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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/25/2013 6:08:54 PM   
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was always worried that some ss would sneak up and get our little ship.

but this is also so ....... sad.

with hidaka lost, kind of everything went downhill.

damn



bloody reppu always comes too late ...


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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/25/2013 6:43:47 PM   
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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/25/2013 7:39:34 PM   
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I have the feeling that something will be missing in my daily routine on the forum.

Will miss the Zuiho and her crew.

But what about Hosho? Is he still fighting out there in the jungle? Or did Long Pig manage to give the intel to the Allied armies?


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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/25/2013 11:47:23 PM   
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OK, finish this war and start a new one!!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 12:03:22 AM   
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Not until I catch my breath from this one!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 1:11:30 AM   
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Lurch gone? That man was a Snipe's Snipe. A bad day, yet one we knew was comming. This was as good as Cuttlefish's, but better because of the Engineering tales.

I'm sad.
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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 8:34:23 AM   
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Hi guys

i am really touched by the comments. When I started this, I never even expected anyone to read it, let alone follow it all this time.
As we entered this year, I had to plan for this day, and i have had an idea of what would happen in advance
We have lots of characters left.............Ogawa, Diogawa, pilots
We are yet to know the fate of takeji, all our stokers.............

Some of you I think, feel the story should end here, attached to the little ship.

BE Strong!
Zuiho was but metal, war is fought by men!, Japanese men!, AND TOKYO IS STILL A LONG, LONG WAY AWAY!

If you are curious, (even if its to follow a game going into deep 44) on what happens to our men, please follow on.
I for one, want to carry on..............even if its to find out ultimately, what happens to the barsted herbiesan!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 8:52:49 AM   
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Above them, the hatch........

In the engine rooms, the first fish is felt as a thud, shaking the dust down upon them in a great white snowfall. It freezes them all, as 6 pairs of eyes scan the guages, seeking for signs of disaaster.

Hirate grips the throttle tighter, tensing, Charge stands, the damn condensate pump has tripped, he moves to the ladder for below.
The second fish, the blast, flings them every which way, Hirate sprawling, his throttle watchkeeper slamming his face into the great wheel.
Charge falls
He falls to the platform halfway down, falls, lands, and breaks a great many things.
Old men cannot really fall that far, and expect anything else.

Hirate looks up, and horror fills him.
All the steam guages read zero...........all of them

And he can no longer hear the fans.............

he is moving towards the telephone, mind overwhelmed, it rings............."get your men up!, abandon ship"

Abandon ship............gods...........gods, yes...........shes going, he can feel it............

About him the turbines begin to wind down, and the lights are already beginning to dim.
Charge!, where is the charge?.
Fear grips him, almost paralises him............fwd, horrible sounds, metal tearing, water thundering sounds, ship dying sounds
he moves though, not for the ladder, not to where he companions are already gathering, but the other way, to the ladder down.....

Charge...........lying......Oh gods.........broken, pale

A single leap, he joins him, reaches for him to pick him up, but the old man screams in agony.
And then smiles.
"A lifetime of fixing the bitch, and thebitch fixes me ney?.........
'Charge, please...........we must go.........."

Charge nods......."yes, YOU must.........me, I, .........I think need to attend to some things first............."
"Charge!"
"The hatch hirate..........GO...go now!"

Hirate goes.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 8:57:16 AM   
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Takeji grabs the small binnacle, watching the waters rush onto the flight deck, begin to pour into the hanger below

Soon, my ancestors, I must join you........
he fiddles for his belt, the lashing must be tight to pkeep him here..

A great hand grasps his neck, another the seat of his pants, and the booming voice of the coxswain fills the platform
"You sir, are too valuable for our navy, she needs men who can fight'
And just like that, takeji is flung over the coaming, and down the now quite short drop into the warm, warm sea.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:05:13 AM   
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Okano's battle station this day is aft repair. The ship will shake, it will jolt. The word will come, abandon ship.
Calmly, with out fuss he will leave his station, pause for a moment at the horror of the smoke and steam filling the fwd end of the hanger, then enter the emergency diesel compartment.

He will growl at the frightened youngsters there, and do what they have yet to do.
Start the bloody thing

It does, as it should, at the first attempt, he connects it to the main, thenagain, without fuss, he moves aft, ques with a dozen or so others for his turn at the door, then, out into the open air, he steps overboard.

Zuiho, still moving at 10 knots or more, is past even before he surfaces.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:18:03 AM   
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The men are qued on the ladder above him
The hatch, Hirate can see, is jammed. The wheel turns, the dogs are disengaged, but it sits squashed in its coaming, impervious to the shoulders vainly pushing at it from below


My nightmare comes true..............

