After the successful August battle (described near the end of this post), I conducted a Battle Check for September, no battles, and then October. I ended up with one battle in October and this was my International Naval Wargaming Day game.
I rolled up the scenario and the forces for the game. The scenario set up said that a Japanese convoy was on its way down "The Slot" (AKA New Georgia Sound) with a moderately-sized escort. I had a force of four destroyers and five cruisers (four heavies and one light) to meet the enemy, so I felt like I had a good chance of out-gunning the Japanese. Knowing that there was a chance the convoy could move into the area east or west of Savo Island, I decided to split my force (Note: historically this probably would have been a bad idea, but knowing the way the game system works, and the fact that I'm not really putting my life on the line, give me an advantage over my historical counterparts). I decided to take two destroyers and four heavy cruisers around the east side of Savo Island, while the other two destroyers and the light cruiser went around the south and west sides of the island.
|My general movement plans, but I was pretty sure it would change once the Japanese showed up|
|My detection of the Japanese advanced force|
|Combat damage at the end of the turn|
As the heavy cruisers moved up the east side of the island, they came into contact with the convoy and the final Japanese force, which turned out to be two more destroyers. Luckily for me, the way the heavy cruiser approached the Japanese destroyers made it hard for them to launch an effective torpedo attack. During the combat turn, Japanese attacks sank one of my destroyers, but missed all their other attacks. I concentrated my gunfire on the convoy, since sinking the convoy was my main mission, and let the destroyers fire at the Japanese destroyers. Because of the gunnery angles blocking fire from some of my cruisers, I also took some pot-shots at the heavily damaged destroyer. I did some heavy damage to the convoy and sank the heavily damaged destroyer.
|Convoy in sight!|
|The convoy trying to disengage to the northeast, while the escorting destroyer move to the northwest|
Tallying up the damage, I sank the Japanese convoy, one light cruiser, three destroyers and did moderate damage to another destroyer. On my side, I lost one destroyer and had light damage to a heavy cruiser (it will be out of action for one month while it repairs the battle damage). Overall this turned out to be a substantial victory for the U.S. and puts me on a good road for an overall campaign victory.
Next year International Naval Wargaming Day will be on a Monday, which will make it hard to have a game on that day. But, hopefully, I will be able to arrange something for the weekend before.