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Leandros 01-04-12 05:19 AM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 2nd patrol - Sept. 1939 182039 - AM23

Finally in the patrol area, lower right corner of AM23. On our way we peeped into Loch Ewe - too much guard activity on the outside. Proceeded to Stornoway - port totally empty. Further down the channel hit on a small merchant. Took the mid channel through the Hebrides, headed directly for the patrol station. Weather has been nice, a little too nice, all the way.

Presently heavy ovcst with some lightning, very moderate swell.

Tom 01-04-12 02:52 PM

Oblt.z.S. GŁnther Trede, 4th combat patrol
Oberleutnant zur See GŁnther Trede spent his Christmas and New Year at sea. Log of his fourth combat patrol:


U-46 (VII B), U-Flotilla Saltzwedel, 4th combat patrol
Left at: December 19, 1939, 00:36
From: Wilhelmshaven
Mission Orders: Patrol grid AM97
Ammunition: 14 G7a torpedoes, 220 deck gun rounds, 1000 20 mm rounds
Weather: partial clouds, no fog or rain, wind 4 m/s


00:00, AN14
Passing between Orkney and Shetland Islands. Uneventful patrol so far.
Weather: partial clouds, no rain, light fog, wind 4 m/s.

04:50, AN13
Radio report: Ship heading ENE, medium speed, bearing 170, range 28 km. Plotting intercept.

05:50, AN14
4700 ton merchant spotted, determined course 70, speed 8 kts. Maneuvering for surface attack.

06:01, AN14
Fired tube 5, G7a, slow speed, magnetic pistol, range 1500 meters.
Impact 06:03 just behind front mast.

06:09, AN14
Target still making 3 kts, opening fire with deck gun. 8 rounds fired, 212 remaining.

06:11, AN14
Ship Sunk! SS Marika Protopapa (Medium Merchant 19), 4902 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 46. Crew lost: 39

09:52, AN13
Merchant spotted, heading roughly NE. Maneuvering for submerged attack.

10:36, AN13
Fired tube 1, G7a, slow speed, magnetic pistol, range 1400 meters.
Impact 10:38 beneath the smokestack.

10:42, AN13
Ship sunk! SS Aztek (Medium Merchant 13), 3473 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 53. Crew lost: 42

22:00, AM34
Started reloading external torpedoes. Finished 00:01.


08:00, AM33
Weather turned more windy: no clouds, no rain, light fog, wind 15 m/s.

15:27, AM35
Aircraft sighted, crash dive. Surfacing again at 16:30


13:22, AM02
Spotted Southampton class cruiser, attempting submerged attack.

13:38, AM02
Unable to reach a good firing position. Fired salvo of 4 torpedoes from 3000 meters. No hits.

16:30, AM52
Received radio report: ship heading WSW, slow speed, bearing 150, range 70 km. Plotting intercept.

19:01, AM52
5300 ton merchant spotted, determined course 260, speed 10 kts.

19:52, AM52
Surface attack, tubes 3 and 4, G7a, slow speed, magnetic, range 700 meters.
Impact beneath engine room 19:53, other torpedo malfunctioned.

19:53, AM52
Ship sunk! SS Queen Maude (Medium Merchant 26), 5312 tons. Cargo: Wine/Spirits. Crew: 59. Crew lost: 22

19:55, AM52
Diving to reload tubes, surfaced 20:23. 6 torpedoes remaining: 5 in tubes and 1 stern reload.


16:00, AM81
Weather still windy. Submerging for Christmas Celebrations.
Goose, smoked sausages, red cabbage, potatoes, gingerbread and glowwine for dinner.
Everyone sung christmas carols and had a very good and relaxed evening.
Surfaced again at 23:00 to continue patrol.


14:20, AM87
Dived to avoid aircraft.

17:06, AM87
Dived to avoid another aircraft.


04:30, BF12
Wind calmed. Current weather no clouds, no rain, light fog, wind 4 m/s.

08:21, BF13
Spotted coastal merchant. Approaching for deck gun attack.

08:39, BF13
Attacking with deck gun. Fired 6 rounds, ship exploded. 206 rounds remaining.

08:40, BF13
Ship sunk! SS Thelma (Coastal Freighter), 1869 tons. Cargo: Coal. Crew: 20. Crew lost: 10

15:59, AM89
Spotted ASW Trawler, dived to avoid. Surfaced again at 17:40.

19:30, AM97
Reached patrol zone. 6 torpedoes and 206 deck gun rounds remaining.
Weather: no clouds, no rain, light fog, wind 4 m/s.


10:17, AM97
Spotted merchant heading almost at us, maneuvering for submerged attack.

10:45, AM97
Fired tube 5, G7a, magnetic pistol, slow speed, range 700.
Impact 10:46 just front of the smokestack.

