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NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 1:26 p.m. PST

The book "Fatal Choices, Wargames, Decisions and Destiny in the 1914 Battles of Coronel and Falklands" by Seth Owen includes historical and non-historical wargame scenarios associated with the cruise of the German East Asia Squadron. Several of these were played as solo exercises.

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Sailor Steve Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2016 1:40 p.m. PST

Very nice. I read your accounts with interest, as this has long been one of my favorite periods.

I think one thing that might make a difference at Coronel is the fact that Craddock was trying to force von Spee to have the setting sun in his eyes, but Spee's ships were faster and he held off until the sun had set, leaving so Craddock's ships were outlined by the sun. Effectively it was still daylight for the Germans while the British were fighting in the dark.

I've long wanted to fight that battle with varying conditions, including broad daylight, but my own rules have never been complete enough to allow me to do so. I'm glad to see someone else actually doing this.

McKinstry Fezian19 Oct 2016 1:46 p.m. PST

At some point I thought the Germans were close to sending Blucher out to join Spee as she really didn't fit in with the High Seas Fleet. Adding Blucher to that OOB makes for some interesting alternates as with adding Defence to Craddock.

Blutarski19 Oct 2016 3:34 p.m. PST

"I think one thing that might make a difference at Coronel is the fact that Craddock was trying to force von Spee to have the setting sun in his eyes, but Spee's ships were faster and he held off until the sun had set, leaving so Craddock's ships were outlined by the sun."

Not only were the British ships starkly silhouetted against the bright western sky; von Spee's ships were nearly invisible against the dark mountainous coastline behind them to the east.

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Bozkashi Jones19 Oct 2016 3:48 p.m. PST

Fascinating reading – thanks for that NCC1717

and lovely to see a model of the Otranto!

fantasque21 Oct 2016 7:23 a.m. PST

Unfortunately Amazon have booted out the Kindle version until it gets reformatted. I hope the Kickstarter version was better.

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CampyF29 Oct 2016 2:23 p.m. PST

I hope they get it back up online. There were many possibilities. The British China Squadron looked a only slightly better than Craddock's. One predreadnought with a very makeshift crew. Two armored cruisers, two rather modern light cruisers. The Australian squadron with a battlecruiser and some light cruisers. The French contributed some obsolete ships of dubious value. The Japanese Forces deployed against Von Spee weren't that overwhelmingly powerful.

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