WWI Simulation Student Journal: France

France 2 1914 WWI Simulation

As the war started we kept our objectives in the back of our head. We went back and forth on whether or not to mobilize but in the end decide it was best because we found out other countries began to mobilize. We have talked to couple countries like Belgium. We decided to form a secret defensive alliance. We are planning on putting troops in Belgium soon. We at some point want to get make a strong and honorable alliance with Montenegro. We heard that Serbia might be attacking Mongtreal. Then out of no were war was declared on Serbia from Austria-Hungry. We have an Alliance with them. It sucks that we wern’t able to help them since we are too far away.

France 2 1915

We can’t belive what happened with the Lusitania. We are furious with Germany and what they did to those Americans and the Britians. We have a secret Alliance with America so this is very upsetting us. We are really thinking about declaring war with Germany but we want a little more help. The news just came that Austria-Hungary and Germany just attacked part of Russia. I think Great Britain is going to try to help Russia. As Russia was getting taken over its looking bad for the Allies. As France I think we are going to move are troops into G2 so we can hopefully concur. Our plans were halted when we found out only a 1000 troops can go through the Ardennes forest. We backed out of our attack and hope Germany doesn’t go for Belgium before we can get troops in there. We were successful in moving 4000 troops into Belgium. I fear that Germany has noticed our troops are in Belgium and will attack before we attack them. 

France 2 1916

The Allies have a big plan brewing. We want to attack the central power from all sides. Get Russia in to R3 and O2. From talking to Russia they think that is a good idea. Great Britain is also going to try and help as much as they can. Now that romanian is on our side we are going to try and get them to attack Serbia. Since there was no troops in Serbia at the time. We wanted to attack with 4000 in to G1. With how strong and how many troops the Central power has we were unable to capture any of that land. Now Russia is left with out any defence. Romania wasn’t about to attack Serbia. We wouldn’t be surprised if Austria-Hungary or Germany attacks Russia. The Central Powers have almost taken everything. They took Romina and we couldn’t do anything. We were right and they attacked Russia. This is not looking good for us. 

France 2 1917

America just got stronger I hope this helps us fight back from the powerful forces of the central power. We think fighting at this time wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do right now because we are weak. I don’t think we are going to win this. We are thinking if things go really bad we can all go to Great Britain or the US. Russia just surrendered I dont think there is anything we can do to stop the Central Power from taking all of France. Things are getting worst. F2 of France got taken over. We decided to not to move any more troops to help defend that section because we are thinking their is going to be a big attack in Belgium so we wanted to save our troops for that. We were right. Germany moved 5158 in to Belgium. We went back and forth whether or not we should send troops in to Belgium. We did and sent all we had. We lost which is not good we lost all of our troops except for the 10 in French North Africa. We thought it would be smart to move the 80 from Portugal and some from Great Britain in to F1. Germany attacked us and we got taken over. I think Italy and Germany are going to take over the last section of France. Things are getting rough and I think the Allies are not going to make it through this war. We will have to see how the next year goes. 

France 2 1918

The debate is strong. Do we fight or do we expect fate. With no troops in France all we can do is move troops with our navy. Lucky America was willing to let us move some into our last section of France. Great Britain is not willing to give us some troops. I think the Central Powers are going to take the last section of France then move to Great Britain. France is weak right now so it would be an easy target. LETS GO! We were victorious in France. This was what we needed. We are thinking about having a navy battle in the North Sea and we were victorious. This really upset Germany. This made them think we have power especially in our navy forces. Since we won that battle Germany has no more navy. We are thinking the best thing to do is it bring some more troops into France in hopes we can protect our selves. Great Britain and Japan just decided that their wasn’t much to do on land so they chose to do a navy battle in the Adriatic Sea against Italy. Allies were victorious. As the year comes to an end the war is wrapping up. It is looking good for the last part of France. We are going to make it through it.

WWII Simulation Student Journal: Japan

Japan 4, 1938 WWII Simulation

Our first plans for the start of the war are to take over NC and SC China and also take the Eastern USSR right off the bat. We want to acquire the closest to us and spread out to eventually get all the land we need. 

Japan 4, 1939

We sent 1500 troops from NE China to NC China and successfully took that over. We also decided to send troops from SE China to SC China and that was also victorious SC China also had help from GB and France and still got defeated. Our goal is also to gain these lands to gain the rubber in Burma because we do not have any ruber and we need rubber to make our Navy the highest possible ranking. We also used our navy to move troops from Japan to Korea to get closer to attacking the Eastern USSR. Our last plan for the year is to send troops from SC China to Burma in order to get their rubber to make us stronger. We completed taking Burma and got our Military ranking to a 10. We now have more materials than we need, so we will share with the other Axis powers to make them stronger also. 

