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Must... have... moar... battleships.
I like this AAR, keep it up! Please tell me there will be a duking out between the glorious Soviet navy and the American scum cheltering behind their carriers!
 

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i've had a bit of trouble with some icons and stuff on the forum in the last few days. i'm glad i'm not the only one. love the custom avatar by the way.
 

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So when is the Glorious Navy of the motherland taking on the vile cryptofacists of the western powers.
 

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Maj. von Mauser - Nah, it sucked. Only FFWing now until 1st December 1941, time of the current saved game.
By the way, I'm posting from my University's computers, and I noticed the transparent parts of the .PNGs how up as gray ares here. Anyone else has that problem, or is it just this old-ass IE they use here?

Well, it was a kinda lame update, but I wanted to be constructive.

There wasn't enough action, just reiterated on what happened in the update before.


And, I am writing this on the old computers at my Technical College, and the background is showing up grey, at home however, thye show up the same colour as the forum.

It's just the older system of the computers we are using at school.:)
 

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It was a furious commissar the one sitting in his Leningrad desk.

Admiral Kuznetsov had only 6 days ago finished his work on the use of carriers. It was the first serious doctrinal paper created in the Red Fleet - or the Russian Navy - about these vessels, and in line with the characteristics of the theatres the Fleet might be involved, together with the experience with the existing carriers, it emphasized patrol and aerial protection roles.


Not being a man to waste time, he immediately ordered for work to be initiated on translating the experience of fighting the Germans into better training and rules for the whole fleet.


Knowing perfectly well that managing the whole of the Red Fleet while directing research and being on the look-out for the Kriesgmarine, was simply too much for any man do well, and that the needs of War dictated each task should be preformed at maximum efficiency, the Admiral relinquished command of the Main Baltic Fleet.


As the now full-time Commissar flew on an American DC-3 to Leningrad, Moscow, and then Leningrad again, the most important fleet of the Soviet Union was now under the command of Admiral Smirnov, while the 17th fleet was to be the responsibility of just-promoted Admiral Dolinin.


And if the Admirals changed, the roles didn't. The 17th continued it's task of transporting reinforcements to Copenhagen, while the Main Fleet blocked the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal. Over a month after the last confrontation with any German unit, the Red Fleet had a firm grip on the Baltic.


But then the problems started.


If the misguided attempt by the Americans to plant a spy on Copenhagen was more offensive than threatening, the discovery, two days later, of the same American DC-3 pilot who flew Kuznetsov, trying to poison one of the Admiral's research-team members was shocking and infuriating, for the same man could have easily killed the Commissar himself.

The USA denied responsibility on both cases, claiming the men were Nazi-sympathizers, but they fooled no-one.

A bad mood against the Americans didn't translate into any official gesture though, and regarding the fighting Western Allies the mood was positively good. Even if the top echelons of the Royal Navy seemed of mixed minds in regards to the USSR, the men on the sea proved nothing but loyal friends.

On the 27th of November that friendship between the 3 major Naval Powers at war with Germany translated into a risky, but rewarding for moral, tri-navy officers dinner aboard the Dunkerque.


Almost a week after the poison incident, a more relaxed Commissar signed the order for three of the new Heavy Cruisers to be built in Murmansk. There had been no significant German naval sightings up North since the Bismarck, but the trade with the West was still defenceless to anything larger than a destroyer.

Truth that even the first of the new cruisers wouldn't be ready for a long time, but just building them was a way to restore the local morale and provide much needed jobs.


What lies ahead for the Workers' and Peasants' Red Fleet, only time will tell. From now on, the future is entirely open to the whims of Nepture, the unpredictable dice of Lady Luck, and of course, the Inevitable March Towards Socialism demonstrated by Historical Materialism.


Onwards to a Glorious Future for our Red Fleet!

translation: I've finished the saved sshots, and from now on there's nothing already played.
 
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1179 Screenshots of almost 6 years, turned into ~240 pictures in 30 updates. :cool:
 

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i liked the idea about the tri-naval dinner.

does this mean we have to wait longer for updates whilst you actually play it?
 

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Considering that I just sank the Marat and the October Revolution.... :D
 

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The American bastards, they can never be trusted. By the way, does the AI not have the limitation on performing spy missions no more often than evey 7 days? It appears that the USA did both of its intelligence operations within three days.

