BA 9 Results

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BA9 - WEEK 1 RESULTS

Unread post by J5_Matthias » 07 Apr 2019, 03:43

EXTRA! EXTRA! Nivelle Offensive starts with a BANG and then goes BUST thanks to missing orders.

Story Filed By Correspondent Matteo Clingenberg
Tribune de Genève

The French general Nivelle’s long awaited offensive officially kicked into gear at 4:45AM this morning Paris time as the rumble of hundreds of guns woke the front along the Aisine River from its Winter slumber.
A furious dawn assault by lead battalions of French troops of the 5th , 6th, and 10th Armees plowed into the front trenches of the German 7th, 1st, and 3rd Armees where initial surprise was soon replaced with heavy hand to hand fighting in the early morning light. Hundreds of sleepy and surprised German prisoners were seen being escorted across No Mans Land and by 6AM, things were looking amazingly promising for the rest of the day.

Then by 7AM, the lead French troops realized that their comrades in the follow up waves of the assault didn’t seem to be arriving from behind them. Running low on ammunition and beginning to take considerable losses as the Germans counter-attacked, the troops hastily withdrew from the vast majority of their early gained territory and returned to the safety of their own jump-off trenches.

Initial investigations into the matter suggest that somehow, the timetable for the offensive only reached a bare handful of the French divisions expected to be engaged in the initial assault. This blunder has likely resulted in a total loss of element of surprise that Nivelle was counting on for his anticipated breakthrough maneuver.

Almost as shocking, the German troops who counter-attacked did not attempt to press the advantage as the French troops sought to disengage, and seemed mostly content just to regain the ground they had lost and then settle back into their old trenches. Thus this long awaited day ended for all intents and purposes quite abruptly by 8AM when it was really supposed to be just beginning.

Aerial operations on both sides were also reportedly unusually sluggish thanks to an unexpectedly thick haze that settled over the entire sector as the sun rose, which made bombing, reconnaissance, and artillery spotting support operations nearly impossible.

Nonetheless, at least one French observation balloon was brought down in flames, and there are reports that French pilots might have returned the favor to at least one if not two German balloons. Sparse and unconfirmed reports indicate that aircraft from both sides may have also carried out limited attacks on road and rail traffic behind the front lines during the course of the morning.

General Haig, the commander of British forces pushing forward East of Arras for the past two weeks (despite considerable losses) refused to comment on the situation but was reported to have been in an extremely foul mood after hearing the latest news from his South.

Estimated French Losses This Week:
  • 12,985 Infantry casualties / 1.25 divisions or 2.3% of their total effective strength
    1 observation balloon
    1 military supply train
    4 supply barges
    7 Aircraft destroyed, 15 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    15 Pilot casualties
French Successes of Note this Week:
  • A spy was successfully brought back home with key information.
Estimated German Losses This Week:
  • 13, 584 infantry casualties / 1.4 divisions or 3.7% of their total effective strength
    2 observation balloons
    1 military road convoy
    1 strategic target
    3 supply barges
    6 Aircraft destroyed, 10 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    8 Pilot casualties
Week outcome summary:
  • The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration was ~496m of German trenches
    French casualties were 20.8% of the 62,333 expected casualties
    14 French aircraft were permanently removed from service
    German casualties were 25.8% of the 54,333 expected casualties
    11 German aircraft were permanently removed from service
Campaign standing summary:
  • The French Army’s total penetration is ~491m of German trenches, which is roughly 7.6% of the 6.5km expected for the campaign.
    The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration so far at any one time was ~491m of German trenches (Week 1)
    Total French infantry casualties are at 6.94% of the 187,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    French pilot losses are currently at 25.4% of the 59 expected losses for the campaign
    French plane losses (shot down + writeoffs) are currently at 19.4% of their expected 72 losses for the campaign.
    Total German infantry casualties are at 8.33% of the 163,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    German pilot losses are currently at 22.8% of the 35 expected losses for the campaign.
    German plane losses (shot down + writeoffs) are currently at 22.9% of their expected 48 losses for the campaign.
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Re: BA9 - WEEK 1 RESULTS

Unread post by J5_Matthias » 07 Apr 2019, 21:52

Updated 4/7 at 5:52 EST to reflect a spy mission that the Entente completed. I had to hunt this one down a little differently. Sorry for the delay.
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BA9 - WEEK 2 RESULTS

Unread post by J5_Matthias » 14 Apr 2019, 10:45

EXTRA! EXTRA! Nivelle Offensive bloody slog for both sides!.

