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  1. Hello everyone! "Navygaming" reminds you of its existence - we are very glad to post an article (not a magazine, unfortunately). Its author - Barry F. Poulson - tells you about the Aleution Campaign which became Admiral Yamamoto's final hand and which appears to be the turning point in WW2 for him. Why? Let's read the article! The Aleutian Campaign (by Barry F. Poulson aka Wulfnose) Admiral Yamamoto’s plan for the capture of Midway and the invasion of the Aleutian Islands was no less brilliant than his plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor. What went wrong? S. Morris, Jr, writes, “[Harvard] Classmates would have remembered Yamamoto well: a hard worker but not a grind, exceptionally curious and imaginative. When they introduced him to the game of poker, he became a fanatical poker player who would stay up all night, winning hand after hand.” Years later, as a naval attaché at the Japanese embassy and still a compulsive poker player, Yamamoto gambled with members of the United States military. “Spurred on by his victories,” Morris writes, “he developed contempt for the mental agility of his American naval opponents at the poker table.” When Yamamoto dealt his hand for the domination of the Pacific, little did he know he was dealing from a marked deck. Del Kostka writes “But Nimitz had a trump card … US Navy cryptographers at Pearl Harbor had just broken the Japanese naval code. By late May of 1942, Admiral Nimitz knew about the Midway and Aleutian operations, the approximate dates of the attack, and the relative strength of both the Northern and Central Area Fleets.” Nimitz sent Admiral Theobald north with Task Force 8 to contain Admiral Hosogaya’s assault on the Aleutian Islands. Hosogaya was betrayed by more than the code. Weather hindered the launching of planes, and when his reduced force attacked Dutch Harbor, they found it fully prepared. A second attack was more successful, but a downed Zero was later recovered, repaired, and flown by the Americans, who developed strategies for engaging the Zero. Returning Vals ran into a flight of P-40’s, which destroyed four. Aboard the Nachi, Hosogaya read Yamamoto’s order to halt action against Dutch Harbor, abandon the assault on Adak, and join the Midway attack group. Nimitz had read Yamamoto’s hand, and Japan paid the price. How different my life would have been, if there was life for me at all, without this turn of fate. Rather than capture Adak, Hosogaya took Kiska and Attu. The US built an airbase on Adak, and there my Father was posted as an Aviation Ordnanceman. He told me about the harsh conditions, the cruel Williwaw wind, lines strung between Quonset hut and mess hall to walk through the fog, and the arming and rearming of planes around the clock. My Father came home; many did not. The invasion of Kiska and Attu, six months after Pearl Harbor, left the Japanese in a strong position in the western Aleutians. To lift this occupation, the US needed to accumulate forces and to build forward bases to support the invasion. The transformation of Adak into a military base was a remarkable engineering feat. A flooded tidal basin was transformed into an airfield. Army engineers installed an ingenious drainage system which provided a usable airfield in less than two weeks. The airfield was decked with steel matting by the US infantry, covering 1,500,000 square feet in just 36 hours. Adak was occupied on August 26th and 27th. The first combat mission, comprised of 12 B-24 bombers escorted by 28 fighters, attacked Japanese forces on Kiska on September 14th. Attacks were constant, weather permitting, with heavy damage to troops, installations, and ships at Kiska. Dad told me about the winters on Adak, of partially covering the Quonset hut with earth against the cold and sound of planes taking off overhead. I knew about bore-sighting an airplane’s guns to fit a pilot’s preferences, mixes of armor-piercing and incendiary, and how, when they were ordered to dispose of old mortar rounds, they chose the most expedient way—they borrowed a mortar from the Army. I expect that my Father and his crew were the best mortarmen in the United States Navy! The Japanese formed a supply convoy bound for their Aleutian holdings. The US was aware of the convoy, but not that it was escorted by two heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, and four destroyers under, Admiral Hosogaya. The convoy was intercepted 180 miles west of Kiska by Admiral McMorris with a force of one heavy cruiser, one light cruiser, and four destroyers. Both fleets suffered damage, but the weaker American fleet managed to withdraw. While a tactical loss for the US, the convey turned back, and from then on, Japanese forces in the Aleutians could only be supplied by submarines. Plans were made for the liberation of Kiska because of its airfield and harbor, but