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Learning about the key events of World War 1 online

How often to students sit at their desks, reading out of a textbook, jotting down key ideas and phrases? This form of education may work well for some topics but how can you get students more involved when teaching them World History? Each topic the students are learning about took place in the past and there are not many ways for students to become actively involved in the study of history when it seems so distant. Thanks to online games and simulations, students are able to take a virtual walk into the world of history and the past.

One major war many students touch base on is World War I. This global conflict began in July 1914. This particular war lasted nearly four years, ending in November of 1918. The start of the war was because Serbia no longer wanted to be a part of the Austrian Empire; they would rather be free. Because of this, a Serbian acted rebelliously, assassinating the Austrian Archduke; this was the first shot of World War I. After the death of their king, Austria wanted revenge on Serbia and threatened war. In order to protect Serbia, Russia stepped in and threatened war on Austria; Russia was acting as the ‘big brother’ to Serbia. Since the war between Austria and Russia was possible, this got Germany involved because of their previous alliance with the Austrians. Russia also had a treaty with France, and this treaty is what brought Germany into war with France and later England. The entire continent of Europe was soon caught up in a terribly violent war, with nearly every country eventually getting sucked into it. Once the war began, the entire world eventually became involved; it was a domino effect. Trench Warfare came to be the main type of warfare during World War I; it was extremely bloody and ended up in a complete and utter stalemate on the border between France and Germany.

Participating in an online simulation may help students, as well as professors and teachers, gain a better understanding of complex events such as World War I. Not only do they become more involved, but the relationships between events become more real if you can act it out or somehow become more engaged. Since this war happened so long ago, it is easier for the students to act as a country themselves, as in a game simulation. In doing this, the students get a chance to see what each nation was individually responsible for–who did what and why did they take this action as opposed to doing something else. World War I was a very complex historical event with lots of ins and outs, and lots of blame assigned to different countries after it was all over. A classroom game simulation can make it easier for students to grasp the smaller topics as well. Reading out of a textbook can give one a broad overview, but it may not be as beneficial to learning the little details the make the event more important and allow students to relate to it better. In the end, online or in-class games allow everyone to get more involved which in turn helps them learn and remember the material much easier.

World War 1 Simulation Games for Effective Learning of History Lessons

    Using gaming in social studies classes is a fairly new concept to most teachers.  In actuality, simulations have been used for quite a few years, but maybe not to the level of’s WW1 simulation games.  In Mr. Harms’ version of the epic WW1 conflict, students are assigned countries and given tasks or objectives to accomplish during the activity.  These objectives mirror the objectives countries had during the Great War.  With the outcome of this conflict not guaranteed, students become very competitive to try and achieve their objectives.  With sixteen countries and as many as 30 or more students involved, in some cases, it’s not hard to see how this could develop into a very intense and engaging lesson!  With’s new online platforms, the teacher is easily up to the task of controlling the simulations from their computer.  If the students are in a one on one technology situation, they have access to the maps online and can even update them automatically by simply refreshing their browsers.  The engagement in the classroom soars through the roof as students compete with each other.  

    Some teachers kind of fear this type of lesson, because they think students will just sit there and do nothing.  As soon as the first set of students leaves the room to negotiate, the wheels start spinning and everyone starts talking to their allies.  Soon the entire room is engaged in talks with each other and strategies start to develop as they prepare their armies for battle. If you’re wondering how a battle is conducted, I’ll describe it for you.

    Let’s say that Germany and Austria-Hungary have made the decision to attack Serbia.  Both countries will sign declaration of war slips that indicate how many troops each is sending into the battle as well as the region, in this case Serbia, that they are attacking.  Both leaders, or their representatives, now bring the slips to the head table (Teacher) and turn them in.  The battle is announced to the class and Serbia, in this case, has the chance to pull in alliances to help defend them.  The only troops that can make it to the battle have to be within one zone of movement or they cannot participate.  Once this has been decided, the teacher drags the armies into Serbia and double clicks on the Serbian region.  The battle is automatically calculated, a small ball of fire explodes on the map and the defeated armies disappear and the remaining forces of the victors remain.  The same process is used until all the alliances armies have been used once, or as much combat as they wish to do.  The one constant rule is that you can only use your army once per turn.  When everyone in the alliance has finished combat, then they can move any forces that were not used during this turn to get into strategic positions for the Allies turn, which is next.


