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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/10/2019 11:33:05 AM   
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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/13/2019 4:14:46 PM   
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April 25 1915, turn 39

The Germans have resumed their limited offensive east of Paris, but GHQ still sees no significant benefit to the enemy as it advances slowly through open territory, with no strategic objective near. The BEF will continue to strengthen it's wall against any advance towards Paris, or even an attempt to outflank Paris.

The enemy's major effort now is in the East, where they have opened a new offensive north of Lodz, taking advantage of the weakness on the boundary between the Russian 1st and 8th Armies.

Stavka is still analyzing the longterm goals of the enemy in this offensive, whether it is an attempt to roll up the Russian position along the Vistula, or an attempt to threaten Warsaw.





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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/14/2019 4:45:53 PM   
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Is the offensive toward Gliwice halted for now? Will you consider taking troops from there to patch the front at Plock?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/14/2019 5:07:06 PM   
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Definitely. The Entente cannot go on the offensive anywhere right now. No replacements. The line near Chenstakova is dug in, so some forces can be sent north if needed. I'm not convinced yet that the Germans can achieve anything towards Plock.

IF a replacement reserve pool could be accumulated, the offensive towards Gliwice remains the goal for Stavka.

Both 1st and 8th Armies up north have enough reserves to shore up the line between them ... for now.

Four reconstituted divisions from 4th and 2nd Armies have been formed near Moscow and Leningrad, and will be brought up to extend the lines of those two armies, freeing up more for defense against the German offensive.

Italy just signed the Treaty of London, agreeing to come in one the side of the Entente, ie against Austria. I'm wondering how that is going to effect the replacement pool.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/20/2019 1:26:16 PM   
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I was wrong, there are air forces in this scenario.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/23/2019 12:20:38 PM   
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April 16, turn 42

For the first time in the war, all fronts have been quiet, with the exception of minor German bombardments on the eastern front.

In a telling move, the Germans have transferred their artillery and 10+ divisions to the north of their recent offensive, aiming now at the rail line leading to Chalons.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/23/2019 12:37:11 PM   
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In the East, The German/Austrian thrust towards Plack has temporarily slowed. The Russian 1st Army launched a counter-attack at the base of the enemy salient.

The strength of the enemy forces in the salient may make it impossible to cut them off, but Russian forces will make the attempt.

Meanwhile, with the Chenstakova front stabilized, the Russian 9th Army is transferring to the Plack region.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/23/2019 12:44:50 PM   
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Replacements are showing some improvement. Light Rifle squads are slowly building a reserve, while Rifle Squads continue to fill out units at the front. At least now there is a positive difference between active units and casualties.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/31/2019 3:22:04 PM   
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May 23, turn 44

Italy has entered the war, but has not mobilized to any great extent yet.

As expected the Germans launched an offensive north of Chalons. Intelligence shows that it is led by the 4th Army with 16 divisions and artillery. GHQ is considering a major pullback to shorten the front and to avoid cutting off troops near Mauberge, since there is little likelihood of being able to stop this offensive in its tracks.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/31/2019 4:32:50 PM   
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Will you retreat south through Sedan?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 3/31/2019 9:23:46 PM   
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Will you retreat south through Sedan?

I would try to only retreat the forces north of the German offensive, around Mauberge. I'd try to hold the Sedan line. Depends on how long the Germans can maintain their offensive.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/2/2019 2:01:55 PM   
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The Italian 2nd Army is 50% mobilized, with the remainder of its compliment to arrive in 8 weeks. 3rd Army is just starting its mobilization, but the greater part of its forces will be available in a couple of weeks.

These forces will be moved towards the Austrian border, to feel out the enemy capabilities on this new front.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/2/2019 2:09:07 PM   
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On the Eastern Front, the German/Austrian offensive towards Plock continues, with the heaviest fighting at the base of the enemy salient. The Russian 1st Army attempt to drive through the salient has met with fierce resistance, but the Russian 9th and 11th Armies will now join the fray.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/2/2019 11:33:46 PM   
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The theater of operations on the Italian Front is fairly straightforward at first glance: possible offensive targets north into the Tyrol and east into Istria, Slovenia, Croatia. A defensive line must be set up north of Udine.

