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RAF-Eagle Battle of Britain 12/2/07

This is a full campaign replay of the German solo game—Eagle.

Aug 11
British 4 spit, 4 hurri light loss, 1 hurri heavy loss
German 6 fighter, 4 bomber, 1 stuka lt loss
German 2 fighter, 2 bomber heavy loss

1 hurri and 2 german fighter and 2 bomber remaining in lt loss boxes
Target Priorities shift to Industry (high), Radar and cities low

4 days advance
VP’s +5

Aug 15

British 1 hurri and 3 spit lt loss
German 3 fighter and 2 bomber lt loss

2 days advance. Light raid day but Industrial targets hit –weakened hurricane replacements. Southampton was hit by 3 raids (2 industry, 1 port) as well as Yeovil industry and Weymouth port. The Polish 303rd squadron becomes activated at Northolt.
Night raiding by 4 gruppen (Do-17) smashed industry (-2vp, -2 industrial damage)

VP’s -1

Aug 17

Morning haze this AM. North Weald AF hit with 2 raids. I first formed a major raid with 3 bomber Gruppen and heavy escorts. I was hoping to draw off squadrons so the follow up raid would have an easier time. I got hit with a rendezvous failure which caused all C Gruppen to leave the raid and a further rendezvous failure during the raid approach event causing all B Gruppen to leave. With poor intell and an Early warning, 6 squadrons responded. They blew through my remaining hunters and flak reduced my remaining bomber which was forced to abort. 2 109’s suffered heavy damage and 2 fighter and 1 bomber light damage. I’ve sent my raid operations officer to North Africa.

The 2nd raid hit N Weald within minutes of the first and 3 gruppen of He 111’s made it through to inflict heavy damage and sector damage on the field. Unfortunately for the Luftwaffe, most RAF squadrons were still airborne and only the Blenheim squadron got plastered on the ground.

At Noon, Southampton again got hit with 2 raids. The first was a decoy which succeeded in drawing off a Spitfire squadron. A major raid immediately followed which inflicted heavy damage and further reduced Hurricane replacements.

The final 2 raids hit Hornchurch airfield at 1600. The initial major raid caused heavy damage and caught 2 Spitfire and the Blenheim squadron on the ground. The 2nd raid by Erprobungsgruppe 210 came in fast but 1 gruppe was forced to abort and the 2nd had an ineffective bombing run.

Today’s tally
British: 3 hurri and 2 spit lt damage
German 2 fighter, 2 bomber lt damage, and 2 fighter hvy damage

The British 79th squadron becomes active at Biggin Hill and 2 squadrons have green pilots. Target priorities have changed and Ports are at the top of the list.

3 days advance
VP’s -5

Aug 20
Morning raids at Weymouth and Yeovil—heavy industry damage at Yeovil.
A mid morning decoy raid to Biggin Hill drew off a squadron and the a/f was hit hard by Ju-88s which resulted in Sector damage as well as taking out 2 Hurricane squadrons. A follow up raid was intercepted with losses but still managed to inflict 2 damage points.
The final raid of the day came at 1000 and caused 2 damage points on Hornchurch. Both Spitfire and Hurricane replacements are at critical levels.

Final days tally:
British 2 Hurri and 2 Spit lt loss
German 5 fighter and 2 bomber lt loss

The 145th Hurricane squadron enters play at Tangmere.

3 days advance
VP’s -10 Morning haze tomorrow

Aug 23
The 2nd stage of the campaign begins with deeper target cards added to the Target deck.
LF 3 opens up the days raids by hitting Weymouth for heavy damage. A minor raid is broken up attempting to get first jabs in at Middle Wallop. 1 JU-88 suffers heavy damage.

A raid on Southampton at noon got through undetected but the bombing was abysmal.
The final 2 raids were against Biggin Hill and the first was decimated with no damage to the field. This did, however, make the 2nd low-level raid attack the field unopposed and caused heavy (and sector) damage to Biggin. Unfortunately, all a/c were away and accrued no damage. Night raiders strike at the Woolston Spitfire works and reduce the Spitfire replacements by 2 (with -2 VPs).

No British losses. They either didn’t respond to the raids or responded with overwhelming force.
German: 7 fighter and 2 bomber lt losses, 1 bomber heavy.