plans can change. Attu appeared to be weakly defended, with an estimated defense force of 500 men with only three rifle companies, as compared to 5,000 men on Kiska. Little was known about conditions on Attu. Maps were sketchy, and Japanese installations well camouflaged. The defenders had dug in far from the beaches, with sniper and machine gun posts along the upper sides of the mountain passes. The US landed 11,000 troops in their assault. The Japanese soldiers had been on Attu for a year, were fully acclimated to its harsh conditions and put up a determined defense. US estimates of how many defenders they faced were raised. After American reinforcements arrived, the assault was pressed home. The last 1,000 Japanese defenders charged the American position; cries of “Banzai!” echoed through the dense fog The Japanese charge reached the US hospital. Atrocities committed at the hospital hardened US hearts for the rest of the war. In the final count, of the nearly 3,000 Japanese defenders, only 30 survived. The fortunes of war had dealt the Japanese defenders of Attu an impossible hand. When the cards were turned over, they revealed two black aces and two black eights—the dead man’s hand of Wild Bill Hickok fame. The fifth card, the fateful hole-card was yet to be revealed… Schooled by the intense defense of Attu, the US prepared “Operation Cottage,” the liberation of Kiska. The Americans expected to meet more than 5,000 defenders, and sent nearly 35,000 troops and 95 ships, including three battleships and a heavy cruiser. The assault stormed ashore, but when the Americans turned the last card in the Attu hand, they revealed a joker! In intense fog on July 29, 1943, Japanese surface forces were able to evacuate Kiska. Boarding was completed in 55 minutes! The invading force found only ruins, but 300 soldiers were lost to mines and friendly fire. The Fletcher-class destroyer Abner Reed struck a mine and lost 70 men. The US weather station mascot, Explosion, cared for by the Japanese during their occupation, was there to greet the fleet with a wagging tail. How did America overcome Japan’s lead in the Pacific, while fighting a primary front in Europe? The total mobilization of US industrial might overwhelmed the Axis. Steady attrition, compounded by the blockade of raw materials and loss of skilled personnel, left Japanese planners with less and less to work with. Troops and fleets were outnumbered. Yamamoto said, of Pearl Harbor, “"I'm afraid all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." At home, transformation of America to an arsenal was complete and immediate. My Grandfather’s lathe at the refrigeration factory in Tecumseh was producing 37mm anti-tank rounds, while my Grandmother worked at the Liberator plant at Willow Run. No worries about quality control there—my Uncle flew B-24 Liberators. Tires were rationed, sugar was rationed, and drivers donated the bumpers from their cars at scrap yards to support the war effort. Admiral Yamamoto was no doubt unaware that, on April 18, 1943, he was dealt his final hand. Again, American Intelligence had read his cards: his itinerary was known, and at the order of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 18 P-38G’s with special drop tanks were dispatched on the 1,000 mile “Operation Vengeance.” Two Betty medium bombers carrying Yamamoto and his chief of staff, Admiral Matome Ugaki, were shot down. Ugaki survived, but Kiagun Tiashō (Admiral) Isoroku Yamamoto died in battle of his wounds. When you read Admiral Morison’s History of United States Naval Operations in World War Two, it is difficult not to see coincidence and to wonder at the crafty judgments of the American Admirals. Morison wrote without knowledge of the intercepts US intelligence used to turn the tide of the war. Tens of thousands of Americans survived who would have died if America had not read Yamamoto’s hand. Just as many brave Japanese perished, including its finest Admiral, never knowing how America knew exactly what to expect. There must have been some free time on Adak. My Father was always a good poker player. After he came home, he was phenomenal. He could play cards for hours, remembering every card that was played. I wonder how he and Yamamoto would have fared at poker. A tragedy of war is that we will never know. Today, the U.S. naval base on Adak is gone. Efforts to restore the island continue. I drove the Alcan Highway in 1982, four days from Minneapolis to Fairbanks, and later managed to catch a flight out of Anchorage, flying to Adak on a gutsy Lockheed Electra. A rare sunny day, some greenery, a few flowers, but scars of the base and its battles still remained. It was hard to imagine the Williwaws, fog, roar of the planes, and thousands of sailors and soldiers living along that beautiful harbor. Everyone can point to a turning point in WWII. For me, my personal turning point was the Aleutian Campaign.