Story Filed By Correspondent Matteo Clingenberg
Tribune de Genève

The air around Reims was thick with smoke this morning as a new offensive phase was kicked off by General Nivelle. French troops valiantly lept from their parapets and dugouts and hurled themselves at the enemy positions screaming a hearty battlecry. Among the din this reporter also heard repeated shouts of "For real this time".

Unfortunately and quite extectedly in the opinion of this reporter, the German infantry did not seem at all surprised by the attack and quickly began laying down a murderous fire in No Mans Land. The constant bombardment of French artillery over the past week appeared to have been ineffective against their hardended positions.

Nonetheless, as the morning wore on, it appeared that thanks to the seemingly endless tide of attacking infantry streaming forwards the Germans were eventually forced to give ground, but accounts from two soldiers who survived the attack left the ground and the trenches literally paved with French casualties. French tank support was largely responsible for supporting the territory gains personally witnessed by this reporter, but suffered heavily. At least 9 were knocked out by enemy artillery or aircraft bombs.

Amid distant thunderstorms and fog, pilots on both sides were heavily active through the day. The drone of engines, the clatter of machine guns, and the deep boom of anti-aircraft fire over the trenches scarcely ceased. One burning German aircraft crashed in the railyard at Riems, narrowly missing a large pile of artillery shells being unloaded from a train. Daring firefighters worked with French troops to douse the flames while moving the ammunition to safety, saving the city from yet more damage and civilian casualties.

***Mission builder note. The map ran 6 minutes longer yesterday than it should have due to a timer error, which is now fixed. The last six minutes of action have been stripped from the official account of the battle which has resulted in a small number of plane and pilot losses being recinded for both sides. There were no other changes and no overall impact to casualties or any other mission metrics.***

Estimated French Losses This Week:
  • 57,139 Infantry casualties / 5.5 divisions or 10.5% of their total effective strength
    17 Aircraft destroyed, 48 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    26 Pilot casualties
French Mission Successes of Note this Week:
  • 1 Spy Mission completed
    2 Barge Hunt Missions completed - 5 barges destroyed
    3 Balloon Busting Missions cpmpleted
    1 Convoy Hunt Mission completed
    2 Trench Mapping Missions completed
    3 Strategic Bombing Missions completed
    2 Strategic Recon Missions completed
Estimated German Losses This Week:
  • 49,896 infantry casualties / 5.2 divisions or 13.5% of their total effective strength
    17 Aircraft destroyed, 44 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    25 Pilot casualties
German Successes of Note this Week:
  • 1 Barge Hunt Missions completed - 2 barges destroyed
    2 Balloon Busting Missions cpmpleted
    1 Train Hunt Mission completed
    2 Trench Mapping Missions completed
    2 Ground Attack Missions completed - 10 French tanks destroyed
    2 Air Superiority Missions completed
Week outcome summary:
  • The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration today was ~846m of German trenches
    French casualties were 91.67% of the 62,333 expected casualties
    32 French aircraft were permanently removed from service
    German casualties were 91.67% of the 54,333 expected casualties
    30 German aircraft were permanently removed from service
Campaign standing summary:
  • The French Army’s total penetration is ~1337m of German trenches, which is roughly 20.5% of the 6.5km expected for the campaign.
    The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration so far at any one time was 846m of German trenches
    (Week 2)
    Total French infantry casualties are at 37.5% of the 187,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    French pilot losses are currently at 69.49% of the 59 expected losses for the campaign
    French plane losses (shot down + writeoffs) are currently at 63.8% of their expected 72 losses for the campaign.
    Total German infantry casualties are at 38.88% of the 163,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    German pilot losses are currently at 94.2% of the 35 expected losses for the campaign.
    German plane losses (shot down + writeoffs) are currently at 87.5% of their expected 48 losses for the campaign.
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Re: BA9 - WEEK 2 RESULTS

Unread post by J2_Bidu » 14 Apr 2019, 15:07

Doesn't look good for Blue Team... :cry:

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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by I Got Shot » 20 Apr 2019, 04:21

G'day,

Can you check results please I would have posted sooner but I needed to check with Cuban and Wrongway. They destroyed a Train with a confirmation message that a train had been destroyed. The only issue with it was that as soon as they fired on the target the carriages disappeared though the engine remained. It was destroyed with gunfire and a bomb. This may be a glitch due to Central having destroyed a train earlier.

