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  2. I am already Voting for Spee and Nagato. If there’s any room remaining in the vote, please add Diether Von Roeder. In other news, pilots always were hard to deal with...
  3. Bismarck ain't a good ship name I guess.
  4. That's eleven ships @Zidaryn . If you don't reconsider Saltshaker is off the list.
  5. Well, can't say that's not unfortunate. Hopefully things come together at the quick step. Looking forward to whatever the surprise might be, I rather like those. Also looking forward to some full demos of the battle engine at work once everything's fighting fit.
  6. Sounds good. I look forward to it.
  7. Today
  8. I will absolutely embrace that term into my active vocabulary.
  9. "Turncoat countrymen"= Americans. They turned against the British rule while Canada remained loyal.
  10. February 21 1941 HMT Lincoln City (RN trawler): Bombed and sunk at Tórshavn, Faroe Islands by Luftwaffe aircraft. 1943 U-623 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by RAF aircraft. 1944 CHa-38 (IJN auxiliary submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island, New Guinea by US Air Force aircraft. CHa-40 (IJN auxiliary submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island by US Air Force aircraft. Kokai Maru (IJN transport): Bombed and sunk north of New Hanover Island by US Air Force aircraft. Kowa Maru (IJN auxiliary gunboat): Bombed and sunk north of New Hanover by US Air Force aircraft. R-131 (Kriegsmarine Type R-130 minesweeper): Sunk by British aircraft off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands. R-222 (Kriegsmarine Type R-218 minesweeper): Sunk by a mine off the Schlei Estuary. S 94 and S 128 (Kriegsmarine S 38 Type Schnellboots): Collided in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk, United Kingdom during an attack on a British convoy. Both vessels were abandoned. UJ 2208 (Kriegsmarine submarine chaser): Struck a mine and sank in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Genoa. V 718 (Kriegsmarine Ekwator-class trawler): Sunk off Lorient by mines. 1945 USS Bismarck Sea (USN Casablanca-class escort "jeep" carrier): Sunk in the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima by two Japanese kamikaze aircraft. She was the last US aircraft carrier lost during the war. H 433 Altenbruch (Kriegsmarine guard ship): Sunk on this date.
  11. 1. Saguenay (I am Canadian. Also her part in the '39 Winter Games skit made me love her more) 2. Profitern (Something about her that I really like. Can't put my finger on it) 3. Mahan (Amazing host during the interviews) 3. Leningrad (Lover her antics) 4. Kirov (Crazy, enegetic, and cute. Somehow it's a great fit) 5. Pola (She's flipping adorable. Her response to being called adorable makes us like her more.) 6. Bulldog (Crass, but polite about it. Gives her a certain British charm.) 7. Wicher (That blue hair, that outfit. Also that weather sense gives her a bit or mystery as well.) 8. Exeter (Looks awesome. Like the rapier and the sort of musketeer look she has going. Also, she's British) 9. Lexiton (I like the cute ones... And she pulls it off well with the pigtails and looking like she's sneaking around) 10. Salt Lake City (See that '39 Winter Games skit that I talked about with Saguenay) I wanted to add a Japanese Belle but I couldn't decide on who. Was split between I-8, Takao, Nagato.
  12. RA; Pilot Experience, yes. They are working on that now, but the solution may take some time to unravel. Planes work quite a bit differently than other forms of 'equipment'.
  13. Rhi; When the Team's ready, I'll be first to let you know. Y2 Adventures are similar to Y1 in basic structure, but there are a few other modes of success and failure. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to discuss them in detail, but suffice to say that it is easier to cast spells and use items inside of an Adventure.
  14. The Mardi Gras commission is well along. The artist has had some live events come up but she's been sharing progress and it's looking nice. :-)
  15. So my understanding is that it's just the aviation part that put a little delay for the battle system and there's already steps taken to take care of that issue?