LF3 supports LF2

1 Day advance
VP’s -7

Aug 24
0600: Southampton industry was hit for 2. Hurricanes reduced. Dover was also hit but only light damage resulted with heavy losses. The final raids (0800) struck at Biggin Hill for light damage and no losses; Yeovil industry and a minor raid at Biggin. This last Biggin raid had the bomber gruppe heavily damaged for light airfield damage.

British: 3 Spit, 2 Hurri lt losses
German: 2 fighter and 2 bomber lt losses
2 fighter and 3 bomber hvy losses

Due to 5 days advancing, all losses are made good. The British got the 253rd Hurricane squadron at Kenley as reinforcement. Target priorities now stress Airfields and Radar. All other targets are low.
Me-109 IV/JG51 enters play for Luftflotte 2.

5 days advance
VP’s +2

Aug 29
I started the morning with a large raid against Beachy Head radar. I met no response from the RAF and devastated the site and put it out of operation for 3 days. The next 3 raids occurred at 8am. The first was a decoy which drew off 1 fighter each from the North Weald and Hornchurch sectors. Biggin Hill was hit for moderate damage and was met with stiff resistance causing losses to both sides. Finally, North Weald was attacked but a rendezvous failure and stiff British resistance saw the airfield come out undamaged. The losses were even-2 light losses for both sides. The final attack this time segment was a minor raid against Northolt. The 2 Me-110’s escorts and their He-111 charge were destroyed when overwhelmed by RAF squadrons. (all 3 to the heavy damage box).


The final raid of the day occurred at 1600 and targeted North Weald again. The large raid was met by a large RAF force but 1 of 4 bombers made it through to cause moderate damage (2 points).

British: 6 hurri and 3 spit lt losses.
German: 3 fighter 2 bomber lt losses, 2 fighter, 1 bomber heavy loss

The British 616 Spitfire squadron arrives at Kenley and the Germans get a DO-17 gruppe in LF3. Five British squadrons picked up green pilot replacement.

3 days advance
VP’s -3 Overall, this was a very poor showing from the Luftwaffe.

Sept 1
Morning haze is in effect. 10am attacks put Forness radar out of action for a few hours. This was followed by an attack on Hornchurch which caused heavy damage. The Blenheim squadron was smashed on the ground as well as 2 spitfire squadrons being serviced and repaired (light loss box).
A follow up raid to Hornchurch at noon saw 1 bomber gruppen make it through but abysmal bombing produced no results. A final attack at noon was turned back with light losses to both sides.
The last raids of the day were made against the 10th group. A decoy raid against Filton airfield drew off 2 RAF squadrons to allow a raid against Middle Wallop to succeed in causing light damage. It is tough going against inland targets without Me-109 escorts.

British: 6 hurri and 6 spit lt losses.
German: 7 fighter and 3 bomber lt losses
All losses are made good but 10 RAF squadrons get green pilot replacements. There are now 12 such squadrons in the groups.

2 days advance
VP’s -8

Sept 3
A decoy raid drew off 2 fighter squadrons. Rye radar was hit -but no damage as all bombers were forced to abort. Hornchurch was also targeted but ineffective. Finally, another high-speed raid was conducted by Erpro 210 which avoided the single green squadron sent against them, but failed to get bombs on target against Biggin. The morning raids were starting out disappointing to say the least.
An 8am raid against Biggin Hill was another disappointment. No squadrons responded to this large raid but the bombers made an appalling run for only 1 damage point.
The day ended with 3 minor raids by Luftflotte 3. The first against Southampton was a disaster with the single bomber gruppen heavily damaged. A rendezvous failure cause the 109’s that were to close escort miss the raid and the 3 RAF squadrons overran the single 109 gruppen in the hunt box. A 2nd raid against Southampton industry produced nothing. Finally, a minor raid against Middle Wallop was stopped cold with a light and heavy loss to the Luftwaffe. I had very bad luck with my last 3 minor raids. All suffered from rendezvous failure. No bombers made it to the target. This had to be the worst single day for the Luftwaffe.

British: 3 hurri lt loss
German: 4 fighter, 2 bomber lt loss; 1 fighter, 1 bomber hvy loss
The 1st and 2nd Gruppen of KG77 enters play for LF 2.

