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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/15/2019 12:34:39 PM   
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Turn 5

29.08.1914



Another corps lost... and I cannot buy it back at the moment.



Here we can see the effect of the new feature for cut off units: the Russian detachment suffers a loss of 2 strength points.
There is a random factor behind this: it can be 0, 1 or 2 points.



This went perfect.
Ypern and Lille conquered, Antwerpen decimated and French marines driven back.

For those who think this was quite easy: please keep in mind I did not conduct any offensive actions against the French army.
No Schlieffen plan, no Marne-Schlacht. May be there are other ways of doing this, but I am happy with this one.

In RL, Germany did the Marne-Schlacht and lost.
Then they did the Race to the Sea and lost as well.
I prefer to do just one of these two and be successfull.



A combined strike of the German I Korps and the I Reserve Korps destroy one of the Russian attackers.
Now there are 5 Russian corps and 4 German, and this is way better than 6:3.



This is the second part of the need feature for cut off units: attacks against them cause more casualties.
An attack by a German cavalry corps had a forecast of 0:6.
So it is very easy to destroy these units.

Apart from this, another Russian cavalry corps is destroyed.
So I destroyed a total of 2 cavalry corps and 2 detachments.
All other visible units are corps, so their destruction will more difficult.

My next target is to drive the Russians back behind the river Weichsel until year's end.



I have established a closed front line, and I have two corps in reserve.
I am pretty sure the AI will focus on destroying one of my units, so I need replacements.



I will launch an attack in the next turn.
Once I have conquered Valjevo, one more corps will be diverted to the Italian front.
I need at least 4 corps there.



Germany invests in shell production.



AH invests in Infantry Weapons.



The Ottomans invest in Trench Warfare.



I need to capture more resources.
Lodz, Lille and Briey will help, but this is not enough.



This is something I have to deal with in 1916.



Once the Russian threat is gone, I can send the Hochseeflotte to the Nordsee.
But this will take time.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/17/2019 6:32:15 AM   
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Turn 6 (AI)


05.09.1914



French forces occupy every single hex from Straßburg to Lille.
This means two problems for me.
The first: once the French are entrenched, I cannot attack without artillery.
And I need to attack sooner or later if I want to conquer Verdun.
The second: the French can launch attacks against my positions when they attack with Prepared Attack Bonus.

Consequence: I need to punch a few holes into their frontline.

Side aspect: the AI did focus on the front from Lille to Straßburg and did not put too much effort in the area around Boulogne.
This is where I will put my focus in the next turn.



Without the IV Corps in Königsberg, the Russian cavalry would have slipped through and Memel would have been cut off.
The AI is very good in finding holes and cutting off single units.
This is why I will try to have closed frontlines in later stages of the war.



More Russian troops appear and dig in behind the river Weichsel.



This unit was in good shape and in an entrenched position.
But this did not help against five attack waves.
This is why I need to have two reserve units behind the front line.



Serbian supply is just at 6 in the western part of the front, so the combat values of the two western units are not very high.
This means potential losses for the attacker would be too high, and so the AI hesitates to attack.




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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/17/2019 9:53:46 AM   
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This is highly pedantic, and I may be wrong, but I think I detect a map error on the Balkan coastline.

Cattaro (modern Kotor) appears on the map West of Ragusa (modern Dubrovnik). In fact Kotor is east of Dubrovnik, and basically next to Cetinje. Cattaro would be the correct name for the port next to Cetinje - though if that port needs to be a convoy destination, don't use Cattaro as it was an Austro-Hungarian naval base, it would be better to give Montenegro the hex under Cetinje and put a port named Bar on it.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/17/2019 7:14:09 PM   
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In terms of map error...I noticed that the in-game Serbia has a strip of land leading to the Adriatic Sea, with a port next to the Cetinje.
IRL before WWI Serbia did not have any direct access to the Adriatic, it was a landlocked country, and the coastline north of Montenegro was entirely belong to A-H.

