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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/16/2020 9:39:40 PM   
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But those are the sideshows. In Galicia the Russians did capture Gorlice and destroy an A/H corps that was stationed there. There is a large hole in the A/H lines but I'm pretty sure they have the reserves to cover it. Let's just hope that slows down any offensive they have planned. The Russians are starting to look just a wee bit stretched. The A/H did advance a corps to the gates of Czernowitz and that corps? It's no more.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/16/2020 9:43:16 PM   
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The main event was on the Western front. First, the Germans came on in droves against Nancy ("Bugs Mr. Rico, millions of em" points if you know what that's from without googling it). I think 9 separate corps attacked and finally killed the french defenders. But, with heavy German losses. A French colonial corps moved to fill the gap (I like the unit stand with the different uniform).

And, in Belgium, the Entente got it's own back. First, they liberated Brussels, then, they killed the German corps on either side of the city and even got a bit of a break through to hit the German artillery unit that was behind the lines. Can the Germans retake Brussels like they did with Antwerp? Or, will the Brits get a chance to dig in?

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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 3:58:46 PM   
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It's the end of July 1915 and the blood has continued to flow in copious quantities. There were actually a few naval battles:

1. British ASW has started attacking German subs interdicting the British/Russian convoy routes;

2. The ongoing ASW battles continue in the Adriatic as British DD joined the Italian force;

3. British amphib transports learned it's probably not a good idea to sail unescorted near enemy shores;

4. A Turkish CL learned it's not good to go sink British troops transports when you can't make it home and Italian Dreadnoughts lurk nearby;

5. ASW combat between Russian subs and Turkish destroyers in the Black Sea resulted in the Turkish DD taking a punch from the Russian Dreadnought.

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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 4:02:29 PM   
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On the Western Front, the Central Powers were unable to retake Brussels and the Entente counter offensive pushed past Brussels and has trapped two German corps against the Dutch boarder. This is putting the Dutch government in a tricky situation. Otherwise, the French reinforced everything.

Switzerland moved in favor of the Central powers which is not a good thing!

In terms of losses the Central Powers have gotten the worst of it. Germany has lost 29 units, A/H 20 and the Entente as a total has lost 31.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 4:04:19 PM   
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Italy also made gains this time destroying an A/H cavalry corps but they could not quite make it into Klagengfurt! The Austrians clung to their hillsides like grim death despite repeated Italian attacks but the detachment that was manning the city was able to hang on long enough that it looks like A/H reserves will be able to fill in the trenches.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 4:04:52 PM   
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Serbia is just sad.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 4:09:32 PM   
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On the Eastern Front the Tsar's armies opted to not push their luck at Gorlice. The cav. Corps went south, found the A/H infantry corps, and retreated a hex. The Germans launched a ferocious attack on the fort north west of Warsaw striking it 7 times with artillery. But, the Russians held on and saved the fort.

Russia really does not have the troops to push into the salient any further and may see if it can take Premyzl (sp?). I think they need to level up their artillery to make that happen. Russia also needs to be a bit leery of the horde of A/H corps that will be released when Serbia falls.

Nothing to report in Sinai. Brits are sending a corps to Mesopotamia and the French Foreign Legion pushed the Moroccan rebels towards Fez (I mean really, how dare the rebels try to take back at the point of a gun that which France took at the point of a gun :)).




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 9:57:31 PM   
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It's August 1915 and all was pretty quiet on the Western Front. France has developed new machine guns and trench mortars so it spend a great deal of effort reequipping its corps. Britain did the same to some extent and also rounded up large numbers of prisoners who were trapped up against the Dutch border. Oddly enough, the Belgian government left Brussels and went to Antwep. Perhaps the seafood is better there?




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 10:01:03 PM   
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Serbia continues to cling to life and it has a slim ray of hope. The Greeks have asked for contributions from Britain and so Greece may be tempted to enter the war. But, it needs to hurry.

