|The entire French fleet present (mostly) at Cherbourg, bar the Henri IV - curresntly MIA...|
Last weekend I had the privilege to command the French fleet at the fictional 1904 Battle of Cherbourg, a 'superbattle' created and run by Ed (who also ably commanded the Russian fleet).
Pitting an Anglo-French Allied fleet against a joint Imperial fleet of the Russians and Germans, the scenario takes place after an imagined escalation of the Dogger Bank incident.
|The Allies view at the start of the battle|
Such hasty alliances and limited communications in battle made for an interesting experience, as did the involvement of other bloggers as various naval ministers and our general superiors gave us specific orders separate from the overall objectives of our joint forces. Zzzzzz took the role of Gaston Thomson, the French Minister of the Navy, and gave me some superb orders in French - they aligned nicely with my overall approach and plan so I didn't have to disobey them too much.
|The manoeuvring begins...|
Technically I had overall command of the Allied fleet but in reality myself and the British commanders shared the same general strategy and I did nothing more than make a suggestion or two. I didn't discuss anything with them until the morning of the battle, keeping in the spirit of the role-playing element where we wouldn't have much time to sit and plan. So many thanks to Zzzzz and to my excellent allies Mike and Dan.
|The lines develop|
Thankfully luck prevailed, through our own fortune (and the misfortune of the Imperial fleet) and the Allied fleet was victorious and La Manche/English Channel was successfully defended.
I was also similarly lucky in winning the individual objectives for the glory of France - although my primary objective was to have more than half of my battleships survive which ended up being a bit of a cheat for me as I had the most overall.
|The final lines|
Full details on the battle, and the view from the other side, can be found on Ed's excellent blog post.
|Attempted photo reconnaissance, the superb Russian fleet board|
|Vice-Amiral Meuniur (as Lieutenant circa 1871), looks familiar...|