Although it is possible that this is a game design, for Serbia need to have supplies from France...but I still think this strip of Adriatic access is somehow strange.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/17/2019 11:21:44 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: eightroomofelixir

In terms of map error...I noticed that the in-game Serbia has a strip of land leading to the Adriatic Sea, with a port next to the Cetinje.
IRL before WWI Serbia did not have any direct access to the Adriatic, it was a landlocked country, and the coastline north of Montenegro was entirely belong to A-H.

Although it is possible that this is a game design, for Serbia need to have supplies from France...but I still think this strip of Adriatic access is somehow strange.


Oh, good point. I'd assumed that was Austro-Hungarian territory west of Montenegro which the Entente had taken.

But you seem to be right - that looks like completely ahistorical Serbian territory. The convoy should go through Montenegro somehow. (Maybe add the extra port at Bar, and make the port itself Serbian-owned - it wasn't, of course, but if the terminal hex ownership affects the convoy this might be necessary)

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/18/2019 8:47:48 PM   
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Turn 7


12.09.1914



Another AH corps I cannot buy back at the moment.
My lines in Galicia get thinner.



Albania will be in the war soon.
Unfortunately on the wrong side.



This will help to fight the Russian Fleet in the Baltic.
In the early stages of the war, subs are very difficult to sink, so they can stand many attacks.



In the west, three different things happen in one turn.

1. Attrition
German troops destroy 3 French corps.
I lost 10 strength points, the French lost 25.
I will not do this unless I can achieve a ratio of 1:2 or better.

2. Antwerpen conquered
Belgium will surrender after this turn, and I will receive more than 100 MPPs of plunder.

3. German troops close in on Boulogne.
Maybe the most important success.
If I can capture Boulogne in 1914, this would be a major step ahead.



In East Prussia, I need to be defensive at the moment.
In Turn 9, I will receive 2 fresh corps.



In Poland, my troops entrench themselves in front of Warschau.
I want to attack the fortress in Turn 11.. as soon as my artillery is in range.



Defensive first also in Galicia.. refresh and hold the line.
I am pretty sure I will loose another corps there, and I need to buy back some corps sooner or later.



Another Serbian corps is gone.
But I need to refresh in the next turn.



Germany buys another chit in Shell production.
AH buys a chit in Command & Control, they need it.
The Ottomans buy another 2 chits in Trench Warfare.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/19/2019 7:18:35 AM   
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Sadly I cannot see the pictures. Is this just me?

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/19/2019 8:59:06 AM   
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Turn 8 (AI)

19.09.1914



Just a few attacks by French units.
The AI is smart enough to establish a closed frontline.
As soon as every hex from Lille to Straßburg is entrenched, the AI will start more attacks.



In the Baltic Sea, the first encounter between Naval forces has started.
Two Russian DDs and a CL attack two German subs.
One dives, one is slightly damaged.
These two subs are baits, I want the Russian to attack.
Every DD or CL I can sink lowers the Russian ability to hunt my subs.
And it will help my NM.

In East Prussia, the German I Corps escaped destruction.
Fortunately I get 2 fresh corps in Turn 9.



This situation in Poland is a marvellous expample of crucial factors in military confrontations.

The Russians have 10 corps.
Germany has 3 corps, 3 cavalry corps, 2 detachments, 1 Heacy artillery and 2 Recon Bombers.
So the Russian side is slightly stronger.
But 5 of their corps are bound to cities or fortresses, so the AI can just use 5 corps.
My units are entrenched behind rivers, and the Russians do not have artillery.
In other words: I have the initiave, and the AI can only react.



In Galicia, the situation is vice versa.
Both forces have the same strength, but my units have a long frontline to defend.
So the Russian have the initiative, and I can do nothing but react.



