‘Kamikaze Attack’ battle report

Jonathan Aird does an AAR using rules by Mike Crane and Paul Le Long from a previous issue of Lone Warrior magazine.

It’s on the Miscellaneous page.

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2 Responses to ‘Kamikaze Attack’ battle report

  1. Paul Le Long says:

    Hey Jonathan – great AAR – it’s good to see that these games have some longevity beyond immediate publication. Having said that I realise that I just played an Agincourt game by Nic Birt published in LW in 2003!

    Mike Crane should get the lion’s share of the credit for Kamikaze – I was play-tester and sounding board really – Mike’s a genius and he’s produced some really fine games over the years.

    Anyway, I’m glad to see this one getting an outing, being enjoyed and getting a report – it would be nice to see some AARs on this blog when people have played a game from LW – maybe I’ll do a report on the Agincourt game…

  2. Mike Crane says:

    Paul, thank you for your kind words and generous compliment. I must admit to placing you in the onerous position of play-testing and offering advice on several games—most of which were unsuccessful. Thank you very much for your help. I only wish I could have done better. I enjoyed and appreciated the battle report Jon Aird gave for the “Kamikaze Attack” wargame. It was a most enjoyable read.

    I don’t think I told you, but the inspiration for the game came from a conversation I had as a teenager with a veteran sailor of WWII. He told me that his destroyer went into Tokyo Bay and was hit by a kamikaze. The bomb didn’t explode but the fuselage of the airplane plunged halfway into the bow killing the pilot. Apparently, the sailor was the carpenter’s mate and the captain ordered him to take a crew, enter the bow, disarm the bomb, remove the airplane, and plug the hole so the ship could move back to the fleet for protection and rudimentary repairs. He saw my incredulity and produced a cigar box containing the personal effects that he had removed from the body of the kamikaze pilot. The evidence convinced me that his story was true. I asked why the destroyer had entered into the bay alone and he said that the captain wasn’t in the habit of explaining his commands to sailors. That sounded like a good answer to me.

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