25 March, 1916, Serbian Front - The front remains quiet. Whilst a gap did open through which I might have attacked the Austro-Hungarian artillery, the only unit that could have gone through was weakened and in need of refitting, so I thought better of it.
The situation in the wider war remains grave. The Central Powers continue to wear down France, Italy, and Russia. The fortress of Ivangorod has now fallen, the Polish salient is cut off, and three Russian corps face inevitable destruction within it. This situation requires a re-think on my part. Previously I had thought that a good performance for Serbia against the forces of the Central Powers opposite Serb forces would help sufficiently to enable a Franco-Russian victory. Clearly this has not been the case.
One course of action might change this: the destruction of (for the moment neutral, though favourable to the Central Powers) Bulgaria and a thrust against Constantinople. At a stroke this could re-open the Dardanelles to Entente traffic, re-invigorate the Russians, and potentially knock the Ottomans out of the war which would certainly raise Entente morale from its present low point. I also have the perfect instrument to do this with - the Greek army. Therefore my plan for the rest of 1916 is to build up Greek strength and then - if they have not already joined the war - invade Bulgaria, knock them out, and quickly overwhelm the Ottomans.
There will be some trade-offs involved in this, since Greek strength can only be built up at the expense of the British war effort. The French will just have to hang on in the West for a bit longer with little UK support.
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