World War at Sea
Carrier Battle, 1942
In May 1942, the Japanese sought to capture
Port Moresby on the south coast of New Guinea
and interrupt communications between the
United States and Australia. Such a move,
they hoped, would bring the Americans to
The United States Navy needed no special
inducement to fight its nation's enemies.
Two American aircraft carriers met one small
and two large Japanese carriers in the world's
first battle between these powerful new warships.
For the first time in naval history, a major
battle was decided with no warship of either
fleet even sighting an enemy ship directly.
Aircraft were the new measure of naval power.
Coral Sea is the new introductory boxed
game for the Second
World War at Sea series.
It covers this key battle and is intended
as a gateway for players new to the world's
most popular series of naval boardgames.
The Japanese player must establish new bases
in New Guinea and at Tulagi in the Solomon
Islands; the American player must stop them.
Forces are very closely balanced, and victory
will rest with the player who can best make
use of his or her resources.
The 22x17-inch operational map covers the Coral Sea off northeastern Australia as well
as surrounding waters. Players maneuver their
task forces on this map and search for one
another with aircraft, submarines and surface
ships. When contact is made, player moves
to the tactical map.
tactical map is a generic blue field of hexagons,
used to resolve surface combat. There, ships
maneuver and fight using their gunnery and
torpedo factors. Each player rolls a number
of dice according to the ships
capabilities, hitting on a result of 6. Gunnery
and torpedo damage tables give the results:
ships can suffer damage to engines, hull
or armament. Air attacks are resolved in
similar fashion. The combat systems yield
results rapidly but in a historically accurate
fashion, giving a good balance of fun and
Free Downloadable Ship Data
• Excel-Format Ship Data
of Coral Sea, Part 1
of Coral Sea, Part 2
of Coral Sea, Part 3
of Coral Sea, Part 4
• VASSAL Module
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