AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

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AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

Post by Unwichtig » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:20 pm

Good evening all,

just a little summary about our amazing match.
@Mrdozer: Well played, often i thought i am lost and i will suffer a defeat. I was closer to defeat than you think.
I attached the final screen to show you my final stats...France surrendered and UK had 9 collapse points, Serbia Zero manpower...
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The great news: Another full MP game without any crashes.

But lets start from the beginning:

Mrdozer (CP) goes Schlieffen, supported by Autrian Howitzers. Ultimatum to Serbia fails.
Unwichtig (Entente) is rapidly under severe pressure and totally surprised about the extremely offensive stance of the CP.
Germany and Austria acting as "dozers" in both France Serbia. Defensive, delaying posture is the only answer the Entente can provide, hoping for an early Russian war entry easing the pressure from the French.
Patriotic movement in first German turn, Brussels fallen immediately. But above the average amount of Austrian troops at the Serbian frontline allow the Entente to make an educated assessment...Galicia must be almost open for invadors!
Serbians fall back and allow Austrians to march deep into the Balkans, making it more difficult re-deploying them rapidly once the "Russian rush deployment" is completed.
And Russia strikes fast, and precise. All four cavalry units commit a feint attack on Krakow as they surround the city - but ultimately outflanking it deep into Austrian territory. Budapest falls way too early into their hands. Shocked by the early loss, Austria redeploys its armies to stop the invasion - for now, Serbia is secured.
A promissing start for the Entente in the east...but less so in the west.

France...what happens to France? Stunned by the rapid invasion, once again the French fall back quickly behind the Seine-Paris Frontline using the river as a natural barrier. The Schlieffen fails, however, France is tumbling from the start. As King George did not inspect his fleet on time, the Royal Navy is stuck in port for multiple turns making it impossible to stop the Germans winning the race to the sea.
Paris is secured, but too many industrial areas have been lost to the CP.
From now on, the French are a sitting duck with lack of industry, a shattered morale and a government that fled from Paris.
No doubt - with not Brits on French soil, this is a decisive blow for the Entente.

But the Brits dont arrive...they planned a pre-emptive attack on the Ottoman Empire declaring war on them before they were even thinking about joining the CP.
As a consequence, the majority of British forces is lined up at Suez. Even an early landing at Gallipoli is prepared with troop transporters ready to land on the turkish beaches. Medina is taken from a 3rd frontline that opened up from the Red Sea. An Additional Landing at Kuwait is initally stopped, but as more and more Brits arrive via the Persian Gulf, Basra and the adjacent territories are finally captued as well. It is obvious - UK is doing its very best to kick the Ottomans out of the war before they are even in. A fifth frontline is opened by the russians while taking Trabzon in a rush-assault via the Black sea.

Amazing moment: CP did all they could to re-deploy the German Cruisers into the Black sea. After multiple seabattles and the loss of half of the Austrian, French and British naval forces the Goeben is finally stopped in the Ägäis - only a few nautical miles away from the Dardanelles. A French cruiser finally sacrifices himself to block the final attempt to prevent the escape. The German Cruisers are now under Austrian command. Bad news for the Ottomans.
The Russian amphibious assault into Ottoman territory is secured.

The Budapest blow cripples Austrian morale. More and more cities fall into Russian hands and the Austrians do not seem to get a "grib" on the situation.
Germany does not seem to help...it is pushing harder and harder into France using all its artillery and recce aircraft to seek a major breakthough in the French trenches.
France fights a lonely battle. Is is obvious - France will fall in late 1915.
Entente has only one objective - ´Ottoman and Austria first´ - they must fall as soon as possible to re-balance the predicted loss of France.
Combined Russian and Serbian offensives demoralize the Austrians...and the Entente have learned from previous wars.

Enough medical supplies are provided just on time to minimise the losses of the Typhoid crises...and the Russians have invested heavily into ammunition, stockpiling huge ammounts of ammo reserves to continue the offensive during a potential Supply Crises.
And it works. Austria surrenders in late 1915 - a miracle, that came at a high price. France falls just two months later.
The Germans arrive too late to help their Austrian allies.

Germany cannot win this war alone. It needs a new partner. Bulgaria is successfully influenced and mobilizes early.
But the Entente are ready...After defeating the Austrians, Russian and Serbian troops have been preparing for this for months.
Waiting at the Bulgarian Border, not less than 2 russian and 2 serbian army corps are ready to strike Sofia first.
Artillery support is provided by Serbia as well as multiple small garrisons to cover the gaps in the overstretched frontline.
After getting the intelligence information that Bulgaria is preparing for war, Serbia declares war immediately, pre-emptively.
Overconfident troops take Sofia before Bulgaria has even joined.
A Russian amphibious assault on Varna fails - the russian Pre-Dreadn. is sunk and cannot provide mandatory supplies.
The trapped army is stuck with no supplies left. But the Ottomans position armoured trains and other units in key positons to stabalize Bulgaria.
For now - the frontline is stuck at Sofia.

