Gripping stuff. The casualties caused by the French mobilisation were not as bad as I had feared, although it must be galling to lose all of your war score from battles.
Especially since it pretty much prevents me from maxing out with +25 from battles.
Until then, I shall enjoy the French trainwreck in slow motion.
A glorious train wreck it shall be! I had been somewhat cautious on my occupation of France, knowing mobilization would occur eventually, but it certainly was inconvenient.
In the case of fighting against China a narrow front isn't even necessary. As 1850s Japan I had a lot of fun defending my newly-won Korean territories from millions of men.
Yes. After a while, your arms get tired holding the machine gun up.
Looks like the worst is over and the low organisation of the French troops softened the blow somewhat. The AI is a little too keen to throw mobilised brigades into battle without letting them gain ORG.
In this case, they were smart to stomp on my unprotected occupying brigades, but then they should have fallen back to regain ORG. Oh well...