch their fronts to cover the buildup of German/AH forces in eastern Galicia.

The new 9th Army is needed farther north, near Lodz, where the Germans seem to be readying a push.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/27/2018 11:50:35 AM   
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In the West, GHQ seriously misjudged the state of the front line, thinking that it would be impossible for the Germans to continue their offensive.

Instead, the enemy has broken the lines along the coast near Boulogne, and southeast of St. Quentin.

The BEF is feeling exposed, with the French territorial troops to their east crumbling against the German assault.

The lead German forces are only 75 miles from Paris.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/28/2018 11:44:07 AM   
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Oct 4,turn 10

Two months into the war. Casualties are outstripping reinforcements among rifle squads.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/28/2018 12:10:17 PM   
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The German offensive in the west is directed against the more disorganized/makeshift defense of Territorial units, bolstered by the BEF. The latter is forced to withdraw slowly, to maintain contact with the French and Belgian forces on its flanks. Thus St Quentin has been lost.

The German drive is generally towards Amiens and Compien.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/28/2018 12:17:47 PM   
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The withdrawal of at least one AH army from the Serbian Front has offered an opportunity for the Serbs to demonstrate north of the Danube, in a limited offensive aimed at disrupting enemy dispositions.

Serbian High Command is caught in a dilemna: need to support it's great ally, Russia, but a decided lack of interest in drawing the weight of Austrian reinforcements back upon Serbia.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 12/28/2018 12:23:37 PM   
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The Eastern Front is quiet, with both forces recovering from exhaustion. One major question is haunting Stavka: where has the Austrian 6th Army disappeared to? It had apparently been positioned to thrust north from the Carpathians into the weak southeastern part of the Russian lines, but now recon has completely lost contact with it.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/1/2019 8:23:09 PM   
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The Serbian Offensive north of Belgrade, along the eastern bank of the Danube, has succeeded in exposing the weakness of the Austrian positions. However, supply is a problem, and ANY attempt by the Austrians to counter-attack will expose the Serbs own weakness.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/1/2019 8:32:56 PM   
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Stavka's intended drive southwest against the Austrian armies defending western Galicia may have to be stalled, to shore up the Silesian Front. 5th Army's trains may have to be redirected north.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/1/2019 8:39:10 PM   
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In France, the Germans continue their drive towards the Marne and are relentless south of Boulogne. GHQ is pondering the necessity for a general withdrawal to save both the 5th Army and the BEF.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/2/2019 6:52:13 AM   
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Oh, Austrias situation is even worse then in RL. And that means something. Germany will have to send troops to the West to prevent Austria from collaps.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/7/2019 3:41:16 PM   
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Nov 1,turn 14

The Western has stabilized temporarily, perhaps as long as it takes for the Germans to regroup. The 5th and 9th Russian Armies offensive in western Galicia continues slogging into the Austrian lines, with slow success. In Serbia, the effort is now concentrated on reestablishing a defensive line to secure Belgrade.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/8/2019 6:47:21 AM   
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Iirc the serbs really tried to cross into Austria once. They were shot down, lost 5.000 men and didn't try again. WW1 really was the war in favor of the defender.Can you show the Austrian-Russian front? I think it's the most important at the moment.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/8/2019 12:33:41 PM   
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Will do, as soon as the next turn shows up. I hope I can withdraw the Serbs and maintain some order, after getting them into some serious supply problems.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/9/2019 6:22:48 AM   
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Do the serbs use the same replacement pool like French and/or Russians? If so, I would only defend with them.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/9/2019 5:08:50 PM   
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quote:

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Do the serbs use the same replacement pool like French and/or Russians? If so, I would only defend with them.

