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History of the KaferWar

Copyright 1996 by Wade Racine

HTMLized by Steven Alexander


As best I can figure out, this is the timeline of events during the Invasion. I have included every ship casualty that I can find and that is implied by the books. This is necessary to figure out what is left, and where they are, for the ships we know were in existence immediately after the Battle of Beowulf. If you see any flaws in this list, please let me know. As you will see, the Germans got clobbered, and the others didn't do too well either. The results of the Battle of Beowulf are extrapolated from information given in Invasion and what happened when a friend of mine and I played that scenario (it took us 2 weeks to finish it). We did better than the human fleets here did (or I should say he did...I was playing the Kafers), in that not as many Kafer ships survived the Battle of Beowulf. Accordingly, with more Kafer ships surviving, I reduced the damage the humans took in our playing of that climactic battle.


2301AD

 

2301 June 2

Kafer Task Force Zulu begins to arrive at Hochbaden

 

2301 June 4

Kafer Task Force Zulu begins assault on Hochbaden. German Hochbaden Squadron destroyed.

 

2301 June 8

Kafer Task Force Zulu finishes assault on Hochbaden. Hochbaden destroyed. Kafer Task Force Zulu loses 2 Alphas, 3 Epsilons.

Rearguard elements of Kafer Task Force Zulu become Kafer Hochbaden Squadron.

Australian Aurore Squadron arrives Arcturus.

 

2301 June 11

Kafer Task Force X-Ray arrives Arcturus. Australian Aurore Squadron leaves Arcturus.

Task Force Aurore, less Australian Squadron, leaves Eta Bootis.

 

2301 June 13

Australian Aurore Squadron arrives Eta Bootis.

 

2301 June 16

Task Force Aurore, less Australian Squadron, arrives Hochbaden, begins to engage Kafer Hochbaden Squadron.

 

2301 June 18

French Aurore Squadron BB Tallyrand destroyed, FF Duperre heavily damaged. American Aurore Squadron FF Temptress heavily damaged. Task Force Aurore commander Rochemont killed; Borodin takes command of Task Force Aurore.

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives Dunkelheim.

German Dunkleheim Defense Squadron leaves Dunkleheim for Beta Comae Berenices.

 

2301 June 19

Kafer Task Force X-Ray arrives Hochbaden.

Task Force Aurore, less Australian Squadron, leaves Hochbaden.

 

2301 June 20

Kafer Task Force Zulu secures Dunkelheim.

 

2301 June 22

Kafer Task Force Yankee begins to arrive at Eta Bootis. 1 Improved Alpha destroyed.

 

2301 June 23

Kafer Task Force Yankee leaves Eta Bootis for DM+18 2776. Part of Kafer Task Force X-Ray becomes Kafer Arcturus Squadron.

 

2301 June 29

Kafer Task Force X-Ray arrives Eta Bootis. Task Force Aurore destroys 1 Delta, 1 Improved Alpha, 2 Betas. Kafer Task Force X-Ray leaves Eta Bootis for Hochbaden, joins Kafer Hochbaden Squadron to form Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force.

 

2301 June 20

Borodin forms Aurore Cruiser Squadron (CG Jefferson, CG Bassompierre, CG Konstantine, CG Hamburg) from Task Force Aurore. Aurore Cruiser Squadron leaves Eta Bootis. Lutke named commander of Task Force Aurore.

 

2301 July 3

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Arcturus.

 

2301 July 8

Three battleships of Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force arrive at Vogelheim.

International Peacekeeping Force, along with French FF Foudroyant and German FF Schleswig defeat them, and they return to Hocbaden.

 

2301 July 10

1 Alpha from Task Force Yankee arrives Eta Bootis. Alpha driven off by Task Force Aurore, less Aurore Cruiser Squadron.

American Aurore Squadron FF Spitfire pursues as an Alpha from Task Force Yankee leaves Eta Bootis for DM+18 2776.

 

2301 July 12

Alpha arrives DM+18 2776. American Aurore Squadron FF Spitfire heavily damaged, leaves DM+18 2776 for Arcturus.

 

2301 July 13

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Eta Bootis.

 

2301 July 15

Australian Aurore Squadron arrives Hochbaden.

 

2301 July 20

Australian Aurore Squadron arrives Eta Bootis.

 

2301 July 24

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Hochbaden.

 

2301 August 1

Task Force BCV arrives Beta Comae Berenices. French Nous Voila Squadron becomes part of French Premiere Squadron. British New Africa Squadron combines with Commodore Colliers' Squadron to form British Expeditionary Squadron, with Colliers in command. German Uethen Squadron absorbs German Dunkleheim Defense Squadron. All Task Force BCV non-ship based fighters remain at Beta Canum Venaticorum to form BCV Defense Forces. Rochemont commands strengthened Task Force BCV.

