On Strengthening the Hand of Austria-Hungary
By Allan B. Calhamer
Great Power which did not survive World War I has also shown a certain weakness
at the Diplomacy table; in both cases, we believe, due in part to her wide open
landward frontiers on three sides.
players of the Italian hand have began to cooperate with A-H, however, after
several games have shown that Italy has great difficulty holding onto the spoils
of a defeated Austria-Hungary in the ensuing play with Russia and Turkey. A fine
game was played in which an Italian
fleet cooperated with Austria against Turkey, while an Italian army passed
through Tyrolia and attacked Munich with the aid of an Austrian army.
recent game, in which Austria became the biggest power, she played the daring
opening A(Vie)-Budapest, A(Bud)-Serbia, F(Tri)-Albania. Italy expected Trieste
to be defended, therefore did not order A(Ven)- Trieste, which would have been
crushing. Austria followed with (Fall, 1901) A(Bud)-Trieste, A(Ser) S F(Alb)-Greece;
holding everything and building two units. This sort of play has been attempted
many times before, after an agreement has been reached with Italy to vacate
Trieste and Venice on the opening move. It has invariably failed due to a double
cross by Italy. The new idea was to play the moves in absence of an
agreement, and it worked!
secure play with A-H, consider the moves (Spring, 1901) A(Vie)-Tyrolia, A(Bud)-Serbia,
F(Tri) stand. If Italy tries either A(Ven)-Trieste or A(Ven)-Tyrolia, A(Rome)-Venice;
her armies do not move. If Russia has not invaded Galicia, Austria can continue
with (Fall, 1901) A(Ser)-Bulgaria, which assures her of one build (either Serbia
or Bulgaria, depending on Turkey's play) and holds Turkey to one build. If
Russia has invaded Galicia, and the Austrian A(Vie) has stayed in Vienna due to
a standoff with Italy in Tyrolia; then Austria may order (Fall, 1901) A(Vie)-
Budapest, A(Ser)-Budapest! These pieces stand each other off, hence A(Ser) stays
in Serbia on the Fall, therefore establishing occupation. At the same time, the
Russian army cannot move to either Vienna or Budapest. Immediately thereafter
A-H can raise an army in Budapest.
is that Italy may not order A(Ven)-Tyrolia. Then the A-H A(Vie) goes to
Tyrolia in the Spring. Now if Russia has invaded Galicia, Austria has a hard
choice. If she orders (Fall, 1901) A(Ser) back to Budapest, Russia may not
order to Budapest; A-H A(Ser) will move out of
Serbia and therefore not establish
occupation of it. If she leaves A(Ser) in Serbia, Russia may order to Budapest,
thus capturing it.
improvement is for Austria to contract a treaty with Germany whereby both
the Austrian A(Vie) and the German
A(Mun) are ordered to Tyrolia in Spring, 1901. This prevents Italy from entering
Tyrolia, without the possibility that either the German or
Austrian pieces will lose their
positions. Now if A-H has also played A(Bud)-Serbia, F(Tri) stand;
the double standoff in Budapest can invariably be played, if the Russians have
entered Galicia, and Austria is guaranteed one build, even against the combined
attack of Italy, Russia, and Turkey.
should like the deal, because Italian armies in Tyrolia often batter Munich. The
German army is usually pinned down in Munich anyway, because the French A(Par)
usually enters Burgundy.
deal is made, Italy might as well be informed of it. If she knows she will only
waste time by attacking either Tyrolia or Trieste, she may be willing to join
Germany in a French campaign instead - and Austria is off to a safe and
reasonably good start.
Reprinted from The Dispatch No.2