Serbian troops attack my positions and cause losses on both sides.
None of my units is threatened, but all of my units are damaged.
So I need to refresh them next turn, and this will cost precious time.
I need to take Valjevo as soon as possible.
Then I can divert one corps to the Italian front.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/19/2019 7:45:07 PM   
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Turn 9

26.09.1914



I need to buy back a AH corps this turn, otherwise I will get overrun in Galicia.



Two German corps will help a lot in East Prussia.



Although it consumes half of my income per turn, I need to buy a corps.



A major success in the west!
German units capture Boulogne and win the Race to the Sea!

For all readers who wonder why I did this: in previous tests I have made the experience that the AI usually kills units in corners or bulges.
This is why I don't occupy the empty hex south of Metz.
If I send a unit in there, it will be gone immediately, and in the long run I cannot afford these losses.
This is why the most important target in the west is too create a frontline from Boulogne to Metz without any corners or bulges.

If I have researched Trench Warfare 3, this will be easier.
But at the moment sending units into these positions would mean their certain destruction.



The first Battle of the Baltic is clearly won by the Hochseeflotte.
Russia looses two Destroyers and a Light Cruiser.
At the moment, Russia has no Destroyers left (just one Light Cruiser), so it cannot fight my subs.

And there is a second effect: sinking these three ships brought me 800 NM points, and this improves my NM by 1,6%.
This is a very good way to cope with the negative effects of the British distant blockade.

But the victory was not easy:
I used 3 DN, a BB, a CC, two subs and 3 DDs.
These units lost 13 strength points, and I need to repair them.
This will cost me a lot of MPPs, but it was worth it.

In East Prussia, the situation looks much better now.
I cannot mount an offensive, but at least Königsberg looks safe.



My Heavy Artillery is ready to de-entrench the fortress next turn.
I want to drive the Russians behind the Weichsel until the end of this year.



Two AH corps destroy a damaged Russian corps.
This takes pressure away from the oils wells.



Unless something extraordinary happens, I will launch a massive attack on Valjevo in the next turn.



Germany buys another chit in Shell Production, the Ottomans buy a chit in Infantry Weapons.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/20/2019 7:02:20 AM   
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Turn 10 (AI)

10.10.1914



The French launch a couple of attacks.
Unless they bring Heavy Artillery, my positions are not threatened.



In the Baltic Sea, the Russian Navy does not strike back due to bad weather.

In East Prussia, I need to replace the detachment in Memel with a corps.
Otherwise the AI will continue its attack until Memel falls.

In Poland, the AI refreshes and digs in.



Without retreating, the IV Corps would have been destroyed.



This will hinder my attack on Valjevo.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/20/2019 6:40:54 PM   
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Turn 11

24.10.1914



In 1914, I had the initiave on the Western Front.
This will change in 1915. The Entente will have the numerical superiority, and as soon as their Heavy Artillery arrives, I will be in defense.
But I am prepared.



I receive a couple of new units.
The corps will help to defend East Prussia.
The sub will help in the Baltic, the airships will do recon in the North Sea.
And I get the Mackensen HQ which will help in Poland.



Attacks would not make any sense, so I refresh my units.
I need them with high morale and readiness in spring.



I have no MPPs left to repair my ships, but this will happen over the winter.
In 1915, I want to sink the biggest part of the Russian Baltic Fleet.
And 1916 will be showtime in the North Sea.



This will help a lot in 1915.
My frontline will get shorter, and the Russian NM is lowered.
If the weather allows it, I will go for Radom next.



I will get a new corps in Turn 13.
Pretty sure I will need it.
Did anyone say "Winter is coming"?



With Valjevo taken, I can send the VIII corps to the Italian front.
I will remain defensive here until I get my first Heavy Artillery.



