* * 2009-2011 BPA Single-Elim * *
* * Second Round * *
Michael Day (IJN; Bid 5.5) vs. Daniel Blumentritt (USN)
 

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DRAMATIC THEATER PRODUCTION AAR OF 2ND ROUND BPA SINGLE ELIM GAME

Turn 1

[12/7/41, Pearl Harbor]

Adm. Chris Cross (Pacific Fleet staff): This is an outrage! They've destroyed 4 of our battleships and a cruiser as well as shooting up the entire 7th Air Force on the ground! Of course you realize, this means war!

Adm. Daniel Blumentritt (CINCPAC): What? My archnemesis, Admiral Day, must have planned this!

Adm. Cross: Do you mean Michael Day? That's an American-sounding name, are you sure he planned an IJN attack on Pearl?

Adm. Blumentritt: Japan = Rising Sun = Daytime = Day. Don't you see it?

Adm. Cross: No, not really, but I hope you're wrong about him being in charge of the IJN.

Adm. Blumentritt: And why is that?

Adm. Cross: [pulls out some official-looking documents] It says here that he is the 7th ranked naval commander while you are only ranked 14th.

Adm. Blumentritt: It's all of bunch of lies, either the liberal media or George Bush is to blame, I'm sure. But now let's turn to more important matters - the Enterprise is due in port in a few hours with Wth Fleet, contact them and tell them to leave the Hawaiians so they don't get caught up in this mess.

Adm. Cross: Where shall we send them?

Adm. Blumentritt: The Central Pacific. They'll be protected from any Japanese submarines or carriers there.

Adm. Cross: Uh, sir, the wargames are over, nobody's going to adjust a war to protect your carriers to test your turn 2 abilities any more.

Adm. Blumentritt: Well then, quick - tell Australia and Canberra to both patrol the waters around Samoa and bait the I-Boats away from the Enterprise!

Adm. Cross: Bait the I-Boats? With what?

Adm. Blumentritt: Don't you realize that if our lone heavy cruiser in the Coral Sea sinks, all our shipping through the area will be hampered for the next 4 months?!

[12/10/41, BB Mutsu]

Capt. Gunji Kogure (CO Mutsu): I don't understand this. We were told to expect a firefight with the British battlefleet.

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname (Radar Operator, Mutsu): I believe our 4 AirFlots have already annihilated both ships and the enemy LBA without loss, sir.

Capt. Kogure: Both ships? That's what the British call a battlefleet? Next you'll be telling me their ships can't even raid 3 areas.

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: Uh, they can't, sir.

Capt. Kogure: But I must say, a trip to Indochina or Borneo is better than raiding the Central Pacific, which is what I expected us to be doing. Oh well, it's not like the Hosho or our six fast cruisers are going to be facing any American patrollers - they don't even know we have ships there! [snicker] [cackle] They'd have to have broken our code to do that!

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: Or just rolled a 1.

Capt. Kogure: Eh? Well, I suppose we should start looking for a good vacation spot?

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: Or we could get to work fixing that weird sound our machinery by the ammunition magazines is making.

Capt. Kogure: Don't worry about it, it's not a big deal. It's just a noise, it's not as if this ship could just spontaneously blow up in port or anything.

[12/16/41, Wth Fleet]

Capt. Jean-Luc Tiberius Archer (CO Enterprise): 10 torpedo bombers? That's all they threw at us? Do they have any CVs in this sea area besides a training CVL? Ready our planes for a counterstrike.

Cmdr. Shirley Jones (XO Enterprise): Should we go after their carrier or put our planes on anti-submarine patrol?

Capt Archer: Shirley, you can't be serious. I-Boats are invulnerable.

Cmdr. Jones: Actually, let's just wait and let the I-Boat fire at us first. I know traditional military tactics say that to strike first is better, but if the I-Boat fires its torpedoes early to save time, then we can wait to allocate our strikes based on whether they sink us or not.

Capt Archer: As in, if we get sunk, our cruisers will want to run away, so we should fire at an enemy cruiser instead of that pathetic excuse for a flat top?

Cmdr. Jones: Exactly.

{5 minutes later...}

Capt Archer: Abandon ship everyone! Pilots - abandon ship in your planes and take a detour towards the CA Tone on your way to land!

[12/25/41, Yokosuka Navy Yard]

Adm. Michael Day (Supreme Japanese Naval Commander): Excellent work, and Merry Christmas, commander, your planes finished off the 7th AF with just 4 shots!

Capt. Tuxedo Kamen (CO Shokaku): Maybe someday I'll be rewarded by having a character in a kid's show named after me! But for now, I'll take this medal instead.

Adm. Vic Toridisease (CINC Kido Butai): Brilliant strategy, comrade Day! Your refusal to make any mutual pre-war adjustments with those Yankee pigs has cost them a carrier in return for a cruiser! There's no hope for them now, those shallow imperialists haven't ever won a naval war against us in history!

Adm. Day: Don't be so overconfident, I had to bid a high price for this. 5.5 Points of Control, to be exact.

Adm. Toridisease: What sort of biased Western World do we live in? It costs us more than the equivalent of naval control in the Marianas and Indonesia just to be Japanese and not American? They must pay for this, comrade.

Adm. Day: Don't worry, they will pay. And stop with the 'comrade' business, we're not Communists.

Turn 2

[1/14/42, Pearl Harbor]

Lt. Cmdr. I. Bragg (Fleet Intelligence): Sir, my secret network of personally-appointed spies in the IJN command informs me that 6 bruisers, 4 cattleships, and 2 carriers are headed for Samoa and plan to begin an encirclement of the islands!

Adm. Blumentritt: You don't have a secret network of spies - we've broken the IJN code. How bad does it look?

Adm. Cross: Hold on a second guys, report from a PBY reports that the aforementioned fleet of 6 CAs, 4 BBs, and 2 CV is actually patrolling the Hawaiian Islands.

Adm. Blumentritt: Both of you, cross-check your sources, that fleet can't be in 2 places at once. Where else are they attacking?

LtCmdr Bragg: Their Air Flotillas are set up just like they did in the opening weeks of the war, and a few lone cruisers have headed out to the Coral Sea, Central Pacific, and Aleutians as well as standard light units in home areas.

Adm. Blumentritt: Have the Australians patrol the Coral Sea and the Dutch patrol the waters around Midway, and send USS Houston up to the middle of nowhere in the North Pacific to keep the 1-POC shipping lanes open from Pearl Harbor to Dutch Harbor.

Adm. Cross: Shouldn't the Dutch be patrolling Dutch Harbor?

Adm. Blumentritt: That's not how it works. Get me the commanders of 10th and 11th Air Forces the moment you figure out where that big IJN fleet is headed.

