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Old 04-10-2021, 02:37 AM   #5821
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Sunday, 6 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Beginning of the (second) Balkans Campaign:

The Balkans Campaign actually began with the Italian invasion of Greece on 28 October 1940. In the early months of 1941, Italy's offensive had stalled and a Greek counter-offensive pushed into Albania. Germany sought to aid Italy by deploying troops to Romania and Bulgaria and attacking Greece from the east. Meanwhile, the British landed troops and aircraft to shore up Greek defenses.

Hitler had already begun planning to invade Greece in November 1940, after the British occupied Crete and Lemnos. He ordered the German Invasion of Greece—code-named Unternehmen Marita ("Operation Marita") by Germany, on 13 December 1940 for execution in March 1941. The stated aim of the operation was to prevent the British from getting air bases within striking range of the Romanian oilfields.

A coup d'état in Yugoslavia on 27 March caused Adolf Hitler to also order the conquest of that country. The invasion of Yugoslavia ("Operation 25") by Germany and Italy began on 6 April, simultaneously with the new Battle of Greece("Operation Marita").

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Thursday, 10 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

US-Destroyer USS Niblack (DD 424) attacks German Uboat with 3 Wabos (possibly U 52, Salman, but not confirmed).

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Old 04-11-2021, 08:59 AM   #5822
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Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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Thursday, 10 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

US-Destroyer USS Niblack (DD 424) attacks German Uboat with 3 Wabos (possibly U 52, Salman, but not confirmed).

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Friday, 11 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

Balkans Campaign: Hungary joins the German and Italian invasion.

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Old 04-11-2021, 02:40 PM   #5823
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A CCoM campaign.

In October 1942 Type VIIC U-471 under KL Otto Hahn sailed from Danzig for her final training patrol. The boat returned to base having sunk nothing but providing quality spectating as the Luftwaffe wiped out Soviet ASW groups on two separate occasions. U-471 was then transferred to the 7th Flotilla in Saint Nazaire using the super secret BdU Magical Teleportation Device (MTg - Magisches Teleportationsgerät)

Departing on her first Atlantic patrol on 11 December, Hahn spent eight days in CF54 having sunk an 5000 ton freighter along the way, using four torpedoes to make the kill. Sadly, the ship was a Spaniard so Hahn received a scolding from BdU. After sighting nothing in CF54, U-471 spent another week in CG79 frequently under air threats and sighting no ships or convoys. On the way there however Hahn expended four torpedoes to sink a lone British merchant for 3000 GRT. Bad weather plagued the patrol so far with winds never less than 11 M/S and usually 15 M/S.

On New Year's Eve U-471 refuelled to 52% in the Canary Islands and picked up three air torpedoes. BdU ordered the boat to DH42, arriving on 12 January 1943 but after days on patrol, nothing was spotted. Hahn signalled a status report to BdU and then set course for base on 22 January. Shortly before midnight on the 24th, a METOX detection caused a crash dive and the hydrophone revealed a large, home-bound convoy. Hahn let the convoy pass, surfacing about 0200 to give chase.

Unfortunately, fog had set in and METOX failed to detect an escort that suddenly loomed out of the fog about two-hours before dawn. U-471 crash dived but was wrecked in the first depth charge attack. It proved impossible to stem the flooding and get the boat to the surface and she was lost with all hands.

2-ships for 8861 GRT
51-all ranks killed.

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Old 04-13-2021, 04:10 AM   #5824
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A CCoM campaign.
=> Yep, I use this too ...

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the super secret BdU Magical Teleportation Device (MTg - Magisches Teleportationsgerät)
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Unfortunately, fog had set in and METOX failed to detect an escort that suddenly loomed out of the fog about two-hours before dawn. U-471 crash dived but was wrecked in the first depth charge attack. It proved impossible to stem the flooding and get the boat to the surface and she was lost with all hands.

2-ships for 8861 GRT
51-all ranks killed.
=> Yep, as of Jan.1942, one has to watch out for ASW vessels during the night and in bad visibility conditions, especially, close to shore
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Old 04-13-2021, 04:13 AM   #5825
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Started a new career in August 2019, to commemorate the beginning of WWII, 80 years ago ...

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Friday, 11 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

Balkans Campaign: Hungary joins the German and Italian invasion.

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Sunday, 13 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

Easter Sunday: Crew is given leave over the Easter Holidays.

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Old 04-13-2021, 09:01 AM   #5826
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Randomizer: Dashed bad luck with U-471, very unlucky. All the best to the next campaign.

Kapitän: All the best for the upcoming efforts with the U-113.

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Old 04-14-2021, 03:32 AM   #5827
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Kapitän: All the best for the upcoming efforts with the U-113.


Thanks! Still have a way to go until we will see some action (commissioning of the boat, trials etc.) ... stay tuned ...
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:52 PM   #5828
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Nowhere close to anyone here as far as being good or anything, but I am about to start Patrol 5 in a Type XXI (U-161). I believe it is September 1944. To date 143,361 tonnage sunk in 4 patrols.
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Old 04-18-2021, 06:11 AM   #5829
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Nowhere close to anyone here as far as being good or anything, but I am about to start Patrol 5 in a Type XXI (U-161). I believe it is September 1944. To date 143,361 tonnage sunk in 4 patrols.

