I wanted to state this game is really well done. I cannot imagine a more realistic expirence other than being in the Navy 100 years ago. A sincere thank you to the developers!!!
In the next post, you will see clear evidence that the 4 inch German Cl's are undergunned as the high command finally realized by removing them for larger 6 inch pieces. Another nod to history as was the Magazine explostion at my Battle of Dogger Bank.
In his near brush with death and destruction, Adm Neospapa knew he had achieved a victory. He sank 4 BB's. Fewer he will eventually have to face again. He needed to keep up the pressure on the enemy in the lull that will now follow until his fleet is again ready. He knows their repair yards are full. Estimates for damaged enemy ships have been at 6-21 weeks. He needs to damage more to clog the repair queue and keep them in port.
The Kaiser wants a raid the Scandanavian convoys. I am tasked to send 2 CL's up that way to see what we find. I make the choice to send 5 CL's The Coln, Straslund, Mainz, Kolberg, Graudenz and no DD's as it is a long steam and I am worried about fuel.
The enemy held Orkney Islands are reached at daybreak. A ship is spottesto the starboard side. The Admiral increase speed to 26 knots. The enemy is soon firing 9 inch shells at the Flagship, Coln. Merchants, I do not think so. After quick thought, he only possess 4 inch shells. Granted, 12 on each ship but still only 4 inch. I had to get in range and close. Then 2 more ships appear. They are identified as 3 Edgar Class CLs' These are large 7,500T ships and well armed and armored. More than a match for me even though they are old and slow. Firing commences. The Coln is hit minorly and the lead ship is burning. Then, 2 more ships appear. These are large liners. Great, the Admiral thought. Then 6 inch shells tore through the Coln. 36 in all in 15 minutes time fired from the Crusiers and the large 17000T AMC Cedric. The Flagship must be halted in battle to prevent catasrophic flooding. When the Coln returns to base, the story is told. A 4 inch main weapon is too small for a modern cruiser. After the enemy was hit even 56 times by them, most bounced off the armor. Even the AMC took on a proper warship and will live to fight again.
Furiously, he asked for an audience with the Kaiser to petition for a conversion to larger guns.
The next raid up there, he is bringing his BC's and nothing less!
In the 5 months since the last major action, little has happened. Adm Neospapa knows when he receives the message, that the Kaiser is wanting a show of force. They are accusing him of not being agressive enough with the fleet. After all, the enemy theu reckon will only grow stroger with each passing month. After the Battle of Dogger Bank, my ships repaired and refitted. Finally on 02-25-14 my fleet was at 100% readieness. The Admiral knew repairs would take a long time but, 7 months! Luckily, the crews were able to train into a fighting force again and a crack one at that, (+2). Aboard the new Fleet Flagship, SMS Konig all was humming to get out to sea. Since she had been delivered months ago, she has never fired a single shot at an enemy. This had to change he knew.
The intelligence report came in, a sweep of our coast was what they thought would occur. He made the call, GET READY TO PUT TO SEA!
Even the craggy Admiral knew he had a big stick with which to hit the enemy.
14 BB's 4 BC's 8 B's 1 CA 9 CL's 64 DD's.
Should they dare approach, they will regret it.
In battle line formation, many miles of ships are near the Oyster Grounds. They are keeping watch on their homeland. At night, the Admiral placed extra watches on duty. After the last night battle this provided some comfort. For some reason the screening CL's Coln, Mainz were not ahead of the Flagship as expected. The 25,500T pride of the fleet steamed ahead without cover, naked. Just then, ships came out of the night at high speed. It was enemy DD's 7 of them. Before a shot was fired from Konig, 2 explosions came within one minute of each other. The admiral could feel the ship slowing. Torpedoes! He ordered all guns trained on the offenders. Within 5 minutes the fleet opened a barrage so fierce, all 7 DD's were sunk or sinking. The Admiral received the damage report. After 2 TT hits, 24% flooding and a 3 knot speed reduction. No guns damanged. He set a new fleet speed of 17 knots and remained inline. Impressed of this ships durability. Large shells started to fall around the middle of his battleline. The Helgoland, victorius once before identified the HMS Lion. Battlecruisers, he was determined to ensure that they would be sunk. if they were, his BC could prowl the seas without fear! The Helgoland and Oldenburg, opened fire on the Lion. As an enemy shell bounced off the Helgoland, the captain was glad he had the extra armor over the enemy. In a nasty fight, the HMS Lion would never return home. She was hit by 55 large shells and 2 TT. The Helgoland and Oldenburg had expert marksmanship, 13-15%. Amazing, though the Admiral.
