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codiver22 Jan 2020 8:44 a.m. PST

Far Aft and Faintly by Mark Klimaszewski ( ) is an alternate history novel involving the Royal Netherlands Navy at the start of World War II in the Pacific. It is an entertaining yarn. From the Amazon listing:

December 08, 1941, war comes to the Dutch East Indies. Rear Admiraal Maarten Sweers of the Royal Netherlands Navy leads their Asiatic Fleet of battlecruiser-carriers against the might of Imperial Japan. The action leaps from the pages of this vivid narrative describing the epic air/sea Battle of the South China Sea. Included are more than fifty b/w photos, battle maps and ship drawings.

I have created, and posted on the ODGW forum ( link ) , the ship logs and rules, and aircraft capacity additions, for another Dutch OB Campaign Option for Defending the Malay Barrier ( The ABDA Campaign ) . These documents allow the three "hybrid battle-carriers" to be included in the campaign. Included are the actual ship logs, rules for handling the "BCVs" in the campaign ( many based on Sudden Storm ) , corresponding modifications to the campaign ( e.g. Theater Event and Command Decision tables, and IJN Order of Battle ) , and suggestions for miniatures to use.

codiver22 Jan 2020 8:49 a.m. PST

Let's see if I can get the links to the Far Aft and Faintly website and ODGW Forum post to come up as actual links…

FAAF website:

ODGW Forum post: link

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jan 2020 5:14 a.m. PST

I remember an old, old computer game which covered the entire war in the Pacific. One time I played and tried the strategy of shifting everything I could lay my hands on in the way of aircraft and sending them to the Dutch East Indies. They beat off attack after attack by the computer-controlled Japanese, inflicting enormous losses. Eventually most of the Japanese fleet was lying on the bottom of the Java Sea. Assuming the Dutch retained command of that area, they are the ones who won the war in the Pacific :)

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