StephenT wrote:The Belgian army was 47,500 strong at the outbreak of war. They were able to mobilise up to a total of 177,000 (of whom 62,000 were fortress troops, 115,000 field troops). However, many of those troops (over half) were police or militia, the Garde Civique, who played no part in the August fighting.
I find different numbers (several sources).
As you correctly state there is the Army and the "Burgerwacht" (Garde Civique).
The army itself consisted of the troops in the forts of about 90.000 troops and a field army of +-110.000 troops.
These were troops not Garde Civique.
I can't find the 47.500 troops you mention in any of my books or even online sources.
If Belgium had only 47.500 troops in the field, they couldn't have delayed the advance like they did in RL.
StephenT wrote:Remember that by turn two the German army ought (historically) to be already crossing the Aisne and be just 70 km/45 miles from Paris. (The Battle of the Marne happens in turn three.) By the end of turn two all of Belgium south of the River Schelde ought to be in German hands, with what remains of the Belgian army (80,000 men historically) besieged in Antwerpen.
That's correct, but as it's now, I can't see 80.000 men getting there the way it's setup.
They ended up with 75.000 men behind the river Yser.
The reason why I say the BEF should unlock immediately is that British troops landed in Ostend on 27 august and the BEF was retreating from Mons on august 23rd.
The way it's now setup, with the Germans already in Belgium and the BEF unable to move, you can't get the BEF there in time to simulate what really happened.
You can plot a move in turn 2, but that's already late august. By the time they get there it's early September.
It does all seem a bit of because of the way turn are processed, I get that, but I still feel some of the tweaks I proposed will work, as they won't stop the huge German
offensive, but be more effective in slowing them down.
I don't undersand how the BEF could be railed to Brussels bu August 15. I must misunderstand the way turns are represented then.
The first turn is early August meaning 1 to 15 august. You can only plot the move then.
The BEF will arrive during the resolution of the turn. At the end, this means late august?
I totally agree.