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NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2017 5:17 p.m. PST

This weekend the local HMGS-South group played a WWI naval game using the Seekrieg 5 rules. A German squadron has bombarded Newcastle and is returning home. While still 200 miles from Heligoland, it is intercepted by a British squadron.

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4D Jones26 Mar 2017 1:42 a.m. PST

If you mean Newcastle upon Tyne, it's 8 miles inland and can't be seen from off-shore.

However, for the fact that it's on the coast, and for many other reasons, Sunderland would make a very suitable target.

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

Beg to differ, the Spire of St Johns Church at Gateshead, on the other side of the river to Newcastle, can be seen from offshore, elevation about 600ft, and a bearing from that would give a firing plan.
However, it wouldn't take a genius to work out a firing plan to hit shipyards on either the Tyne or Wear.

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 3:36 a.m. PST

I didn't create the scenario, but I suspect the location was chosen using a simple map such as this. The greater Newcastle area was probably intended.

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4D Jones26 Mar 2017 5:03 a.m. PST

Gateshead oral history has it that the curate of St John's was a German spy, and had the spire of the church painted sky blue in the early days of the war.

It was also he who, allegedly, reported the Russian Army disembarking at The Felling with snow on their boots.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

It was an interesting, well-balanced scenario, and "poor Yorck" is one of the better literary allusions for a wargame battle report. wink

Rick

BuckeyeBob26 Mar 2017 8:45 a.m. PST

Curious…how long did 11 turns take you to do?

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

It took a bit over 4 hours if I remember correctly.

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