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Subject: Operational Scenario 4- The First Casualty rss

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Harvey Dearden
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A small flotilla consisting of the scout cruiser Amphion and two Tribal class destroyers (Lance & Landrail) are ordered to patrol the Eastern ports and supress German minelaying operations. Before 4 hours have elapsed the Amphion runs into a minefield east of Harwich and suffers massive hull damage, foundering almost immediately. (Leaving the allies with a ‘draw’ at best after 1 turn!). The remaining ships, scared and angered by this loss, continue their ‘run to the South’. In deteriorating weather, they reach Dover without further incident. They begin a return ‘run to the North’, but behind their backs, the auxiliary minelayer Konigin Luise, wanting to complete its mission in the shortest possible time and minimise exposure, has made directly for Dover and laid a minefield outside the port (giving the central powers a ‘win’).

This is the shortest scenario at just 15 turns. It has little scope for interaction and correspondingly limited narrative appeal for the solo player. This outcome seems historically plausible and may be judged successful in those terms. The scenario would likely have much more appeal as a very short game in opposed play where the hidden central power moves would add tension. That said, it is useful in allowing rehearsal of the operational game mechanics before committing to a more involved scenario. In particular, it allows rehearsal of minefield laying/encountering on a small scale.

It prompted me to identify an approach for resolving minefield encounters; see separate posting under rules section.
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