[2/2/1942, Singapore Harbor]

Capt. Woodrow Ifihadacanoe (CO, HMS Hermes): Avenge the Prince of Wales! Remember the Repulse! Out to sea to meet the Japanese air units! Weigh anchor! Advance! CHARGE! Engine room, give us flank speed!

Lt. Scott Axent (Chief Engineer, HMS Hermes): But sir, Admiral Blooomentritt said he had us base in Singapoore aboot a month agoo so thot we could wait un raid inta Indoneeesia withoot riskin a speed rool. We dinna needa be in a hurra to patrol.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: Well, why not get there as fast as possible? After all, Singapore's going to be invaded if we don't do something and we'll just sit in port and be destroyed!

Ens. Axcent: These are land-based air units, they're noot trained ta shoot ott targets in poort. But if we sile, we'll be foorced to fight all foor of them.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: Helm, turn us around 180! Back to port! RETREAT!

[2/18/1942, Pearl Harbor]

Adm. Cross: Houston did its job and held the North Pacific, now if the Yorktown and company can stop Sasebo, we'll have cleaned up the Northeast - except for De Ruyter, of course. She went down at the hands of Junyo and Shoho. I TOLD you she should have been protecting Dutch Harbor.

Adm. Blumentritt: Reports say the invasion of Alaska is only protected by Chikuma, eh? But yet managing to avoid Yorktown's air searches under cover of night? Order all 5 cruisers to demolish the amphibious units.

Adm. Cross: Yeah, but you know how the Salt Lake City is; they can't be trusted to do anything right. I'll bet they claim Chikuma is "screening" their path to the transports and just fire at her instead.

Gen. Jay Blue (CINC 10th Air Force): It's confirmed by our submarine patrols - the Japanese do indeed have two separate fleets and are threatening to isolate both Samoa and Pearl Harbor.

Gen. Bill Dollar (CINC 11th Air Force): Did the submarines manage to torpedo anything?

Adm. Cross: No, unfortunately our torpedoes are so faulty that we won't have the slightest chance of damaging a single major Japanese warship until the beginning of 1944.

Adm. Blumentritt: At least we know they've already committed their best carriers, so we can afford to send you guys to protect an American state instead of just an American territory.

Gen. Blue: Hawaii isn't a state yet.

LtCmdr Bragg: And what about the Yokohama marines?

Gen. Blue: Yokosuka.

Adm. Blumentritt: Never mind that, both of you deploy your air units from either Pearl or Johnston Is. Expected to be backed up with most of the fleet, but depending on the IJN commitment to Samoa, you may have to go at it alone. We can't afford to have IJN control around both ports, so if you fail, I'll have your butts.

Gen. Dollar: Then you'll have three.

[2/29/1942, Yokosuka Navy Yard]

Adm. Sho Boat (IJN Chief of Staff): I'm pretty sure our calendar is wrong. This isn't a leap year.

Adm. Day: They've unexpectedly placed all their LBA in Hawaii and left nothing defending the ... hard to tell what this translation is saying .... "US Mandrakes?". So if we just send the Zuiho with a couple of BBs, it'll be a high price for them to stop Yokosuka unless they want to leave their air units out to dry. And next turn we'll be able to project our own airpower over everything from Tasmania to Fiji.

Adm. Boat: Pretty bold move for a country that was fighting a war against itself less than a century ago.

Adm. Day: Have our other CVs backed up the Hawaiian patrolling fleet as ordered? We might be able to draw out the entire American contingent of carriers.

Adm. Boat: So far it appears as only the Lexington and Saratoga have shown up. They're taking a big risk here.

Adm. Day: But also only risking losing 2 carriers in the fight and likely preserving their other 2. They also outnumber us by 4 surface ships. But we know we don't have the logistics to take over both ports. This move is for attrition. We're going to get in, blow up both carriers, take our lumps, and return to Truk. Those 6 slow battleships they have won't be able to give chase.

Adm. Boat: Unfortunately that won't be possible. According to our analysis from the department of Data Information for Combat Efficiency, this battle is going to last so long that it will span both Day and Night. We'll have to take our lumps from both their air and surface power.

Adm. Day: Even so, we've already secured a perimeter protecting the Marianas again. We'll have the South Pacific locked up too if we can just keep that darn Mogami from running away at the first sign of trouble in the Coral Sea and returning home to claim disability pay.

[3/2/42, off the coast of Hawaii]

Capt. Kamen: We've done it again! Scratch two flattops! Radio HQ that both enemy CVs are down, and make sure Carrier Division 5 gets credit. Don't let Hiryu and Soryu piggyback on our success for unloading humongous damage on ships that were already going to the bottom anyway. Be but sure the Ryujo gets proper credit for sinking the Arizona.

Lt. Tone Def (Shokaku Flight Ops): Did you hear the good news, sir? Last week in the Coral Sea, the embattled Hosho managed to exchange herself with the vaunted Hornet, and even the much-maligned Mogami sunk the Australia before pulling her usual "engine trouble" excuses when the enemy didn't even roll a 6.

Capt. Kamen: What's with the all adjectives that only sports journalists use? And I'm not in the mood for good news - look. [points off to the Northwest] Our surface escorts have only taken down two cruisers and we've lost Kitakami, Kinugasa, and Hiei already. Oi wimped out and ran away from land-based air attacks, and now our fellow carriers have American battleships among them.

Lt. Def: Funny how the battleships aren't attacking us or Zuikaku, just the smaller carriers.

Capt. Kamen: Might be because we're already sunk as far as they are concerned [points skyward just as steams of dive bombers pour out from the sun and begin obliterating both carriers]. I am prepared to go down with my ship.

Lt. Def: And I'm prepared to go swim over to one of the other 3 carriers, they seem to be heading for Truk and all the American shells seem to be duds.

[4/2/42, off the coast of Kiska Is, Alaska]

Capt. Reid Abook (CO Yorktown): Looks like we're the last out of our kind, lads, and our cruiser escorts failed utterly to either halt the enemy invasion or even scratch the paint of Chikuma before she got away. Let's pull into port over in Attu, we've got to at least threaten the merchant fleet around the Japanese Islands to give the enemy something extra to think about over the next few months.

Jim Eliason: Looking forward to more of this, including the arrival on stage of Admirals Palsey, Yo Mamma, TaKnockKnock, Spruce Up, Raisin Cain, Fetcher, and No Mitts.

Turn 3

[7/2/1942, Pearl Harbor]

LtCmdr. Bragg: Looks like, in typical IJN fashion, they've got an overly complex plan of operation. Their 2 fast battleships are approaching Hawaii HERE [points to a map], and the Akagi is in a separate group HERE, with Oyodo, Sendai, and 7 destroyers, a day behind. I believe they expect to sneak in and bombard the island at night, and then while our surviving planes flying from Oahu fuel and arm in the morning to avenge their comrades, Akagi sends a dawn strike to annihilate them on the runway.

