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Urgent dispatch!

Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia: Belgrade shelled!

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Beloved citizens,

We have to inform you that an official telegram was intercepted today. It was sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold to the Serbian Prime Minister himself:

“The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.

Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.”

Sadly we have to confirm the state of war. In order to add authority to this declaration, Austro-Hungarian authorities ordered the shelling of the Serbian capital Belgrade. At this very moment, Austrian troops are attacking Belgrade just across the river Danube.
July 29, 2014

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Most devastating Battles of WWI

The Battle of Cer – The first Allied victory over Central Powers

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From late July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian army had launched several artillery attacks in Serbia and exploited the bombardments by construction pontoon bridges across the Sava and Drina rivers. However, Field Marshal Putnik ordered his army to fall back to form a traditional line of defence. Austro-Hungarian forces continued to shell major cities in Serbia, but were unable to cross the Danube, suffering heavy losses. Subsequently, the soldiers tried to cross the Drina and the Sava. By the 14th of August, several battalions entered Serbia.

On the 15th of August, Field Marshall Putnik ordered a counter-attack. Austro-Hungarian forces on the slopes of Cer Mountain were attacked by the 1st Combined Division and were driven back. Vicious fighting forced the Austro-Hungarians to retreat in disorder. For the next days, Sabac became the main scene of the battle. Combat shifted Rasulijaca at Kosanin Grad, which was captured by Serbian soldiers on the 19th of August. At around this time, Austro-Hungarian soldiers began to retreat, pursued by the Serbs. Many
retreating soldiers died while crossing the Drina River.

After their triumph at Cer Mountain, Serbian authorities planned to recapture the fortified town of Sabac. At the 23rd of August the town was encircled and siege artillery was brought to the scene. However, Austro-Hungarian soldiers had decamped by night.
During the Battle of Cer, both sides suffered heavy casualties. An estimated number of 6.000 to 10.000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers died, another 30.000 were wounded and nearly 4.5000 captured by the advancing Serbian army. On Serbian side, 3.000 to 5.000
soldiers lost their lives, while 15.000 were wounded.

The first aerial dogfight occurred during the Battle of Cer: A Serbian aviator named Tomic encountered a hostile aircraft on a reconnaissance mission. The Austro-Hungarian pilot fired at Tomic with his revolver. However, Tomic managed to escape.
July 28, 2014

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Announcement: First round of optimizations of the HTML5-client released

A few day ago we made a big step towards a bigger and better HTML 5 client & we´re still not done! Here are the all the changes:

The zooming of the map is faster, lines and colors are matching the ones from the Java-client closer, the dragging of the map was optimized and you can now see the arrival time of units live while dragging them.

We listened to your valuable feedback and put together a first round of performance optimizations of the HTML5-client. We hope you like the following improvements:

Zooming of the map is more reactive now
Dragging the map is faster in a couple of cases
The path finding when dragging many units at once is way faster now
The province view uses up less CPU

In addition, we released the following usability improvements targeted especially at the players of the Java-client.

The arrival time of units is shown live while dragging the units
Lines and colors now match the ones from the Java-client
Menues and Fog-of-war are turned off less frequently when dragging the map

The best performance you currently achieve by using the browser “Google Chrome”. Of course, we are optimizing for all browsers, though.

Looking forward to your feedback.
July 28, 2014

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Heroes of WWI

#23: William Coltman – The most decorated stretcher-bearer of WWI

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William Harold Coltman was a stretcher-bearer, an “other rank”, who was awarded the Victoria Cross as well as the Military Medal and Bar and the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Bar and the Croix de Guerre. He is the most decorated other rank of WWI.

In 1917, Coltman located and rescued a wounded officer from no man’s land and was awarded the first Military Medal. The second award, for conduct behind hostile lines, was gazetted in August 1917. Only month later, Coltman risked his own life in order to evacuate wounded soldiers from the front line. Throughout the night he went out his trench under shell and machine gun fire and brought several soldiers in. In September 1908, William Coltman once again demonstrated his unflagging commitment. A whole night he shuffled between no man’s land and trenches to save his comrades, the next day he was treating those soldiers wounded from a raid.

