This is a continuation of a previous entry.
I read somewhere that in naval warfare the most important thing is the ability to make decisions quickly. I had my share of hesitation in this scenario. Keep my formation sailing towards the Canal or make a stand and confront the threat?
The British formation is approaching and I don't want to be caught with my ships negotiating the narrow Canal. I order the Moltke to make a sharp turn (actually an euphemism for a ship of this size) due north. In that way she can have all guns bearing the enemy.
|The SMS Moltke has changed course north and now all guns are shooting at the enemy.|
The Moltke's turn almost doubles our firepower, but with the British sailing in a column formation the target is just the bow of the Boadicea. The guns of the Moltke score some hits, but they don't stop the enemy column.
|An early hit on the HMS Boadicea doesn't stop her.|
|Any good Captain of the High Seas Fleet would know the technical data of a British light cruiser from memory. As for me, I have to check the game's encyclopedia ...|
|The Boadicea gets closer and feels the heat of more precise gunnery.|
I waited too much ... I really believed that I could score a critical hit on the British light cruiser. It didn't happen. Instead, I wore down the van of the column in an excruciating exercise of damage accumulation. The Boadicea is now in range and valiantly challenges our fire with her 4 inch guns. But she is out of the fight ... finally.
|With a moderate angle of list and at least two fires in her guts, the HMS Boadicea comes to a halt. Note the shell splashes now near the trailing destroyers.|
|The British destroyers under fire from the HMS Moltke. They quickly turn around and try to flee.|
|On the meantime, the HMS Boadicea sinks.|
|End game. The HMS Moltke is in the foreground, putting some distance from this battle. Note the German destroyers (top left) starting their pursuit of the British destroyers (top right).|