When the giants died

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Just like Bismarck. Weak flak battery.
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21/12 41
Captain Tonuji inspects his beloved ship.
What he finds pleases him greatly.
The bomb, so deadly looking as it arced down, wobbling , wobbling, whistling death, has struck hard on the armour belt
under the fwd 5 inch cassion.
And done nothing. Old as she is, this is a blow that even this armour can defeat.

"My wife would not be pleased" he murmers to himself,as he leans over the guard rail, looking at the metal splatter, the dark
scorch mark. "I wonder how long before we can paint that out?"

It will be a while, no doubt, this war is going at, it seems, a breakneck pace. High command (those idiots) seemed detirmined to
grab the DEI's ASAP.
Singawang is already occupied, and 22nd flotilla also already moving in.
And somewhere, over the Horizon, two full divisions driving hard across the waters, target palembang

And KB with them............





I paused the AAR to let game get ahead, so OPSEC is not compromised
Cantona has permission to wander in and comment

We are away again
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Will be interesting to read retrospectively my friend!
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28th December

It really did not make sense to him
japan, a country already stretched to its limits with its war in China, decides, in its
infinite wisdom, to take on the British Empire, the dutch, and the Americans, in an effort"
to solve the chinese puzzle'
How in the hell does that work?
Captain Tan sighs.
He, and Yamishiro, have been too long snared in the Chinese Briar, to see the answer to that.
One must just deal with the thorns as they come

Wenchow is the latest

Yamishiro, Fuso, Hyuga, Ise.
Old ships (a reasonable description of too many of Japans capital ships).
But ships laden with guns. Lots of guns

And here at Wenchow, armour means nothing, speed means nothing, for nothing fires back.

Captain Tan sighs
It is not easy to order mass murder
"You may commence the Bombardment"

Guns
A great many big guns.
Wenchow shall burn.
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" From Akagi sir"
"Read it"
"landings about to commence palembang, please be on utter most alert"

Yamaguchi smiles inwardly
Nagumo, cautious as ever. But of course, if it all goes wrong, the blame can now be spread around.

The waters here are shallow, and already litered with japanese wrecks.
Kirishima must not join them.

"XO. double the lookouts"
"Hie!"
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Dec 29th

A hammer falls on Palembang
2 divisions, under the cover of KBs umbrella, intent on siezing the great golden prize.

Kirishima marks time under a deep blue sky, and Captain Yamaguchi marks the day counting the streams of smoke
doting the horizon
There are a few, each the pyre for brave allied airmen.
It will ba a long day, but fruitful indeed

At dusk, the awaited message
"Oil fields and refinery siezed................undamaged"


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wow. great job. saves a lot of supply ...
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Dec 29th

Capt Tonuji is tired.
He is not alone, of course, he only has to look around Kongo's crowded bridge, take in the pale ashen faces around him, to see his face reflected in them.
But, he of course, is the Captain, and Captains have a hidden magic. They should never be tired.
But he, of course is.
But I just cannot show it. Must not show it.

There is every reason to be tired of course, these last 24 hours have been............tense.
Kongo powers at almost full speed towards the heart of the phillipines, Puerto Rico the target of this little adventure, her wake wide and white behind her.
Normally, normally, this is a time Tonjui revels in, Command of 35000 tons of steel , at speed, wind whistling around her pagoda.
But not now.
Not these last few hours

There are reefs here
Submarines lurk
An unknown enemy report awaits at dawn.

And there is the cat.

Out there, in the dark, a black cat.
"Gunnery officer, where is it now?"
"Still astern of us, Hibiki reports it astern of her, 5000 yards, maybe less"
Damn

Four 4 hours now the Catalina has stalked them.
Sighted, faded away, sighted again.
No doubt reporting every move he makes.
But worse, undoubtably armed to the teeth too.
And in this dark, so bloody hard to hit.

No wonder we are tired.. But I am the captain. I cannot show it. 3 am, dawn in an hour.
"XO"
"Sir?"
"How do you feel about breakfast?"
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Anonymous crewman "The Captain, he never sleeps!"
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.

I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!

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ORIGINAL: 1275psi

Dec 29th

Capt Tonuji is tired.
He is not alone, of course, he only has to look around Kongo's crowded bridge, take in the pale ashen faces around him, to see his face reflected in them.
But, he of course, is the Captain, and Captains have a hidden magic. They should never be tired.
But he, of course is.
But I just cannot show it. Must not show it.

There is every reason to be tired of course, these last 24 hours have been............tense.
Kongo powers at almost full speed towards the heart of the phillipines, Puerto Rico the target of this little adventure, her wake wide and white behind her.
Normally, normally, this is a time Tonjui revels in, Command of 35000 tons of steel , at speed, wind whistling around her pagoda.
But not now.
Not these last few hours

There are reefs here
Submarines lurk
An unknown enemy report awaits at dawn.

And there is the cat.

Out there, in the dark, a black cat.
"Gunnery officer, where is it now?"
"Still astern of us, Hibiki reports it astern of her, 5000 yards, maybe less"
Damn

Four 4 hours now the Catalina has stalked them.
Sighted, faded away, sighted again.
No doubt reporting every move he makes.
But worse, undoubtably armed to the teeth too.
And in this dark, so bloody hard to hit.

