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Subject: First battle - Germany vs. US rss

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Karl Benisch
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Fleet Size: 100 p
Nations: US vs Germany
Map: 5

This was my first battle and since I was playing as Germany I had a very limited choice of units to chose from. I decided to go with lots of submarines and a Battle cruiser to secure the surface. The three Kondors would give some extra firepower where it was needed.

German fleet: 100 p
1 x Scharnhorst, BC
4 x U510, Submarine
3 x FW200 Kondor


My opponent who had played the game for some time expected me to build something similar so he went with huge numbers in order to take the three objectives ASAP. He both outnumbered and outgunned me. The Tennessee was more than a match for my Scharnhorst.

US fleet: 102 p
1 x USS Tennessee
1 x USS Atlanta
1 x USS St. Lo
2 x USS Samuel B. Roberts
1 x PBY Catalina
2 x TBD Devastator


Deployment:
I deployed my subs up front next to the objectives. I had two in the center and one on each side. The Scharnhorst was placed in the center of my deployment zone.

My opponent placed his sub chasers on my rank flank next to his carrier and the Tennessee and Atlanta on my left. The battle began.

Turn 1:
The Scharnhorst advanced at full speed towards the center objective. My submarines moved a bit closer towards the enemy. I moved in with my Kondors and used their SA to take out the Carrier and one of the destroyers as well as damaging the second one. The Catalina and one of the Devastators managed to damage two of my subs. The larger ships where still out of reach for each other.

Turn 2:
My submarine on the left as well as the two in center continued to advance towards the Tennessee and the Atlanta while the one on the right decided to eliminate the remaining sub chaser. Scharnhorst moved up next to the objective in the center. The sub chaser decided to go for it and went for the attacking sub. The Tennessee and the Atlanta Decided to stand still and let the Tennessee duel with Scharnhorst at range 4. Moving closer would have been too dangerous since there were a lot of subs within range already. The Catalina tried to take out one of the damaged subs but failed. Scharnhorst and the Tennessee started their duel and Scharnhorst won, scoring one damage on the Tennessee. The subs attacked and sunk the Atlanta as well as scoring addition hits on the Tennessee. On the right flank my submarine won the battle and sank the remaining destroyer.

Turn 3:
The Tennessee was on the run now. She tried to run away from Scharnhorst and the approaching subs. The subs continued the chase and tried to encircle the Tennessee while Scharnhorst claimed an objective. The Catalina and the refueled Devastators went after my submarines again but failed to damage them. I held back my Kondors since the Tennessee still had some impressive AA capability even without the Atlanta escorting it. No shots were fired.

Turn 4:
Scharnhorst joined the hunt and went after the Tennessee. The US ship was cornered and had to sneak by one of my subs and head for the Scharnhorst if it wanted to reach open sea again. The only other option was to head towards three approaching subs and hope that they missed. The US player decided to go with option one. The Catalina made a desperate attempt to take out the lonely sub between the Tennessee and Scharnhorst but it failed. Tennessee couldn't reach Scharnhorst whom fired back together with the remaining sub. Tennessee was no more...
 
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Sounds like you had fun.

You really need to mix in fighters to the group. This really helps counter the air power and the damage that torpedoes can do.

Looking forward to your next session report.
 
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The Fighters showed up for the second battle together with the Dauntless bombers but I need control the turn log before I report that battle.
 
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