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    Cold Wars 2023 Game #2 Jumping the Jumpers
    This mission has 3 French bombers returning from their drop. Jasta 11 is up and ready to pounce when a flight of Escadrille N94 Nieuport 24s jump them.

    I was a bit busy and distracted (again) starting the game and didn’t take any photos until the first French bomber went down.

    Chuck, flying Konstantin Krefft’s Albatros D.III gets in the kill shot on a Farman 40.
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    With a N24 on their tails a pair of D.IIIs head for the clouds.
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    The Baron (crashalot) and Georg Simon (Chuck) cautiously approach a Caudron G.4.
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    Kreft and Schafer (Chuck) are harassed by N24 #3 piloted by Giacomo.
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    All the scouts are flying every which way looking for a target.
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    The slow Caudrons get off a couple of easy shots at the Hun aircraft flying right above them.
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    Oh Oh! The Baron is on fire with jammed guns!
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    Georg Simon’s D.III smokes, the Baron burns and the French Caudrons fly on.
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    The Baron keeps in the Caudron’s blind spot while his fire slowly burns itself out.
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    The slow Caudron is so slow the Baron has trouble getting it in his sights and flies ahead of his would be prey.
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    The 2nd Caudron is drawing a lot more attention than it wants as 3 Hun Albatros hunt it down.
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    The slowness of the Caudrons works to their advantage as the Hun can’t slow down enough and fly past or overlap.
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    The lead Caudron can see friendly lines ahead (the edge of the mat) and has hope they will make it home.
    The Baron has to turn away from the lead Caudron so he can make another run at it.
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    The trailing Caudron (the card) is not having it easy with three Hun after it. Why are the escorting N24s not helping out?
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    The trailing Caudron heads for the cloud for safety while the scouts buzz around.
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    The Baron gets the G.4 lines up again.
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    The Baron (crashalot – Mad Genius) feels good about closing in on the Caudron.
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    Crazy time in the sky above France.
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    The Baron miss calculated and turns away from his target. Lucky for him he is in the Caudron’s blind spot.
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    The trailing Caudron loses his pursuers as he hides in the clouds.
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    The Baron gets back on track as his Caudron nears escape’
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    One Caudron hiding in the clouds, one eyeing its escape with frustrated scouts mulling about.
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    The Baron laughs as the C.4s rear gun jams.
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    With the Hun chasing the escaping G.4 the Nieuports get in a few easy shots at their tails.
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    The Baron lines up his hopeful kill shot.
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    Look who’s laughing now!
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    The lead Caudron escapes and the second has a clear way ahead with the Hun out of place battling the Nieuports and chasing the lead G.4.
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    It would be close if the last Caudron could get off but it was so badly shot up, any damage would down it. The French only got 1 out of 3 bombers away so the Baron ands his boys can claim a win.

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    Nice action & pics Peter. Looks like a good time for everyone.

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    Thanks for posting this game Peter.
    looks like it was very hetic keeping tabs on all those aircraft.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Nice one. Peter, excellent as always

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Fun AAR. Great photos of really nice aircraft.

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    Great action. Good to see your Caudrons on the table.

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    looks like a GREAT deal of fun and so well displayed. Great job Peter.

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    Thanks for the AAR. A very busy game. As the commentary said part way through, "Where were the Nieuports?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy Jack View Post
    Thanks for the AAR. A very busy game. As the commentary said part way through, "Where were the Nieuports?"
    "Where are the Nieuports" was for our Thursday night group. We seem to have a tendancy of not really protecting the planes we are supposed to escort!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    We seem to have a tendancy of not really protecting the planes we are supposed to escort!
    It is not as easy as it sounds when you don't know what the movements of the plane you are escorting will be. I know in various games where I have been escort I have tried very hard to stay with the main plane and protect it. It goes well until that plane turns in a direction I didn't predict, and it is left unprotected and my plane is out on its own. It can take quite a few manoeuvres to get back in touch with the main plane.

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    Yes, agreed. Also our games have the problem of table size. Our inteceptors are already in attack range when the escort gets their chance to fight them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy Jack View Post
    It is not as easy as it sounds when you don't know what the movements of the plane you are escorting will be. I know in various games where I have been escort I have tried very hard to stay with the main plane and protect it. It goes well until that plane turns in a direction I didn't predict, and it is left unprotected and my plane is out on its own. It can take quite a few manoeuvres to get back in touch with the main plane.
    Quote Originally Posted by Teaticket View Post
    Yes, agreed. Also our games have the problem of table size. Our interceptors are already in attack range when the escort gets their chance to fight them.
    This was a historical problem too. As both sides found out, close escort of bombers generally didn't work, as it ceded initiative to the interceptors.
    However, the lack of a speed difference, with our area of play, doesn't allow the attackers more than 1 pass at the bombers.

    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Nice action Peter thanks for posting, it looks like you all had a good time.

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    So, two of the bombers "Caud-run" for it, but for the other one it was a step too "Far, man"!
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Helmut View Post
    So, two of the bombers "Caud-run" for it, but for the other one it was a step too "Far, man"!
    O.F.... We'll have to beat that out of you on Sunday !

    "He is wise who watches"



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