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Offline Enioch

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Re: Enioch's naval shenanigans - RTW as Japan - [Image Heavy!]
Wheatfields require hands to work them. The Russian civil war had seriously impacted food production and there are still pockets of loyalist forces holding out in several regions. Also, a lot of breadwinners have enlisted, not just in the Navy but also in the Army (It hasn't been shown so far, but the war is also a land war in the Korean / Liaotung area). Russia simply doesn't have the infrastructure or manpower to support her population right now.

Russia needs to import quite a lot of food. Some she can get from Germany, who is the closest thing she has to an ally, but the rest of the European powers are not particularly friendly toward the bolsheviks. The Russians need to engage in long-range trade with e.g. the South American countries and that's where the Japanese subs kick them in the balls.
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And oh, did the Russians feel it. In late October, with the dread Russian winter approaching quickly, the spectre of starvation loomed over the Russian populace.

You're getting it wrong! It's not the starvation which has ever been a problem in Russia. Homo sovieticus managed to learn the diet of cabbage, tree bark and lichen and prevailed despite their despots' best intentions of reducing the population count in the country. Actually even before the revolution, Czars had similar sort of results.

What you need to engage is their vodka production. Coastal distilleries, rum shipments from Caribbean region and generally any shipment of vodka you can find.

Anytime a Czar has attempted to sober up the drinking habits of Russians the end result has been a revolt!

Relaxed movement is always more effective than forced movement.

 

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Give this man an Order of the Chrysanthemum. He's got the right idea.
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They didn't break.

Instead, they sent out every cruiser they had left to raid Japanese shipping. A desperation measure, definitely, but one that could tie up Japanese ships for months, trying to track the annoying gnats down.



Luck smiled on the homefleet in mid-October, when the Myoko and Izumo ran across the Vityaz, a Russian Bogatyr-class cruiser off Kamtchatka.

Her captain was Yuri Isakov, a skilled seaman and a fanatical communist. Unlike other Russian commanders, he enforced cast-iron discipline and he had drilled his crew to elite status. With little hesitation, Isakov changed course to engage the Japanese ships.





The engagement began at long range, with several hours of daylight left; and the Russian ship gave a good showing, by completely spanking the Myoko into next week. Ten minutes into the fight, Myoko was two turrets down; and Captain Hitachi was cut down by splinters.


Goddammit, Myoko, you're embarrasing me.



And then, a shot from the Vityaz punched through the Myoko's belt and detonated in her machinery spaces. Two of her six boilers flooded with sea water; more than half of her fuel tanks were ruptured. 



Her underwater protection kept the flooding under control, and her First Officer, Arima Takeo, dispatched damcon teams to engineering, while Izumo took up point. Within a few minutes, the surviving engineering crews had shifted power to half her screws and kept her going, at a surprising 25 knots.







And then she hit right back. Focused fire from both Japanese ships denied the Vityaz her rear batteries; and cut her speed enough for them to cross her T.



After that, the writing was on the wall.



What a propaganda coup! The Communist hero and his elites defeated by the Japanese forces! Please don't mention the 2-on-1 odds or the fact that they beat us black and blue.





Subs are absolutely rocking this. A few more casualties than I'd like, especially given the pounding I've given their coastal patrols, but I can't argue with those kill-counts.





The lack of vodka food is felt throughout Russia. It's November and the cold is setting in. Break you idiots.



No, Russkies, 2/1 Kill/Death ratios are not sustainable for submarine warfare.





Aaaaaaand, you're running out of fuel too. Delightful.





At the end of the month, the Japanese deployed their fleet neer Yalu, to prepare for a land invasion. Yamato, Musashi and Mikasa dropped over thirty thousand tons of ordnance on the Russian fortified positions. The Russian fleet refused even a token showing.



The Admiralty were quite content to let the Russians hide away and let the Japanese subs do their work.



No, Russkies. 3/1 isn't good enough either.



Well. Good job, Army, I suppose.



Ha. Hahahaha. HAHAHAHA.



COME TO JAPAN. WE HAVE SAKE.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 07:34:57 am by Enioch »
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The Bogatyr is super OP in wows at tier 3, but in this game its even wacking tier 7 heavy cruisers around! lol at myoko the punchingbag though.
So whats the current ship count for russia? What are they even left with?
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Also, before you ask:

« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 07:35:27 am by Enioch »
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Re: Enioch's naval shenanigans - RTW as Japan - [Image Heavy!]
I wonder how long it takes for them to give up. I mean they have only a few ships left and this Pervenets thing seems to be even worse than the Rymnik  :lol:
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At the end of the month, the Japanese deployed their fleet neer Yalu, to prepare for a land invasion. Yamato, Musashi and Mikasa dropped over thirty thousand tons of ordnance on the Russian fortified positions Vodka distilleries.
Loosing a communist hero is one thing, but this is gonna be hard for them. Sadly only 40 victory points for such a huge feat...
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Losing a communist hero is one thing, but this is gonna be hard for them. Sadly only 40 victory points for such a huge feat...

