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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/11/2012 10:25:47 AM   
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quote:

"Apparently, 6 members of our executive department have stolen an elephant................"


That's a classic!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/12/2012 1:26:45 AM   
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Man, I LOVED being a sailor in the 80's and early 90's. But "tailhook" changed all that.

Pulling into PI for the first time in 1986 after 5 weeks at sea. Oh the stories I could tell.... except.... well.... ummm....

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/12/2012 8:54:47 AM   
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ahhhhhhhhh, yes, Subic...........




Herbiesan considers the Admiral in front of him
Abe has won a victory, yet lost a precious carrier.

"Your advice Admiral?"

"A fleet in being for this time sir............3 new carriers in 30 days, taiho back in 36, Unryu in 2 weeks. We should wait, and then strike another telling blow with all our strength"
"And you think the allies will wait that long?"
"No, but they will go for something easy I would think. And if they try for the DEI...........well sir, our LBA and surface fleet will suffice to give me that month."

A fleet in being............horrible words. But it may just have come to that.........
"Can you get Shoho and Mizuho home?"
"With luck...........yes" The Admiral hesitates, then speaks 'Sir, we still have 12 battleships.......but we may have to risk them if the enemy moves this month"
"You mean, we may lose them, don't you Admiral?"


"yes sir, I do"

Yes, so it has come to this...........damn Americans, why do they keep coming, haven't we killed enough of them yet?
"Very well. Buy me a month Admiral, buy me another month"

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/12/2012 8:56:51 AM   
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Moulmien

Intelligence now places 23 enemy units facing you. Be prepared for an attack at short notice. Am sending from singapore 2 more divisions.
You must hold at all costs

Burma Army.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/12/2012 8:58:26 AM   
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Over Moulmien, 14 spitfire Mk 8's engage 42 KI 44's

One spitfire is lost, they take 13 kills.
Not only the most beautiful plane flying in this war, but undoubtably the deadliest.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/13/2012 10:05:52 AM   
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17/2/42

Under the arc of the yellow lights, Zuiho's hull glistens with the midnight dew.
She rests in drydock, arse planted firmly on the blocks, her bottom shining from the newly applied layer of paint. It is just past 1 am, but the presure of war means this drydock will never sleep. As soon as this paint has dried properly, Zuiho and her sisters will be swimming again.
Minobe treads carefully on the cold concrete floor, feet splashing in the puddles of water, grit, blasting sand and old paint, his torch flashing over the old ladys seams and curves.

He is in a foul mood.
To say that he has recently been dragged over the coals for what his department has done ashore is an understatement.
How attempting to borrow a fire truck can equal actually stealing an elephant like the XO's men had, is beyond him.

Nor does he see the humour in trying "just trying to return the poor buggar to India sir"..when the bloody thing was African for a start...........

His department has paid however.
Shame him, will they.

His right fist aches.........

Minobe turns to look more closely at the TG suction inlet, a move that undoubtably saves his life

With a stunning clang, 59 kilos of valve crash to the floor of the dock a mere two feet ahead of him.
Stunned, he looks up.........
A face, 30 metres up.....but hidden in the dark, in the glare, and then gone.

No fear fills him
Just anger
Deep, deep, anger
The barsteds.................

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/13/2012 10:11:01 AM   
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There are 5 seperate task forces, LSTs, APa's, APs, tankers, and at least 5 CVE's, cruising slowly back and forth just one hex to the east of bathurst island.
Are they coming for Babar, or not?
Is this a decoy?
Or the real deal?

Just in case, herbiesan, southern command swing every search planes arc to somewhere opposite, or in a new direction.
If he does come at babar, I'll know it.
japan cannot afford surprise landings anywhere else!


Nevertheless, Kongo and her three sisters, split into multiple small TF's, depart Kendari.
The butchers bill is overdue
Japan is prepared to pay it.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/15/2012 9:46:41 PM   
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cantona had school reports for 2 days, and when I finally get a turn, his darwin fleet is landing troops all over bathurst island on empty dot hexes, obviously a mistake

I am waiting for his re do

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/17/2012 7:28:24 AM   
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18/2/44

Japans SS wolf pack of 15 ss makes contact with whatever makes up the pack of ships loitering near Thursday island.
Its an ugly day

6 Seperate ss make attacks, on DDs, on a CVE, on a AK
3 ss are sunk, 2 crippled

No hits
An ugly, ugly day.

