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VONHARRIS 01-01-12 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Tom (Post 1813577)
Oberleutnant zur See GŁnther Trede sailed his 3rd combat patrol and saw his first convoy action. Amount of torpedo malfunctions is alarming. Patrol ended with 7 ships sunk for 29889 tons.

Happy New Year.
Very detailed report.
Congarts on a job well done.

Zorrin 01-02-12 06:16 AM

U-69 VIIC, Patrol 7
 
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absea 01-02-12 10:42 PM

A while back now i had a major malfunction with GWX and have just now managed to reload SH3 stock standard and am enjoying it ,although only doing training exams at the moment.
Needles to say with the experence of playing GWX for along time i am getting top marks in the exams !!
A realy good game to play is SH3,and i will add GWX etc later.:yeah:

VONHARRIS 01-03-12 06:52 AM

U-44 IXB
 
Patrol 4
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Tom 01-03-12 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1814496)
Patrol 4

New orders:Patrol grids AD59 - AD83

Are you using a mod that gives new patrol orders mid patrol? Or did you just make this up because your original patrol grid was quiet?

The reason I'm asking is, that if there is a mod allowing one to request a new patrol zone mid patrol, I'd very much like to try it.

Nice patrols, by the way. Especially patrol 3, with 112000 tons sunk. Can only dream of figures like that in a type VII, even more so with the torpedo failure mod.

Leandros 01-03-12 08:32 AM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - Sept. 1939 042137 - in the Southern approches to Scapa Flow

I have been out of business for some time and decided to start a new career from the start of the war, running XXI's out of Bergen was getting sort of boring. This time I am going to work in a more realistic (careful) manner than before - my reality percentage is, as it has always been, 74%.

The first station was to be in the vicinity of the Rockalls. Being given the U-47 (Saltzwedel flotilla) the "careful" went right out of the window, so to speak. We are now in the Southern Approaches to Scapa Flow. First, I decided just to go between Scotland and the Scapas on the way to our station. After all, war was not declared between England and Germany when we left Wilhelmshafen on the 1st. Having reached the Straits it was.

The area crawled with guard vessels and one A&B and V&W unknowingly came into our sights. As the weather deteriorated and night approached we backtracked out into the North Sea for reloading and battery charging.

We then went NorthWest again. As we approached the Straits we went below and proceeded with lowest speed - silent. Just before starting our final entry into the Scapa a J&K could just be observed in the periscope, crossing aft of us at 400 meters distance. That it was not detected earlier must be because of our inexperienced sonar operators. The officer of the watch acted immediately and a stern shot with a fast T1 hit it aft.

We are now proceeding into Scapa Flow.


U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - Sept. 1939 052136 - in the North Sea

Scapa was a disappointment. Only ships present were a destroyer and a troop ship at anchor. The destroyer sunk after one torpedo and the troop ship was also hit by one, the next one obviously exploding in a net barrier. We continued into the port, turned north of the troopship and gave it one from the other side. As it was I did not take the risk to stay and observe it sink but took a westerly course along the Northern shore, all the time submerged.

When turning south to get out of this dangerous place we suddenly hit on two anchored Tribals. Both were hit with T1's at magnetic. The first started to burn but had seeminly no intentions of sinking, the other one sunk only very gradually. I did not take my time to stay to have the sinkings verified as an Elco PT also materialized on the scene.

The departing from the Scapa was uneventful. We are now in the North Sea - headed for Wilhelmshafen. With one aft torp left for self-defense and a very inexperienced crew I shall be glad to get back in one piece.

The next patrol I shall be more careful. Or maybe it's Scapa again...:)

VONHARRIS 01-03-12 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom (Post 1814505)
Are you using a mod that gives new patrol orders mid patrol? Or did you just make this up because your original patrol grid was quiet?

The reason I'm asking is, that if there is a mod allowing one to request a new patrol zone mid patrol, I'd very much like to try it.

Nice patrols, by the way. Especially patrol 3, with 112000 tons sunk. Can only dream of figures like that in a type VII, even more so with the torpedo failure mod.

Thank you.

Yes there is such a mod: WB's Secondary Patrol Orders
It comes with 4 sub files for 4 different theatres : North Atlantik , Med , America and Afirca. It needs SH3 Commander to run properly.
One more thing: You must sink at least one ship for the mod to give you a new grid. You don't get any more renown for reching and patrolling your newly assigned grid.
The problem is that I don't remember where I found it.
Some help here please.

In this patrol I made up the order myself! Hehe :DL

Tom 01-03-12 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VONHARRIS (Post 1814723)
Thank you.

Yes there is such a mod: WB's Secondary Patrol Orders
It comes with 4 sub files for 4 different theatres : North Atlantik , Med , America and Afirca. It needs SH3 Commander to run properly.
One more thing: You must sink at least one ship for the mod to give you a new grid. You don't get any more renown for reching and patrolling your newly assigned grid.
The problem is that I don't remember where I found it.
Some help here please.

In this patrol I made up the order myself! Hehe :DL

Thank you. A search on the SH3 mods forum found it: WB's Mid-Patrol Radio Orders.

Unfortunately, this is not compatible with Realism fix V16A3 since it works by replacing the standard "Keep up the good work!" response (message 4198 in en_menu.txt) with a new message ordering the secondary patrol grid.

Realism fix V16A3 does not use the standard reply message, but uses new messages (4835-4862) instead, so the new patrol grid won't show.

I guess I'll just have to take a look at possible patrol grids in flotilla.cfg and roll a die to assign myself a new grid if needed (no shipping sighted in patrol zone for a week or so, for example).

Those who don't use the realism fixes should definitely take a look at this mod though. :)

Leandros 01-03-12 05:09 PM

U47 - Lt.z.S. Willi Hartmann - Sept. 1939 162240 - Hebrides Channel, Northern entrance

Not much rest, we were sent out again on Sept. 10th., patrol area AM23. Aimed to go between the Orkneys and the Shetlands to reach the Atlantic. There was a great temptation to try for Scapa flow again but our orders are explicit - stay away from enemy naval vessels if possible.

The strait between Shetland and the Orkneys proved to be very target-rich. Within a day six small and medium British merchants were encountered, unarmed and unlighted and not stopping for warning shots. All but one were sunk by the deck gun, ammunition is well used up. We are now heading down the Hebrides Channel. Maybe a tiny bit look into Loch Ewe. We have, after all, credited ourselves with some merchants....:)...

The crew is shaping up. Has got a couple of new very sharp sonar operators. Missed that on the first patrol.

VONHARRIS 01-04-12 01:38 AM

U-44 IXB
 
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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:

19.12.1939

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

22.12.1939

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.

23.12.1939

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

24.12.1939

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.

25.12.1939

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.

26.12.1939

14:20, AM87
Dived to avoid aircraft.

17:06, AM87
Dived to avoid another aircraft.

27.12.1939

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.

28.12.1939

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

29.12.1939

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

31.12.1939

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.

4.1.1940

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.

6.1.1940

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.

7.1.1940

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

08:25
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
 
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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.


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