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I decided to give the "British Pluck" scenario a shot, since it seems to come the most highly recommended out of WPR's nine operational scenarios.

It began with a carrier strike against USN battlecruisers and armored cruisers in Norfolk harbor---a minor piece of errata: although the Sopwith Cuckoo is listed with 2 bomb factors, it's a torpedo bomber and those ought to be torpedo factors...anyway, that's how I played it---which crippled the USS United States.

As the USN started to plot missions for its scattered forces, the RN carriers launched a second strike, sinking the USS United States and disabling the armored cruiser Sabine.

Undeterred, the two surviving American battlecruisers put out to sea with the three armored cruisers still able to set sail and four light cruisers. Their destroyers, however, joined up with two USCG cutters out of Atlantic City and reinforced the escorts of the six battleships leaving New York, as it was anticipated that they might have to engage the RN "Maximum Battleships" off of Bermuda.

Stern chases are of course long chases, but the American BCs used their superior speed to intercept the British task force. Long-range gunnery inflicted slight damage on both aircraft carriers as the American ships closed the range, but both American battlecruisers suffered tremendous punishment from the more heavily armed and armored British BCs. The Saratoga exploded and sank, and the Ranger survived a horde of torpedoes and a flurry of shells but was sunk as she tried to withdraw out of gun range. The three armored cruisers---whose shooting throughout the engagement was abominable---were also sunk, two by torpedoes and the gunfire of light cruisers, and one by HMS Indefatigable. Two of the four American light cruisers also went to the bottom.

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