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1914_0906_01: Fighting Fire With Fire (2nd Invasion) - FWWC 03 Serbia '14

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1914_0906_01: Fighting Fire With Fire (2nd Invasion)

By Edward Williams
Central Powers 4 - 0 - 0 Allied Powers
Rating: 9.25 (4)
Games Played: 4
SM: 7
Turns: 131
Type: Stock
First Side: Central Powers
Second Side: Allied Powers
Macva Peninsula and surrounding areas, Serbia, 6th September 1914:

Following the stunning defeat of the Austro-Hungarian first invasion of Serbia in August, Austro-Hungarian forces withdrew west of the Drina to lick their wounds and reform.

A dispute then formed in Austro-Hungarian high command where Conrad insisted that the remainder of the 2.Armee be sent to Galicia, while Potiorek insisted that it remain for another invasion. Strategically the greater threat was the Russian Army in Galicia, however politically the defiant Serbians were more important. The political argument won out, primarily due to the fact that the entire cause of the conflict was to bring about a lasting solution to the "Serbia problem", and because Austro-Hungarian failure discouraged Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire from entering the war. To that end, a compromise was made where two divisions of the 2.Armee remained in place for another campaign while the rest was removed for Galicia.

Potiorek prepared for another invasion to be commenced on September 7th, but the Serbians happened to strike first with an offensive of their own. The French and Russians had been pressuring Serbia to go on the offensive and, not wanting to be suicidal, Serbia initially refused but eventually came to the realization that an offensive would be necessary to encourage both France and Russia to supply them with vital shipments of arms and ammunition. To fulfill this request, on September 6th the Serbian Army launched a limited offensive into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the fertile region of Syrmia north of the Sava River. In addition, the Serbians also planned something they had themselves wanted to do: a secondary, albeit delayed, offensive into Bosnia which would have the goal of "liberating" Sarajevo and causing havoc on Austro-Hungarian supply lines.

Like fighting fire with fire, the end result was a double offensive as both sides attacked; the Serbians in reaction to somewhat unrealistic allied demands, and Austro-Hungarians as both a spoiling attack and a desperate second attempt to conquer Serbia.

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*See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.
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Mr Grumpy
Captain
Mr Grumpy Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:53 pm
The Early Termination rule brought the game to a conclusion.
Ricky B
Lieutenant General
Ricky B Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:21 am
The Serbs must be flexible on defense until they wear the AH forces down.
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