At the end of the turn, the Ottomans research Trench Warfare 1.
This will help a lot, because the Ottomans will join the CP in the next AI turn.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/21/2019 7:18:07 AM   
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Turn 12 (AI)


07.11.1914



On the Western Front, the times of mobile warfare have definitely ended.
All French frontline units are entrenched, and before I can think about further attacks, I need Heavy Artillery.
From now on we will see typical WWI era style fighting: massive artillery preparations, attacks and counterattacks without major movements.



I need to remove the corps in Tilsit from the frontline.
Repeated attacks have lowered its morale and readiness.



It was my plan to drive the Russian behind the Weichsel until the end of this year, but this will not work.
Too many fresh units.



One corps destroyed, another one heavily damaged.
The oil wells are surrounded.
If this would happen in May or June, I would think about a strategic drawback.
But it is November, and I might get away with my defensive strategy.
I just need to eliminate the Russian corps that broke through my frontline.
Or at least drive it back.

In Serbia, both sides are licking their wounds.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/21/2019 7:47:02 AM   
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Could you explain, what kind of unit the russian one in your last picture is? On the left side, second from the top of the Picture (with the small triangle under the diagonal cross)

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/21/2019 8:00:05 AM   
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Very interesting AAR. Hope you will show the losses so far at the end of 1914.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/21/2019 10:24:53 AM   
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Dear Kardinalinfant,

this is a Mountain corps (Gebirgsjäger).
It can cross mountains better than normal infantry.

Dear Cfant,

I will definitely show the losses... as usual.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/22/2019 5:36:17 AM   
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Dear Sir, can you post the NM of the major nations? in the multiplayer AAR, AH is down to 59 NM in 1914 itself.

Also a SS of the total losses incurred so far for all nations?

Since you have reached end of November i guess till February there won't be much action to see.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/22/2019 9:49:26 AM   
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Dear shri,

you will get a detailed overview in Turn 15 which will cover the 19th of December 1914.
This is a usual habit in my AARs.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/23/2019 8:08:41 AM   
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Turn 13

21.11.1914



I will buy back another corps... it is necessary.



The Ottomans are in the war, and Trench Warfare 1 in the initial phase is worth gold.



This would distract the French, but it is not worth the 50 MPPs in my eyes.



As soon as I can afford it, I will also research long range aircraft.
This will increase the naval spotting of this unit, so it will be me "eyes" in the North Sea in 1916.



I need every unit I can get.



The more subs, the better.



To advance in the west, I need Heavy Artillery.



One more corps for AH.



This French corps had low values in morale and readiness.
I lost 3 strength points, the French lost 10.
Attrition is the only thing I can do at the moment.

In East Prussia, I did not do anything except refreshments.



A combined effort of Recon Bombers, Heavy Artillery, cavalry and infantry brings the victory in Poland.
This will be another big hit for the Russian NM.



Lemberg is no longer threatened.. at least over the winter.
In Spring, Russia will get Heavy Artillery, and this will make it even more difficult for me.



AH will get a Heavy Artillery in spring, but this needs to be equipped with tech level 1 before I can use it.



There will be a British attack sooner or later, and I want to be prepared.



I need to be defensive in this theater.
The Russian drive will happen around Erzurum, and I need at least 2 corps here.
3 would be better.



I will try to hold the Sinai as long as I can.
Loosing it means there will be quite few British units marching to Palestine.



I will use the MPPs elsewhere.



Definitely yes.



The Ottomans buy a chit in Infantry Warfare.
They need the morale bonus definitely.

At the end of the turn, Germany researchs TW1 and Shell Production 1.
AH researchs TW1.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/23/2019 4:16:47 PM   
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So, you refused both German flavour decisions costing a grand total of 75MPP which is about 20% of one turn's production.
Are those flavour decisions so atrocious? if so should they be enhanced?

Also, i observe you have 4-5 corps in the third line against France which are badly mauled and not repaired. Wouldn't repairing them and helping Austrians be a better strategy or is the third line of defense necessary in the west? Can the AI breakthrough a full line with nearly a full reserve line so easily?

