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23 November 2013

On the Hunt VI: Channel of Ghosts

In the briefing room of the KCS St. Marie, Adm. Jonah Stanislaw outlines the plan to attack the planet Haussen.  Even with the loss of Imperial assistance, the attack will proceed. The margin of superiority over the enemy is gone, but this is the first time, after decades of conflict, a Nazi base has been found. The alliance must strike.

So a new plan is in place:
Because the Alliance will only be able to maintain temporary superiority in the sky, the invasion fleet will use the channels through the asteroid belt to descend on Haussen.  The transports will quickly unload and then withdraw to hide in the belt. It is possible the Reich's forces will attempt their own landings to reinforce the enclave on the planet.
(Any resemblance to the Guadacanal campaign is entirely in your imagination. :) )

The Battle of Savo Terminus
We pick up the action during the approach of the Alliance invasion fleet. The Troop Transports have transited the belt safely.  The first sign of Nazi resistance is a Cruiser based Task Force that jumps in at the Savo Terminus.  This is the entry point of a "slot" through the belt, and if the Nazi's can force the passage, they will be among the fragile Alliance Troop Ships.  Opposing them is a multi-national blocking force of ships with mixed tech, quality, and capability.

LuftKrieg
CA Hipper
CA Gniesau
CA Adolf
CA Braunn
CL Wagner
CL Gregor
318th Fghtr Sqn

Alliance
Spinward Division
CA Absolute - Kingdom of Colores
CA St. Marie - Kingdom of Colores
CA Jones - Kingdom of Colores
12th Fghtr Sqn - Kingdom of Colores
14th Fghtr Sqn - Kingdom of Colores

Trailing Division
CA N'villian - Hatirki Free State
CA Epserance - Kingdom of Colores
DD Cheliate - Timtai Trading League
8th Fghtr Sqn- Kingdom of Colores

Forward Picket
DD Columbus - Kingdom of Colores
DD Hebian - Timtai Trading League

Opening Positions
The Alliance Destroyers and Fighters burn hard to catch the back end of the Reich formation while the cruisers rotate back to concentrate their strength.  The Reich units Gregor, Wagner, and 318th screen the gunline from the impending Alliance attack run.

With fire support from the Reichs heavies, the Alliance lights are broken up far from the gunline. The Gregor is destroyed in exchange for the loss of 2 Alliance DD's.
The heavies come into range next, just on the other side of Savo Asteroid.

The LuftKrieg is overmatched by a cruiser, and the throw weight takes its toll....
The Alliance holds Savo Passage, but at the loss of 2 DD's destroyed, 2 CA's heavily damaged, and less than half of the Fighters deployed were recovered.  The Nazi's lost both CL's and 2 CA's, but jumped out of the battle after recovering their fighters.

A very close fight.

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09 November 2013

On the Hunt V: Schism

Continued from Last Post "The War Conference"

Cannoness Quintilla ponderously enters the room with her entourage...
C Quintilla:"This abomination is over.  The Emperor's forces will NOT fight alongside unbelievers!"
Her attendants draw weapons...
C Quintilla: "The delegations will be allowed to leave only if they do not speak another word, otherwise you will be shot where you stand. Consider this mercy a sign of our kindness and benevolence."
The room  is on a hair trigger, but slowly the non-Imperials take their leave.
As Maj. Gusicard and the Timtai delegate enter the shuttle bay at gunpoint, Sgt Mannesman cannot help himself, with a dry chuckle...
Sgt Mannesman: "So Sir, how'd it go?"

Back in the conference room...
Sub-Ambassador Tigh: "Well, that was ill-advised."
Cannoness Quintilla: "Do not trifle with me, Sub-Ambassador. I contemplated having you arrested for heretical practices."
SA  Tigh: "So, you would let the sector burn rather than ..."
C. Quintilla: "YES! I would let it all burn if Imperial precedence is not accepted as absolute.  These men are my children under the church, and they are above all others."
SA Tigh: "This puts victory over the 'Reich' in jepoardy."
C. Quintilla: "Let them lose.  Until they understand and accept our primacy, we will not participate."