The Darkest hour of the Russian Empire
Chapter Three: 1916
Part XVIII: News, news, news!
Zvezdopad dorog ot zarnic
Grozy sedlayut konei,
No nad zemlei tiho lietsya pokoi monastyrei.
A poverkh sedyh oblakov
Sin', sokolinaya vys'
Zdes', pod pokrovom nebes, my rodilis'.
Nas tochit semya Ordy,
Nas gnet yarmo busurman,
No v nashikh venah kipit Nebo Slavian
I ot Chudskih beregov
Do ledyanoi Kolymy
Vse eto nasha zemlya, vse eto my.
Star shower and heat-lighting.
Thunderstorms are saddling horses,
But the peace from monasteries
Flies over the Earth.
Above the grey clouds
There's falcon heights.
Here, under sky covers
We were born.
We were suffering Horde semen,
We lived like slaves under infidels,
But in our veins
Slavic sky burns.
And from Chud' coasts
To Kolyma, covered with ice.
It's all our land!
It's all we!
On 13 of February the Germans declared their unrestricted submarine warfare doctrine. Their U-boats were everywhere! "Operation Heinrich" went very well - French were in pocket near Freistadt, and the Entente decided to stop "Operation Rose". It was a defeat.
Central Powers success
Meanwhile, in the Caucasus Russian offensive went well - the Germans left Trabzon, but there were no many reasons to enjoy it, because the main task was not to win the battle but to cross the mountains and reach the city. Russian army won many battles against weak Ottoman army, but never managed to take a single province...
Trabzon is under siege and new war doctrine is available.
Russians in Anatolia
General Alexeev, one of Stavka main generals, started researching new warfare doctrine - doctrine of Mass Charge. This very-offensive method of war should help Russian Empire to end the war...
New strategic doctrines
On 27 of February HM GD Nicholas won the battle of Erzurum and started heading for that city.
Victory, your highness
Cossacks, Caucasian front
Italy didn't know what to do. Their army was crushed and they decided to change their chief of staff.
Diaz, their new man
Armando Diaz got a very difficult task - to save his kingdom!
In Russia there were some changes in the Staff, too. Nicholas II decided to appoint Brusilov, a talented and high-skilled general from Galizian front as new Commander-in-Chief. Previous supreme commander, HM Nicholas, decided to concentrate on his Caucasian theater, where he was fighting for Erzurum. So, new talented leader became a head of the Russian Imperial Army.
General Brusilov leaves his corps and goes to Tsar's Stavka
The Tsar and tsarevich Alexis meet Brusilov in Baranovichi.
New head of the army
On 27 of March Black Sea Fleet was back on track. 3 battleships and 16 (4 flotillas) destroyers spotted Turkish squadron and started the battle. Last Turkish modern ship - battlecruiser Selim Yavuz
) was sunk. Ebergard showed, that Russian fleet in the Black sea could fight even after deadly battle against the Austrians.
Black sea is our sea!
On 7 of April Graz was reconquered by Austria-Hungary. British soldiers started evacuating from the continental Europe. They manage to capture Bratislava once again, but they had no chances to secure it.
Last months of Operation Rose.
In Anatolia the Russians succeeded - on 10 of April GD Nicholas finally captured Erzurum! It was a triumph - first Russian victory on the Caucasus front.
Nine days later the Turks tried to engage Russian Black sea once again. Pre-dreadnought Mesudiye was destroyed by Russian gunners.
One more Ottoman ship sunk
With a strongpoint in Erzurum Russian army got an opportunity to massively storm Anatolian plains. On 7 of May Grand Duke Nicholas ordered his corps to started "Anatolian offensive". 1st and 3rd Caucasian Crops had to finish their job and take Trabzon, Caucasus Military District marched on Elazig, while HM Nicholas himself (with 2nd Caucasian Corps) decided to attack Hakkari.
Anatolian Offensive Operation, May of 1916
Russian trenches in Anatolia
The war continues
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