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aluekomentaja 06-03-2014 04:35 AM

Noob Kaleun of U-47 reporting. Realism settings 85% External camera enabled, but only for adoring MY boat when not in contact.

Patrol 3, start date December 3 at Wilhelmshaven.

December 10, just north of Rockall Bank:

My watch officer spots a 3 ship group at long range to my left, coming almost directly at me. Due to the angle I guesstimate their course incorrectly and identifying goes wrong too. First one is clearly a destroyer, V&W -class, but the two merchants I thought to be Empire-class freighters turn out to be auxiliary cruisers. Because of my miscalculation and guesstimating the destroyer and merchants turned to warships pass my bow at only about 300-400 meters. I fire 4 torpedoes and hit only one auxiliary cruiser. Destroyer depth charges me for 4 hours before I finally manage to slip away.

After surfacing (I almost could swear tasting the fresh sea air IRL after so many hours underwater) I resume my course to SW where the map says is a known convoy route. Few hours later I get a radio contact report about a convoy southeast of Rockall Bank heading probably to Irish Sea. And the best part is that it is only hours away from the boat's current location. I'm really starting to get excited, it's my first real convoy. Some map work and diesels red hot, ahead full.

Watch officer spots the convoy just before dark and I decide to trail it for now, to get better readings and to prepare my ambush better after the last botched attempt. It's hard to get good guesstimates at long range, but they're heading west and it's about 5 columns, so maybe ~25 ships or so and a single destroyer at the front (or so I thought). At this time I have 7 torpedoes left in front. I'm thrilled, but also the convoy seems just so big a target, how am I going to handle this?

I trail them for the night slowly getting into a position to attack. During daytime I decide to make an attempt at periscope depth. I change my course and slowly start to make my way to a course intersecting convoys course. I let the escort in front to slip to my right while making my way to more juicier parts of the convoy. Torpedoes set for impact pistol I base my calculations for a large merchant in front of me. I fire 4 torpedoes and manage to watch 3 hits, ammunition ship blows like a crate of fireworks. Dive is ordered to 160 meters. All 4 torpedoes hit, but only 3 ships go down. I get the large merchant, a medium tanker and an ammo ship.
Escorts start hunting my boat. Turns out that there were 2 destroyers. They depth charge me for hours before finally heading back to the convoy, U-47 doesn't even get a scratch.

Time to surface to reload and recharge and to prepare ambush #2. This time it's going to be a surface attack. So again I track them from the distance. This part of the game just rocks like everything else: Watching, waiting a good moment, planning, literally hunting them.

Finally darkness arrives. I can see why advacements in radar were fatal for U-boats, my only ally is stealth, escorts just outspeed, outgun and outarmor an U-boat. Approach goes similarly than last time, but on the surface. Again I target a large merchant and fire three torpedoes to three targets. Again 3 hits, but only get the large merchant and a passenger/cargo. Don't know why I targeted the last one, but I was acting in a hurry. At this moment I am not spotted, but they're turning on those powerful lights. Trying to get away with diesels, maybe the night will protect me, but not long and U-47 is spotted and fire starts to rain at my position. So, ALAAAARRRRMMM! Again the familiar game of hide and seek starts. This time I'm not so lucky as depth charges almost rip out my conning tower. All periscopes and radio antenna destroyed. After a few hours other destroyer heads back to convoy and other still hunts me, but has probably expended all depth charges and later it also leaves. Just have to say how good sound stage is in this game, immersion is really good underwater.

When I surface, the convoy is gone, but I still see the large merchant defiantly pushing forward bow almost below the water. I align the boat for a rear torpedo. Luckily UZO is still intact. One final torpedo finishes the large merchant and she's going to the bottom (didn't see sailors swimming towards me :)). Time to get out of there at flank speed. The other destroyer returns to look for me, but this time I am far enough away. Searchlights are visible in the horizon for a time.

Periscopes and radio antenna destroyed and all forward torpedoes used and only a few remaining in the back tubes. I need to get back to the base. After uneventful return journey I get back to Wilhemshaven, where medals are handed by the bucket. Total tonnage for the patrol: 53090t and 6 ships sunk.

Kaptlt.Endrass 06-04-2014 04:37 PM

Halfway through the war. Started August 39 and I've moved to Bergen for the rest of the war in late 43. I plan on staying alive for the war's end. Ready to buy the Type XXI when I can.

Zosimus 06-05-2014 08:42 AM

Although I have just recently started playing the game, I am pleased to say that I have completed 5 patrols (once I got the hang of it). The last two patrols were with a new U-boat–the VIIB. I must say that this is a very sweet ship. On my most recent patrol I was assigned to a patrol on the west side of Ireland, but before I could get there I sunk 5-6 ships! By the time I finally made it to my patrol zone I was down to 4 torpedoes in the bays and I was struggling to figure out how to get the external torpedoes inside for loading.

