During the Entente half of II December, with snow and bad seas everywhere, events nonetheless took a turn for the uneventful.
Canadian troops expanded a machinegun II to an III with a printed flak factor.
Frenchmen refilled six XX’s from cadres, for conversion purposes.
Italian repaired their Caproni bomber in France and were sent fleeing from Stuttgart by flak.
The Zeppelins all failed for the standard three reasons.
The German AEG bomber visited Nancy to bomb the Caproni but was instead damaged by flak.
British forces finished gaining ownership of Maubeuge.
The Dutch CD task force took advantage of the storms to flee from The Netherlands to Wilhelmshaven. We note that in stormy weather, non-German task forces cannot in practice harm other ships. Gunnery and torpedo strengths are quartered and then a penalty of +2 is applied to hit numbers, so that the strongest battleship forces can hit targets like carriers and transports on a roll of “6” and nothing else can hit at all. German optics, by contrast, leave their bigger TFs with the ability to hit lots of targets on “6” and a few things on “5.” This should be considered a mistake and adjusted by errata (delete the die roll penalties or delete the quartering), though the naval combat rules are more of an aspiration than a realistic system anyway.
During the Central Powers’ half of II December, events continued unexcitingly.
Prussia repaired its AEG bomber, but it and all the Zeppelins failed to score damage for one reason or another. This is the first month since the Zeppelin force became significant that it has failed to contribute directly to the war effort, though the amount of flak scattered around the Italian and French rear areas is a significant contribution indirectly every day of the year.
The Caproni bomber missed Stuttgart.
German forces evacuated Valenciennes