Capt Lt Marinesko scanned the horizon ahead. His eyesight was legendary in the russian coastal forces since he had been a petty officer before Stalin's purges. Dmitri had benifited from the sudden openings for trusted patriots to become officers in the People's Navy. Tonight he and Lt G were to disrupt traffic to the Finnish held islands. They had a Tral minesweeper as backup. He hated going out with big ships as they slowed him down but if they ran into Finnish gunboats they would welcome the extra firepower.
Capt Lt Marinesko glum/wealth mustang Eagle eye
Lt Giehorovcev Generous/position
(Actually a Clyside Japanese MS)
There! He sees a Finish VMV ship!
The russians close on a Finnish vessel.
The two russians manage to wreck the Finnish boat through shear weight of shell; (4 45mms vrs 1 20mm).
The Russians dash ahead and notice a Finnish PG moving in from port. The Cheka opens fire from a mile.
an extra stack) I actually found a Japanese MS
that plays this part better.
The finns deploy a smokescreen between the MO4s and
the 2 merchant ships
As he plunges through the smoke Lt Giehorovcev barely
avoids a collision with the Finnish gunboat. The Finnish
Bofors knock out his aft 45 mm gun and cause heavy damage
to the ship.
A "long range" gun duel devolps
between the Cheka and the Uusimaa
Range 1 mile
At this point the two MO-4s sink one of the VMVs.
Great mission. Played well and I got my Finns and Russian coastal forces on the table. My VMV boats are just VAS boats (Figurehead) with the torpedo tubes shaved off.
Post mission one of the two MO-4 boats will be fixed for the next mission. Lt Giehorovcev meet Capt Lt Ivantsov and buys him several drinks. The Capt Lt is a mission planner so it can't hurt right?!
For those of you that want to try this the Finnish forces are:
3 VMV boats
2 unarmed 100ton trawlers.
the convoy has to traverse the board. Once they do they will be under the protection of coastal artillery.
Special rule: If the Cheka sustains heavy damge (50%) it must break off the engagement.