2 days Advance
VP’s 0

Sept 5
An early morning decoy raid drew off 2 squadrons. The 2nd 6am raid hit Foreness radar and took it out for the entire day. The RAF had one squadron suffer light damage to the Germans 2x heavy damage.
The next 2 raids at 8am struck Hornchurch-the first for heavy damage. The 2nd was not intercepted but only caused light damage.
Biggin Hill was the one target I scheduled for LF2 at 10am and it was hit for moderate (2) damage. LF3 finally (successfully) struck Middle Wallop for light damage and further reduced spitfire replacements by 1.
At noon, LF3 sent a (final for the day) minor raid against Weymouth port, but failed to do damage.

British: 3 hurri and 3 spit lt losses
German: 6 fighter, 3 bomber lt losses; 1 fighter and 1 bomber hvy losses

The Germans get III/KG77/2 (JU88) as reinforcements.

1 day advance
VP’s -3

Sept 6
I’ve planned on only 4 raids today in order to give my fighter gruppen a chance to rest. I am down to 0 fighter replacements. My first raid was against Poling radar and I was able to get 2 (light damage) and an abort to the defending squadrons. My bombers got through but did no damage. Grrrr. My second attack of the day faired much better. My hunter gruppen again kept away all defending squadrons and the bombers put steel on target for heavy damage (3) to the city of Southend.
For my last 2 raids, Weymouth port was attacked for losses in the air but none on the ground. North Weald airfield also proved to be a disappointment with no bomb damage.

My night raiders scored a single victory point. No interceptions occurred.

British Stabilization takes effect-the RAF gains 16 exp pilot points and do not receive anymore reinforcements.

British: 2 hurri and 6 spit lt losses
German: 5 fighter and 1 bomber lt losses

Germans received 2 JU-88 reinforcements.

7 days advanced giving much needed rest to my gruppen. All losses are made good.
VP’s -2

Sept 13

For this day’s raids, I ran a decoy raid early (6am) to draw off squadrons from the North Weald and Hornchurch sectors. I then launched a massive raid against Hornchurch airfield and a minor raid against Weymouth port. Both raids proved to be disappointments. The Hornchurch raid was completely aborted (one of the worst combat rolls in my opinion (AAA). The German gruppen suffered 2 light losses. The minor raid against the port was decimated by overwhelming squadrons—the single bomber gruppen was sent to the heavy damage box negating my earlier success at Hornchurch.
The rest of the day was quiet until 1600 when I launched a large raid against Biggin and a minor one at Tangmere. The Biggin raid was another disaster with all gruppen forced to abort. The 2 escort (Me109) gruppen escorting a JU-88 bomber gruppen successfully drove off the 2 RAF squadrons attempting to intercept. The bombers hit non-essential airfields in the area for 1 vp.
My 6 gruppen on night raids were successful. They evaded the 3 Blenheim patrols and attacked British industry for -2 VPs and 2 industry damage (Hurricane).

British: 2 Hurri and 4 Spit lt loss.
German: 4 fighter lt loss and 1 bomber hvy loss

1 Day advanced. Operation: Sea lion is again delayed.

VP’s -4

Sept 14
Today’s raids concentrated heavily on airfields—particularly against Hornchurch and North Weald. The first 6am raid against Hornchurch met very stiff resistance from 9 squadrons. Most of my force was turned away but 1 bomber gruppen got through for 1 damage point and 1 Spitfire squadron damaged on the ground. Points are at -4.
A 2nd 6am raid against Hornchurch was still met by a number of squadrons that caused all but 1 bomber gruppen damage or aborts. Again, my die roll was favorable (plus I had a Pathfinder card played) and I scored moderate damage (2) and caused a Spitfire and Blenheim squadron ground (replacement) casualties.

My next 2 attacks hit North Weald and Hornchurch at 10am. The North Weald attack was met with tough resistance but my fighters prevailed and the bombers were unopposed causing 2 damage points and losses to Hurricane and Blenheim replacements.

The Hornchurch raid was plagued by 2 rendezvous failures but was unopposed by the RAF. The massed raids so far had depleted available RAF squadrons and minor damage was gained. Points are now at -7.