Japan 4,1940

This year we started off by giving 9 rubber to Germany, 6 to Italy, 3 to Romania, 1 to Bulgaria, and 1 to hungary. We decided to take initiative to attack and take over the U.S navy. We planned to take out most of the U.S navy this year and ended up getting it fully completed today because the last of the U.S navy ended up attacking us so our objective with the U.S navy is now completed before 1941. We attacked NW China and were victorious and completed taking over all of China. We plan to take French-Indo China and India and invade Thailand because it is not occupied and gain us more land to get further south to eventually take over and make it to Australia. We were victorious in all of our plans for this year. We moved many of our troops Manchucko to eventually be able to attack the Eastern USSR and take over all of Asia. 

Japan 4,1941

We allied the USSR to join the Axis powers and now our plan moving forward this year is to move south to gain all of the land below us. There is not much defense from anyone that could help them or us through battles so Japan has been undefeated. We advanced this year and gained the Dutch East Indies, we also used our navy to attack and gain Australia. We are now wanting to gain more land for the Axis power so we are using a joint effort between us and the USSR and are planning to take over Iran and continue to keep going west. 

Japan 4,1942

This year we started off by taking over Iraq and Syria with the USSR and that was also victorious. We are still planning to move east as we continue. We completed gaining the Philippines and got the rest of that land. We have been warned that GB and the US navys are trying to take over our navy to try to knock us out. They did decide to try to take our navy over but still came out victorious. We now are planning to take troops from the Dutch East Indies over to eventually get Hawaii. 

Japan 4,1943

Things are starting to slow down. Our navy was attacked in 1942 but we still have some left so we are planning to take over Hawaii and complete our objectives. We are also going to continue to move west and take as much as possible this year just to cover more land. We did accomplish taking Palestine and the Suez Canal and we cannot get any further without a Navy. The USSR let us use their navy and took 20 of our troops over to French North Africa however it got defended and we lost 20 of our troops. We used our navy to move troops from Japan to Alaska and took that over. 

Japan 4,1944

These last two years we do not have much to accomplish. We have a good feeling the Allied navy is trying to take over the last of our navy because the 66 of our navy is the only navy the Axis powers have left so we are planning to make them chase us. The GB navy did attack us so we lost more of our navy but were still victorious. However the United States attacked our Navy and we were defeated so we do not have any navy left. 

Japan 4,1945

This is the last year of the war and we have already completed most of our objectives. The axis powers have a majority of the land and it is seeming to look good. The US did take back Hawaii from us because we were outnumbered and could not get back out to Hawaii to defend. The US and Great Britain invaded part of France and Sweden. The axis powers are losing lots of land this year. We are thinking maybe the US and GB are going to attack Finland so we moved troops to Finland and to the coast in China in case there would be any sort of attack on us from the Navy. They did end up taking over Finland and many troops lost from Japan and the USSR. The allied powers are slowly gaining more land but the war is almost over and axis powers seem to still to end well and have a majority of the land. The war was an Axis victory!

WWI Student Journal: Austria-Hungary

WWI Simulation

Austria-Hungary 1914

It was the brink of the “War to end all Wars” they called it. Knowing our plan to exact revenge on Serbia, we planned on moving about 1000 troops to A3, planning to attack soon. We also wanted to form some alliances with Italy, since they seemed that they might be a thorn in our side. But they would budge, they said that they would think about it, planning that they won’t take our offer, Austria -Hungary decided to keep an eye on Italy. Germany,our allies, also plan on attacking R3 of Russia. Knowing that we had to honor our alliance with Germany, we watched and waited until we wanted to make an attack. Russia has so many troops, can we win?

Austria-Hungary 1915

We instantly attacked Serbia while they were making an alliance with another country. We did it, we took revenge for the assasination of our Archduke. Germany also moved into Russia, so we decided to help them by sending a couple hundred troops to help them. Then to our surprisement, Germany invented poison gas. Russia stood no chance against the central powers. We took control of R3 with ease. Then Bulgaria decided to show up and wanted to form an alliance with us, we obliged knowing that why cant do anything to us. After a while, Italy decided to attack, sending 1200 troops to A2, we had only 200 troops defending that. We needed a plan ASAP. What could we do? We realized that the troops surrounding A2 had a massive amount of Austro-Hungarian troops. So we decided to send 1000 from A1 to A2, and 300 from A3 to A2. Before the attack, Italy had 1200 troops, we now had 1500 troops. The attack was tense, would Italy be a bigger problem than we thought? After the attack, we won. We won and only lost about 500 troops, absolutely destroying Italy. Italy, low on troops, now wanted an alliance. They didn’t accept our offer before and now they expect us to accept theirs?  I wanted to punish Italy for what they did, but my advisors and the leaders of Bulgaria and Germany wanted to form an alliance with them, knowing that the troops would be useful to use against France. Our other allies, the Ottoman Empire, were on the brink of war with over 4000 troops knocking on their door, with only over 2000 to defend their Empire. We could not reach them in time, so my next plan is to reinforce O2 in case the ottomans lose, and attack the invading Russians. We also wanted to give Greece the option of either joining us, or being destroyed. They decided that they wouldn’t join us but gave us their word that they wouldn’t attack us. So I gave Bulgaria a plan of either destroying Greece, or leaving them alone, it’s up to them. How much longer is this war going to last!? But, with our alliances and strategy, I feel like this war might end very soon.

