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Neil Milne
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Scenario Start Time 0930hrs
Bad weather over North Sea, Straits of Dover, Hornchurch and London. Haze upto 8000ft over London and crosswinds at 20+.
Raid Chits - A, EE and BB.

The WAAF plotter glances at the clock upon the wall, the clock reads 0940hrs she then casts an eye over the bare plotting table, might be a quiet day she thinks to herself.

Suddenly the quiet of the plotting room is broken by a phone ringing, the call is quickly answered "Raid forming over West Channel 10+" the operator calls. Soon the first of many raid markers is placed upon the plotting table.

Soon a second raid begins to form over the Western Channel. The first raid is making a course for Poling RDF. Soon a third raid has started to form over the Western Channel as the second raid makes for Portsmouth.

Squadrons from Boscombe Down, Middle Wallop and Warmwell are scrambled to intercept. Soon RAF squadrons are engaging Luftwaffer Frei Jagd patrols over Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

A Staffel of Do17's flying low have remained undetected until flying over Kenley airfield, releasing their bombs, destroying a single aircraft on the ground and reducing the operational capacity of the airfield by one. This raid is caught by a RAF squadron as they make their way home losing a single aircraft and destroying a Hurricane in response. These Do17's return to France without further loss.

Soon another two raids begin to form up over the Channel and head towards Southern England. More RAF squadrons are scrambled from Middle Wallop, Tangmere and Westhampnett to intercept.

A fierce engagement evolves over the skies above southern England. The first of the bombers are seen over southern England with raids striking the airfield at Lee-on-Solent and the port of Portsmouth. The Luftwaffer lose 2 Ju-87's and 3 Me109's and in reply destroy 10 RAF aircraft.

The raid on Tangmere catches one squadron on the ground and is able to destroy a single aircraft with but does no other substantial damage. A lone unescorted Ju87 Staffel is able to avoid intercept to bomb the RDF site at Ventnor knocking the RDF site off the air.

Raids have also begun to build up over Calais as Luflotte II enters the fray.

Squadrons from Hornchurch, Gravesend, Biggin Hill, Manston and Lympne are scrambled to intercept the incoming raids. A Frie Jadg raid is intercepted by 3 RAF squadrons just north of Manston and is able to destroy 3 RAF aircraft without loss but is turned about and the Gruppen is scattered about the sky and forced to return to its airfield.

A Luftwaffe raid headed for Kenley is met by stiff opposition and is forced to return to base without bombing their target losing 2 Ju88's and 2 Me109's.

A further raid has started it's approach to it's target and is able to fight its way through the RAF defences to bomb the airfield of Lympne, losing 2 Me109's in the fight. 615Sqn has just landed and the aircraft make ready for their next sortie lose 3 aircraft while on the ground.

With all but one Luftwaffe raid recovered or in the process of heading for home a lone raid begins its journey to bomb Kenley airfield. With RAF squadrons on the ground readying for another sortie the raid is able to fight its way through to the target, losing 1 Do17 and 3 Me110's along the way. The target is bombed sucessfully and the raid is able to avoid interception along their return journey.

With the plotting table once again clear the WAAF plotter looks to clock once again and notes that the clock reads 1125hrs in the space of less than 2 hours 19 RAF aircraft have been destroyed either in the air or on the ground (11 Hurricanes and 8 Spitfires) while destroying 16 Luftwaffe aircraft in response (2 Ju87's, 2 Do17's, 2 Ju88's, 3 Me110's and 7 Me109's).

With several of the Luftwaffe raids avoiding interception on the way to their targets they were able to achieve a German Victory with 92 VP's.
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Just finished plotting my raid(s) in this scenario today.

Looking forward to the step up from scenario 1.
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Great AAR - was this solo play?

I have this sitting on my shelf, looking accusingly at me
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LeZerp wrote:
I have this sitting on my shelf, looking accusingly at me


As well it should, sitting there not being played, smiling. Watching. Judging.

Play it!


Good AAR, Neil.
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LeZerp wrote:
I have this sitting on my shelf, looking accusingly at me


Works well on VASSAL by email. My friend Peter and I played scenario 1 a couple of times face to face to get the hang of the rules - which are not difficult, but which are very different to most other games I play. Then we switched to VASSAL and it is working well (each move only takes a short time so it is easy to sneak a few minutes a day for a turn).

 
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No it wasn't solo, I was the vice airmarshal on the receiving end.

Noted that when I did intercept it was always the fighters. Usually with Hurricanes. I must admit the squadron of Do17 who bombed Kenley undetected did leave me feeling as though I was in for a rough ride, which is what actually happened.

Would love to try this as a campaign at some time Neil, so that husband the RAF resources becomes more of an issue, but thoroughly enjoyed and now looking forward to our next game.
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My thoughts on the game.

When you did intercept the RAF usually attacked from below causing the climb modifiers to hurt you during the fight. Especially those Hurricane squadrons against the Frei Jadg raids.

Getting tied up with the Frei Jagd raids meant other RAF squadrons had to be scrambled blowing out your response level and I think what really hurt was not raid matching 3 raids (Ventnor RDF, Kenley airfield and Portsmouth docks) which game the Luftwaffe 30 extra VP's.

But on the plus side the Luftwaffe needs practice on timing their raids. Would like to have caught two RAF squadrons on the ground at Tangmere when the raid arrived instead of just the one!

Look forward to having another go at this too!
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LeZerp wrote:
Great AAR - was this solo play?

I have this sitting on my shelf, looking accusingly at me


I agree with Jay, get the box of the shelf, crack it open and have a go. It is not the best Battle of Britain game out there but it is in the top two!!!!!
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exchook wrote:
It is not the best Battle of Britain game out there but it is in the top two!!!!!


Just curious--what's the other title? I've not had too much exposure to BoB games.
 
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My other favourite Battle of Britain game is by SPI called Battle Over Britain.

It has a few design flaws but the game concept is great.

Have played it a few times and overall the games have been entertaining and with one exception have gone down to the wire.
 
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exchook wrote:
My other favourite Battle of Britain game is by SPI called Battle Over Britain.

It has a few design flaws but the game concept is great.

Have played it a few times and overall the games have been entertaining and with one exception have gone down to the wire.


I have that game too. Apparently it's a bit flawed on the history but I'm not sure that matters for game play. I've never got to play it...yet. But I've owned it for about 25 years or so.
 
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Yeah the game does have a few flaws but it is still an entertaining game.
 
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Battle Over Britain was an inspiration for me. However, when I got to study the subject for my game I found a few things that dissatisfied. The main one, shared with John's original RAF design, is the notion of fatigue as a throttling mechanic for activity. Though certainly pilots became fatigued, I didn't find any historical evidence that this slowed sortie generation.

I'm so glad that John fixed this for his second edition RAF. This is my game of choice when not playing The Burning Blue. A game that models the Stabilisation Plan so well is not to be sniffed at!
 
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