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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by J5_Matthias » 20 Apr 2019, 10:06

I did notice that they attacked a train but they're only recorded in the logs as damaging carriages with bullets. There was no record of the kill and Central killing a French tain should have no effect on Entente killing a German train. Perhaps they were shooting it up at the end of the route and were unlucky to catch it right at the moment it despawned?

I'll relook again to be sure.
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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by J5_Matthias » 28 Apr 2019, 23:43

EXTRA! EXTRA! Asine Advance Accelerates Amid Agony in Arras!.

Story Filed By Correspondent Matteo Clingenberg
Tribune de Genève

The third major offensive push by the three French armies entrenched on the Asine began today. Uncharacteristic of previous pushes, it appears the French are actually gathering steam, as they netted their most effective one day territory gains to date. Not only that, preliminary reports indicate that the French troops actually succeeded in inflicting more casualties than they took today. This marks an amazing departure from the characteristics of earlier battles in this war.

When asked for comment, General Nivelle stated that it was obvious that under the massive weight of French artillery and the iron curtain of French aircraft overhead it was obviously only a matter of time until his decicive breakthrough in the campaign was achieved. In short, his strategy by all apperances may indeed be be breaking the morale of the enemy, and it appears General Nivelle has no intention of stopping his push now that he's just getting things rolling.

Of note, the French "iron curtain" in the air was somewhat less complete than suggested. German aircraft were highly active behind French lines and train and road traffic into Riems were delayed due to numerous attacks. However, French pilots were also highly active over the German side of the lines - claiming over a dozen enmy aircraft and several balloons among a myriad of other missions which were apparently highly successful. French losses were reported as only five planes. One thing which is clear is that the newer 180HP Spad 7s are absolutely competative against the German Albatross fighters. The speed and climbing advantages these machines have in comparison to captured German aircraft show that the French can absolutely take the fight to the Germans in the air; which bodes well for the Entente as this new experiment of aerial warfare develops further over the coming year.

Estimated French Losses This Week:
  • 49,347 Infantry casualties / 4.75 divisions or 8.99% of their total effective strength
    5 Aircraft destroyed, 37 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    21 Pilot casualties
French Mission Successes of Note this Week:
  • 2 Barge Hunt Missions completed - 4 barges destroyed
    4 Balloon Busting Missions cpmpleted
    2 Convoy Hunt Mission completed
    2 Train Hunt Missions completed
    3 Artillery spotting Missions completed
    2 AI Escort Missions completed
    1 Trench Mapping Missions completed
    3 Strategic Bombing Missions completed
    2 Strategic Recon Missions completed
Estimated German Losses This Week:
  • 49,806 infantry casualties / 5.2 divisions or 13.5% of their total effective strength
    14 Aircraft destroyed, 39 damaged (half of these rounding down will be considered write-offs)
    20 Pilot casualties
German Successes of Note this Week:
  • 2 Spy Missions competed
    1 Barge Hunt Missions completed - 3 barges destroyed
    2 Balloon Busting Missions cpmpleted
    1 Convoy Hunt Mission completed
    3 Train Hunt Mission completed
    3 Trench Mapping Missions completed
    3 Ground Attack Missions completed - 15 French tanks destroyed
    2 Air Superiority Missions completed
Week outcome summary:
  • The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration today was ~1629m of German trenches
    French casualties were 79.17% of the 62,333 expected casualties
    23 French aircraft were permanently removed from service
    German casualties were 91.67% of the 54,333 expected casualties
    33 German aircraft were permanently removed from service
Campaign standing summary:
  • The French Army’s total penetration is ~2966m of German trenches, which is roughly 45.6% of the 6.5km expected for the campaign.
    The French Army’s deepest sustained penetration so far at any one time was 1629m of German trenches
    (Week 3)
    Total French infantry casualties are at 46.49% of the 187,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    French pilot losses (63) are currently at 105% of the 59 expected losses for the campaign
    French plane losses (shot down + writeoffs) (67) are currently at 93% of their expected 72 losses for the campaign.
    Total German infantry casualties are at 52.38% of the 163,000 expected casualties for the campaign
    German pilot losses (53) are currently at 151% of the 35 expected losses for the campaign.
    German plane losses (63) (shot down + writeoffs) are currently at 141.6% of their expected 48 losses for the campaign.
Campaign Impacts on the the war - an altered history assessment:

Many books will be written about this campaign, an anomly that consistently defies the statistical models of warfare which result from studies of the vast majority of World War I over the next century. A battle where the French attacked -for a time - with coordinated and calulated precision, in a way that allowed them to soundly defeat an entrenched enemy on the ground. Some will say Niville was lucky, others that he was before his time. British authors will however be less kind than others, pointing out that the overall gain in teritory was insufficient to divert German troops away from Arass to allow Haig to capture more ground. Nor was Nivelle able to fulfill his prediction of a gallant and massive breakthrough that would end the war.