For Herbiesan, for his Admirals, for 14th and 16th Army, the enemy ships are almost hypnotic, a vast fleet crawling around thursday island......doing what?
Is this an invasion fleet?, or just amassive convoy, a decoy?, or, as some overly optimistic Admirals state, an Invasion fleet shorn of CV support, now with out a true objective?

Other than a single small CVE, the destroyres, what makes up this fleet?
Too many recons are not coming home......................

Kendari is emptied of shipping, 3 Battlecruisers, 2 heavy cruisers, destroyers begin coming south across the banda sea.
Ahead of them, some small escort ships.

They are orderd to die for the emperor...to attack whatever is there, and to tell High Command, once and for all, what the hell is coming!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/17/2012 7:35:41 AM   
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Zuiho remains in dock, finalising repairs
Deep in her bowels, work progresses. The tubes, however, have not.
Takeji has scotched that job, Zuiho will not be left behind if the fleet must sail.

These are cruel days for many
Leave is restricted. After her little "incidents", leave finishes at midnight every night, for every one.
Hard words for those with families.


It is so easy to put them away in your mind, when you cannot do anything about the distances between, but now...........
Problems that wives, sweethearts, families have dealt with alone for so long, now need, want to be shared.
And still, you cannot do anything about them, not with midnight curfew..........

We won't dwell on these days, these problems

I draw a viel over them............for in part, these things too maketh the sailor man.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/17/2012 7:36:56 AM   
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Zuiho remains in dock, finalising repairs
Deep in her bowels, work progresses. The tubes, however, have not.
Takeji has scotched that job, Zuiho will not be left behind if the fleet must sail.

These are cruel days for many
Leave is restricted. After her little "incidents", leave finishes at midnight every night, for every one.
Hard words for those with families.


It is so easy to put them away in your mind, when you cannot do anything about the distances between, but now...........
Problems that wives, sweethearts, families have dealt with alone for so long, now need, want to be shared.
And still, you cannot do anything about them, not with midnight curfew..........

We won't dwell on these days, these problems

I draw a viel over them............for in part, these things too maketh the sailor man.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/17/2012 7:37:51 AM   
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double post

< Message edited by 1275psi -- 12/17/2012 7:38:41 AM >

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/17/2012 5:46:49 PM   
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Stole an elephant.

Stole... an elephant.

Stole... no, sorry, that one isn't computing.

The best one I can offer is when Rescue 1 picked up a broken fire hydrant that a car had knocked over. Some Rescue 2 guys decided that if Rescue 1 had a fire hydrant then THEY had to have a fire hydrant of their own...

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/18/2012 8:33:12 AM   
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Hi gridley

The guy who tried to steal the elephant works only 2 cubicles from me in the office.
One of his comrades rose to rank of Captain...............


19/2/44
Herbiesan again reads the reports

'No contact?..........you mean they turned and ran, don't you?"
Admiral Abe nervously fiddles with his hat.........."the weather remains bad near Darwin...... "

Herbiesan stares hard at his Commander in chief. Oh, sometimes how he regrets dealing with Yamamoto
"What are they doing then Admiral, every sense I have tells me this stinks"
The relief on the Admirals face is palable. "I agree sir. Too few carriers, no battle ships, not enough escorts. I think it stinks too"

I am supreme commander
Only I have the full picture
And Cantona, My esteemed foe, this does stink to high heaven of deception .

Alright then, where am I most vulnerable, what would hurt us most?

It takes but a moment to check the map.

"Send Kendari ships to Soerabaya immediately, leave light forces only."
"The carriers sir?"
"Leave them here, Gods know where they will go, but when they do, its got to be for a real reason. A real reason only."

Unless of course, Darwin turns out to be the real deal.
Supreme Commander, supreme power, supreme responsibility.
But thats the fun of it, ney?

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/18/2012 8:38:51 AM   
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Long Pig Graham finds a small miricle

He has come, he thinks, 3 miles in 3 days, sometimes literally flinging himself at the jungle to crash through the vines and brush.
He bleeds from a hundred scratches, his uniform hangs in tatters.
Food is gone, water is gone.

