The front in the East was much longer then that in France and Belgium. The theater of war was a distance of 990 miles ( 1,600 Kilometers.) and this had a very different effect on the warfare that was being waged there.
While the war came to a stalemate on the Western Front after the Race to the Sea and the First Battle of the Marne in 1914, the battle lines on the Eastern Front were much more fluid and a stalemate never occurred there. It was a war of movement and maneuver, with Calvary units like the legendary Hussars and Infantry regiments moving like thunder throughout the land as opposed to Calvary and Infantry units on the Western Front where they had to get deep into the trenches. The fighting was different here then the fighting in the West, the lines here were dense and easily breakable and the fighting was rapid and fast. The war in the East began with the Invasion of East Prussia by the Russians in 1914 and the province of Galicia ( Modern day Poland.) , the first effort turned into a disaster following the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914. A second effort by the Russians into Galicia was successful and with the Russians taking control of the region. By 1915, the Russians and the Austro-Hungarians fought bitterly in the Carpathian Mountains and the Russians were stalled on the Riga-Jakobstadt-Dunaberg-Baranovichi-Pinsk-Dubno-Ternopil line where they would continue fighting until the Empire had to bow out of the war due to rising tensions on the homefront in 1917.
However, by 1916, the Allied effort on the Western Front needed some distractions to give the French Army some breathing room at the Battle of Verdun and the Italians managed to pull through on their end with making a push on the Austro-Hungarian front forcing the Central Powers to move men and supplies to Italy and thus making the Russian Empire to plan a counter-attack that would become one of the most well-known operations on the Eastern Front and finally causing Romania to join in the fighting. The Brusilov Offensive was one of the greatest Russian operations of the Great War, and is one of the most lethal offensives in modern military history. The Offensive itself is one of the greatest Allied victories and became one of the worst defeats for the Central Powers.
The operation achieved it’s original goal of forcing the German Army to halt the attack on Verdun and transfer soldiers to the East, it also broke the Austrian-Hungarian Army and afterwards they had to relay on Germany and their supplies for the rest of the war. The tactics used here by the Russians were later used by the German blitzkrieg offensives of 1939-1940 to start the beginning of World War II.
The Kingdom of Galicia or Galicia and Lodomeria became the crownland of the Habsburg Kingdom as a result of the First Partition of Poland in 1772. During the 19th century all the way up to the last years of The Great War, it was a crownland of the Austrian Empire. After reforms in 1867, it became ethnic-pole run state under Austrian rule.
During the 19th century, in 1815, as a result of decisions made by the Congress of Vienna, the Lublin and surrounding regions were annexed or ceded by the Austrian Empire to the Kingdom of Poland which was ruled by the Tsar, and as trade the region of Southern Podolia was returned to the Austrians by the Russians which had held that region since 1809. Krakow and it’s surrounding areas became the Free City of Krakow under supervision by three monarchies: Russian, Austrian, and Prussia.
In 1848, revolution broke out across Vienna and across the kingdom. After the revolution followed, renewed absolutism followed and in 1863, revolution once again broke out but this time in Russian held Poland and for a year ( 1864-1865.) , the Austro-Hungarians declared a State of Siege in Galicia then in 1865, brought the return of federal ideas and negations began again between Polish rule and Vienna once more.
Galicia at the outbreak of The Great War saw alot of extreme and heavy fighting between Russia and the Central Powers. The Russians overran most of their forces in 1914 after defeating the Austro-Hungarians in a brutal frontier battle. It saw action again during the Brusilov Offensive of 1916. At the end of the Great War, the Western half of Galicia became part of the restoration of Poland and in the East, the Soviets tried to instill a puppet state but failed. The fate of Galicia was settled in 1921 as part of the Peace of Riga treaty and it no longer exists today. The historical region is now divided between Poland and Ukraine.
Galicia is a huge map and it reminds me alot of the maps seen in Battlefield 3 and 4, and it reminds me of what Battlefield is. Galicia takes place in the countryside with farmhouses and windmills and has a muddy feel to it. The flags are spread out across the large terrain and you have to make use of vehicles to get across the large open map.
Galicia is one of those maps that are suited for every sort of playstyle even though the primary playstyles is vehicle on vehicle action but you can twist the map to your liking. I really like this map.
Brusilov Keep takes place in the mountain villages of the Carpathians in the frigid snow and on the banks of a local river where the Russian and Austro-Hungarians fight to control the village.
Brusilov Keep is an interesting map, there’s very little vehicles and most of the action is infantry based with the flags being spread out across multiple sectors from the Russian spawn to the Austro-Hungrian spawn and it’s easy to blow out the other team. The map features a bridge which is a primary point of contention between the two teams, and this suffers from the Giant’s Shadow curse where everyone fights in the middle and pushes one team to the other side with easy spawn trapping.
It’s a good map but suffers from spawn trapping which is a pain. Come back tomorrow for the first look at Operation Albion.