Well, Historically speaking, Belgium fielding 3 detachments + 2 corps and a HQ represents over 150k troops. Way too much.
Serbia starts with 5 corps with 2 detachments, thats over 200k troops in frontline with 50k more in MonteNegro and will get another 20k or so due to Albania and Americans. Germany starts with lesser Cavalry and Infantry than Historical.
But i guess that's due to gameplay not due to strict history.
Belgium's army was over 200,000 strong by the time the war started so the representation in the game is OK . . .
120,500 regular soldiers
65,000 reservists assigned to fortress units
46,000 militia of the Garde Civique
18,000 new volunteers
I think the Serbian army was a similar size to Belgium when the war started, around a quarter of a million, but it was short of basic equipment. But they did call up a lot of reservists quite quickly so maybe that is what the additional Infantry Corps represent? No mention of this mysterious Sanjak Corps though.
"The First Army (three divisions) was situated in the Morava Valley; the Second (four divisions) in Central Serbia; the Third (2.5 divisions) along the Drina and Sava rivers; the Užice Army (one division) on the Upper Drina; and a Braničevo detachment was distributed along the Danube banks (1.5 divisions)."
Taking https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-I/Forces-and-resources-of-the-combatant-nations-in-1914 as a source-
Belgium gets 7 divisions (2 corps and 1 HQ and 1 detachments)
UK gets 6 divisions or 3 corps
Serbia gets 11 divisions or 4 corps and 3 detachments (including monte)
France 72 i.e. 36 corps, removing for detachments, HQ, Cavalry, we get about 30 corps.
Russia 102 i.e. 43 Corps + fortress troops (huge amounts of forts i.e. garrisons), lots of cavalry, lots of detachments and HQs
Austria 48, so around 20 corps + detachments + HQ + cavalry
Germany 98, so excluding cavalry and detachments, 42 corps or so.
The same source gives 27 Landwehr brigades about 13 second line corps to Germany (Historically these were later made into corps to form the 9-12th Armies in the autumn of 1914, troops were detached from 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th armies to mix with these troops to strengthen the armies).
14 territorial army divisions, about 7 corps to UK in second line (after lots of training and equipment) and 69000 troops as fortress troops to Belgium which is about 3 detachments
TLDR - Germany by end of 1914 with 55 or so corps will be game over for everyone.
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