[CENTER]Report Aug-Sept 1914
Many plans where made by the German Generals and played out in wargames in order to keep the military staff up to speed in case a real war would break out and what would be the best option to attack our enemies with.
German General von Moltke chief of the German army favored a plan which would commit most of the German forces against Russia to give them a knock out blow and to help the Autrian-Hungarian forces who may then commit fully on their Serbian campaign.
However with the knowledge France would come and help their Russian allies would eventually if not right after the German declarion of war against Russia declar war upon Germany perhaps a more bold move based on the plan made by von Schlieffen was in order to make sure the German western front would see a swift mobile conflict which would knock France out of any further military operations and thus making it able for the German to fully put their efforts against Russia.
This would mean the Austrian-Hungarians had a plan too, which they didn't or well they wheren't sure where to commit their forces to which front would take priority. In simple terms followed by a thundercloud full of German profanity from the German Military staff they wheren't prepared for war at all. This ended up with the German high command going with Moltke's plan to concentrate on the Russians with the majority of the German forces commited to that front whilst enough is send West to keep the French at bay. Hopefully the French would sit tight and not commit any large scale operations to see if they're able to penetrate the German defensive line of Forts as this would spell disaster and Germany would have to fight both fronts at once.
August 1st 1914
The Pacific squadron under the command of von Spee who once he gotten the message Germany found itself at war with France didn't hesitated as immediately engaged a French fleet who he was already tracking for a few days. Sinking 4 ships out of the 7 total marking them the first casualties of the war.
The German Armies deployed in East Prussia.
Alexander von Kluck, 1. Armee in Gumbinnen
Karl von Bülow, 2. Armee in Gumbinnen
Max von Hausen, 3. Armee in Thorn
Paul von Hindenburg, 8. Armee in Koenigsberg
The Russians made the first move and immediately invaded East Prussia from the South via Loetzen and Goldap. General von Hindenburg predicted they would at least commit a full army led probably by either Rennenkampf or Samsonov to attack Koenigsberg right away. This led to a quick drawn up plan to move the 8. Armee and the 3. Armee with the support of a Reserve army located further west into the area of Masuren leaving enough forces inside of Koenigsberg for a capable defense.
The 1. Armee and 2. Armee would then engage the forces in Goldap closing the way east for any Russians that would have headed up to attack Koenigsberg.
As predicted it was Rennenkampf who immediately went for Koenigsberg and attacked. This was stopped by the more then capable defenders under the command by von Moltke himself.
Suprisingly it was Samsonov who made a more bold move and attacked the larger 1. Armee and 2. Armee in an attempt to prevent them for going to Koenigsberg to relieve the defenders from the attack by Rennenkampf. A slight miscalculation by Samsonov as the 1. Armee and 2. Armee are the largest and best equipped with lot of heavy and medium guns they would bring to bear in the defense.
This gave an excellent oppertunity for the German to score some decisive victories over the Russian forces in East Prussia. 1. Armee and 2. Armee would now go on the attack and deal a devastating blow onto the forces under the command of Samsonov while the 8. Armee and the Reserve Armee would attack Rennenkampf's forces in the rear whilst the 3. Armee would engage the forces that remained in Galdop whilst clearing Loetzen.
In the battle that followed in Gumbinnen von Bülow managed to deal a decisive blow having the Russians suffer about a 25.000 casualties whilst keeping his own just under 9.000. Samsonov's forces where forced to retreat to the East towards Wladislavov.
At Koenigsberg a more aggresive stance was adopted by the defenders and engaged the forces of Rennenkampf with succes as Rennenkampf pulled his forces back as he seems to become aware that if he didn't he would be trapped and surrounded by Germans on all sides. In Goldap the Russians where caught by surprise finding themselves completly outnumbered, outgunned and outwitted by a brilliant General.
Hindenburg who was moving his own 8. Armee up North towards Koenigsberg ran into the army of Rennekampf who was moving South to escape what followed where 2 swift skirmishes resulting in victories for the German commander but not decisive to deal Rennenkampf and his troops a finnishing blow. Failure on the German part allowed him to escape back into Russia.
With the Russian lines shattered it was time to act with an immediate counter attack. The 2. Armee with the help of II and IX Korps would enter Wladislavov and go for Kowno. The 1. Armee with the help of VII and X Korps would go into the forest area of Suwalki to attack Grodno on the South.
Samsonov however seemed to be angered by his defeats and it showed in the more reckless move he made next as he pulled in extra forces that where stationed in Wladislavov into what was left of his and attacked the 2. Armee under von Bülow in Gumbinnen whilst they we're about to move into Wladislavov but with the help from General von Hindenburg who oversaw the battle it resulted in that General Samsonov would have write another defeat on his name. It wouldn't be the end of the streak of defeats Samsonov and his men where suffering as the 2. Armee followed the retreating Russians into Wladislavov and another battle was fought and again the Russians where forced to retreat.
Alexander von Kluck led his forces into the forest area of Suwalki and caught Russian forces who where probably regrouping or resting after the defeats they suffered in East Prussia by suprise and delt another blow onto them, one would almost feel pitty for these poor souls who are led so poorly by their commanders.
With the Russians as good as cleared from East Prussia it's time for a German offensive with quick objectives to capture before winter.[/CENTER]