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Letters. - 2/14/2017 6:27:06 AM   
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Mom,
When I emerged from the radio room, stood at the back of the bridge, staring at the back of that fat
barsted, I admit I hesitated.
My heart was beating a thousand beats, and, gee, I think I might even have been trembling a little.
But you would be proud of me Mum, I think nobody can say I was anything but calm when I called across Chesters
Bridge
"Flash message sir!'
And that fat barsted, I will never forget the colour draining from his face.
"Read it signals""
So I did. Nice and loud, because this meant something Mother. Means something more than we
probably will ever know.
But oddly enough, despite everything it means, I'm proud to have read it, to be first aboard
to know it.
"Air raid Pearl harbour........this is no drill"


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RE: Letters. - 2/14/2017 6:47:01 AM   
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RE: Letters. - 2/14/2017 10:06:08 AM   
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RE: Letters. - 2/14/2017 12:14:56 PM   
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Salvation ... gimme my cuppa' again.



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RE: Letters. - 2/14/2017 1:49:04 PM   
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And we're off again!!

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RE: Letters. - 2/14/2017 3:31:38 PM   
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Suscribed!
Welcome back friend

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RE: Letters. - 2/15/2017 3:49:48 AM   
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RE: Letters. - 2/15/2017 3:52:27 AM   
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RE: Letters. - 2/15/2017 6:09:40 AM   
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When Peter came onto the bridge I had just begun the morning coffee. There's something, I am sure
we all know, about that first coffee.
But really, can you compare your first coffee of the day to mine, sipped so carefully here on
Chesters bridge, the mighty pacific rolling endlessly away to the invisible horizon?

About me, the endless blue, and upon it, the dark grey, deep blue of our task force, steaming
West, steaming over our waters, the united States at sea, our nation at sea, free, goddam free to go where
ever she chooses to go.
How many mornings at sea now? How many bridges?
How many cups of coffee.?
20 years worth, from cadet days to now, XO of nine and a half thousand tons of mighty American Muscle
So many years.
So many mornings.
And every cup of coffee so sweet, so satisfying, no matter what the seas threw at you.

And then Young Peter hustles in, .......

"Pearl Harbour?????.........attacked?

And that mouthful, suddenly so bitter.


The Japs.
Those bloody Japs
And anger fills me.
We'll murder the little.............






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RE: Letters. - 2/16/2017 7:58:06 AM   
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Absolutely stock scene 1 against the Penguin
Who, I have found, is a very interesting fellow.
he can move land units no PP paid
No ship withdrawals
That's about it

Really looking forward to this game

Oh, the Penguin is very welcome here this time.

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RE: Letters. - 2/16/2017 8:16:08 AM   
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"Cross, get up!, get up!, get up!"
Ensign Cross struggles to get his eyes open.
Last night in Chesters hanger had been a long one, 5 card stud.
Lenny Cross is usually good at cards, but last night had been a disaster.........
"Go away........I don't want to know about it!"
'Jesus! Lenny, get up!, we are at war!"
"What the?"
Lenny is instantly awake, confronted by his fellow pilots crowded at the cabins door
'War"?
War???, what in the hell........
LT Dwights face, dark with anger, scowls......"Ít's no Joke....the party is over young man,
Japs have bombed pearl harbour, we are all going aloft, anti sub patrol, ASAP".......

The words don't register
Not really
war?
War?
No, surely not?

But the body is already in automatic, mae west, flight suit, clipboard, pistol..........

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RE: Letters. - 2/16/2017 5:16:28 PM   
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No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?

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RE: Letters. - 2/16/2017 5:32:39 PM   
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quote:

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No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?


Standard option with any game for the allies. You choose ship withdrawal on or off.

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RE: Letters. - 2/16/2017 11:54:05 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?

no. been there long time ...

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 1:15:08 AM   
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Christmas in Feb!

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 11:06:23 AM   
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No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?


Standard option with any game for the allies. You choose ship withdrawal on or off.



Really, I wasn't aware you could choose no withdrawal for ships only.

I have always been under the impression the toggle was across the board, ships, air squadrons and LCUs.

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 2:28:02 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: HansBolter


quote:

ORIGINAL: Wargmr


quote:

ORIGINAL: kaleun

quote:

No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?


