Following on from last month's naval theme, this month's game was a re-run of the Battle of the River Plate, using the Shipbase III computer rules.
|The Scenario and set up|
This famous action has always been an interesting battle for me as it pitches the much more heavily armed "Pocket Battleship" KMS Graf Spee with her 11inch main guns against the more lightly armed HMS Ajax, HMNZS Achilles and HMS Exeter armed with 6inch and 8inch guns respectively.
|The starting positions|
The set up recreates the movie of the battle with the Royal Navy units sighting smoke on the horizon and closing on the Graf Spee at battle stations. With the tactics agreed amongst the RN players both sides opened fire and started to take evasive action as they did. The early success went to the Kiwis with Achilles getting in some 6" strikes on Graf Spee's armoured belt causing minor damage.
|First hits on the Graf Spee caused by HMNZS Achilles|
Thus a balance of objectives were constantly on each sides minds as the engagement progressed.
|Commodore Harwood's Ajax (out of picture), Achilles and Exeter close on Graf Spee.|
HMS Exeter sustaining hits early on
|HMS Exeter under fire and taking hits|
|Ajax and Achilles seek to draw attention away from Exeter under fire in the background|
|Graf Spee takes hits from all the RN ships, knocking out guns and reducing her speed|
|HMS Exeter takes an 11inch hit from Graf Spee|
Honours then to the Commonwealth and Commodore Harwood. It seemed a fitting game to play this close to Remembrance Sunday and with HMS Exeter representing a brave ship that has carried the name of our local city and had as part of her crew on that day one of our junior club members Grand Dad aboard.
Thanks to all involved in a fun days wargaming.