P.S.: I guess i am bothering you with too many queries. Will stop if you find them irritating to your main job.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/23/2019 5:31:08 PM   
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quote:

Also, i observe you have 4-5 corps in the third line against France which are badly mauled and not repaired.


I guess most of these corps took part in the attack, were then withdrawn from the frontline and not able to reinforce during the same turn (darker grey for units without any action points left I suppose).

If you want fully intact units in the first line, you'll have to keep some in reserve, since reinforcing takes a whole turn, and to recover morale from heavy losses those units should be left in good supply for a few more turns.

To support the Austrians it wouldn't help very much to operate a few corps, you'll have to send an HQ as well to be fully operational. Perhaps there are a few units to spare in the West, but surely not an entire army.

AH isn't in serious danger at the moment anyway, with the galician oilfields and Przmysl still in their hands, and I guess the Germans will help the upcoming italian front with some detachements. Would surely be nice to occupy the balkanese railway to be able to support the Ottomans and gain Bulgaria as an Ally, but this is early enough during spring 1915.

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/23/2019 6:04:17 PM   
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Do German units face penalties operating on Austrian soil?

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/24/2019 9:18:07 AM   
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Dear shri,

Concerning the DEs: these two events depend on your over all strategy.
They are a can do, but not a must do.
I.e. the first one keeps the French busy, but does not have any major impact.
I am short MPPs, so I decided to leave the DEs... that is the main reason.

Concerning the understrength corps in France: I would love to refresh them.. but I lack the MPPs.
And Sugar is right: to deliver a proper fight in France, you need three rows of units.
The badly damaged corps need a couple of turn until you can use them again.

German units opertaing on AH soil do not face any penalties.
They just need a HQ, and I don't have a spare one.


Dear Sugar,

thanks for your help.. you are right in most cases.
The only thing I will not do is to send detachments to the Italian Front.
This will be a pure AH thing, since AH is in a much better state than in RL.
I need all detachments to guard the Eastern Front.. if I open up a hole there, the AI send cavalry through it, and I cannot afford this.

Concerning the Balkan railway: you are right, I need this connection.
I will get a Heavy Artillery in spring, and then I will take Kragujevac and Usice.
After this, Bulgaria will join the CP, and I can buy another Heavy Artillery.
After this, Serbia will be defeated within a couple of months, and then I can start supporting the Ottomans.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/24/2019 9:56:22 AM   
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Turn 14 (AI)

05.12.1914



The French haven't yet researched Trench Warfare 1, so I can still attack them if I find a weak unit.
But most of my units have Entrenchment 2, so they cannot attack me.
This will not last for long.



I need to take the pressure from Tilsit.
Maybe a counterattack might help.



I will try to attack both Russian units in Turn 15.



Fortunately, the AI did not concentrate on one unit this time.



The hexes in the north east of Erzurum are mountain hexes, so the max. entrenchment is a 3.
This will stop the Russians for a while.



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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/24/2019 12:23:25 PM   
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Turn 15

19.12.1914



The Typhus Epidemic will help a lot, AH troops are not affected.



The more, the better.
Every single ship will help in 1916.



There is nothing else I can do at the moment.



The remaining Russian corps is not a threat.
This brings me a lot of time.

Also I can afford to repair some ships.



There is just one Russian unit left on this side of the Weichsel.
Although my plan hasn't worked completely, it is still a success.



Russia will strike again in Turn 16.
In the long run, I cannot afford to loose a unit there every second turn.



This will help to persuade Bulgaria to join the CP.



I will not be able to hold the Sinai forever.
But the longer, the better.



Fighting Italy will be difficult, but still the better alternative than handing over territory.



Germany and AH purchse a chit in TW.
The Ottomans purchase another chit in Command & Control.
AH buys back another corps.



I lost 5 units and destroyed 36.
But this gives a completely wrong impression.
When we look at the MPPs, we get a completely different impression.