  16. I wonder, now that the final patch for Y1 has been released, and 2018 is well advanced, whether Black Chicken Studios would be kind enough to tell us how the progress goes. If they will not do this, might they at least tell us something about Y2's mechanics for adventures? Either would be a great encouragement to me as I write Y2 adventures. I do not want to think that I write for a game that will never be released.
  17. lazarusdw; I am forbidden! But this is going out with the Update, and it's not Redacted there, so you'll find out very soon.
  18. I think I saw someone nominate Saguenay as a summer Belle, then add my vote to that. If not, I add my vote to anything Saguenay.
  19. Yesterday
  20. I absolutely love the part after the captain comes over to Saguenay and is talking to her about skating. Then when she denies it being for figure skating and the Captain asks what they're for... I was going to grab Saguenay as soon as I could (I'm Canadian, and she's the only Canadian Belle) but after this it just makes me love her all the more. I especially like how Salt Lake went "O Canada..." and it clicks for the captain and he and Saguenay say "Ice Hockey" at the same time. Love it. .... Now that I read it again, what is Saguenay referring to when she talks about "turncoat countrymen?"
  21. you tease can't you tell little old me what your planing it's my birthday
  22. Once again the War College has allowed me to share the results before the Update. You *may* not be able to tell, but we're getting tingly again. "Pilots, as indispensable as are, don't want to integrate nicely with the Fleet Air Arm. The War College is cracking down on these 'aces', 'flyboys' and 'helldivers', but they have been genuinely stubborn. Their aircraft have proven far more accommodating, thankfully. Fighters tangle with one another in a dogfight, breaking off when unengaged to bring down enemy bombers. Dive Bombers and Glide Bombers make their deadly dives- one more accurate and safer from the tepid anti-air of '39 than the other. Torpedo Bombers follow after, hoping to reap the benefits of any suppressive effects previous attacks have had, and while a Belle underway can easily dodge their payloads, Anvil attacks can cause devastating damage to even the most agile target. Two changes have arisen during integration: Level Bombers will not be integrated for the '39 client as...well, frankly, they may be able to hit a pickle barrel at altitude, but if that barrel is under way...they just take up space. These beautiful, massive aircraft are too lovely not to return, but they won't be present at start. Similarly, while Fighters with bombs can Glide Bomb, Strafing will *probably* not be integrated for '39. This type of attack is very useful if you have air superiority, but it will almost certainly have to wait for after launch due targeting issues. Pilot Experience is the barrier to complete the transformation of the Battle engine. Once this is overcome, the integration of the overall client can resume. At best speed, the Team will hold the next Beta vote in mid-April, and Updates will continue as normal. The War College is preparing a little surprise for the fans, once the Battle engine is ready, and we'd like you to vote for [redacted until the Update]."
  23. Wilhelm Krane – What’s up Doc? Wilhelm Krane was born in summer 1902 in Dortmund as the son of a railway employee, which was a public agency back then. He visited a good school when the first World War broke out and in 1918, just before the war ended, he forged his identity card so he could enlist in the Kaisers army. He experienced the last few war months in the west. After the war he resumed his school career only to stop it shortly after the war to join a Freikorps and fight the “leftist anarchists” of the early Weimar republic. He did so until 1922, when he quit the Freikorps and resumed his school life again to finally get his Abitur (degree which permits entry to universities) and started to study chemistry. In 1923 he switched over to medicine and got his doctorate in the same year as Dr. med. He then assited teaching medicine in Münster before he took a post as a doctor at the womens clinic of Münster. For unknown reasons he joined the Reichswehr in 1930 as a medical officer and was assigned to an infantry regiment. He was stationed in East-Prussia and served as doctor for the infantry, while also acting as a doctor in the women department of the local hospital in Königsberg and doing some research at the childs-hospital of the university of Königsberg. He later rose in positions, becoming the