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World War I Simulation Student Journal: Ottoman Empire 5

World War I Simulation

Ottoman Empire 5 1913

The world is about to break out into a huge world war! The Archduke was murdered and the whole world has their opinion about it. Knowing it was the wrong thing to do, I am in alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany. We have our troops mobilized and are ready to go. Our strategy is mainly to be loyal to our alliance and keep the lines for communication open. We want to help them in any way so that they will help us.

Ottoman Empire 5 1914

Today Bulgaria was attacked by Russia and Serbia. I couldn’t let the Allied Powers gain that country because then there would be no way for me to get to the rest of my alliances. My only choice was to help them defend their territory, so that’s what I did. We sent troops to help them and we won! This was a loss we didn’t want to have to deal with so early in the war, but we made it work. Also by doing this, Bulgaria allied with us and because of that, I had a window in to the rest of the war. After that attack there was kind of a stand-still with the war, everyone focused their energies on strategizing and making a plan for the next year. We were planning on sending Russia to attack Germany the next year.

Ottoman Empire 1915

This was the year, Germany attacked Russia… and took part of it! We thought of this as a great success, but we knew that now our empire would be under attack. We were preparing for a war in our O2, so we moved more troops over there. This also caused the Allied Powers to get a little on edge, so they moved a lot of their troops around in order to have a better chance on attacking in 1916.

Ottoman Empire 1916

As and allied group, we decided to do more movement and not focus on war. We want to be prepared for whatever the Allies are going to throw our way We got attacked by Russia in our O2, even though they had more troops, ours were stronger and we were victorious! However, right after the war was over, we got attacked in our O1 by Great Britain, Italy, and France. This battle was a bigger deal for us, but we still managed to pull through! I was so proud of our troops and how well they fought and worked together. We didn’t completely do it on our own though, Bulgaria came and helped us, repaying the favor from earlier in the war.

Ottoman Empire 1917

This has been a big year for the Central Alliance! We watched as the others in our alliance attacked Serbia and won! We cheered from afar and asked them how else we could help and what else we could/should attack. We watched them fight a big battle in Belgium. It was a close one, but they managed to pull it out. Then, on top of that Germany went into France and took their F1! Their capital! We also supported our alliance in their attack on Montenegro which was a success. And then it was our turn. Along with Bulgaria, we attacked Romania and took control of that country. It was a great way to make the Allied Powers sweat a little.

Ottoman Empire 1918

This year the Central Powers attacked Italy. First we attacked their capital in order to try and take control, but the Allies succeeded in that attack and we lost. But, that didn’t deter us, we then attacked the lower part of Italy and took control. If the war had lasted longer, we may have been able to take control of all of it. The Allies took back Serbia and then we took it back again. We basically allowed the Allies to take back France. We didn’t think it was worth more bloodshed. Also, we were attacked and Great Britain took our capitol. It was a tough loss, but we had no notice of attack before it was too late. The good news is the war is over and the bloodshed is over for everyone.

World War I Simulation Student Journal: Italy 3

World War I Simulation

Italy 2 1913

Today is the orientation day for the simulation. I am the foreign minister, which means that I have to communicate and negotiate with other countries. Today as Italy we have made two secret alliances with France and the Ottoman Empire. The objectives that we have to complete so far are on time. My president and I will do everything that it takes to complete all of our objectives. Next year may be a little tricky, but we will make it through. France and I need to make a plan so we can succeed together.

Italy 3 1914

Breaking News! Austria Hungary’s archduke has been murdered! The  Serbian Nationalist group “The Blackhand” is taking credit for the killing of him. War will break out, but no one is sure what exactly will happen because of the allies. What exactly will happen? As Italy our plan is to stay neutral until 1915. We would also like to retain our original territory. We made quite a few alliances today with Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Great Britain. We don’t know if we will go with the Central Powers or Allied Powers, because we have to stay neutral until next year.

Italy 3 1915

Today Italy has decided to join the Allied Powers! Even though we have alliances with Germany and Austria-Hungary we are going to start moving in on them so we can gain our territory back from them.

Italy moved into Tyrol of Austria-Hungary. Austria- Hungary lost a good amount of troops. Italy was planning on a good win. We moved 1500 to the zone that we wanted. Austria-Hungary had only 1024 troops in the zone, but they had a slightly better rating than us. We tried very hard, but we ended up losing. We made a good attempt to get our territory back. Thinking back now it wasn’t a very good idea for us to do that. We should’ve waited until we had more troops and we should’ve thought it out a little better. We have allied with Serbia and we are making plans with them to move in on Austria Hungary.