An then...offensive Russian Naval Forces sink a Swedish Convoy...accidently, of course.
Sweden joins the CP opening up a new frontline in the North. Soon Swedish troops arrive in Königsberg.
Meanwhile the German Navy has constructed a formidable U-Boot fleet. Entente Naval units spot at least 8 or more submarines in the North Sea trying to break the british dominance. After one year of constant Naval Battles the RN finally suffers a major defeat.
The Blockade is broken - Two Dreadnoughts and a Battlecruiser are sunk in an attempt to sink the German Battlefleet.
But a surprise counter-attack of multiple, very well positioned submarines push the RN vessels ´under the sea´.
After Britan gave up France too quickly, this next blow starts crippling UK morale.

And Germany continues its demoralising campaign. The German public is screaming out..."Gott Strafe England!"...Twice...
Multiple Zeppelins start bombing the industrial cities in the UK, German Subs keep sinking british convoys. Every month british morale is lowered and lowered.
Germany sends its best pilots and submarine commanders into this decisive battle.
Famous German Air Aces are now more and more often unwelcome guests in british airspace.

Meanwhile the Ottomans are running out of supplies. The Railroad to Germany is blocked - tha fortress of Nis was never captured.
Zero supplies reach the Ottoman Empire. The first deserters are running away...

The Russian invasion into Germany stopped only at the Oder-Neiße River - That was as far as the russians could get into Germany by early 1916.
Just before the supply crises hit the Russians, Germany managed to re-organize their entire army to protect Berlin. Highly developed German troops now supported by multiple railroad guns and additional artillery started an impressive counteroffensive that cracked the frontline within two turns. Swedish troops landed in Prussia, German Bombers could not be stopped by a non-existing russian airforce.
Advanced Field-Hospitals were invented by Germany to recover from the heavy losses that could no longer be shared with austria as they surrendered too early.
To prevent the Bulgarians and Ottomans to take Serbia, more and more Russian Forces had to be moved to the balkans which opened gaps for the germans.
At this time, mid 1916, serbia hat ZERO manpower left and could not privide any assistance anymore.

A desperate British led invasion into occupied France ended with a disaster. Ultimately a few british army corps in France were supposed to prevent the Germans moving all their forces to the east. This distraction move near Calais, supported by the last few remaining Royal Navy units, was sadly not able to establish a bridgehead in France. The last RN ships were sunk, the armies died without being able to capture a city. This catastropy, an uprising in India and South Africa and finally the Irish Revolution forced UK to give almost up. Being surrounded by German Submarines with no partner and no Navy left in the West, defeat was in sight, hope was little.

Meanwhile the Ottomans had started a final attempt to attack the caucasian region taking Tiflis and Grozny.
In the end, it was the Brits that kicked of the domino effect...Ottoman surrendered in late 1916.
Ottoman armies could not defend their motherland quickly enough...they were stuck in the mountains instead.

Two months later the last Bulgarian city was captured. The Germans were on the offensive and almost about to re-take Warsaw and Krakau. But it was too late. The German Army was exhausted and after losing two additional allies within a few months, they gave up.

Fantastic game. CP bad performance with Austria was re-balanced by Entente´s bad performance with France.
That kept it balanced.

Good Game Mrdozer, keep going :D

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Re: AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

Post by Robotron » Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:30 pm

Excellent AAR for a quite unusual match! What a truly creative deviation from the historical events from both players, which is all the mod is about. ^^

Unwichtig really got lucky here just in time. With the Caucasus lost, the Transcaucasian revolt was only a few turns away, ruining Russian morale.

A few questions:

1. Did Russia actually manage to pull off the early "Steamroller" surprise attack in turn 3 or 4?

2. Why did Goeben BC not just blast away that one cruiser that blocked the entry into the Dardanelles? If she was too badly damaged to attack, how did she then manage to retreat back to the Adriatic safely, since you wrote she went under Austrian control? Surely this must have been a stroke of luck with the French submarine still around?

3. Sweden joined after a convoy was sunk by Russia. Surely several more of her convoys got sunk before, right?

4. No word about Romania, was she anyway near joining either alliance?
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Re: AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

Post by Unwichtig » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:01 pm

Robotron wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:30 pm
Unwichtig really got lucky here just in time. With the Caucasus lost, the Transcaucasian revolt was only a few turns away, ruining Russian morale.
It did happen! There were so many events, i just forgot to mention all of them. After the Ottomans took Grozny, Tiflis and even Baku, the Caucasian revolt started.
There was also an Event when the Transcaucasian Republic was founded. Russian Morale was devesating, i think i only kept going because of the early success against austria which allowed me to get only 2 Hexes away from Berlin.
The entire game was so interesting because it seemed that both players simply gave up and sacrificed a key partner nation in order to strike twice as hard on a different frontline.

Germany did not help Austria, which made it easy to defeat.
UK did not help France, which made it impossible to defend.