In the meantime, the A/H admiral has completely outplayed me in the sea battle. A/H lost no ships and Italy lost a light cruiser and it looks like Britain may lose one as well. Let's just hope they don't wind up making some treacly movie about how well his little brats sing that helps to white wash the enthusiastic support many Austrians gave to some future totalitarian anti-semetic dictatorship! :)




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 10:08:45 PM   
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Meanwhile, in the Sinai the Turks are getting ready for a major push. Their supply line seems to be much better than the Entente one. It may be tough to hang on to Egypt. The British Corps that was supposed to go to Basra got sent to the N. Atlantic instead and rather than embarrass the Admiralty and have it turn around we'll have it go all the way around Africa and then send it back through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal to go to Basra. :)

Fun historical fact. Do you know one of the reasons why we think that the Phonecians may have circumnavigated Africa in 600 B.C., as reported by Herodotus, is that he says when they sailed westward the sun was to their left and he says he can't believe that. But, it would be true when you're down below the Tropic of Capricorn.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 10:11:03 PM   
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Finally, things continue to crumble for the Central Powers in Galicia. Premyzl fell (and the Good Soldier Svejk was captured). The Germans were not able to capture Warsaw or to recapture Gorlice.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 11:32:46 PM   
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It's September 2015 and there is a major naval battle brewing in the North Sea. The tally so far is 3 dead German Dreadnoughts to one dead and three damaged British ones. There were also some minor ships on each side that were destroyed. I'm not sure if the Germans will stay out to play given the loss of capital ships but they have a whole lot of destroyers. The Russians, figuring that the Germans have put their battle fleet against Britain have cut the Swedish transport route and positioned their navy to deal with any minor ships that come to reopen the route.

No naval fighting in the Adriatic.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 11:35:41 PM   
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Italy continues to go from strength. This turn it liberated Trieste killing another Austrian detachment. The A/H corps are also in a weakened state so they may not be able to make much headway in recapturing their territory.

Not much happened on the Eastern or Western front. Britain, France, and Russia all spent a lot of time upgrading their infantry weapons.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/17/2020 11:36:50 PM   
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And, Greece did come into the war! I don't know if this will save Serbia, but it at least gives it a retreat route and a few more corps to fight the A/H hordes. This should help the Entente in other ways given that it continues to tie down A/H resources.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:13:46 AM   
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It's October 1915 and the swirling naval battle up near Scapa Flow continues. The Germans continue to get the worst of it but they have now committed their subs which are very hard for the Entente to sink. The Germans did launch unrestricted submarine warfare and they sank the Lusitania which has moved the US from 8% to 16%. They are hitting a lot of British imports because british DDs are tied up in the naval battle.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:15:27 AM   
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In Poland the Germans finally took Warsaw. Their artillery appears to have been upgraded and they also have the next level of trench which includes pill boxes (FYI I like the upgrading graphics). The Russians retook it but that was a blow to Russian national morale which has now gone down below 70.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:16:50 AM   
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Still, Russia makes progress in Galicia. They took Stanislaw so they basically have all of the A/H NM objectives in that province. The Central Powers do not seem as thick on the ground here and perhaps if Rumania would get off the wagon and help to start pushing some progress could be made.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:19:19 AM   
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Rumania would also be helpful against Bulgaria. The French/Greek relief force has shown up and for the first time in a long long time it looks like the Serbs might be able to keep fighting. They even managed to destroy an A/H corps in the south and the Austrians on the front appear to be weak. But, I think that the Entente forces need to hold for one more turn to get things right.

And, the damn Sussinis and Moroccans are tying down French troops in N. Africa which is annoying.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:23:29 AM   
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In France the Germans sure put up concrete in a hurry! But, the Entente powers were able to kill two German corps and, again, the Central powers don't look like they have a lot of strength in the front lines.

Here's a tip I just figured out. If I'm going to advance into enemy territory I send in a bomber to hit two hexes back. I don't really care if I hit anything, but I see things so when I advance I don't get ambushed. It only takes me a year of bitter fighting to figure out the obvious.

Today's riddle is, if I get my pixel grandfather killed in this war before he has children does that mean that my pixel self is never born and never plays this game in this pixel universe? :) Clearly I have too much time on my hands today.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 1:30:04 PM   
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John B. Just so you know, there a bunch of lurkers out here enjoying your AAR. Keep it up!

And Starship Troopers in answer to the bugs question...

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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/18/2020 11:10:13 PM   
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Poth, Thanks!

And, for the record, you are correct!!

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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/20/2020 10:36:24 PM   
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Sorry for the delay, spent most of the weekend loafing.

