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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 6:01:34 AM   
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So only three American fleet CV's? Where are the rest! (the world wonders)

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 8:01:59 AM   
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Hi saros.you must be a late comer..........they be already in davee jones locker..............

(ok, I better go off and write what happens next.thanks for following!)

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 8:57:14 AM   
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you better do that!
my hands are shaking already

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 8:57:38 AM   
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In later, better years, at air shows, they will do something similar, an air burst I think they will call it.

The bombers dive, scattering to individual targets
There is no time to consider the rest of the fleet, there are only moments to concentrate on the three that aim for them.

Zuiho’s guns fire……….a pathetic thud, thud, thud, of the 4.7’s, rapidly joined by the cracking of the 25’s………. and miracles happen

One bomber is hit square on, obliterated in a stunning ball of flame. The second loses a wing, and spins madly down, slamming into Zuiho’s wake.

The third bombs, pulls away, the black blob growing, growing, screaming in, plunging into the ocean mere feet on the starboard bow, the hammer blow of water against her flanks, towering, collapsing down, flooding a gun pit, her little hull whipping under the shock.

Happy phoenix’s luck holds.

(no ships, in fact, are hit)




For the men below, it is the heaviest bang of the war……….clouds of insulation fall in the spaces, and every pipe dances madly, swaying rattling.
In a dozen places, more, steam erupts from loosened joints, and in two places water sprays as well, fire main pipes shattered by the hammer blow.

Zuiho has been bitch slapped…but races on still at 30 knots.




In DCC, Lurch picks himself up, and automatically as he has been trained, speaks into the comms……..”all spaces, damage reports!’”
Soon they will flood in………there are casualties too, broken bones mainly, men flung violently about.
Lurch will be busy for the next two or three minutes.
So busy, he will not notice Minobe, ashen faced, stand, and leave the compartment.


Hasegawa shakes his head………..still alive. We are still alive. The wonder of it.

But there is no time to wonder, the war keeps calling.

Akagi is signaling ‘ “recover aircraft. Prepare for second strike.”


Extract, from “falling Cherry blossoms, a tale of an Imperial pilot”


None of us really knew the history we were making then. You never do.
We knew exhaustion, we knew fear. But we also knew our duty.
As this battle moved into the afternoon, I think, to a man, we were aware of the weight that was upon us.
The enemy fleet was less than 80 miles away now, and every second report spoke of battleships, and for us, a repeat of THAT night, was intolerable.

So we attacked, and attacked.

They say I torpedoed the Tennesse, or the California this day. I am too humble to claim that. I do say I led the attack, and those battleships were heavily struck, but we all pressed the attack, all braved that Flak.

I watched three of my friends clawed from the sky this day, two gone in a flash, another gliding down, his cockpit a burning hell.
I can never forget that sight, even though I try to every day.

One thing though, again I had the pleasure of an attack free of fighter interference.
Too see the sea rushing into Yorktowns hanger via the elevator hole, to see in that moment, planes, men, machinery whirling around in that cavern…..

Another sight I wish I could forget.

You have probably seen the photos of Saratoga’s demise, her great fat red belly pointing at the sun, the waters covered in so many little black dots, each a man we know now doomed to die
It was a hard day this day. But a necessary day, if we were to win the war, we had to bite deep, feast on American blood, while the great beast lay prostate at our feet…..









Kurihama enters circuit.
His plane, he, is in trouble

Blood freely , too freely flows down his thigh, and wind whistles through too many holes that should not be in his plane.
But he is not the only one

Okura has landed, if that is the word, before him, under cart less.
He is lucky, injury free, but his gunner is not. It will take five minutes yet to clear the deck
Several zeros too have arrived in horrible fashion .Zuiho lives, her pilots have paid a horrible cost.

The green light flashes, and he can see the kate being tipped up, and over, crashing into the sea, clearing the deck for him.

He feels the pain.
His whole life , has been about pain.
About receiving it, about giving it.
Pain, pain to obliterate his inadequacies as a man.

He flares the bomber, hand, feet, stick, throttle almost automatically following a procedure repeated so many times..., but the big injured bird fails to respond, and there is no time to realize this , to be afraid, to do anything as it slams into Zuiho’s fantail, somersaults, breaks apart, rolls, and plunges over the side in a rolling ball of flame.

Good bye Kurihama.
A brilliant pilot. But I don’t think I will miss you.