Austria-Hungary 1916

We came back together and went straight for the offensive, we completed our goal and took control of Greece. With our objective complete, we set our sights on Russia. But before we could attack, we had to defend Germany from the French. They had a few more troops compared to us, but we were able to help Germany defend their homeland. Now with Russia, with the ottoman empire from the south and Germany and Austria-Hungary from the East. We were outnumbered but that didn’t matter with Russia’s low industrialization. The ottoman empire beat the russians from the south so russia was in a corner with nothing to do.

Austria-Hungary 1917

We had a plan to finally take down Russia, but it seems the Russian citizens beat us to it. Since Russia was rapidly losing land, the citizens decided to start a civil war, making Russia surrender in the war. Germany also asked Mexico for help, but the message also got to the United States. Making them go to war with the central power. They were of little concern for us, but the biggest concern for us was the take over of Belgium. If we took that over, we would have a clear path to France. So Germany moved a little over 5,000 troops into Belgium and we moved over 400 into there as well. That’s when the Allies went on the complete offensive. They moved thousands into Belgium, quickly outnumbering us. But to everyone’s surprise, we won. We lost a lot of people in that battle so we had to quickly reinforce the troops before they were killed by the Brits. We were able to quickly reinforce the troops, moving France into a corner. We are so close to taking control of all of mainland Europe, we just need Britain. But now we wait for their move. 

Austria-Hungary 1918

The war seemed to be almost over with our victory on the horizon. But France wasn’t completely gone yet so we decided to attack with our troops and German troops. It seemed we were going to win easily but we didn’t know that reinforcements were on the way for France. We were outnumbered and lost our first battle in the war. We were never able to get France in complete control, but we were able to take their capital so they were no longer able to make more troops. Italy, Germany and the Ottoman Empire kept moving more and more east to try to take France and Britain. While I sent 100 troops to Egypt to take control of it. We ended up winning that battle, but Italy had their own battle. They were attacked by the Japanese and the British navy, it wasn’t much of a worry for us, I think they were just trying to do what they could to damage us as much as possible. The Allies never really made an attack on us besides for the attack on the Italian Navy I think they were just stalling so we couldn’t take full control of France. We did end up winning the war with our Allies, controlling almost all of Europe besides Portugal, a tiny bit of France, and Great Britain. It seemed like an easy win with only losing two battles in the entire war, but I will never forget the battle of Belgium. 

WWII Simulation Student Journal: Soviet Union

U.S.S.R. 2 1939 WWII Simulation

After looking over our objectives we decided to take control of Poland P2 which was one of our objectives. While we took P2, Germany took P1 which might not be good for us. We need to be careful of what Germany is planning because they might want to take us over now. If they invade us we will have to join the allies for more support, and make sure to plan accordingly to where to put our troops. Our army is not strong so we will have to get more resources from other countries to allow us to make our army stronger.

U.S.S.R. 2 1940

On day 2 we attacked Finland with 750 troops versus 250 and we lost. One of our objectives was to take over Finland, but they were able to defeat us with a lot less troops. We are still waiting for Germany to attack us and trying to put our troops in the right place. It will be hard for us to take over any land because our army is weak. We have a better advantage of defending against attacks because of our geographical advantage over the other countries. 

U.S.S.R. 2 1941

In 1941 we were still concerned about Germany and Japan. We know that both of these countries want to attack us, and this is part of their objectives. We are going to attack 3 small countries because it is part of their objectives. We want to take over land owned by Egypt because there are resources there. Great Britain has troops down there, and we are still neutral. We are considering joining the axis powers if Germany doesn’t attack us. We want to get resources from Japan because they are gaining a lot in their battles. If we convince them to give some of their resources, the army will get stronger.  

U.S.S.R. 2 1942

In 1942 we joined the axis powers. The reason we joined the axis powers is because Germany didn’t attack us. Another reason for our thinking is if we help them, then Germany won’t attack us. We know we wouldn’t be able to defend against Germany. One of our objectives was to take over Finland, which we were able to do. They were weak from a war against Germany so we were able to defeat them. With us taking over most of the coast it will be hard for the allies to bring enough troops to take over what they have lost. 

