In 1941 Lieutenant Commander Jeffords (James Franciscus), an American serving with the Royal Navy, is assigned to Valletta, Malta, to command a flotilla of Motor Torpedo Boats for a top secret mission. Jeffords is granted permission to take his friend, Chief Petty Officer Yacov (Reuven Bar-Yotam), an Israeli/Palestinian, with him. Through scrounging spare parts from sunken craft, the battered flotilla is able to piece together three seaworthy craft.
Jeffords' mission is to destroy a former Italian submarine base in Augusta, Sicily, that now contains the German's Fritz X glide bombs that have been taking a heavy toll of British shipping. As the bombs are stored in former submarine pens tunneled inside a mountain, an aerial attack is unfeasible. It is up to Jeffords to determine how he will accomplish his mission.
We kicked off the New Year with a rollicking good game of Cruel Seas, recreating - with some poetic license in the interest of making a good wargame - the big nighttime battle at the end of the film.
Thanks to Rob for bringing the tripod and taking some great photos.
Slow Boat From China
On July 12th we witnessed a major crisis in the South China Sea. Using a variety of ship models and the Bulldogs Away rules, we had escalation of tensions from collisions, fire hoses, failed morale, then gun fire, and finally missile shots. End result, Vietnam and China each lost a missile boat, almost every other craft was damaged. Hostilities ceased under the watchful eye of the USN setting up a potential sequel game. The important Chinese supplies were burned up in a fire on the Da Qing.
Thanks for running this game, Rob.
Battle of Savo Island
We had a great time on August 3rd at the King's Head pub in the Westchase area of Houston. Stephen hosted and ran through another play test of his Guadalcanal campaign rules for Axis & Allies War at Sea.
Please go here to see his full report, and more photos.
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