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Rambler241 04-26-15 07:16 PM

I did - with a shot from just under 3K. No apparent reaction from the escorts, so I closed with the first T3, and hit it at a range of about 500m - big explosion, but didn't sink immediately. By now a C3 was close behind - too close at 250m, so I risked standard speed to increase the gap, keeping an eye on the CM bearing down on my port side. Got the shot off at just over 300m bearing 180 almost exactly and ordered "normal dive" hoping the CM wouldn't end my career. Loud explosion heard over the sound of the CM passing (just) overhead. Slowed to 2 knots, silent routine, and ordered periscope depth. The second T3 had turned to port increasing the range, or I'd have been too close. Stop engines and waited for it to approach bearing 0 degrees while still at 14m depth, fired last fish at 330m, range increasing slowly. 'Scope down, ordered depth of 80m to be safe, course 30 deg. to starboard just as the Type 1 hit. Massive explosion - instant "ship sunk" icon on the map to add to the other 3 - the first T3 must have sunk also, along with the C3.

Time to break out the brown trousers - I had two DDs close on my tail. One stopped - either listening, or perhaps waiting for a merchant to pass in front. The other was on my starboard quarter, very close, and started an attack run. Flank speed, ordered 60m depth, hoping the DCs were fused at my current depth, and ordered a depth ping (nothing to lose now). Depth below keel 16m, so bottom must be 95m. Shaken but not stirred by first attack, I survive almost 2 hours of attacks, changing direction and depth frequently. Finally one DD breaks off, and the other is still dropping charges well astern of me. Creep away to fight on - I've still got plenty of deck gun ammo left.

I'd say this is a prime example of my motto "don't panic". Keep your head, don't rush things, and don't forget to open the tube doors in advance!

Jimbuna 04-27-15 09:17 AM

BE MORE AGGRESSIVE!! http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/8636/cdw.gif

UKönig 05-08-15 10:36 AM

Had to let a King George Battleship, followed by an Illustrious class aircraft carrier, with 4 destroyers as outriders pass me by unharmed. I had only 2 torpedoes left, and they were both for tube 5... :/\\!!

Aktungbby 05-08-15 12:02 PM

^ I'd have fired at the carrier myself with the stern tube... you never know:arrgh!:

UKönig 05-08-15 07:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Aktungbby (Post 2312455)
^ I'd have fired at the carrier myself with the stern tube... you never know:arrgh!:

I would love to have, trust me!

I was too far to intercept, and when I got into range, I would have had to turn the boat around to bring the aft tube to bear. If I tried to pass by and fire, I would not have made it out to tell the tale.
There simply was no way...:wah:

Karl Hungus 05-08-15 09:37 PM

Patrolling off Sydney in July 1944. Went all the way round SW Australia and the entire southern Australian coast before sighting my first ship. A sloop.

UKönig 05-08-15 11:28 PM

I've sunk trawlers just because I was in a bad mood...

Farflung Wanderer 05-11-15 08:44 PM

Starting my first campaign. 29% realism, SH3Commander. Yes, I know, it's pansy realism and no mods, but it's my first time out. Give me time.

Gerhard Wagner, attached to U-Flotilla Weddigen, based out of Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Commanding officer, U-11, Typ-IIA.

Expect updates forthwith.

Sailor Steve 05-11-15 09:39 PM

There's nothing wrong with playing the game however you do it. Learn and have fun.

Besides, hyper-realism is for crazy sick people anyway. I should know. :sunny:

shotbywolf 05-11-15 09:42 PM

First post
 
U-52 September 20 1939
I have started my first ever carrier as u-52 type vIIBrecently reposted at keil from the second place you can pick ( I'm bad with names and I forgot the flotilla name) using gwx and sh3 comm I managed to make it to my first patrol grid with nothing no contacts except a small tugboat of French make towing a German merchant vessel from the looks of things we passed at 15 meters under so we wouldn't be seen.
September 21 1939
War started we finished patrol area and moved to the English Channel sinking a c and k butler class along the way however I made the mistake of going for the harbor And suffered a ctd attack before we saw the light of dawn I reloaded and found myself back at port with no kills :/\\!!:/\\!!:/\\!!:nope:

Farflung Wanderer 05-11-15 10:37 PM

Report 0, Patrol 1: 01 September 1939
Recruited two new Petty Officers and one more Sailor to act as a back-up crew for the diesel and electric engines. Due to the Typ-IIA's small crew size, I figured it prudent to make sure that there were enough to allow for any death, injury, or fatigue on the behalf of the crew.

