Germany

German Openings

Central and dynamic, German openings generally proceed along quite aggressive lines due to the perception that defence without sufficient units is very hard. This makes three 1901 builds not uncommon with the black pieces (more so than any other power), with the execution of this aided by the range of both reliable and more exotic openings available. Germany’s strength is also it’s weakness: Munich may have 19 valid opening orders (the most of any unit), but it also has the most foreign units that can reach it in 1901. A balance of greed and guile is required in the early stages of the game for Germany.

Common Openings

Germany has two common openings (occurring in more than 10% of games), another two regular openings (occurring more than 5%) and six more that occur in more than  1% of games. F Kie – Den or F Kie – Hol occur in all of these, and all but two involve A Ber – Kie. :

  1. Danish Blitzkreig (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Den.)
  2. Dutch Blitzkreig (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Hol.)
  3. Burgundian Attack (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Bur; F Kie – Den.)
  4. Belgian Attack (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Bur; F Kie – Hol.)
  5. Dutch Guardian (A Ber – Kie; A Mun h; F Kie – Hol.)
  6. Danish Guardian (A Ber – Kie; A Mun h; F Kie – Den.)
  7. Frederich Opening (A Ber – Sil; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Den.)
  8. Anschluss Opening (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Tyl; F Kie – Den.)
  9. Innsbruck Opening (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Tyl; F Kie – Hol.)
  10. Holstein Opening (A Ber h; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Den.)

 

Other Notable Openings

There are dozens of playable and potentially interesting opening orders available for Germany beyond the standard ones above. Some that have had particular success or impact include:

  1. Baltic Blitzkreig (A Ber – Kie; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Bal.)
  2. Barbarossa (A Ber – Pru; A Mun – Sil; F Kie – Den)
  3. Octoberfest Opening (A Ber – Mun; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Den.)
  4. Schlieffen Plan (A Ber – Mun; A Mun – Ruh; F Kie – Hol.)
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