Italy 3 1916

Now is the perfect time for Italy to take our territory back in Austria-Hungary. Austria has tried to attack the Northern Parts of Italy, we have maintained our land, but not by much. Through the president and I working together we have been able to hold onto our territory. This will go towards many objectives that we have to maintain.  We only have a few objectives left to reach. Things are starting to tricky with Germany and Austria-Hungary.

Italy and Serbia worked together to take Triste from Austria-Hungary. This was one of our objectives.  We may lose it again, since we do not have the troops to back it up. Germany tried to take Triste back, but it was not successful. They lost, but not by much. Now we just need Tyrol. We have already made an attempt to get this back.

Italy 3 1917

Russia and Great Britain tried to help France get their territory back. Russia and Great Britain took out a good number of Germany’s forces. France still hasn’t gotten their lands back. Germany and Austria Hungary just moved 2000 troops into   Italy. Italy only has 1400 troops. We should have thought this through more. We are not prepared for this at all. Our mistake was moving our 22 troops from Triste to Italy’s capital. We should have just left them because then maybe someone would have helped Italy.

Italy 3 1918

Italy is not fully out of the game. Even thought we lost half of Italy we still have half left. I don’t think anyone is going to bring Italy back. The United States helped take Frances Capitol back. It is the last day of the war and I do not think that anyone will bring Italy back. No one is really able to bring us back. Central Powers just barely won WWI. Italy has a tiny army, but we still have all of our Navy. We were able to attempt and reach all of our objectives. We maintained our original territory up until 1917. We wish that we would planned things out a little better. Overall Italy did pretty good.

World War I Simulation Student Journals: Greece, Serbia Montenegro 2

World War I Simulation

Serbia 2 1913

I feel a war brewing. My enemies, the Austria-Hungarians, might try to start a war with me. I really want to do something that will make them mad, not because I want a war…. I really don’t because I’m so tiny…. but because I like making them mad. First, though, I plan on allying with France, Romania, and Bulgaria because I’m going to need the man power to scare them off from starting a war, and I’m hoping that my neutral pal Bulgaria will let me have an opening to the Aegean Sea so I can get out. If they start a war with me, I’m going to get Russia to help me take over A3 and A2 to they have less territory. I’m calling a meeting with my allies tomorrow to see if they will stand and fight with me, if it comes down to that!

Greece 2 1913

Oh man, I’m go glad that I’m neutral. I think I’ve caught a bad wind coming from Serbia. Jimmy Christmas if they do something so stupid and get taken over, I’m going to laugh from the sidelines. Although, if they start a war, I’m going to get into it hopefully around the end, kind of like a surprise kick in the butt to the war. I’ll ally with some big shots, like Russia, because I’m small and they can seriously kick butt. For right now though, let’s sit back and watch the crazy descend.

Montenegro 2 1913

Dear God, I pray that Serbia, my neighbor, doesn’t deliberately provoke a war with the Austria-Hungarians. I’m so small, they would probably pick on me too. I want to live. Hopefully, if Serbia does get into a war, my allies will protect me. Oh Lord, please let me live. In all Heaven, if Serbia does anything and they get into a war with Austria-Hungary, I’m asking Russia for help.  Let my little country survive!

Serbia 2 1914

OMG!!! The Central Powers are taking over so many countries, I’m really scared that I’m going to get attacked… I have a good army, but it’s small. I’m planning on starting a war with Austria-Hungary because they took part of Russia, and I’m going to help Russia get that back, and I want some of Austria-Hungary. I’m also going to make sure that I’m not being attacked from both ends by Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. I’m hoping that the Ottoman Empire might strike a deal and betray the Central Powers.  Please Jesus help protect me from the Central Powers.

Greece 2 1914

I’m freaking out right now! I think the Ottoman Empire might try to take me over with the help of Bulgaria. If they do, I don’t know if Serbia will help, but no other country is close enough to help. I want to live and not get into the fight right away. I wish I had a navy to kick some sea butt. For right now, I’m just going to watch the battle and prepare when I need to be ready.

Montenegro 2 1914

Really scared right now! Austria-Hungary and Germany are attacking the littlest countries first right now. I’m so small, they could literally probably just come in and take over. I need to get some back up, but I want it from Russia, and they are so far away. I wish I had a navy because I could travel to another country, like Russia or France, and bring reinforcements to my country. Begging God right now that I can live for a little while longer! Wish me luck!!