Yes, same pool. I can't do much more than defend with them anyway. Great defensive position, with little to gain offensively with such a small force. I undertook the one offensive move to test the Austrian strength and do some disruption. It was costly, however. I did discover that the Austrians have pulled much of their forces to the north.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/10/2019 4:33:58 PM   
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The Turks have joined the war against the Entente. At present their scope for action is limited, as the on-map contact with Russia is blocked by neutrals. The Entente can consider a landing somewhere in Turkey, but as yet there are only 2 Indian divisions available for such a move, in Egypt.

The overall picture:






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/10/2019 4:45:45 PM   
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In western Galicia, the offensive towards Chenstakov and Gliwice has made incremental progress, with heavy losses. Recon shows that the Austrians are still weak across that front, so Stavka intends to continue pushing forward. 9th Army has rested and refit, and can resume it's efforts. Meanwhile, 5th Army is starting to feel the pinch of supplies and losses.

The Russian 10th Army has formed near Moscow but Stavka intends to hold it in reserve for the time being, near Warsaw, awaiting a clearer picture of what the current offensive can achieve, AND what the German intent is in Silesia.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/10/2019 4:56:11 PM   
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Perhaps the deciding moment is approaching, or is here already, in France. GHQs expectation that the German offensive had stalled has proven to be wrong, as the enemy continues its drive along the coast, and across the Marne. The tardiness by GHQ, in pulling troops from the more stable front in Alsace and Lorraine, could be fatal.

There are NO reserves.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/11/2019 12:08:45 AM   
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Gary,

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/11/2019 7:34:47 AM   
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Absolutly! Thanks and hoping for more!

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/11/2019 8:58:33 PM   
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The BEF succeeded in cutting the crucial rail line from St Quentin to the south. Whether the rail junction can be held is a different story, but at the very least the the German High Command has to be concerned about continuing to push across the Marne.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/14/2019 8:37:44 PM   
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The Serbian and Eastern Fronts have seen little enemy activity over the last week. The Russian 10th Army has been moved by rail to eastern Silesia and Stavka awaits developments before committing it.

In the West, GHQ is confident that the German drive towards southeast of Rhiems will lose steam, since the BEF continues to have a stranglehold on the enemy supply lines. Near the coast, the German heavy artillery is being used to punch holes in the lines, but GHQ has ordered a slow withdrawal until reinforcements become available.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/15/2019 7:36:24 PM   
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Quite a scenario and the AAR makes good reading. Thanks!

Where did you pick up the unit icons? They go along nicely with the scenario.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/15/2019 8:56:29 PM   
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Thanks. Got the counters in the mods sub-forum.

http://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4562063

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/18/2019 11:50:41 AM   
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[player's note: Apparently there are no weather effects in the scenario. The campaigning season is year-round, I suppose.]

The Germans ousted the BEF from St Quentin, reestablishing their supply lines into the Rhiems salient. Now GHQ has a major decision to make: try to retake that vital rail juncture, or evacuate the entire Entente force from the area. It comes down to that decision because of the enemy pressure south of Abbeville, which is close to shutting off our own supply line from Paris to Amiens.

That rail line is threatened along an 80 mile front, and the Germans have committed their heavy artillery to the effort to take that line.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/18/2019 12:01:38 PM   
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Painful choices:






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/18/2019 12:10:52 PM   
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On the Eastern Front, the offensive by 9th and 5th Armies towards Galice has stalled. German probes on the right flank of that offensive threatened the supply lines, so the newly arrived 10th Army has been committed to stabilize the situation.

That is seen as a defeat by Stavka, as it intended to use the 10th as a strategic reserve and/or to stabilize the front west of Lodz.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/18/2019 5:14:58 PM   
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After long debate, GHQ has decided that any withdrawal from the salient north of Compiene is contingent on

1) an imminent collapse along the line, or

2) any enemy threat to the rail juncture immediately southwest of Compiene.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 1/18/2019 5:37:53 PM   
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Potential Catastrophic Blunder!!

Only after all my strategizing above have I realized that the entire French line EAST of the German Rhiems salient is out of close supply!

Now is the massive withdrawal mandatory?






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