|Battle of Linz|
|Part of the Great War|
|Bloodiest session, 31 December|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Linz was a major clash between SPQR/Ottomans and Deutschland in Linz, a major town within Deutschland. It began on 29 December 2021 and ended on 1 January 2022. It was the biggest battle of the whole Great War, and a massive defeat for the German side, causing some of their towns and allies to break apart.
Initially, SPQR was able to make some dozens of thousands of points, but at night Deutschland made hundreds of thousands, and took the lead in the siege score without major difficulty.
On 30 December, the fights were bigger and tighter, and SPQR made Deutschland almost lose all their points, but when winning for only 16k the Germans made a huge push in three sessions and got 400k points with a record-breaking of 30 people capping the banner.
The Romans took advantage of the 4-5 sessions the Germans would be offline and striked some drawbacks on Deutschland's progress.
At 16:10 UTC, the Germans started offering resistance again, but were highly outnumbered therefore being unable to make progress. Near to the end of the session, however, the bulk of the German army was able to drive the enemies out of banner to attempt a reversal. This did not work at the end as they got killed 3 minutes before capping.
At the 18:10 UTC, SPQR initially won the upper hand as they got control from all around the banner, but they were not able to cap as much as the previous session, and a final reversal made by King Centurion_I meant the Germans narrowly won the session, extending at least a bit the advantage on the siege balance.
At 20:10 UTC, the Germans initially crumbled like last session but then were able to reverse and gained more than 60k points.
At 22:10 UTC, the last session before New Year truce happened; SPQR fought hard for banner control but Deutschland kept control at ground and at the skies all the time, making the point difference even bigger.
Deutschland was ahead for more than 400k points, but the New Year truce kicked in late (0xBit apparently forgot) and when it ended, 25 attackers got SPQR to gain 200k points in only three sessions, taking advantage of timezones once again in the war. After these sessions passed, more allies of Deutschland started showing up, but they were outnumbered all the time, and despite one session won, they could not stop SPQR from winning the siege with 120k points.