aztez -> RE: aztez (a) vs Katsuragi (j) ...lessons learned. (3/3/2010 6:27:54 PM)
Malaya (december 8th - 9th 1941)
I did feel that Force Z needed to sortie towards enemy landings made at Khota Baru. In this scenario I could easily have it withdrawn into safety.
Instead they Force Z left Singapore on early morning of december 8th 1941.
RAF provided aircover with Buffalo fighters set on LRCAP along the coast. As expected the japanese Betty/Nell bombers did show up but the Buffalo's managed to protect the ships.
At the sunrise on december 9th 1941 the battleships spotted enemy surface fleet in Khota Baru. This resulted to an awesome duel which was nice to follow in the game. The first battleship salvos of the war was fired by Prince of Wales and scored hits on BB Haruna. This battle raged on and the final outcome is best shown by combat.txt file...
Day Time Surface Combat, near Kota Bharu at 51,75, Range 25,000 Yards
BB Kongo, Shell hits 3, on fire
BB Haruna, Shell hits 12, heavy fires
CA Takao, Shell hits 1
CL Jintsu, Shell hits 3, heavy fires
DD Asashio, Shell hits 1
DD Oshio, Shell hits 3
DD Arashio, Shell hits 1
DD Akatsuki, Shell hits 1
BB Prince of Wales, Shell hits 34, heavy fires, heavy damage
BC Repulse, Shell hits 6, on fire
CL Danae, Shell hits 7, and is sunk
DD Vampire, Shell hits 13, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Tenedos, Shell hits 1
DD Electra, Shell hits 4, on fire
DD Express, Shell hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage
By looking at the battle BB Haruna, BB Kongo and CL Jintsu might be on deep trouble. Heavy fires and super struckture hits were reported.
The Force Z is pretty much done for since additional torpedo hits were reported after the battle. Those hits were done by Betty bombers flying out from Saigon area.
RAF performed well and shot down around 15-20 Betty/Nell bombers. The Buffalo's are total waste of time for sure.
I opted not send my bombers on navalstrikes and insted bombed Singora airfield and enemy ground units at Khota Baru. The results were mediocre at best. The Khota Baru was overrun on the december 9th and only few hits were reported at Singora.
An pleasant start to this campaign alltogether though.