Thursday, May 21, 2015

Battle Report: Balkan War battle using Perfidious Albion.

Last week I went to the club and played with Doruk efendi a Ottoman-Greek naval clash in the First Balkan War. I commanded the Greeks while the Ottoman were led by Doruk efendi.

The Ottoman Fleet was made up of three pre-dreadnought battleships (Barbarossa, Torgut Reis, Mesudiye), and two Protected Cruisers (Medjidieh, Hamedieh).

The Greek fleet is made up of three pre-dreadnought battleships (Spetsai, Hydra, Psara), and an armored cruiser (the Averoff).

The battle was massive defeat for the Greeks, as the pictures that follow will show you

Early dispositions, Greeks from the right, Ottomans from the left.

The Ottoman line

The Greek line

The Greek line from the Psara. Averoff leads

The Averoff begins independent action. The goal is to bring the Ottoman fleet in a crossfire between the Averoff and the Greek battleships.

The Ottoman fleets begins maneuvers. 

The Averoff fires on the Ottoman line.

The Greek battle wagons steam towards the Ottoman Line.

The Ottomans begins a U turn to avoid crossfire.

Ottoman guns destroy the steering gear of the Spetsai, lead ship of the greek line.

The Greek fleet turns south following the stricken Spetsai. 

The Ottoman and Greek battle lines meet. While the Averoff continues battering the Ottoman line, but to little avail.

Desperate, the greek admirals orders the battler line to turn to line abreast and charge the Ottoman line.

And is punished as the Ottoman pummel the Psara and lead it to sink.

The Psara sinks.

The Greek line is in dissray, but focuses all fire on the Medjidieh.

This is sunk in due course to the consternation of the Ottoman Admiral.

But they make up for it by hitting the Spetsai in the magazine and exploding it.

leading to Ottoman celebrations!

and much Greek angst.

Things look bad for the Greeks (three ships sunk total, 2 greek ,1 Ottoman)

The Hydra follows its sister ships to the bottom of the sea

More Ottoman happiness. 

The Averoff still tries to fight. The Barbarossa is without guns after being pummeled by the Greek line.

Thus goes for the Ram! And makes it!

The Averoff limps away and fires one last barrage on the Barbarossa in hopes of sinking it. But it only cripples it.

And is sunk in turn by the Ottoman fleet.

Spetsai sunk by magazine hit
Psara sunk by firepower
Hydra sunk by firepower
Averoff sunk by firepower

Medjidieh sunk by firepower
Barbaross Hyderin Crippled (2 guns out, both magazines flooded, only 1 flotation point left)

Commentary: A bad, bad defeat. The Averoff was unable to get damage on the Ottomans (partly because trying to replicate the lack of gunnery training on the Greek ships I penalized its Ammo-Handling....even though historically the Averoff did very well in gunnery). The Ottoman fleet was well led (And lucky :p). I am not completely happy with Perfidious Albion. The minor guns of ships seem to be too powerful. In both of my games my losses were mostly due to E and F guns, rather then A or B guns. The middle guns (C and D) seem to be unable to do much. 

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