From: La Salle, Colorado
Decemeber 13, 1941
As a student of History I feel that Force Z is a horrific tragedy. As an Allied player I always want to get in at least ONE good whack with these fine ships before losing them. Well...certainly managed to do that off Miri on the evening and morning of Dec 13-14, 1941!
Using CL's Dragon and Durban (plus 2 DD) as a scirmish line, Force Z moves into the area around Miri. Its presense is kept quiet through the night as the CLs initiate battle driving the enemy towards the waiting 15" and 14" big guns of the capital ships. Dragon's TF does well as it sweeps into Miri's harbor. They sink an AMC carrying LOTS of vehicles, damage a DD, then sink an AK, AKL (damaging another AKL and PB), crush an AKL as they veer out to sea, tangle with a pair of DDs and run smack dab into an Invasion Force consisting of nearly 20 ships. The Radio's broadcast the sighting report as the Invasion Force retreats away from the CLs. They may THINK they are getting away right until the big guns open up at 23,000 yards!
Dawn finds Prince of Wales, Repulse, Durban, Mauritius, and 6 DDs prepared for a fight. Worried about a CERTAIN Betty--Nell Attack they do the most they can to destroy the large enemy convoy. Repulse and Prince spread their big shells around at the desperately fleeing Task Force. Shell after Shell hits their targets and 7 gunnery rounds later the DDs join in the act. The Japanese are protected by DD Fubuki and 3 APD. They are sunk fairly quickly. This is not to say that they aren't effective. Fubuki does hit Prince of Wales with a Long Lance but it has low order detonation causing little damage (Sys 6, 2 Flot, 5 Eng). The AKs and APs are CRUSHED. The battle sees the valiant DD, 3 APD, 9 AK, and 2 AP sunk with over 1,000 troops entering the shark-filled waters. Only an Escort, and 2 badly damaged AKs escape.
As both TF try to head for safety, Force Z expends the last of its main gun ammo sinking an Escort-Class ship and DD Yamagumo.
Amazingly the day passes WITHOUT the expected Betty attack! The two TF high-tail it back towards safety just as fast as their boilers will allow!
HUZZAH! Japanese losses consist of 2 DD, an AMC, an Escort, 3 APD, 10 AK, 2 AKL, 2 AP, Additional damage done to another Escort, 1 PB, 2 AK, and an AKL. SOLID WORK!