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1914_0821_01: A Matter of Honor - FWWC 03 Serbia '14

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1914_0821_01: A Matter of Honor

By Edward Williams
Allied Powers 0 - 1 - 2 Central Powers
Rating: 9.33 (4)
Games Played: 3
SM: 3
Turns: 27
Type: Stock
First Side: Allied Powers
Second Side: Central Powers
Sabac, Serbia, 21st August 1914:

By the 21st of August, the Austro-Hungarian 5.Armee was finishing up its retreat back across the Drina. As this was happening, Potiorek ordered the 29.InfanterieDiv to maintain a bridgehead across the Sava at Sabac. The intent was both to lessen the humiliation of defeat by holding onto a piece of Serbian territory, and also to retain an ideal position which would be able to support a future second invasion attempt.

The 29.InfanterieDiv pulled back into a weak 15 km long bridgehead that its division commander accurately described as a "trap" (just before being relieved of his duties for his pessimism), and the Serbians had absolutely no intention of allowing Sabac to be held by the enemy, thereby setting the stage for an inevitable and desperate battle.

The Serbians assembled the excellent Sumadija I Division along with the fresh Timok II Division that had yet to see any serious action. Their plan was to storm the bridgehead from the south, and if that failed they would then invest the city and squeeze the forces within the bridgehead to death.

The Serbian attack would force the Austro-Hungarians to turn the exhausted IV.Korps around and send it back to Sabac, who had only just withdrawn from the area the day before in an all night forced march. As the defenders were squeezed from all sides, Potiorek's uncompromising order to hold Sabac "at any price" forced the IV.Korps into a dangerous situation where it had to counterattack out of the bridgehead in order to save the 29.InfanterieDiv. The perimeter had to be expanded to bring relief to the exposed division, who's newly replaced commander declared that it was a matter honor for the 29.InfanterieDiv to hold on to Sabac.

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*See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.
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Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Central Powers ComradeP's Profile ComradeP vs. fastphil fastphil's Profile Allied Powers Central Powers Minor Victory 42 18
Central Powers ComradeP's Profile ComradeP vs. Fhil Fhil's Profile Allied Powers Central Powers Minor Victory 42 18
Allied Powers Mr Grumpy's Profile Mr Grumpy vs. Ricky B Ricky B's Profile Central Powers Draw 30 30
Mr Grumpy
Captain
Mr Grumpy Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:36 pm
Great fun playing either side.
ComradeP
Staff Sergeant
ComradeP Tue May 26, 2020 8:29 am
It can be disheartening to take a pounding in the opening turns as the Central Powers, but careful casualty management and an attack with IV Korps make at least a draw possible.
Fhil
Master Sergeant
Fhil Tue May 26, 2020 5:33 pm
Do not underestimate the AH forces, be suspicious once they retreat over the river, patrol along the river!
ComradeP
Staff Sergeant
ComradeP Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:55 pm
A draw or minor victory for the Serbian side are the most likely results, a crossing will only work if the Serbian player doesn't expect it.