No sooner did I get to my patrol zone (The Northwestern corner) but I got a radio report of a ship to the north headed west (my way) so with a sigh I headed up and sunk it. The only real problem is the aircraft, though I did shoot one of them down. I think I should have trained someone on flak guns before now–none of my guys have the knack, I'm afraid. I got two iron crosses, and a buttload of u-boat badges to hand out to my crew. What good are they? I don't know, but I decorated the engine guy, the sonar guy, and the deck gun guy and then stared stupidly at the rest of them. I'm sure most people are doing wonderful work on the boat, but I'm not sure how to decide among them. Luck of the draw, maybe.

Tycho 06-06-2014 02:41 AM

I'm on the middle of the most boring patrol, who I ever sailed.
27 day without a single contact, one week in real life. The North Atlantic is desolate!:Kaleun_Crying:

Succat 06-06-2014 05:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214093)
I'm on the middle of the most boring patrol, who I ever sailed.
27 day without a single contact, one week in real life. The North Atlantic is desolate!:Kaleun_Crying:

Are you using a special realism mod? I would love to have more patrols like this!

LSH is way to crowded and i always sink the same convoys NW of England...im not amused!

insidious 06-06-2014 05:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214093)
I'm on the middle of the most boring patrol, who I ever sailed.
27 day without a single contact, one week in real life. The North Atlantic is desolate!:Kaleun_Crying:

Здравей Tycho.Най-после да видя някой от БГ в този форум :) 27 дена без контакт са наистина много да не се е бъгнала играта нещо.При мен се е случвало най-много 10-ина дена, 2 седмици без да срещна кораб.Виж тоя линк http://opspin.net/operationspinnenne...ontact.htm#nep мисля че ще ти бъде от полза,ще се ориентираш къде минават корабите.

Jimbuna 06-06-2014 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214093)
I'm on the middle of the most boring patrol, who I ever sailed.
27 day without a single contact, one week in real life. The North Atlantic is desolate!:Kaleun_Crying:

What version of the game are you playing, stock or a supermod?

Zosimus 06-06-2014 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by insidious (Post 2214132)
Здравей Tycho.Най-после да видя някой от БГ в този форум :) 27 дена без контакт са наистина много да не се е бъгнала играта нещо.При мен се е случвало най-много 10-ина дена, 2 седмици без да срещна кораб.Виж тоя линк http://opspin.net/operationspinnenne...ontact.htm#nep мисля че ще ти бъде от полза,ще се ориентираш къде минават корабите.

Добрата информация. Благодаря.

Tycho 06-06-2014 12:24 PM

Now I'm home, looking in my captain's log and see that days are 23 not 27!
Well, I did not complain here, did not search for bugs. Just tell you what's up in my current campaign.
My game is NYGM based.

Quote:

Originally Posted by insidious (Post 2214132)
Здравей Tycho.

Здрасти!

insidious 06-06-2014 12:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214241)
Now I'm home, looking in my captain's log and see that days are 23 not 27!
Well, I did not complain here, did not search for bugs. Just tell you what's up in my current campaign.
My game is NYGM based.

I get it.Wish you good luck then :up: Gute Jagd Herr Kaleun :arrgh!:
Give us more details: what year, what type of U-boot you use.
Quote:

Zosimus:Добрата информация. Благодаря.
За нищо
Ако имаш въпроси пиши на лично,ако мога ще помогна :)

ming 06-06-2014 03:20 PM

Just getting started anew, 2nd patrol '39. I plan on going all the way of course, but I usually think again somewhere around mid '43 or '44.:/\\!!

aluekomentaja 06-06-2014 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ming (Post 2214285)
Just getting started anew, 2nd patrol '39. I plan on going all the way of course, but I usually think again somewhere around mid '43 or '44.:/\\!!


I'm on my 5th patrol and each time difficulty goes up. First it was small single merchants, than bigger ones and couple and finally on patrol 3 a whole convoy, escorted by a couple of destroyers. Had a close call with them also, almost took out the whole conning tower. Current date is winter-spring 1940 (before Denmark and Norway). If difficulty goes up like this, it's going to be a rough ride few years later. Looking forward to it.

On 4th patrol I infiltrated Scapa Flow on a very dark January night. Tommys had a destroyer watching the entrance, but her patrol pattern was too predictable. Found a troop transport, destroyer and a small merchant in the harbour. Fired all torpedoes, all hit but I got only the destroyer. Other torpedoes failed.Then I punched flank speed the hell out of there.

It is nice that SH3 offers this kind of gameplay, but on an harbour infiltration so many things could have gone wrong. Water is too shallow to dive deep and that is giving away my best defence. So on fifth patrol I'm going to get back to basics, sinking merchants. Still it was very fun doing Scapa Flow. Ought to strike fear in that fat cigar stomping as*h*** Churchill. :D

But next patrol is going to go by the numbers.

