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Battle of the Denmark Strait - Battleships Zenith refight

On Thursday two of my wargaming buddies came over and for 3.5hrs fought the historic battle between HMS Hood, HMS Prince of Wales against the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen. Things did not go as history records.

The game was played using the NWS computer moderated rules - Battleships Zenith.


The ships started 17 miles apart, and soon began to close the range, it took 9 minutes before the ships spotted each other.

Battleships Zenith keeps a record of the exchange of fire between the protagonists, and I will use this to aide the readers understanding of the battle.

Both commanders had strict orders and objectives to meet - here are a copy of their briefing notes:
Kriegsmarine operational briefing For admirals eyes only
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