 

2301 August 3

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Eta Bootis.

 

2301 August 21

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Arcturus. Ukrainian Aurore Squadron CG Konstantine heavily damaged during sweep. Borodin transfers flag to German Aurore Squadron BC Bismark.

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives Beta Comae Berenices.

 

2301 August 25

After four days of fighting, Task Force BCV defeats elements of Kafer Task Force Zulu at Beta Comae Berenices.

Task Force Zulu leaves Beta Comae Berenices for DM+18 2776. Task Force Zulu loses 1 Delta, 1 Alpha.

 

2301 August 31

Aurore Cruiser Squadron arrives Eta Bootis.

 

2301 September 1

Rochemont has removed French Premiere Squadron from Task Force BCV, and arrives at Vogelheim. Task Force BCV renamed as Task Force BCB, Kommodore Waldermann in command. All French non-ship based fighters remain as French Nous Voila Defense Force.

Trimphant Destiny reorganizes fleet. Kafer Task Force Zulu now comprises of two Deltas, three Alphas, four Improved Alphas, 12 Betas, and 20 Epsilons. Kafer Task Forces now as follows:

HOCHBADEN: (Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force) 1 Delta, 1 Improved Alpha, 2 Alphas, 5 Epsilons

DM+18 2776: (Kafer Task Force Zulu) 2 Deltas, 4 Improved Alphas, 3 Alphas, 12 Betas, 20 Epsilons

ARCTURUS: 1 Alpha, 1 Beta, 2 Epsilons

 

2301 September 8

First Relief Expedition leaves Vogelheim. FRE consists of French Premiere Squadron, commanded by Rochemont.

 

2301 September 10

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives Beta Comae Berenices.

Task Force BCB is mauled. British Expeditionary Squadron DD Defiance, FF Achates lost, Commodore Connors killed. French Nous Voila Defense Force is destroyed. German Uethen Squadron CG Admiral Hipper, DD Lutzow, FF Brandenburg, FF Leipzig destroyed, Kommodore Waldermann killed. Kapitan Gebhardt transfers German flag to DD Seydlitz. Task Force BCB leaves for DM+35 2436. Captain Campbell of British Expeditionary Squadron DD Indefatigable takes command of Task Force BCB.

Part of Kafer Task Force Zulu returns to Beta Comae Berenices for repairs to Hochbaden.

 

2301 September 16

First Relief Expedition arrives Hochbaden, defeated by Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force and part of Kafer Task Force Zulu. First Relief Expedition leaves Hochbaden for Vogelheim.

Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force pursues.

 

2301 September 22

German Aurore Squadron BC Bismark arrives DM+35 2776.

 

2301 September 27

First Relief Expedition returns to Vogelheim, defeats pursuing Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force, which returns to Hochbaden.

 

2301 October 3

German Aurore Squadron BC Bismark leaves DM+35 2776 for Eta Bootis, having discovered secret Kafer base.

 

2301 October 31

Task Force Joi, consisting of German Halbinsel Squadron and Japanese Tosashimizu Squadron, arrives at Kimanjano. Japanese Cherry Blossom fighters at Joi remain to form Japanse Joi Defense Force.

 

2301 November 1

Second Relief Expedition leaves Vogelheim. SRE consists of French Premiere Squadron.

 

2301 November 5

5 Udet and 5 Gustav fighters from the German Uethen Defense Froce, along with 5 Wellington fighters from British New Africa Defense Force, are shipped to Grosshiddenhafen to reinforce Task Force BCB.

 

2301 November 6

Second Relief Expedition arrives Hochbaden, defeated by Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force and part of Kafer Task Force Zulu. Second Relief Expedition leaves Hochbaden for Vogelheim. Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force pursues.

 

2301 November 8

Reinforcement Squadron from Terra arrives at Kimanjano. Consists of French Expeditionary Squadron BB Napoleon w/ 6 Mistral fighters, DD Marshal Bouchard, FF Aquitaine, FF Normandie, and German Expeditionary Squadron BC Guderian w/ 4 Gustav fighters, DD Augsburg, FF Nurnberg.

 

2301 November 15

Elements of Kafer Task Force Zulu from Hochbaden rejoin main body at Beta Comae Berenices.

2301 November 18

Second Relief Expedition returns to Vogelheim, defeats pursuing Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force, which returns to Hochbaden. French Premiere Squadron, French Expeditionary Squadron, and German Expeditionary Squadron form Aurore Relief Task Force.