Serbia 2 1915

I’m so livid. I cannot believe thatAustria-Hungary attacked me three times!! THREE TIMES!!! Freaking out right now because the Central Powers are taking over everything. I’m so going to fight them to get back to allied powers. I really need to get France and Great Britain over to help me fight. Let’s see if they’ll help!

Greece 2 1915

I’m going to die!! I’m going to get taken over!! Austria-Hungary and Germany are closing in on all of the surrounding countries. They took Serbia!! They’ll come for me next; I can just feel it. I hope that if they attack me, I can get Russia to help me fight back, and maybe Italy and France will be willing to help! Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, let’s see who stands with me!

Montenegro 2 1915

I HATE Austria-Hungary and Germany!! They declared war on Serbia THREE TIMES!! I tried to help, but we lost the 3rd time! I’m down to 5 soldiers now. I hope that if I am involved in another battle, someone will come to my rescue. I’m hoping maybe Russia, France, and Italy will help me. I’m so small, and I need to know that they will back me in this war. Frightened Montenegro, signing out…. for now.

Serbia 2 1916

I’m Central Powers now. They used me to attack Greece. Greece is neutral!! I guess there’s nothing I can do about it though. I can only hope that when the United States comes in, they can help get me back.

Greece 2 1916

I’m so angry! I got attacked today and the Central Powers won. They attacked me twice! I was neutral. I didn’t plan on getting into the war until later. UGH!! I so wish the Allies can help me get back my country.

Montenegro 2 1916

I cannot believe those Central Powers… well I guess I kind of can. They attacked my 5 troops twice! I needed Italy the second time, but they didn’t help. I guess all I can do now is wait and watch. Hopefully the Allies will help me get my country back!

Serbia 2 1917

GO ALLIES GO!!!! They took back F3 of France because the United States kicks butt. I hope they sweep through Germany and destroy everything the Central Powers had going for them.

Greece 2 1917

All of the Allies are pretty much piling up in F3 now. I think something is gunna go down soon. I think they’re trying to take back F1 and Belgium. I hope they get everything they want. May the force be with them.

Montenegro 2 1917

OMG!! Germany tried to attack F2 and they lost! YAY!! This war in really fun to watch right now. So many things are happening and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I hope the Allies destroy everything that Germany and Austria-Hungary had. Let’s see which way the table turns!

Serbia 2 1918

I’m so upset. The Allies tried everything they could to defeat Germany, but they lost. The Central Powers had more territory than the Allies. I wish that Germany wouldn’t have taken over so much with Austria-Hungary. I would have gone in from the bottom instead of the top like they did. I would have taken the smaller countries back first, but it’s too late now. If we have another war, hopefully it will be more in favor of the Allies.

Greece 2 1918

Crying tears of joy and sadness. Tears of joy come from the fact that the Allies took back France and Belgium!! That was very exciting and a great accomplishment. On the other hand, tears of sadness come from the fact that the Allies attacked the Central Powers trying to get me back, but the Allies lost. I was so excited that they might win, but the Central Powers were just too strong!

Montenegro 2 1918

Worst year ever! I cannot believe that the Central Powers won the war! I mean, come on!! The Allies should have won because they were so much better than the Central Powers. Germany was so happy, they were jumping around and yelling…. real mature (NOT)! Oh well, I guess it’s over and done with (JK!)…. Germany better watch their backs and sleep with one eye open… I’m not happy…..

World War I Simulation Student Journal: Italy

World War I Simulation

Italy 2, 1913

While the rest of Europe is beginning to spiral into chaos, I will remain neutral. I have formed a secret alliance with France and Russia. I need to make sure I have backup incase of an attack. Currently I am forming a secret alliance with Germany. In the near future I plan on forming an alliance with Great Britain and Serbia. By forming alliances with countries on both sides, I have proved my neutrality.

Italy 2, 1914

I’m beginning to grow weary of attacks from either side. Luckily, I have secretly allied with both Germany and France. I have faith that my alliances will keep me safe for the rest of the year. In 1915 I will carry out my grand attack on Austria-Hungary with the help of France and Great Britain. I have discovered one of Great Britain’s objectives and I’m using that against them to help me take over Austria-Hungary. I plan on publicly allying with Serbia and Great Britain in 1915. At this point I will have formally joined the allies and I will be able to take back the land that was once mine. I fear that my public alliance with the allies with backfire on me in terms of my alliance with Germany, but after all, this is all in my own self-interest. If I didn’t need the land from Austria-Hungary, I would’ve joined the central powers by now.

