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Old 10-04-09, 05:48 PM   #61
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1 in 5. I guess my grandfather was one of the lucky 4.
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Old 01-23-10, 03:20 PM   #62
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Very cool , i'm really getting into submarines.
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Old 01-27-10, 08:06 PM   #63
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Excellent, excellent post, D.

The technology of the US fleet boats in WWII is what astonishes me the most, particularly that of the TDC. A truly remarkable technological feat. These things were shoe-horned into fleet boats even before Pearl was bombed; the TDC MkI was designed, built, and installed during the mid 1930's!

Truly amazing.
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Old 03-11-10, 09:23 PM   #65
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I think the sub that survived 48 hours of depth-charge attack was the USS Seal (I'm reading a book right now that details the experience of one of the crewmen who served on that patrol). SO intense. They had one torpedo in the aft tubes about 1/2 way in before the pressure lodged it in the tube. One of the crewmen somehow managed to shove it in on sheer brute force before the pressure on the outer door could punch into the compartment during the initial dive.

They had charged a convoy that was hugging the coast off on Honshu, fired forward tubes, then dove deep to go under the convoy line to use their aft tubes for a second salvo. When they came up, they found out that there were 5-7 destroyers between the convoy and the shoreline, and so began the "fun".

Going back through the thread, it seems like there are multiple subs who had similar experiences!
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Old 03-11-10, 09:36 PM   #66
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What book?
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Old 03-11-10, 09:52 PM   #67
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"The Depths of Courage - American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945" by Flint Whitlock and Ron Smith. Got it at Half-Price books for $5.98 hardcover. (Flint Whitlock - is there a more stereotypical action-hero name?)

Next up - "Shinano! - The Sinking of Japan's Secret Supership" by Captain Joseph F. Enright, USN. Half-Price Books, $9.48 hardcover. Details one of the patrols of the USS Archer-Fish, who holds the single-patrol record for tonnage at 72,000 - all from one ship. Apparently the Shinano was laid down as the third in the Yamato/Mushashi class super-battleships but they converted it to a flat-top in the middle of the war. It was sunk hugging the Japanese coast before it was fully fitted out and ready for service. Hardly sporting.
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Old 06-16-10, 07:56 AM   #68
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Default The Best Book on the subject ?

I have found this to be the most complete work on the Pacific Submarine campagin. I read this and was totally hooked on the subject and the period.

As a Brit I can't get my head around being a U-boat skipper.

My Farther was in the Royal Navy on the Carrier HMS Furious so I guess its Allies only for me.
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Old 06-16-10, 09:55 AM   #69
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There are quite a few titles about the Silent Service, but this is the way to go for a first read on the campaign. The data in the back is pretty awesome too!

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Check out: A Brief Introduction to the Pacific Submarine War by Ducimus
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Default Diesel Electrics

Having served on a diesel electric boat not unlike the ones used in silent hunter 4 (look up british o boats though i served on, an aussie one) i can claim an experience little in modern day have.
the experience of having a torpedo hit about 10 feet from where i was working. luckily for me it was dummy torp and it hit the dome protecting the sonar.
scary as hell as you hear it approach then BANG... didn't do much good for my nerves.
I have a lot of respect for the men who served in subs in any of the theatres on any side. it was a difficult and hazerdous as survival wasn't good for a submarine caught by the enemy.
lots of subs where lost around the UK and med to both ships, planes and good old minefields
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Old 07-19-10, 09:17 AM   #71
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Old 07-19-10, 11:22 PM   #72
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Hooch, you served on an O-Class? Nice!

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Old 10-15-10, 10:54 PM   #73
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Default An Awakening

I have been playing submarine sims since Silent Hunter I. Am now on TMO2 and GWX3. Enjoying them immensely! But just today I came upon this thread and I absolutely have to applaud the initial presentation by Ducimus, and the very entertaining followup by the numerous other posters. The modding work that has been performed by you gentlemen (you know who you are) and the intensity that has been displayed by all in these various postings and threads is remarkable. Today I gained a great respect for the men of the Silent Service, and those of you who carry on the spirit on the internet! "Thank you for the Memories" - with apologies to Bob Hope.
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Old 10-26-10, 09:43 AM   #74
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Default US Landings Map

One of my students sent me a jpeg map showing dates and locations of US landings in the pacific theatre of operations; I've no idea were it came from originally. I find it very handy for working out where the Japanese & Americans are on the map at any given time. (Wouldn't it be good if the terrain held by the two sides was colour coded so players could see at a glance where the enemy territory was?)

He asked if I'd give him extra marks for his next essay, sadly I wasn't able to but he did get my thanks, & I posted some mod files to him!

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Old 05-04-11, 08:50 PM   #75
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Remaining tench boats - you forgot the Requin and Thornback

This is an amazing thread.

I have the insane urge to make an amateur film.

If I lived anywhere near a sub, I would go through all the channels and get that done. I love producing.

EDIT: Beginning to write a screenplay as we speak
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