The final 3 raids occurred at 1600 and again hit Hornchurch, North Weald and also Portsmouth port. Hornchurch was hit for heavy damage as was North Weald. The latter target was unopposed but the raiders struck at nonessential airfields in this sector. Points are now at -12. The last big scrap over Portsmouth resulted in many light losses for both sides and no bomb damage.

LF3 stopped supporting LF2. I had assigned 7 gruppen to night raids which accomplished nothing.

British: 7 hurri and 4 spit lt loss
German: 9 fighter and 6 bomber lt loss

2 days advanced.
VP’s -10 Operation Sea Lion is again delayed.

Sept 16
I began with a diversionary raid against North Weald which drew off 2 RAF squadrons. Hornchurch was then hit again for moderate damage. One bomber gruppen was lost to light damage. I followed up the next time segment (8am) with another hit on Hornchurch for heavy damage with the assistance of pathfinders.
I staged my first fighter sweep at 10am which succeeded in sending 2 RAF squadrons to the light damage box with no loss to the Luftwaffe. Victory points are at -13.

LF 3 got into the action at noon with a raid on Weymouth port. One bomber gruppen sustained heavy damage and the port was untouched.
1400 saw another fighter sweep with bad results for the Germans. I lost 2 109’s to heavy damage and 1 to light damage without inflicting any RAF losses. Points are back up to -5.
My final strikes for the day occurred at 1600 against Southampton—industry and the port. My industrial raid met no resistance but my bombing force only caused 1 damage point (due to a disappointing roll of 1). A following minor raid against the port preceeded a late interception resulting in 1 damage point.

I gained 1 VP for night raiding. Target priorities have changed: Ports and industry are high.

British: 3 Hurri and 1 Spit lt loss
German: 5 fighter and 2 bomber lt loss
2 fighter and 1 bomber hvy loss

3 days advanced. VP’s at -5.

Sept 19

I scheduled less raids today due to yesterday’s losses. I started with 2 against Southampton. The first hit the port for heavy damage but a bomber gruppen was lost (heavy damage). The 2nd raid against the industrial base at Portsmouth was foiled by Allied Ultra intercepts and was repulsed with moderate losses.
An 8 am high speed raid by 110’s against Tangmere was also repulsed. Points are now at -3. The final raid occurred at 10am and heavy damage was dealt to the port at Weymouth by a massive raid that was not intercepted.

There was activity during the night phase. One Blenheim squadron intercepted and sent a Dornier gruppen to the light loss box. The 11 other bomber gruppen caused light damage.

British: 1 Hurri and 1 Spit lt loss
German: 4 fighter and 2 bomber lt loss
1 bomber hvy loss

6 days advance to Sept 25—Game ends in a DRAW.

Final points:
British experienced pilots at 13.
British replacements: Hurricane-21, Spitfire-10, Blenheim-2
German replacements: Fighter-5, Bomber-20, Ju87-6
Luftwaffe depletion-6

Victory points-0

Summary: There was a lot of ebb and flow to this scenario. This game was played before the advanced rules were developed, and were not used here. The game proved very challenging and fun. The Target and Strategy card draws really set the tone for the particular raid day. Great fun.
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Christopher,
a very excellent AAR...
Job well done
 
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Thanks Andreas. This was a playtest campaign and was very fun. I have played quite a few Eagle scenarios, 2-player and Lion. I actually got to play the designer (John Butterfield) last year 2-player. RAF was my favorite solitaire game back in the day and this new vision of John's is sure to please.
 
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Christopher,

would you recommend this game for the price tag which is on in a "game price-fun-reality ratio"??

Thanks in advance,

Andy (521tiger)
 
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Andreas, I'm not sure what you are asking exactly. In my opinion, this game will be fun, realistic and well worth the price.
 
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Airborne wrote:
Andreas, I'm not sure what you are asking exactly. In my opinion, this game will be fun, realistic and well worth the price.

Sorry, BUT THIS WAS JUST THE ANSWER!! (have to file my English a bit more - so to speak )
Thanks again

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I'm quite interested in trying this game. Does anyone have any estimate as to when it will come out? Will it be 2009?
 
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Yes, it should be by June of this year.
 
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