bob. wrote:Don't know about the terrain in reality... I do live some 250km away from Mühlhausen and have been there, but I didn't really think about its defensiveness back then
In the game though, it seems to me that the Mühlhausen-Colmar-Straßburg route is by far the easiest to force for the French. And with their goal of taking Alsace-Lorraine... well, they need to start somewhere!
I can't really tell you about the difficulty of crossing the Rhine... in the game where I advanced over this route, my German opponent had no troops in Freiberg so I was able to just secure it. It seems to me that in the first weeks of the war, it is very unlikely the Germans will have significant forces defending the crossing there, though.
I am only taking about a Russia-first non-Schlieffen game here. IMHO if the Germans go through Belgium, there is no real point in attacking Alsace-Lorraine anyway.
samba_liten wrote:The Plan XVII attacks were some of the bloodiest in the whole war.
Also, the way i see it, the early turns are a race between France, Germany, and Russia to create the biggest threat. Who ever wins forces the other side to react, and gets the initiative.
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