Last Monday we had a naval war game of the battle of Tsushima which was the climatic naval engagement of the Russo Japanese war. Russia sent most of their Baltic fleet all the way around the world (nearly starting a war with the UK when the fired upon British trawlers in the north sea mistaking them for enemy torpedo boats).
The fleet set off on the 15th of October 1904 and The Action was fought on May 27–28, 1905 in the Tsushima Strait between Korea and southern Japan.
As large scale model ships are expensive and require a lot of space only 5 ships where used though we do have a suitable space to play out large scale navel battles ala Fletcher Pratt – this would have to wait for one of our club member to win the lottery.
First we see the start of the battle with the Russian admiral (Steve) in Yellow expressing his confidence – Ironically a lucky shot very early in the game hit the bridge and killed his Russian Admiral.
The game went better for the Russian side than it did real life with a magazine hit on the last turn on the night which took out one of the Japanese battle ship.
In reality the Japanese fleet inflicted a crushing and total defeat of the Russian fleet .