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1914_0816_02: The Achilles Heel - FWWC 03 Serbia '14

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1914_0816_02: The Achilles Heel

By Edward Williams
Central Powers 0 - 1 - 2 Allied Powers
Rating: 8.13 (4)
Games Played: 3
SM: 3
Turns: 26
Type: Stock
First Side: Central Powers
Second Side: Allied Powers
Mount Cer, Serbia, 16th August 1914:

During the 1st Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia, the Serbians stressed a plan that concentrated on Mount Cer, the dominating terrain feature in the Macva Peninsula and also the central point between the Austro-Hungarian 2. and 5. Armee. On the other hand, the Austro-Hungarians stressed a plan of attack that concentrated on both wings, with the 2.Armee applying pressure from Sabac in the north, and the 42.Honvéd InfDiv and two independent brigades swinging around to the south at Krupanj. This attack threatened a double envelopment of the Serbian 3rd Army, but 2.Armee's pressure never really materialized until it was too late, due to a lack in desire to commit the full force to the campaign since the army was scheduled to be withdrawn for Galicia.

Trouble came on the night of the 15/16th, when the Austro-Hungarian 21.LandwehrInfDiv blundered into the Serbian Combined Division on and to the north of Mount Cer. The Combined Division had just finished executing a series of forced marches and was in a very fatigued state, but it immediately went into the attack as per the Serbian plan. It just so happened that the 21.LandwehrInfDiv was greatly disorganized and disrupted from moving through the night to keep up with the 9.InfanterieDiv to their south, and for greater mobility was split into two parts that were far apart from each other. The short, sharp collision threw the right wing of the Austro-Hungarian division into an even more disrupted state and caused the left wing to pull back, exposing a gap between both Austro-Hungarian armies. The Serbians gradually exploited this gap and continuously threatened Mount Cer to the point that it would become an Achilles heel, since the Austro-Hungarian 9. InfanterieDiv was forced to protect its flank thereby weakening its eastward advance.

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*See the notes document for information on scenario design decisions and historical notes.
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
jim pfleck's Profilejim pfleck Slightly Pro Allied Powers 7
LFDLM's ProfileLFDLM Well Balanced 7
ComradeP's ProfileComradeP Slightly Pro Allied Powers 8
Fhil's ProfileFhil Slightly Pro Allied Powers 8
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Allied Powers scots greys's Profile scots greys vs. KG_RangerBooBoo KG_RangerBooBoo's Profile Central Powers Draw 30 30
Central Powers ComradeP's Profile ComradeP vs. Fhil Fhil's Profile Allied Powers Central Powers Minor Loss 18 42
Central Powers jim pfleck's Profile jim pfleck vs. LFDLM LFDLM's Profile Allied Powers Central Powers Minor Loss 18 42
jim pfleck
1st Lieutenant
jim pfleck Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:37 pm
A bitter fight between two tired armies in tough terrain.
LFDLM Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:45 pm
A first contact with S14.

The tactical situation is interesting but it is unusual to attack with such exhausted troops.
Technical Sergeant
ComradeP Wed May 27, 2020 8:42 am
The fighting itself is well balanced, but the objectives are pro-Allied Powers.

At worst getting a minor victory as the Allied Powers isn't guaranteed, but it's close to a guarantee.

The historical capture of Zavlaka by Austro-Hungarian forces against a competent Serbian opponent isn't going to happen.
Master Sergeant
Fhil Sun May 31, 2020 10:12 am
Zavlaka objective was not threatened in any way by the AH during our game, there does not seem to be enough force or time to try attacking it - this needs checking. Otherwise, it is a very enjoyable scenario.