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gazpode_l 01-26-11 08:22 PM

OK admitted NOT the campaign but am easing myself back into things via the naval academy missions before going bk to my campaign, poss end of this week early next, may even be sailing tomorrow night......... (thurs) :hmmm:

PS havent played SH3 campaign since last may I think!! :o

Gryffon300 01-27-11 12:38 AM

So, where's my bloody Knight's Cross then??!!
Look, I know all you shiny-pants mob at BdU might have it in for me since the "Konigsberg Incident", and I may have got a bit hot under the collar in talking to you about it (as per my telegram ), but, where the Hell is MY Knight's Cross, eh!? Have I not more than redeemed myself? I mean, it wasn't like Prien going into Scarpa to get the Royal Oak was unique!

Look, I already told you all about taking out the Southhampton AND a troopship in Dover, and then backing it up with a raid on Calais to take out two big tankers and a couple of medium marchants. On my third cruise - our first war patrol! I don't care that the large tanker was a neutral - the schwein should have known better than to be feeding the Frogs fuel!

OK, OK well what about the last cruise? We took out what was it, eight medium merchants plus a Large Tanker? Mostly ripping down through the Irish Sea, mostly with surface gun attack AND we fought off 3 aerial attacks. Now, I grant you, I took a little damage, but no casualties! But then, what about the icing on the cake, eh?

That large convoy in the Keltic Sea, with the jewel in the heart - the HMS Revenge! Prien's Revenge class was a sitting duck in Scarpa, at least mine was moving! PLUS I took out the Large Tanker and the Tanker for good measure, and all of THAT with my last 6 torps! AND I think I shoud be credited with that last medium Merchant that I torpedoed but hadn't yet sunk when I had to break off to go after the large convoy. I'd stayed with her for over an hour and she was down to one knot and listing last I saw. She MUST be on the bottom!

Now, I took out the namesake for the whole class - that's got to be worth extra points with Goebell's merry wordsmiths, no?

102,521 tons on only our 5th Patrol in a VIIB and NO INJURIES OR DEATHS. So, how about putting in a good word for me, and if not me, at least some recognition for the crew. They deserve it for bringing home the boat with only 60% hull integrity, which meant in the whole action with the convoy, we never went below 25m, AND I never went silent, because reloading to take out the Revenge took priority - we all agreed on that.

By the way, you might want to tip off the Intelligence boys that I encoutered three Danish merchants running dark, going solo in the Irish sea (sunk one that had just rendeveued with a British merchant - obviously running contraband). The other two, I let go, being unsure, but then there must have been at least four Danes running in the large convoy - probably more, I didn't get close enough to see. Mostly medium merchants and a couple medium tankers. 'Neutrals', my asdic!

don1reed 01-27-11 09:51 AM

5th War Patrol, all in tc x1.

13.4.40: Ordered to patrol west of Gibraltar in Dora Jota 16. Currently five days out of Wilhelmshaven in vicinity L59°33.3’N, λ002°40.3’W by three star fix.

Sharp increase in enemy aircraft sightings since last patrol. Was forced to submerge twice in the last two days since passing the prime meridian. Anticipating higher volume of traffic in the western approaches. Watch personnel and Special Sea detail expecting a lively run down toward L36°N. Bon Chance to all.

Obltn Strand 01-27-11 12:51 PM


Originally Posted by the.terrabyte.pirate (Post 1583433)
I'm normally about the same, but in this instance the stars aligned. Originally the 5th eel was a coup de grace for any one of the previous merchies that didn't sink on their first hit, but all three went down within 20 minutes or so. That left me with one eel left, and some tempting targets that I didn't see the first time. I honestly thought that the whale factory ship was too big for one eel only, and I'd be better off using it on the large cargo or ammo ship, but I figured I'd go with it anyway as a learning experience. 25 minutes later she's sinking too.

