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nelson92506
10-28-2008, 03:12 PM
http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Avatars/CurtJurgens1-1.jpg I am posting some screenshots of a port raid on Scapa Flow. It is Sept 1939. This is the first patrol in a new career. This is two patrols earlier than the raid on Loch Ewe that I recently posted. It is odd that both the U-boat in this raid and the U-boat in the raid on Loch Ewe would both have the same name of U-6. The U-boat in this patrol is a Type IIA. The U-boat in the other patrol is a Type IID. I would have thought that the names of U-boats in Silent Hunter III would have been historically correct as far as the type of boat was concerned. In this patrol my U-boat traveled at ahead slow in order to conserve fuel. I ignored all contacts along the way to Scapa Flow. I wanted to enter the harbor with all my torpedoes still aboard. It was an extremely tedious effort to evade all the screening destroyers outside and sneak into the harbor in the early morning hours while it was still dark. As I crept in through the main entrance a Hunt I destroyer proved to be a considerable nuisance. I had to go to 0 knots many times to avoid detection and when I was able to move I was only able to make 1 or 2 knots. I finally was able to give him the slip. It took me several hours to search the harbor. Whenever the patrolling destroyers were at their greastest distance from me, I was able to surface and partially recharge my batteries. I was able to surface because it was still dark and there was a light fog. Whenever I surfaced, I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. My batteries always remained just below 40 percent. I couldn,t really use the extra knots that a full charge would have provided me. However, I needed to make at least 2 knots and I had to have enough charge to sneak my way out again. I had no choice. I had to try recharging whenever I could. I was able to determine that there were at least 11 destroyers in the anchorage. There were 4 Tribal class, 5 Hunt I class, 1 J class and 1 V&W class. Three of the Tribal class appeared to be anchored near each other. Four of the Hunt I class also appeared to be anchored farther away. I was EXTREMELY disappointed when it became apparent that there where no capital ships or cruisers in the anchorage. This was beginning to look like a suicide mission. I decided I would start by trying to take out the larger Tribal class destroyers that were anchored nearby. I set all three Type I torpedoes to fast speed with magnetic pistols set to explode one meter beneath the keel. I hoped to put one torpedo into each of the Tribal class destroyers. But I was prepared to fire follow up torpedoes in case I had any misses or duds. I approached the three Tribal class destroyers in a manner that would make my first torpedo very likely a hit. I would trust to luck for the other two. I fired the first torpedo at the nearest Tribal. I watched as it struck home. She started going down instantantly. I swung my periscope around to view the other two Tribals. I was astonished that they were already up to full speed and heading my way. The nearest was less than 1000 meters away. I went to maximum speed and turned my bow toward him. The best I could do was 3 knots because of the low charge on my batteries. This was going to be close. He was less than 600 meters away when I fired. I prayed that the torpedo would have time to arm itself. For a second I thought I had missed or that the torpedo had been a dud. But then I saw the Tribal being rocked by the explosion under his keel. I quickly turned my attention to to the third Tribal. He was about 800 yards away and closing fast. Since he had been the farthest away his angle on my bow had been the shallowest. I didn't need to make as sharp a course correction as I had for the second Tribal. I waited until he was almost at 500 meters before I fired. I had waited a little longer because the second Tribal had started to veer at the last moment. I could not afford to miss. I had no more torpedoes in the tubes ready to fire. I fired the third and final torpedo. Again I prayed that the torpedo would have sufficient time to arm itself. Once again I saw an explosion beneath the keel. He was going down. In just 3 minutes I had sunk 3 Tribal class destroyers. They all sank within a couple hundred meters of each other. I turned my periscope to scan the horizon. Much to my dismay I saw 2 Hunt I class destroyers heading my way under full steam. They both were approximately 5000 meters away. The first was about 400 meters ahead of the second. No chance to slip away. They would be upon me shortly. I checked to see how much longer it would be before my reserve torpedos finished loading. I was in for a shock. My crew had fatigued to the point where they were barely able to continue the loading process. What a fool I had been! A rookie mistake. I reversed engines and kept my bow toward the oncoming enemy. It was almost pointless. The enemy would be upon me and I would still need another half hour to reload. I needed to get lucky - REAL LUCKY. I started jockeying the crew, trying to find the least fatigued to put into the torpedo room. I was able to improve the process a little. The 2 Hunt I class destroyers arrived at the scene of the crime. They circled about the partially visible wrecks of the three Tribal class destroyers. I continued to back away keeping my bow tubes pointed at the enemy. Now there was more bad news. Two more Hunt I class destroyers were racing to the scene. Soon there would be 4 Hunt I class destroyers hunting me. So far I had been lucky. The original 2 Hunts had not wandered my way. They were about 1200 meters away but still looking. The other 2 Hunts finally arrived on he scene. Now there were four seaching for me. I was still backing away. It would be 10 more minutes before the first torpedo would be loaded. One of the Hunts started wandering my way. Finally the first of my two reserve torpedoes was loaded. The Hunt that had wandered my way was getting a little too close for comfort. I prepared the loaded torpedo for firing. Just as before I set the torpedo for fast speed with a magnetic pistol set to explode one meter beneath the keel. At 400 meters I fired at the approaching Hunt. The explosion rocked the destroyer. It did not appear to be badly hurt. It was slowly dropping speed and sinking by the stern. It took awhile but the Hunt finally went under. The three remaining Hunt class destroyers continued the search but never came my way. I continued to back away until I lost sight of them. My remaining reserve torpedo was finally loaded. I decided to sneak out of Scapa Flow and return to base. I had had enough excitement for this patrol. http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-05-22-35.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-05-22-90.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-05-24-82.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-05-48-35.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-29-17-10.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-31-17-35.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-32-12-57.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2010-32-19-00.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-24-08-84.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-27-07-24.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-31-45-63.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-33-27-84.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-43-35-23.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2011-49-56-37.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2012-41-34-82.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Scapa%20Flow%20%20%20%20Sept%201939%20 %20%20%20Type%20IIA%20%20%20%20U-6/sh32008-10-2012-41-23-51.jpg

Realjambo
10-28-2008, 04:39 PM
At a boy! You are going some aren't you!

Reminds me of my first days getting into the game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

If I may, can I offer just one small friendly piece of advice? Your patrol report is excellent and very enjoyable to read, but if it were broken into paragraphs it would be a little easier on the eye.

Not a criticism, just a tip! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Keep up the good work! (Oh, and consider the screenshot comp for November!) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

nelson92506
10-28-2008, 05:02 PM
http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Avatars/CurtJurgens1-1.jpg Hello RealJambo. Thank you for the kind words regarding my posts. All three of my posts originally had indented paragraphs laid out. When I posted, they disappeared. This surprised me. I assumed it was the forum software that had removed them. Its possible that I accidently removed the indentations myself while I was correcting my typing mistakes. I may not have noticed when it occured. I shall be more careful in the future. I agree that it would make it easier to read.
Nelson

Realjambo
10-28-2008, 05:12 PM
No worries, Nelson http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I often use external software like Word to write long posts, only for the forum software to ignore all my diligent work! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif

What matters is you took the trouble to post it, and share your enjoyment of the game with us all - Don't stop! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif