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Table of Contents: (WORK IN PROGRESS - Might not include the most recent chapters)


* - Part 1: Bismarck's Prophecy -
* Introduction
* Old and New Players
* Single Front
* First Dance
* Die Bornholmschlacht
* Running the Blockade
* Die Gotlandschlacht
* (Mis)steps Forward

* - Part 2: The Long War -
* The Diplomatic two-step
* Nous sommes tous de bons amis
* False Flag
* The Taranto Raid
* Hertha's Duel
* The First Christmas Truce
* Von der Tann
* Moltke
* Making Steam
* Goddess of War
* The December Peace

* - Part 3: Securing the East -
* Launch Day
* The Wittelsbach Family
* The Eastern Front
* Once more, with feeling!
* Bornholm revisited
* Blockade Wars
* Damage Control
* Black Gold

* - Part 4: Adventures in Asia -
* A Game of Shadows
* Wir wollen uns'ren alten Kaiser Wilhelm wiederhaben
* SMS Zähringen
* Surprise Attack
* Graf Spee
* Kantai Kessen
* Give me All or give me Nothing

* - Part 5: Wir fahren ge'n Engeland -
* The Java Crisis
* Bismarck/Denn wir Fahren...
* The Battle of Ireland
* The Raid of the Celtic Sea
* The Battle of Lerwick
* Bergen or: 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Blowing up'
* The Harwich Raid
* Triumph
* End of an Era

* - Part 6: Endangered Legacy -
* The Old and the New
* Explosive Fromage
* Battle of Helgoland Bight AKA The Ride of the Relics
* The Old Guard
* A Brawl in the Dark
* And a thousand pikes were flashing by the rising of the moon!
* Deuxième Ronde - Zweite Runde: DING DING
* Helgoland REDUX
* Von Papen's end
* 1925 - End of a Year

* - Part 7: Mosley's Folly -
* Risks and Alliances
* Big Guns, Transatlantic Allies and Black Shirts
* Der mächstigste König im Luftrevier...
* It rains steel in Texel


This is a work of fiction, presenting an alternative timeline to our own. Delicate, potentially offensive topics are discussed and presented here, including murder and war crimes. The names of real-world persons are occasionally used, but it is not proposed or implied that the original timeline (OTL) persons acted (or would have acted, in reality) in the same way as depicted here, even under the circumstances shown here. These are alternative, fictional characters, meant to serve the purpose of a fictional storyline, and any similarity to people, alive or dead, is coincidental.


Hello again, everyone.

This is a sequel to my Japan RTW playthrough, featured here. By popular vote, I will be taking up the metaphorical reins of the German Imperial Navy from 1900 to the mid-20th century, in an alternative universe where things might follow new, interesting and 'fun' courses.

Shout-out to NGTM-1R and his ramblings

A short introduction is in order:

The game starts at 1900, during a time of uncertainty and quick developments in the European theatre. Germany is a rising power, with an autocratic, capricious and 'hands-on' Kaiser at the helm; the times of Bismarck and his chessmaster diplomacy of bluff, appeasement and active jockeying for optimal alliances and the best deal for Germany are (sadly) long past. We are called upon to guide the naval forces of this nation to victory - but our true opponent will often be in Berlin and not on the High Seas.



A bried overview of the German faction. Note that we are a 'Limited democracy'. This means that we can...creatively interpret the terms of any naval treaty. We can build ships that surpass treaty limitations by 10% in tonnage, although we must keep to any gun caliber limits. We are also 'Cautious' which means that our Kaiser / diplomats do not like long wars and will tend to settle for less than ideal peace treaties so as not to risk a defeat. This comes in addition to the 'Bombastic Head of State' trait, which means that the Kaiser will often say stupid, stupid things that we'll need to deal with, either by being boot-licking sycophants or by falling into disfavour. We also lack oil in our holdings; and start behind the Brits in dock size (although the difference is a mere 2,000 tons). Finally, we have no viable designs for guns larger than 11'' in caliber, while the Brits are building 12''-gun ships and the French can even start with (admittedly abysmal) 13-inchers.

That said, we do have some interesting positive traits. Firstly, we are a 'Technology Leader', meaning that we get a bonus to research and are likely to discover key designs and achieve scientific breakthroughs before our adversaries. Secondly, we get massive bonuses to specific fields of research. Our AP projectiles are second to none; our armor and damcon are likewise top-notch and we are almost certain to develop cross-deck firing before any other nation.



Some setup. Note that I am choosing 'Very Large' as my fleet size option this time: this will boost the AIs' and my budget by a considerable degree, allowing for larger fleets. It will also allow for larger fleet battles than in my Japan playthrough. Note that a lot of the fighting will take place in the European theatre of operation, such as the North Atlantic, the North Sea, the Baltic and the Med - that's where the big boys keep their fleets (including the Royal Navy) and where the big, no-holds-barred-brawls take place.

I am also choosing 'Historical Resources' (which effectively more than halves my initial budget with respect to the Brits). I am doing this to strategically handicap myself; this is, essentially, me choosing 'hard mode'. To counteract this, I am choosing to manually design the ships that I will be starting with. I am also disallowing 'varied technologies', which randomly makes specific techs perform better or worse than their Original Timeline (henceforth OTL) analogues.

Here are our starting designs:



Firstly, our Battleships. We are Germans; and therefore we build based on the principle of 'more'. More armor; more gun; more speed.

The Schwaben-class battleships displace 15,9k tons and barely fit the British drydocks where they were built, as part of Alfred von Tirpitz's First Naval Bill. They are the fastest battlewagons in the world, capable of reaching 21 knots when sailing at flank. They are armed with two main double 12-inch turrets and also mount a secondary broadside of five 6-inchers. They are also heavily armored, with a main belt and turret armor of 10 inches and an 1.5 inch deck.



The Victoria Louise-class were homebuilt; and they are, arguably, small battleships in their own right. They displace 12,000 tons; can reach 22 knots; and bear one of the heaviest secondary and tertiary broadsides in the world. Their main battery comprises of four 11'' rifles, in double turrets fore and aft - these guns can't penetrate battleship belt armor, but can easily punch through extended bow and stern armor and can easily defeat the armor of any armored cruiser in existence. The Victoria Louise-class ships bear a 4.5-inch belt and heavily armored (5.5-inch) turrets. They were designed primarily as escorts and supporting gun platforms - they would either engage the enemy screening elements during a battle, or add their weight of fire to the battle-line.



The 'little' Gefions were raiders and ships meant for colonial service. At 6.1k tons, they were quite heavy for their intended task, but they were reasonably fast, at 23 knots, with sturdy engines and large coal bunkers. They bore a 5-gun 6'' broadside, in shielded mounts and a decent belt armor of 2.5 inches.



The Gazelle-class scout cruisers were bigger and badder versions; meant to scout and screen the fleet against enemy torpedo boats. They carried one more gun per broadside and could hit 24 knots.



The V2-class torpedo-boats were, in fact gunships. They carried only one centreline torpedo mount, but also mounted 4 76mm guns as their main armament and 2 50mm rapid-firing pom-poms as a close-range final defense. They could hit 27 knots and were, frankly, stepping-stone designs and not particularly successful.



The fleet was complemented by the August Pieper patrol boats, meant for minesweeping and coastal defense roles.



The fleet in early 1900: Three Schwaben-class battlewagons (the Schwaben, Wettin and Zähringen) form the backbone of the Home Fleet. Victoria Louise and Hertha serve as second-rate and support core elements. Gefion and Niobe were colonial assets; Gazelle, Hela and Thetis serve as DD-squadron leaders, training ships and scouting elements. Eight torpedo-boats and seven patrol boats serve as coastal defense assets.



Thanks to Bismarck's shift to colonialism during the last years of his service, we have a colonial empire to deal with. The fleet needs to show the flag in our holdings in West- and East Africa; in the Pacific Ocean; and in Kiaouchou Bay.



Gefion and Niobe are deployed to the Far East and the Pacific, respectively; Gazelle and Thetis are stationed in West- and East Africa.



This leaves the home waters rather undefended, but there are reinforcements arriving soon. The Brits are reporting that the Braunschweig will be complete within the year, with her sister, Meckleburg following up; Vineta and Freya (two more Victoria Louises) should be done within the year; and five more light cruisers are well underway and nearing completion.



Now, regarding the Admiralty's doctrine...

 

The official policy is Navy Minister Tirpitz's plan to counter the British Royal Navy; and the Staff were very much aware that the Kaiser was a proponent of the battleship. However, there were some dissenting voices among the Staff: innovators and adherents to the 'obsolete' von Hollmann cruiser doctrine. Konteradmiral Karl Galster was the most militantly active of those 'troublesome elements'; and he managed to secure funding for research on submarine vessels quite early on (thankfully)

But most of the research budget was poured on the development of better machinery (more speed); fire control and naval gun designs (more gun); and ship design (more everything).

Time to see if the Navy can maneuver the dangerous waters of Imperial international politics... Let's secure ourselves some Lebensraum!

Mika:
The image links seem to be broken for the moment

Otherwise somewhat stoked to see what's going on with Germany.

EDIT: Ah, it actually might be my browser. I switched to Vivaldi a couple of days ago and I may have gone a bit overboard with the privacy settings.

EDIT^2: And yes, this was browser related. Actually browser extension related, I had to allow Adblock to accept the images from this site.

What is it with Germans and "V2"?  :lol:

Zucht und Ordnung!

Droid803:
IT BEGINS

Admiral MS:
Yes, time for German engineering to dominate the seas :D

niffiwan:
So - Kaiser Wilhelm was a bit of a juvenile loose cannon IRL, and it seems that you're not just killing him off retiring him; should be interesting  :D

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