Dusk
Yamaguchi considers the score

CV Yorktown………sunk
CV Wasp…………two torpedos??.she must still be out there. He must kill her.
CV Saratoga………sunk
CL Nashville……..sunk
CLAA san Diego…….Sunk
CA Indianapolis……….sunk
CL Phoenix……..sunk
CA Northampton………sunk
CL Raleigh…………sunk
2 DDs…….sunk

battleship North Carolina lies crippled 60 miles way.
Further south, BB Tennessee, California.crippled.

To the north of Tarawa, reports of more ships, battleships, including the Arizona.
Undoubtedly some of these claimed ships live still, pilots are notorious……..
But there is only one action he can follow.

“signal BB Yamato, the 4 fast battle ships, and cruisers Nachi, Maogami, Suzuya.
Form surface action group. Detach. Seek the wasp, believed to be 100 miles due south east of present position. Sink whatever you find”

The carriers are exhausted of fuel, of fish. But the battle must go on……………

(1275psi note--------I took extreme care combing all the reports on today……it was actually pretty easy to work out who did what thanks to the games brilliant design. Thanks Matrix!)








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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 9:19:17 AM   
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well done you old dictator! ( and well written too! )

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/3/2011 12:26:46 PM   
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Congrats!  Brilliant victory.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 1:21:48 AM   
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Get the Wasp and a few more BB and life is GREAT!

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 4:14:00 AM   
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Could we be seeing a sore throat?
Fangs out neck extended across the chopping block?


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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 10:20:36 AM   
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Twenty hundred hours

Zuiho’s men work

Of her entire crew, only the pilots sleep, or try to. Only on orders of Hidaka do they sleep.
Elsewhere men work.


In the hanger, ander the bright, bright lights, men sweat. 8 kates are serviceable for tomorrow, three are damaged. Two, might, just might be made ready for the dawn. Men swarm over these planes………..a thousand regulations and rules are being broken as a hundred short cuts are taken to get them ready.

About them, other men strain to load the fish.
Zuiho still has her fish
Tomorrow, what ever is out there, is still close enough for the float planes to find.
If Zuiho can launch it tomorrow, it will be on strike.

Only 8 zeros remain
15 pilots.
They now have 41 kills to their names.

In the sickbay CMDR Korii works, he has bones to set, and three men have shrapnel wounds. These he can treat. The man in the corner, behind the screen: he does not know.
Minobe sits there, but not his mind.
In the context of Japanese, in the context of Japanese military men, he simply has no experience of what he sees.
But there is no time for that now, other men still come in, stokers, three of them, all scalded in various amounts. They wait stoically for his team.
Cmdr Korii works , and thanks the stars that this is all he has to contend with.

The cooks work. They have done well, incredibly well. Hot food has been distributed through out the ship, swet rolls, sticky rice, dried meat, even for some, hot soup.
Men fight on their belly.
Of all the actions taken tonight, this must be almost the most important.

The stokers work too. Tonight, they will achieve fuelling, receiving nearly 500 tons from Akagi.
They were down to 16% at dusk. Running on fumes is not the word for it.

Even as they refuel, they will labour on the leaks. There will be no hot water from now on until port, a small price to pay indeed.

They work
All of them.
Combined fleet too works all night, refueling mainly, transferring dunked pilots to home ships, and preparing for tomorrow. She barely covers 80 miles in 8 hours, a distance Yamaguchi has little to fret over
By 0300 he has the enemy formations plotted to the inch.
Tomorrow will be a bloody day.



Yamato, Kongo, Kirishima, Hiei, Haranua, cruisers Nachi, Mogami, Suzuya, escorting destroyers, steam south now, the main body fading into the horizon

The Yamato leads, arrogance personified.
Just after midnight, it is an arrogance justified.

Battle ship North Carolina, a single escorting destroyer are sighted at 12000 yards just before midnight, and Tanaka takes his force in line ahead, parallel to the glowing shape in the dark.

For many months Yamato’s gunnery has been greatly maligned., twice they have failed initial gunnery trials.
Twice they have searched for the reasons for their shame.
Last month, they found them.

Our story has no man on this ship, but what thrill they must have felt, what anticipation…………’surface target Port!, battleship!. SHOOT!

Tonight, dinosaurs still rule the earth

That first salve we know struck true, struck deep.
As did the second
There is no need for a third
‘Shift target right!………secondary armament, shoot!

A beautiful baptism, a Battleship and destroyer in the bag.


Tanaka, strictly following his orders, turns North again to rejoin the fleet
The Wasp has been sighted, too far away for him and his fuel situation.