Italy 2, 1915

This year I mobilized for war and joined the allies. Unfortunately, this year was rough for the allies. We lost France’s capital along with many small eastern European countries. I lost many troops fighting on the behalf of Montenegro, but I suppose avoiding the loss was worth the fight. I almost lost my own capital to Austria-Hungary, but I was able to successfully fend off their troops. Germany has continued to try and sway me to the central power’s side, but I won’t give. I want to see the allies win, and most of all I want to defeat Austria-Hungary and take back what’s mine. Austria’s declaration of war on me was just the tip of the iceberg. They have no clue what I have in store for them.

Italy 1916

This year was another rough period for the allies, I’m not sure if we’re going to be able to recover from the losses we’ve suffered. Russia has descended into a civil war and despite them putting thousands of troops into war they lost every battle. I’ve gained more troops and am currently more powerful than Austria-Hungary, so it’s only a matter of time before I’m able to take over. I think that they’re going to attack me next year, so Great Britain and I are prepared for battle. The United States will be joining us next year.

Italy 2, 1917

This year was somewhat successful for the allies. I almost took over part of Austria Hungary, but I miscalculated how many troops were surrounding the country and was easily overpowered. Luckily I only lost 500 troops, and can repeat my actions again in the coming year. This year we were able to take back part of France which was a huge relief. I was attacked by the Ottoman Empire in Libya but neither of us were victorious and I maintained my territory. I know for a fact that Austria-Hungary is going to attack me next year and I’m desperately trying to convince the other allies to back me up. Austria currently has me overpowered in that specific region and an attack would be devastating. I have faith that I can defeat them not only when they attack me but when I attack them again. They’re fools for thinking they can defeat me when they’ve already failed. If the allies refuse to back me up I will most likely abandon them. I’ve tried explaining to them just how much they need me, but they don’t seem to understand.

Italy 2, 1918

This year the allies were able to pull together and take back lots of territory. We took back all of France and Belgium. Though the allies still lost, we fought hard. I convinced the United States to take back Belguim by disabling the German troops around Belgium so that there was no way for them to back it up. Despite our loss I think that we fought hard and did all that we could.

World War I Simulation Student Journal: Ottoman Empire 2B

World War 1 Simulation

Ottoman Empire, 1913:

Our Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary has gone good so far. We have taken Bulgaria already. Our alliance so far is strong. We hope that it continues throughout the war. As long as we are allied, we have a strong chance of finishing everyone’s objectives at once. Let’s see how this plays out.

Ottoman Empire, 1914:

We declared war in a part of Russia and lost, with the help of Germany, we have gained back Crimea. We haven’t done a whole lot yet but are planning to take Romania. We still need to talk to Germany about it, but we are hoping to get there and take it back. We have moved troops in and see how this plays out with us. We need luck on our side and hope to gain what we can, if possible. The bad news, Russia, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Romania, are threaten me to go and not mobilize my armies with Germany and Austria-Hungary to defeat them, if I keep a secret alliance with them, they would not attack me. I talked to Germany about it, and I showed them they can trust me. We have came up with several ideas, but the main one is that we would keep alliances and I would help them to make those countries go weaker. I need to start thinking how to get Romania and Greece back. I’m starting to be the bad guy, but, I would do anything to keep my empire safe.

Ottoman Empire, 1915:

This year has been really difficult to not mobilize my troops against Russia, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Romania, but I know I can do this and keep myself “neutral” more time. I’ve been passing around the information from Russia to Germany; Russia is sending 4000 troops to R1, Though, they are getting weaker, just how we wanted this to be. Today we, the Central powers, got Serbia and Romania and tried to get Montenegro. Montenegro is getting weak, next year would be the perfect time to attack them and take over it. Greece is our next goal. I’m getting ready to break my secret alliance with Greece and Russia.

Ottoman Empire, 1916:

Russia attacked me, of course I was waiting for that to happen, I won, though. Their army is really weak. Greece and Montenegro? We got them back. All my objectives are completed, but to end up this keeping my alliance strong with Germany. I’ll help them if they need to attack and to complete their objectives.