  2. Navygaming Magazine, 02/2013

    Hello guys! Nice to see you there! Were you waiting for our second issue? We too! And now it's done! So, just right now click on the magazine's cover below and read it! Also, there is some useful information for you below. [CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MAGAZINE] Our second issue is focused on Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku. Chester W. Nimitz was very happy to hear that Zuikaku was sunk. Why? Read our magazine!We hope, you will find a lot of interesting information: from the development history to the two Japanese admirals… Still uninterested? Then, take part in our contest and win Gold for your WoT or WoWP account! 12,500 Gold are at stake! You will find the rules of the contest below the spoiler. Our team hopes you enjoy the project. As such, please write your feedback to our forum thread: it would be a great help of yours for us! Alas, no more words from me. Just keep reading! Zamu.
  3. The "Navygaming" Project needs volunteers

    Captains! This is the official recruiting Navygaming's station! We are very glad to invite you to participate in our project! =================================== > What is "Navygaming"? This is a unique project which includes all the fans' activities like fan-press and videos, even contests and many more! So, you have an excellent chance to check your knowledge of the naval history, show your opportunities and talent! You will work in a friendly environment which will always help you with all your questions and problems. Have any questions? Ask us! > Is there any salary for the volunteers? All our volunteers do not work for a salary bur for their own interest and "thanks" from other community participants. However, you can get a special medal for your contribution in the project. > How can I join the Navygaming.team? This is very simple! Just post a request in this topic using the example below: the position you want to get; how much time you can spend working on the project; your timezone or the city you live in; your comments if you want. If your request is of interest us, you will receive a special PM where further actions will be listed. Pay attention to the fact that you have to register on our special team forums (we are working on our issues and videos there) in case you're accepted to the team! 1. Content Writer This vacance is for those who want to write articles for the Navygaming Magazine issues, or YouTube special videos. The criteria to get the position are: - adequacy; - some free time working on the project; - reliability; - skill on writing articles; - skill on correct use of different historical references. If you think you will be a good content writer, feel free posting an application to join us! 2. Project's Navy Advisor This position is for those guys who know the naval history very well and want to consult our writing team on some questions. The criteria to get the vacance are: - adequacy; - some free time working on the project; - reliability; - good knowledge of the naval history (the WW1 - WW2 periods especially). If you think you will be a good advisor, feel free posting an application to join us! 3. Navygaming.TV Narrator This vacance is for those who have a good English pronunciation, skills of reading texts aloud. The criteria to get the position are: - adequacy; - some free time on working on the project; - reliability; - good pronunciation skills; - having a good microphone. If you think you will be a good narrator, feel free posting an application to join us! 4. Designer This position is for those who can draw or paint very well (if you're able to do something like that), or who have good skills of working in the Photoshop. The criteria to get the vacance are: - adequacy; - some free time on working on the project; - reliability; - excellent imagination; - good drawing/Photoshop skills. If you think you will be a good designer, feel free posting an application to join us! ============= GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! JOIN OUR TEAM RIGHT NOW!
  4. The Navygaming.team congratulates you!

    Fellows! Guys! Friends! Sailors and Captains! The Navygaming.team congratulates you with such great and important holidays (the first one - Christmas - was already celebrated without us =( ). We wish you to spend the New Year's time (this is 8760 hours!) on implementation all your wishes, on making your life more helpful for others. You would probably ask why our team does not any magazines for you as we promised some time ago. We are still working on our projects including not only unique magazine issues but even videos! Also, we need your help to realize all the things mentioned. You will have a unique opportunity to join us very soon! And now I have a qusetion for you guys... Do you have a Christmas-tree nearby? Yes? Go and find the present that Santa-sailor brought you from the Navygaming's santacraft carrier! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Navygaming.team
  5. Awarding Program for WoWS Players

