Its probably all this chatter about ship models and naval wargaming that put the thought in my head but today I dug out an old video tape of the Battle of the River Plate. Excellent movie btw and with real ships, including the HMS Cumberland playing herself along with other veterans of battles with Pocket Battleships..
The battle was fought in 1939. The movie was made in 1956, 17 years later.
In 1973, 17 years after the movie was made, I was standing watches on HMCS Mackenzie as part of my MARSII training. That makes it 34 years after the actual Battle.
When I was a kid, WWII had happened a lonnnnng time ago. Its been 39 years since that 1st cruise. that younbg officer cadet was closer in time to the start of WWII than he was to my current self. How odd is that? No wonder I sometimes feel like I was born in another century. (I was)
Ok back to laying out an ACW game.