French dreadnaught sunk
During the previous turn (47) a German garrison in transport was attacked by a French dreadnaught damaging the 10 strength transport down to a 2 strength failing to sink the transport. No other Entente fleets could attack for all other sea hexes around transport were occupied with AH subs (end of his turn 47). On my turn (48) seized on the opportunity to sink the French dreadnaught, first captured Tunis (-5 NM to French) with German transport, then attacked dreadnaught with AH class I or II balloons (weakened it's efficiency with a strength loss), then moved in with AH subs to surround and attack, preventing the French fleet from escaping, and causing a further 2 strength loss to the dreadnaught (which is now in CP port waters). (end of my turn 48)
OK now it's onpp's turn 48, he positioned his other fleets to try and save his French dreadnaught, but could not attack my fleets without accumulating huge loses (my guess) in protected CP waters. Unbeknownst to him Germany's NM was "0". So at the end of his turn 48 the German surrender offer appeared, which he accepted and figured he might be able to save his French fleet to the nearby friendly Tunis port, the problem is: He cannot move this fleet till it's "his" 49th turn. Tunis was repatriated back to French control as a result of Germany's surrender, although (German controlled) Sfax & port did not.
(my turn 49) All right, it's now or never to take out the French fleet, it's a gamble, however it could result in a huge NM loss to the French, "so on with the attack" and hope for a positive outcome, or have a near totally destroyed AH navy.
Again first struck the 7 strength dreadnaught with 3 AH airship squadrons which caused strength and efficiency losses, then finished off the French Dreadnaught with consecutive torpedo attacks. I could not believe the results!!! This was a huge victory, meaning France would lose -20 NM for losing it's dreadnaught fleet, Can't tell you how much of a relief it was..!!! I was ecstatic..! Went from doom and gloom, to a ray of HOPE... Yet there was more good news to come in the next post...
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