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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 2:45:04 PM   
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In France, the French took over the defense of Ypres and destroyed the German corps that made it to the coast, but it took a lot more effort than was originally thought. A fresh British corps landed in France and the blockade was tightened a bit more.

Britain hosted several parties at its Washington embassy and made discrete contributions to American journalists.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 3:14:19 PM   
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October 25, 1914 is upon us. In France the German launched more than 4 attacks on Ypres and lost heavilly. No doubt this will go down in history as the Kindermord as waves upon waves of German troops were unable to dislodge the French corps. https://www.historynet.com/massacre-of-the-innocents.htm The Germans wound up taking more than 10 casualties to the 6 suffered by the French and Ypres still breathes free!

The Ottoman Empire returned the passports to the British, French, and Russian ambassadors and the British opted to send the Anzacs to Egypt.

Churchill sent the Invincible to the South Atlantic to hunt down raiders.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 3:16:18 PM   
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In East Prussia, as the Tsar feared, the Germans launched a counter attack and pushed the XX corps back across the river. Gumbinen is still in Russian hands, however, and replacements are expected momentarily while the garrison puts shoulder to spade.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 3:17:54 PM   
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The German army also launched an offensive into Poland. The Russian corps looks doomed. It can only retreat one hex and if it does so it can't get any replacements. It may decided to stand and die to tie up German moves. Many a tear will be shed by the young ladies of St. Petersburg in the coming days




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 3:24:31 PM   
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Galicia is a sea of armies. It appears that the Kaiser insisted that the Germans take over the defense of Lemberg but it's only fortified on three sides and right now it's vulnerable to a potential encirclement. The destruction of that German corps may be welcomed in certain circles in Vienna where there are already grumblings about the high handed manner in which they're being treated by Falkenhayen.

Czernowitz is almost completely cut off and at supply level 4. So another German corps is threatened with destruction.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 8:00:17 PM   
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It's December 1914 and the Allies just finished there turn. A large number of Russian replacements were directed towards the E. Prussia front to replace the losses from the invasion and the troops dug in. A minor spoiling attack was launched in from the north to weaken the frontline German corps and make it less effective if it decides to attack.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 8:02:44 PM   
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In Galicia the siege of Czernowtiz continues. It's at supply level 4. The heavy rains did not seem to slow the Russians down and an A/H detachment was destroyed. But, miscommunication with the 1st Siberian corps led to it attacking Lemberg rather than the weak A/H corps to its front thus preventing Lemberg from being completely surrounded.

A Russian corp moved into Warsaw. In Serbia more replacements were sent to the front.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/4/2020 8:06:06 PM   
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The Germans lost two corps in France. The one on the coast was a tougher nut to crack than reported and the French Corps in Ypres is pretty weak. The British corps launched it's own spoiling attack and the French were able to destroy another German corps on the front (it was where the empty hex is).

The British, concerned that Italy had shown no movement at all towards the Entente sent a diplomatic mission to Rome which held lavish parties and subsidized many editorials. France rebuilt one of its shattered corps.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 7:52:01 PM   
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It's now November 21, 1914 and there were big doings afoot! First, the Germans launched a very heavy offensive on Verdun and were slaughtered in droves. It appears that at the end they had lost 10 strength points spread over four corps to no loss at all for the Germans. A young officer Capt. Maginot was noted taking notes on the effectiveness of fortifications against an all out attack.

In the north (not pictured) the Germans did roughly handle the BEF corps on the coast but its last few men made it back and preserved it from total destruction. But, Ypres was not attacked and now can be reinforced.

German agents are rumored to be lining pockets in Morocco and spreading the news that the Ottomans have declared a holy war against the infidel Entente.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 7:54:44 PM   
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Serbia, however, is facing catastrophe. The Central Powers were able to dangle promises of huge swathes of Serbian territory to Bulgaria and they have lured it into the war. As you can see, Serbia is about to be stabbed in the back and has no choice but to flee southwards and hope that it can block the Bulgarians from surrounding them and destroying the entire Serbian and Montenegran army. At the same time, A/H submarines sank all of the ships carrying supplies from France to Serbia. Grim days indeed!




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 7:56:25 PM   
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In the East the Central powers basically regrouped and reinforced their armies. The sieges at Lemberg and Czernowtiz continue with some level of hunger reported at Czernowitz. In Poland, not pictured, four German corps lined up at the border along with an unidentified HQ (one suspects it's Hindenberg).




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 8:01:28 PM   
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The Ottomans reported a wide spread Typhus outbreak near the Russian boarder that seems to have impacted several of their cities. Troops on their way to mobilization centers are rumored to have carried the disease with them.

The India army seized Basra and the Turks returned the favor by taking one of the towns in Sinai. The British army sent an built the Ian Hamilton HQ in Egypt and deployed an Indian cavalry corps there while the British infantry dug in along the canal. Once the ANZACs arrive, Britain may contemplate an offensive.

Italian newspapers are loudly demanding A/H to cede boarder territories and thus far A/H has remained silent on the issue. Given the diplomatic coup in Bulgaria, A/H may start sending additional corps to the Italian boarder.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:47:10 PM   
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Not too much happened during the Entente turn so I went ahead and did the Central Powers as well which takes us to January 2, 1915. Lots to report.

1. The Invincible was crippled in the battle of the Falkland Islands and German Subs started taking pot shots at the British near blockade line. Meanwhile, the Russian subs blockaded the Turkish mines.

