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JonathanRL

Battle of Britain (1980) mission briefing.

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+JonathanRL    876

Right, Chaps. Keep a lid on it and settle down.

 

Today's briefing will cover the expected movements of the enemy. As you are all well aware, Central Europe has since the Russian Attack last year looked pretty much the same as the Great War we all know and love. Considerable NATO Reinforcements brought by the successful REFORGER Convoys but it came at a heavy price. The Opposition managed to seize Iceland, too late however to actually change anything. Scandinavia is effectively out of the fight after the Soviet push in that direction, but it seems they cannot spare the manpower for a direct invasion, settling to destroy their navies and air forces.

 

Our sources have confirmed to us that the Soviets have decided to act in a rather different manner. Knowing trying yet another attempt to break the stalemate in Europe would be futile, they have decided to move in our direction. Soviet naval activity, including the Heavy Aviation Cruisers Kiev and Minsk has been put on alert, as has the rather considerable bomber fleets of the Northern Fleet. They are going to open up a second front by conducting an invasion of Scotland. To do so, they must suppress and destroy the elements of our Home Fleet, as well as you lads, the Interceptor Defence.

The Queen is of the opinion that Ivan should have to reconsider this plan. As such, we are as of right now ready to repel the enemy Blitz to defend the assets and prevent the Soviet Invasion. Nimrods will be providing us with updated information about Ivans movements at Sea.

 

Aside from the Naval Forces - and that will be the problem for No 12 Squadron out of Lossiemouth and 800 NAS off HMS Invincible - we can expect a considerable amount of Soviet Bombers to pay us a visit. Assume Tu 16 Badger, Tu 22 Blinder, Tu 22M Backfire - the usual lot - supported by Tu 95 Bear for reccie. Now, the Viggens and Drakens of Sweden taught Ivan the lesson that he needs to protect his bombers or lose them in large numbers, so do not expect this to be easy. Intelligence estimates that Tu 128 Fiddlers and MiG 25 Foxbats will be employed in the long range escort role. They cannot turn all too well, but neither can your Phantoms. Do not underestimate the capacity of these aircraft. To make matters more interesting, we expect them to be supported by Tu 126 Moss AWACS to lead them towards or away from us.

 

Allied Forces in the area will not be of much use. A few E 2 Hawkeyes who survived the sinking of USS America has been lend-leased to us, crew and all and will be in support in this operation. They are smaller and carry the queens flag so you will not confuse them with the Moss. Survivors of the Royal Danish Air Force have relocated to the Faeroe Islands. We have established a support base for them at the local airport. While small in numbers their CF-104 Starfighters should be good in a crunch.

Home Fleet will be lead by the Navy's new toy, HMS Invincible carrying 800 NAS. They operate Sea Harrier FRS 1. The Navy will also form all ships that can be spared into a Surface Action Group to assist in countering the Soviet movements in the Pond. Expect these assets to be the primary target of the Soviet Operations.

That is all for now, Gents. Good luck and Godspeed!

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+JonathanRL    876
Upcoming campaign? Will be nice for sure!

 

Indeed. Paulopanz talked me into it. Not that I needed it all that much, I actually like the idea.

 

Terrain used will be the Photorealistic UK.

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Race    0

Indeed. Paulopanz talked me into it. Not that I needed it all that much, I actually like the idea.

 

Terrain used will be the Photorealistic UK.

Fantastic!!!!

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Centurion-1    1,201

Yeah, awesome, more naval battles! Very good idea, looking forward to it!

 

I also chuckled at the british way of talking imitation/parody  :biggrin:

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+allenjb42    426

Any chance of including the Bae Hawk T1?

 

Although they were/are trainers, IIRC they have a war role as point defence interceptors with Sidewinders, wing tanks and the centreline gun pod and would be flown by the instructor pilots.

 

Presumably they might also have a limited usefulness for anti shipping strikes or ground attack against the Soviet invasion force with rocket pods, bombs and the centreline gun pod.

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+JonathanRL    876
Sounds good, Lightnings were still around in numbers at this point... hint hint 

 

 

Hmm. You mean something like this?

 

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Any chance of including the Bae Hawk T1?

Not a bad idea. Will look into it. Already looking into possible use of Avro Vulcans fitted with Crusie Missiles to counter Soviet Naval Supremacy.
If they pulled a few out of storage for the Falklands, they could just as well have done so with the world on fire for the past year.

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CowboyTodd41    67

Any good tactics for the F-4M against the Foxbat? I wound up in about three interconnected rolling scissors with as many aircraft last night, and it was grueling. Just not sure how to fight these guys.

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+Gepard    704

 

the Heavy Aviation Cruisers Kiev and Minsk has been put on alert,

 

 

 

Its a long way from Vladivostok for the Minsk. Minsk and Novorossisk were the soviet carriers in Pacific. Kiev and Baku were part of the soviet. North Fleet.

 

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