I think I'm about 90% realism. Everything is switched to realistic apart from map contacts and the external camera (used only for watching sinking ships or my u-boat) I use manual targetting, no weapons officer assistance, realistic sinking times etc. GWX 3.0

Quite a catch then:arrgh!:

You were lucky to get those big ships down with just one torpedo. In many occasions I have had to let some big ships float. Just because all torpedoes have been fired and 20mm AA gun isn't excatly a big ship killer.

nikbear 01-27-11 01:08 PM

Tue,April 30,1940 U103 returns to Wilhelmshaven
Oberleutnant z.S Viktor Schutze brings all the crew home on a most miserable patrol :nope:
Bad weather dogged the entire patrol hampering many attempts to get to grips with the enemy,At one time Resulting in nearly being 'Run over' by a convoy in thick fog:o
A tally of 4 ships sunk for 22804 GRT Little reward for such hard work,bravery and endeavour!
Hoping for a better and more productive patrol next time.......Now where's the Schnapps :salute:

frau kaleun 01-27-11 01:17 PM


So, where's my bloody Knight's Cross then??!!
From: Darth BdU
To: Gryffon300

Onkel Karl has taught you well... but you are not a Ritterkreuzträger yet.


Walruss 01-28-11 07:36 AM

The middle of the north sea, september 3rd, 1939. Just got word that the Kriegsmarine has authorized attacks on British vessels. On my way to AM33 for my patrol, with a sharp eye out for targets!

Fluffysheap 01-28-11 02:02 PM

North Sea, April 1, 1940. Biding my time waiting for Operation Weserubung. Patrol has been very difficult with rough weather and one CTD after another.

I think I am remembering why I usually stick with the Type-II, every time I buy a bigger sub, I get nothing but crashes. But after 1941, the Type-II is really not practical any more, not to mention not historical! (Excepting the Black Sea, of course)

Missing Name 01-29-11 12:17 PM

October 1940, Mid-Atlantic.

Intercepted a fast moving convoy, positioned myself in the center. All six torpedoes launched, three detonated prematurely. The remaining three sank an Empire, ammunition depot and a large cargo. We laughed at the one escort that tried to DC us. Convoy changed route shortly afterward, lost contact.

VONHARRIS 01-29-11 01:38 PM

U-522 returns home
Back at Lorient after my first patrol at the US east coast.
Date and Time
Occurrences 17
U-522, U-Flotilla Saltzwedel
Left at: February 4, 1942, 18:03
From: Lorient
Mission Orders: Patrol grid CA28 BF 44Ship sunk! SS Argun (Medium Merchant 11), 3129 tons. Cargo: General Cargo. Crew: 39. Crew lost: 25 CC 33Ship sunk! SS Isac (Tramp Steamer), 1971 tons. Cargo: Grain. Crew: 30. Crew lost: 27 CC 24Ship sunk! SS Empire Hudson (CAM Freighter), 7150 tons. Cargo: Aircraft. Crew: 57. Crew lost: 24
2341Grid CC 16Ship sunk! SS Adm. Courbet (Coastal Freighter), 1811 tons. Cargo: Paper Products. Crew: 34. Crew lost: 4 CC 14Ship sunk! Q Ship HMS Lambridge (Small Coastal Freighter), 2364 tons. Crew: 77. Crew lost: 23 CA 28Ship sunk! SS Matilde (Nipiwan Park-type Tanker), 2476 tons. Cargo: Crude Oil. Crew: 19. Crew lost: 16 CA 28Ship sunk! USS Decatur (Clemson class), 1190 tons. Crew: 112. Crew lost: 96
0716Grid CA 27Ship sunk! SS Scythia (Ceramic-type Ocean Liner), 14534 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 923. Crew lost: 839
1359Grid CA 27Ship sunk! SS Highland Brigade (Large Troop Ship), 25007 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 812. Crew lost: 227
1448Grid CA 27Ship sunk! SS Athenia (Ceramic-type Ocean Liner), 14533 tons. Cargo: Troops. Crew: 1297. Crew lost: 1141
2228Grid CA 28Ship sunk! Dolphin (Sloop), 8 tons. Crew: 4. Crew lost: 0 results
Crew losses: 0
Ships sunk: 11
Aircraft destroyed: 0
Patrol tonnage: 74173 tons

Both liners were sunk out side NY harbor at the borderline of grids CA27 , CA28.
The SS Scythia was going in and the SS Athenia (?!!) was going out. Both were doing 15kts.
The SS Highland Brigade was part of an outgoing convoy escorted by 5 DDs of the US Navy.
These are three troop ships that will not reach the Fatherland.