U.S.S.R. 2 1943

Since we joined the allies we attacked Iran because Great Britain only had 50 troops in there. Our reason to attack this was because there were resources we could use there. We started to move our troops to help Germany, but didn’t move many because Germany still might attack us. Just to be cautious we wanted to be prepared for Germany to backstab us at any point. We have been able to take over a lot of land because the allied troops are spread out. 

U.S.S.R. 2 1944

Our plan in 1944 was to take over Alaska and Hawaii with Japan. The United States doesn’t have many troops over there, and it focuses all of their attention in the north sea zone. We have taken over Sweden but Norway because there are some American troops in there. We won’t be able to take over Norway because we don’t have enough troops to take down the American troops. Our plan is to continue to keep taking over land towards Egypt. There are no troops there to stop us so all of the land will be ours. 

U.S.S.R. 2 1945

In 1945 we are planning on getting attacked by America. We don’t know where America is going so we put troops in areas where we think they might attack us. We moved troops to P1 of Poland to help Germany out because their troops are low. With this being the last year of war they can’t do much to gain back more territory from them. Great Britain tried to take over Denmark, but we were able to help defend by sending our navy with troops.

Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, Soviet Union

Orientation Day:

Initial Thoughts: We currently have Soviet Union citizens leaving our country, we will not have that because I don’t want them being corrupted by these capitalist countries. We will not be losing our citizens today.

Strategy: I plan on attacking Turkey to start off the war. This is because they have 2 nuclear missiles there and we need to shut that off right away. We have now begun to move troops into other countries in order to prepare for war in the other countries. 

Day 1:

Thoughts: NATO has now moved into defcon 4, once they get to defcon 2 we plan to activate our launch on warning in order to scare NATO into not launching. By then we hope to have a lot of their missiles deactivated so that if they do launch, not a lot will happen to our country but a lot will happen to theirs. NATO has begun to attack East Germany, this is a big mistake on their part.  We activated Launch on warning because they have moved to Defcon 2. 

Strategy: We have now begun to defend East Germany from the attack from NATO. They won this battle but with a big loss, we will attack them in order to get revenge. We also plan on taking out Greece in order to have easy attack access into Italy. We see that they dont have a lot of troops, this will be an easy win. NATO has now begun to move troops into west Germany, this will make the battle a little harder but we will still proveil. We have won the battle against greece with very minimal losses.  Our attack on Greece, East Germany, and Yugoslavia has been successful and our chances of victory over Europe are looking better.  Right now we are attacking Italy and we have won.  

Day 2:

Thoughts: We know that NATO is on defcon 2 and that they are most likely going to launch their missiles today. We hope to deactivate as many as we can so that the damage dealt to our country is very minimal. We were really hoping to take over Britain as well as France today but we might only be able to get to France before the missiles are launched. Right now, NATO is taking over Cuba which gets rid of our secret missiles stationed in Cuba. Strategy: Today we plan on taking over France and ensuring our hold on France. They have launched their tactics on west Germany and Italy, taking out a lot of our troops, but we still have a very good chance of winning this battle. I don’t know what to do at this point because I know that if I move troops forward then they will just use more tactical nukes to take out our troops. We only moved troops this time because we didn’t want to lose any more troops to battle. We are waiting for their advancement so we can take them out with tactical nukes. They are beginning to move their troops into west Germany, but we will tactical nuke them in order to keep them on their side. We moved troops into Norway because we wanted to be able to take over Denmark from Norway if we are able to do that. I am going to send all of the troops I can from Norway into Denmark to try and take out those troops. We found ourselves in a stalemate, so we are just going to send our nukes

World War II Simulation Student Journal: Germany

1938 – Hitler and Moussilini are incredibly powerful as they have allied with each other. Stalin has created a pact with Hitler as well so they do not fight each other. Us and Great Britian need to be patient as to wait for the U.S. to fortify eventually. As soon as we have waited successfully we will try to penetrate Germany. Right now, we need to stand our ground. We need to attain as many allies as we can to strategically weave through the German ideology. The Soviet Union will be at their heels as well. We will need to be strong, and knowing Germany, they will stop at nothing to try and take over any land. 

1939 – During this time, the Italian try to negotiate a Treaty in which they can take North East Africa as long as they do not fight the Allies. This was discussed with us, France. We should’ve taken the deal because now he may try to attack the French. Germany invaded P1 in Poland. Poland was incredibly vulnerable considering the Soviets are Nuetral at this point, so they can’t help out the Polish. At this point, the Axis were attacking everything, but maybe not what the Allies expected them to attack. Japan attacked the Dutch East Indies, which was where some of our rubber came from. Germany decided to attack the other side of Poland as well, P2. Japan attacked French Indo Africa as well. 