Every little bit counts...  :lol:

Now someone needs to write an omake of this coastal raid from the Russian perspective. Go on. Entertain me.
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Offline Mika

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"Communist Hero" is a grandeur title, but I think there were several of them who just happened to acquire the title without participating to anything important.

I'm not sure who it was, possibly Kuznetzov, Voroshilov or Zhadov, of which the people were saying that he is an army head (and a communist hero) at his best in receiving parades.  :lol:

If there's one thing with Russians, it is that they are very inventive and clever at throwing puns and insults towards their leaders. Think of the lines like the Ceausescu's (Romanian) "Donau of thoughts".

EDIT: Goofed, Donau of thoughts was Ceausescu, not a Czar. But I'm still pretty sure Russians had something similar going on
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"Tovarisch, they're shooting at us!"
"Cyka blyat!"


There you go, Enioch!
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"Communist Hero" is a grandeur title, but I think there were several of them who just happened to acquire the title without participating to anything important.

No!? Anything else than meritocracy in glorious socialist country?

Surely you jest, tovarish.

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If there's one thing with Russians, it is that they are very inventive and clever at throwing puns and insults towards their leaders. "Ah the mighty Donau of thoughts...", which if I recall, referred to a particularly dumb Czar quite far away from normal peoples' lives :D

Oh, quite a bit like the Greeks, then. :-P

"Tovarisch, they're shooting at us!"
"Cyka blyat!"


There you go, Enioch!

 :lol:

OK, I admit to being entertained. Threadmarked, for the lulz.
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Whats on that shop sign?
Franz Hemedingen - Dampfmehl Niederlage? Realy?
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 :D

Dampfmehl: 'Steamship flour' = imported flour.

Niederlage: alternative for 'Einlagerung' = storage.
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A/N: A short update. Just to set the mood, as it were.

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The Japanese Navy was very happy with their gains north of Korea. Great care had been taken not to violate German territorial waters, as the Japanese strikes crippled Russian positions and multiple landigs were carried out to occupy distilleries strategic positions.



On the 23rd of January, as the 2nd Heavy Cruiser Task Force was returning to the home islands to resupply, they encountered a Russian Diana class raider - and they pushed in to engage.



The Russian ship was a mess. The lack of resupply bases had crippled her and she could barely make thirty knots. The Japanese just...fired a shot across her bows and she struck her colours.

The Russians were well and truly done.

Unfortunately, they had friends.



On the 5th of February, the German Democratic Republic presented the Japanese Alliance with an ultimatum: they were to pull out all their forces from Russian territory and cease hostilities, or a state of war would exist between Japan and Germany.

Japan scoffed collectively - but the situation was critical. Calls for aid to other western powers only produced hesitant declarations of support and encouragement, but no concrete commitments. Only little insignificant Java, the exiled Kaiser's domain, declared for the Japanese. Would Japan have to face Russia and Germany alone?



Alone then. Very well.



First - plan for the future. The Kashimas were better Yamatos; and the first Dreadnoughts in Japanese service to mount above-water torpedoes, for that typical Japanese devastating punch. They would never be in time to serve in this war but, they would replace any losses the Navy suffered and not leave Japan defenseless after the war.

Then - gather the fleet. And prepare for the worst...








And shortly after the above magnificent terrible news (we are so sorry about the French liner, truly we are) news reached the Admiralty, aerial scouts reported that the German East Asia fleet, based on Northern Korea, were sailing out of their harbors. At least two heavy battlecruisers and a Dreadnought were cruising towards the Japanese resupply bases in Port Arthur and Liaotung.

The Japanese immediately jumped at the opportunity. The entirety of the Home Fleet moved to intercept. Mikasa, Nagato, the Fearsome Four, the Second Heavy Cruiser Division and every light cruiser and destroyer that could make steam were deployed for the Decisive Battle. They were joined by the Emden, the Kaisertreu battlecruiser that had brought Wilhelm III to Java; in a move that truly earned him the respect of the Japanese, Wilhelm was, once again, on board.

And Ikoma, in her permanent moorings, cast her long shadow toward the north.

« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 07:35:45 am by Enioch »
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Decisiveness Intensifies!

Increase Imperial Memes to Maximum!










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:D

Dampfmehl: 'Steamship flour' = imported flour.

Niederlage: alternative for 'Einlagerung' = storage.
Realy? As a native speaker this is news for me :D
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Re: Enioch's naval shenanigans - RTW as Japan - [Image Heavy!]
Realy? As a native speaker this is news for me :D

Well, Enioch is a bit wrong. "Dampfmehl" refers to a mill that's powered by a steam engine (as opposed to a windmill).

Also, "Niederlage" back then also meant something like a branch office; the shop pictured above would be a grocery store attached to a steam mill, I suppose.
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Offline Enioch

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Interesting. In my defence, the only parallels I've found were linked to customs offices...

