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DIRECTORS AND RADAR FIRE CONTROL: In CaS, all main batteries
and all secondary batteries on major combatants are fitted with
directors, which are composed of an optical sighting device and fire
control equipment. Regardless of whether or not it is listed, the
gun battery is fitted with a director. Since all guns are fitted with
them, optical directors are not listed on the weapons line for a
ship in Annex A.
This is the device knocked out when a gun battery takes a
fire control hit. It reduces the guns to local control.
If a ship is fitted with radar, it will be listed on the
weapons line as a director. It is also lost when the fire control is
Rule Change: Multiple directors. Some ships are
fitted with more than one director for their gun batteries. In general,
ships will have as many directors as they have arcs for the main
battery. Gun batteries can be split between several directors.
Each director/gun mount combination is rolled for separately.
Ships will not have more than one gunfire-control radar unless it
is specifically indicated as such on the weapons line in Annex A.
If a battery has only one director, it always covers the
GUNNERY DAMAGE (rules change): We
have discovered a flaw in the gunnery damage system. At long ranges,
it is possible for a ship with four single mounts to do more damage
than a ship with three triple mounts of the same gun.
Rule: At Long or Extreme range, no matter how many
mounts or barrels are firing at a target, if it is hit, only one
mount's damage is inflicted, reflecting the fact that only one shell
of a salvo ever struck a target at Long or Extreme range.
A more thorough revision of the gunfire rules will fix the
problem completely, but this simple fix works well in playtesting.
22.214.171.124 REACTION FIRE PHASE: Correction.
Torpedoes cannot be launched in the Reaction Fire phase.
We originally allowed them to be launched in the Reaction phase, but
later felt this was inaccurate and removed it
(or so we thought).
In general -- surface and sub-launched torpedoes can only
be fired in the Planned Fire phase.
126.96.36.199 RESOLUTION PHASE: Correction.
Delete all references to torpedo impacts and damage being
resolved in this phase. Torpedo impacts and any damage inflicted
are resolved at the end of the movement phase in which they reach
a potential target.
188.8.131.52 STARSHELL: Starshells are fired throughout the
Tactical turn. First check for hits and misses for starshells,
then the rest of the gunfire. The target is treated as illuminated
for all gunfire in that Tactical turn if it is in the illumination
circle (1000 yards). In other words, starshell illumination takes
Rising Sun Data Annex
DE RUYTER: Should have a DP rating of 147,
with a speed breakdown of 37/74/110/132/147.
WICKES CLASS: The Wickes-class 3 incher should
be listed as a 76mm/50, not a 70-caliber.
YORK CLASS: Delete the reference to these
ships being fitted with Type 132 sonar in 1944.
Several British destroyers (C&D, E&F, G, H, &
I classes) are fitted with the MkIX 4.7 in 120mm/50. This gun is
in a Low Angle mount and is capable of surface fire only. (See also
correction in Annex C.) Add "LA" after the "/50" so that it reads
"/50 LA" to reinforce this fact.
The U.S. B-25 defensive armament figures are too high (.8).
Halve to (.4).
The GB MkIX 4.7 in 120mm/50 is not capable of anti-aircraft
fire. It is listed with the MkXII 4.7 in gun, which is
capable of anti-aircraft fire. For now, add a note in the remarks
section for both the single and twin versions of this mount, that
only the MkXII has the listed AA range and ratings. (In the next
edition, we will list the mountings separately.)
The U.S. M43 500 lb. bomb has the wrong figures. It weighs
234 kg., has a 121 kg. charge, and does 24 dp. The U.S. M44 GP bomb
has penetration values of 4 and 4, not 7 and 9.
MIDWAY: Hosho's load at Midway
was 8 B5N Kates, not 8 A5M Claudes.