Because both sides lost a major partner at the same time, the game still remained pretty balanced.
Germany got all ports in France and did not attack the british convoys to prevent a US war entry. Instead, the submarines were used to prevent an amphibious invasion into france and easily kept sinking the RN Surface Fleet in the North Sea. Is incredible to fight +8 Submarins in the North Sea at the same time. I dont know how many Light Cruisers I lost to keep the Blockade intact. Easily 10 or more.
Robotron wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:30 pm
1. Did Russia actually manage to pull off the early "Steamroller" surprise attack in turn 3 or 4?
No, that Event did sadly not happen. Still I was able to strike into Galicia. Use of cavalry is amazing if austria has a gap in the frontline.
Unwichtig wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:20 pm
2. Why did Goeben BC not just blast away that one cruiser that blocked the entry into the Dardanelles? If she was too badly damaged to attack, how did she then manage to retreat back to the Adriatic safely, since you wrote she went under Austrian control? Surely this must have been a stroke of luck with the French submarine still around?
In a first seabattle, the Goeben BC got stuck at the straight of Messina. It sailed into a trap and was welcomed by the french cruisers and the Dreadn.
This only damaged the BC, but it was downgraded to a 6 and a next strike would have sunk it. So the BC escaped into an adriatic port and was repaired for 4 turns.
I was expecting it to return into the Black Sea, this time being escorted by the remains of the Autrian Fleet. I could not set up a trap at the 1 hex entry to the adria as it was blocked by Admiral Haus and his Dreadn. So i took all the forces - UK joined by now - and created a barrier between Greece and Crete.
I was expecting the BC to take the shortest route as the game was already in turn 8 or 9 (?!) and the Dardanelles were about to be closed.
The BC sailed straight into my barrier, trying to break through. Supported by 3 additional austrian units. They tried to sink the French ArmouredCruiser - but only reduced it to a 1. So in next turn the barrier was still in place - and i did not remove the cruiser. If I had done that, there would have been a gap that allows the BC to reach the Dardanelles in a turn. And the BC does not have enough movement points to go the long way around south of Crete and outflank tha barrier. So it took another Attack, and another turn. The Cruiser was sacrificed. Next turn the BC would have arrived, but the Dardanelles shut, just on time.
Unwichtig wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:20 pm
3. Sweden joined after a convoy was sunk by Russia. Surely several more of her convoys got sunk before, right?
Yes, i sank three convoys, i think.
Unwichtig wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:20 pm
4. No word about Romania, was she anyway near joining either alliance?
Yes! I forgot about that. But they did not play an important role. When they joined, thes gave Bulgaria the final blow. That was it.
In addition, even the Arab Uprising Event happened and Lawrence of Arabia joined me at Medina.
But he also had no impact - Ottoman surrendered just one turn after he arrived.

Final Remark 1:
Ottoman is easy to defeat if they do not get the railroad connection done with Germany.
Austria MUST take Nisch/Nis and the railroad connection must be protected.
I never thought it was that important, but after beating Ottomans a few times now i think its because of their weak PP.
This is great - It highlights the importance of the Constantinople Express Event.
I underestimated that, but now i think i changed my mind. CP should play this event.

Final-Final Remark 2:
I kindly ask you to check the following:
In our game, CP played the "HMS Hampshire Sinks" Event. Thats okay and it did sink my Armoured Cruiser in the Red Sea.
However, a "Light Cruiser" appeared in the same turn in my construction box. I could immediately position it straight into the North sea.
I did, and the ship was...an Armoured Cruiser!! It must be linked to the Event as it happened in the same turn.
Its impossible to build Armoured Cruisers and i have no idea how i was able to position it in the North Sea.
Is that possible!?

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Re: AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

Post by Robotron » Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:51 pm

Good. I was just asking to make sure everything worked as designed.
Final Remark 1:
Ottoman is easy to defeat if they do not get the railroad connection done with Germany.
Austria MUST take Nisch/Nis and the railroad connection must be protected.
I never thought it was that important, but after beating Ottomans a few times now i think its because of their weak PP.
This is great - It highlights the importance of the Constantinople Express Event.
I underestimated that, but now i think i changed my mind. CP should play this event.
In V12 Turkey will have some more PP and starts with Reserve Corps at Medina, Basra & Adrianople. Medina will also be more difficult to reach.
Also the Constantinople Express event will yield more resources per turn, as it's a bit weak right now.

In our game, CP played the "HMS Hampshire Sinks" Event. Thats okay and it did sink my Armoured Cruiser in the Red Sea.
However, a "Light Cruiser" appeared in the same turn in my construction box. I could immediately position it straight into the North sea.
I did, and the ship was...an Armoured Cruiser!! It must be linked to the Event as it happened in the same turn.
Its impossible to build Armoured Cruisers and i have no idea how i was able to position it in the North Sea.
Is that possible!?
Apparently the cruiser was not killed but got "repatriated" (= put back into production queue) of the owning nation and the engine got confused about an obsolete unit being in the production queue, which is impossible. I assume it then defaulted the unit picture to the next possible unit, which is a light cruiser. Anyway, good to know, thanks for reporting, I'll make sure the unit will get properly damaged/destroyed next time.
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Re: AAR Unwichtig v MrDozer

Post by operating » Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:50 am

Enjoyed the AAR...

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