Ottoman Empire, 1917:

This battle is getting personal. I attacked Italy to help Germany and get my land protected. They were mad. Italy is intelligent, sarcastic and a good strategist. I need to be careful with her. We are planning to attack Italy tomorrow, she said she would surrender but I do not trust her in any way. United States wants me to ally with them, they want to get the Dardanelles Straight. I do not know what am I going to do. Although I’ve been helping Germany, they have been thinking I want to betray them, I need to get their trust back. Let’s hope this war ends soon, I have nothing else to fight for. At the end of the day, it’ll be worth it, Ottoman Empire would end as strong as I wish. The Central Powers would be victorious.

Ottoman Empire, 1918:

The war has ended. Though Germany lost part of France and Belgium, we kept our territory and we completed our objectives. I knew Italy and United States wanted to attack me, so I followed Austria’s and Germany’s advice of sending my troops over. It was a tough war, but the Central Powers were victorious, as we planned.

World War 1 Simulation Germany Journal

World War 1 Simulation

Germany 1 1913

Before the start of the war, I have identified the most significant threat to be Great Britain and the United States. The US is so far away and so far removed that they are not a major threat at the start, but could become one the longer the war goes on. My starting plan is to ally with Italy and use them to attack France through Italy, by using a distraction force to hold their forces in the North near Paris and to bring reinforcement troops towards Paris to defend it. I will then go in through the South to take all of mainland France. After that I plan on using the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary to attack and destroy Russia.


Germany 1 1914

Major Event: German Navy attacked Russian Navy in Baltic Sea – German Victory

Major Event: Italy destroyed by Austria-Hungary, helped by France

Major Event: Belgium taken over by Germany

So far we have successfully attacked the Russian Northern Navy and destroyed them. We have mobilized and gained 3,800 troops in our central territory. Our plan is to move a portion of our troops West (roughly 700) to attack Paris through the Ardennes Forest to distract and tie down French forces. We will also send 1,200 troops South through Austria-Hungary and Italy to attack France from the South. My remaining troops will be split among G1 and G3 to defend, fortify, and prepare for my invasion of Russia alongside the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary. We have convinced Austria-Hungary to attack and destroy Italy, which is good for us, as Italy would have eventually turned on us, best to take them out early and not have to worry about them once they mobilize. I also took Belgium, which secures my path to France, but I am worried about  England crossing the channel behind me and taking G1 while I am in France killing them. I will have to deal with them somehow, but I am not sure how at this point. Russia has a lot of troops, but I think if I dedicate 1000+ troops to the Russian front, I will be able to take them. Their troops are very bad, so I should be able to, with the Ottoman’s help, take the whole of Russia from the West and South.


Germany 1 1915

Major Event: Germany took F1 – France/GB took back

After my failed excursion into France, I am planning on saying “screw France and GB” and focusing on a defensive war against them and focus my resources on Russia for the moment. Once I destroy Russia and send them into a Civil war, I will focus on France and Great Britain again. They are both weak, and cannot afford an attack on the German Fatherland in their current states. I have weakened them greatly, so I will not press them, but rather move troops and prepare for a second invasion when I have many more troops and can afford to risk the movement into France again.


Germany 1 1916

Major Event: Russian Civil War – out of game

Major Event: Serbia taken over by Austria-Hungary

Major Event: Romania taken over by Germany

Major Event: Greece taken over by Ottoman Empire

I am going to start massing troops along my Western front in an effort to try one last push towards Paris and the prospect of taking France out of the game. The U.S. will be entering the war soon, so I should start preparing for their arrival, but they don’t have enough ships of their own to bring all of their troops over at once, so we have a little bit of time. Overall, my thinking is that I will play defensive until I have enough troops to take France by force and have the Austrian-Hungarians take France from the south. I will also send a few hundred troops through the Ardennes to provoke them and weaken them before my main assault on their capital.


Germany 1 1917

My plan for 1918 is to just play defensive, I’m pretty sure it is France’s objective to take my capital square, so I will deny them that. I refuse to throw away all of my troops in the last round just to try to take France for nothing. I am very confident in my troops’ defensive abilities to protect my lands and to kill as many French, American, and British soldiers that they throw at me.


Germany 1 1918

Major Event: Portuguese/British defended French North Africa from the Ottomans and Austrian-Hungarians

Major Event: Austria-Hungary took Southern France with no conflict.

