WW1 Lesson Plan Journal: German Foriegn Minister 2

Germany Period 2 1914 Day 1
I wasn’t here for the first simulation day. Although, ______ and I kept in touch throughout the day on what are next move would be. We are worried about Russia, Great Britain, and France. I think they’re going to attack us. I don’t believe they’ll attack head on, they’ll be very sneaky about it. Russia mobilized, which means we need to destroy them as that is our main objective. France and Great Britain seem to be pretty close and probably are plotting, so we defiantly need to keep an eye on them. We’re putting some U boats in this strip of water between Britain and Germany. I think we might be able to defeat the allies navy’s.

Germany Period 2 1914 Day 2
The second day of the simulations was my first day. I came in feeling pretty confused. It wasn’t what I really thought it was going to be like. I didn’t realize how nervous one can be not knowing what’s going on with the other side. I got paranoid that they were going to attack and take over. They didn’t, and we took quite a bit of land. That doesn’t really ease my worry that the allies have something big coming. I wish the Ottoman Empire hadn’t of invaded Bulgaria because tomorrow the country allies with us. This situation will not turn out well. Germany will need to help out the Ottoman Empire by sending some forces down incase the allies attack them because they have a few navy’s in the Mediterranean. I’m not sure if my partner will listen to me or not. If he doesn’t then I probably will be getting the short end of this simulation.

Germany Period 2 1915
It looks like things are looking up. I have half of Russia now and I think we may be able to take over their capital. We need to act quickly in getting it so the Allies don’t know exactly what to do if we do take over Russia’s capital. I’m almost positive something is going on with the allies because of all the boats in the Mediterranean Sea. I’ve heard one of their objectives is to get the waterway down in the Ottoman Empire so they can help Russia. Obviously we can’t let that happen, so we’ll need to put some U boats down there. I’m really glad that we have such a strong army, even though we have no way to get over seas, we don’t need it because of our high military ranking. I’ve really tried to make decisions, but only being a foreign administrator is awful. I don’t get to make decisions even though I think I can bring something to the table. If we had a little more time in the class I think we could have done more to strengthen our empire. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Germany Period 2 1916
We hare in a hard spot right now. The allies have control near Central Powers southern boarders. I think they may be coming up and trying to attack, but who knows. My partner has given up, and it’s very frustrating. I won’t give up. I have faith that we will defend our lands, no matter how many troops they think they can get on us. We have so many troops and such a high rating that we will be able to defend and protect our country.The Ottoman Empire is practically done for right now except for a few of their troops. For some reason my partner didn’t listen to me and thought that retreating from Russia was a good idea when we easily could have taken the capital. I hate that my voice isn’t being heard. I would rather we would’ve attacked Russia full on and knock them into a civil war. That would be a break in the opposition. Right now, we need to stick to one of our main objectives and that is to retain our original land. By doing that, we need to get many troops into our sections and protect ourselves. I figure that we will have a very tough time against Great Britain, France, and now Italy.

Germany Period 2 1917
Today was intense. We finally had a full day of class and lots of time to build ourselves up. The allies thought they could get into our capital, ha! The US wasn’t even in Belgium to help them all out in an attack. I think the room was at it’s highest tension so far because the neutrals finally went to the allies. It might be a good to be cocky because the opposition gets all fired up and thinks they can beat us, when they can’t. Going past the end of class was so intense, then ending with a  victory was more than sweet. The allies think they’re all tough and smart, when they don’t realize how strong and smart we are. After class there were many rude comments towards the central powers, but I really don’t care because both sides have had bad things happen. Although, I do think that we broke their biggest plan. I really wonder what they’re going to do tomorrow. I’m not 100% on my strategy tomorrow. My partner still doesn’t listen to me on anything, still. He wanted to put 10 troops into Russia’s 6,000! What he was thinking, I’m really not sure. It would have increased their defense! I think we just need to be like Bismarck, and provoke war with the other countries, so they come to us. If they come to us, then we will be stronger and defend our lands better. I’m not sure what to do with Russia. One of our main objectives is to defeat Russia, but that isn’t turning out well. We’ll have to go through the Ottoman Empire if we want to attack them. We probably won’t have enough time, but trying is better than not. Bring on 1918.

Germany Period 2 1918
It was the final day of simulations. It was defiantly the most intense day. Especially because someone

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