Scenarios

This is a collection of some scenarios and background documents I've created for playing the General Quarters 3 system (GQ3 or FAI).

Battlecruisers at Jutland - The opening of the action off Jutland, May 31, 1916, from the moment Hipper and Beatty cruise into range of each other.

Bombardment of Libau - As the Great War got under way in 1915, the German army swept into Russia and surrounded the Russian port fortress of Libau on the Baltic coast. They asked the navy to help reduce the artillery strongpoints with naval bombardment, so a German fleet of old battleships and heavy cruisers has arrived to pound them with big shells. Unlike in real history, the Russians have some significant naval units available for the defense.

Escape From Mers el Kebir. Shortly after the fall of France in 1940, the Royal Navy attacked the French fleet bases in Africa in Operation Catapult. Force H was sent to Mers el Kebir to neutralize the largest French battlefleet, and ended up sinking most of it. This is a "what if" scenario that assumes French Admiral Gensoul was better prepared and manages to effect a breakout with his fleet. Instead of the French fleet being shelled in port, they confront Force H on the open sea. This is an interesting battle, and more asymmetrical than it appears at first glance because of the variations in ship designs. A fun variation is to include an attack by planes from Ark Royal. I once ran this naval scenario while a friend ran a French vs. British dogfight at a neighboring table, pitting Hawk 75s against Fairey Swordfish escorted by Blackburn Skuas; the surviving Swordfish appeared in the midst of the naval game and made a torpedo attack which actually swung the battle (they disabled the Strasbourg, which was using her superior speed to get away).
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I. Craig Nichols,
May 30, 2017, 4:37 PM
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Libau.pdf
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I. Craig Nichols,
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