But now the miricle
A rivulet.
A small rivulet of water, trickling down hill.

Follow it. it must grow to a stream, and then to a creek, and then..............
No, don't think of that.
Just follow it.

Drink, and follow it.
Overhead, somewhere above the canopy, the faint growl of aerial battle.

Angels at 10000 feet.

A hell filled world of devils at zero.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/18/2012 8:46:04 AM   
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Zuiho undocks, is brought by tugs alongside mighty Yamato, and secures herself to her mighty flanks.
Yamato's upper decks are a mess, her flank 6 inch turrets now missing, her upper works a forest of raw steel framing.
Takeji views the mighty ship with disdain now.

He knows, that in war, which ship is now the more deadly.
But if those great guns could yet be brought to bear................

Hidaka joins him, and its as if he reads his captains thoughts. "I see a future of us tied to protecting big brother"
"As do I. Still, we could do with some of those AA guns "

Hidaka has no humour in his reply. "The next time you need AA guns to defend yourself, I don't think a battleships worth will help"
Takeji's reply is equally serious " then you had better make sure that I never have to"

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/20/2012 10:29:24 PM   
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20/2/44
Hidaka does not ask for them
In fact, if he could, he would send them back.
18 shining new AM5s have arrived, and already the home Command Support Officers are craning his beloved AM3a's onto the barge alongside.
Pilots and planes are like fiery marriages. Love/ hate, passion and devotion. But now, a new woman in their lives.
A little faster, its claimed, a few improvements, (its claimed).............but still really the same aircraft.

Such a pity the NK1's have not qualified for carrier service..........

Shiny, new.
But not as good as his beloved old girl he is sure.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/20/2012 10:39:36 PM   
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Hosho stirs his rice pot.

Through the early morning mist, the river gleams tranquil, the forest dark on the other bank silent and still.
Hosho's bunker overlooks the river, set some 100 feet above it, 100 yards back from it.
A mere 50 yards of brown sluggish river between them and the tens of thousands of enemy.

They cannot see them.
They are there though.
Hosho stirs his rice. Rumour has it 30000 british troops have pushed south of Ghiang Mai, and have come to a halt.
Other rumours say that the Thia Army has pulled back towards Chiang Mai as well.
A neat trick if its true.

But other rumours , the ones that matter, speak of 30 enemy units directly opposite him, over that little strip of river.
Hosho stirs his rice.
They are dug in as well as they can hope to be. Supplies are good. They don't feel defeated, not at all.
Let them come
Let them come and let the river turn from brown to red.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/20/2012 10:45:04 PM   
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The big mavis turns away, seeking the safety of the horizon, descending towards the water.
120 miles South west of darwin, (read that again, south west) of darwin, the Mavis has found them

A sea of ships, transports, APA's, LST's, not in Darwin harbour as expected, but still crawling west.
The Mavis heads for home, pilots relieved that the fighters of Australia have not had to be braved. Her report is detailed, accurate.

And to high command, utterly baffling.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/20/2012 10:50:08 PM   
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Herbiesan pauses from his dinner, reads the report.
His eyes raise, take in Admiral Abe at the other end of the table

He waits while Abe reads the sighting reports.

'Your thoughts Admiral?"
The silence is long in the ornate room. It is a room a long, long way removed from the realities of the timor sea.
'None sir.........."

"I have one. I lay you a wager Admiral. A 100 yen. The enemy will try for Marcus"
"Done"
A good bet to lose, if they do...............

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/20/2012 10:51:41 PM   
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Turns spotty over christmas, and thus posts

A very, very big thankyou for all the followers and commentors on our little ship that could.
A merry Christamas to all.

Happy Birthday Jesus, Saviour and Lord.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/21/2012 4:49:54 AM   
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Ditto, Merry Christmas and thanks for the story.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/21/2012 8:42:50 PM   
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Thank you for the report and Merry Christmas to you, too.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/22/2012 3:47:37 PM   
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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/25/2012 6:26:40 AM   
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22/2/44

There comes a time when you simply must honour the threat.
The time, it seems is now.
Captain Shibayama, battleship Hiei, has the honour.

The odds against are high, the chances that this would be a one way trip high. But this in no way would prevent him from planning for the very best.

"Battleships Hiei and Haranua will sail at 1600 hours, proceed via western Timor, and attack enemy shipping Darwin and Thursday island area"
Very well.
Death calls, but he will sell himself and his ships for a steep price indeed.
'Navigator to bridge"
First question...........just how feasible would a course hugging the south coast of timor be?




Extract from Shattering the Sword" a cantona production.
Almost hourly it seemed to the Japanese, the threat south of Timor grows. Two distinct forces are known to be gathering, broken up into the usual allied multiple task forces, with further forces coming north from Wessel island. But now the delay seemed explained, many of these ships are tankers. This is no decoy, this threat is real.
Herbiesan however, feels that there is something else, something nastier yet to be revealed.
No carriers will be released for the battle that seems to be pending.
The battleships, LBA would have the job.

Hiei, haranua are not alone.
At soerabaya, Kirishima reloads, re arms, 4 CA's with her
Further north, battleship Fuso pushes hard south, her elderly frame carving the java sea.
And at Biak, battleship Hyuga begins to re raise steam.

And across the Dutch east Indies, a score of DDs and E type vessels prepare to add to the picture.
The first battle of Arafura sea has barely receeded into history.
The second, it seems, is about to begin.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/25/2012 6:37:28 AM   
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Over moulmien, 21 KI 44's fall to the spitfires.
Heavies bomb Moulmien, and many bases south in Thialand.
Yet more ships gather north West and North east of bathurst island, and the heavies attempt to close babo airbase
Irresistably, japans forces are being drawn towards timor.....................


For Zuiho, quiet days.
They drill, they clean, they exercise, they drill.
Minobe requests a transfer.
It is refused.
Training command again offers 6 Zuiho pilots opportunity to transfer ashore.
They refuse.

The zeros are assembled, the Jills are serviced.
They wait, in these last days of winter, sweeping the snow off her flight decks.

It is easy to forget the war.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/25/2012 7:09:08 AM   
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24/2/44

Battleship.

What does this mean to you?

To an engineer, to a sailor, one of the greatest machines ever built.
1500 men working in perfect harmony, a harmony with but one aim. Place heavy rounds on target on time.
The Captain sits in command, but what an organisation that sits below him.
Who decides where those great rounds should go?. Who gives the bearing, the ranges?
Who interprets that vague shadow that is the type 22 radar return.
Who actually fights the ship?. Who combats the damage, who directs the repair teams?. What of the 5 inch guns, the searchlights/? What of the engines, the floatplanes.

They all do.
One team, trained to razors edge.
But the captain wields that razor edge.

It is dusk, 24/2/44.
Battleship Hiei is a mere 10 miles off the south coast of Timor.
And it is time for a decision.

The picture has grown steadily as they have come south, carving the smooth seas, zig zagging as the go.

Enemy DDs have chased the latest APD run away from babar island.
120 miles north west of darwin, west of thursday...............50 plus ships.
A BB.............a CV..........many LST's, many APs and APA's.
80 miles east of them, a second fleet, destroyers, APDs.....tankers.
And several other forces scattered about.

But now, with an hour to dark, another report.
"Enemy are moving North west"

On the darkening bridge, they huddle over the chart.
'Do you think they are coming?"
'I will assume that they do not.............and that they will"
Captain Shibayama smiles. 'If they come, I hope to run into them coming the other way. If they stay..........we hit them a little later".........................'there are targets enough"

Ten minutes later, battle orders are issued
They are simple, they leave little risk of confusion.
"destroyers shall lead at 2000 yards ahead., abreast formation. haranua to starboard of Hiei. Destroyers upon contact shall launch long lance attack, then retire in column behind battleships to reload
I intend to turn to port, and engage until all ammunition expended"


Engage until all ammunition expended.
But expended against what?

'Come right, new course 160 degrees, all ahead full"
Tomorrow, before dawn, they all would find out.


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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/25/2012 6:39:47 PM   
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On tenterhooks!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/26/2012 8:00:50 AM   
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25/2/44
25/2/44

In the belting rain, in the dark of a no moon night, the crew of CVE Nassau tend to the miserable work of refuelling the destroyer. Decks are slippery, conditions dangerous.
The encounter with the enemy is short, sharp, brutal.
Steaming in directly the opposite direction, the three E class boats barely have time to swing guns to bear, barely have time to register before the dark and rain will swallow them up again, before Nassua’s wild gyrations find her safety
But the E boats do have time enough to spray her flanks with 25 mm fire, to punch her sides with 3 inch shells, to leave her burning, to leave her decks running with blood.
How she could be here, alone, almost un escorted, remains a mystery.
How the Japanese mean to meet the threat growing north of Darwin , no longer will be.
They will meet it in the only way the imperial Navy knows
With attack.

Captain Shibayama on the Hiei stands rock like on his bridge. Silence surrounds him, for he will tolerate no unneeded chatter.
Battle requires discipline. Here, on this mighty bridge, it is Krupp strong
‘Enemy contacts, bearing 160, range 20000 yards sir, one large contact, 3 smaller, possibly a cruiser, 3 destroyers”
Soft words, spoken gently in the dark, as if the speaker orders a simple meal . Soft words, announcing so much violence…….
“Very well, prepare to engage”
Great guns begin to turn, barrels seeking, pointing into the rain, into the dark.
At 12000 yards, Hiei engages.
And somewhere, out there, through the rain, the fog of battle, the unseen enemy shoot back.

Firing by radar, firing by solution, she shoots deliberately, with many periods of silence while the uncertain science of Radar struggles to guide them.
Destroyers launch fish, shells straddle them, a flare of a hit in the dark, announcing Haranua’s 14 incher striking home on something………
The battle, a strange impersonal affair, goes on for nearly an hour, before the pips fade from sight. Dawn is 2 hours away, his fish are gone. No other targets are likely to be found now, not with so much time to run away from this threat.
Time for home.
Plenty of time to run away, yes.
But this is 1944. The time for running away for the allies is long gone.
The sun is well up, the rain still falling under a low grey sky, when Battleship Massachusetts finally catches them.

Shibayama has just finished breakfast, his great ship trembling under full power below him, when the sighting is made.
“Battleship, 3 heavy cruisers, 4 destroyers, starboard flank, bearing 030 sir………moving to intercept.”
A battleship!. Two against 1!. He glances again at the still dark sky. No planes, none . Nor any likely to be. A thrill passes through him. History will be made today………..
‘Form line ahead, port ten, inform Haranua to engage enemy BB only, ,she is the greatest threat gentlemen. Have destroyers stand clear, this will be for the big boys !”
Haranua passes ahead, 1000 yards ahead, great guns to starboard, seeking. White foam boils at her stern.
It is 9 am. There is only one way to describe this.
Magnificence.
18000 yards. Stand aside children, the giants are going to work.
The horizon lights up, flashing, brighter momentarily, than the sun. Broadsides away.
In thunder, in smoke, in flame Hiei, Haranua reply.
Shibayama watches closely, the enemy cruisers are moving ahead of the BB, moving to cut him off.
‘I have no fish………..but the enemy do not know this’
‘Signal destroyers……….initiate torpedo attack”…….if they can be made to turn away......
Now the battle rages, guns pounding, pounding, firing with perfect regularity, and the ocean about them erupting with ones of its own.