10:59, AM97
Ship sunk! SS Sheaf Mead (Granville-type Freighter), 4707 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 52. Crew lost: 35


11:26, AM97
Spotted 6700 ton merchant, maneuvering for submerged attack.

12:35, AM97
Fired tubes 3 and 4, G7a, magnetic pistol, slow speed, range 700 meters.
2 impacts at 12:36, first beneath fore superstructure, 2nd beneath smokestack.

12:36, AM97
Ship sunk! SS Vincenzia (Medium Merchant 30), 6936 tons. Cargo: Steel. Crew: 81. Crew lost: 80

12:50, AM97
Setting course for Wilhelmshaven. 3 torpedoes and 206 deck gun rounds remaining.
Weather unchanged: no clouds, no rain, light fog, wind 4 m/s.

14:43, AM97
Spotted destroyer, avoided on surface.

16:29, AM97
Spotted coastal freighter, approaching for deck gun attack.

16:47, AM97
Attacking with deck gun. Fired 6 rounds. 200 rounds remaining.

16:47, AM97
Ship sunk! MV Hilda (Coastal Freighter), 1870 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 30. Crew lost: 21


04:17, AM81
Storm. Overcast, heavy rain, heavy fog, wind 15 m/s. Visibility a few hundred meters at best.

22:30, AM54
Submerged for New Years Festivities. One bottle of champagne for every four crew.
Addressed the whole crew, thanking them for their heroic actions during the past year
and sharing my firm belief, that the war will be won before next New Year.
Surfaced at 1:00 and continued trip home.


00:00, AF78
North of Shetland Islands. Storm continues, making it impossible to find or attack targets.
Heading towards Wilhelmshaven despite having 3 torpedoes left, unless weather changes soon.


04:50, AN63
Radio report: ship heading SW, slow speed, bearing 180, range 40 km.
Chances of finding, identifying nationality and attacking ship in the still continuing storm are next to none.
Continuing towards Wilhelmshaven.


05:45, AN98
Requesting escort to Wilhelmshaven. Windspeed dropped to 8 m/s, but heavy rain and fog continue.

Docked at Wilhelmshaven.

Patrol results
20 days at sea
3 torpedoes and 200 deck gun rounds remaining
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 7
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonage: 29069 tons

Oblt.z.S. GŁnther Trede

Leandros 01-04-12 06:02 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 2nd patrol - Sept. 1939 231826 - North-Western Approaches

As no activity in the assigned patrol area we moved eastward to the North-Western Approaches. Plenty of civil activity there, only one destroyer detected in several days, no air activity. Very nice weather.

The harvest was six merchants in a short while. All artillery and 20 mm ammo expended. Only one torp left in the aft tube for self-defense. We are heading home.

VONHARRIS 01-05-12 05:31 AM

U-44 IXB
Patrol 6

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Leandros 01-05-12 12:54 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - 3rd patrol - Oct. 1939 041215 - outside the Dutch coast

Not much rest - we were back in Wilhelmshafen on Sept. 23rd, sent out again on the evening of Oct. 3rd. Admittedly we had no damage when we returned. Assigned patrol square is BE31. I have decided to pass down the English Channel, crossing the Eastern minefields surfaced. In the dark, that is.

We are now approaching two Dutch guard ships. Shall be interesting to see their reaction as we are well inside Dutch waters.

VONHARRIS 01-06-12 12:43 AM

U-44 IXB
Patrol 7

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Paulebaer1979 01-06-12 07:02 AM

Untill now only did my job. BDU asked me to patrol some grids and i did it. after that i looked for some ships or convoys. Whenever i found a large convoy i start to sink the destroyers with torpedos and and the ships with the deckgun.
HERE are my results. :D Not bad i think.

Greetings Paul

Playing SHIII with Living Silent Hunter 5.1 @ 88% realismus on Intel Core2Quad 2,83Ghz, Ati 4890, 4GB Ram, Windows Vista HP 64Bit

Sonar pettyofficer on S190, S196 and S183

VONHARRIS 01-07-12 01:55 AM

U-44 IXB
Patrol 8

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Walruss 01-07-12 05:14 AM

U-29, 4 sept 1939

Encountered Polish steamer An 46. Sunk with deck gun due to night cover + good weather. A torpedo saved!

6th sept 1939 - bounced in the early hours by a brittish bomber while surface running off of shetland islands. Seaman Keitel sprang to action on the AA gun and hit her engines as she leveled off from a failed bombing run... the aircraft exploded from further fire and the deck crew cheered! Karl earned himself a bottle of beer for his exploit, he's only out on his first patrol and already bagged a plane!

16th sept 1939: Encountered Brittish cargo ship (approx 4,000 tons) at BF76 in heavy weather. Pursued and executed surface attack at 500 meters with the rear tube before diving. Hit just for of the stack, dead under the bridge. Remained afloat for 12 hours, despite listing heavily early on.