Meanwhile, 7K yards ahead, Our BC's reported 6 ships in line. the Flagship Derfln
Derflinger recongnizes them as Invincible, Indefagitible, Lion class. 6 to one is not good odds. Lucking the battleline is just to the south. After an unfair fight, no enemy ships are still seen. The rescue boats are lowered and 1185 men are rescued.
It was detemined that 7 BC's were out. None returned. Confirmed sunk were
BC Lion, Princess Royal, Queen Mary, New Zealand, Invinciable, Indefatigible, Indomitable, Cl Southampton, Loewstoft. 7 DD.
The Admiral is happy that no friendly ships were lost. Some damaged but none lost.
In a railway car outside Berlin, the signatories arrive.
For the Victors it is a day they have longed for for almost a year.
Signers Count Alfred von Oberndorff of the Foreign Ministry German Army General Detlof von Winterfeldt German Navy Admiral von Neospapa (the Kaiser bestowed on me the title of Von for my performance during the war)
Defeated British Royal Navy Captain Jack Marriott (Naval Assistant to the First Sea Lord) British Rear-Admiral George Hope (Deputy First Sea Lord), British Admiral of the Fleet Sir Rosslyn Wemyss (First Sea Lord), Marshal of France Ferdinand Foch French general Maxime Weygand
This is not the time for celebration. Many countless sailors lost their lives in the battle that raged a few days ago. The details of which are so lengthy, the record Admiral von Neospapa will record will be brief.
The fleets were evenly matched.
Our OOB 15 BB, 3 CL, 45 DD.
Enemy OOB 17 BB, 2 BC, 2 B, 14 CL, 75 DD.
After the smoke cleared 9 enemy BB, 2 CL, 18 DD lay sunk. We lost but 2 DD.
HMS Marlborough, Benbow, Erin, Audacious, King George V, Monarch, Hercules, Vanguard, Collingwood. All other enemy BBs heavily damaged including the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
It seems the enemy was on a raid of the Heliogland Blight. 2 AV's were spotted. They may have wanted to recon our Zeppelin bases.
The Konig is once again in a battered state. She suffered 31 12-15 inch hits. 25 4-6 inch hits and a TT from the Queen Elizabeth. No mail turrets are left. All 5 are destroyed. In addition to 75% of secondary guns and 50% of the TT tubes. She can make but 2 knots. As we are no longer at war, her repair seems doubtful. Still she got the Admiral home!
Most HSF fleet units are severly damaged. Our vistorous fleet does not seem so as it is smodering, leaking, and listing at port. The men are given rest as they deserved it.
Well done on your "Great Victory at Sea". I managed to achieve victory over the Grand Fleet in November 1916 using non-historic tactics and a great deal of luck. I found it really difficult, since British losses were always replaced with new builds. After that campaign I decided to play the British. Of course the AI for the German side played somewhat more defensively than I did. I won't spoil the ending, but suggest you go ahead and start an AAR as the British. I'm sure we will all look forward to seeing how you get on...
Thanks for the well wishes Kevegan and thanks for reading. Congrats on your victory as well. I am hoping to start the AAR this week as the British. I hope by continuing my AAR's I can increase the exposure/demad for this game and series as I truly feel it is a masterpiece!
Thanks for the compliment Frederik. I think your suggestion would make it much easier to follow along. I am glad you enjoyed reading the narrative. I agree with your earlier comments that it does take a fair amount of time. I think it is worth it though to be immersed in the feeling of the war as opposed to just hard facts.
Matto, I agree, it was quick. In fact, it was too quick for me to develop more of a storyline as I would have liked. I was sort of shocked how well I did in the few big battles and victory coming so soon. I am chalking it up to the skill of Adm von Neospapa as opposed to myself.