At the age 26 he was a lance corporal in The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’). For nearly 48 hours William Harold Waltman tended the wounded at Mannequin Hill. After he heard that wounded had been left behind during a retirement, it was Coltman alone who moved into the night and always returned with at least one soldier on his back.
July 27, 2014

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Urgent dispatch!

Emperor Franz Joseph signed the mobilization order!

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My beloved fellow citizens,

Rumors spread that the Austro-Ungarian Emperor Franz Joseph signed the mobilization order of his troops. Much to our regret, we have to confirm this: The Eight Army Corps on the Russian frontier was partially mobilized.

Operations against Serbia will begin on the 28th of August. In response to the recent development, Russian General Staff ordered the “Period Preparatory to War”, while French authorities ordered all troops in Morocco to France. Much to our surprise, Montenegro actually ordered a full mobilization.

Theodor Wolff, a German reporter, spoke to Gottlieb von Jagow, the German State Secretary today, eager to gather more information about the mobilization of Austria-Hungary. In his opinion “neither London, nor Paris, nor St. Petersburg wants a war”.

However, an important message from von Jagow was intercepted by the Intelligence Service today, advising the Austro-Hungarian Emperor to declare war on Serbia as soon as possible.
July 25, 2014

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Weapons of WWI:

#34: SMS Seeadler – One of the last fighting steam/sail ships

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Originally named Pass of Ballmaha, the SMS Seeadler was built in Scotland in 1878. The Pass was captured by the German submarine U-36 in the North Sea after it was intercepted by the British cruiser Victorian near the coast of Norway. When the ship was searched for contraband, the British captain of the Victorian ordered Captain Scott to set sails to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands.

However, the submarine U-36 intercepted the Pass, displaying the Union Jack. When Captain Scott, in order to bewilder the German seamen, hoisted the Star-Spangled Banner, he was ordered to set sail to Cuxhaven for further inspection. In Cuxhaven, Captain Scott revealed the true origin of the windjammer and the Pass fell into German property and was renamed SMS Seeadler.

The Seeadler was then rebuilt as a commerce raider and equipped with hidden 105mm cannons and two heavy machine guns. On the 21st of December in 1916 she sailed under the command of Felix von Luckner, disguised as a Norwegian wood carrier in order to break through the blockade in the North Sea. The crew had been handpicked for their ability to speak Norwegian.

During her time of service the SMS Seeadler captured sixteen ships, totaling over 30.000 tons, and led the British and US Navies on a merry chase. The journey of the SMS Seeadler ended on the 2nd of August in 1917, when she was wrecked on a reef at the island of Mopelia.
July 21, 2014

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Heroes of WWI:

Captain Chavasse – The only WWI soldier to be awarded a VC and bar

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Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse was a British medical doctor who served during the First World War on the Western Front and during the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Passchendaele. Side by side with his twin brother Christopher Maude he competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in the 400 metres.
In 1909 he joined the Oxford Officers’ Training Corps Medical unit and in the second attempt he passed his final medical examination. In 1913 he applied for the Royal Army Medical Corps and became Surgeon-Lieutenant of the 10th Battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment). As part of a Territorial unit, Chavasse now had to fulfill his civilian and military duties.
During WWI, Chavasse was promoted captain and was awarded the Military Cross at Hooge in 1915. During the Battle of Guillemont he earned his first Victorian Cross after he saved more than 20 badly wounded soldiers in no man’s land and buried two dead officers on his own. The Bar to Victorian Cross was awarded in August 1917. Again, Chavasse was devoted to his duty under heavy shelling. However, he died of his wounds in Brandhoek. Coincidentally, there he was treated by Lieutenant Martin-Leake, who also received the VC.
July 18, 2014

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Most devastating Battles of WWI

The Battle of Festubert – The first British attempt at attrition

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The Battle of Festubert was the continuation of the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Second Battle of Artois. With the intent to attract German divisions to the own front, six divisions of Canadian, British and Indian forces under the command of Douglas Haig, the forces prepared the first British army night attack of the war.

The battle itself was preceded by a phase of heavy artillery shelling: All in all, 433 artillery pieces fired nearly 100.000 shells. However, the bombardment failed to damage the defensive line of the German Sixth Army under the command of the last Bavarian Crown Prince, Rupprecht. On the 16th of May in 1915 the raid continued. Only two days later, after the Canadian Division and the 51st Division continued the battle, two British divisions were withdrawn due to severe casualties.