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Old 04-18-2021, 06:13 AM   #5830
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Sunday, 13 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

Easter Sunday: Crew is given leave over the Easter Holidays.

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Friday, 18 April 1941 - Bremen - AG Weser, Deutsche Schiff und Maschinenbau

Standing by during the final stages of construction of U 113 (IXC).

B.d.U. suspects that the enemy has knowledge of our own Uboat dispositions and therefore issues a directive for the introduction of an additional cyphering key (ENIGMA) for the naval communication services.

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Old 04-18-2021, 03:09 PM   #5831
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Patrol 5: 12 ships sunk for 42,881 bringing up a grand total of 186,242 On the bad side, the boat suffered....44.66% hull integrity. Sitting in Bergen on New Year's Eve 1944.
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Old 04-18-2021, 04:11 PM   #5832
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:17 PM   #5833
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Type VII-B. Dec 2, 1941. Started patrol 1rst week of November. Assigned to patrol African coast s. of Freetown. Encountered Victory Cargo during night on way s, from Lorient. One torpedo close to engine room, ship came to a stop and listed heavily to starboard. Pulled boat right up next to the ship along port-side and blew tanks. Blasted the ship at close range with gun. Crashed dived and turned away as ship began to sink. Completed 24 hr. assigned patrol in area and headed back north. Encountered a five ship convoy consisting of 2 large merchant, ore carrier and medium cargo. Night attack of convoy from their port flank. Fired torpedoes from 2000 meters at first two merchants. Set depth for 5m and aimed for air funnels on bow. First ship hit, second torpedo lagged behind the first and gave time for second target to evade. Set course back away from convoy and dived under silent conditions. Destroyer never came close to searching right area. Set 10km radius around last known contact point and followed edge to remain out of sight. Ran at flank speed with both screws despite fuel concerns. Second attack was on the previously missed ship alone. Hit target under the air-funnels on bow. She went in headfirst within minutes. Turned back same as before and evaded. After gaining dist. surfaced and chased convoy, fired midships at ore carrier. Rudder was stuck on ore carrier and target began to circle to port. After the second circle it repaired the rudder and tried to keep up with the other merchant ship and escort at slow speed. When safe, surfaced and shadowed the ore carrier on starboard flank at reduced range of 8km. Was spotted and ore carrier began to zigzag. Dived in anticipation for return of escort which had moved far ahead with remaining freighter. Immediately detected it closing fast from ahead in the distance via hydrophone. Surfaced and ran flank speed for ten minutes out of sight of the ore carrier and parallel to the expected path of the incoming escort. Dived, set fast t1 to run shallow and fast speed. Fired from nearly 4km out. Torpedo struck escort at the bow. Escort nose dived into the sea and rapidly sank. Shadowed ore ship out ahead and crossed it's path. Fired a second torpedo close to the bow from aft tube causing it to sink. Gave chase toward remaining medium cargo now beyond hydrophone range. Encountered another Victory. Put one torpedo into it's starboard side and another port forward. Continued pursuit of medium cargo. Single torpedo under first crane (mast). Ship sank after about ten hours of my following at slow speed. Patrolling area n. of Canary Islands looking for single ship on which to spend last torpedoes. Weather turned rotten. Set speed at 1 knot to conserve battery until weather improved. Surface twice daily for 15 minutes for air and limited battery charge. Limiting time on surface to reduce exposure to potential enemy warships as I have no radar and am blind in present visibility.
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Old 04-21-2021, 03:27 PM   #5834
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Made it to the end of the war. Wanted to see what would happen. Anti-climatic LOL. On my 8th and final patrol, I didn't get any credit for a couple of ships sunk, but the final tally was nice: 288,614.



Strengths: The Type XXI is a beast and I felt very confident with it. Was able to evade easily; even up to 4 destroyers actively pinging. Almost got to Grid AM68 when an unfortunate game crash sent that save to Davy Jones' Locker.



Weaknesses: Convoys. I don't know what I'm doing. I have tried to attack on the side, but get noticed and attacked. I tried to sneak in the middle and same result. VERY limited on getting any shots off, so I resorted to picking off single and double merchants. A man can make a living doing that and sleep in his bed, but what fun is that?


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Forgot to add a couple of things. First, my renown stunk because I sunk a hospital ship. Didn't know I wasn't supposed to LOL. I was afraid I would end up in Nuremberg, but SH3 Commander eased my fears: After the war Erwin Köhler served from 1953 to 1956 in the naval arm of Bundesgrenzschutz (Federal Frontier Guard), then transferred to the Bundesmarine. He was then commander of several naval bases, including Kiel, Cuxhaven and Wilhelmshaven. In 1966 he retired. He died on 1 May 1987 in Bad Schwartau.
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Old 04-23-2021, 07:55 AM   #5835
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Limiting time on surface to reduce exposure to potential enemy warships as I have no radar and am blind in present visibility.

Should still be ok to be on surface in Dec.41. More dangerous as of Jan.42.


I mostly use time compression x64: No crew fatigue and when being tracked by enemy ASW, drops to x8 (and red color). Still risky though, especially, when close to land or in shallow water.
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