head medic for a cavalry regiment in Brandenburg and later becoming adjutant to the head of the medic staff in eastern Germany. While holding that position he worked on the side for a private womens clinic and in 1937 he finally graduated as a Gynecologist. He even became professor at the university of Leipzig in 1938. When the war broke out, Krane was assigned to the medics of the 14th infantry division, which fought in southern Poland, making its way towards Lublin. After the polish campaign he was reassigned to the 16th army as adjutant of the head of medical staff Generalarzt Alexander Remus. Since the 16th army was the linchpin of the Schlieffenplan he probably saw action in Luxemburg and then actually might have seen Verdun, since it was in the operational area of the 16th army. But he did not go deep into France with the army. In the fall of 1940 he was transferred into the reserve. I have no record of what he did there, but he was stationed in Bad Kissing and Bückeburg. In 1942 he became head of medical staff of the 2nd Panzer division with which he rolled nearly all the way to Moscow. In 1943 he was reassigned as chief of medical staff of the whole “Heeresgruppe Mitte” (Middle army of the eastern front). He probably escaped the nearly complete destruction of “Mitte” by being in the rear and also still teaching in Leipzig to where he could go to evade the worst of action. He was taken into british custody as a POW ate the end of the war in Schleswig-Holstein. After the war he was ordered by the british to serve as chief of medical and military staff in Bad Bramsfeld. They were ordered to restore the town to its former use as a Spa town. Apparently the brits wanted a place to relax. He remained there, opening a private womens clinic until 1958. In 1958 he –again- joined the military, this time the Bundeswehr. There he rose through the ranks serving initially as chief of all medical staff in the north, then as chief of the whole medical service of the Bundeswehr before being put on a retirement post in the rank of a General inside the bureau of medical affairs of the Bundeswehr. He served in the army until 1964 when he retired. He still wanted to work so he – again- opened a private womens clinic in –again- Bad Bramstedt until his death in 1977. So yeah. Nothing “big” heroic or evil to see here, but interesting nonetheless I think.
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  25. February 20 1940 HMT Fifeshire (RN trawler): Bombed and sunk in the North Sea near Copinsay, Orkney by Luftwaffe aircraft. 1941 Marjory M Hastie (RN trawler): Struck a mine off the mouth of the Tyne and was beached at Whitburn, Co Durham. She was refloated on 14 March. HMT Ouse (RN Mersey-class trawler): Struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya and sank. 1942 S-53 (Kriegsmarine Type 1939/40 schnellboot): Sunk in a collision with S-39. Sperrbrecher 171 (Kriegsmarine Sperrbrecher): Sunk by mines off Calais. 1943 Ōshio (IJN Asashio-class destroyer): Torpedoed off Wewak, New Guinea, by USS Albacore. She was taken under tow by Arashio, but sank north-west of Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. 1944 Schwerin (Kriegsmarine auxiliary minelayer): Sunk by British aircraft. UJ 2208 Alfred (Kriegsmarine naval trawler/submarine chaser): Lost on this date. HMS Warwick (RN W-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk in the Bristol Channel off Trevose Head, Cornwall by U-413. HMS Woodpecker (Royal Navy Black Swan-class sloop): Torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-265. She was taken in tow but foundered on 27 February. 1945 F 554 (Kriegsmarine Type C2 Marinefährprahm): Sunk on this date. F 952 (Kriegsmarine Type D Marinefährprahm): Sunk on this date. Laurana (Kriegsmarine minelayer): Sunk in an American air raid on Trieste, Italy. Nokaze (IJN Minekaze-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea north of Nha Trang, French Indochina by USS Pargo. TA 40 (Kriegsmarine Ariete-class torpedo boat): Severely damaged in an American air raid on Trieste. TA 48 (Kriegsmarine T-class torpedo boat): Bombed and sunk by American aircraft at Trieste. HMS Vervain (RN Flower-class corvette): Torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland by U-1276. U-683 (Kreigsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Sent her last radio message on this date. U-1276 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC/41 submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Dungarvan by HMS Amethyst. USS S-38 (USN S-class submarine, decommissioned): Sunk as an aerial bombing target.