A brighter flash upon the massa……….a 14 inch hit.
But she keeps coming
9 30 am, 16000 yards.
Now the entire horizon is aflame, the faint grey shapes spitting fire with stunning speed, 6 inch, 8 inch shells streaming towards them.
His destroyers weave, wriggle…….and turn back towards him, it is getting too hot….
Nenohi takes a 16 inch……..it passes through, fails to explode
“I am alright”
They plunge on, course ever so slowly bending west, as the allies push across their bows
Destroyer Hatsuharu takes an 8 inch, fires burn admidships……
Again, that flash, another hit on the enemy…………’Tell guns well done”.
But the enemy is from an age long removed from when Shibayama’s commands ancient steel was laid down………
The 14 inch shell apparently does little to slow the buka down.
Nor does the next from Haranua.
1015 hrs. 15000 yards.
And still the guns thunder. They thunder, beating senses down, numbing men, taking them into tiny insulated worlds, worlds that are full of noise, and noise, and noise.
Again, and again, they hit the Massa, and still she keeps on coming
No captain can expect any more, no ship can fight so well, hit so often, be so professional………..
But still, it seems, they are losing…………….
Now other members of his team are coming into work, bringing the 5 inch barbettes into play, firing onto the cruisers that come steadily closer, and closer.
Two of his destroyers burn, but hang on, bows still carving seas at 30 knots.
Something crashes into the tower below him, screams away. A 16 incher. The Buka is finding the range at last.
‘Gunnery officer, ammunition state”
“almost done”
Time to be away………..
“Fleet will turn away, new course 270, standby to execute”
Too late
16 inches of armour piercing death do exactly that, slicing through ancient armour, steel and plate.
Deep into Haranua’s gut
They see it clearly, the puff of dust on her side, the shudder, the shake, so seemingly insignificant, but there is no missing the towering burst of steam and flame from the aft stacks base, nor the sudden, dramatic drop in her speed.
The thought rises immediately, unbidden, unwelcome, unwanted. Bitter. “We are beaten”
As if to full stop it, as if to mock them, Haranua fires again, strikes again, her shells defeated by Pittsburgh steel again………..
The stricken battleship, slides down his port side, light flashing………… ‘Do not wait for me, I will cover”
Command
Oh the weight of command. But some decisions are almost forced upon you.
Ammunition gone. Destroyers falling behind, lagging, burning. A ring of steel closing in.
Destroyer Akitsuki, which has lead them the whole way, lead them and lived a charmed life, turns, races past,, laying smoke, spitting fire, covering the battleships distress.
Until she too, is abruptly shredded.
‘Execute turn!”
Hiei turns way, belching smoke, still belching fire from her secondary guns. The cruisers race astern, chasing her, hunting her, sensing her rifles are empty now.
They hit her, again, and again,
But battleships can handle that.
1200 hrs, and the guns fall silent

Hiei sails alone. Behind her, the guns rumble on.
And tears run down Shibayama’s face.


Extract from “shattering the sword” a cantona production
………….and yet, with the withdrawal of Massachusetts and her task force, the battered Haranua, ,and her two burning escorts, crawling north at 5 knots, still would perform one last task.
The airstrikes from CV $#@#$ should have found Hiei, should have sunk her. Instead, the towering smoke from the crippled ships draw them like flies to a carcass.
It takes 7 bombs to finish Haranua, she sinks, firing to the last.
Japan has lost her first battleship.

With 5 carriers now identified near Darwin, and a sea full of ships, this will not deter her at all.
Battleships are designed to fight. And fight they will.



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RE: The little ship that could. - 12/28/2012 5:45:28 AM   
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26/2/44
Battleship Yamashirio announces her prescence to the allied armada, dodging a small squadron of 3 medium bombers, she fades north again.
Whether her prescence makes a difference?
Only God knows.

The enemy remain, lurking.

Herbiesan ponders, ponders.
A new CV joins the fleet.
The Taiho is still 29 days away, as are the two remaining new builds.
The forces south of Timor seem to be coalescing....................

28/2/44




The knock on the door startles Takeji from a deep deep sleep. For a few moments he is disorientated, mind and eyes searching the darkness, the silence.
Your cabin, old man. Its your cabin, your bed.
A crane of the neck, hand groping into the dark
Thin yellow light fills his stark, austear cabin.
0200 hrs
gods...........
and cold
the knock comes again
"Yes"
The signalman is apologetic, the message he bears is not.
"Raise steam immediately, be prepared to sail 0900 hours"

So, we move, at last.




In my experience, there is few things in this world as depressing and un inviting as a cold, cold boiler room, on a cold, cold winters day.
Snow falls on Zuiho's deck, and the wind blows artcic like across Tokyo bay, and Zuihos ventilation fans suck it in, and deliver it straight to the hold.

"Full watch below Petty officer"
Hirate nods, teeth chattering.
0300 hours, and it appears, this little holiday has finished.
He looks around, eyes sweeping the spaggetti of pipes, the cold, still machinery.
Silently, to himself, he whispers.
"Ok you little bitch, south for sunnier climes..........just don't give me too much trouble ney?"

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