No wonder we are tired.. But I am the captain. I cannot show it. 3 am, dawn in an hour.
"XO"
"Sir?"
"How do you feel about breakfast?"
Great imagery as usual! But Puerto Rico is such a long way off and fuel will be hard to get in the Caribbean! Perhaps a change of course to Puerta Princessa is in order?
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth
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December 30th
Breakfast is delayed
Just before dawn, somebody on that Cat either gathers enough corage, or is forced to make a decision
It is a brave one
it comes in from astern, barely 100 feet above the dark waters, nothing clever, nothing spectacular, just
a sweeping in towards Kongo, her pilot straining every ounce of power from her engines

"Hard to port!, hard to PORT!..open fire!"
Kongo dances, kongo erupts

The cat keeps coming, seemingly oblivious to what ever comes its way.
It barely scraps over the battlewagon, its bombs wobbling as they fall

They miss, miss badly

So, it appears to Tonuji, has Kongo.A shock, a terrible shock to his confidence,
A confidence totally destroyed as a SECOND Cat, unseen, unsighted, screams across her bow from the other direction......
and misses too.

war teaches many things

This is a lesson Kongo cannot miss............

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A pleasure to read...

Thanks,
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December 31st

East of Batavia

Kirishima's wardroom

There are no comfortable couches in Kirishima's wardroom, no lounge chairs, no benches even. lt Hara sighs as he enters
its sparten interior, another long watch behind him. War is devastating, he thinks, in so many ways. What once (only a few weeks ago!) was a haven of comfort gathered over 20 odd years, of worn but so familiar furniture, wood polished, cloth embroided, pictures sparkling, replaced by steel, , and its seemed, even more steel.
All gone, all that comfort gone, as Captain Yamaguchi had purged the battlewagn of anything that could burn.
But one could still get a decent tea.

Kirishima , as usual, creaks and groans her way, her decks vibrating slightly, The carriers are seeking the wind, and Kirishima
is driving hard.
But then, with the carriers, since day one of this war, had she not been driven hard.

Little wonder the Engineer seemed to be permanently in a state of frown.
The wardroom door opens, and CMDR Ashigari enters. The XO, another with a frown fixed upon that elderly face,
"Busy hey Hara?" It is half statement, half question
"One wonders how Nagumo squeezes so much out of Akagi, he drives the fleet as if we are all destroyers"
The XO smiles.
"His confidence is up, he thinks nothing can harm us here"
"Maybe nothing can"
The Xo's smile fades. "the day of the big gun is not done yet my son, I know you think those ugly bricks are the future,
but we will see. Kirishima has a battle or two left in her, I am sure of it"

Hara does not have time to reply.
The tannoy blasts, the bugles play
"Enemy ships in sight, action stations"
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Unfair practices to leave us like that! What happened?
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There was a time out called . . .

BATTLEFREEZE!
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.

I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!

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Captains, it seems, are born with frowns .
Deep frowns, born from a thousand watches, a thousand defects, tens of thousands of decisions,
Some are angry frowns, for when discipline or order ( so important to one ney?) is lost
Frowns for problems unseen
Frowns for orders from above, and orders not followed properly below.

And this frown, the frown of pain.
Captain Tan , Yamishiro wears it now, deep under her main armour belt, here in the casement flat.
Wenchow has been pounded again.
Yamashiro, it seems, has given herself more damage than the Chinese could ever achieve.

So many big guns
So much shock
So many years in her hull, her beams, her pipework, her machinery........in, it seems, everything.
Below decks, there is only one word for it.
Shambles
'How long Engines?"
"Two weeks, at least"
"Thirteenth army will not be pleased"
"F######k" thirteenth Army, look at our ship!"

Yes, thinks the Captain. All this for bloody Wenchow?
Old girl, you deserve better than this.
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Kirishima ever even see's the enemey
The reports flow in from Mogami, 20 miles ahead
The warships "battleships", soon shrink to "destroyers", then, even further to 3 meagre patrol vessels

Sunk, and sunk quickly.

The Grand tour of the Java sea continues.
The enemy, it seems, has a definate tactic

Run away
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new years day
Cagayan

They are learning
Kongo's AA gunners this time at least do not fire with almost panic tinted frenzy. They are more
deliberate, more diciplined. Directed well.

The still miss
harder targets , P 40 e's racing in , fleeting shapes winding, twisting across the task force,
but still missed all the same.
They, however, dont.
Destroyer Asashiro burns.

Captain Tonuji observes her through his glasses
Is this how high Command thinks the battle line should be used?, as mobile artillery?
So much for the decisive battle.

But then again, Yamamato, a life time of preparing for it...........
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Jan 4th
Lt Hara, Kirishima's youngest OOW, enjoys his day
And why would he not?
Here, at almost the best viewing position on the battlewagon, here under the shadow of the main director,
he is living the aviation enthusiasts dream.
Kirishima leads the carriers, and the carriers are launching, each plane passing over her, before wheeling to port to form up.

Nagumo is striking, striking hard.
Target Soerabaya.

Hara counts them out, almost gleefully. What could defy such a sword?
How marvelous to be Japanese this day!


The strike fades to the south, and the lookout routine resumes.
Soerabaya is not that far away, and the strike returns
Hara counts.
Re counts.
And a shiver passes through him.
8 kates missing.
Eight.

A sharp sword, it seems, but this brittle?
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Hey - I'm going through withdrawals over here! Or maybe I'm coming down with something... [&:]


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