Adm. Blumentritt: Seems like a small attack force for such an important job. But our side has only one carrier and I don't want to risk trading it for Akagi. Maybe he expects that to scare us away.

Adm. Cross: They're probably saving their main battle fleet for the obvious upcoming invasion of Samoa.

Adm. Blumentritt: What? They're not even putting an amphibious unit there! It's in the Central Pacific, guarding Midway from an invasion we aren't even planning.

Adm. Cross: They don't need any troops or landing craft, sir. If they continue to isolate the islands from supplies, they'll be able to just waltz right in and start using the port and operating air fleets there by this October, simply from the effects of encirclement.

LtCmdr. Bragg: If you'll recall, sir, I warned you of this possibility a month ago in my report. [hands over a document]

Adm. Blumentritt: This is just a bunch of boxes and circles connected by lines with random buzzwords scattered across the page!

LtCmdr. Bragg: Yes, but doesn't it get my point across powerfully? Say, that sounds like a catchy name for a systematic way to produce impressive-looking reports that don't actually mean anything! If I can successfully market-

Adm. Cross: AHEM! At any rate, sir, here's our estimate of their intentions. We outnumber them 5-3 in land-based aircraft around Samoa, and 11th Air Force is based here in Hawaii. We think the odds favor that it can hold off Akagi. 5 of their carriers are in Truk and we expect them to head into the Samoa battle as well. Their other 3 we expect to spread across the Northeast to force Yorktown out of hiding.

LtCmdr. Bragg: But remember, our submariners came through, just as I ordered them to! Despite the Holymari Maru having a 5/6th's chance of evading, she was sunk by S-44, leaving Akagi with insufficient oil reserves to control the waters around Hawaii for very long!

Adm. Blumentritt: Yes, but unfortunately Captain Morgan is leading the Wasp and 3 new BBs over as reinforcements.

Adm. Cross: Unfortunately? I don't follow.

Adm. Blumentritt: He's far too passive. If we don't get rid of Kongo and Haruna, he'll refuse to move his ships anywhere outside of the vicinity of the islands until 1943!

[7/16/1942, BB Mutsu, sailing near Tuvalu]

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: Despite this 15-ship raiding fleet, I feel nervous that us and Nagato are the only surface patrollers. If those Marines make it to the New Caledonia region and the Americans send in a couple of BBs of their own...

Capt. Kogure: I'm also a bit worried that with all this air cover overhead, plus the other air flotillas we saw on either side of us heading down here, that our high command has left Indonesia with nothing bigger than a destroyer.

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: Really? So the Hermes and Dorestshire could control the whole archipelago by themselves?

Capt. Kogure: That's DorSETshire. And there's no way that those 2 ships are all the British have in the vicinity - they'd at least patrol the Resolution and Ramillies there, right? I suppose you'll be bringing up this "failed speed roll" claptrap again?

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: That's not how we spelled it during our wargames last week. And nope, no speed roll theory - word is that those two BBs were busy in the Indian Ocean sinking the Kumano. Oh, and look at the radar screen - the American transports are running away with so much damage I'm surprised they aren't completely wiped out!

Capt. Kogure: What? It's nearly nightfall and we were assured of getting to shoot at them ourselves! Why did our carriers not concentrate all fire on the American airpower and leave the Marines to us?

Lt. Cantpronouncemyname: The crippled Marine fleet is still heading Westward! We must stop them before they invade.

Capt, Kogure: Don't bother. As disabled as they are, their navigation systems are probably completely askew. They'll head right past our base and end up in Australia instead.

[8/17/1942, 100 nm S of Dutch Harbor]

Capt. Kobe Steak (CO Junyo): Warriors of the Empire, I wanted you to know about our situation. We are about to totally dominate this American all across the ocean. Near Hawaii, we took them by surprise when Shoho sailed in from the North to join in the planned strike on 11th Air Force, and our battleships sunk the USS West Virginia and crippled the Mississippi. Near Midway, despite not posing any threat to an American base, the Kure Naval Landing Forces successfully distracted 3 battleships plus the lone surviving heavy cruiser the Australians possessed. Also, in an attempt to isolate Yorktown in Attu, Chikuma bravely faced down 6 cowardly American heavy cruisers and untold number of lighter ships all by her lonesome. And finally, near Bougainville, despite our air cover assuring us control of the entire region, the Americans sailed two ships into the area anyway - and now the only one left is trapped in Guadalcanal! Now, if we destroy the 2d Marines before they reach Dutch Harbor, the last hope of the United States will be extinguished. Launch all planes!

Ensign Omiga Shohboy (Aircraft mechanic, Junyo): That's amazing! I'm fired up now!

Ensign Komon Nowai (Aircraft mechanic, Junyo): It's not so amazing once you've learned how to interpret our side's propaganda. Here's what probably actually happened: West Virginia and Mississippi did indeed suffer their claimed fate, but they sunk Akagi at night before getting blasted, allowing the 11th Air Force to pulverize the Shoho. Kure did distract 3 battleships - by getting sunk at night along with the Hiyo. Chikuma's really fast and so she just ran away. And the Americans sent 2 battleships in the South Pacific because our half-damaged Kirishima was still there, and they snuck in - again at night - and blasted her before running for port. The reason that only one of them is left is that the other made it all the way back to Pearl Harbor, and the other one only trapped itself in Guadalcanal because the Captain didn't expect that the USN would control the Southeast Pacific and hold on to Samoa!

[8/20/1942, Yokosuka Navy Yard]

Adm. Boat: Junyo successfully saved Dutch Harbor, sir. We still hold American soil. Unfortunately, she wasn't fast enough to catch North Carolina or Quincy as they retreated.

Adm. Day: Good, good, that limits them to no invasions in the Eastern half of the ocean next turn. And despite losing the battle of Samoa, we only had Ryujo sunk. Our other carriers merely returned to Truk for lack of planes, which we have now replinished. We may have lost twice as many land-based planes as they did, but they'll only have about a 14-12 advantage in firepower due to our superior training in anti-ship combat. And we're still 20 points of sea control ahead of the Americans. For 6 months I ran wild, and in the 7th month I was stopped. But I'm far from finished and I've still got the larger fleet. Time to initiate [trumpet crescendo beings] Operation Sho-Biz!

Adm. Boat: [tapping out signals on telegraph] Initiating the operation, sir! And then I shall investigate this new system that the Americans have codenamed "Dartmouth East Sun". I suspect it is the reason that they were able to fight so many surface battles despite the presence of our carriers or airfields.

Turn 4

[10/3/1942, Pearl Harbor]

Adm. Cross: Their oil situation is keeping a lot of their fuel-guzzling BBs from wandering beyond their currently locations in the Sea of Japan, Marianas, and the South Pacific. That last area is the key - they've got 3 of the codenamed "four forty-four" battleships plus the Kaga there in what appears to be the precursor to an invasion of Guadalcanal. Outside of Attu it's the only island base we've managed to hold onto that can project air cover into the Co-Propaganderity Sphere. We must hold onto it!

LtCmdr. Bragg: Why are you referencing their ships by codenames? There's no spies here.

Adm. Cross: [whispering] Are you sure about that? Do you not realize that our own Pacific Fleet Commander shares a surname with a member of the Wermacht General Staff?

Adm. Blumentritt: I heard that! And as far as I know I am no relation of Gunther!

LtCmdr. Bragg: But you could be! What's Mickey Mouse's gal friend's name? Who won the World Series in 1934? What is the capital of Nevada? Wh-

Adm. Blumentritt: Back on subject! Yes, we must hold Guadalcanal, but they could feint into the Coral Sea too. We need to hold back almost all our ships to make sure we can outnumber them on the surface if they move in the Coral Sea with all remaining carriers, battlecruisers, and cruisers, and leave their 4 slower capital ships sailing alone between Truk and Guadalcanal. Then we can put most of our airpower in the South Pacific - I'd say at about a 5:2 ratio. And looking ahead months into the future, we must preserve both carriers AND get them to Samoa with a clear raiding lane into everything from Sumatra to Wake Island.

[10/20/1942, Yokosuka Naval Yard]

Adm. Day: I'm not sure what those Americans are up to. Besides our battleship patrols, all we did was send Atago and Chikuma to the Northeast, so our setup practically announced to them that our Betties based in Midway and Maleolap will soon be placed in a position to annihilate those cruisers they are sending there. And we're nearly certain to reach our maximum shipping capacity, so I'm not sure why they have ships patrolling their home areas either.

Adm. Toridisease: Ha! Those foolish western imperialists must not realize that no matter how much sea we control relative to them, it won't matter since our whole nation only possesses 29 cargo ships!

Adm. Day: Apparently they don't. Not sure if our own military commanders realized that either, what with starting a war against potentially the world's largest economy. But nonetheless - now if we send Hiyo and Zuiho to Hawaii and the US Mandate, each backed by a battlecruiser, they'll be forced to fight us or concede potentially cheap attrition, and it'll hamper their efforts to concentrate their fleet in either major port as well. And if they do come out in force, we'll always be able to retreat from their slow old battleships anyway.

Adm. Toridisease: Yes we will! Those lazy isolationists probably haven't thought to build any new classes of 27-kt battleships yet! And even if they do, I bet they don't outfit them with gunnery radar either!

Adm. Day: However, with Soryu and Hiryu being sent to the Coral Sea for our invasion, this is spreading Kido Butai dangerously thin. It's your carrier force, Admiral - what do you think?

Adm. Toridisease: Thanks to their bizarre use of 4 ships to patrol, they won't be able to even hit our amphibious force if we can slip in at night. I say go for it! Now I just need to decide which ship goes where out of Hiyo and Zuiho.

Adm. Day: Hiyo should go to Hawaii. The US Mandate is only guarded by the Canberra as opposed to the Idaho, and Canberra's sailing while damaged at that.

Adm. Toridisease: This is a sign that we are surely destined by the gods on high to crush these immoral yankee dogs who fear death too much to be great warriors. They can't even repair their own ships properly before sending them out to sea! I bet Hiyo catches the Mississippi still limping around in Pearl Harbor too.

Adm. Day: Oahu has much better repair facilities than Samoa or Darwin, there's no possible way the Americans are going to end up leaving a crippled battleship there without bothering to fix it.

[at that same moment in Pearl Harbor, a crew of civilian workers approaches the USS Mississippi, lugging along massive amounts of equipment and devices and attaching them to the ship in various places]

Engineer #1: Alright men, good job. Charges are set. Time to blow this thing to kingdom come. Clear the area ... demolition in 5, 4, 3...

Adm. Bull Hockey: {casually walking along the docks, suddenly looks up and sees the commotion} What the-? Wait! Stop! You guys are supposed to repair the ship, not blow it up!

Engineer #2: We never got those orders, sir.

Adm. Hockey: You're not telling me Daniel just plain forgot to repair this thing, are you?

Engineer: #1: I'm not sure. I guess the world will just to have wonder.

Adm. Hockey: That phrase gets on my nerves for some reason.

[11/27/1942, Celebes Sea]

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: {proudly and poetically} Leftenant, this is where the British Navy shows the world what we're all about. Just us and the Formidable about to face down 2 entire Japanese air flotillas, bravely escorting these remnents of the American first Marine division. We represent boldness. We represent courage. We represent an Empire that the sun never sets upon!

Lt. Graham Marpoleece (staff officer, HMS Hermes): {brusquely} You just ended that sentence with a preposition, sir!

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: {unfazed} We represent boldness, courage, and an Empire upon which sets never the sun! We will fight in the skies! We will fight on the seas! We will fight on the beaches!

Lt. Marpoleece: I hope we don't do that, sir, it would mean you ran the ship aground.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: {annoyed} We will fight in the fields! We shall never surrender! We shall never run away and attempt to preserve an 027 carrier in hopes that the Americans don't fritter away Victorious next turn! We shall lead forth the expedition to reclaim Lae. Or possibly the Philippines. So give it all you've got for this crucial air battle! Our planes shall hold the air flotillas at bay, ensuring the recapture of -

Ensign Basil Faulty: (AA gunner, HMS Hermes) Unless my binoculars deceive me, that's an I-Boat that just surfaced in the middle of the transports!

Ensign Basil Leaves: (signal decoder, HMS Hermes) He's right - the Marines are calling off the invasion.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: RETREAT!

Lt. Marpoleece: But I thought you said we would never turn back nor surrender?

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: Right-o, my good chap. ADVANCE TO CEYLON!

[12/5/1942, Pearl Harbor]

Adm. Cross: Reports are in from the South Pacific, sir. The good news is that the Kaga only managed to get off one daytime strike against us before we caught and sunk her at night. The bad news was that despite sending 7 battleships and a cruiser against that force, surface attrition was even at 1 battleship apiece.

Adm. Blumentritt: Well, the IJN is down to just 4 aircraft carriers now. But with all 3 patrolling American ships getting sunk, plus Chikuma escaping from Yorktown and 4 cruisers untouched while torpedoing Astoria to the bottom, plus our intercepted transmissions from MAGIC showing that Atago is alive and unharmed in Truk despite the Washington claiming that Atago was completely - and I quote - "disabled", we still don't have a surface fleet capable of challenging theirs.

LtCmdr Bragg: May I remind you that it was I who noticed that we could send a pure surface fleet into the South Pacific even though our land-based air would be unable to fight once Guadalcanal fell to the Yoko Ono marines-

Adm. Cross: Yokosuka.

