The Scenario: Falklands! 1939.
Dateline, Argentina, November 2, 1939. Military forces under the leadership of fascist general Carlos Aleixandre have taken control of the country. Protests and threats of sanctions from the United States and other nations in the Western Hemisphere have been ignored.
Dateline, November 11, 1939. Diplomatic relations between Argentinian dictator Aleixandre and the democracies of Europe and the Americas seem to be straining daily. The military of Argentina is on the move. Threats have been levelled at neighboring Chile and Uruguay. RUmors of High-level talks between Buenos Aires and Berlin have been reported.
Dateline, November 30, 1939. The sinking of several merchant ships in the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic, attributed to the pocket battleship Graf Spee has caused great concern in London. Rumors of increased movements of Argentinian ships and planes in the South Atlantic has also not gone unnoticed.
December 10, 1939. Force G, South Atlantic. Wireless messages received from the admiralty have confirmed a declaration of war by Argentina upon Great Britain. Also confirmed a great fleet of ships has left Puerto Belgrano and other Argentine ports. The Falkland Islands must be considered as their main target.
As the Argentine Naval Commander: You have been given the mission to take the Malvinas Islands, called
the Falklands by the British occupiers, and towards this goal have been given control of powerful forces.
Forces under your command:
BB Rivadavia 27,940t 12x12in 50cal (6x2) 22.5kts
BB Moreno 27,940t 12x12in 50cal (6x2) 22.5kts
CA Veinticinco De Mayo 6,800t 6x7.5in (3x2) 32 kts
CA Almirante Brown 6,800t 6x7.5in (3x2) 32 kts
CL La Argentina 6,500t 9x6 in (3x3) 30 kts
6 DD Buenos Aires class 1375t 4x4.7in 8x21inTT 35.5kts
2 DD Churucca class 1522t 5x4.7in 6x21inTT 36kts
2 DD Mendoza class 1570t 5x4.7in 6x21inTT 36kts
3 SS Santa Fe class 8x21 in TT 17.5/9kts
troop carriers ... 2 Garibaldi class armored cruisers, stripped for use as troop carriers
AC Pueyrredon 6,000t minor AA weapons 18kts 400 troops
AC General Belgrano 6,000t minor AA weopons 18kts 400 troops
merchantman 4,000t none 20kts 300 troops
merchantman 8,000t none 15kts 600 troops
in addition, an additional 50 troops can be carried on any 6 DDs for 300 troops
These 2000 troops of the initial invasion are to be considered among the best
An additional 14,000 Argentine army regulars are available only after the
Malvinas Is. are secured.
airbases at Trelew (580 nm from Port Stanley), Commodoro Rivadavia (480 nm),
San Julian (425 nm), Rio Gallegos (435 nm), Rio Grande (380 nm)
6 p2y-3A flying boats. forerunners of the Catalina. perhaps a dozen more flying boats and floatplanes of various make.
12 Martin B-10 bombers range: 1240 mi. 213mph 2260 lb bombload 20 Curtis P-36 fighters range: 748 nm @ 200 kts
These p36s should be considered as "stripped down" flying out of Rio Grande and having no more than 2 minutes over the target, unarmored and with less ammunition.
If Argentina takes the Malvinas, then they would have available to transfer to the islands 20 Dewoitine D21 monoplane fighers. and any of the other available land-based planes. But an airfield would need to be built first.
AC Admiral Graf Spee 11,700t 6x11 in 54cal (2x3) 28 kts
commanded by her own German captain, but under overarching command of the Argentine admiral.
Under command of Brit Admiral.
Mission: Prevent capture of Falklands. Retake Falklands if captured. Inflict max damage upon enemy at minimum loss.
As Allied Commander, forces under your command:
At Falkland Islands: Force G
CA Cumberland 9,750 t 8x8 in (4x2) 31.5 kts
CA Exeter 8,390 t 6x8 in (3x2) 32 kts.
CL Ajax 7,270 t 8x6 in (4x2) 32.5 kts
CL Achilles 7,270 t 8x6 in (4x2) 32.5 kts
At Cape Town: Force H
CA Sussex 9,750 t 8x8 in (4x2) 32 kts
CA Shropshire 9,750 t 8x8 in (4x2) 32 kts
At Pernambuco, Brazil: Force Y
BC Strasbourg 26,500 t 8x13 in (2x4) 31 kts
CL Neptune 7,270 t 8x6 in (4x2) 32.5 kts
At Dakar: Forces M and N
CV Hermes 12,000 t 20 aircraft 25 kts
CA Dupleix 10,000 t 8x8 in (4x2) 32 kts
CA Foch 10,000 t 8x8 in (4x2) 32 kts
En Route to Freetown:
Force Lion Rampant and Force K
CV Ark Royal 22,000 t 60 AC 30 kts
BC Renown 27,200 t 6x15 in (3x2) 31.5 kts
2 Light Cruisers
4 transports with 4000 total Brit troops.
(These forces should be considered as not available for any attempt to prevent an occupation of the Falklands by Argentina, but can respond several days after an initial occupation.
I would say, give the UK commander a few days to begin moving his forces even before the Argentinian fleet sets sail. Intelligence would most likely guess that something was up.
There it is. Anyone who wants to play with this scenario, feel free. Love to see comments.