A busy man, your Mr. Kuznetsov. Funny how he still did exactly nothing to upset Stalin - or, for that matter, that nothing was forged against him by the NKVD as yet. Considering their real life effectiveness...
 

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Great update as usual.

Good luck to Narkom Kuznetsov!
 

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A better update. :)

The idea of a Tri-Admiral feast aboard the Dunkerque is a nice one.

I still feel you need to capture the Kiel Canal in order to ensure that you block their fleets, because I bet you money ships are moving through those waters. Having your ships on no mission drastically reduces their intercetion chance, and even if they are on a mission, the enemy can still sneak through.
 

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I hope you guys will be pleased to know, I'm working on the Navy Reform at the moment. I *think* I found an online translator to do what I need.

BritishImperial - I'm afraid yes. :eek:o

trekaddict - Traitor! And not exactly worthy of bragging rights either :p

Jape - Thanks! I hope we can have a dinner with the Luso-Brazilian representatives as we... oh wait. :p (j/k)

Emperor_krk - Well, it helps that in this timeline Stalin himself is a carrier man of sorts. And that he's far too busy with the Army too.

BoemsiBoemsie - Speaking of allied navies, it seems the Free French kept most of their Navy here. Not sure if that's good or bad...

RGB - Luck if for nations without SHBBs! :D

Maj. von Mauser - I'm coming to that. Or to be precise, to why that's not feasible. :(
 

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The Commissar's first month back at his office wasn't a particularly eventful one.

The Navy's main operation of the moment was half-successful, with the liberation of Copenhagen and the opening of path between the Baltic and the North Sea. The second half of the operation, intended to take control of all of Jutland, and especially the Kiel Channel, was however halted, by a combination of quick German response and more aggressive than expected weather.

There was little else for the Navy men to do but to finish cleaning the area of German sea mines, making it increasingly safe for Soviet ships to operate, and opening a path for the collocation red mines.


In the Southern Front, a request for the Naval Infantry to reinforce the Kiev defences was answered favourably, has pressure built up on the city.


Limited by weather and relieved of any urgent Army assistance duties by the same reason, the following weeks didn't see much explicit action.

On the 12th, new transports were ready, but there were no troops for them to transport at the time.


The German merchant marine apparently implemented different routes or convoy schemes, which combined with the bad weather, meant targets were scarce for Soviet submarines.


Now that the Red Fleet itself was responsible for a supply convoy to Copenhagen, and mindful that submarine warfare works both ways, old destroyers were given a duty again, hunting for anything the Kriegsmarine might send sneaking.

The old Dekabrist class submarines rebased to a now working Köenigsberg port, from where they could - barely - be ordered to operate past Copenhagen.


Unfortunately, anti-submarine warfare also works both ways, and by the end of December an obvious German task-force managed surprise the Soviet submarines, and in 5 hours sunk enough to force an withdrawal from the area.


The Dekabrists had to be sent in their place, least the chance of starving Winter-suffering Germans in Norway be lost.


But all this exterior December passiveness of the Red Fleet was hiding hard work, going on in Leningrad.

The result of that work started in the New Year's, when in a surprise move, all important surface fleets of the Soviet Union were ordered back to their bases.

Official explanation was the urgent re-training of officers in Kuznetsov's recently developed doctrines of carrier-supported operations, ship maintenance, and New Year celebrations for sailors.

As a minor side-note, some of the Motherland's Glorious Battleships had their names, damaged by the weather, repainted as exactly equal names, which the crew members that happened to be Party Members were quick to remind everyone else had always been the same and would, obviously, henceforth always be.


The Sovyetskiy Soyuz class was all named after Soviet Republics, as the symbols of their Invincible Strength, an with the blessing of the Father of the People.


As this happened in Vladivostok, the city sent an urgent radio message to Moscow... the Japanese had cracked the final stronghold of our Chinese allies, and although Mao himself had been safely flown to Mongolia with his closest Party Members, they were no longer a meaningful faction in China.


Japan was completely free to make it's next move, whatever that might be...
 

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Well.. Just so you know, the lvl 5 BB is also named Sovietsky Soyuz class. :D
 

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Hehe.

"Der er ikke bange" means "there are no scared". Valeriy Andreev probably should have listened more to Comrade Chernov when he was teaching Danish. He probably meant to say "vær ikke bange" (don't be scared).
 

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Excellent! You have the new Skif Icons installed!

Looks like regular seagoing duties for a Grand Fleet such as the likes of you.