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trident42
01-01-2006, 12:16 PM
what's everyones luck when it comes to sneaking into a port and sinking a couple of parked ships. Whats the best place to attack. I'm running IUB 1.02.

The other day i sneaked into scapaflow and saw an illustrious class carrier, completely enclosed in sub netting, ****. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

VikingGrandad
01-01-2006, 01:31 PM
My harbour attacks so far:

Valetta (Malta), July 1942 - very shallow and defended by destroyers that pinged me through the dock, and even sailed through the dock to attack me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif I sank a coastal merchant and a C2 and escaped with depth charge damage.

Curacao (Caribbean), Dec 1943 - nice deep harbour with docked tankers and light defence (an armed trawler). Sank two T2's and a small tanker in the harbour, plus a load of lone T2's, T3's, Victories and C3's on the way there and back to Brest. Result: 117942 tons - my first 100K patrol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Loch Ewe, May 1944 - huge shallow harbour with subnets, mines, 4 destroyer patrols outside the harbour, 2 destroyer patrols inside the harbour plus enemy aircraft. Sneaked in and sank a Fiji Light Cruiser. This was my luckiest patrol ever cos I also sank a Bogue Escort Carrier on the way to Loch Ewe (task force in AM02) and a Passenger Liner on the way home (merchant convoy in AM49) and a load of merchants in BF12/15. Result: 122149 tons - my third 100K patrol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I am starting to think that patrolling near enemy harbours is a good idea...

I've never tried this, but you might be able to launch a torpedo over the sub net if you set the running depth shallow enough - say 0.5m to 1.0m.

WilhelmSchulz.
01-01-2006, 01:35 PM
Its all luck. Some times you get something, some times you get nothing, and sometimes you get sunk.

VikingGrandad
01-01-2006, 01:42 PM
I forgot to add that on my current patrol (July 1944), my base got changed from St Nazaire to Bergen cos the Allies have captured some French ports back. So, on the way up to the North Atlantic, I called in at the now Allied-occupied Brest port - it was empty!

So I tried Loch Ewe again and bagged another Fiji (in exactly the same place as the first one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif ), then sailed around to Scapa Flow - which, apart from 3 destroyer patrols outide, was totally empty http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

JU88
01-01-2006, 02:48 PM
Loch Ewe is MUCH eaiser to infiltrate than scapa, but not as thrilling. Id love to re-live Preins Scapa raid, but the game just isnt quite detailed enough to copy what prien did, it would have been easy to model the east entrance to scapa and the block ships, they could have even modelled the tide by simply raising and lowering the land over a long time peiriod (not all the land just the orkney islands) neat trick huh?

Kaleun1961
01-02-2006, 11:44 AM
I think this game gives the impression that raiding enemy ports was easier than it really was. Prien's raid on Scapa Flow was brilliant, but it caused the British to rethink their harbour defences. I can't recall reading anything else about raids on British ports after Prien's attack [if anybody knows of any, please post.] The planners of Prien's raid did not expect him to make it out again. That he did so after a successful attack made it all the sweeter for the Germans.

I prefer to model a more realistic career, so I hunt only at sea, which makes any sinkings of major warships that much sweeter.

Silva_Bullet
01-05-2006, 12:32 PM
I admit it! I'm a cheater! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

The only major warship I ever sunk in open waters was a Bogue... AND it was a lucky shot. Otherwise, all i get are destroyers, and docked cruisers. Loch Ewe actually yeilds a Fiji EVERY SINGLE time I infiltrate. I got another Fiji at Scapa once. So, in my experience, port infiltrations are definetley goldmines. You wanna rack up some decent warship tonnage, go for the ports. I can usually get 10K tons for a single torp...

And, you know, THAT sorta takes the sting out of being a part-time cheater...
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paulhager
01-05-2006, 01:08 PM
I've made the October 1939 Scapa attack twice, successfully. I think I tried Ewe once and got sunk. Generally speaking, I stay away from ports unless it is very early in a career.

Curacao is quite easy, as is Capetown, if memory serves. Curacao should be done at night - I tarried until dawn in late 1941-early 1942 and came under intense air attack.

Port of Spain is also viable. Same situation as Curacao. My recollection is that Port of Spain is much more heavily patrolled by escorts, however.

WilhelmSchulz.
01-05-2006, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
Prien's raid on Scapa Flow was brilliant, but it caused the British to rethink their harbour defences. I can't recall reading anything else about raids on British ports after Prien's attack [if anybody knows of any, please post.] U-124 under the comand of Jochen Mohr Raided Fort Thorton. However there where no ships in the habor http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif(though the shore welcomeing comity was wide awake http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif).

The_Silent_O
01-05-2006, 01:28 PM
Originally posted by paulhager:
I've made the October 1939 Scapa attack twice, successfully. I think I tried Ewe once and got sunk. Generally speaking, I stay away from ports unless it is very early in a career.

Curacao is quite easy, as is Capetown, if memory serves. Curacao should be done at night - I tarried until dawn in late 1941-early 1942 and came under intense air attack.

Port of Spain is also viable. Same situation as Curacao. My recollection is that Port of Spain is much more heavily patrolled by escorts, however.

On my long South Atlantic patrols I've hit Freetown twice...and came back very disappointed. Both times the only thing there (and sunk) was one tribal class. Where's the Banana boats??? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif