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Subject: Haway the Lads! rss

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Brendan Clark
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Just finished solo playing a Wing Leader scenario V05: Haway the Lads: interceptors: 2 X Spitfire squadrons and 1 X Hurricane squadron vs the raiders: 2 X ME110 squadrons and 3 X Heinkel 111 squadrons. I gave the fighter ace pilot to one of the Spitfire squadrons and made the Spitfire squadrons veterans (as allowed by scenario).

The escort ME110s each failed two tally attempts on the approaching interceptors. Meanwhile the two Spitfire squadrons tallied on their first attempts, gained height and were able to dive out of the sun to bounce both escort squadrons!

Only one Heinkel squadron managed to hold onto its bomb load by game end, though it was by then disrupted. The veteran spitfire squadrons kept their formations for most of what turned out to be a 10 turn game. One of the ME110 squadrons broke formation after the first combat. The British suffered no losses while downing 2 ME110s and 18 bombers! C'mon the Lads!

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Background note:

There are four reasons for this unusual result.

1) The scenario represents an actual bombing raid by the Luftwaffe from Norway to strike northern Britain, hoping to take the air defences by surprise. But it meant their highly capable ME 109 fighters could not fly the distance across the North Sea to escort their bombers. So the less capable ME110 fighters were sent as escorts instead.

2) Unusually, the escorting ME110 squadrons failed to tally the incoming interceptors and were taken by surprise and 'bounced'.

3) The ME110 squadrons lost their formations soon after the intercepting fighters attacked, broke away and ran for their home bases, leaving the three bomber squadrons without escorts.

4) Also unusually, the three intercepting British squadrons did well on several cohesion checks and held their formations for most of the 10 turn game. This and the fact that two were veteran squadrons, one with an ace pilot, helped them greatly to inflict many hits on the German bombers.

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Lee Brimmicombe-Wood
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I made a point somewhere in the scenario design notes that Haway the Lads! was an example of a scenario where the historical result would be hard to reproduce in the game because the 2d6 system gravitates results towards a mean, and the interception off the northeast was something of an outlier result. It's great to see my comments vindicated by just such a outlier!
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Al Cannamore
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Very cool historical result. I didn't come close to a historical result in my playtests back when. Now, to keep it historical, like the LW, never play this scenario again. :-)
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Benny Bosmans
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I played scenario 5 two times over the last year and had the same results btw.

Gigantic British victories at -10 VP and -9 VP.

The scenario clearly shows that the Me110 were a disaster as fighters and the German bombers simply didn't make it.

Wing Leader is such a refreshing system, I am waiting for that mounted map in WL 2, although I play it half of the time on Vassal ...

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