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WW1 Lesson Plan Journal: Germany 2

Germany, 2, 1913

There is a tension in the air of all of Europe. It stretches from Great Britain to the Ottoman Empire and from Portugal to Russia.  The Austria-Hungarians are enraged at the assassination of their heirs to their throne. War is almost here, and my ally’s anger may make them easy to manipulate. I hold the strongest army in all of Europe and will easily be able to help Austria-Hungary destroy their aggressor, Serbia. I can assume that engaging Serbia will bring Russia and her allies into a conflict. We may dealing with a much larger war than I currently foresee, but the time to strike at Russia is upon us. Germany shall mobilize. As the president of this country, I must consider the possibility of attack from Russia’s allies. I may be able to protect myself from Great Britain and France by making friends with Belgium, our Buffer Zone. I have made contact with their president but he has not responded. If he sides with the Allies it will be an act of war.

Germany, 2, 1914

War is now upon us.  however Belgium has officially declined any sort of alliance. I believe that the day will soon come when Belgium shall become Central Powers territory. Germany has successfully driven into the heart of Russia; we are one year away from crushing their capital. If I can send troops Eastward fast enough, Czar Joey will not stand a chance. My only concern in taking Russia is being cut off by the British Naval fleet. They are now in the Mediterranean but are only a few moves away from the Black Sea.  Great Britain is growing stronger by the day and with no Central Powers Navy I can do nothing about it. Even with Russia out of the picture I fear that the Allies are becoming too strong. I will move on France this year.

Germany, 2, 1915

My greatest fears have now been brought before me. Russia has mobilized their entire standing army. I was so close to taking over their capital but this year was too short. Intelligence sources tell me that if I can reestablish the Ottoman Empire, they will crumble to pieces. My forces are currently retreating South to aid the Ottomans who have fled into Serbia which was captured by the Austo-Hungarians. If I can reach the Ottomans quick enough then Russia will crumble to dust.

Germany, 2, 1916

My greatest fear has been realized. The Ottoman Empire has practically lost the war for the Central Powers. Their reckless behavior desiccated themselves and now I’m the one paying the full price, at full retreat. The Allies navy is charging for the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean. It is only a matter of time before I am invaded. France is occupying Belgium. The Americans are mobilizing. Attack is imminent . Hopefully my Southern forces can regain control of the Ottoman Empire before its too late and the Russians attack our capital. May God help us all.

Germany, 2, 1917
I am nothing but numb. Germany’s doom is certain. My forces recapture the Balkans peninsula, but it was quickly recaptured. My hope is to defend our original territory. Russia is on our eastern Border. France and Great Britain is to our west. I fear that once the United States arrives it may be too late to launch a counter offensive. The Astro-Hungarians and I will just hold on to our saddles in the future year and hope we don’t get bucked off the horse.

Germany, 2, 1918
We may not be victorious in this war, but a sense of pride of defending our capital fulfills my people. Russia’s troops are stuck in the Balkans and if the war were to continue, I could take over Russia with a single soldier. The Americans, French, British, and Italians have all received crushing blows by attempting to blow through my lines but have failed. I consequently had to surrender my territory east of the Ardennes Forest. It is a worthy sacrifice. Germany will live to tell the tale and fight another day, maybe twenty-one years from now.

WW1 Lesson Plan Journal: France 2

France 2 1913

Today we got things figured out and started. One of our biggest problems is Germany. They have a piece of our land and we want it back. My partner and I think Germany will be declaring war on us right away. That makes us a little nervous because they have a bigger army. We are going to mobilize in 1914 so that should help. A lot of countries mobilized today. We reached one of our objectives already and allied with Montenegro as a secret alliance. Italy talked to us as well today. Italy said that Germany is trying to get through her to get to us. Italy told us that she didn’t plan on hurting us or doing anything bad to us. Italy wants our help and wanted to make things clear that she wouldn’t be hurting us. I guess we will see what happens in 1914!

France 2 1914

Well, we were wrong. Germany had the chance for war and didn’t declare it on us. That was a nice surprise! One thing they did though was move their troops closer to us which made us cautious. We thought it was a good idea to move more troops closer to their side of the country next to ours. We thought it would help the chance of winning in war against them. Italy spoke with us again and said that she overheard Germany talking and they said they might try to attack Italy eventually. So, we made a secret alliance with Italy. Our plan is to move troops in our navy down towards Italy so both of our countries can attack together on a piece of land that Italy wants. After that is done Italy will help us get the land we need. This is how we plan on attempting our objective to get the land of Alsace and Lorraine back as of right now. What we ended up doing was moving our navy troops down to Egypt. I don’t think that made Italy happy so that is scary for us right now. Since we moved downy there, Great Britain wants us to help them attack the last piece of land in the Ottoman Empire. I think our plans as of now are to go through with that in a way to honor our alliance with Great Britain and then go back and help Italy if she still wants that.

