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.

Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan Student Journal: Netherlands 5

Netherlands 5 Orientation 

So. I don’t really know how this is supposed to play out. I really don’t want to participate in this simulation. I have an easy enough role to play I guess. I did hear someone say in our class it was the USSR’s plan to just bomb everything. If that happens then maybe I’ll have no choice but to just go along with it. That sounds easy enough. Either way I won’t know until I get there so it is what it is. I just have to try and keep the peace within my group. I hope all the countries agree that way I don’t really have to compromise for the group. I don’t like talking in class and arguing with people. I also hope that no one wants to fight because that’s another thing I’m against. If they don’t then I assume I’ll have to say something.

Netherlands 5 Day 1

Well now. The USSR is not messing around one bit. DefCon 2 and already done some bombing. We’ve only been in class less than 20 minutes. I really feel like NATO is basically going to be whatever Sage and Jacob want to do because let’s be honest, they are not going to be persuaded to do anything other than what they want. This is why children are not allowed to run wars. We would end all forms of civilization. In a week most likely. There goes my country. I officially now have no say in the simulation any more. It happens. Okay. One of my objectives is to keep the peace between the countries in NATO and so far, I’m doing a pretty good job. It’s easy enough because they all are in agreement with one another already. Even if they weren’t I doubt there is much I could do to get them to agree. It’s Sage and Jacob. They’re not going to listen to anyone other than themselves. For my second objective I can guarantee that my own country will not be participating in any fighting. Well. I tried to tell Sage and Jacob to slow down on all the bombing but the other side wasn’t backing down so neither were they. I’m done now.

Netherlands 5 Day 2

I would not at all be surprised if we just destroyed the entire world. We just destroyed the world.. Children really should not have control over nuclear bombs. This doesn

World War Two Lesson Plan Student Journal: France

France 5, 1938

It’s only orientation day and the tension is already building. We have found out who we (as allies) can trust and who we can’t. I’m getting a weird  vibe from Emilee Knipfel. China is an ally but she has also made her way into the axis war room. I’m not sure what to think about it right now. Natural Resources were definitely a hot topic today. The allies made sure that we were all on the same page about not letting the pacific Natural resources slip into the hands of the axis powers. We received all of our oil from Great Britain and We are trying to get rubber from them also. That would be a huge help to our situation by increasing our power rating. I also think Belgium will be germany’s main infiltration point into France. I am also very grateful for the protective wall keeping Germany from directly attacking France.  Im hoping Britain also sends troops either into F1 or Belgium to help defend.

France 5, 1939

This was kind of an interesting day. We did gain all of our natural resources thanks to Great Britain. And I now have a surplus of Coal and iron which I can give to Poland to help Complete my objective of Honoring my alliance with them. The British were able to take Germany’s navy. I am kind of suspicious of Italy’s navy also. They wanted access to the Western Mediterranean Sea but backed out when my navy wouldn’t let them through. It’s only the second day and I am already feeling a rush to get my objectives complete. Belgium was attacked by Germany today and we sent troops along with British forces to Protect it. We gained the United States as an ally which will help in the defense of France. I’m starting to realize how screwed France was from the beginning. It will be hard to defend F3 along with F1 at the same time. I don’t have that many troops and my Military rating seems non existent even after gaining all of my Natural Resources.

France 5, 1940

Tension is rising in France. Germany is most likely going to attack from Belgium today. There was a behind the scenes talk with Germany during weights the other day, Sage wanted me to move troops out of F1 and F2 into F3 so he could complete an objective of taking france without using force and then I would be able to take it back over after he left. I had a bad feeling about this and I also don’t trust Sage. We are building forces in F1 to try to defend France as well as we can. I’m not sure what else we can do to defend ourselves at this point because we have to keep troops in southern France to defend against Italy who are also on the verge of attacking. Germany did take over F1 but we widled them down to 1,400 sum troops. Now if I split the rest of my army between F2 and F3 then we will hopefully complete our objective of retaining our land, or at least attempting to.

France 5, 1941

A sad day in France. Germany finally took over France. We do still have French Indo China and French North Africa and now Libya. Great Britain, France, and The United States Navy’s are starting to move troops from The U.S. into Great Britain. From there we will be able to start pumping them into Europe. I am also wanting to eliminate Italy’s Navy. They are the only naval threat that we have to worry about. If we get them out of the way we will be able to move our navy’s with a better peace of mind. And also not have to worry about the Axis moving troops by sea.

France 5, 1942

Good day today! Although Germany seems to be spreading and getting bigger, I feel like the Allies are in more control. As long as the united states keeps gaining troops and navy, then we will be able to start attacking Germany. The allies gained and then lost the USSR today. Not sure what the U.S. was thinking when they did this. Sage (Germany) is kind of getting worried. He even talked about trying to make peace talks with us today. I think he is scared that he will be the only Axis power left. We are going to try to convince Italy to switch sides. This would be a huge gain of not only a few troops but also navy.

France 5, 1943

Today has the potential of being one of the most strategically important days yet. I have talked with Great Britain (Jacob Coulson) about needing Italy on our side. We thought that Germany would let us peacefully go through france to get to Italy but we realized how much danger we would be in. We changed our plan to send Naval forces up to the U.S. and move troops back to F3 and take it over. D-Day! Once we get a foothold in Europe, we can start advancing towards Germany. Sage is throwing Italy under the bus and using her navy while their alliance is still good. Soon we hope to gain Italy and their navy to help move more troops into Europe. But I don’t think she will join us unless it looks hopeless for Germany. Hopefully by taking F3, we will help her realize who is in control. Unfortunately she has already lost over half of her navy by letting Sage tell her to attack French and Great Britain’s navy in the Mediterranean.

France 5, 1944

Today was another huge day for the Allies! Great Britain and the U.S. took back F1 and actually took G1 for part of the day. Germany is really running low on troops. We are trying to get Bulgaria, and Hungary to join us. It would save a lot of moves and troops that we would lose if we had to fight them. If we can gain those countries, we will have a more secure perimeter built up around Germany and we will be able to take them that much quicker. The more we can surround them, the quicker we can choke them out. It is really looking good for the Allies, all we could need is more time.

France 5, 1945

Interesting finish to the simulation. I had originally planed on finishing off the Germans, but Great Britain and I realized that we didn’t need to continue fighting the Germans and that We needed to take back the Middle East countries from Italy more. We gained F1 back and then continued to take Italy. We also gained back some middle east territories like Palestine. The U.S. went back and forth on making alliances with Italy. This made Great Britain want to back out of the Allies and France would have to follow. In the end, The U.S. broke ties with Italy and no body backed out of the Alliance. Which is probably good because Halder would have just taken Great Britain and someone would have Flunked. I wish we had at least one more day to sort everything out and completely destroy the Italians.

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