Midway – Indian Ocean Raid Variant
At the beginning of April 1942 the Japanese First Air Strike Fleet (Kido Butai) made a sortie into the Indian Ocean in an attempt to defuse any possible aggression by the British Far Eastern Fleet. Known as the Indian Ocean Raid, this is a potential battle that has been badly neglected in the wargaming library, especially for the Midway game.
Thanks to good reconnaissance the British knew the Japanese were coming almost immediately. The commander of the British Far Eastern Fleet, Admiral James Somerville, went aggressively looking for the Japanese Fleet with two smallish fleet carriers carrying biplanes accompanied by a collection of WWI leftovers. What! Why? Airborne radar! Those old slow biplanes and the search planes had radar. Somerville intended to find and attack the Kido Butai at night, when they would be almost defenceless.
Unfortunately neither side made contact. It would have been interesting to see what exactly would have happened if they had.
Now is your chance to find out.
This post is to give you advanced notification of the coming of this variant. I’ve been working on it for quite some time now, finding out the proper order of battles (there seems to be some disagreement about this) and a set of rules that suit the strange conditions of this potential encounter.
This item is already listed on this website, under the Naval Warfare category and the Midway sub-category. The inventory is listed as zero, but you can make “back orders” if you wish to order in advance. The counters have been printed and mounted but still need to be trimmed and die-cut. The map, rules and OOBs have been made up, and I’m hoping that this set will be available next week some time.
Whether you are the British or Japanese player, this is a high-risk, all-or-nothing situation that could have changed the course of WWII in the Pacific.