German historians and military analysts of the 1930s will spend a great number of hours analyzing the Nivelle Offensive, and in doing so theorize concepts of aerial support for ground offensives that will eventually lead to the blitzkrieg doctrines that give them Europe in 1940.

The British forces in Arass take additional casualties trying to consolidate their earlier April gains and Britsh generals clamor for Niville's head. They eventually get it... but not before Nivelle slaughters tens of thousands of French soldiers through the rest of May trying to continue what he started so oddley effectively in April.

The French army mutinies of 1917 are somewhat more muted than they otherwise might have been, as the French have taken less casualties in April than expected. When Field Marshall Petain assumes command he restores order in the ranks more quickly and is able to send the British 5 extra divisions in support of the Flanders campaign. This somewhat appeases the staunchest anti-French elements of the British leadership still smarting over the lack of support Haig recieved from Niville in their earlier "coordinated" offensive. These French divisions -which were lucky to survive Nivelle's offensive- are quickly ground down in the meat grinder of Flanders and Passchendale throught the remainder of 1917, and erased from French army ledgers.

The German army completes a reorganization in the wake of the Nivelle campaign and is not seriously impacted by the casualties they sustain, nor the slight loss in territory. They do however pay attention to the methods used by the French in the campaign and will incorporate some of those into their May 1918 offensive. Overall, it's not enough to tip the balance in their favor and change the eventual outcome of things.

The Luftstreitkräfte on the other hand notes a marked increase in casualties and lost airframes during the April period and this alarming development results in a significant disruption to their plans. Pilot training has to be significantly accelerated for a time and two entire additional Jastas have to be transferred to Flanders once the British attack there is under way. Both Herman Goering and Werner Voss will die at Passchendale in massive aerial engagements during the course of the final British November push.
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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by BA_cubancoverunner » 30 Apr 2019, 02:59

So...Entente wins correct? :)

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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by Adler Blau » 30 Apr 2019, 07:59

BA_cubancoverunner wrote:
30 Apr 2019, 02:59
So...Entente wins correct? :)
I think no. Main goal was not achived.
The French Army’s total penetration is ~2966m of German trenches, which is roughly 45.6% of the 6.5km expected for the campaign.
less than half
Total French infantry casualties are at 46.49% of the 187,000 expected casualties for the campaign
187000*0,4649 = 86 936 soldiers
Total German infantry casualties are at 52.38% of the 163,000 expected casualties for the campaign
163000*0,5238 = 85 379 soldiers

Central side have less loses than entente. Pilots lives costs nothing.
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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by Oorpii » 01 May 2019, 05:53

Ah,...whatever 8)

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Re: BA 9 Results

Unread post by J2_Bidu » 05 May 2019, 13:16

Adler Blau wrote:
30 Apr 2019, 07:59
Central side have less loses than entente. Pilots lives costs nothing.
This is how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg1kFqWAbWc

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Re: BA 9 Awards

Unread post by J5_Bäumer » 05 May 2019, 17:33

S! and thank you to all the pilots who made Bloody April IX so challenging and enjoyable to participate in. This years event saw a few pilots fly their first ever Bloody April and in some cases, multiplayer campaign!

Those many pilots flying in all three missions (Persistence Award) flew 2H 56 MIN Flight Time per Mission and 9 hours of total flying in the campaign!

Below are the individual pilot awards for this years event. Please see the rules for official award requirements. If you feel there is a omission or error, please contact matthias@jasta5.org.

