First let me say I am extremely pleased with this game!
I really started getting into the character of this game until I got back from my first mission in 1939 and awards from 1944 started to get handed out.
As an expert in German Military decorations, I would like to offer the following recomendations to see if a patch can fix this:
Here is what happend to me on my 6th mission (1940). I sunk two merchants and when I got back I was awarded the Knights Cross with Oakleaves 'AND' Knights Cross with Oakleaves and Swords 'AND' the German Cross. These awards were not yet available for this timeline.
Awarding of the U-Boot Kriegsabzeichen (U-Boat Badge)should not be awarded until on or after the second sortie.
Awarding of the Kriegsorden Des Deutschen Kreuzes (War Order of the German Cross)
should not be available until its inseption date of 28.September.1941. Hense the date 1941 on the gold wreath.
Awarding of the U-Boots Frontspange (U-Boat Combat Clasp) should not be available until its inseption date of 15.May.1944 for the BRONZE and later the SILVER on 24.November.1944. This had to be personnaly approved by Grossadmiral Karl Donitz.
The addition of the Ehrentafelspange der Kriegsmarine (Honour Roll Clasp of the Navy). This award was available on 13.May.1944. The Iron Cross 1st and 2nd classes must already have been won.
Ritterkreuze des Eisernes Kreuze 1.Sept.1939
Eichenlaub (Oakleaves) 19.July.1940
Schwerten (Swords) 21.June.1941
Brillianten (Diamonds) 15.July.2941