Major Event: 10,000+ Allied Army attacked G1 – attack failed, all killed

Major Event: France took G2 – no German troops able to defend

If the war is to continue, Germany would eventually be defeated by pure numbers of Americans, British, and French soldiers. We will continue to play a defensive game against them and make them pay for any incursion into German, Austrian-Hungarian, or Ottoman Empire regions. They will lost MILLIONS of men, and hopefully that will destroy their will to fight and we can hold on until they are tired of sending their men into the slaughter house to be killed by the Central Powers.  They may have taken part of Germany at the very last second, but we have thousands of Austrian-Hungarians ready to kill Paris, and the troops they DO have in Germany isn’t enough to take Berlin or Austria-Hungary’s capital square. After we would have been reinforced, we would have pushed into Paris, taken out the Allied Army in Germany through our remained veterans from the battle of G1 and the remobilized Austrian-Hungarians, and then proceeded to secure mainland Europe from the very little British troops that would have mobilized and the few American troops they would have been able to bring overseas to try another invasion. After all of this, Germany would have won, as we had 1,000s of troops still, even AFTER losing many in the battle for G1. France had only a few hundred left, as with the U.S, and Great Britain had 0 troops left besides roughly 100 left in Africa, but they would have been swept away by the approaching Ottomans from O1 and O2.

Result of the war: Central Alliance Victory – we killed too many Allied troops for them to be able to launch any more effective counter attacks in any sort of quick fashion.

WWI Simulation Journal: France 2

World War I Simulation

France 2 1913

During this time of crisis I am the president of France and I will do whatever I need to keep my country safe and do my objectives. I  will keep control of my original territory, gain more land, stay loyal to my alliances, and make new alliances. During first year I plan to make alliances and talk to the Allied Powers to get a game plan. I want to wait a little bit, maybe two or three years, to regain Alsace & Lorraine from Germany. That way I can help my allies fight against the Central Powers break down Germany, and then go in and fight for it. My soldiers are set and ready to go for moving or going into war. My strategy is to help my allies and stay loyal. I don’t want to make a big target on my back and make other countries to come at me and try to take me over. I want to mobilize right away, because that way I have all of my men standing ready for anything that may happen. I’m ready to protect my people and land and bring home a big W for the Allies!

France 2 1914

It’s the start of the war and you can feel the tension around. Right away my allies of Great Britain, Russia, and I rush away from the group to make a plan and get on the same page. We all agree Germany is the number one target, and we need to close them so we can defeat them right away. I made an open alliance with Montenegro and secretly made one with Italy. It’s good to know that I have other countries and soldiers behind me, just in case I’m in need of some help. Germany declared war on my good buddy Belgium, and I rushed up there with 1,000 troops and Great Britain came to her aid as well. This gave us 1,981 plus what Belgium had against 2,000 German troops. We fought hard and unfortunately we lost. I’m pretty sure that I was so nerve I almost had an anxiety attack. This war is going to be hard and I need to keep my head in the game.

France 2 1915

Central Powers are at it again, attacking the Allied Powers and not giving in until they have it all. I had to sit there and watch as they attacked Serbia twice in a row, the first time Allied Powers were victorious but the second time couldn’t fight back against Central Powers. They tried to take Italy but I was quick to send help and we were victorious. Then they turned their eyes on me, my stomach was twist and my palms were sweating. I felt the beads of sweat falling off my face, I looked around my army getting ready for war and I prayed for a miracle. Great Britain and Italy came to my aid and luckily the first time we won. But they came at us a second time and we were not as lucky. They took over F1 and now I have to take it back. I only 615 troops left, but I need to keep punishing and fighting. I need to win back F1, protect my land, and take over Alsace & Lorraine. My plan of attack for next year is take back F1 and slam into Alsace & Lorraine. I need my plans and my allies’ plan to work next year or else we are done for.

France 2 1916

No words can expressed how stressed out I am about this war. My army and my allies’ army are getting tired and we are losing a lot of soldiers with each war that is declared. The Central Powers is being lead by one Head Master, which is the Leader of Germany, and the rest are just puppets on his string. Unlike Central Powers, we are all making plans and doing what’s best for us and each other. I also think that is our downfall, with each of us making plans and doing what we need none of us know what’s going on. We need to communicate a whole lot better. All of us are sitting on the edge of seats, waiting for Central Powers’ next move and trying to figure out what they are doing next. But none of us expected Germany to declared war on Belgium, but yet they did. In a blink of an eye 2,000 German troops were headed straight for Belgium and Allies needed to think fast. Right away Great Britain moved 981 and I moved 1,000 troops. We all send a little pray, or at least I did, but unfortunately it didn’t help. It was another Central Power and another land lost by us. I need to help reinforce land so I sent 379 troops to Great Britain. That concludes another crappy year for the Allied Powers.