The Treaty of London gives Italy rights to Austria's Adriatic territories.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/3/2019 11:21:09 AM   
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Oh, an offensive by crossing the Isonzo-River? Sounds good. What could probably go wrong?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/3/2019 2:09:07 PM   
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Uhm, there are a couple minor errors in the city names of the map.

"Venitia" -> Veneto.
"Trent" -> Trento, Trient in deutsch.
"Balzano" -> Bolzano, Bozen in deutsch.
"Moribor" -> Maribor, Marburgo in italian, Marburg in deutsch.

Probably the map maker wasn't neither english nor italian.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/10/2019 2:11:14 PM   
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June 13, turn 46

Austria has called upon its German ally to aid in the scramble to set up a defense against Italy. Since Italy declared war only against Austria-Hungary, this seems an unfortunate move by Germany to enter the fray in the south. Good for Austrian diplomacy, but very bad perhaps for both Italy and Germany in the long run.

The Austrians were so ill-prepared for an Italian front, that 2nd and 3rd Italian Armies have made some huge advances beyond both Innsbruck and Trieste. Mobilization has not proceeded far enough to do much more than hope to hold on to those advances.

[sorry, where Marburg is mentioned in the screenshot, should be Klagenfurt]




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/10/2019 2:19:05 PM   
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The Italian Expeditionary Force, comprised of 1st Army mustering in southern Italy, has been sent across the Adriatic to break open the Serbian front and secure the Adriatic.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/10/2019 5:25:09 PM   
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Bold moves by the Italian Command.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/11/2019 2:28:32 PM   
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On the Eastern Front, the enemy has halted the Plock offensive, at least for the being.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/11/2019 2:38:56 PM   
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In the West, the Germans are making every effort to cut off the French salient around Maubage, and there is little time left for GHQ to order the pullback to a line along the Ardennes.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/12/2019 5:01:38 PM   
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June 20, turn 47

The German offensive in the west has smashed the French line, with enemy forces moving through Maubage all the way to the outskirts of Charleville. GHQs plan to pull back and establish a new defensive position along the Ardenne has already been completely voided.

In short, GHQ waited too long to make the withdrawal from the untenable salient north of Maubage.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/15/2019 7:12:44 AM   
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Why is your arty in the front? Doesn't it have range 1?

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/15/2019 10:54:45 AM   
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quote:

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Why is your arty in the front? Doesn't it have range 1?


Some have range of 2.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/15/2019 12:25:16 PM   
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I mean on the Russian Front. Arty with Range 1 or more always should stay out of the frontline. Like HQs :)

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/15/2019 3:34:40 PM   
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In that case I was attempting to get close enough to target his artillery. In some cases, I need the defensive strength of HQs to hold the line. I try not to do that, but it's unavoidable in all cases, since I'm not getting many rifle squad replacements.

I am hoping that there is a change in the replacement rates, otherwise an offensive re the historical 1916 push by the Russians will be impossible. Forget about the Western Front offensives. Especially with the Italians currently going hog-wild losing squads.

The scenario desperately needs work, to create replacement pools for each of the countries separately.

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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/20/2019 8:56:32 AM   
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July 16, turn 50

The German summer offensive has relentlessly pushed the French back along the line Maubage to Charleville line. It has shortened the front for both sides, and inflicted 30,000 casualties on the French.

One bright spot - the first units of Kitchener's New Army are arriving at British ports for transport to France. GHQ intends to launch its own offensive when there has been a sufficient buildup.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/20/2019 9:01:39 AM   
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The story is much darker on the Italian front, where early unsupported advances against a gathering Austrian-German defense, have turned into disastrous retreats.

Bringing in German troops to spearhead their counteroffensive, the enemy has driven straight through the Italian 2nd Army and retaken Trieste, while at the same time completely routing the Italian troops.






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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/20/2019 9:06:03 AM   
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The Italian Expeditionary force (1st Army) continues to have some success in flanking the Austrian position against Serbia. IF the rail lines into the Austrian positions around Belgrade can be cut, the Italian gambit can be considered a success. Otherwise it is nothing but a side-show.




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RE: John Lee's 'great war' Entente vs MP9090 as Central... - 4/20/2019 9:10:40 AM   
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All is quiet on the Eastern Front.

The Spring and Summer of fighting has laid a heavy toll upon Entente forces, and the casualty lists tell the full tale. 6000 rifle squads have been lost - roughly 60,000 troops on all fronts.




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