Campaign Ribbon - pilots flying one or more weeks of the campaign
https://jufdqg.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mvAD ... pmode=none

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1PL-Husar-1Esk
1PL-KJ-1Esk
1PL-Lucas-1Esk
1PL-Rahon-1Esk
1PL-Sahaj-1Esk
1PL-Shoki-2Esk
Adler Blau
Baron von Myakin
CubanCoveRunner
D.B.Cooper
Flashy
Foxmann
GUYNEMER14
J2_Bidu
J2_Drookasi
J2_Hornet
J2_Jakob
J2_raker
J2_Trupobaw
J5_Baeumer
J5_Chunko
J5_Darling
J5_Gamecock
J5_Hellbender
J5_Josef Mai
J5_Klugermann
J5_Matthias
J5_Mueller
J5_Rumey
J5_Spyboy
J5_Stein
J5_Sturm
J99_Himmelhund
J99vonBu
Jack OFerrall
JG1_Butzzell_J11
JG1_Dudley
JG1_E.Davjack
JG1_Etzel_J10
JG1_GenMarkof
JG1_Hotlead_J10
JG1_Lee_J10
JG1_loopy
JG1_Vonrd_J10
JG1Luftritter_J4
JoKeR_BR
-NW-FourSpeed
-NW-I Got Shot
Oorpii
RFC Phil
ROSS_BerryMORE
Rubber ducky
sgt.Kopcap
Shtahel 040
Tailmange
Tora_Tora_Tora
Tovarisch_Mauser
US103_Baer
US103_Larner
whi5key123
Wrongway Feldman

Persistence Award
https://kefdqg.bl.files.1drv.com/y4msyv ... pmode=none

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1PL-Husar-1Esk
1PL-KJ-1Esk
1PL-Lucas-1Esk
1PL-Rahon-1Esk
1PL-Sahaj-1Esk
1PL-Shoki-2Esk
Adler Blau
CubanCoveRunner
D.B.Cooper
Foxmann
J2_Hornet
J2_Trupobaw
J5_Josef Mai
J5_Mueller
J5_Rumey
J5_Spyboy
J5_Sturm
J99vonBu
Jack OFerrall
JG1_Butzzell_J11
JG1_Dudley
JG1_GenMarkof
JG1_Lee_J10
JG1_loopy
JG1_Vonrd_J10
JoKeR_BR
-NW-FourSpeed
-NW-I Got Shot
RFC Phil
Rubber ducky
Wrongway Feldman

Observer - Gold
https://kuhciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mGCu ... pmode=none

J5_Matthias, 1 kill tie
J5_Darling, 1 kill tie

Observer - Silver
None

Observer - Bronze
None

Two-Seater effectiveness - Gold
https://kehciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4myys ... pmode=none

J2_Trupobaw 4:26 FT, 4 sorties 1 death
Jack Oferrall 12:56 FT, 11 Sorties, 0 deaths

Two-Seater effectiveness - Silver
https://kohciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4m-oW ... pmode=none

J99vonBu 6:00 FT, 10 sorties, 3 deaths
JG1_Lee_J10 10:21 FT, 6 sorties, 0 deaths

Two-Seater effectiveness - Bronze
https://juhciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mu9d ... pmode=none

Foxmann 6:00 FT, 7 sorties, 4 deaths
JG1_Butzzell_J11, 6:20 FT, 4 sorties, 0 deaths

Survivability/Virtual Life
https://hoenfq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mJqd ... pmode=none

1PL-Husar-1Esk 5:42 VL, 2 Kills
Tovarisch_Mauser 3:29 VL, 3 kills

Achievement Medals - Gold
https://jofdqg.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mZ4z ... pmode=none

1PL-Lucas-1Esk - 5 kill VL
Tovarisch_Mauser 3 kill VL - tie
Shtahel 040 3 kill VL - tie

Central - Too many ties at 2 kills resulting in lack of distinction.

Achievement Medals - Silver
https://jpfdqg.bl.files.1drv.com/y4m8jd ... pmode=none

1PL-Sahaj-1Esk - 4 KIll VL

Achievement Medals - Bronze
https://jefdqg.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mm4d ... pmode=none

1PL-Rahon-1Esk - 3 kill VL

Combat Effectiveness Entente
https://johciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mXtS ... pmode=none

1PL-Lucas-1Esk
1PL-Rahon-1Esk
1PL-Sahaj-1Esk (tie broken by Kill/Death)

Combat Effectiveness Central
https://johciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mXtS ... pmode=none

Baron von Myakin
Tovarisch_Mauser
Shtahel 040

Community Leadership Award
https://hohciq.bl.files.1drv.com/y4mog3 ... pmode=none

Adler Blau (Central Commander)
-NW-I Got Shot (Entente Commander)
J5_Matthias (mission building)
J5_Voss (medals)
J5_Baeumer (campaign coordinator)
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