Capt Lt Marinesko had his orders. Patrol the outmost mine barrier while several Tral minesweepers tidied it up a bit. He would take 2 boats with him and the junior captains/crews as this shouldn't be to difficult.
Capt Lt Marinesko glum/wealth former enlisted Eagle eye Green
Lt Semyon evil/ wealth Green
Lt Ranacev sensible/alcohol Green
Baltic 1942 Daylight visibility 2 miles sea state 2
The MO boats on patrol. Semyon above, Ranacev below and our good Capt Lt in the middle
As the battle is joined Marinesko is confident. Lt Ranacev is coming up to join. Though the Raum boats are heavier he out guns them. [ Russian 45mms were poor though so they -2 hps from their dice] Unfortunatley the German fire is more accurate than the russian fire and Marinesko's boat begins to take damage.
He retires before having even fired a shot at the Raum boats.
Meanwhile a Russian minesweeper arrives to the sound of guns...
The Russian minesweeper also breaks off the engagement.
Fun game that played quick. With all the russians green and all germans average the Russians were outclassed. I still gave the germans the win though as the russians did lose a patrol boat.
Post game Lt Semyon's crew is rescued and they are not happy about being abandoned. Capt Lt Marinesko feels, with some justification, that had Semyon not missed signals he wouldn't have been left. No one is happy and since Semyon is evil by nature he will not let this die. He is now trying to undermine Marinesko though Marinesko hasn't realized the extent yet. Morale in the flotilla has dropped from 8 to 7. Worse, Capt 2nd rank Antov has pulled one of their boats for a separate mission so with 2 boats in the shop and one lost the flotilla is down to 3 boats right now. Capt Lt Marinesko will have his hands full trying to take this Flotilla Forward!