France 2 1917

I wish I could say 1917 was the year everything turned around for the Allied Powers and we started kicking butt and taking land, but it wasn’t. Actually it was far from it. The year started off with Germany attacking me in F3, British was quick to my side with 552 but I only had 382 to fight with. We fought hard and unfortunately was over powered by the Central Powers. I lost another piece of land to the Central Power and I couldn’t help but feel ticked off. My head was about to explode  from the all the anger in my body. I helped move British troops to Belgium, and then went to get revenge. I declared war on F3, which is German territory, I was running on pure luck so I used poison gas and unfortunately lost. At that moment in the war I couldn’t help but let a tear fall down my face. I felt so defeated I just wanted to throw up a white flag and give up. My allies came together and discussed our plan, the war would only last one more year and we needed a game plan. The United States is coming over and can start helping us. I’m just going to do everything i can do to help my allies out and start winning!

France 1918

It’s the last year of the war AND WE FINALLY GOT SOMEWHERE! With all the happiness in my body, I’m so glad to tell you that the US came in and we got F3 back from the Central Powers! My territory is turning back to orange and man oh man I’m so excited! Germany tried to get back F3 by attacking me but that was a no go. I only had 83 troops to defend but France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, and America all came to help me and we stopped that plan right away and defeated them. Now that the war is done I can sit back and reflect about what happened and what I could of done better. I think that I should of taken advantage of the fact that F3 and F2 are isolated and that I could of left them with little and attacked G2 and gotten my objective done. That could of been the start of the Allies kicking butt and taking names. This war was tough and it was very very stressful and emotional. I’m glad at the end we got victories but I wish we could of started with those victories and kept them going threw the years.

World War 1 Simulation: Bulgaria Journal

World War One Simulation

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1913

Today was the first day of war. Germany and the rest of the Central Powers came out strong. I thought that since we were close to the Ottoman Empire and that one of our objectives was to ally with them that they would want to do the same for us but oh were we wrong! Germany tricked us into thinking that themselves and the Ottoman Empire were not going to take over us and that they were going to take over Russia. But actually they were going to take over us. And just like that we got taken over in the first 20 minutes of the game.

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1914

The today was very interesting. I thought that the Allies would be a lot stronger in this whole simulation but they weren’t. Great Britain tried to help liberate us but in reality all they did was take forever to even get to the Mediteratianian sea. They had way too many road blocks such as protecting their navies from the Germans and trying to help France when they were being attacked by Germany. Italy was the next country to be taken over and they were very upset with Germany. The Central powers had become very strong.

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1915

There was all kinds of war and alliances today. Germany and Austria-Hungary declared war on Belgium and took it over. France and Germany fought continuously  for the southern part of France and The Ottoman Empire took over Egypt. The Ottoman Empire’s strategy seemed to be that they liked to take over areas surrounding their empire rather than take a long shot like Germany and go for some random country. Russia tried taking over parts of Germany and Russia tried taking a part of the Ottoman Empire but was unsuccessful. They also lost their navy too.

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1916

Today Germany tried taking over a part of France and was unsuccessful. The United States also got involved by lending some of their troops to Great Britain when they sought out to regain Belgium back. Portugal also went to the Allies side and remain their for the rest of the day. Germany tried attacking Great Britain and France but lost because lack of troops. Russia also surrendered and they backed out of the war. I thought that was interesting because I figured that they would stay in the war because they are ruthless and are never scared and want battle. Tomorrow should be interesting. I’m curious if the Untied States will be more involved.

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1917

Today was a pretty still day. Their was just lots of mobilizing and stand still. With about 10 minutes left in the year, countries started attacking. France had to ask of Great Britain’s help when they again got attacked by Germany. Germany and Austria- Hungary were victorious and took another chunk of land from France. The countries that were in war (that could) used poisonous gas. I thought that was interesting because I didn’t really seem a make or break in the number of troops that they put into that battle or the casualties that happened.

Bulgaria, Period 1, 1918

Today was also a pretty still day. There was a lot of stand still which was surprising because I thought that there would be a lot more action on the last day. The United States and Great Britain and tried to help out France again because they wanted to re take their original territory back from the Central Powers! They were victorious and regained part of what was taken. Personally, I thought that the Allies would have been stronger and that the Central Powers would have been weaker and would have had some kind of road blocks along the way.