LtCmdr Bragg: {dripping with sarcasm} Oh, and now you're an expert in Japanese!

Adm. Cross: {derisively} No. It's spelled out right here on this intelligence report - you should know this, you're part of Fleet Intelligence, as ironic as that may be.

LtCmdr. Bragg: Intelligence document? This is a tiny yellow bit of cardboard with just 3 numbers on it!

Adm. Blumentritt: You can't fight in here, gentlemen, this is the briefing room! But yes, Bragg, you're right. And thank you. Your attentiveness helped make up for my lack of foresight regarding fleet reserves.

LtCmdr. Bragg: I'm still not convinced you did that on accident, BLUMENTRITT!

Adm. Blumentritt: For the last time, I'm not a German spy and I'm not related to General Blumentritt! And thank goodness I'm not his relative - that guy's last name means "Flower Trail" for goodness sakes...

Adm. Cross: Uhh....

Turn 5

[12/31/1942, New Brunswick]

Franklin Roosevelt (President, United States): This is a momentous day for us - the first of our new Essex class carriers has been commissioned. This class of carriers will be able to survive more punishment and carry more aircraft than any other afloat!

Winston Churchill (Prime Minister, United Kingdom): I say! It's airstrike power doesn't appear to be any greater than that of the other CVs in the theater. Neither does it's armor factor. In fact, the Akagi and Kaga have a greater defense value, and the Shokaku and Zuikaku are identical in every way, except faster!

Roosevelt: When you can figure out how to gain the attack bonus, then I'll listen to your criticisms about our airstrike factor. We don't need criticisms, we need suggestions of how to win this war.

Churchill: Very well, I suggest that you stop building all your ships on the East Coast and then wasting an entire game turn before the reinforcements show up at Pearl Harbor.

Roosevelt: Yes, we're in a bit of pickle for Turn 5 at the moment. If the IJN sticks their whole fleet in one area and places two air flotillas in three other areas, the only weak spot in their perimeter would be through the Aleutians - and we only have two carriers to contest this airpower.

Churchill: Actually, my good chap, my intelligence reports actually show that the IJN is sticking two air flotillas in two areas, and one each in two other areas.

Roosevelt: You're mistaken. It's us Americans who have broken the Japanese code, remember.

[Meanwhile, in Tokyo...]

Adm. Day: It's decided, then? Two air flotillas in the more POC-rich areas, just one each in the Marshalls and the Central Pacific?

Adm. Boat: Agreed.

Adm. Toridisease: Agreed.

[back in New Brunswick...]

Churchill: At any rate, it's obvious that you need some Naval Support from us.

Roosevelt: You're going to send Formidable and Hermes to Indonesia again to try and take down one of the LBA?

Churchill: Yes, but even better - I'll have Victorious sail through the Panama Canal and over to Pearl Harbor. She's long past her shakedown cruise and thus unlike the Essex-class she can arrive on turn 5. I'll even put her under command of 3rd Fleet and Admiral Bull Hockey for a few months.

Roosevelt: Perhaps under his aggressive leadership, Victorious will be able to raid 3 areas!

Churchill: If only. She's still got "Made in Britain" stamped proudly on her hull, remember. Just be sure and bring her back in one piece and don't send her to face a land-based air unit by herself.

Roosevelt: Wasp and Yorktown will sail with her and draw all the fire, don't worry. I'll have her back to you without a scratch.

[2/4/1943, Samoa]

Adm. Mike Ranium-Hertz (CINC - ABDA): As you can see, we've got our air patrols doubled up in the 5 remaining areas they can reach. The Aleutians is the only such area in which we are vulnerable, but the IJN troops have deployed to reinforce the Tokyo Express instead. We've got to have Lae and Guadalcanal in our hands though, so we must stop them from reinforcing either base.

Capt. Harry Head: (CO South Dakota): Sounds good to me.

Capt. Hugh Mongus (CO North Carolina): Sounds crazy to me! What are we supposed to do? Waltz into the South Pacific with no air cover and only a 28% chance of finding the transports at night and rely on our large armor factors to save us, even though we'll have to stay for two rounds to force Sasebo to commit to a port before knowing if our Marines in Indonesia even survive the battle?

[2/11/1943, Rabaul]

Adm. Boat: It seems that two American battleships have waltzed into the South Pacific with no air cover and only a 28% chance of finding our transports at night, relying on their large armor factors to save them even though they'll have to stay for two rounds to force Sasebo to commit to a port before we know if their Marines in Indonesia even survive the battle.

Sgt. Kyoto Protokol (Adm. Boat's personal pilot): Interesting how the Americans keep sending battleships to fight alone against our air cover. I wonder why?

Adm. Boat: Probably because we never seem to do anything but send them back to port undamaged. I'll just radio Sasebo and tell them to land on Lae. The 1st Marines have suffered 3/4ths casualties and we'll easily repulse the invasion.

Sgt. Protokol: By easily repulse, you mean mutually annihilate?

Adm. Boat: What a ridiculous idea. That Marine unit has suffered nearly maximum damage. This, my friend, is why I'm an Admiral and you're a Lieutenant.

[2/24/1943, Bay of Bengal]

Lt. Marpolece: These R-class battleships sure are slow. We should pull into the Andaman Island for a week of shore leave. We'd still catch up to them before the battle.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: That would be a horrible idea. The natives there don't seem to mind Americans, Japanese, Dutch, or Aussies, but they loathe the British.

Lt. Marpolece: Funny how that seems to be the attitude of the native population of every single island base in this ocean.

Capt. Ifihadacanoe: In the meantime, let's start drawing up a plan for this battle. We've made such a habit of withdrawing in the fact of the Japanese LBA, so if we fight them this turn, they'll be surprised. This either we'll destroy the whole lot of them, or bravely go down trying.

Lt. Marpolece: Let's just hope they don't have a carrier in the area.

[3/13/1943, Tokyo]

Adm. Day: The British tried to fight our LBA in Indonesia, and bravely went down trying. I don't think they realized we had a carrier in the area. The Southwestern portion of our perimeter is secure. What are our options for the eastern half? Split the fleet?

Adm. Toridisease: If we do that, then the Americans can gain a surface advantage against either group. We should keep it consolidated - preferably in the area of Tawara, since that's where the 3rd American Marine division has headed. They'll be forced to hang it out to dry. Let's hold Soryu back though, she can use flag defense to protect the Marianas.

Adm. Day: All our ships fly the same flag, I'm not sure how that's going to give Soryu an advantage in battle. But nevertheless, I see your plan as overkill. One flotilla in the Central Pacific leaves Midway too vulnerable. We've already got Yamato and Nagato in the area, do we not?

Adm. Toridisease: We do.

Adm. Day: Detatch Hiryu from the main fleet to join them, and increase our submarine patrols in the area. Anything else to worry about?

Adm. Toridisease: There's a few cruisers in the Aleutians, but they won't be of any threat to our home islands for several months. Not that the Americans were EVER really any threat to us.

Adm. Day: Looks well enough on cardboard. Send the orders out at once.

[5/10/1943, Central Pacific Ocean]

Adm. Hockey: Here's the latest report - our BBs took some damage, but Massachusetts and Washington took down Hiryu. I'm stuck here in the Indiana heading back to Pearl Harbor because the Nagato rolled a 5, so it's up to you boys now. Time for the 3rd Fleet carriers to show those Japs who's boss!

Capt. Thor Buttocth (CO Wasp): We're having engine trouble, sorry, we're going to have to head over to Perth. Good luck in the battle!

Capt. Abook: We've just been shot at by a Japanese I-boat, we're going to head over to Darwin. Give 'em hell!

[5/11/1943, London]

Sir Stifford Crapps (member, War Cabinet): Exeter? We wanted the Victorious back from the Pacific Theater because we've still got Krauts to fight, and instead we get the Exeter?

Churchill: "Not a scratch", he told me. "Yorktown and Wasp will draw the Japanese fire", he promised me. "Won't face LBA by herself", he said to me. . . . {trails off}

Sir Crapps: Even worse, look at this statement that Admiral Blumentritt made when he didn't realize the mic was on - "We didn't breach the perimeter, but at least we traded the Hiryu for some British carriers and didn't lose any American ships."

Churchill: What? This is an outrage! They're the ones who didn't even fire a single shot at an LBA all turn!

Sir Crapps: A very worrysome trend, to be sure. What else did Roosevelt tell you during the New Brunswick conference?

Churchill: Not much of importance, really, just some assurances that he's going to stand up to Stalin to make sure the Soviets won't turn Eastern Europe into a bunch of communist puppet states.

Turn 6

[8/15/1943, Tokyo]

Adm. Day: The Americans may have erred by returning Yorktown and Wasp to Australia. Their new carrier reinforcements won't be able to beat our entire air force by themselves. Just make sure we protect our home islands from those 3 cruisers sitting in Attu, and we'll nearly lock up the game.

Adm. Boat: War, sir.

Adm. Day: Of course. I just hope that Midway is big enough to support the thousand-or-so planes we'll be landing there shortly.

Adm. Boat: Don't worry, sir, she's got enough air and port facilities to handle our entire fleet and all 6 LBA if that's what we wanted to do.

[10/2/1943, Pearl Harbor]

Adm. Blumentritt: His fleet in Indonesia is too big to handle, and his air force in the Central Pacific is too big to handle. We can't win the war right now, but we certainly could lose it. We'll have to advance cautiously and set up for a confrontation later that will be more in our favor, as we'll have received far more reinforcements and we also will prevent them from having enough time to rebuild any shattered air units before the October 1944 Armistice.

LtCmdr. Bragg: I wasn't aware you were gifted with prophecy, sir.

Adm. Blumentritt: I'm just well-read. This incredible book on war strategy, "Victory in the Pacific" by Admiral A. Hill, states that the Japanese fleet will be incapable of effective resistance after that date.

LtCmdr. Bragg: Perhaps our submarines have choked off their supplies of armaments and raw materials better than I realized. The only problem with waiting for more CV reinforcements to fight a battle is that we'll let them control the Japanese Islands with just 2 capital ships next turn.

Adm. Blumentritt: 2? In the past just 1 has been sufficient to escort all their convoys. Destroyers can do the rest of the work.

LtCmdr. Bragg: Have you forgotten that we're going to build a submarine in January that will be equipped with working torpedoes?

Adm. Cross: Look here [whips out intelligence report] - Kitakami is the only ship in the area of Guam and Saipan. We can blow a hole in their perimeter there!

Adm. Blumentritt: Unfortunately these large red and white rectangular barricades floating in the South Pacific and Marshalls prevent us from getting there since we failed to win the battle in the Central Pacific a few months back. We'll have to settle for taking Kwajalein, plus getting all our slow battleships to Guadalcanal so they can fight in Indonesia next turn.

[11/5/1943, Aleutian Islands]

Commander Yoho Hoandabottleofrum (CO, I-162): We failed to sink the Cowpens. She can now base in Attu along with Arizona and a few cruisers to threaten our home isles next turn. We must commit seppuku and destroy this boat immediately.

[11/27/1943, Tokyo]

Prime Minister Tojo: You say we are still ahead of the Americans by 26 Ports Offloading Convoys?

Adm. Day: Well, with the system we're using to account for our lack of an organized merchant fleet, we're actually up more like 21.5.

Prime Minister Tojo: 26 it is, then. I will inform the War Cabinet.

Turn 7

[2/5/1944, Yokosuka Navy Yard]

Capt. An Ime (CO, Yamato): The Americans only have 3 surface ships in Attu capable of reaching this area ... let me handle them, sir. I can take them all on.

Adm. Day: We need airpower to neutralize the Cowpens and all 6 of our Air Flotillas are heading to Indonesia. We can't allow you to go at it alone, otherwise one cruiser could keep you occupied while the Arizona destroys our carriers.

Capt. Ime: That's a ridiculous notion. One pathetic American cruiser could keep the most powerful battleship in the world from outrunning a WW1 BB to the location of our carrier fleet?

Adm. Day: Such is the nature of war. We'll send 3 cruisers and Ruyho with you - this way if the Americans move in, it'll be their carrier under attack if we fight a night battle.

Adm. Boat: American CVL patrols from Pearl Harbor and air force patrols from Guadalcanal and Kwajalein have locked down the South Pacific, Marshalls, and Hawaiians pretty well, but they've only got a pair of cruisers in the Marianas.

Adm. Day: Send 2 naval landing forces to Indonesia and 1 to Marianas. The more they feed into those areas to stop us, the more chance of their ships having to return to the perimeter, too far away to establish long-term patrols near our home islands.

Adm. Boat: Don't forget, if they win in Indonesia, our last oil reserves will be gone. They won't even have to patrol the Sea of Japan to win the war!

Adm. Day: Then we must not lose. Add Chitose and Chiyoda to the area as patrollers to get some cheap additional shots in. And be sure to equip them with the newest and most elite pilots we have.

Adm. Boat: I'm afraid we're all out of those.

[2/18/1944, Honolulu]

Adm. Blumentritt: It looks we lost our lone cruiser patrols in both Japan and the North Pacific as nearly all of the Japanese fleet raided to those areas, but thankfully the 3rd Marines recaptured Midway despite heavy damage from a Japanese carrier that snuck into the area. Remind me again why we left our Marines without any surface patrols?

Adm. Cross: It's right here in this Principles Of Cargo booklet - never ship American provisions or ordinance through the Central Pacific Ocean. It's worth absolutely nothing to us.

Adm. Blumentritt: Alright then. This leaves us 2 Marine units left. We want Lae and the Philippines. Can we take them both?

Adm. Cross: It isn't likely, they've got 3 of their own to stop us with. And 2 of them are in Indonesia, where we'll have to divert fire from their LBA, which we can't afford to do. What do we have that can get there by the end of March?

Adm. Blumentritt: 5 CVs and 4 CVLs. It'll be a close one. Did we hold back enough surface ships as ordered, so that we would be guaranteed a shot on a carrier at night even had their whole fleet raided Indonesia?

Adm. Cross: We did, sir, but the consequence was that our weak patrolling force of 2 cruisers and a few destroyers at Guam is now facing down Musashi, Mutsu, and Nagato.

Adm. Blumentritt: Send in all our battleships except the pair with upgraded radar that we have earmarked for Indonesia! We'll outnumber them 3 to 1!

Adm. Cross: But if we don't take the Philippines, those ships will all be of uncertain availability for the impending isolation of Japan, even if we break IJN control of Indonesia.

Adm. Blumentritt: You're telling me that even the Washington and North Carolina could leave Darwin or Pearl Harbor in June and not make it to, say, Okinawa by October?

Adm. Cross: Correct, sir.

Adm. Blumentritt: Send the Iowa and New Jersey in, then, and hold the rest back in the South Pacific since only 2 IJN amphibious forces threaten Lae as opposed to 3 threatening Philippians.

LtCmdr. Bragg: That's a book of the Bible, sir.

Adm. Cross: We have 4 carriers sitting in port here awaiting orders, and the Cowpens is still in Attu.

Adm. Blumentritt: Send them all to the Marianas as well. THEY are capable of making it from Hawaii to Japan in under 5 months, are they not?

Adm. Cross: As long as none of them get damaged.

[3/17/1944, Northern Marianas Islands]

Capt. Kogure: I don't believe it, between us and the Nagato we must have dodged a dozen torpedoes and 15-20 bombs. How's Musashi doing?

Capt. Asakura Bunji (CO, Musashi): Not good, we've taken 147 bomb hits and 253 torpedo hits.

Capt. Kogure: Good thing you have all that tough armor, huh? I bet you'll be fine. Since the Kure NLF was already destroyed, Nagato and I have nothing to protect. I think we will go ahead and waltz back to Tokyo Bay [background music begins playing in 3/4 time].

Capt. Bunji: This is ridiculous! I thought the American carrier force was raiding Brunei. How did they end up here?

Capt. Kogure: They've gotten some new carriers in the past few months. Don't you have intelligence reports?

Capt. Bunji: Ensign, go find me the - AHHHH - [5 more bombs hit Musashi and rock the deck back and forth] - the report that our good friend on the Mutsu is referring to.

Ensign Expendable: Says that in the past few months the USA has built at least 3 new light carriers and 4 new fleet carriers and those are just the ones we know about. Intrepid. Bunker Hill ... oh, no, sir, look at these names!

Capt. Bunji: It is hopeless. The war is lost. [another bomb explodes on the rear turret]

Capt. Kogure: What's going on over there?

Capt. Bunji: The Americans have built so many carriers, they've run out of actual names for them and had to resort to using alphanumeric strings!

[13 more torpedoes strike the Musashi amidships. All the high-ranking officers are unharmed, but a surge of electricity blows out Ensign Expendable's console and he goes flying across the bridge and out the window into the ocean]

Capt. Bunji: Well, then, run off to base. I shall never surrender. Like a good samurai I shall go down with my ship, blurb gurb, steadfast to the last, never blurbing up, never blub blub glub gleep...

[3/24/1944, South China Sea]

Lt. Redshirt (aide de camp, 3rd Fleet): The report is in from the Banda Sea, Admiral. Revenge, South Dakota, and Alabama successfully avoided the IJN air patrols and sunk at least 25 transport ships under cover of darkness, while in the Celebes Sea our cruiser flotilla found and destroyed the Taiho! Lae and the Philippines will be ours.

Adm. Hockey: Good, good, now we merely have to beat off this air attack. Launch SAMs!

Capt. Mark Twice (CO, Indepedence): I'm not sure what those are, sir, but we aren't equipped with them.

Adm. Hockey: CAP, take to the skies!

Lt. Redshirt: Sir, we've just decoded a transmission from Admiral Day to the commanders of all 6 air flotillas. It's their attack plans!

Adm. Hockey. Let me see that .... what's "Kamikaze" mean?

Lt. Redshirt: Divine Wind, sir.

Adm. Hockey: What does that mean? They've prayed to the Gods to fart upon their enemies from the heavens?

Lt. Redshirt: From the view out this window, sir, seems to means they spend several rounds of battle crashing their planes into all our carriers, roll a 4 or higher on all their damage dice, and don't even give us the kindness of disabling anything at all to port unscathed.

Capt. Twice: Actually they only rolled a 2 against us! We'll be good to patrol the Coral Sea or US Mandate in a few months!

[4/6/1944, Honolulu]

Adm. Cross: Look on the bright side, sir, they crashed virtually their entire air force into us and now they have almost nothing left! Only 1 air flotilla is still on their order of battle, and that at only 25% strength.

Adm. Blumentritt: Bright side? We lost 8 carriers and now our battleships in Lae and Guadalcanal might not even be able to fight in the decisive battle next turn!

Adm. Cross: I don't think that's correct. Our original plan [points at a map on the wall] was for them to sail through the Sulu Sea, between Luzon and Palawan HERE, pass just East of Formosa, and join the main fleet HERE. Now we simply modify this plan to have the battleships sail nearly due North, past Palau, and join the fleet in the same location. Different trajectory, same result.

Adm. Blumentritt: Unfortunately, the ocean currents and strong headwinds mean that to go from Lae to Japan while passing East of the Philippines takes at least 50% longer than to make the same trip while passing West of the Philippines.

Turn 8

[6/6/1944, San Francisco]

Adm. Earnestly King (US Chief of Naval Operations): Yes, we are currently winning the war, but that isn't enough. The fighting is dragging on far too long without a decisive end. You've got until the 31st of October to finish them off, or we're appointing someone else to command the Pacific Fleet.

Adm. Blumentritt: That's outrageous. If you'll look over the battles we've lost, you'll find it's actually Dudley, Ingram, Cartwright, and Emmerson who are the ones responsible. And how'd you come up with October 31st anyway?

Adm. King: The rulebook that Joint Chiefs of Staff are using says that Japanese effectiveness should end by this time.

Adm. Blumentritt: It only mentions that in the optional section! So what do I have to do to keep my job?

Adm. King: Well, it's quite displeasing at the moment that Allied forces are landing on Normandy as we speak and we're nowhere near invading Japan. If you can control the waters around Japan in preparation for an invasion, assuming the Japanese don't break through the hole in our perimeter to de-control the Hawaiian Islands, I'll recommend you to lead the assault on the Home Islands. But you also shouldn't let them knock out our ability to patrol effectively in any 3 other areas of the ocean either, because that would give them a win of .5 points even with the bod that our pre-war embargo has forced upon them.

[6/22/1944]

Adm. Boat: So what do we do about the 3rd fleet setting up shop North of Iwo Jima? 4 heavy carriers, 1 light carrier, 4 battleships and 10 cruisers according to the latest scouting reports.

Adm. Day: If we fought the 3rd fleet, we'd have to hope to battle the Americans under cover of nightfall and obliterate their carriers with our battleships. Our surface power still exceeds theirs, but they'll be able to bring in more airpower than we can handle.

Adm. Boat: Impossible. After everything we sunk a few months ago?

Adm. Day: New reinforcements stand ready in Pearl Harbor to reinforce ones that are already patrolling our home waters.

Adm. Boat: But only 2 American air force units are in Hawaii, we could send our carriers there instead. They'd be obliterated, but in true samurai style, we would demoralize the Americans enough to claim victory! They have no surface ships currently on patrol there.

Adm. Day: Yes, but only Soryu, Amagi, and Unryu could definitely make it and I don't like the idea of trusting the war to speed rolls. We're almost as short on good speed rolls as we are on elite pilots. I've got a better idea - the Americans have heavy surface patrols operating out of Borneo, but the Marine Air Force is the only one the area, and it's nearly shattered. If some CVLs can take out the rest of the aircraft, the way will be clear for the Combined Fleet to dominate the surface battle.

Adm. Boat: Good plan, sir [does some quick calculations of speed and distance]. I believe the American fleet at Pearl would not be able to make it to the battle in time, even if somehow they had broken our code [chuckles to himself] ... as if they could ever accomplish that in the first place.

Adm. Day: Then the Canberra II in the North Pacific could easily be taken out, and the question is - can we find a third area? The Aleutians and Marianas have 2 air units each. The Marshalls only have 1, but it can be reinforced from both Hawaii and Lae. We could lose our carriers before they had a chance to take out the air unit if the battle happens at night.

Adm. Boat: What about the Bay of Bengal, sir. A few cruisers can prevent Revenge from interfering, and our victory in Indonesia a few months back will prevent the American battleships at Lae from joining in.

Adm. Day: It'll be Amagi, Unryu, & Chitose vs the Australians to decide the war, perhaps?

Adm. Boat: I believe so. If this plan works, I wouldn't be surprised if your arch-nemesis, Admiral Blumentritt, was replaced as CINCPAC. Not only would your status as the Battles of Pacific Admirals' #7 naval commander be vindicated, but you'd be allowed to keep fighting this war while he had to sit out the rest of it! Shall I draft the orders at once?

Adm. Day: Do it.

Adm. Boat: For the Emperor!

Adm. Day: For the BPA Quarterfinals!

[7/26/1944, North Pacific Ocean]

Lt. Redshirt: I wonder why I got transferred to the Canberra II while Spoque, McKoy, Kirke, and the rest of the guys in the 3rd fleet got to try and encircle Japan - I hear all they have to face is the crippled 26th air flotilla.

Lt. Expendable (Radar Operator, USS Canberra): Look at this! Soryu, 4 Mogamis, 3 Aobas, and the Oi are all coming at us!

Lt. Redshirt: You can tell all that from a radar screen?

Lt. Expendable: Good thing that all the reinforcements from Attu and Pearl Harbor decided to make a big raid into this area to help us out, right?

Lt. Redshirt: Hmmm, why does every single ship in the IJN fleet seem to be targeting us? [Redshirt and Expendable exit stage left]

[8/26/1944, South China Sea]

Capt. Ime: The Nevada and all 4 patrolling British cruisers are in range! Launch cruise missiles!

Cmdr. Transliterationfailed (Gunnery Officer, Yamato): We aren't equipped with those!

Capt. Ime: Exocets then.

Cmdr. Transliterationfailed: Don't have those either.

Capt. Ime: Photon torpedoes?

Cmdr. Transliterationfailed: Why don't I just start firing the 18 inch guns, sir?

Capt. Ime: Alright then. Even with the new battleship reinforcements from Guadalcanal, they won't be able to save their patrollers from a watery grave, and since the carrier raiding force took care of the American air patrols, I think we'll soon be prepared to radio home news of a battle won.

[8/27/1944, Pago Pago]

Adm. Blumentritt: What? Washington, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Mississippi all went to the South China Sea? That battle wasn't winnable anyway. We need them in the Bay of Bengal to join with Revenge and the RAAF!

Adm. Ranium-Hertz: Don't you see - the IJN controls Indonesia! We can't even send a destroyer from Lae to Ceylon, much less a fleet of battleships.

Adm. Blumentritt: Revenge will have a tough time holding off 3 cruisers on her own, but it'll give us time to remove a Japanese carrier from the fight and give the Australian pilots the edge.

Adm. Ranium-Hertz: Give WHO time to remove an IJN CV?

Adm. Blumentritt: Fortunately, I anticipated just such a situation developing, and sent the F-Boat to Sri Lanka instead of Taiwan.

Adm. Ranium-Hertz: The what from where to where?

Adm. Blumentritt: I sent a submarine to Ceylon instead of Formosa.

[7/18/1944, Bay of Bengal]

Air Vice Marshall John McCauley (Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, RAAF): Unfortunately, the Americans have sent their F-Boat to try and help us out.

Major W. J. Harper (Squadron Leader, 453rd Squadron): What do you mean "unfortunately"? It's positioning itself for a torpedo attack on the Japanese flattops! But why do they call it the "F" Boat, anyway?

Marshal McCauley: Watch, and you'll find out the answer to both questions.

[The entire spread of torpedoes streaks by Amagi's port bow without causing any damage]

Major Harper: <censored> boat!

Marshal McCauley: See what I mean?

[8/24/1944, Tokyo - Admiral Michael Day is promoted from the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet to the head of the Naval General Staff for his counterattack that distracted the advancing American fleet from their encirclement of Japan with a 3-pronged attack on Allied sea and air patrols scattered across the Ocean. Extras and background characters form a cheering crowd. Admiral Day receives laud, appreciation, praise, gratitude, acclamation, applause, recognition, kudos, plaudits, etc...]

[8/31/1944, Pearl Harbor - Admiral Daniel Blumentritt is appointed to lead FUSNG (First United States Naval Group), a fictitious Task Force created by the Allies to deceive the IJN as to their actual strength. Extras and background characters slink out of the scene in disappointment. He receives shame, derision, ridicule, jeering, scoffing, humiliation, mockery, etc...]


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