And then it opens, and a great meaty pair of hands reaches in, and the men above him seem to be snatched into the air.
Hirate climbss
The hand reaches down again, he grasps it, and it pulls him, almost lifts him into the lower hanger

Minobe.

Eyes meet.

'Do you care to kill me now, Hirate?, do you think my death will atone?"

Behind Minobe, fwd, a fountain of water rising from below through the rent in the deck, and more through, incredibly, the side, the hull............and the water races, climbs towards them.



'No.........no, it will not"

Minobe smiles. 'Where is the Charge?"
'below"
Minbe stares down the hatch, down into the dimming darkness, where now horrible sounds of water roar, where machinery groans and beats itself to death.

'Typical cranky barsted..........you had better be going Hirate........and live please, japan will need the likes of you one day"

And then he is gone, down, and the water is around Hirate's ankles, pouring down the hatch after Minobe.
Hirate goes...........he will race the waters, race them, and win




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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:22:54 AM   
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Two men, on a platform, deep in the bowels of a little ship.
about them, zuiho dies

The enginerooms fwd baulkhead is bulging, groaning. The door leading towards Damage central is spraying water under tremendous pressure from all its edges.

"They broke my ship sir" charge groans

Minobe bends to him, eyes filled with tears. 'never mind Charge, you can fix anything.........even me"


And then the baulkhead gives, and the sea claims them.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:24:30 AM   
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22nd sentai moves to Manilla

Fuchida gets drunk. Manilla is a good place, even in war

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:33:11 AM   
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Zuiho sinks at 1046 hrs, props still spinning
DD harusame will rescue 150 odd survivors, Hirate, Okano, Takeji.........who cannot look anyone in the eye.

Ogawa, Diogawa, and the remaining survivors of her airgroup, only 10 strong now, divert for salajar.

Combined fleet recovers the first strike
So do the allies

And just after midday, they do it again, two massive strikes pass each other going opposite directions 100 zeros, 106 Jills, 145 Judys heading east, nearly equivalent allied numbers heading west

Decisive battle.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 9:57:25 AM   
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quote:

If you are curious, (even if its to follow a game going into deep 44) on what happens to our men, please follow on.
I for one, want to carry on..............even if its to find out ultimately, what happens to the barsted herbiesan!


Excellent!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 11:57:59 AM   
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海行かば
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山行かば
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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/26/2013 7:52:35 PM   
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Ive been given clearance by Herb to read and post. First of all what an amazing story and I agree with Whipple in that it rivals Cuttlefish's.
Apologies for sinking the Little Ship that Could but needs must. God speed worthy adversaries

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 12:56:42 AM   
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ORIGINAL: cantona2

Ive been given clearance by Herb to read and post. First of all what an amazing story and I agree with Whipple in that it rivals Cuttlefish's.
Apologies for sinking the Little Ship that Could but needs must. God speed worthy adversaries


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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 11:03:11 AM   
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Extract from"Shattering the Sword" a cantona production

It is Japans last great chance.............and they drop it.
CV Franklin is struck by a single bomb, as is the Wasp
Battleships New Jersey, Iowa shake of the hits they receive.
The CVL Jancinto is sunk, 4 torpedos catching her, and 2 more CVEs join their sisters in eternal rest.

But for an attack of over 200 bombers, it is a poor result indeed.

The Jills, simply, in that terrible term, expend themselves............over 70% are lost effecting this attack. The wall of Flak, the hunting avenging hellcats will rip the heart out of Japans sword. from this point on, the razor will be forever blunt.

The dive bombers, defeated mainly by the weather, by disorganisation, by the CAP, suffer less.
But they still suffer.

The allied counter blow tears the heart out of combined fleet
Decisive battle was sort.
And it was given.



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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 11:18:04 AM   
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From
Combined fleet
to
Southern Command

"have engaged enemy fleet, Timor area
many enemy carriers sunk.

Carriers Soryu, Katsuragi, Kasagi, Aso, Zuiho, Mizuho lost
Carriers Unryu, Ryuho, Chitose damaged, salvagable

Aircraft losses preclude another strike

Am retiring


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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 11:24:50 AM   
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Extract from the Hungry war, the war in burma.


As gambles go, this was one of the great ones. Based on little else than the words of a single escaping airman, the allies launch the attack across the moulmien river.
It succeeds.
Coupled with the flanking attacking to the east, the Japanes divisions have no choice, they begin to retire. To the east, Raheang comes under attack. In the Jungles, armies move slowly. But now, finally, they are moving.

Somehow, somehow, the Japanese must stop them.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 11:34:03 AM   
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Hosho whistles
About him, his men smile. The happy whistle is infectious. They know the tune, a japanese army marching song. Its a song of victory, of advance, of glory.
They are marching back north again.
Two months has been more than enough. Two months of rest, of more than adequate supplies, of no bombing. Now, the officers tell them, now they return to the north to attack again.

