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#4152254 - 07/30/15 04:22 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Originally Posted By: Banjoman
Ken, great story, Ambrose is a rapidly rising star. I sure hope he survives because you can spin a good tale.


Thanks! I have some doubts on how long Ambrose can stay alive - he's become more reckless than he should be, counting on luck and my flying skill to get him out of anything he gets into, but that probably can't last forever. And because he's fairly unsophisticated and doesn't have a cynical bone in his body, something like this will only amplify that recklessness.

So we'll see. He's self-aware enough to know he's being reckless sometimes, and has commented on it in his letters. It's a race to see if he can temper it before it kills him.

#4152310 - 07/30/15 06:23 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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On a different note, keep tabs on his medals. I have a sneaking suspicion that WOFF doesn't really handle medals correctly. Arthur has already been awarded another VC, I just didn't tell anybody because I thought it odd. I did some research and found that three men actually were awarded the VC twice and now I just waiting to receive another one. If I do, then that will get listed as a 'bug'.


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#4152357 - 07/30/15 09:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Banjoman]  
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Yeah, Ambrose got a second DSO today - since the program doesn't seem to be able to award bars to medals (DSO with 1 bar, DSO with 2, etc.) for subsequent awards of the same medal it just gives you another one. I'll describe that as a bar in his letter home, and if he gets a third, as a second bar. But that's as far as the bars go, near as I can determine, so if he gets a 4th, I won't mention it at all.

My Briff pilot has two VCs, two DSOs, and some other stuff - all in 6 weeks at the front. I put him on pause when I started the Centenary Challenge, so I don't know how many more of each he might get if he'd kept on the same pace moving forward.

It may be a bug, or it may just be how the program handles medal eligibility. A couple of DSOs, to represent bars, are okay, and even a second VC instead of a bar for it, which is what actually was issued.

Beyond that, I don't plan to even mention it.

#4152683 - 07/31/15 08:11 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4152684 - 07/31/15 08:14 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4152707 - 07/31/15 09:07 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Kuroken;

I have been meaning to comment on your report posts here for some time. I just haven't had much quality time on the forum as of late.

Your reports are fantastic and greatly appreciated. I have managed to read through most of them in spare time and thoroughly enjoy the reads. I just wanted to let you know that your work is not in vain!

Best Regards and keep them coming Sir!


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#4152751 - 08/01/15 12:21 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Robert_Wiggins]  
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Thanks, Robert!

I wanted to do something a little different and this seems to be working.

#4152930 - 08/01/15 04:07 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Another month's behind us.
Here's what's been happening around the world in March - Intrepid Fliers:

March 1
Great Britain and France announced a total blockade of merchant shipping to and from Germany.
March 2
The British naval bombardment of the forts resumed in the Dardanelles.
March 4
The French Government decided to send an Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles whilst Turkish defenders drove off British landing parties at the entrance to the Narrows.
March 5
The Greek Government offered naval and military support for operations at the Dardanelles.
British naval forces began the bombardment of the strategic city of Smyrna on the Aegean coast.
March 6
Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos resigned after a disagreement with King Constantine of Greece about the country's role in the war.
March 7
The Greek Government asked for an explanation of the British occupation at Lemnos.
March 9
The British Government explained that it was a military necessity to attack Lemnos.
The British bombardment of Smyrna ended.
March 10
The British army attacked at the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, giving support to the much larger French offensive in Champagne.
Dimitrios Gounaris replaced Eleftherios Venizelos as Prime Minister of Greece.
March 11
The armed merchant cruiser HMS Bayano was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-27.
March 12
General Sir Ian Hamilton was appointed to command the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in order to gain control of the Dardanelles straits.
March 14
The German cruiser SMS Dresden was scuttled by her crew after it was attacked by British warships off the coast of Chile.
March 15
The Royal navy cruiser HMS Amethyst was damaged by field artillery whilst on minesweeping duties in the Dardanelles.
March 17
Following his appointment earlier in the month, General Sir Ian Hamilton took up his position as Commander-in- Chief of the Allied Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
March 18
The Allied naval attack of the Dardanelles forts was repelled by the defending Turks. British battleships HMS Irresistible and HMS Ocean and the French battleship Bouvet were all sunk in the battle.
March 20
The British Government guaranteed that Greece would have Lemnos after the war.
March 21
In the first German airship raid on Paris two Zeppelins dropped high explosives and bombs on the capital city.
March 22
The Siege of Przemysl ended when the Russians captured the fortress at the strategically important city.
March 23
Originally built as a tramp steamer, HMS Manica was the first kite balloon ship to be commissioned by the Admiralty.
March 25
The German military commander General Liman von Sanders was appointed to command the Turkish forces at Gallipoli.
March 28
The first American casualty of war was killed when the cargo-passenger ship Falaba was torpedoed by the German submarine U-28.
March 29
The British and United States Governments agreed that rubber would not be exported except to Great Britain.
March 30
South African forces occupied Aus in German South West Africa.
March 31
The city of Libau on the Baltic Sea was shelled by the Germans.

