War Shots: 1998 IR/CWCC Nationals


Although the AXIS fought the good fight, the Allies 2:1 advantage in units allowed them to squeeze out a victory (they only won by 10%).

You can read about Wednesday at NATS and enjoy the photos below.

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Sunday afternoon and I'm taking the SMS Hindenburg down to the water for it's first speed trial. Photo used with permission of Joe Kutz.
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Masted but not rigged, the Hindenburg poses during speed trials.
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Steve Pavlovsky tweaks the props on the IJN Nagato at speed trials.
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Immeasurable assistance was provided by technical representative from the planet AAXXIISS. Here a TechRep replaces the superstructure after performing maintenance "under the hood."
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Our TechRep appears pleased by the appearance of the Hindenburg. What do the signal flags say? "Wail Away 98" of course.
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Soon after the earlier photos were taken, and shortly after drinking from a Coke offered to him by a "friendly" Allied captain, our TechRep was struck down by a mysterious illness and died. He was buried with full military honors.
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Bob Amend helps rookie Dave Lawrence (standing) prepare the IJN Mutsu for battle Monday morning.
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Monday morning and the SMS Hindenburg is ready to battle. At this point I was really pleased by the appearance of the white over black paint scheme - it was a great change from the coat of grey worn by everyone else. Of course, until I repainted on Wednesday, all I heard from the Allied side was the all too frequent cry, "Get the White Boat!".
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Battle is joined. At this stage of the battle it is three AXIS vessels against 11 Allied ships. Frank Pittelli's Bacon Maker #1 (second ship from the front) comes in on a ram check. The ram caused his superstructure/center deck area to come off - it is floating to the left of the grey USS California at center/rear.
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A North Carolina rams a HMS Invincible out of its way as the Allies converge on Fluegel's SMS Baden (barely visible between the rearmost NC and I-boat).
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Fluegel's SMS Baden is framed by a NC on the left and a South Dakota on the right.
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The USS Wisconsin (left) and the IJN Musashi fight it out in a battle of the behemoths.
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IR/CWCC Founding Father Stan Watkins recovers his USS Washington from the far side of the lake.
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Steve Pavlovsky's IJN Nagato surrounds a weakened 6 ship Allied squadron.
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Orril Ferguson's IJN Okinoshima (the Gnat) and Mike Deskin's FNS Monte Calm (?) take out targets during convoy.
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The SMS Bayern outmanuevers another six ship Allied squadron.
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Lief Goodson pulls his SMS Bayern out of the water.
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Marty Hayes Austrian battleship Szent Istvan pumps a weak stream of water while Steve Andrew's SMS Von der Tann looks on.
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The Szent Istvan goes under as two I-boats come to help the Von der Tann look for survivors.
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Several survivors were recovered from this piece of floating superstructure.

This page Copyright 1998, Thomas L. Tanner, Jr. unless otherwise noted.