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KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 8:24:59 PM   
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Hi - I haven't seen this before so I thought I'd post it here. I'm sure it has happened to some of you, but it's got to be pretty rare.

While waiting for the next patch to restart my PBEM game, I'm playing the Allies against the AI. It's late December in Secario 15. IJN is running amok in the SRA as usual, but their aircover in the Phillipines is not yet fully established to project southward. So I decide to roll the dice and get in there with some capital ships, namely, POW and Repulse with about a half dozen destroyers to see if I can smash up some troop transports. POW & Repulse are making their way up the Makassar Strait when I suddenly see a couple of IJN TFs three hexes away. Intelligence shows some CAs and CLs, but I suspect there is a troop convoy in there too. They're heading right at me. Suspecting KB is somewhere up near the Home Islands or northern Phillipines, I let the RN TF proceed. Sure enough, next turn there is a surface engagement, but it is no troop convoy, it is KB! And not very well escorted at that (2 BBs Heiei and Haruna, a couple of CAs, and a surprisingly small destroyer screen). Well, there was one heck of a melee. I sink Heiei after repeated large caliber hits and Kaga has a magazine explosion after a salvo from Repulse hits her squarely and a torp hit. POW is mortally wounded by at least two torps plus heavy gunfire from the IJN BBs and sinks the next day. There are two rounds of combat at 9k and 2k yards before disengagement. Repule has hits too and limps away with significant but survivable damage. Next day as fleets separate, KB begins retreating in opposite direction but sends off massive airstrikes to sink Repulse (they do). Two of my DDs survive with heavy damage.

A heart stopper to watch that engagement play out! Anybody else had KB in a surface engagement in PBEM or against AI?

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 8:29:27 PM   
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Ive had a few with me as the Japs vs the AI, but never engaged any heavy ships (CLs and DD mostly) and none of my carriers ever got hit. Im guessing you hit the carriers because of the long guns.

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 8:30:30 PM   
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PTs went a-calling once and there was the customary exchange. A few PTs were sunk for a couple of torpedo hits, one on a carrier.

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 8:43:13 PM   
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I gor mt KB engaged in a Pbem by a surfrace TF:-(

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 10:43:36 PM   
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I am shocked at such good results. I sortied the POW and Repulsive with 2 CLs and 6 dds against Khota Bharu. Lost a DD running past the cruiser screen for 1 hit on a CA to the IJN.

The worse one, however, was the Haguro. I had damaged her with a airlaunched torp and then caught her with a TF consisting of Java, DeReuter and Adeliade with 4 Dutch. DDs. The Haguro happily put an 8" shell into the Java and the battle ended before I could even close to 6" range. Needless to say, the CO of that TF has been replaced.

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/14/2005 10:57:15 PM   
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Who was in command of Force Z? I want to know, I want him in command of my Force Z!

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RE: KB in Surface Engagement - 3/15/2005 3:14:28 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Tom Hunter

Who was in command of Force Z? I want to know, I want him in command of my Force Z!



Quite ashamed to say I don't remember, sorry! He's shark food now though.

I am a little surprised at how decent the results were. I've had previous awful results with POW & Repulse like many of you.

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