Intro:

This Command Fiction vignette is based on my scenario Chilean Chevauchee. It’s deliberately intended as a basic, extremely easy scenario with little opposition. Most notably, it would also have been the last hurrah of the battleship Almirante Latorre.

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You could say that the last South American battleship went out with a bang, as the gun crews of the Latorre definitely did not lack for work during the brief bombardment. You could also say that the last South American battleship went out with a whimper.

All that it faced were a pair of armed tugboats and an artillery position that it handily outranged. This was no Warspite at Jutland.

But it did its job, arriving with a show of force and convincing the Peruvians to back down. Intended deliberately to be a game-changing shock, it succeeded. Perhaps the last such shock, as aircraft weapons grew better and the old battlewagons became harder and harder to run.

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