The scenario was based on one found on the Naval Wargames Society site. My thanks to Peter Douglas for mentioning it on his blog.
In short, a French (Vichy) cruiser squadron is making a break for the open sea and has first to pass through the Straits of Gibraltar. Meanwhile the Royal Navy has sent pretty well everything that will float to support Operation Menace - the proposed landing at Dakar in French West Africa. Historically the French were allowed to pass - and even wished 'Bon voyage' by the RN! In our game the Admiralty had issued rather clearer orders.
The forces were as follows:
Force H (at Gibraltar): Renown (above), 4 V/W Class destroyers
Shore Batteries: 8 9.2in guns
13 Destroyer Squadron(-): 3 G/H/I Class destroyers
Force Y: 3 La Galissionere Class cruisers, 3 Fantasque Class destroyers
|Lloyd (left) the French CO and Dave were provided with (slightly) appropriate silly hats.|
|Wg Cdr Luddite (seen here) and Martin made up the rest of my umpire team.|
|Under heavy French shellfire Frank fired off half his torpedoes.|
The British torpedoes certainly shook the French up a bit. All this despite my oft-repeated suggestion that ships keep a decent distance apart. A lucky hit took the bow (that's the pointy bit at the front) off one of the French DDs.
|Frank celebrates 'first blood'.|
|The other French DDs managed to evade the torpedoes - while the cruisers manoeuvred frantically.|
Georges Leygues was hit by 3 torpedoes, resulting in 103% damage!
As the shore based guns began to find the range, Admiral Bourrague decided it was time to go. The remaining DDs imposed a strain on my stock of pipe cleaners by loosing off their remaining torpedoes!
To add to the fun, Force H had set sail...
... and Renown opened fire....
...making a few new portholes in Montcalm.