Note : points factors based on General Quarters 2 attack and defence factors added together. Pints are in parentheses. Message for Russ, Ian, Mark and Jon - this will be the scenario for Thursday
1943. The Russians are riding on the back of their stunning victory at Stalingrad and on all fronts the German forces are being pushed back. Stalin has decreed that it time for the Soviet navy to add its strength to the struggle - for too long the naval forces have sat behind minefields and let the Germans control the Baltic. No more! Orders are received to roam into the Baltic and sink any German ships (or those of their allies). An opportunity has arisen to do so - a major convoy heading from Gdansk into Turku to supply armaments and other supplies into Finland.
Alas, it is a cunning ruse cooked up by the Abwehr. Not a merchant convoy but a heavily armed squadron comprising some of the best remaining German ships afloat and a new type of destroyer.
But Russia has its own effective spy network and they too know the composition of the forces ranged against them.
In the desperation of all-out war, there can be no compromise. Make no mistake, this will be a battle to the death!
8x6 table. Denote one wide edge north and the other south. Germans enter from the South. Russians from the North East corner. Place all ships within 12" of their entry point in whatever formation you choose.
Russians have initiative at the start of the battle.
Visibility is good (bright winters day)
Battlecruiser - Sevestapol (44)
Cruisers - Kirov (11), Krasny Krim (9), Kasny Kavaz (9), Chervona Ukrania (9)
Destroyers - 4 Leningrad class destroyers (18 points)
Total : 100 points
Battlecruiser - Scharnhorst (34)
Pocket Battleship - Lutzow (18)
Cruisers - Prinz Eugen (17), Nurnberg (9), Leipzig (9)
Destroyers - 3 x 1942 type (12 points)
Total : 100 points
Russians - sink the Scharnhorst and any two major ships
Germans - sink the Sevastapol and any two cruisers.
If time runs out, whichever side is closest to their victory condition wins.