Next patrol grid is CA 73

Kapitanleutnant von Harris
Current command: U-522 IXC
Position : Heading for CA 73
Date : May 26 1942

Patrols : 17
Days at sea: 504
Merchants sunk : 132
Tonnage : 829689
Warships sunk : 17 (4 x Cl 4 x Aux cruisers 1 x small depot ship 1 x CV)
Tonnage : 137840
Aircrafts downed : 5 (4 x Swordfish 1 x Kingfisher)
Crew losses : 4 men

frau kaleun 01-29-11 10:52 PM

Man, it's so good to be playing again. Not bad, either, for my first combat patrol in... sheesh, it's got to be 4-5 months.


reignofdeath 01-29-11 11:21 PM

I keep getting sunk in 1939:shifty: What the hell are these escorts feeding their crew. Theyre depthcharge machines lately it seems. They shouldnt be either.:cry:

VONHARRIS 01-30-11 05:35 AM

From : U-522
To : BdU
July 7 1942
Grid CC 29

Damaged after air attack in CA 27
Unable to dive
Casualties IWO and flak gun crew
Have sunk 64429 tons
Returning to Lorient

Kptltnt von Harris

VONHARRIS 01-30-11 01:05 PM

U-522 update
The last patrol was a very short one

Things are getting tough. Those Brits have learned how to fight us. The Americans are learning too. The anti-sonar coating is not that effective but the Bold decoys may help.

Kapitanleutnant von Harris
Current command: U-522 IXC
Position : Refitting at Lorient
Date : November 1942

Patrols : 19 (I had plenty of time play)
Days at sea: 565
Merchants sunk : 144
Tonnage : 781137 (typing error in previous update)
Warships sunk : 18 (4 x Cl 4 x Aux cruisers 1 x small depot ship 1 x CV)
Tonnage : 139530
Aircrafts downed : 5 (4 x Swordfish 1 x Kingfisher)
Crew losses : 9 men

Missing Name 01-30-11 02:15 PM

:damn: :damn:

Because words can't describe the frustration.

reignofdeath 01-30-11 02:44 PM

I think I had the most eventful patrol of my life just now.

So I was patrolling around AM53, when I get a contact report of a large convoy. I move to intercept and meet up with it at about 6 AM in October of 39 (So it doesnt get light until about 7 30) I run on the surface get ahead into position 90* and 5km out from the most inward and juicy target, a large merchant, which on either side of it in the same row has a medium cargo. I decide to fire one torp at each medium cargo and 2 at the merchant.

After I fire, I start moving at ahead full to set up for a second attack.

One torpedo to the far cargo prematures, one misses the merchant by inches, and the sails under the keel to explode. The last torpedo clips the closest cargo right under the center keel.

After the explosions the escorts never found me, still submerged I make my way to attack position again and fire the same spread, this time the far one prematures again but 2 contact the large merchant and the one for the medium cargo connects. The large merchant sinks and the medium cargo keeps on a chuggin.

I decide this time with 20% battery left that since its daylight I'd need to get behind the convoy and run on the surface shadowing it. So I get what I felt like was behind the convoy enough and surface to start recharging my batteries for a 2nd night attack. Lo and behold, I wasnt far enough and two really pissed off escorts start heading my way (For real these guys must be using super 3D ultrasonic detection, every DC drop was pretty much RIGHT at my depth and almost 5 m either side of me.)

So I dive to P depth and get ready to start manuevers, this is when things get really hairy. First escort comes at me and I turn hard, he hits my conning tower and knocks out my scopes and everything up top. As I'm still thrashing about under water (from being flung by being rammed by the escort) The 2nd comes at me and drops charges, right to the side of me, about 5 explode causing major flooding. I start dropping like a rock and get the repair crews on it.
Cool thing I noticed when in external cam, that I was 'leaking' what seemed to be a dark fluid (Fuel) and a white one (Compressed Air) which I thought was pretty cool that GWX modeled this, as I was indeed leaking fuel because my gauge kept on dropping

As I steady the flooding and level the boat out at about 50 meters, I get two almost simaultaneous runs on me, and you guessed it, they all explode around me. Now Ive got more flooding and Im dropping like a car in free fall from 1000ft. After throwing my electrics to full power and barely staying level, I get leveled off again at about 60 meters. This time, I go deep, to 140 m (I think 150m was the bottom) and keep changing direction and depth.

After a while of that I hit p depth to have a drastic depth change and the worst of my fears comes true again, another near simaultaneous DC attack, and 2 land right on the deck of my sub.

All of a sudden, my Hydrophones are out, the two men in my sonar room are dead. And my fore batteries are destroyed as well as my aft damaged. I have completely uncontrollable flooding this time and my speed slows to 1 knot and I cant maintain depth. I cross my fingers as I sink, and sink, and sink, then I bottom out. This is it I think, a few more runs and Im toast. I figure I can at least fix the flooding and what I can while Im waiting so I set my repair crew on the fixing mission. As they finally stop the rest of the flooding, I sigh with relief, and wait. Either the DCs will get me, or the pressure will. I try a few more times to get what I can out of the batteries but to no avail, I then try and blow my ballast, nothing. Now I'm out of battery and compressed air!!

Another DC attack comes but curiously isnt even close. I can hear the creaking of the pressure hull, only a few more minutes before it bursts. And with one more last hurrah, I push my engines to all ahead. Then to my utter enjoyment, and suprise, the depth gauge starts to rise!! I watch as we eventually creep back to P depth and start the 5 hour long process of evading these two nasty nasty escorts (Seriously, somebody fed this crew testosterone booster or something, they were annngry) Eventually one runs out of DCs and keeps running into my conning tower only to rip a hole in his hull and sink himself. The second runs out of DCs on the back rack and can only throw them to the side, which does him no good because each run hes on top of me, so he wastes his remaining DCs.

Eventually I creep away and he rejoins the convoy.:o I survived a Das Boot moment and dammit I am freaking proud!:yeah: U-36 is now on her way back to Wilhelmshaven for some scary scary stories and plenty of well needed drinks!


Schwieger 01-30-11 02:49 PM

Haha, close Casey. Had that happen a few times in the Med. Usually stick to the Atlantic now, lol

gazpode_l 01-30-11 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by USNSRCaseySmith (Post 1586635)
Eventually I creep away and he rejoins the convoy.:o I survived a Das Boot moment and dammit I am freaking proud!:yeah: U-36 is now on her way back to Wilhelmshaven for some scary scary stories and plenty of well needed drinks!


WOW Casey! Sounded like some tussle u had there with the allies! :rock:

Congrats on surviving and making it bk for some well needed R&R :up:

gazpode_l 01-30-11 04:12 PM

My Campaign
I restarted my campaign yesterday (saturday) after a longer period of not playing that FR Kaluen (member) had. :yeah:

The last time I remember playing this was probably april 2010!!!! :hmmm:

My third career in SH3 (with GWX) and my first two ended up as follows;
1) going after a convoy I encountered the beastly NELSON - sent off four torpedoes, only to have two detonate, and two mis-fire due to range (hit but failed to go-off) :damn:

got discovered my two flower class's and an A&B destroyer, DC'd to hell with the flower getting the credit when they nailed me with a direct hit.

2) my second career the day I died was eventful to say the least, got chased by a fast attack patrol, who i eventually dispatched by deck-gun fire, and got myself an armed trawler just some SW of ireland but after I got rammed by the cheeky sod, we eventually MAY have bought it by DC from a flower class, OR crushing.. :dead:

OK so my third career is in U-93 (VIIB) and we are just away from Kiel and were somewhere abrest of "Kristensand"- if you look on googlemaps zoomed at 20km/20miles there is a label for ferry route E39, we are there at the point of my last save (RL Time 18:00hrs saturday 29th Jan)

Hoping to get some more play in tonight....:timeout:

Will check the gory details of my former careers in SH3 commander later and re-post or edit. :88)

frau kaleun 01-30-11 07:58 PM

U-35, Oblt. Kurt Schaaf commanding, our second combat patrol with the 2nd Flotilla.

We left Willy on Oct 5 1939 and, except for a few neutrals and friendlies in the North Sea, we have not had a single merchant contact. Not one. Nada. Nichts. Sounds boring, right? Mais non, mes amis!

Somewhere, a carrier is wondering where all its planes went. My flak gunner has shot down 18 - yes, that's right, 18 - Swordfish. So far. They come in threes, and go down in threes. And they just keep coming. Even when we dive and change course after an encounter hoping to throw off any additional pursuit based on a contact report one of them might get off before we dunk him in the drink.