1940 – We are under attack! The Germans and Italian attacked us and took a lot of casualties. Italy is still being stubborn but hopefully we can ally with them soon. They should ally with us once we figure out how to weaken the Germans. The Americans are still thinking about joining, but they haven’t been attacked yet. Japan is very strong so we need to find a way to rely on the U.S. to eventually join. At this time, this was Japan’s chance to attack and try to take down China. The Slovakian troops came and fortified the Chinese so it made it harder for the Japanese to penetrate the mainland, but they still did significant damage.

1941 – It was now the Soviet’s turn to make moves. First, they took Manchukuo with an incredible amount of troops. With a low army rating, against the Japanese, they would suffer several several casualties. Then they made their way around Japan to their countries that were undefended and vulnerable. They eventually will try and take more, but its tough against the strong Japanese. The British needs to take the border countries of Egypt, Arabia, etc. The USSR wanted to expand their land, so they attacked Finland. Germany decided they needed to get the Soviets back. They decided to invade Romania, and eventually took it. 

1942 – Albania and Greece were on Italy’s mind during 1942. They wanted to go from the ground up, taking small countries. They took Yugoslavia momentarily. Bulgaria came and helped them out. Germany invaded Denmark as well. The British stunned Germany so they couldn’t fortify and Latvia stunned Germany. The allies moved 1 of Lithuania’s troop to East Prussia to take the territory. The we stunned the German’s mainland so no fortifications as well. China then stunned India so they couldn’t reinforce their fierce Japanese troops. China did the same thing to South Central China as well there Japan had previously invaded. The Netherlands took their troop and attained the West Pecific region of Japan as well. The USA grabbed Burma later, which has most all the rubber in the simulation. 

1943 – At this point, Germany seems to be the most passive country in the Simulation, which is incredibly stupid on Germany’s part. Another dabocle that took place was that Italy was still irritated with the French because they had not accepted their deal they had given the French. They soon attacked the border country of French North Africa, and tried to take the land the French had denied the Italian in their dead deal. The British came in and reinforced, preventing the Italian to take over the land. Italy was pretty much a one man show, and barely had any other troop anywhere else besides their mainland. This was also the year Japan was required in their objectives to attack the U.S. This was great news to the allies because they knew the Americans would join us if their were attacked by the Axis. This was such a good sign for the allies because the Americans were incredibly strong. They were the only country that could mobilize their troops, so eventually, they moved their troop into France through their allied Navies: Great Britian, us(France), and even the Netherlands.  

1944 – This year, Hawaii, the small territory which the Japanese had taken over momentarily, needed to be taken back the U.S., according to the Prime Minister. They  won with a slight edge of 8 to spare. On the other side of the map, the Allies planned an attack to take back Belgium. We first stunned Germany so they were unable to reinforce. There was other stunning going on as well so the allies could fully prevent the Axis from reinforcing anything. We figured that we’d take the American troops that we had in France, which were shipped from the U.S. with the allied Navies, to Belgium accompanying the British and French attacking troop. The Nazis were incredibly outnumbers, having not even 1000 troops to defend. We sent everything we had, and soon enough, we had take Belgium back.  

1945 – This last year, the was a lot of fortifications, and switching sides. First, the Italians decided they should join the allies, because there was nothing for them with the Axis. There was a lot of trading in between battles. First off, the allies took everything they had to Belgium. They stacked everything up, awaiting the stunning, and readiness of the rest of the allies. Soon almost every ally besides the Soviets were making their way into the mainland of Germany. The allies designed the attack to minimalize the German strength. This did that exaxct trick, creating an insane German decrease in troops. An incredible amount of casualties, and the only thing left in the large battler was barely any Germans left. The Axis decided they wanted a little more land before resigning from the turn, so they took small portion of the Eastern Soviet land before refraining from any other war. This ended the turn, and the simulation altogether. World War 2 Simulation

WWI Simulation Student Journal: Italy

Italy 4 1913

The year is 1913 and our country of Italy is remaining neutral. Tensions are growing high in the Balkans and we fear for the worst. Secret alliances were made with Russia and the United States. With these alliances, we feel that we will have solid support on both the offensive and defensive front. 

Italy 4 1914

The year is 1914 and Germany and part of Austria-Hungary have just attacked East Russia. The Russians were no match for their elusive force and advanced and industrialized technology that completely left them hopeless and forced to retreat. The British Naval fleet fought hard against the German fleet in the Baltic Sea. They lost, however, a large dent was made in the German fleet, we feel that this is may become a large opportunity. The German Fleet retaliated and attacked the British Naval Fleet in the North Sea and were victorious. German troops continue to push forward in Russia. Fortunately, Russia was able to defend against the attack and protect the motherland. Austria Hungary plans to punish Serbia by attacking them, Romania is no longer neutral and joined the Allies and is helping Serbia defend. This battle was victorious and the Austria-Hungary force was destroyed.