But plenty close enough for the carriers



Okura climbs into his Kate. No, not his kate. He busted that yesterday. Was it only yesterday?
The climb into the cockpit is exhausting.
In training school, they used to run in the dawn on the beach, run, and run, and run, because to stop running meant a beating.
He never then, felt as exhausted as this.

Rest. They must rest.
They cannot.

Hidaka climbs into the bird ahead of him, head bowing in acknowledgement his way.
So, he has escaped Hasegawa’s clutches after all.
And why not.? The beast is down, the jackals circle ever closer.

He lifts of into the dawn, again, wheeling hard south as soon as he can, Hidaka on his wing, unknowns from other carriers all about them
The skies are filling with planes, but not all go south
Many go North, some west, some east.

It is…………..a target rich environment………

He flies automatically……you, I have done it. Drove across endless plains, and been unable to remember any of it
This is that flight

And then the green flare, and Hidaka wobbling the wings, the slow., curving descent to 500 feet, 300 feet.

Numbness. This is how Okura flies today, in numbness. The flak does not affect him. The ships he gently dodges around he barely notices
The release of the fish, he never can recall.

WASP, already listing hard, leaping at the hit……barely stirs him


Tired beyond belief, he will fly home, climb out of his bird, and seek the only thing he needs, sleep.



Extract, from shattering the sword, a cantona production

12/9/42. A black day in America’s history
A black day indeed

Even, as members of Congress stand, and call for the President “to end this war now”, even as he sits , alone in the oval office (my darkest day, bar none. Our great sword, the Navy, shattered in my hand. But I would see the sun again, if I retained the faith), the disaster continues.

Battle ship Tennessee is struck by three bombs, not those piddling 250 KG bombs, but Kate delivered bombs.
She burns, and is in big trouble
Cruiser Indianapolis, a destroyer are sunk. There is no false counting of these today.
Battleship California takes a bomb near dusk.
She will be still burning as night falls, a fatal danger in these shark filled waters.

To the North of Tarawa, fruitlessly hunting for an invasion fleet already fleeing North, kates….Zuiho kates, sink CLAA Atlanta, CL Durbham

Other ships, 2 more heavy cruisers, are reported bombed as well. Double claims?
Does it matter
The defeat is becoming a rout.

Unfortunately for the Americans, there is a long,, long way to run.















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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 11:48:05 AM   
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Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 1:20:10 PM   
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Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.


I am assuming this campaign is against the computer player? There it is much more possible to get one sided victories because of the lack of coordination. Not just tatically but operationally and stratigic assets that sway things .. like subs, patrol platforms, land based air etc that all act in unison with a human player than do not with the computer player.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 1:27:00 PM   
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hi Sourdust!.........welcome to the forums
hope you like the show

Of those 22, that dived, 10 attacked BBs.........so cantona was unlucky,. Cap in most attacks was 70 plus strong, and I intercepted most times 44 or more minutes out.

The wave that got through was only intercepted -barely, almost overhead.

After the first day, when the weather was bad and I chewed up strikes, I expected him to retire
After the night battle, I expected him to retire

he wanted the invasion force I think
cantona fights as per real life, no allied run aways with him
he is a very, very, good opponent.very aggresive in 42, early 43. This is what makes his an outstanding opponent, IRL, there is no sir robin...........

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 1:37:50 PM   
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Congrats on a great vistory.  Sorry that Wasp seems to have slipped away, and what of the Big E?  Still, you've bought time well into '43 now.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 2:15:09 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sourdust

Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.


It hasn't been entirely one-sided. Remember the surface engagement where Hiyo was sunk. I believe that Junyo was damaged as well. Doesn't help much on the balance sheet but it is something.


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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 8:25:10 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Crackaces


quote:

ORIGINAL: sourdust

Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.


I am assuming this campaign is against the computer player? There it is much more possible to get one sided victories because of the lack of coordination. Not just tatically but operationally and stratigic assets that sway things .. like subs, patrol platforms, land based air etc that all act in unison with a human player than do not with the computer player.








OUCH!.I hope cantona does not read that!
No definately human

John 3rd..Wasp is sunk...........I have sunk all 6 carriers by 9/42, and lost 1 little one

A note.....KB is between the american fleets and pearl harbour.....I have in fact trapped a lot of it
Tonight, we continue the gutting...............

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 9:27:42 PM   
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YEA BABY!

Banzai! BANZA!! BANZAI!!!