2. Typhus raged in both Serbia and in the Eastern part of the Ottoman empire;

3. Serbia declined an offer from American volunteers to form a detachment;

4. Russia opted to not build seaplane tenders in the Black Sea;

Here in Galicia you can see that the siege of Czernowitz was sort of lifted, but not by much and it is vulnerable to falling this turn. Meanwhile, Lemberg continues to hold out even though it is at a low supply level.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:47:58 PM   
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In Poland the Germans pushed forward but did not launch any attacks. The Russians will be content to stay in their trenches.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:48:55 PM   
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Serbia fell back and the timely arrival of the Albanian detachment saved the Serbs from being surrounded. They may be able to hold this line for a little while depending on how much the Bulgarians can throw at them.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:50:08 PM   
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In Belgium the Germans seem to have pulled back some. Presaging an eastern campaign? It's very interesting that the Germans have a detachment on the soon to be front line. The two German corps are looking vulnerable.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:51:18 PM   
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The ANZAC corps arrived in Sinai which, given that it is a powerful attack force, means that there may be an offensive in Sinai sooner rather than later.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:52:32 PM   
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In the Caucasus Russians are moving into attack positions. They have Yudenich who is a very good commander and an Ottoman detachment on the front lines.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:53:24 PM   
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since it's the start of a new year, here's the current loss report (note the only naval loss thus far has been an A/H destroyer.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/7/2020 10:56:48 PM   
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The two main neutrals are Italy (pro-Allied at 15% or so) and the US (stuck at 8% pro-allied).

The national morale from highest to lowest is as follows:

1. England 98.

2. France 94.

3. Germany, A/H, and Russia all at 93.

4. Turkey at 89.

5. Serbia at 67.

Bulgaria gave A/H a lift back above 90%.

Oddly, it seems as if the Entente is being outproduced by the Central Powers. Should this be correct?

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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 12:00:51 AM   
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Into the new year and the continuing offensive in Galicia bore some fruit for the Tsar's army (or is it Czar? Or Tzar? :)). Lemberg has been cut off after the destruction that was holding open a slender life line into the city. Reports from prisoners, however, show a well dug in enemy with high moral.

The same cannot be said of Czernowitz which fell to several Russian assaults. It is unlikely that Russia will attempt to attack the German Corp entrenched in the Carpathians so that part of the front may fall silent.

In the Cacusus the Russians attacked and damaged a detachment. The Russian ship in the Black sea did attack the Turkish light cruiser but too heavy damage in doing so.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 12:02:21 AM   
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A winter offensive in Belgium also paid dividend with two German Corps destroyed and territory gained. France, finally, had enough MMPs to purchase an artillery unit. Haig is about to embark for the continent.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 12:03:46 AM   
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Serbia looks bad. Very bad. The troops have low morale and an orders mix up left the mines open to capture by A/H which would have the additional problem of cutting the supply line with Russia.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 8:38:21 PM   
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January 30th has rolled around and the A/H empire is making a major push in Serbia. They have two waves of troops lines up and are ready to throw themselves at the Serian line. There was little action from the Bulgarians who railroaded their corps to some undisclosed location.

In other news:

1. Lemberg is officially under siege and its fall is expected any day now.

2. Italian nationalists are clamoring for war. Italy has moved to 29% pro-allied.

3. A wave of strikes hit British manufacturing near the Clyde reducing production. However, the Canadian Corp has arrived in England.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 8:39:40 PM   
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The Germans launched what appears to be a tentative offensive in Poland. They launched a number of attacks that resulted in a few casualties on either side. Russian reinforcements are on the way and Warsaw does not appear to be in any immediate danger of falling.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/9/2020 8:42:32 PM   
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In France, the Germans actually launched attacks with cavalry against entrenched infantry and do not seem to have suffered too much as a result. The Entente plans a series of attacks to wreck these two cavalry corps. Also, France is in the process of moving a corps to Albania to help the Serbs hold on while Britain will assume more of the front line in Belgium to free up French units.

Both a Russian and a French artillery unit appeared as well as a new Russian Dreadnought which will hover near St. Petersburg.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/10/2020 10:20:12 PM   
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It's April 1915 and there was not too much activity so I did an Entente and Central Powers turn. In terms of events the only two that took place were Britain putting a marine unit in Lemnos and purchasing an Indian artillery unit for Sinai. The Russians purchased their own heavy artillery unit for the Caucasus front.

Lemberg fell which had a very positive effect on Italy and Romania and it looks like Italy will be in the war very soon. Britain put another diplomatic chit into Norway which is right at 0 but pro-Central powers.

On the Western front, the German launched another attack on Verdun with heavy losses and a number of Entente attacks took care of destroying a German Cavalry corps.

As you can see here, Serbia is in very bad shape! They will probably have to fall back to the new line and reinforce to the enxtent that they can. A/H is pushing hard and clearly wants to free up those corps for use elsewhere.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/10/2020 10:21:35 PM   
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Here is the situation in Galicia. With the Lemberg corps freed up the Russians may push towwards Tarnow with an eye towards bottling up Premyszyl (sp?) especially now that they have an artillery unit.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/10/2020 10:22:38 PM   
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German probes into Poland, but nothing substantial.

British forces advanced into the Sinai and stalemate in the Caucuses.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/10/2020 10:29:27 PM   
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I'm enjoying your AAR. Any chance you could show some broader screenshots of the fronts?

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