This certainly makes more sense though.
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The combat plan is drawn in haste, in Hiei's bridge, with all ship commanders attending. It is relatively simple:

Nagato, Mikasa and the Emden would split off from the main fleet with an escorting force of destroyers and intercept the German Super-Dread at the eastern coast of Korea, off Gensan. They were instructed to adopt a primarily delaying stance - Yamamoto was all too aware that his old Battle-wagons would have trouble engaging a modern German ship. Unfortunately, Musashi, Yamato and Iki, the core of the Japanese battle-line were still days away, in the South China Sea.



The Japanese Battlecruiser force, on the other hand, escorted by the Heavy Cruisers, would engage the German Battlecruisers in the western Korean coastline, before they could reach Liaotung. Sigint reported only two German capitals in the area; so the Fearsome Four should be able to deal with them.



And so, the two forces met on the 22nd of February. At 08:14, Kongo reported capital ship contacts on her ITMS; and battle was joined.



The Japannese ships were clustered together, having just emerged from a small squall; the Battlecruisers were leading, with the Heavy Cruiser force out of position, further to the east.





The Germans, on the other hand, were waiting. The Japanese exited the squall only to be met by the distant muzzle-flashes of the German Battlecruisers.

The shells arrive a few seconds later. One strikes Kongo's deck and ricochets into B Turret's ring; the bearings jam and the massive gun mount locks in place. A second shot strikes Kirishima's belt and penetrates, sending red-hot shrapnel through her citadel space. Thankfully, her combat effectiveness is not impeded and the Four turn as one to close the range.



The Japanese battlecruisers return fire. The first Graf Spee (the Deutschland) is struck by one shell from the Kongo's main batteries. Kirishima locks her firing control on the second enemy ship, the Victoria Louise and returns the favour by putting two shells into her belt.

Once again, the German return fire is accurate. The Deutschland scores a hit on Kongo; and that shell strikes Kongo's aft turret, taking its hydraulics out of commission.



The Japanese ships keep closing the range.



And they get punished for it again as a 16-inch shell punches through Kongo's superstructure. But this time, Kongo has the range. Her three remaining 17-inch rifles boom; and one of her shells connects with the Deutschland's X Turret.





And then the rest of the Japanese battleline erupts in smoke and fury. Haruna fires her entire broadside at Victoria Louise; and four out of the nine shells smash into the German's side. Smoke billows out and the German battlecruiser staggers. Hiei follows up with her own 16-inchers and hits the Deutschland amidships. The Germans's guns bark in reply, but the one shell that connects strikes Kirishima's belt at an angle and, miraculously, ricochets off.



The Japanese ships fire again. Hiei and Haruna score two hits each on their targets.

And then a spark of light blossoms on the Deutschland's silhouette...







The flash fire reaches to the heavens. Observation stations in Japan pick up the light and shockwave and the nation holds its breath. The mushroom cloud climbs and climbs and billows out; and, for a moment, the battle stops in the face of apocalyptic fury. There is no cheering. There is just slack-jawed awe.

And then the Four close in on the Victoria Louise like hungry sharks.





The shells now fall like rain; and the German Battlecruiser turns to disengage. But little Yaeyama is there, arriving late to the party, but rushing the German behemoth from the east and cutting off her escape.

The German destroyers are caught between a rock and a hard place. On their back, the entirety of the Japanese force. On their front, a destroyer killer. They decide to risk the latter, and rush to engage the Yaeyama. They need to take her torpedoes out of the fight, if the Victoria Louise is to get through.

But, as they come under the fire of Yaeyama's rapid-firing 6-inchers, they leave the coast clear for the Japanese DDs to rush up the battlecruiser's aft. Mutsuki closes in and launches her fish.





And just like that, any hope of escape for the Germans is lost. They still get their revenge though, as two 16-inch shells smash through Yaeyama's belt and start a flooding that will nearly kill the ship.



Less than half an hour after her sister's death, the Victoria Louise goes down, slowly and gracefully, leaving more than enough time for her crews to evacuate her.



The battle still rages around her hulk, as Yaeyama is still finishing up the remaining German DDs.

Yamamoto reports his success. And requests an update from the battleship force. The news are more than surprising.

Apparently, upon sighting of the Japanese force and the Emden, the German Dreadnought Preussen struck her colours and declared for the Kaiser. Her First Officer, Fregattenkapitaen
Walter Hein had staged a mutiny, relieving and arresting her Captain and the political officers. The Preussen is now SMS Preussen and making good speed toward Java.





The operation is an undreamed-of success. The entirety of the Far East German Fleet is either sunk or captured. And when poor, heroic, flooding Yaeyama reaches the port of Dalny with less than a foot of freeboard, the entirety of Japan erupts in cheers.



For they haven't lost a single ship.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 07:36:04 am by Enioch »
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Re: Enioch's naval shenanigans - RTW as Japan - [Image Heavy!]
Finally, the big ships have an interesting conversation with each other! The big boats fight I've been waiting for. Go go kongou sisters.
I love that after taking several hits and having the majority of her turrets knocked out, kongou is listed at the end as just lightly damaged.

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