Italy 4 1915

We have mobilized and made an alliance with the Allies. Their forces are strong and we know we can use this to our advantage. Our plan is to move our Italian troops down to Cyprus and continue to effort to take over the Ottoman Empire which is supported by the British Navy. Both us and Italy have moved our Navy into the Mediterranean Sea, supporting the British Naval Fleet. Germany attacked Belgium but they were taken back by the powerful force of both British and France troops. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK. The Austria-Hungarian force has declared war on us. France is supporting and we were successful. The Italians will fight to see another day. 

Italy 4 1916

The year is 1916 and us and France tried to take over part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire… we failed. We’ve lost half of our troops and we took a large step back in this war. We are lucky to have the support of France to the East of us. We will fight hard and we will fight until we have nothing left. Romania and Serbia declared war Austria-Hungary, who was defended by German troops, they won. The German army is very powerful, I don’t know how we are going to be able to break through this. Both German and Austria-Hungarian forces have just invaded Serbia with a devastiing blow. Serbia was no match for the wrath of the Central Powers. 

Italy 4 1917

The year is 1917 and British and France forces are attacking the heart of German forces who are being supported by Austria-Hungarian forces.  Us and France have just declared war on Austria Hungary. We must reclaim Trieste for the pride of Italy. Tensions are growing increasingly high in the heart of Germany and they are gathering a lot of troops there. The US has joined the war and are supporting French troops in France. Our goal is to rally our troops into France and dump all of our forces into the heart of Germany. Both France and British forces have taken southern Germany. Although it was a small win, it was a mjaor victory for the allied powers. The German forces are far less intimidating then they used to be. 

Italy 4 1918

The year is 1918 and this war has been dragging on for too long now. Among the allied powers, we are talking about finishing this war with one big devasting blow to Germany. Their forces seem to be losing their will and their strength and this feels like the best time to strike. As we lead our forces towards Germany, the Central powers are drawing their forces nearer, too. We’ve gotten word from Britain coms and they’ve just informed us that they declared war on Germany. We did lose the battle, however, we have found a weakness within the central powers. Parades roar in the streets as Italy recovers Trieste from the Allied Powers. We have successfully fought back Germans, Austria-Hungarians, and the Bulgarians. 

Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, Italy

Italy 7 Orientation Day:

Initial Thoughts: This war is going to be super crazy. Everyone knows that this war would mean the end of the world. If nuclear bombs are released then the world would break off into a bunch of losses. Many people won’t survive. Many countries will be destroyed. Nuclear bombs are very terrible in the fact that they would mean the destruction of everything. 

Strategy: My country and allies are going to keep up the defensive act as much as possible. We are making every decision together and are keeping up the defense. 

Italy 7 Day 1:

Thoughts: The Warsaw pact attacked Turkey. NATO asked our ally Greece if they could help Turkey in the fight to save their country. Greece’s leader declined to help. This means that Turkey was taken over and now the country is under the control of the Warsaw pact.  NATO has made the decision to attack Eastern Germany after their declaration of the Berlin Wall. NATO was victorious and took over the communist controlled East Germany. I let France move their troops into Italy so that together we can attack Yugoslavia. We decided against that choice because of the fact that the Warsaw pact was taking over Yugoslavia. The Warsaw pact attacked the people in East Germany again. With this fight Eastern Germany was taken back from the Warsaw pact. Portugal’s troops moved over to my country and are able to help fight. The Warsaw pact attacked my country Italy. France and Portugal troops that were in my country were not enough to save my country. Italy was taken over. West Germany was attacked and taken over from the Warsaw pact. 

Strategy: My country Italy is going to work on helping my Allies defend and take over countries. I am going to work with the United States to fight the communist party’s so that we can get rid of as many communist parties as we can. We started with one of the biggest communist controlled countries in the world, East Germany. I am going to let any troops that I need in my country in. We all made the decision to move up a DEFCON making NATO into DEFCON 3. The Warsaw pact followed this with moving up DEFCON 3 as well. 