France 2 1915

We declared war on the last piece of the Ottoman Empire with Great Britain and Russia right off the bat today. The allies were victorious! We all like to team up our armies or navies together and try to defeat places. The Ottoman Empire had one more piece and we were all near it so we just decided to take it over. Another reason we did that was to honor our alliance with Great Britain. We needed to get back to our plan with Italy so we moved our navy to the Mediterranean Sea Zone 1 to get closer to Italy. The allies realized that Bulgaria was open and didn’t have any troops in there so we all declared war on Bulgaria. Once again the allies were victorious. Our next plan is to declare war on Austria-Hungary with Italy. We decided to ask Great Britain if they wanted to help us as well and they agreed. We all just want to take over Austria-Hungary and get the land Italy needs, then eventually take over parts in Germany to get the land we want. Germany has left us alone so far which is really surprising.

France 2 1916

France declared war on Austria-Hungary like we planned but we switched it so Italy would just declare war on a different part of Austria-Hungary. We both lost but we weakened their armies so that was what we were expecting.  We knew we may not have won but weakening their troops was exactly what we wanted. Us, Great Britain, and Russia still had troops in Bulgaria so we decided to try and take over Serbia but countries helped them and they ended up being victorious. At this point, things weren’t really going our way anymore. Our plan was to take over Serbia so we could work up our way into Austria-Hungary. So, we had to switch things up and come up with a new plan. France is going to move some troops into Italy so we can help her try to attack Austria-Hungary again with more troops. Belgium ended up getting war declared on and so we helped them out by moving troops into their country. We did this to achieve our objective of honoring our alliance with Belgium. We were victorious so then the allies gained that territory! To go for our new plan we moved some troops from France into Belgium to attack Austria-Hungary again eventually. We also moved some troops over to Italy to help her attack again. The next big part of our plan is that France, Italy, Great Britain, and Russia all moved our navies over to Mediterranean Sea Zone 1 so we can eventually move up to the area between France and Great Britain. We want to do this so we can all join armies and navies and attack Germany or Austria-Hungary. As for France, we kept a lot of troops in one area for this reason right here. We want to make sure we have enough to win. With the help of our allies I think we have a good shot at this. Pretty soon it looks like Germany won’t have many soldiers or any at all to even compete. They won’t be able to do much. Germany is trying to get Belgium because it’s on their objective but we aren’t letting that happen.

France 2 1917

Today we gained a new ally, the United States. All of us who had our navies down in the Mediterranean Sea Zone moved them up to the Arctic Sea Zone. Japan ended up moving up there too to help so we have like 5 naives up in that area to hopefully attack at some point. Today was just a lot of moving to get ready for the big attack. France moved all their troops from an area into Italy to help them attack on Austria-Hungary still. To be honest, it’s making me mad because she isn’t doing anything to attack and we’re wasting time. Anyway, to follow through with our plan we declared war on germany with Great Britain and Belgium. I didn’t realize Italy didn’t have any troops in there so they couldn’t help so that ticked me off too. The thing is, Italy acts like such a big leader and she’s just pushing us all around. If you couldn’t guess, the allies lost the war. We’re pretty much screwed. At this point I’m not happy because Great Britain and Italy all act like they’re gonna help us but I have this feeling they’re just using us to help them and we’re not gonna get the help we need. We only have one day left. The way we’re trying to get our objective is to get into Germany or Austria-Hungary somehow and then take over the G2 area that we need to get that land. We are just losing every battle right now and it seems impossible to get into their territory. Our next move is to try and attack A2 in Austria-Hungary to get up into Germany.

France 2 1918

Today is the last day and I was really nervous at first knowing we don’t have much time to get things done. Like I mentioned before I had a feeling we weren’t going to get that piece of land so we tried really hard to get it today. To start we all moved our navies up by the US because they just mobilized and got a bunch of troops. So we loaded those up. Then the allies had so many declaration of wars to try anything possible to get into Germany or Austria-Hungary. This made Germany really mad because apparently we were taking too much time on our turn but they didn’t invoke the 10 minute time limit. France attacked A2 and won it surprisingly but quickly got defeated again. We also attacked G2 which is the land we need and we lost. That wasn’t that bad though because the allies are just trying to wipe out their troops.  Other ally countries were taking some territory to get anything we could. The US decided to attack G2 and they WON. We quickly moved some of our troops into G2 to kind of claim the land. That is exactly how we got our objective done but getting our land of Alsace and Lorraine. So for movement like I said we put 200 troops into G2 and then whatever was left in that we moved to Belgium. The rest of our troops at the bottom of France we moved into Italy so maybe she could attack something. We planned on just trying to get parts of Austria-Hungary but we ran out of time. I feel really confident in this simulation as France. I really feel like we accomplished all of our objectives. I’m pretty sure the allies ended up having more land than the central powers too!