Oh and yeah we've encountered three task forces... one we got a radio report about, and since its reported course had it coming southeast behind us as we cleared the Shetlands, we turned around and tried to intercept. Got close enough to make visual contact... 4 destroyers, I think, plus 2 Southhampton class, 1 Renown class... and the HMS Hood. But they were going so fast we never could get close enough to line up a shot. :wah: But we called in their current position, maybe somebody else will have a shot at 'em.

And I guess our other two contacts so far count as task forces, each had one V&W class and two auxiliary cruisers.

Whoever was in command of the DD in the first group should be taken out and shot, as we were able to get in close enough to get off two quick shots at the first cruiser and then another two at the second. This was at periscope depth, after dark, but still. From within 1000 meters even.

At least one eel was a dud, but we got hits on both cruisers and one sank while we did a crash dive and evasive manuevers thinking the DD that was now coming our way would surely go after us with a vengeance. But I don't think it ever dropped a charge anywhere near enough to endanger us at all. Finally convinced that it had no clue what it was doing or where to do it, we crept back up to p-depth to set up whatever additional shots we could. Somewhere during all of that was when the first cruiser sank, we must've got two hits on it.

The second one had a fire on the forward deck and her bow looked to be a bit low in the water but she was still making about 4 knots. We were running silent and not reloading so all I had left was the stern tube, which we lined up and fired from within about 600 meters. Direct hit, and she went down while we dove again just in case the DD (which was scanning the surface with searchlights about 2 km aft of the second cruiser) had a competent XO who decided to throw his CO over the side and assume command. But apparently this was not the case, because we were able to slink away 120m down running silent and she didn't put up much of a chase at all.

That TF we were able to intercept after receiving a contact report, she just happened to be in the neighborhood and heading in the right direction.

The next one we sighted on our own, we were heading due north and spotted another DD off our port bow heading due east. Behind her were another 2 aux cruisers, all making about 14 knots. We turned due east and went to flank speed to get just out of visual range, and then dropped back to 16 knots to get a good jump on their projected course. A couple quick dives to check the 'phones along the way confirmed that they had not altered course. So after about two hours of running just ahead of them on a parallel course, we turned due north again and dropped back to 1/3 ahead until they came into view. The sun was just setting so we went to periscope depth and crept forward to the projected intercept point, running silent at 2 knots. The DD may have spotted our 'scope when I popped it up once for a quick position check, because she started working the searchlights, but maybe not because she never altered course to come looking any harder.

Unlike our previous encounter, we had relatively calm seas this time around so I took a chance on magnetics and set up all four forward eels to run at 11 meters with mag fuses. I was able to get the two shots off at the first cruiser, but while I was waiting to do so I realized I had either gotten in a little too close for comfort, or else the second cruiser had spotted our 'scope and altered course to ram us - because she was coming right for us. Fortunately she was a good way behind her sister ship and we got the shots off and I sounded the alarm for a crash dive and down we went.

Both eels detonated under the keel of the first cruiser, and she was a goner. The second cruiser hung around for a bit and then continued on, but the DD this time around was a tenacious little bugger AND called in reinforcements, as after about an hour another DD showed up to help hunt for us. And she was quicker on the uptake, as she managed to get a good idea of our position after the first cruiser was hit and dropped some DCs on us when we weren't as deep as I would've liked. We took some minor damage to one 'scope and the guns, but nothing that compromised us too badly, as we were able to continue down to 120m without any trouble.

But she (and her eventual backup) didn't want to let us go...took about two hours of real time to finally shake them off. They'd get close and drop DCs, but nothing went off deep enough to do more than rattle the cutlery. So... two hours of running silent and deep until they finally gave up and went away.

It's now Oct 22, 2 1/2 weeks into our patrol and we have yet to see, much less attack and sink, any enemy merchants. And even with a short diversion of our course to get out of "Swordfish alley" (as the boys are now calling it) and take advantage of a spell of calm weather to load the externals... I only have 5 torpedoes left! And not a merchant in sight!

I guess BdU will just have to make do with 3 auxiliary cruisers and 18 Allied aircraft. :O:

FWIW this was all in square AM - AM33 for the first two cruisers, AM 24 for the third. The aircraft have been in AM22, 24, & 25.

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