Italy 7 Day 2:

Thoughts: NATO decided to start this year off with the attack on Cuba. This was a victory for NATO. NATO needs to fight back to gain more land back and take out Warsaw’s troops. NATO wants to gain back my country of Italy to stop communism from spreading. NATO also wants to get back West Germany. After our bombing from last year we gained both countries back. The USSR is moving their troops into their Warsaw Pact allie’s countries. The war is about to get really serious and way more dangerous. After the events of last year when NATO decided to move up a DEFCON which put us at 2. The Warsaw Pact decided to move up their DEFCON to a 2 as well. The Warsaw Pact bombed West Germany, Italy, and Norway. Norway was taken over by the Warsaw Pact. Italy has been bombed so many times, I am not sure what will be left of my people. NATO  is now trying to go along with their plan and gaining back our old territories. They started with Turkey and then gained back Greece afterwards. The Warsaw Pact attacked Turkey again to take it back from NATO. The Warsaw Pact moved to DEFCON 1 and in retaliation NATO also moved to DEFCON 1. NATO decided together to attack East Germany. Eventually East Germany was taken over. In retaliation East Germany was bombed from the Warsaw Pact. The Warsaw Pact wanted East Germany back so they attacked it again and got it back. France talked to us and we all decided that France should move their troops over to the Netherlands. The Warsaw Pact launched their nuclear bombs so our nuclear bombs were set off.  By the bombs being unleashed, it caused the end of the world and no one survived. 

Strategy: In order to try and get our land back and attack Warsaw’s troops, we have decided to use France’s tactical bombs in order to take out the troops in both West Germany and Italy. NATO is working on reinforcing some of our countries. Troops are moving everywhere. NATO is preparing for a huge attack on the Warsaw Pact. NATO plans to take over the USSR since their troops are out of their main land. We need to get our territory back and gain some more so we are launching many attacks on East Germany.

WWI France Student Journal

Period 2 

1913- 

The Archduke of Austria-Hungary is dead! Serbia has taken responsibility for the killing of the Archduke. War is upon us, and I’m on the side of the Allies. I am guessing that Austria-Hungary is going to declare war with Serbia. Although I am not a direct ally of Serbia, Russia is. Since I am an ally of Russia and a part of the Allied Powers, I am planning on helping Serbia and possibly becoming allies with them. The Allied powers and I also discussed on taking over the Dardanelles Strait. This is so Russia can keep up with getting weapons and the Allied Powers can survive! I am also strategizing on how I’m going to take back Alsace and Lorraine from Germany … I might wait awhile until Germany moves away from G2 … 

1914- 

Austria-Hungary has mobilized their troops and declared war against Serbia! After both speeches from Austria-Hungary and Serbia, I think things are not going to go down peacefully. Yet, no one is going down without a fight! Although I am not a direct ally with Serbia, I am going to help them as much as I can. This year the Central Powers attacked a lot of the Allied Powers’ territory. They won a battle against Russia, but lost a battle against Great Britain’s Navy fleet. Nothing towards Serbia yet, and they haven’t come towards France yet, so I am not too worried right now. However, since my allies are being threatened I am going to send some troops over to help. We are also planning on taking over the Dardanelles Strait, hoping that it will increase rank for the Allied Powers’ in battle. I feel a lot of destruction is ahead … and I don’t think any country is ready for it.

1915-

This was a crazy, confusing, and scary year. Lots of battles took place, lots of countries joined the Allied Powers, and lots of territory was unfortunately lost. One good thing is that Great Britain took out all of Germany’s Navy. We tried to send troops over to the Ottoman Empire, waiting for the perfect time to attack them when they were weak and take over the Dardanelles Strait. This plan had to be put to rest when both Germany and the Austria-Hungary empires were attacking countries that I had allied with secretly. I wanted to defend that alliance, so I had to retreat from where I was waiting and go help them out. Still, no one has come towards France, and I’m starting to think that the waiting game isn’t going to work out. I think that the rest of the Allied Powers and I need to start putting pressure on the Central Powers. Next year I’m hoping to be making some big moves. 

1916-

Like I said, putting pressure on the Central Powers is going to work. This year, we started getting offensive rather than defensive. Even though we lost most of our battles, we got the Central powers to start moving closer to France and away from Russia. This will help us in a bigger picture because now Russia can start to get some of its territory back with less German troops there ready to fight. I have been trying to take back Alsace and Lorraine from Germany, but every time I send troops over that way I get defeated. However, this may not be the WORST thing, because at least I am hurting the Central Powers numbers in the end game. Great Britain and I have really been working together to get more troops over to France. With this, we can have more numbers stacked up to go against the Central Powers. I pray that this is going to work, we are going to keep putting pressure on them and going at them to create a two-front war. 

1917- 

USA is in the mix! Thank God they joined our side and are going to help us take the Central Powers. Great Britain and I are taking as many US troops to France as we can. Germany and Austria-Hungary are still moving closer to France and have even attacked us on our own front. Obviously, this isn’t GREAT. However, if we are thinking BIG PICTURE, Russia has a good chance to start gaining territory back. I have Great Britain, the US, and myself fighting for France territory. So far, we haven’t gotten anything taken from France. We NEED new troops. Good thing we will get more in the draft next year… Overall, both sides took some big hits this year, hopefully next year will be the end.