Douglas Haig ordered his soldiers to entrench themselves, facing reserve troops supporting the Sixth Army. However, at the end of May the attack was resumed and Festubert was finally conquered. The result of the Battle of Festubert was a minor territorial gain for the British forces, paid with over 16.000 casualties in total.
July 16, 2014

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Announcement: HTML5 is now the default option for all players!

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In the course of this day a major change will take place: All rounds of Supremacy 1914 will start by default on the new and plugin-free HTML5-client. For most players this is already the preferred method to play the game. For those familiar with the Java-version: You will still be able to start the Java-client.

With small steps we will make the complete transfer to the HTML5-client. Since many web browsers changed their handling of Java-plugins, this step is absolutely necessary. All major web browser developers plan to restrict the usage of Java: Java-applets are a main gateway of viruses and malware and are often showing severe security holes. In the medium term, Java-plugins might be banned from web browsers completely.

Furthermore, most mobile devices do not support Java. Since we plan to make Supremay 1914 available on tablets and cellphones as well, we will have to make the transition to the new and plugin-free HTML5-client.

New features will be developed for the HTML5-client only. Otherwise, our developers are not able to handle the workload of programming a single feature for two different clients, which would result in fewer features in total.

Since we constantly gather your feedback, we know that not all performance differences are eliminated right now and you also wish for us to implement some older features from the Java-version as well. During the next weeks we will exactly do this!

It is our main intention to increase the amusement of Supremacy1914 for new and old players alike. This will only be possible in the medium turn with the usage of the HTML5-client. Hence, we decided to take the step to start the complete transfer to HTML5 right now.
July 15, 2014

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Weapons of WWI

#33 – Horses in WorldWarOne

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For centuries the cavalry was a major factor in battles all over the world. During World War One however, this slowly changed. Although horses were initially considered an essential offensive element of military force, the vulnerability of cavalry units compared to machine guns, artillery and tanks became obvious within months.

All of the major combatants began the war with cavalry and cavalry skirmishes occurred on several fronts. The Central Powers quickly adapted to the change of warfare on the Western Front and abandoned their mounted troops soon after WW1 broke out. The Ottoman Empire relied heavily on cavalry and the British forces, traditionally an army with excellent cavalry, and the Canadian army continued to use horses.

During some periods of WWI, over 1.000 horses were brought to Europe to as remounts for British horses. In one day in March 1916, 7.000 war horses were killed. By 1917, Britain had over a million horses and mules in service and by the end of the war, Britain lost 484.000 horses in total, equaling one horse for every two men.

Of the 136.000 Australian horses to see action at the front line, only a single one, Sandy, was returned to Australia. The other horses shared the fate of many others: They were either killed or sold, mostly to India as remounts for the British Indian Army.
July 14, 2014

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Most devastating Battles of WWI

The Battle of Charleroi – Part of the Battle of Frontiers

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Fought on a single day (21st of August in 1914), the Battle of Charleroi ended was a victory for the German forces under Karl von Bülow and Max von Hausen. While the German Second and Third Army suffered 11.000 casualties, the French Fifth Army suffered heavy casualties caused by the decisions of Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre.

Prior to the battle, the Fifth Army under the command of General Chrles Lanrezac concentrated on a 25-mile front at the Sambre. Left of him, the Cavalry Corps and the British Expeditionary Forces completed the front line. Lanrezac faced the Second and Third Army and was outnumbered. His advice to retreat was overthrown by Joffre, who planned to follow the Plan XVII, regardless of the recent developments in Belgium.

However, the German attack started before Lanrezac mentioned his concerns. The Second Army established two bridgeheads across the Sambre and due to the lack of artillery the Fifth Army was not able to regain control. Meanwhile, the Third Army had started an offensive against the complete front line. Thus, Lanrezac ordered a withdrawal.
July 13, 2014

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Heroes of WWI

#21: Bernard Vann – The only ordained clergyman to win a VC as a combatant

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Bernard William Vann was the only ordained clergyman of the Church of England to win the Victoria Cross during WWI as a combatant. Lieutenant Colonel Vann, nicknamed “The Reverend”, enlisted in the infantry in 1914. He initially volunteered as an Army chaplain, but got frustrated after several delays and decided to move to the front line.

