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Old 05-17-2017, 08:01 AM   #5281
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Default My first career... ever...

Hello all,
A beginner captain here playing my first career.
I'm running SH3+GWX3.
All I've played thus far are the training mission/exams.
Realism is 90%. I have external view, so I can watch my targets sink up close. I also have map contact update.
I chose 1st Flotilla, based at Kiel in Aug. 1939. I'm given U-5 a Type IIA with a load of 5 type I torpedos.
First patrol begins 1 Aug '39. I reach patrol area off the Shetlands and patrol several days until fuel becomes an issue and I have to head home. A big goose egg for a score. The war starts a few days after my return...
Second patrol begins 6 Sep '39. I reach my patrol area and patrol 24 hours. Just at the end of the 24 hours a beautiful Ore Carrier shows up...
First time manual targeting. I fumble through and shoot 2. Both miss aft (I botched the speed I think) and I hurriedly reset and shoot 1... miss. I turn south thoroughly bummed... Reloading my last 2 torpedos.
Further south along the east coast of England I encounter a small cargo ship. I setup, shoot 2 and both hit. On the board with 2245 tons. I head to port as all 5 of my torpedos are gone. I get the U- boat front clasp., as well as some of my crew,
Third patrol begins 11 Oct '39. I reach my patrol area off the middle east coast of England. I quickly (within my 24 hour patrol time) get 2 ships totaling 9788 tons one after the other, very near to each other. Shot 2 at each with all hits. Shortly after another target showed up and I missed with my final torpedo. Still learning the manual targeting thing...
Medals were earned by my crew.
I got promoted.
Fourth patrol begins 12 Nov '39. I reach my patrol area off the Shetlands (1 block south of my first patrol area) and at the end of the 24 hours I get a contact. It's inky black and I can't see my hand in front of my face let alone some ship off in the distance. I set a intercept with hydrophone only. Track and shoot 1 torpedo without ever seeing the guy other that a darker mark in the blackness. 1 shot hits. I surface and parallel his course for over 5 hours. He's listing and catches fire over 12 times but the waves are so big they keep putting the fire out... I'm getting concerned about warships coming, so I shoot 1 more using the uzo and his fire to line up on. Hit and immediately sinks. 2396 tons in the books. I submerge and set a course to patrol gap between Orkneys and Shetland... Immediately detect 5 warships medium and high speeds. I avoid them. Patrol the gap... nothing. Head south along east coast of England. Finally get another contact. I setup and shoot blind again cause it's still inky black and high seas. Shoot 1 and I guess it misses??? Looked like a perfect run on targeting chart...
I set another quick shot and los... about halfway through that run well before it should hit the target blows up and sinks (red mark on map) but I don't get credit??? WTF??? Game glitch??? Second shot misses...
Another contact right away. I setup and shoot another blind shot. It's still total blackness out there... My first magnetic attempt ever as everything prior was impact. Ran true but no explosion... I've no idea for sure if it hit but it looked true on the targeting chart... I head for Kiel thoroughly frustrated.
My crew earned some medals.
I received the German Cross.
Currently, about to start patrol 5 around 1 Dec '39. Still in the Type IIA.
Current tonnage total 14,429.

Edit: Just looked the German Cross up... It wasn't issued until 1941. How am I getting one now in 1939??? Early access???

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Old 05-25-2017, 09:57 PM   #5282
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Started patrol 5 on about 6 December, 1939. Sailed to the designated box for my 24 hour period.
At the end of the 24 hours I sighted, tracked, shot two torpedos at, hit and sunk a big 10,000 tonner!! My biggest kill to date playing this game!! I was very excited!!!
Creeping away from that kill, I came across a convoy. My first convoy. I set up an intercept and chose a medium and another smaller cargo following behind in the middle of the convoy. Two torpedos at the first ship and then a quick one at the trailer.
The convoy had destroyers, so I immediately dove and started creeping away. I heard 3 hits. The destroyers pounced and depth charged me for several hours, with no real damage suffered. External view showed 4 destroyers hunting me in teams of two. Eventually two left. Then the other two started to leave.
I crept up to periscope depth. Took a peek and there was a ship dead in the water but not sinking. I figured to creep over and shoot it up with my flak gun. Got a bit over eager and surfaced too soon... shots immediately flew in from the destroyers who pulled a u-turn and returned to kill me.
I hid under the crippled ship Til the destroyers left again. This time I waited Til I couldn't see them at all.
I surfaced near the crippled ship with it between me and the last known area of destroyers. Manned the flak gun. Shot several magazines worth into the ship which started to burn... started to move away from the ship, then... BOOM!!!!
The whole ship exploded and severely damaged my sub and killed all deck crew. I tried to do damage control but it was no bueno... I sunk. I was way to close...
A stupid mistake cost me my sub and crew...
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:48 PM   #5283
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Just got on station at AM28 in Type VIIC U-762. Took a few days to get on station, had to avoid a handful of aircraft attacks getting there. Running my campaign starting in April 1940 in a VIIC with GWX.
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Old 05-29-2017, 01:28 PM   #5284
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1942 2nd of march
U-BOAT 160 reached the Caribbean sea where he patrolled around the coast of Miami first kill of the patrol.
Attacked with deck gun.


After 5 days
Attacked US Somers class destroyer

8th of March my inexperienced watch crew somehow spotted aircraft before he did. After we crashed dived heard explosions after about 10 mins at periscope depth raised observation scope and saw American PBY catalina.

1/3 of patrol logs were lost in the accident from the kitchen fire. The Cook got punishment for slacking on duty. His punishment was to clean filthy toilets of my U BOAT.
Returning to Lorient with 69241 tons of merchant shipping. This is the first time what I sunk so much tonnage.
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Old 05-30-2017, 05:40 AM   #5285
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Yesterday evening, in my campaign (the first one), i was in March 1941, 7th flotilla, type VII b.

I patrol near Ireland, near the convoy northern route. A few escort ships, and a lot af innocent victims... Some ASDIC pings, but no real danger at this time. This is first patrol i take down some planes (as the kept turning around like bloody flies).

An important detail: realism is low (29%), because it's my first attempt to build a carrier. I know it's less classy than the ones that play full realism, but... i'm a noob.
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Old 07-10-2017, 12:04 AM   #5286
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U75 Kpltn Mohr on patrol off Norway. June 9,1940 Sunk one Norweigan Cargo ship 4350 tons. 1st patrol. Looking for retrating British task forces returning from Norwegan waters.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:11 AM   #5287
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:21 AM   #5288
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:30 AM   #5289
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Old 07-23-2017, 01:18 PM   #5290
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Yesterday evening, 30d patrol from my vey first campaign.

It's 23 december of 1942. I'm wainting for type IX, but it's prety cool with my VIIb. my crews are a great team, as a family: seems that we gonna be at sea for Xmas.

As it's my very first campaign, i play stock SH3, no mod, and 29% realism (the lower). So it's far easiest than the way you play. But it's the best way to learn slowly. My second campaign wil be harder i think...
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