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 9:28:17 PM   
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Good bye Kurihama.
A brilliant pilot. But I don’t think I will miss you.


As my daughter would say, "that seems kinda judgemental"


Will Zuiho be getting a paint spruce-up for the coming victory "parade" off Pt. Loma?

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 10:35:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: 1275psi


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I am assuming this campaign is against the computer player? There it is much more possible to get one sided victories because of the lack of coordination. Not just tatically but operationally and stratigic assets that sway things .. like subs, patrol platforms, land based air etc that all act in unison with a human player than do not with the computer player.




OUCH!.I hope cantona does not read that!

+1

What a body slam! Ouch!!!

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 11:15:32 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sourdust

Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.


I am assuming this campaign is against the computer player? There it is much more possible to get one sided victories because of the lack of coordination. Not just tatically but operationally and stratigic assets that sway things .. like subs, patrol platforms, land based air etc that all act in unison with a human player than do not with the computer player.


Guess you never make mistakes then or try things for the fun of the game then?

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 11:15:33 PM   
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I'm not sure what's more impressive, 1275psi's writing or his arse-whipping of the USN in the game. Both are most impressive. Thanks for sharing this fantastic ride.

Regards, Paul

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/4/2011 11:19:41 PM   
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hi Sourdust!.........welcome to the forums
hope you like the show

Of those 22, that dived, 10 attacked BBs.........so cantona was unlucky,. Cap in most attacks was 70 plus strong, and I intercepted most times 44 or more minutes out.

The wave that got through was only intercepted -barely, almost overhead.

After the first day, when the weather was bad and I chewed up strikes, I expected him to retire
After the night battle, I expected him to retire

he wanted the invasion force I think
cantona fights as per real life, no allied run aways with him
he is a very, very, good opponent.very aggresive in 42, early 43. This is what makes his an outstanding opponent, IRL, there is no sir robin...........




Yes and thanks mate. I pushed my main CA (fast) and BB (slow) TF's West thinking your fleet train and invasion fleets were just around Nauru Island, my subs having sighted several of your BBTF's traversing through there. I guessed wrong and down they went.

As to the first two CV's, I made a very rookie mistake and I was also at a stage in my Game vs Fletcher that made me take the eye of the ball in this one. Lost Enterprise and Lexington stupidly.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/5/2011 6:30:21 AM   
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ORIGINAL: sourdust

Ouch. I confess to being a bit disappointed that the result wasn't a bit more balanced ... seems to me the Americans got a raw deal on their airstrikes - surely there should have been a few hits in the lot? Even against strong CAP, historically carrier strikes almost always drew blood - this result seems very lopsided.

But don't mean to detract from your victory at all - well played! Will be tough for the US to come back from this.


I am assuming this campaign is against the computer player? There it is much more possible to get one sided victories because of the lack of coordination. Not just tatically but operationally and stratigic assets that sway things .. like subs, patrol platforms, land based air etc that all act in unison with a human player than do not with the computer player.


Guess you never make mistakes then or try things for the fun of the game then?


Or even just bad luck. I still remember CF's CV's reacting the wrong way into the allied TF's in his earlier game. <shivers>.




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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/5/2011 9:37:34 AM   
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Wow, comments a plenty

I thank everyone for comments and thoughts, and hope the entertainment can continue.



last day of this battle.................

13/10/42

Combined fleet, Mobile fleet, the great blade, call it what you will, is near the end of its tether.
Men can only give so much
Ships can carry only so much ammunition
You can press your luck only so far

But above all, the fleets fuel reserves are near exhaustion. To the West of Tarawa, some 80 miles north of narua, her last Tankers with any fuel remaining are coming east.
With out these ships, Mobile fleet will not get home.

Euphoria on the Flagship turns to near panic when the said tanker force reports itself fleeing from possible surface ships.
Long anxious hours will be spent before they are deemed safe again

The Americans, STILL FIGHTING., have rolled for hard six during the night, lunging for contacts they believe are those tankers and invasion ships

They get close
It is a brave attempt
Luck remains against them

Having fuelled the night before, Zuiho spends a relatively quiet night, steaming steadily in her position astern of Akagi.
She will, again, work to prepare for tomorrow. Yamaguchi has a new mission for her , anti submarine warfare.
A day of laps around the fleet for the kate pilots..
Not surprisingly, after so many days of battle, none will complain about this task.

Zuiho herself has a quiet time, the fleet does not.

