This is a play-through of Minden Games' 1914. Mr D-W- as the Germans sent me his moves by WhatsApp; I processed them and returned them along with a narrative and a photograph of the map at the end of the turn. In my day this would have been done by mail and taken six months rather than a week.
14-19 August German 4th., 5th. & 6th. armies enter Belgium. Liege quickly falls thanks to the siege artillery. The Belgian army takes up positions from Antwerp to the French border. The French 4th army attacks the German 6th in Belgium but is beaten back. Attacks are launched into Germany by the French 1st., 2nd. & 3rd. armies under Plan XVII but are driven back with losses. In the east the German 8th. army is under severe Russian pressure and an army must be transferred to help them.
20-25 August: The German 5th army presses on through Belgium, taking Brussels and driving the Belgian army to positions round Antwerp. The 4th reaches the French frontier; the 6th drives the French 5th army back towards Rheims where it assumes defensive positions and links up with the BEF which has marched inland. Plan XVII continues and 2nd, 3rd and 4th armies suffer heavy losses for no gain The French 1st nearly breaks through near the Swiss frontier but is driven back to its starting point. The situation in the east is dangerous but stable.
26-31 August: The German 5th army takes up defensive positions from the sea to Lille. The 4th army receives a bloody nose from the BEF, and the 6th is repulsed by the French 4th army around Verdun. The French abandon Plan XII and shift troops northwards to protect Paris. The 5th links up with the British and the 1st is left holding a long stretch on the French right. The BEF is also stretched thin holding a line from its forward positions back towards the Channel ports.
01-05 September: The German 5th. army pushes on and takes Calais. The 4th. adopts a defensive posture facing the BEF and attempts to protect the supply lines for the 5th. army. In the south the the thinly-spread French 1st. army is driven back by concerted attacks of the 1st., 2nd. & 3rd. armies. Belfort falls.