WW1 Lesson Plan Journal: Germany 2

Great Britain 2 1913

Serbia and Austria Hungary are in conflict, and the alliance system is going to drag many countries into war. Germany, the Austrian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire have all mobilized. This leaves me with no choice. I must also mobilize, and encourage the other allies to mobilize as well. Germany has the strongest army in the world, and so the allies are going to have to beat them with numbers. We are still waiting to see which country is going to make the first move and declare war on the other. I have made a secret alliance with Italy. Italy says that it wishes to remain neutral until 1916, once they join the alliance, I am planning on loading their army onto my navy and attacking the Ottoman Empire. The allies need control of the strait to supply Russia.

Great Britain 2 1914

The day began with the German movement of troops. It appears that they are planning on attack on Russia. Russia has numbers but also has a weaker army. I fear that there will be great losses in Russia. I don’t waste time and immediately declare war on Germany, crushing their navy. This gives me security, knowing that Great Britain is an island and there are no navies left attack me. The Ottoman Empire moves troops into Bulgaria, taking them over. This leaves the Ottoman Empire weak, and Russia begins moving troops into the south to attack. I am planning on meeting Russia in the next year to take over the rest of the Ottoman Empire. It takes time for me to move my navy. I just hope that Russia will be able to hold off Germany long enough for me to come to their aid. Germany attacks Russia and takes out R3 and R2. I am worried for Russia, but have heard that Russia plans for a large mobilization next year. Here is my plan for the year of 1915:

Meet up with France and attack the Ottoman Empire from the Mediterranean Sea Zone

With the help of Russia, take over the Ottoman Empire

Great Britain 2 1915

The attack on the Ottoman Empire worked exactly as planned and the allies are now in control. The remaining forces in the Ottoman Empire took over Bulgaria. I am excited about having Allie control of O1 because I have completed my objective of keeping the Dardanelles Strait open to supply Russia. This has made Russia more powerful. Their army will now be more powerful and will not group a power rating every day, so this will make the Allies stronger. We will need Russia to be at full strength to take over the powerful German army. Germany is moving troops into R2, but their lack of aggression is going to work for our benefit. The longer Russia survives, the more troops they will get and the better the chance we have to win the war. I think Germany is making a big mistake by not trying to take out Russia when they can.

Great Britain 2 1916

Russia’s mobilization is huge and the Germans are scared! The army of 7,000 Russians forced the German army back into their country, and Russia claimed all of their lost territory. Things are looking good for the allies right now. I begin to move my navy up to Great Britain so I can start supplying France. Germany tried to move their army though Belgium, but Belgium refused. Germany declared war on Belgium, and France stepped in to defeat the German army. Although one of my objectives was to keep Belgium neutral, they have joined the alliance. I tried to encourage them not to, but with Germany trying to them as a route to France, it was the only way for Belgium to protect themselves. I convinced all of the allied navies to move north with me as well so that we can supply France with troops from my country and the United States. There was one flaw in the plan that I overlooked. We moved all of our navies into the Mediterranean Sea Zone 1, but all three of the German u-boat forces were in this zone with us. I lost 400 in my navy, and all the other navies took big losses as well. This shouldn’t change the tide of the war, but it will slow down our invasion of Germany because it will limit the troops we can bring from the U.S. and Britain.

Great Britain 2 1917

America has entered the war! This should give a significant edge to the allies as the war is coming to an end. The allies prepare for a major invasion of Germany. The allies move 2,277 of my troops and 1, 329 U.S. troops into France using our combined naval fleet. Both sides are at a stalemate, fearing the size and strength of the opposition’s army. Germany took back Bulgaria and tried to recapture some Ottoman Empire territory, but Russia was able to defeat them and prevent them from moving any further. 1918 will be a key year for the allies. There will be many battles fought and many losses for both sides, but I hope the allies will come out on top.

Great Britain 2 1918

Allied forces pour into Germany and Austria-Hungary from all sides. The Central power takes huge loses, but their shear size and power prevent them from losing most of their territories. The U.S. attack of 1,000 troops through the Ardennes Forest was too much for Germany to take, and the allies took over G2. Russia was able to recapture Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria. After Russia used all of their troops to greatly weaken Germany, the Germans were able to take one of Russians territories. I feel that this was a cheap victory for the Central Powers, but it is what it is. I just wish we had more time. The Central Powers were extremely weak from repeated invasions, but it was simply a time factor that prevented the Allies from world domination. I regret not having the allies attack in 1917. If we had done that, I feel that Germany and Austria-Hungary would have easily been defeated in 1918. When looking at the map, it was still a victory for the allies, but there was much more that could have been done.

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