At 2100 hours, approximately, SSI-30 radios in the clear.
‘have attacked two California class battleships. Believe to have hit one battleship twice. My position……….

His position……….less than 60 miles away

Yamaguchi detaches Yamato, the battle cruisers again.

2330 hours.

Hasegawa wakens. He has been, damn……..again, dozing on the bridge
This bloody chair Korii insists he uses. He really should get up.

The energy is just not there. The bridge is quiet, the shadows of his watch stand to their positions. Ahead, around them, the fleet slides on, black shadows under a sliver of moon.

It is a beautiful night.

On the horizon………the flashes of some tropical thunderstorm, the roll of thunder.

The OOW notices he is awake. He nods in the direction of the storm: again the night sky flashes.
“Yamato and Tanaka are in action sir”
Hasegawa turns his head, he does not have to ask the question,
‘California, two destroyers………Tanaka reports he can confirm Battleship Tennessee sunk as well”

Hasegawa cannot say anything.
What emotion can you feel. How can you describe it. A whole life, waiting for this moment, dreaming of it. A decisive battle.
But how different it has been.

He watches the horizon, the thunder rolls, drum beat, drum beat, drum beat.
Broadside fire, three gun salvos…………ahh, a battleship mans ear still.

He should have been there. On the bridge of that mighty ship. But fate had something different for him……………….yes?
He feels zuiho under him. Hears the ting, ting of the elevator bells as a bomber comes up onto the deck. He hears her fans, feels her vibration.

Fate had something different for him. And he is so very glad that it did.







Extract from “shattering the sword” a cantona production

There were no survivors from the California, nor her two escorts.
We will never know, from the allied perspective, how this short battle went.

But we have some clues

Yamato’s gunnery log is very clear
“Engaged at 18000 yards. Second salvo struck enemy forward.. massive explosion forward observed, enemy obscured by heavy smoke.

Commenced salvo fire.
Struck by 16 inch shell main belt six minutes into engagement
Ceased fire 32 minutes into engagement, only 7 rounds main ammunition left in turrets.

Nobody will ever question her shooting again


There reaches a point, where battles simply blur.
The 13th was the last day

Enemy battleships Arizona, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and many escorts are sighted on this last day well to the north of the fleet.

Three waves of attacks are launched, but results are very poor. Men, pilots, simply are too exhausted, too overwhelmed by the pressures of never ending battle, to press attacks

Many bombers turn back, all bomb poorly. Few heroics are shown

Arizona takes a hit, the Penny too. A light cruiser is sunk

The battle of Tarawa fizzles to a stop.


Combined fleet turns for Truk, and her refueling tankers .
The remains of the American fleet escape towards Noumea, or Pearl.

For many, the killing has just become too horrid to continue.










For Yamamoto, in Japan, there is one horrid moment
Herbiesan, wildly drunk, bursts into his office
He has some floosie hanging of him, a bottle in one hand, a sheaf of reports in another

‘Victory!, Yamamoto!, victory!…do hear them on the streets!………….Victory!

And then the horrid dictator moves close, stink of beer, and foulness on his breathe……..’and here is you, plotting away to do me in ney!..well, try it now you bumbling fool., try it now ……now who is the nations hero!’

And then he stumbles out.

A horrid moment
Horrid, for herbiesan is right…………….who can challenge him now?





Hidaka stands on the bridge, in the early dawn light
He is stiff, sore………..and feels none of it at all.

He has the latest reports in his hands

From Combined fleet
Retiring from battle
Losses received

1cvl sunk
1 cvl damaged

losses inflicted
Carriers Wasp, Saratoga, Yorktown sunk
Battleships North Carolina, California, Tennessee sunk
Two battleships damaged
Two heavy cruisers sunk
Eight light cruisers sunk
Six destroyers sunk
4 transports sunk

Divine providence smiles upon Japan this day

Hasegawa speaks beside him, his voice soft in the cool air
“How did we score Hidaka?’
‘A win sir”
‘A good win, a great victory?’
‘A great victory sir. And we did our bit. Maybe more”

There is a long silence

“I am satisfied”

And then our Captain, , their father and shepherd, slides slowly to the deck.

He is dead.





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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/5/2011 9:01:43 PM   
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Wow. Sad really. Going to miss Hasegawa. Be interesting to see who replaces him.

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/5/2011 10:40:44 PM   
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quote:

Fate had something different for him. And he is so very glad that it did.


I think we knew Hasegawa was going to die of his illness, but sad that he did pass away. But in another way happy that he could lead his men into battle and achieve victory. Happy that he could pass away as a happy and satisfied man.