Ifernat 06-06-2014 11:15 PM

Patrol 7 (1/25/1940-2/7/1940)
Grid CG76

For the first time U-27 was detailed out to the coast of Spain. U-27 would never make it there...
...
For all the right reasons :D

Three merchants were sunk as U-27 transited around the Shetlands and north of Scotland giving Scapa Flow an increasingly greater space. Mine strikes were increasingly showing up in the BdU radio traffic. Weather was slightly bad as U-27 passed the Hebrides and then something interesting happened. U-27 received a report of a task force leaving Liverpool and heading NW. Only 8 knots though. Thinking about the possibility of setting an ambush in the Irish channel U-27 ran at flank speed through the dawning morning light until a position was taken up between the Mull of Kintyre and Antrim. The task force would have to pass through.

And U-27 waited...and waited...until eventually out of the morning mists two ASW trawlers emerged. The Captain was slightly annoyed. There were no other contacts on the Hydrophone. After another half hour it was clear that the trawlers were the task force. The Captain lowered the periscope in frustration as the WO joked

"Well if the British are calling two trawlers a task force then the war is going well eh?"

The Captain made a mental note about task forces moving at 8 knots as the U-27 moved back to the NW. Still we were in the northern reaches of the Irish Sea an area that had been very good to U-27 before. U-27 would spend the next few hours listening and moving at slow speed to the NW. Eventually a coastal freighter would be detected and run down as it as it transited north, west of the Isle of Mull.

As the afternoon hours of February 1st ticked by serendipity was about to strike. A large convoy was reported by Bdu sighted west of the Hebrides on a course to enter the Irish Sea, clearly headed for Liverpool. U-27's little detour on the way to Spain was about to become quite profitable.

Moving back south to the waters south of Islay U-27 laid in ambush...it would be just after midnight before U-27 first heard the approaching convoy. As the moments ticked by the Hydrophone operator identified merchant after merchant after merchant. Finally a single warship was called out....in the middle of the convoy.

"What...what is this?" The Captain wondered. As 3am approached the convoy began to sail into sight. Row after row of merchant ships...and the battleship Rodney sailing at its core. No Destroyers. Whether the escorts had been detached and sent to Loch Ewe since the convoy was in Irish waters the Captain couldn't say. The important thing was that the convoy at 3:30 am was driving right over U-27 with the Rodney passing 600 meters away at a stately 7 knots. It was almost impossible to miss. 4 torpedoes went out and the 3rd and 4th hits were entirely superfluous as the first two hit just fore and aft of the forward magazine. The Rodney went down in 6 minutes after her forward magazines exploded.

None of the convoy ships were armed...what followed turned the Irish channel into a stream of fire. In the next 4 and a half hours 13 additional ships would be sunk by U-27 firing her torpedoes and deck gun as fast as the crew could reload. By the time the tubes and ammo locker were empty only 6 ships remained in the convoy...one of those a battered small merchant that had taken 10 waterline hits before the Captain had realized that the ship was actually Norwegian. Why there was a lone Norwegian ship in the middle of a British convoy the Captain couldn't have said. A sad mix of small and coastal merchants all that was left of the convoy.

The 2nd of February had been very good to the U-27. Only the fact that U-27 had overspent on torpedoes on the Rodney and needed extra torpedoes to sink a pair of whale factory ships. That combined with the slightly difficult gunnery conditions (5 m/s waves) was the only thing that prevented the near total wipeout of the convoy.

U-27 sailed back to Wilhelmshaven...never having come close to CG76.

134,600 GRT (17 merchants, 1 warship - HMS Rodney). No damage to the boat.

Kaptlt.Endrass 06-07-2014 01:23 AM

Das ist gŁt patrol. Verruckt gŁt.

Tycho 06-07-2014 04:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214093)
I'm on the middle of the most boring patrol, who I ever sailed.
27 day without a single contact, one week in real life. The North Atlantic is desolate!:Kaleun_Crying:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tycho (Post 2214241)
Now I'm home, looking in my captain's log and see that days are 23 not 27!

Quote:

Originally Posted by insidious (Post 2214247)
I get it.Wish you good luck then :up: Gute Jagd Herr Kaleun :arrgh!:
Give us more details: what year, what type of U-boot you use.

Type VIIB, 19 December 1939

On this same 23th day, finally receive message with information about Large convoy very close to my position. Easy to intercept! But, when I have a good position, seems somehow one of the escort found me. We played many hours with the escort, but without damage for me.
http://oi61.tinypic.com/2m46gm1_th.jpg
http://oi60.tinypic.com/2dgwc46_th.jpg

Then all night, I chase the convoy, they change course, found it, but after sunrise. Decided to attack, England is close.
http://oi60.tinypic.com/s2sg2c_th.jpg

Two victims, and the escort play with me again.
This time they destroyed my deck gun, hydrophone and radio.
http://oi61.tinypic.com/k9u9ow_th.jpg
http://oi59.tinypic.com/xe3gd0_th.jpg


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