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Offline Steve Walmsley

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« on: October 02, 2007, 11:56:31 AM »
If Erik doesn't mind me expanding the remit of this sub-forum a little, I thought book reviews might also be useful. I'll kick off with Japanese Destroyer Captain.

This book was originally written in Japanese in 1958 by Captain Tameichi Hara but has been translated into English and is now available in hardback. It cost me
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007, 11:22:39 PM »
Good book. I've gotten the paperback edition back in 1981. His tactic of avoiding skip bombing, by going at full speed in a straight line, seems counter-intuitive but worked. Zig-zagging allowed bombardiers to better calculate their release point, since turning slowed the ship for a significant amount of time, while going straight and fast allowed for stable and heavy AA fire, disrupting the bombardiers' aim.

When it comes time to do entries for the Cazov in my Starfire campaign fiction I'll have a portion titled 'Cazov Destroyer Captain'. The player that ran the Cazov used destroyers very aggressively, and more often than not some survived. Eventually a flotilla was formed of elite-crewed DDs, and capital units in range of their gun launchers were asking for it. :)

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2007, 12:51:02 AM »
I've got the paperback too somewhere, but it was a loooooooong time ago that I read it.  IIRC (which I might not) the discussion of Yamato's death ride was very interesting.

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