I think we will all miss him, even though it is an AAR we get to think that the characters are real. A few good men passed away through the battles the last few days.

Which brings me to ask, seeing as the sea battles went so well, how is the land warfare going? Any news?


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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/6/2011 2:23:14 AM   
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Hi british exile
Thankyou for kind comments.i was a bit sad too!

Funnily enough, the next post is all about Hosho.........only half done , and i am a bit busy today/tonight

i think a game update is needed too, jus to put everything back into perspective.
Now, back to the housework................grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/6/2011 8:18:29 AM   
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Ok, time is short, so today, game update

We are playing scene 1, PDU off

China:

We have deliberately kept China quiet –thinking it is too easy for Japan to run amok
On the other hand, Burma, its too easy for Allies in 42/43 to run amok –or was when we started
So, compromise………China remains Quiet, I took nanking, and that’s it I think, .in return, I ( after letting Cantona know) I moved two Chinese armies to Burma

Burma
Akyab, Myrintinka line……….we are dug in. he has a lot of troops in India, but ground wise, nothing happening………..Burma army is trapped behind lines, and will I suppose die eventually

DEI –all mine
Solomons
I hold them, down to Lunga, and PM of course

Gilberts…..

Tarawa is in dispute still grin

North .nothing happening, I have made no advances

Fleet is almost intact. Production is……….well, OK, just.


Hosho tomorrow, footy is on!

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/7/2011 7:04:30 AM   
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Hosho leads the attack

It begins before dawn with the usual artillery bombardment.
This term……..bombardment, is a quiet joke of course

Behind them, 4 small mountain guns bark at irregular intervals, and a handful of mortars PHUUUT their small bombs into the direction of warizup.

Predictably, the results are less than spectacular, many of the buildings in the village, as flimsy as they are, remain standing as he leads the advance up the track towards the towns entrance

Silently they run in the dark, Hosho expecting any moment to hear the bark of defending machine guns, the yells of the defenders defiance.

He hears neither

What they find is horror
Only 200 men ‘defend’ Warizup…the remains of the 1st Gloustershire regiment.
They find a charnel house.
200 men, the sick, the dying, the critically injured. 200 men unable to retreat any further.

They also find five other men. The medics who have stayed behind to care for them.

One approaches Hosho He is skinny, and his skin, eyes are yellow from disease. And Hosho can see it in his eyes……….a relief that now this nightmare is somebody else’s problem now……..

But this Colonel, so used to his western ideas, way of life, is in for a rude shock.
Surrender will solve no problems, it will, in fact , compound them.
Hosho has no answers for his enquiries about food for the injured, or evacuation. These are words, words like surrender, that simply are beyond his understanding.

And Hosho has other problems of his own.

They have attacked Warizup, hoping to capture supplies for themselves………….

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/8/2011 7:48:19 AM   
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well, once again congrats on a really great victory! (sorry to see hasegawa go but we all have to go at some point....)
congrats to cantona on playing aggressively, i feel that some comments are not fair to him. he could have waited for a year or two and just come bulldozing with horde of essexes... and we couldnt enjoy such a interesting game. there is a bit of bushido spirit in him ;)

ah yes, keep it coming

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RE: carrier Battle! - 8/8/2011 9:15:01 AM   
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Yes Hosho, I hope he gets lots of encouragement in his AAR now too!





15/9/42



The wind blows bitterly across the flight deck this day, causing the ranks of her sailors to sway in gentle snaking lines

They stand, arrayed, to bid farewell

Around them, the great fleet sails. Below, the sea, grey, angry, streams past
The sky is blue, and has no warmth

Hidaka stares at the single flag draped form.
It seems so unfair, to him, that his Captain should depart alone

Ten pilots lost…..and nothing to grasp onto.
Just empty places at the table, lockers now empty.

The rifles crack, once, twice three times
The bundle lifts, the flag flutters.


“So it comes to this
Victory in death
Sweet bliss”


Zuiho steams towards home
Victory ashes in their mouth.






Over Lunga, something new today

A new fighter, the P38, sweeps the skies.
The zeros rise, and this time, the young Americans are drawn into the dogfight.

Mistake or not, misuse of this magnificent plane or not, the battle is viscous

6 zeros go down, 6 P38’s as well

Then, 20 B17,s imperiously ride in and bomb.

In the sum of things, hardly a battle of note.
But there is a message here

This war is not over, not by a long shot


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