Due to the expected time for adding an anti-aircraft gun, I decided against it. Depending on how common air attacks will be in the coming patrol, I will either continue not to add one or add it after returning to Wilhelmshaven.


Report 1, Patrol 1: 01 September 1939-1457L
Left Wilhelmshaven at 1430L, setting course for AN81 for 24 hour patrol as ordered by BdU. The garrison, and to the glee of the crew, the local women, all were there to see us off.

Once we left the port, I called for ahead standard. It is estimated that it will take approximately 36 hours for U-11 to reach AN81. Will report to BdU at 2000L.


Report 2, Patrol 1: 01 September 1939-2000L
Status report to BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 95. Torpedoes left: 5.

Waters are rough, the bow is being lifted into the air and slammed back into the brine. However, the sun is still out and visibility is still decently, so conditions are not bad enough to warrant a dive to avoid damage.

Unfortunately, the waters we will be patrolling will be extremely shallow, meaning that avoiding both air attacks and any destroyer will be exceedingly difficult. A lack of a deck-gun will also make our lives more difficult, as do the small amount of torpedoes, but if we are clever we can certainly send more than a few ships to the bottom if need be.

No reports from what is happening on the Polish border yet. The crew is on edge, and the BdU sending us out to sea is likely a response to possible war with England. God knows how that will turn out.

Will send another report to the BdU at 0800L.


Report 3, Patrol 1: 02 September 1939-0800L
Status report to BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 69. Torpedoes left: 5.

Waters have calmed greatly, and visibility has improved. Around 16 hours to AN81 left in our travel. Nothing else to report yet. Will report to BdU again at 2000L.


Report 4, Patrol 1: 02 September 1939-2000L
Status report to BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 68. Torpedoes left: 5.

Another change of the watch. I wish that I had more men, so I could fully swap out those on duty. The Typ-II, I suppose, just doesn't have the capability to hold that many crewmembers.

Nothing else to report. Beautiful sunset, still no news about what has happened in Poland. The BdU isn't telling us anything still, which bothers me greatly.

Tomorrow we will be on station at AN81. Hopefully by then we shall receive more information.

Report again to the BdU at 0800L.


Report 5, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-0221L
We've arrived on station at AN81, and are beginning our 24 hour patrol. Hopefully it will be uneventful and we can return to Wilhelmshaven soon.

Still will report to BdU at 0800L.


Report 6, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-0800L
Status report to the BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 81. Torpedoes left: 5.

We've been patrolling for six hours already, and there's nothing to talk about. Another changing of shift, and still awaiting word from the BdU. I hope this wait doesn't put us in any form of danger.

Will report again at 2000L.


Report 7, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-1313L
A message just came in from the BdU for all German naval vessels. We are to engage in operations against the British navy forthwith. Germany is at war.

The crew is being put on action stations, and we will continue our patrol. It seems that we are in for the long haul.

Weather outside is very stormy, cutting visibility and making for rough waves. Perhaps we can use this to our advantage should we stumble across a British vessel.

Will still report in to the BdU at 2000L.


Report 8, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-1544L
We have been receiving reports of a ship not too far away heading into AN81. I've ordered a dive to 20m and will wait for an hour or two to see if that ship will be coming into our grid. If so, we will be in an opportune position to attack it.

Will report in to the BdU at 2000L.


Report 9, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-1711L
It seems my gamble has paid off. My SO has picked up a merchant to my southwest. I will order ahead slow and we will proceed closer to it in order to get into firing position. This might be our first kill.

Because of this situation, our report to the BdU will need to be later than 2000L. Will report when I can.


Report 10, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-1807L
Contact with enemy coastal merchant, 4900m at about bearing 023. Will move in for the kill. Visibility is low, may attempt surface approach in order to maximize speed and mobility.


Report 11, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-1914L
After a long chase, the coastal merchant pulled too far ahead. The waters are too rough for our SO to catch him. Damn.

The crew is tired and I am having trouble managing them. I'm not sure how to manage keeping them alert and awake given how few people I have.

Will report in to the BdU at 2000L as planned.


Report 12, Patrol 1: 03 September 1939-2000L
Report to BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN81. Torpedoes left: 5.