Standard option with any game for the allies. You choose ship withdrawal on or off.



Really, I wasn't aware you could choose no withdrawal for ships only.

I have always been under the impression the toggle was across the board, ships, air squadrons and LCUs.

You are right Hans - it is "No UNIT withdrawals", and it affects both sides (although I don't know why the Japanese have to withdraw any units).
But the biggest losses of political points seem to be from problems withdrawing ships, so most players focus on the ship withdrawal dates rather than the air and land units.

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 2:44:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy


quote:

ORIGINAL: HansBolter


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ORIGINAL: Wargmr


quote:

ORIGINAL: kaleun

quote:

No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?


Standard option with any game for the allies. You choose ship withdrawal on or off.



Really, I wasn't aware you could choose no withdrawal for ships only.

I have always been under the impression the toggle was across the board, ships, air squadrons and LCUs.

You are right Hans - it is "No UNIT withdrawals", and it affects both sides (although I don't know why the Japanese have to withdraw any units).
But the biggest losses of political points seem to be from problems withdrawing ships, so most players focus on the ship withdrawal dates rather than the air and land units.

Just a quick view from the South Pole........the above is indeed correct......I have no Idea what the long term implications are......Obviously the RN will have a much bigger role to play......on the plus side I get to keep the Thai Army.....which is a bonus?

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 3:50:39 PM   
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It also means that the PI air force doesn't withdraw, nor do all of the headquarters squadrons.

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RE: Letters. - 2/17/2017 4:33:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: BBfanboy


quote:

ORIGINAL: HansBolter


quote:

ORIGINAL: Wargmr


quote:

ORIGINAL: kaleun

quote:

No ship withdrawals


Is that an option? Is that new?


Standard option with any game for the allies. You choose ship withdrawal on or off.



Really, I wasn't aware you could choose no withdrawal for ships only.

I have always been under the impression the toggle was across the board, ships, air squadrons and LCUs.

You are right Hans - it is "No UNIT withdrawals", and it affects both sides (although I don't know why the Japanese have to withdraw any units).
But the biggest losses of political points seem to be from problems withdrawing ships, so most players focus on the ship withdrawal dates rather than the air and land units.

I don't know the extent of it, but Japan does withdraw a bunch of air and land units.

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RE: Letters. - 2/18/2017 4:48:42 AM   
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The only reason I wanted it was I get completely pissed of finding
a ship due to withdraw a month away from a port
This game will be played for the journey, not for the win.
Penguin is allowed to move as many chinese/Manchurian units he likes to Burma no PP paid, while
I promised to pay any PP for Indian units
The war should not be decided in Burma

But in the pacific.




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RE: Letters. - 2/18/2017 4:57:03 AM   
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B Boiler room.

Pearl harbour bombed hey.
Well how about that?

Inwardly "Big Ben Brown" smiles to himself.
Hadn't he been saying something like this would happen?, been saying it for years?
10 years swanning around the Pacific, showing the bloody flag.
He glances at the steam pressure gauge, tweaks the fuel, the air throttles.
Scowls at the water tender, who bloody well knows he should be on the top plates.
Ten years.
A thousand ports, a 100 brawls..........
And was Chester ready for her job after all that?

His scowl deepens under its sheen of sweat
Under Command of that Barsted.......you had to be kidding.

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RE: Letters. - 2/18/2017 12:55:10 PM   
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Ahhh ... a nice coffee to go with the morning installment. Nirvana ... Thanks Herb!

PS: I figure I got one more trip down under left in me. Have to meet up with you and hoist a few schooners when that happens.

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RE: Letters. - 2/18/2017 1:40:25 PM   
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Looking forward in reading the letters.

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RE: Letters. - 2/18/2017 2:34:14 PM   
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Mom,
When I emerged from the radio room, stood at the back of the bridge, staring at the back of that fat
barsted, I admit I hesitated.
My heart was beating a thousand beats, and, gee, I think I might even have been trembling a little.
But you would be proud of me Mum, I think nobody can say I was anything but calm when I called across Chesters
Bridge
"Flash message sir!'
And that fat barsted, I will never forget the colour draining from his face.
"Read it signals""
So I did. Nice and loud, because this meant something Mother. Means something more than we
probably will ever know.
But oddly enough, despite everything it means, I'm proud to have read it, to be first aboard
to know it.
"Air raid Pearl harbour........this is no drill"


Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!.