17th Sept 1939. Crash dived to avoid aircraft off western coast of spain. Spending the day submerged to avoid enemy recce.

ijnfleetadmiral 01-08-12 03:23 AM

3 April 1940
Scharnhorst departs on another raiding mission.

Returned to port having sunk 12 ships for 19,270 tons. Damaged by aerial attack NNW of Scapa Flow; radar destroyed and thus returned to port. Outran British DD Flotilla in North Sea, sinking two of them.

3 Small Freighters
3 Tramp Steamers
1 Coal Freighter
1 Large Trawler
1 Small Coal Tender
2 C/D-class DDs
1 Motor Torpedo Boat


Kongo Otto 01-08-12 05:38 AM

Second Patrol 17th August 1939 to 19th September 1939:
3 Freighters and 1 Tanker with together 25413 tons.

Walruss 01-08-12 10:10 PM

U28, 28th Oct 1939
Encountered task force of some kind in shallow waters of the north sea... depth restricted to 60 meters or thereabouts. Depth charged for several hours, sustained minor but repairable damage to the stern dive planes, and some minor hull damage from running aground. Single destroyer seems to haave ran out of depth charges by night fall and left after making two more (apparently dry) attack runs. Surfaced the boat at 3 am the next morning and continued on course for patrol grid, repairing the jammed planes by the next day.

3 Nov 1939

Sunk one ship off the northern tip of scotland, en route to patrol BE99. Medium sized merchant, 5,000 Grt or thereabouts. Continuing to patrol grid.

5th Nov 1939.
Convoy report just 10 km away from me. Moved to engag at 05:30. Penetrated convoy in extreme weather. Fired 2 torpedoes at large merchant- either failed to detonate due to malfunction or ran too deep in the storm. Fired impact torpedo at second merchant from stern tubes and hit. At this point an escort appeared out of the fog and engaged. Took minor damage to the conning tower and some damage to the batteries. Dived to evade. Depth charged. No further damage. Surfaced 3 hours later and located a straggling tanker. Two hits aft from 2 torpedoes and the tanker exploded... possibly carrying gasoline or refined oil? There's no way the merchant I hit aft could survive this storm with probable engine damage, chalked up it's tonnage too.
17,000 tons that won't make it to england.
Pursuing convoy

6th Nov 1939 no sign of the convoy but a lone merchant, 6,000 grt found on it's course... potential straggler. Took three torpedoes to sink... what is it carrying? Balsa wood?

I refuse to return to port with only minor hull damage and only a few days at sea, without even reaching my patrol grid. Setting a course for the Corriantes for resupply, then some action off spain.

Oblt zr-see Werner Buechler, officer commanding,

VONHARRIS 01-09-12 12:32 AM

U-44 IXB
Patrol 9

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ijnfleetadmiral 01-09-12 04:10 AM

9 April 1940:
Goeben departs on another raiding mission. Ran into some real bad weather, so therefore missed attacking convoy on British E coast; CO and crew really disappointed.

The bad weather plagued us all the way out into the Atlantic until we were SSW of Iceland. Finally, we caught a break and headed for Reykjavik...

and ran STRAIGHT INTO a LARGE CONVOY! After dispatching the lead escort, our first merchant target was a LARGE TROOP SHIP (first time I was able to sink the game's stock Passenger Liner...WOOT!:yeah::woot:) Needless to say, the convoy was obliterated.

Returned to port on 21 April 1940, having sunk twenty-seven ships for an impressive 114,807 tons, and even shot down a single Anson patrol bomber en route into the Atlantic. Gunners of all rating were showered with medals and promotions upon return to port.

1 Large Troop Ship
1 Modern Tanker
1 Medium Tanker
1 Ore Carrier
1 Empire-type Freighter
4 Medium Cargo Ships
1 Nipiwan Park-type Tanker
4 Granville-type Freighters
2 Passenger/Cargo Ships
1 Coastal Freighter
1 Avro Anson Coastal Patrol Aircraft
2 A/B-class DDs
2 J/K-class DDs
2 ASW Trawlers
1 Elco-type Torpedo Boat

3 Motor Torpedo Boats

Dbledip 01-09-12 08:24 AM

I had posted the following in "Dumbest way you have died." and while reading these posts noticed that several people have rammed ships and not died. Is my sinking a glitch or did Bernard put me at the wrong place in the wrong time???

After putting two torpedoes onto a small merchant from 500m, I received the "she' going down" signal. I instructed Bernard to return to course and set about rearming my torpedoes, setting the watch and radio my status. When I hear the tearing of metal and I am taking damage. I go to check my status and see damage from the bow to the command area red and filling with water. Repair crews to to the damage area. I check with the Watch officer and find no ships in sight. Not a DD??? Finally I go on deck and find my ship lodged behind the stack of the sinking merchant and unable to repair the damage. I join her in the cold depths of the Atlantic.


