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Saturday, September 27th 2003, 11:44am

A few additional bits of Q2 news

Well, due to Pengolodh's project, here are a few more news bits for the last days of June. After posting the news for Q1 and Q2, I realized that I forgot to include some stuff on General Mitchell. At that point I decided to wait for Pengolodh to catch up with his news and post it a bit later.


Taisho 8 Nen 6 Getsu 21 Nichi (June 21, 1921)
After receiving word that his son had arrived in Coldmere, Oonoshi Tohoda, Japan’s Chief of Naval Weapon Development left late this morning to pick up Manzo. Several days ago, Tohoda received an invitation for him and his son, sent by a friend of Manzo from the war. The invitation was to attend a demonstration of Air Power performed by USAAC General William “Billy” Mitchell. Unsure how to get in touch with his son, Tohoda was relieved to hear of his arrival in Coldmere and immediately set out to pick him up.

Today General Mitchell began his first test of Air Power off the Virginia capes. The target for the first test was the German U-117 submarine. The submarine was sunk by twelve bombs, which were dropped from an altitude of about 1,000 feet. The test of today was considered to be very successful. General Mitchell was quite satisfied with this result.

Taisho 8 Nen 6 Getsu 24 Nichi (June 24, 1921)
This morning, the Bakufu had an emergency meeting in regard of all the sudden military activities around the world. During the meeting, the Shogun assured everyone that there was no reason for them to panic and that things were being taken care of. The Shogun also pointed out that at this moment, Japan would take no steps to mobilize its forces because of some “minor” events on the other side of the world.
During the meeting the members of the Bakufu became restless because the Imperial Forces were not being put on alert status. The Shogun reportedly replied with: “Here, have some Sake, sit down and shut up.”
(OOC: thanks to Bernhard for that remark; I slightly altered it for the Shogun) :-)

During the afternoon, Crown Prince Hirohito and Japanese Council Members to the League of Nations, Adachi Mineichiro, Hayashi Gonsuke, and Ishii Kikujiro, met with the Secretary General, Sir Eric Drummond at Geneva. During this meeting, they discussed about the various threats in the world and, formally requested an Article 11 meeting of the Council of the League of Nations.

Taisho 8 Nen 6 Getsu 26 Nichi (June 26, 1921)
Tohoda arrived this morning at Skagen in the most northern part of Denmark, facing a dilemma: How to get his son out of Coldmere with the current crisis in Nordmark. Fortunately, upon arriving in Coldmere and finding out that he had come too late, Manzo had hired a small ship to carry him and his plane to Denmark on the same day. Having heard about the Madrid Airshow, his (incredibly stupid) plan was to get to Madrid in order to show off the remains of his “famous” plane, and hopefully run into some colleagues in order to get back to Japan. The two left as soon as possible, leaving the wreck of Manzo’s plane behind.

Taisho 8 Nen 6 Getsu 28 Nichi (June 28, 1921)
News of the events in Nordmark reached Japan today and was met with mixed feelings. Some citizens were shocked and deeply touched by the deaths of King Gustav V and Queen Victoria while others seemed pretty cold, pointing out that they didn’t care what happened in Europe. Some were concerned about how this would affect the economy and others were concerned about getting back home in time for dinner. There has been no word from either Kyoto or Edo.

Today another successful test was conducted as Naval aircraft went out and managed to find the battleship Iowa in less than 2 hours after having been alerted to her presence in a large 25,000 square mile area. Once found, the Iowa was attacked with inert dummy bombs. Once concluded, this test too was considered to be a success. Mitchell was again pleased with the display, but thought that it would have been possible to find the ship faster if he had better planes at his disposal.

Taisho 8 Nen 6 Getsu 29 Nichi (June 29, 1921)
This morning, the workers at Yokosuka harbor arrived to find that the Battleships Nagato, Fuso and Yamashiro, the Armored Cruisers Jakumo and Iwaki, and the Light Cruisers Tama and Isuzu had vanished from the harbor. It is assumed that all seven vessels left during the night. The present course of these ships is at this moment not known.

(Note: All data about General Mitchell and his tests are not mine. I utilized the information on www.aerofiles.com.)