Anxiously awaiting developments. Welcome back.

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RE: Letters. - 2/19/2017 2:10:16 AM   
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Thanks for the welcome back

No pressure.................. LOL


Midday, December 7th

Captain Shock finally calls the Chester to the broadcast just on Midday.
By now she, and the Carrier task force have worked themselves up to nearly 26 knots,
Enterprises deck a mad bustle.
Even here, 5000 yards out on her flank, you can almost feel her Admirals wrath.

Captain Shock makes a brief announcement, nearly all of it already common scuttlebutt,
Battleship row attacked, the Japanese using thousands of planes.
AA Gunner Scott, loader for the Port aft 5 inch AA gun doesn't believe it. Does not want to believe
it.
He has 2 Brothers on the Arizona.
But then there is no time to worry as Shock calls the Cruiser to action stations, and the
Chaos begins.
Its a stupid system. Every man has his cruising station, but nearly everyone has a different
Actions station. Scotties normal watch station is Port look out, Port bridge wing.
When Shock calls for action stations, he has to , wait for his relief to arrive, give him the bearings,
grab his helmet from the back of the bridge, then head aft, through the mass of literally a hundred
other bodies all making to their stations.
Its a long way aft, over the hanger well, past the catapults, up the ladder, into the tub

It takes him 3 minutes .
For some on Chester, today, it takes some 5

Its the fastest she has ever done it.

Good for peacetime
But for war.........war might be an entirely different matter.

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RE: Letters. - 2/19/2017 2:11:35 AM   
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If any of you guys ever come to Sydney Australia, there will always be a welcome mat......

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RE: Letters. - 2/19/2017 2:12:10 AM   
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Already a great read.

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RE: Letters. - 2/20/2017 8:34:25 AM   
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December 8th


"ready Jock?"
"Aye, the question is, are you matee?"
Jocks Irish Brogue rolls as ever thickly of his tongue, and Ensign Cross has to glance at
him to see if his Observer is serious this time, or not.
It might be
As they climb aboard the Curtiss seagull, settle into their seats, it occurs to Cross that
this is real.
Those small bombs below the wing.............real
A if in synch with his thinking, Jocks voice drawls through the cockpit
"Ä little reminder skipper, this time we have to have the safeties off""
Safeties?
Oh, he means the machine guns.

Shoot........
'"come on Cross.....skipper is getting antsie......"

Its the catapult officer, sweating hard
Cross nods, gets to work.
The engine fires the first time with its typical great cloud of blue exhaust, shaking the bird
on her nest.
Even as Cross tightens his straps, the port catapult is being swung out, the skipper
swinging Chester so Cross points his bird into her 15 knot breeze.

Full throttle.........swing magnetos'.....no rev drop.( a drop of 60 means a no go).
All good.
Now, literally, the two men in their vibrating machine place their lives into the catapukts officers hands.
He will launch them.
If Chester is rolling, so easy to throw them straight into the sea, and disaster.
Or, conversely, just as easy to fling them up, up into a stall, and disaster again.
This cake has to be baked just right.....
Cross raise s his thumb, steadies the stick, concentrates hard on the horizon rising, falling..


With an explosive bang, and 7 g's ....Chester hurls them into the blue.

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RE: Letters. - 2/21/2017 8:47:17 AM   
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Mom,
Just a quick one, I have no idea when you will receive this (as usual!)
but as promised, I will try to write every day.
By the time you get this I suppose, we will all know what happened at Pearl
harbour, the ship is full of rumours, and some of the stuff I have seen pass through here
has been horrific........
I don't know where we are, and I don't know where we are going, but where ever it is, we are going fast!
Everyone here is full of quiet anger I think.

Nobody dares even speak to the skipper........
Mom, when I signed up for this, it was the Navy, or Jail, you know that.
But even with the threat of fighting the Japs, I am glad I am not in Jail!!
Chester is ready, we are ready.
Our Gunnery Officer is claiming we can put out 100 rounds a minute.
I sort of want to see if that's true.......and sort of hope we don't.

Anyway, we are so busy right now, Ill write later
Your son
Peter

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