Sailor Steve 01-09-12 09:36 AM

@ VONHARRIS: I see your last entry says you installed Alberich at the end of August 1941. Does the game let you do that? Obviously it's possible, but is it via a mod, or is it stock? I ask because the first one was indeed installed in 1940, but it was on a boat under construction, and due to problems encountered they weren't available for regular use until near the end of the war.

VONHARRIS 01-10-12 02:27 AM


Originally Posted by Sailor Steve (Post 1818209)
@ VONHARRIS: I see your last entry says you installed Alberich at the end of August 1941. Does the game let you do that? Obviously it's possible, but is it via a mod, or is it stock? I ask because the first one was indeed installed in 1940, but it was on a boat under construction, and due to problems encountered they weren't available for regular use until near the end of the war.

I really don't know.
It has been like that since I first installed GWX and remained like that after every reinstall (registry clean done etc)

This is my current mod list :
Aces' Type 9 c-1 Super Turm (Old Emblems Compat v3.2) Alt Grill + 3x MG-34 version for GWX
Aces' Crew On Deck - Stand alone mod v1 GWX Version
Aces' Radio Room Postcards
Aces' Modified Headphones
Alt Msg Font Typewriter
Foam 512x512
GWX - Enhanced Damage Effects
GWX - Contact Color
GWX 3 - Msn Os Lite
LRT v2.04 Full
SH-5 Water for GWX 3.0 V0.9 08 Km Atlantic campaign (default)
Thomsen's Depth Gauge
Thomsen's Dials V2.0
Thomsen's Sound Pack V3
Deck gun sound
New Uboat Guns 1.2
New 20mm Flak beta v1.1
SeaWolf S.Cut Bar
SH3-Blue Night Map
Torpedo damage Final
TorpedoTubesFfireFinal vGW
Waterstream+Exhaust Combi V2.3 for GWX3
Elite U-boat Binoculars
Fishing Trawler
WB's Fuel Economy v1.2
Flecktarn Protective Helmet Cover
Scir***923;-Tikigod- repeated order
Water Droplet Mod
Remove searchlights from merchants
Remove searchlights from warships
Sergbutos Wolfpack mod V3 reloaded

FROM THE MFM (manually inserted)
Tankers : 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 10 13(T2 SE A1) 16 18 tanker CAM ship
Attack cargo ships: 1 2 3
Medium merchants : 6 7 8 9 11 13 15 17 22 24 25 29 31 39 40 CAM ship UK/US Hog Island
Heavy merchants : 1 2 3
Naval oilers : 1
Repair ships : 1
Q ships : Jimbuna + Q01B
Amphibious vessels: Appalachian - A.Middleton
Liners: Blue star liners - Cunard liners 1,2,3,4 - Large liner - Olympia class - Empress of Britain - Normadie
Troop ships: USS West Point
Others: Fleet tender - Ranger type tanker - Hansa freighter - Medium freighter - Whale factory ship(not the GWX one) - Whale chaser - Fishing trawler
US Navy: BB New York - CVE Long Island
RN Ships: Queen Elizabeth class - Renown class - Ark Royal - Glorious - Bellona class - Leander class - Armed merchant cruiser(not the Aux cruiser of GWX) - Flower class corvette (from SH5)

I don't think that any of these mods can do that.
I have changed some items on the basic.cfg but these are about renown values for Ubooten and torpedo loads.
Hope this helps.

VONHARRIS 01-10-12 02:55 AM

U-504 IXC
Patrol 10

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Kapt Z 01-11-12 08:38 AM

U-97 1st patrol
Patrol 1
U-97, Type VIIC, 7th/13th Flotilla
Left at: 6.10.40
Returned: 16.11.40
From: St. Nazaire
Mission Orders: Patrol Grid BE99

Six freighters sunk for 22,435 tons

All internal torpedoes expended.
No damage sustained.

Oblt. Ernst Walzer

ijnfleetadmiral 01-12-12 05:28 AM

22 April 1940
Goeben departs Wilhelmshaven on yet another raiding mission. After patrolling assigned area for 24 hours, headed to area SSW of Reykjavik, as this area had been rich in targets on our last patrol...and it was again.

Returned to port on 3 May 1940, having sunk 26 ships (an entire large convoy, plus two lone vessels earlier) for 109,180 tons. Lookouts and gunners were heaped with promotions and medals. The crew loves their Kaleun. :D

5 Large Merchants
1 Large Cargo Ship
1 Medium Tanker
1 Intermediate Tanker
2 Granville-type Freighters
4 Passenger / Cargo Ships
1 Small Freighter
2 Small Merchants
4 Black Swan-class Frigates
4 Flower-class Corvettes
1 ASW Trawler

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