Here are the figure for each Major nation.. MPPS collected, MPPs lost, NM

UK: 1.689 / 723 / 100%
France: 2.009 / 3.535 / 90%
Russia: 2.576 / 4.762 / 83%
Serbia: 522 / 875 / 82%

Germany: 2.974 / 3.395 / 111%
AH: 1.883 / 2.476 / 96%
T: 793 / 0 / 90%

Most nations have lost more MPPs than they collected.
This makes sense.. most units can be bought back for 60% of the initial price.

Combined figures:
Entente: 6.796 / 9.895
CP: 5.650 / 5.862

At the moment, the Entente produces 20% more MPPs than the CP produces.
This will change when Italy is in the war.
The longer the war goes, the more the Entente will produce.
I just need to destroy their units quicker than they build them.
And of course I need to lower their NM.

Russia and Serbia look promising already.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/24/2019 5:58:00 PM   
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Turn 16

02.01.1915



The IV Reserve Corps is hit hard and needs to be removed from the frontline.



At least the Russians did loose as much as I did.

In Poland, the AI did just refresh an entrench.



Another corps lost.
I need to find an alternative in this theater.
If the Russians get their Heavy Artillery, I might need to withdraw.



Trench Warfare 1 helps a lot.



What a pity: the Ottoman fleet is not in a good state.
Maybe I will attack anyway.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/24/2019 8:27:41 PM   
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what can the russian BB do there?

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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/25/2019 8:02:50 AM   
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Dear LochLomond,

there are a couple of things the BB can do.
It can blockade the mines of Zonguldak (on the right end of the picture) by occupying one of the blockade hexes.
This would hit the Ottomans, because Zonguldak is their most valuable MPPs producer.

But you can be pretty sure the BB is not alone.
The Russians have a sub somewhere in the Black Sea, and this is why I cannot send my fleet out.
One surprise encounter, and one of my ships is gone.


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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/26/2019 11:44:38 AM   
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Turn 17

30.01.1915



I'd be happy if I would find a way to stop this.



No news are no bad news.



As seen in the MP AAR, giving away territory to Italy is not really an option.



Down there, I need every unit I can get.



This strengtens the Hochseeflotte.
AH receives a fresh corps, and I will place it in Galicia.



This turn, I cannot do my usual attrition.. I would suffer higher losses than the enemy.



For the first time, I can establish a closed frontline.
This will be very important in later stages of the war.
The AI is brilliant in spotting any holes, and if I have a Russian cavalry in my rear, I have a problem.



In spring, I will try to close the frontline between Radom and Przemysl.



This is my offensive plan for 1915: start a flank run from the north.
Not much enemy presence there.



Sooner or later, the Russians will force me to draw back.
The only thing I can hope for is to have the Bulgarians in the war early.

In Serbia, I refresh my troops.



Just a small tactical victory.
The Russian BB needs to go back to the port, and repairing it will cost MPPs.
And Zonguldak is safe.
Approx. 10% of the Ottoman MPPs are produced there.

On the other theaters in the Ottoman Empire, I try to set up my defenses.
No fighting yet.



At the end of the turn, the Ottomans research Command & Control 1.
Very important.



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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/26/2019 2:19:53 PM   
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Turn 18 (AI)

27.02.1915

On the Western Front, there were just smaller attacks due to bad weather.
Both sides recreate and will execute their plans in spring.



It looks as if I have the numerical superiority in East Prussia.
But I need Heavy Artillery to advance.
The deciding question is: shall I put priority to an advance into Russia or set the focus elsewhere?



As the first unit in this match, the German I Cabalry Corps earns Elite Status.



I will see much stronger attacks in spring.



As soon as the Russians receive a Heavy Artillery, they will start their attack.
Receiving Trench Warfare 1 so early was really lucky.



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RE: Strategic Command WWI Beta AAR - 11/26/2019 7:34:26 PM   
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which effect has trench warfare exact?

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