 

2301 December 5

Elements of Kafer Task Force Zulu begin arriving at Kimanjano.

 

2301 December 12

Kafer Task Force Zulu defeats Japanese Tosashimizu Squadron, DD Hibiki heavily damaged. Tosashimizu Squadron withdraws to Joi for repairs, leaving German Halbinsel Squadron at Kimanjano.

 

2301 December 18

Kafer Task Force Zulu defeats German Halbinsel Squadron at Kimanjano, FF Hannover destroyed. French Foreign Legion Martel fighters continue to fly against Kafers from hidden bases. German Halbinsel Squadron retires to Beta Canum Venaticorum.

 

2301 December 25

Elements of Task Force Aurore destroy 4 Epsilons during probe/raid.

 

2301 December 28

Elements of Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force are sent to reinforce Kafer Arcturus Squadron.


2302AD

 

2302 January 1

Aurore Relief Task Force arrives Hochbaden. French Premiere Squadron occupies Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force while French Expeditionary Squadron and German Expeditionary Squadron discharge stutterwarps, then depart for Eta Bootis. French Premiere Squadron withdraws to Vogelheim.

 

2302 January 5

French Expeditionary Squadron and German Expeditionary Squadron arrive at Eta Bootis. French Expeditionary Squadron absorbed into French Aurore Squadron. German Expeditionary Squadron absorbed into German Aurore Squadron. Borodin retains overall command.

 

2302 January 12

Kafer Arcturus Squadron arrives at Eta Bootis. Task Force Aurore defeats Kafer Arcturus Squadron, and it retires to Arcturus.

 

2302 January 13

Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force arrives at Eta Bootis.

Task Force Aurore defeats it, and it returns to DM+18 2776.

 

2302 January 14

Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force arrives at Eta Bootis.

 

2302 January 15

Task Force Aurore defeats Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force at Eta Bootis. Kafers retire to Hochbaden.

 

2302 February 1

Elements of Kafer Task Force Zulu detached to reinforce Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force. Trimphant Destiny goes along to see to reinforcements in system around Eta Bootis system.

 

2302 February 6

Kafer Expeditionary Squadron, detached from arrives Beta Canum Venaticorum.

 

2302 February 7

Kafer Expeditionary Squadron destroys German Halbinsel Squadron FF Kassel.

German Halbinsel Squadron leaves for Joi. Beanstalk cut.

Kafer Expeditionary Squadron returns to Kimanjano.

 

2302 February 15

Various fleet elements from Terra arrive at Beowulf, organized as Reserve Fleet, Vice Admiral Sir Charles Graham, KBC, commanding, despite presence of ranking officers from other nations. Graham's Reserve Fleet now consists of the following:

American Beowulf Squadron (Vice Admiral Colling Meyers): Columbia (COL BB) w/ 8 FS-17A fighters; Kennedy, Lincoln, F. Roosevelt, Truman, Washington (KDY CG); Appamattox, Eagle, Freedom (EGL DD); Dervish, Fury, Hurricane, Imp, Incorrigable (SPT FF)

British Beowulf Squadron (Vice Admiral Sir Charles Graham, KBC): Triumph, Victory (VIC BB) w/ 3 Harrier fighters each; Nelson (NEL CV) w/ 10 Wellington, 20 Harrier, 8 Donovan fighters; Drake, Hood, Montrose (HOD CG); Courageous, Fearless, Imperious, Robust (CMP DD); Achilles, Apollo, Ariadne, Calliope, Dionysus, Hermes (ATS FF)

French Beowulf Squadron (Contre Amiral Nicholas Jean-de-Deiu Monet): Charlemagne w/ 6 Mistral fighters (TLY BB); Marian (MAR CV) w/ 12 Mistral, 12 Riche, 12 Bufer, 18 Bonaparte fighters; Colbert, DeGaulle, Duquesne (SUF CG); Marshal Bouchard, Marshal Bouvier, Marshal Brandt, Marshal Clemanceau, Marshal Guiscard, Marshal Guy, Marshal Ligget, Marshal Marsin, Marshal Rochard (MSH DD); Lyon, Marne, Monaco, Nancy, Nice, Somme, Sorbonne, St. Lo (ACN FF); 6 Bonaparte fighters, 4 Bufer fighters, 6 Mistral fighters

German Beowulf Squadron (Kommodore Marcus Kuhn): Friederich der Grosse (BMK BC) w/ 4 Gustav fighters; Berlin, Munchen (HMB CG); Bonn, Fulda, Kiel, Rotterdam (RDM DD); Gardelegen, Hanau, Kaiserslautern, Pottsdam (SCN FF)

Ukrainian Beowulf Squadron (Kontr Admiral Yaroslav Antonovich Bukhin): Kossak (KST CG); Chernoe More, Kaspiyanskoe More, Krym, Reka Don (ACN FF)

 

2302 February 16

Triumphant Destiny, returning with reinforcements for Kafer Task Force Zulu, attacks Vogelheim.