1918-

A LOT of crap happened this year. We lost Russia… sadly. They are now in a Civil War. However, we did all we could to help Russia and honor the alliance. Our big victories of the year were defeating the German troops which were attacking Belgium. We all gathered as many allies and troop we could (France, Great Britain, America, Belgium, France, and even Portugal!) and we came out victorious! We also FINALLY took back Alsace and Lorraine from Germany, and it felt so good. Although we lost Russia, and lost some ally territory, France stayed strong and didn’t lose anything! (other than some troops, of course) I think that this war was a victory for the allies, and hopefully the central powers won’t mess with us anymore… 

Student Journal: Cold War Simulation, United States

United States 7 Orientation Day:

Initial Thoughts: My initial thoughts about the Cold War was that everything seemed a little confusing. I didn’t fully understand how all of the Defcon levels worked and what they meant, and the nuclear weapons freaked me out a bit. Knowing that both sides have the power to launch these weapons at any time, really puts the pressure on to win the war. 

Strategy: My strategy going into this war was to try and defend my country, and my allies as much as possible. I wanted to work very closely with my allies, and make plans to not let the Warsaw Pact completely take over the world. As a group, we didn’t want to attack so harshly right from the get go. Test the waters here and there to see how the other side would react.

United States 7 Day 1:

Thoughts: 

The war has just started. But neither side truly knows what to do. Do we go out guns ablazing right away? Do we test the waters and see how the other side reacts to what we do? No one really knows where to start. A declaration from the Soviets set the tone for Day 1. Right from the get go, there was tension between the two sides. No one wanted to upset the other, but both groups wanted to win. Both sides started out with small battles here and there. The Warsaw Pact attacked some of our land, we battled some of theirs, we just went back and forth a lot of the time. The war was pretty slow moving. Not a lot of serious action was going on. This was nothing like the other wars we’ve been through. I was kind of waiting to see which side takes it all the way to the extreme first. Was Day 1 going to be an all nuclear war battle? Or are we slowly working our way there? We got our answer by the end of the day. As both sides moved to Defcon 2, the war was getting more serious. Bigger and more important battles started happening, tensions were raised even higher, and no one was going to let up. 

Strategy: 

Our strategy for the first day was to test the waters a little bit. See how the other side would react to what we do. We started small with little battles. Taking over small countries that didn’t really have a huge impact on the war. We did this because a majority of these countries had no ruler, so we could send in a smaller amount of our troops, and take control without losing many soldiers. We, as NATO, also wanted to move up in Defcon levels at a slow rate. We did this because we didn’t want to jump in the deep end right away. By taking our time with the different levels, it allowed us to plan out more ways to win. We also decided that we all needed to help each other in order for us to win. We all decided to share our troops and weapons, and help out in any way that we can for one another. By doing this, we created cohesion with our group, which made decision making go a lot smoother than the other side.

United States 7 Day 2:

Thoughts: 

Today is the day, I can feel it. Someone will win the war, and that someone is NATO. Everything should work in our favor today. Nothing will stop us from claiming victory in this war. It’s about time this all comes to an end. First order of business is to take over Cuba. This is extremely vital for us if we want to win. With a secret nuclear missile base in their land, we need to take it over. And we did. The victory was so easy, it was almost sad to watch. But I don’t care, Cuba is mine, and that’s all that matters to me. 🙂 Besides this, not very much occurred. Very few wars or battles took place, and little movement occurred. But once the Warsaw Pact leveled up to Defcon 1, things took a turn. We moved up with them, and activated our Launch-On-Warning. You’d think with all the suspense and tension throughout this war, there would be a big fight to the death to declare a winner. But it was nothing like that. Once both sides activated their missiles, the countdown was on to see who would make it through… There was no one. No one came out on the other end. Everything and everyone was destroyed. Just like that, the whole world came crumbling down. 

Strategy: 

So many things have to work in our favor today if we want to win. First up, we need to take over Cuba. They have a secret nuclear missile base in their country. If that falls into the wrong hands, it will be over for the United States. Like on Day 1, we were still testing to see how the other side would react to what we did. But apparently they had the same idea. Very few battles occurred. It got to the point where we were thinking of either calling truce, or possibly nuking all of the USSR. I mean, that’s how slow going things were. But the Warsaw Pact moved to Defcon 1, and so did we. We wanted to be on the same level as them throughout the whole war. We didn’t want to be perceived as weak, or incapable of war. Once we both launched out missiles, we just had to wait and see what would happen.