BTW, if you are reading this AAR you are likely to have more than a passing interest in WWI. In that case, you should put the movie 1917 on your list. I saw it on Saturday and it was outstanding! And when you look at the trenches the Germans were clearly at a higher trench level than the British. :)

In other news, with the capture of Galicia and it's farmland, hunger is starting to stalk A/H. Naval battles continue to swirl around Scapa Flow but the Germans continue to take the worst of it. Looks like they lost a battlecrusier and an armored cruiser this turn to a British DD. The Imperial High Seas Fleet, however, is using the focus on the British on the surface action to continue to ravage English convoy routes.

The Russians did sortie out of the Gulf of Finland and sink a German light cruiser. All of this has hit German morale that now stands at 58%.

The Russian dreadnought in the black sea got a Turkish DD down to a 1, but just could not quite kill it.

Here is the situation in France. More heavy German losses attacking Verdun but the Germans did manage to kill the British VI corps and retake a hex in Belgium.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/20/2020 10:45:59 PM   
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It looks like the Serbian front has stabilized. The A/H had to withdraw a corps from the frontal assaults to garrison Tirana. Not much going on here. But, I'm glad those corps are not going to be released to other fronts anytime soon.

Not much happened in Russia so there is nothing to report except that the German corps cut off near Gumbinen surrendered.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/20/2020 10:48:29 PM   
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The revolt against the benign Italian rule in Lybia continues. However, a French corps made it to Benghazi first and so the revolt is now caught between to forces and should eventually be crushed as Italian reinforcements arrived outside of Trobruk.

As for the other revolt in Morocco, the French are slowly grinding down the rebel forces outside of Fes. They replace 3 each turn and should eventually die but it is taking a long long time.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/21/2020 11:02:59 PM   
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It's December 1915 and the seesaw battle in Central Belgium continues with the Entente retaking two hexes and killing a couple of German corps. The French also managed to retake Nancy. It's a smoking wreck but as it repairs it will add to the Third Republics growing economic clout. Since France never lost Lille or the mines outside of Lille it's at nearly 375 MMP per turn. France did manage a breakthrough and put hits on two different German artillery units. France now has three of its own guns and is pestering its scientists to hurry up with those breakthroughs!

The British have been forced to take more of a backseat on the ground war as the Royal Navy carries the main burden of destroying the high seas fleet. The Germans lost two more DDs and an armored cruiser so their surface fleet north of Scapa may now be gone. But, Germany has lots (and lots) of UBoats. Britain has the ASW 1 upgrade but now it needs to get its DDs back to port to outfit them with early sonars and depth charges.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/21/2020 11:05:21 PM   
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In Italy the A/H withdrew and let the Italians get to the gates of Pola. A/H also launched an attack on Trentino that was well supported with artillery but which did not do too much damage to the Italian defenders. Italy did launch a series of attacks on Klagenfurt but, which the defenders were worn down, they held onto their lines and expect replacements shortly.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/21/2020 11:09:15 PM   
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The Arabs rose up in protest against centuries of Ottoman misrule and both Sykes and Picot swore up and down that the Arabs would all have independence at the end of the war. "Hey, have we ever lied to indigenous people about something as sacred as freedom?" the two ministers said. :)

Britain hopes that this will distract Ottoman attention from their repeated assaults on the Suez Canal. France, meanwhile, continued the never ending war of attrition in Morocco as the Morrocan rebels are able to replace their losses each turn. This revolt may take another corps to put down. France and Italy, however, are having better luck in helping the Libyan rebels see the error of their ways and eliminated one of the three rebel units.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/21/2020 11:12:28 PM   
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Finally, here is the losses screen. As you can see, Imperial German has been taking it on the chin both on land and at sea. Both Britain and France are at or above 90%, Italy is over 100% and Russia is still in the 80% range.

There really is not much news on the Eastern Front. The Russians have been rebuilding and upgrading their army while the Germans appear to be unable to replace all of their losses. Russia continues to blockade the Swedish imports and has started its own limited offensive in the Caucasus.




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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/22/2020 3:37:09 AM   
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quote:

Since France never lost Lille or the mines outside of Lille it's at nearly 375 MMP per turn.


Ah, the mines of Loos-en-Gohelle, the French industrial powerhouse in all the new Strategic Command titles. It seems like the control of Loos mine and Lille will be a crucial war objective for both Allied and Entente players.


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RE: Allies vs. Skynet - 1/22/2020 1:01:52 PM   
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No fooling. Those mines produce 30 MMP, more than any other hex in France.

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