French Premiere Squadron and International Peacekeeping Force turn Kafers back, who continue to Kimanjano. German Squadron FF Schleswig destroyed.

 

2302 February 18

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives at Beta Canum Venaticorum, leaving a small Kafer Defense Squadron at Kimanjano.

BCV Defense Force destroyed (comprising of all non-ship based fighters).

Kafers begin occupation of Beta Canum Venaticorum.

French Premiere Squadron departs for Grosshiddenhafen.

 

2302 February 25

Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force arrives Grosshiddenhafen, is ambushed by Task Force BCB and French Premiere Squadron. Kafer Hochbaden Reserve Task Force is mauled, returns to Hochbaden.

 

2302 February 27

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives at Henry's Star, leaving small Kafer BCV Squadron at Beta Canum Venaticorum.

British Crater Defense Squadron destroyed.

Kafers begin invasion and occupation of Crater.

 

2302 March 3

French Premiere Squadron returns to Vogelheim from Grosshiddenhafen.

 

2302 March 8

French Premiere Squadron arrives at Sans Souci.

 

2302 March 12

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives at Joi, leaving small Kafer Crater Squadron at Henry's Star.

 

2302 March 15

Task Force Joi withdraws to outer Joi system, but appears to withdraw from system entirely. Kafer Task Force Zulu begins invasion of Joi.

 

2302 March 20

French Premiere Squadron arrives at Joi. Task Force Joi comes out of hiding.

Kafer Task Force Zulu defeated, loses a Delta. Kafer Task Force Zulu retires to Kimanjano.

 

2302 April 3

French Premiere Squadron arrives at Beta Canum Venaticorum, drives off Kafer BCV Squadron, which withdraws to Kimanjano.

 

2302 April 4

French and American ground troops land on Beta Canum Venaticorum.

 

2302 April 15

Kafer Task Force Zulu, again under command of Triumphant Destiny, arrives at Beta Canum Venaticorum.

French Premiere Squadron withdraws to Vogelheim.

 

2302 June 15

Kafer Task Force Zulu departs for Kimanjano, leaving small Kafer BCV Squadron behind.

 

2302 July 6

French Premiere Squadron arrives Beta Canum Venaticorum, defeats Kafer BCV Squadron. Relief landing operations begin for Beta Canum Venaticorum.

 

2302 July 7

Kafer Task Force Zulu departs Kimanjano for Queen Alice's Star.

 

2302 July 12

Kafer Task Force Zulu arrives at Queen Alice's Star and engages the Reserve Fleet.

Kafer Task Force Zulu consists of the following: 2 Deltas, 3 Improved Alphas, 2 Alphas, 7 Betas, 10 Epsilons, 60 Golf fighters.

Kafer casualties:

Triumphant Destiny killed, Task Force Zulu defeated. Ships destroyed include 1 Delta, 2 Improved Alphas, 1 Alpha, 5 Betas, 7 Epsilons, and over 45 Golf fighters. Task Force Zulu retreats in disarray to Kimanjano.

Human casualties:

American Beowulf Squadron:  DD Freedom, FF Imp, FF Incorrigable, 2 FS-17A fighters destroyed; BB Columbia, DD Appamattox, DD Eagle heavily damaged.

British Beowulf Squadron:  CG Montrose, DD Robust, FF Calliope, FF Dionysus, 5 Harrier fighters, 2 Wellington fighters, 3 Donovan fighters destroyed; BB Triumph, BB Victory, CG Hood, DD Courageous, FF Apollo heavily damaged.

French Beowulf Squadron:  DD Marshal Ligget, FF Monaco, FF St. Lo, 8 Mistral, 5 Riche, 6 Bufer, 3 Bonaparte fighters destroyed; CG DeGaulle, DD Marshal Bouchard, DD Marshal Guiscard, FF Nancy, FF Sorbonne heavily damaged.

German Beowulf Squadron:  CG Berlin, DD Bonn, FF Gardelegen, 2 Gustav fighters destroyed; CG Munchen, DD Kiel, FF Kaiserslautern heavily damaged.

Ukrainian Beowulf Squadron:  FF Kaspiyanskoe More destroyed, CG Kossak, FF Reka Don heavily damaged.


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