  26. Korky how could you! I knew Germans were mean-spirited, but that was harsh. In the spirit of the thread though, I shall respond. Stronger than ever In Rio De La Plata My Heart never Sinks And since he mentioned his fan fiction, I shall continue on Welly’s with two of my own. Size is but a word The starry-eyed warriors Never to falter Always something new Life is a wonderful dance with an honest heart
  27. I'm tossing my own one in the fray of my Belle (also I appreciate the Pupper haiku, Korky, and Hood's is very correct, as I am the finest and I'm destined to command her) Northern hooligan Pride hides lack of confidence Falshaw's Manchester
  28. February 19 1942 Battle of Darwin: To prevent the Allies from using Darwin Australia's harbor and airfields to oppose the invasions of Timor and Java, aircraft of the 1st Carrier Air Fleet (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryū and Sōryū) attacked in two separate raids over the day. It was the first and largest Imperial Japanese air raid on Darwin and would not be the last. HMAS Coongoola (Australian Navy patrol boat): Bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. Kelat (Australian Navy coal hulk, an iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship formerly used for cargo): Bombed and sunk at her moorings by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. She was originally launched and completed in 1881. HMAS Mavie (Royal Australian Navy patrol boat was bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. USS Peary (USN Clemson-class destroyer): Bombed and sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft at Darwin. Battle of Badung Strait: The Imperial Japanese Army began its invasion of Bali the day before. ABDA forces (cruisers De Ruyter, Java and Tromp, destroyers John D. Ford, John D. Edwards, Parrott, Pillsbury, Stewart and Piet Hein and seven torpedo boats) were rushed to the area in three groups. In the late night of the 19th, the first two groups found transports Sasago Maru and Sagami Maru and their destroyer escorts Asashio, Ōshio, Michishio and Arashio in the Badung Strait. Michishio (IJN Asashio-class destroyer): Shelled by USS Pillsbury, USS John D. Edwards and HNLMS Tromp. She was towed by Asashio from the scene, repaired and returned to service in October. HNLMS Piet Hein (Netherlands Admiralen-class destroyer): Torpedoed and sunk by Asashio. USS Stewart (USN Clemson-class destroyer): Severely damaged by shelling from Asashio and Ōshio. She returned to Surabaya and entered a floating drydock there for repairs. HNLMS Tromp (Netherlands Tromp-class light cruiser): Damaged while exchanging shell fire with Asashio. She returned to Sydney for repairs and was back in service by May. 1943 Somedono Maru (IJA Somedono Maru-class transport): Bombed and sunk at Buin, Bouganville. U-268 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Bay of Biscay by RAF aircraft. U-562 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Benghazi, Libya by RAF aircraft, HMS Hursley and HMS Isis. V 408 Haltenbank (Kriegsmarine Vorpostenboot): Torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain by USS Blackfish. 1944 CH-22 (IJN No.13-class submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk in the Bismark Sea south of Kavieng, New Ireland by US Air Force aircraft. CH-40 (IJN No.13-class submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk in the Bismark Sea south of Kavieng by US Air Force aircraft. CHa-34 (IJN auxiliary submarine chaser): Bombed and sunk off Kavieng by US Air Force aircraft. Ichiyo Maru, Kokuei Maru, Nanei Maru and Nichirin Maru (IJA Standard Type 1TM tankers): Torpedoed and sunk in the South China Sea by USS Jack. U-264 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Starling and HMS Woodpecker. U-386 (Kriegsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Spey. U-603 (Kreigsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Lost In the North Atlantic. She made her last radio message late on the 18th. U-709 (Kreigsmarine Type VIIC submarine): Lost in the North Atlantic. She made her last radio message early in the day.
  29. I see where your heart lies. In fact everyone sees it. At the bottom of the Rio de la Plata. And I sure do hope you prevent that once the game is out. Also I have to profoundly apologise to Fubuki and Espero. For some odd reason (since Espero is one of my favs) I forgot about them being interviewed. So here are the two missing haikus: She will steal your heart Espero is on the way Steals your pocket too Focused yet dreamy Old but modern Fubuki Odd and silent ship And I felt this one was in order as an apology for my lack of attention: What are you and where? We know you exist but how? Glorious is missed.
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