Play by Email June 14th Message Traffic.


Crisp morning air greeted warriors from several nations.

Some were up earlier than others. ADC’s leapt to saddle rushing orders to Commanders in the field.

Many were in the saddle prior to sun up, sabers sheathed with cloth to metal muffle noises.

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Le Retour of the Bloody Emperor!

Its all Napoleon all the time at the moment with two Didier Rouy games from Pratzen Editions! Our early play with their PBeM game series is proving to be fun for me. We will see how the participants feel at the end.

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This time a test of play of Le Retour de l’Empereur. Part of the Long Live the Emperor series of which only two remain in print.

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Ambush, Day of Heroes

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The heat bounced off the rough, pock marked mud brick walls seemingly amplified into the confines of the small building. Inside a squad of green uniformed men looked around.

Breathing heavy, sweating profusely, he could see the drenching fear spread down their backs making their shirts cling to their scrawny shoulders. More than the heat.

They were beaten already the leader could tell.


Lt. Abbas could smell the fear permeating thru the confines of the area. They were trapped. Spread across too wide an area with shitty US weapons that looked like they came from ‘Nam. Low on ammo and water, no air support and no one really knew where they were. Perfect. Fucking Americans and their wars he thought.

Outside in the late afternoon heat, the Somalis were going house to house looking for them. There was no love lost between the Pakistani Peacekeepers and the Somali people. “Our methods are too harsh” Abbas thought. Yet these animals fear nothing, and respect nothing but strength. You could beat them, but the moment you let your guard down the filth stabbed and cut your balls off. ” I like my balls”. He said aloud.

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At Start 0500 – Flat Top

Movement Report

All IJN forces marked in Red.

Blue lines are FYI for Allied Air groups [ in the rules air groups are not shown on the map, but frankly have NO units on the map is just tedious.] So enemy air can be seen by you [IJN].

As you can see at the start of the 0500 turn, a lot of aircraft are in the Southern sector and amazingly after counting and re counting we had no intercepts/ same hex entries. The US plan is to set a cordon to sweep West to East.  With flights being truncated due to return times back to Oz.

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I chose the IJN search pattern based upon using the Southern map edge as a daylight search limit (2 hex range at high altitude), the Mavis plans arrived at 0500 and will sit on station 1 turn then in daylight track East in search then head naturally North and return towards home fields covering as much ground as possible.

2015-01-29 22.53.16Further East, night take offs allowed planes to be on location along the path of the IJN CV Task Forces in the hope of spotting the USN first.

Only 1 aircraft was spared to scout south of Henderson Field.

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The AP (troop ships), ducked into the channel west of the China Strait. This proved fortuitous as the American flights missed and overflew them. These American planes will also fly a 2 hex spread pattern, and return, so this will be a decision point for the Pollster to elect where to head in order to dodge the  Planes. Note the USN flight paths are predetermined by me, so you might get lucky…or not. I thought the night range was one hex, not 0 hexes!

I shall report on the preparations for the bombing of Port Moresby shortly.

In the mean time, daylight is just an hour away and CV’s are steaming in all directions!!

Flat Top starting!

0100 hour thru 0400 complete.
Note based on plan Orange the IJN will launch searches to find CV’s and interdict Port Moresby air to protect the troop ships. I have not planned the Air moves with you but I shall attempt a rational sweep and attempt to interdict based on potential for success and time to base.  0100-0500 are of course night turns so longer range units can be positioned to search come daytime and  fighter/interceptor/bomber groups and launch to hit at dawn.