Sorry for the long delay between posts. We are getting ready to leave England so doing as much final traveling as we can! Last day on the island is 3 July then back home to Virginia! Have really enjoyed it here and will miss the people and the history. Will not miss the weather or the cost of living! [ weather has been gorgeous this last week though]
Have played one game of Donnybrook, one of WW II Donnybrook and two of Release the Hounds with Flotilla Forward. Release the Hounds is done as my new 2D6 system works well with big ships including cruisers. Flotilla Forward continues to mature as well. Here for your reading pleasure is my last RtHs.
Cdr Clarkson was daydreaming in his cabin aboard the HMS Juno when a message came in. His CO, Capt Rawling, wanted to meet him aboard the HMAS Australia in 1 hour. " What the devil could this be about?
" he wondered. The Captain had complimented Clarkson on his handling of the Juno the week before when the flotilla had run into 4 Italian DDs. Could this be something exciting?
An hour and a half later they were ushered into a conference room aboard the Australia and all was reveled. The war was not going well for the Anglo-Greek alliance on the mainland. As a precaution, some national treasures (and people) were to be loaded onto the HMAS Australia tomorrow and taken to London for safe keeping. This was to be a quiet operation for fear of the morale affect. Two destroyers were required to accompany the cruiser for protection. Capt Rawling had selected Cdr Clarkson to be the destroyer SO with the Juno. Clarkson was delighted with the news! Cdr Smith in the Jersey was senior to him and should have had the assignment. He couldn't wait to tell him.
Cdr Clarkson Evil/ govt mil Gr II
HMS Juno Crew II Avg
LtCdr Anston position/ religion Gr II
HMS Jaguar Crew II Avg
HMAS Australia with its Captain Crack
[ I rolled up a special scenario that was a "transport mission with 1 additional ship added." That was the genesis for this scenario!]
[ I know it isn't the Australia but it is the only British CL I own.
Which ship is it? ]
The British load their cargoes without interference [60%] and sail west. The Australia is having trouble with one of her propellers and can only make 25 knots max. [ cool random pre game event!] That night LtCdr Anston picks up 3 ships 3 miles straight ahead on radar. The Capt orders a hard turn to port to avoid the contact.
Visual contact made between the HMS Juno [center] and 3 Italian DDs at just under 2 miles.
The Capt orders Ldr Clarkson's DDs to engage enemy while HMAS Australia disengages.
This leaves the Juno against 3 Italian DDs while the Jaguar moves to position.
Clarkson fights with fury and heavy damages the lead Soldati class DD but the Juno is damaged in return. He fires 5 torpedoes but they miss. He turns away after the Italians fire their own torpedoes but one hits home at the stern. The engine room is destroyed and the Juno is doomed!
The HMS Jaguar takes on the Italians! 5 torpedoes launched at a Soldati class DD. One hits home and LCdr Anston evens the score with the Italian starting to sink.
HMS Jaguar tangles with the two Italian DDs while HMS Australia lends support while retreating away. The damage starts to mount and Jaguar's steering is damaged.
[ In RtH there are 4 classes of damage- 1- damaged. 2- Heavily damaged 3 Wrecked and 4 sinking plus a myriad of critical hits.]
LCdr Anston fights to give the Australia time to flee with her valuable cargo. The Italians line up for torpedo runs on the CL. As you can see the Jaguar is now wrecked.
Great game with an interesting ending. Post mission I rolled on the AKOT table and the Admiralty found the Captain had done the right thing. Capt Rawling felt otherwise. Cdr Clarkson and many of both ships were picked up the next day by Italians and taken POW. LtCdr Anston was unfortunately Lost at Sea.
LCdr Jewett of the damaged HMS Jackal managed to tick off the chief of maintenance, Lt Rocker, so his ship is not ready yet. The squadron loses another reputation point since they lost two DDs to the Italians 1. Due to their acute shortage of ships the Admiralty sends them the HMS Kingston, LCdr Walsh commanding. Should be interesting!