    Hello Captains! Hello Sailors! You may have noticed on the forums that some players have ribbons or medals on their signatures or avatars. This innovation was firstly introduced September 15, 2013. Most of you love the idea, so, now we are glad to present you Navygaming's Official Awarding Program together with WoWS Wiki! The following awards are given to World of Warships Players who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to contribute their skills, talents, and time to the World of Warships community. Awards are also given to those who participate in the publication of Navygaming, editing and providing content to the World of Warships Pre-Release Wiki, etc. Awardees are entitled to proudly display their accomplishments in their forum signatures, avators, and/or any other place they feel the urge. Awards are listed in order of precedence. The awards at the top of the list are the most prestigious! Read below to see the various awards and who has been granted awards! Congratulations to all of the awardees! Medals that have been received more than once by a player will receive Bronze and Silver Stars or Oak Leaves. Four Bronze devices = One Silver Device. E.g, if a player has been granted an award six times, they will have one Silver Star, and one Bronze Star on their medal (The Medal itself, plus 5 additional awards). On medals associated with service on a particular project, such as the Pre-Release Wiki, a Gold Star or Oak Leaf denotes the project leader/creator. An extra star may also be granted for extraordinary service on a project. All the awardees can ask me to create a sig for them including their medals and/or achievements. You can also ask me to bestow you with the medal you qualify. New medals are added to this topic as soon as they appear. Community Commendations and AwardsThese awards are bestowed upon users who have made contributions to the World of Warships forum community. Commendation Medal ...................​The Commendation Medal is awarded to players that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the Community, by creating important posts or web sites used by other players as a game resource, or other actions that have greatly added immense value to the World of Warships community. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted for repeated grants of this award. View Awardees Navygaming Victory Medal - 1st Class ...................​This medal is awarded to players who have achieved first place in a Navygaming Magazine contest. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted for repeat wins. View Awardees Navygaming Victory Medal - 2nd Class​ ...................​This medal is awarded to players who have achieved second place in a Navygaming Magazine contest. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted for repeat wins. View Awardees Navygaming Victory Medal - 3rd Class ...................​This medal is awarded to players who have achieved third place in a Navygaming Magazine contest. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted for repeat wins. View Awardees Courageous Medal ...................​The Courageous Medal was awarded to players who wrote articles for the First Edition of Navygaming Magazine. View Awardees Outreach Medal ...................​Players who are consistently friendly and helpful to new users are recognized with the Outreach Medal. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted for repeat wins. View Awardees Navygaming Contribution Medal ...................​This medal is awarded to players who have written articles for Navygaming Magazine. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted based on the amount of contributions a user has made to the Navygaming project. View Awardees Wiki Contribution Medal ...................​This medal is awarded to players who have helped Triptyx with the World of Warships Pre-Release Wiki. * Bronze and Silver Stars are granted based on the amount of contributions a user has made to the Wiki project. View Awardees
  6. Hello Captains! We are again in need of good writers. For our next edition in a new format, we have selected the three following topics and would like your help for that matter: US shipbuilding programs throughout history 120mm naval anti-aircraft rocket launchers Closure of 3 shipyards in the United Kingdom, including Portmsouth If you think that you have what it takes to become a "Navygaming" writer, drop me a line. Zamuchryshkin, Navygaming Team Lead
  7. Fellows, I've created this topic to get some feedbacks from you, our readers. Please, answer the questions above to help our team to make the magazine better! Also, you can write your ideas, suggestions and critics. Pay attention: do not "flood" there, please. Be serious. Link to the magazine's topic
  8. "Navygaming" Magazine, 01/2013

    Good afternoon, fellows! Today is a great day! We have to main holidays: Halloween and "Navygaming"s first release! Click on the cover to read the magazine. If you do not want to read it "on-line", you can download (73,5 MB) the magazine here. As its editor-in-chief I'd like to tell a few words about "Navygaming".Each edition includes various articles on a specific ship: her development and operational history, different naval shipyards and bases, articles on warships' weaponry and floatplanes, tactics and famous people lives… Reading through our pages, you will learn interesting facts about the Navy history of different countries and much more! But learning something should not be boring. So, we have asked the developers to help… Now we have some new gaming screenshots, articles written by them… …and of course a special contest! There are three questions in the magazine’s pages. Answer them and win 12500, 7500 or 5000 Gold for your WoT or WoWP account! For more information about the rules – read them in the topic. Our team hopes you will like “Navygaming”. We would like you to tell us what you think, so write some words including your critics, suggestions and ideas in the topic where a special poll is also available for you to vote. Our Contest's Rules To take part you must answer the questions below and send your answers to Zamuchryshkin by a forum message (to US or EU forums).Our winner is the fisrt person sent the correct answers. Our other prizewinners are the next two participants sent the correct answers. These people will receive 12 500, 7 500 and 5 000 Gold for their WoT or WoWP (after its release) respectively. New Gaming Screenshots 1. IJN "Nagato" 2. IJN "Takao" So, now let's discuss our magazine and... thanks for reading!
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