In 1915, he was awarded the Military Cross for the determination he showed in the trenches. Wounded and nearly buried in the trenches, he organized the defense and the rescue of several fellow comrades. At Ypres, Bernard Vann set an example for soldiers around him when he and an officer held the left side of a trench on their own.

When he was 31 years old, Lieutenant Colonel Brann led his battalion across the Canal de Saint-Quentin. He rushed them through thick fog and heavy fire and secured his troops’ advance by leading them to the front line. Only days after this act, he was shot by a sniper in Ramicourt. Lieutenant Colonel Vann is the only clergymen to be awarded the Victoria Cross as a combatant during the First World War.
July 12, 2014

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Fortresses of WWI:

#6 Forte Campolongo – Rear cover for the Forte Monte Verena

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Forte Campolongo was one of the fortresses protecting the Italian border from the Austro-Hungarian army. Located on the Cima di Campolongo in a height of 1720m, the fort was just a stone’s throw away from the “Panzerwerk Lusern”, which was located on the other side of the Val Torri valley, six kilometers from the Forte Campolongo.

No detailed reference documentation can be found. However, relating to the Austro-Hungarian Evidenzbureaus, construction of the two-story fortress began in 1910. In April 1911, four 149mm G guns were brought to the construction site and in February 1914, the fortress was nearly finished. The equipment basically mimicked Forte Monte Verena: Several rotatable gun turrets built by Armstrong, Mittchell & Cie, four 75mm guns and four machine guns. In 1913, the turrets were upgraded with a 15cm dome and four 149mm L/35-S guns.

On the 24th of May in 1915, Forte Campolongo opened fire at the Panzerwerk Lusern. The firing rate was high and one of the turrets suffered an irreparable damage. Only days later, the Austro-Hungarian fort returned the fire with heavy 30,5cm M11 mortars. Six days later, Italian authorities considered Forte Campolongo not tenable.
July 10, 2014

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Weapons of WWI:

#32: The Saint-Chamond Tank – The second French heavy tank

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The Saint-Chamond was a French tank and was manufactured between April 1917 and July 1918. It was born out of the commercial rivalry with the Schneider CA1. Although nearly 400 models have been built, the tank was underpowered and equipped with short caterpillar tracks. In late summer 1918 the tanks became more effective since combat moved from the trenches to open ground and the design was improved.

While the French arms manufacturer Schneider was working on the second prototype of a tank, FAMH was also given an order to build 400 tanks. Their initial intention was to build a version similar to the Schneider CA1. But officials could not agree on patent fees, so FAMH had to work on an own design. Under the command of Colonel Émille Rimailho the company equipped their prototype with a “Crochat-Collardeau” transmission and a 75mm field gun.

However, the tank had become underpowered and clumsy and due to its short tracks and over-extended body, the Saint-Chamond Tank had difficulties in crossing trenches or obstacles. Since 1918 the manufacturer improved the design and widened the tracks to lower the ground pressure. After Tank No. 210 a different field gun, the Model 1897 field gun, was used and barrel-shaped rollers were added to the tank. However, with the end of the war the production slowed down and finally ceased in July 1918 after at least 377 tanks have been assembled.
July 8, 2014

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Urgent dispatch!

Official telegram intercepted – Germany offers “blank cheque” to Austria-Hungary!

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My beloved fellow citizens,

Our intelligence service informed us about a telegram sent by Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, the German chancellor. In this telegram it is made clear that Germany will offer Austria-Hungary support for whatever action Austria-Hungary chose to punish the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Although the intelligence service had urged us not to post any details, we see the necessity of this step. Thus, we want to print the most important passage of this “blank cheque”:

“[…] The Emperor Francis Joseph may, however, rest assured that His Majesty will faithfully stand by Austria-Hungary, as is required by the obligations of his alliance and of his ancient friendship.”