The SO regained contact briefly with the merchant, but he's still moving too fast. There's nothing I can do to catch up with him. Damn it all, that was my mistake. I should have remained submerged, we never would have been spotted.

Will report to the BdU at 0800L.

Report 13, Patrol 1: 04 September 1939-0800L
Report to the BdU as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN81. Torpedoes left: 5.

Nothing to report. AN81 is a ghost-town. Nothing is going through it, and there's nothing to do. It's just a boring day ahead unless something changes.

Keeping by my previously established reporting schedule.


Report 14, Patrol 1: 04 September 1939-1200L
We've completed our 24 hour patrol of AN81 with nothing to speak of. This grid is about as dead as dead can be, but I'm not about to return to Wilhelmshaven without a ship to our name.

I'm setting course south to see if I can't find some activity around the Channel. Hopefully I can find a ship or two, sink it, and return to base proud as can be.


Report 15, Patrol 1: 04 September 1939-2001L
Report to BdU is as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 84. Torpedoes left: 5.

God, I hope this gamble works. It's been a boring day. The crew is on edge, and we're all tired. I'm having a hell of a time juggling all of the officers getting bed rest.


Report 16, Patrol 1: 05 September 1939-0943L
Forgot to report in to the BdU because of a sudden spike in contacts. We've stumbled across one rather close to us that does not seem to have spotted us, though it is going fast. Moving to engage.


Report 17, Patrol 1: 05 September 1939-1007L
Target was a Tugboat, too small to be worth trying to kill, too fast to keep up. Continuing on course south. The upsurge in contacts is a good sign, but the slow speed of U-11 is a bad omen. I worry that this means that we will be unable to find and sink any targets.


Report 18, Patrol 1: 05 September 1939-1444L
Success! After two torpedoes turned out to be duds, our third hit a coastal merchant that had stumbled upon our submerged sub right amid ships. I didn't need to fire any more, she listed on her aft until she capsized and fell underneath the waves. Our first kill!

We have only two torpedoes left, which means that we will have enough ammo for one more attack on some poor bastard before we return to Wilhelmshaven, but that's a victory if I ever saw one!

Our patrol report to the BdU was as follows: U-11. Position Grid AN 79. Torpedoes left: 2. Cargo ships sunk: 1. Total tonnage: 2043.


Final Report:
Got in over my head, sunk another ship but was attacked by no less than 3 destroyers. We were sunk forthwith, all hands lost.

Damn.

banryu79 05-12-15 04:03 AM

Hehe, not a bad first experience Herr Kaleun!
One life less and one more lesson learned :salute:

Farflung Wanderer 05-12-15 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by banryu79 (Post 2313358)
Hehe, not a bad first experience Herr Kaleun!
One life less and one more lesson learned :salute:

Danke, Herr Kaleun. I shall endeavor to survive my next career.

Speaking of which, I have already started said new career. This time, I shall be filling the shoes of one Lieutenant Junior Theodor Lawrenz, Commanding Officer of U-18, a Typ-IIA U-Boat (Yes, I know they're awful, but I want to learn to master it), attached to 1st. Flotilla based in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

I shall start posting updates soon.

banryu79 05-12-15 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Farflung Wanderer (Post 2313423)
Speaking of which, I have already started said new career. This time, I shall be filling the shoes of one Lieutenant Junior Theodor Lawrenz, Commanding Officer of U-18, a Typ-IIA U-Boat (Yes, I know they're awful, but I want to learn to master it), attached to 1st. Flotilla based in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

Awful!? :D (yes, they are)
I think they are fantastic from a learning point of view. If you can master the tecnique of correct and efficent Intercept, Approach and Attack in a Typ II then you are more then ready for the bigger ones! :arrgh!:

Farflung Wanderer 05-12-15 10:56 AM

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Originally Posted by banryu79 (Post 2313425)
Awful!? :D (yes, they are)
I think they are fantastic from a learning point of view. If you can master the tecnique of correct and efficent Intercept, Approach and Attack in a Typ II then you are more then ready for the bigger ones! :arrgh!:

That's been my point of view. If I can learn the basics as a Typ-II commander, not only will it help when the 1st Flotilla gets Typ-VIIs later in the campaign, but any other campaign I play that starts me off with a meatier U-Boat.

So, once more into the breach...


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