Its been too long since they have attacked.
And Japanese soldiers are born to it.

So Hosho whistles. 6 Divisions march north towards Moulmien, to join the 4 fighting there.
10 divisions!
Others take up the whistle. They march, they whistle to victory. They can envisage nothing else.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 12:37:42 PM   
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"The little ship that could" and nearly did.

RiP. The long voyage is over. Faithful till the end.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 3:43:31 PM   
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Lovely artwork British Exil. Where did you find that?

BANZAI Zuiho!


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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 4:28:16 PM   
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John 3rd, I just googled Zuiho, clicked on images and copied.

http://www.google.de/imgres?biw=1920&bih=965&tbm=isch&tbnid=u5bjVQa2OD1nSM:&imgrefurl=http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php%3F369465-Forging-Destiny-Sunrise-of-a-new-world/page38&docid=mBm-AK5zHRCUeM&imgurl=http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll118/kiyone4ever/zuiho.jpg&w=975&h=381&ei=0FnMUbP8CdHwtQabnYGICQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=4&vpy=398&dur=3776&hovh=140&hovw=359&tx=111&ty=56&page=1&tbnh=120&tbnw=267&start=0&ndsp=49&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:101

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/27/2013 7:50:15 PM   
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quote:

Two men, on a platform, deep in the bowels of a little ship.
about them, zuiho dies

The enginerooms fwd baulkhead is bulging, groaning. The door leading towards Damage central is spraying water under tremendous pressure from all its edges.

"They broke my ship sir" charge groans

Minobe bends to him, eyes filled with tears. 'never mind Charge, you can fix anything.........even me"


And then the baulkhead gives, and the sea claims them.


Damn.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/29/2013 12:40:40 AM   
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26th of July

DD Harusume steams across a flat, brilliant blue java sea, the very picture of a japanese destroyer at her business.
Today, however, this business, fighting, would be impossible.
Every spare inch of her upper decks are crowded with survivors, not just those from Zuiho, but those from Mizuho as well.
They sit crossed legged on her quarter deck, they lie in her passage ways, they lean against her guns
A tattered, sorry gathering of men.

They mostly sit in silence, many still too stunned to rouse themselves.

Hirate and Okano have managed to find each other, they sit now, stoically, near the aft funnel. An hour ago,, a destroyer man has passed through, handing out cans of peaches, these they have shared. For Hirate, these peaches might possibly be the meal he will remember over any he will ever have.
They mean he is still alive.

They talk little, minds still trying to grasp this day.

Eventually hirate breaks the silence
"Do you think they will send us home to Japan?"
Okano shrugs "be grateful they even stopped to rescue us...............as for whats next." He places his hand firmly on his brother in laws knee " we must stick together, yes?."we have nothing else now, than ourselves"

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/29/2013 12:53:50 AM   
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Zuihos little band of fighters arrive Singapore.

Uncertain, they climb from their machines, and make their way towards the operations hut.
They are exhausted..
For Diogowa, this flight has been a nightmare. How many times did he nearly fall into a fatal slumber?, how many times did his mind begin to wander off?

Too many.
he must rest. But where?

Ogawa too, is utterly spent. There is , still, a tremendous hole in his rudder. At salajar, they had grounded him, but seeing his companions preparing to go, knowing that to be seperated now could only lead to being absorbed into some other formation, leaving him utterly alone, he had done what had to be done

Stolen his plane, and battled to here.


Now, a dapper young officer approaches them, armed with that most lethal of weapons, a clipboard.
"Zuiho?".he enquires.

There are muttered acknowledgments, weary nods of heads.

"Genda is forming a new flying circus, something like the armies 22nd sentai, Zuiho fighter group is being dissolved, and you men will be transferred to training command until such time as you can reach Japan."

He looks up from his clipboard, and disdain and disgust can barely be hidden.
And Diogawa knows instantly whty. We are defeated men no?.and yet we live.........."

But he can feel no shame. In fact, right now, he can feel truk all.

"Your Emily flying boat departs tomorrow, see the clerks for details"

he turns curtly to go.....
"Ahem......sir.........food?, quarters for tonight?"
The reply is hard, brutal. "What do I care, look to your selves Zuiho men"

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RE: The little ship that could. - 6/29/2013 12:58:19 AM   
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Every day, they arrive throughout Japan, those little envelopes

'Your son has fallen for the empire"

Herbiesan stares at his.
he does not need to open it.
he knows what it conveys.

Every day these envelopes flood japan.
And even here, at its very heart, the results are just the same.

grief and pain.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 7/1/2013 4:10:05 AM   
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Another valiant vessel has met her end, and with here several characters have exited the stage of this narrative to be missed.

As always a excelent read.

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