By now, Kaiser Wilhelm II assembled a crown council, attended by Bethmann-Hollweg, the Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann and the German War Minister Erich von Falkenhayn. An informant already informed us, that the decision is widely supported.
July 6, 2014

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Fortresses of WWI:

#5: Kaunas Fortress – Protecting Russia’s western border

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The Kaunas Fortress, located in today’s Lithuania, was one of the major forts on Russia’s western border. Although it was partially renovated between 1912 and 1915, it only lasted for eleven days before being captured by German soldiers. The commander of the fort, Vladimir Grigoriev, was arrested by Russian authorities afterwards and suffered the revocation of his awards, military degrees and honors.

On the 7th of July in 1879, Tsar Alexander II issued an edict ordering the construction of the Kaunas Fortress. Initially, the first seven symmetrical forts were built using bricks reinforced with earth, following the standard brick fort design of those times. The first construction phase was finished in 1887. An eighth for was added in 1890, the ninth fort in 1903. The last fort was the first of its kind in Russia: A trapezoid, equipped with armored watchtowers, electricity and ventilation, covered partly with cork in order to reduce firing noise. Since 1912 the forts had been strengthened with concrete, but until 1915 only the Ninth Fort was actually finished.

In 1915, Germany and the Central Powers began an offensive against Russia. In July 1915, German soldiers reached the Kaunas Fortress, where 90.000 soldiers were garrisoned. To support the siege, German authorities introduced the Gamma-Gerät howitzer to the front line: A massive howitzer with a range of 14km and shells weighting about one ton. The attack focused on the oldest structures and did not surround the entire fortress.

Although the shelling intensified during the first weeks of August, German soldiers were not able to capture the fort until, in a chain reaction, Commander Grigoriev abandoned his post. The defenders suffered more than 20.000 casualties and all in all 1.300 weapons were captured by German soldiers.
July 5, 2014

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Weapons of WWI:

#31: The „kurze Marinekanone L/16“ – The siege howitzer used to attack fortresses

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The Gamma-Gerät was a siege howitzer and one in a series of super heavy guns developed by Krupp. In order to transport the howitzer, it could be broken down into ten loads. However, as a bedding-gun it had to be fired from a concrete platform. Thus, the tactical use was limited and demanded extensive planning. The assembly itself took a couple of days and the aid of a rail-mounted traveling crane was necessary.

The Gamma Gerät used a cartridge case although, due to the breech design, a case was basically redundant. Two different shells were used during WWI: One 1.953 pound HE shell and a slightly lighter 1.680 shell. Both shells were also used for the successor, the 42cm howitzer commonly called “Big Bertha”. An armored gunhouse against shell fragments, called “Splitterschutz-Panzerkasten”, could be fitted and at least the Becker battery (KMK no. 2) used this device during the 1914 campaign in Belgium.

Ten L/16 guns have been built, only one survived the gun. It was hidden at Krupp’s in Meppen and recommissioned during the 1930s and deployed against the Maginot Line.
July 4, 2014

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Urgent dispatch!

The beloved Archduke of Austria-Este is dead: Franz Ferdinand assassinated!

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My beloved fellow citizens,

It is our duty to inform you that the Archduke of Austria-Este is dead. On the 28th of June 1914, an insidious and perfidious assassination attempt claimed the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. At 10:45 am, both the Archduke and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg, lost their lives in Sarajevo.
The Chief of Serbian Military Intelligence himself seems to be involved in the dramatic events this day. A group of six assassins, led by Danilo Ilić, took action when the Archduke and his wife arrived in Sarajevo by train. The first three assassins failed to kill Franz Ferdinand, who was rushed to the Town Hall. After a motivating speech, including the latest events, the young couple left the Town Hall.
The fourth assassin, a young Serb named Gavrilo Princip, awaited them, firing two pistol bullets from a short distance. One bullet hit the jugular vein of the beloved Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the other hit the Duchess in the abdomen. Although both royals were still sitting upright, they died on their way to the hospital.
Until now, Germany and Austria-Hungary have advised Serbia to start a trial against the six assassins and all of the Serbian military leaders involved. However, the Secretary General to the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slavko Gruic, refused the claim. The Austro-Hungarian Empire, supported by Germany, has already set an ultimatum to Serbian authorities. However, most of the demands were refused.
July 3, 2014

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