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#4152931 - 08/01/15 04:07 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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August 1, 1915.


As my Ami friend said, its nice to be back in zee saddle again. 2 a/c were posted for A.F. bombardment this afternoon. However, McCudden,s machine turned out to be U/S so I took off alone to Douai. Bang up flight, went in low level an a big explosion occurred from bomb hits. I made a second pass so that my gunner could fire off 18 rds then home and tea. My kite had slight damage 9 bullet holes in the wings some close enough for my gunner to reach out and touch.


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#4152933 - 08/01/15 04:09 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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And the news for July - Warbirds Rising:

July 1
The Battle of Otavi was fought between South African and German forces in German South
West Africa. The final battle of the South-West Africa Campaign ended with a decisive South African victory.
July 2
The British government formed the Ministry of Munitions and passed the Munitions of War Act which required compulsory arbitration of labour disputes and banned strikes and lockouts.
July 3
The Germans continued their advance into Poland along the Eastern Front.
July 5
Fierce fighting continued between French and German troops at Souchez, Arras and on the Meuse.
July 6
British and French ministers held the first Allied war conference at Calais.
July 7
The First Battle of Isonzo ended with a victory for the Austro-Hungarians.
The Italian armoured cruiser Amalfi was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-26.
July 9
German troops in South-West Africa surrendered to General Botha's South African forces at Tsumeb, 370 km north of Windhoek.
July 11
The German cruiser SMS Konigsberg was destroyed and sunk in the Rufiji river in German East Africa by British river monitors.
July 12
The German Government announced its intention to take control of the coal industry.
July 13
A new Austro-German offensive began on the Eastern Front.
July 14
The Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden attended his first meeting of the British Cabinet.
July 15
The National Registration Act became law in Great Britain.
July 16
The Battle of Krasnostav began.
July 17
Bulgaria signed a secret alliance with Germany, Austria and Turkey.
July 18
Following the conclusion of the First Battle of Isonzo earlier in the month, the Second Battle of Isonzo began on the Italian Front with heavier artillery support against the Austro-Hungarian army.
July 20
The Battle of La Linge began between French and German forces near the Vosges mountains of Alsace.
July 21
The Russian town of Ivangorod was invaded by Austro-German forces.
July 22
British forces captured Bukoba on Victoria Nyanza in German East Africa.
July 23
Austrian warships bombarded Ortona and the Tremiti Islands in the Adriatic Sea.
July 24
Rozan and Pultulsk in North Poland were captured by German forces.
July 25
The American steamer Leelanaw was torpedoed off the Scottish coast.
July 26
Italian troops landed on and occupied Pelagosa Island in the middle of the Adriatic.
July 28
Germans forces crossed the Vistula between Warsaw and Ivangorod.
July 29
The East Persia Cordon was established in order to protect British interests and prevent enemy infiltration from Persia into Afghanistan.
July 30
German troops used flame throwers for the first time against the British lines at Hooge In Belgium.
The Pope sent an appeal for peace to belligerent Governments.
July 31
The Battle of Strelcze was fought on the Eastern Front.

(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


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#4152935 - 08/01/15 04:12 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4153274 - 08/03/15 04:08 AM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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Ran up to the lines for bombardment with 3 a/c. I dont know if mine hit anything but they did go down on the enemy lines.


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#4153326 - 08/03/15 12:42 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4153435 - 08/03/15 04:01 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: CatKnight]  
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#4153704 - 08/04/15 01:00 PM Re: DiD Centenary Challenge [Re: Fullofit]  
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Originally Posted By: Fullofit
And the news for July - Warbirds Rising:

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(From The Great War - Unseen Archives by Robert Hamilton)


Lots of things on the Eastern Front and the Med; still several more weeks before the Battle of Loos fiasco in the west.

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Sgt. Bond Jameson reporting back from leave:

I was going to spend time on an island, actually going under the water instead of flying high above it. I thought they'd send me over on a boat, but you'll not believe what happened: I went over on some type of aeroplane that neither Messrs. Wells nor Verne had even dreamt of yet. It must have held dozens of people, and gone at least 200 mph, but also the engines didn't have any propellers! Crazy, I know! But I swear I wasn't drunk or anything. So if it was real, then why aren't they using it to bomb the Huns?

Well, it's off to Ypres in my BE2. I have a feeling that I'll never be happy in it again.

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August 4, 1915.


Up to the lines for an Arty spot. I say, not a tidy show. Big guns firing but all over the place.


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