Kaptain Doydz was excited that he was being given an exciting mission for his ships! A bombardment of the Fascist artillary positions. With any luck the Kriegsmarine would react. The old navy men were like women and wouldn't let his destroyers take on the Nazis usually. All he could do was lay mines. Tomorrow would be different!
Silny Project 7U DD Crew green
Kaptain III Ranga Doydz Mecurical/ position party member
Storozevoy Project 7U DD green
Kaptain III Ranga Junlov Sensible/ skirt chaser
Visibility 4 miles Seas slight chop wind light breeze to the southeast Time 1300 L
The plan was to arrive off the coast 3 miles away, slow to 10 knots and use map fire for 15 minutes and then retire.
As the russians started to fire to the left of the lighthouse...
Light artillery fire coming back from the
The Storozevoy continues to pound the artillery while Doydz's gunner officer finds a battery of 88s near the lighthouse and a duel commenses. The Nazis are given a good pasting (actually just temporarily neutralized) while a lucky hit knocks A turret off balance and it can not rotate properly.
While this is occuring...
A look out sees shapes on the horizon!
In Flotilla Forward these are probablly DDs but can be torpedo boats or even a Light cruiser! They turn out to be 2 Maas class DDs and the battle is on!!
For Workers Everywhere!
Unfortunatly early in the battle...
Silny with minimal damage but a large fire!
With his ship on fire Doydz moves upwind while his guns (minus A turret) continue to fire. The Soviets manage to pound the lead german DD and it sinks! The remaining German DD retreats. (Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the battle!) The Storozevoy is lightly damaged. Unfortunatly as the Silny makes its way back to port at 15 knots the fire continues to spread (Soviets stink at damage control) and Doydz must eventually give the order to abandon ship.
Fortunatly this is seen as a victory by his superiors as the Germans lose a DD and the bombardment was a success! The Storozevoy is quickly repaired and Kaptain Doydz meets Mrs Rennivon the Commisar's wife and falls in love! Not a good thing even for a party member.
Great game and challanging taking the Soviet side. I ordered some Minesweepers and MTBs from Morningsides which I will have to paint up soon.
Meanwhile the lighthouse still stands guard along the Polar coast...