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Dominicrigg
12-06-2004, 05:35 PM
Often times, when a U-boat faced a lone cargo ship they would shout or signal the crew to abandon ship into their lifeboats, and then use the deck gun to sink the boat. Also if the boat was badly damaged by torpedo hits and near sinking, they would surface and use the deck gun to finish it off rather then use limited precious torpedoes. Also it was used for shelling the shore in some raids. Though not much damage would be done.

I used to love using the deck gun in silent service lol, never came home with any ammo.

HeibgesU999
12-06-2004, 06:08 PM
although they were used for those things, they were only used in very limited tactical situations even at the beginning of the war.

i think going back to silent service, there has been an overuse of the deckgun in subsims.

DrakeMaethor
12-06-2004, 09:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dominicrigg:
Often times, when a U-boat faced a lone cargo ship they would shout or signal the crew to abandon ship into their lifeboats, and then use the deck gun to sink the boat. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That practice very common, the norm, in WWI I think was abbandoned in WWII because of the much improved ability to respond to the U-Boat attack (specially with air strikes).
So the U-Boat captains (again this is my thinking) won't risk a totally detailed radio message to be sent by the attacked merchants' crew. Then they would attack by surprise, what means without warning.

bertgang
12-07-2004, 09:28 AM
Well, I'd like to play a WWI subsim; hopefully, someone is working on this.

I rarely use my deck gun, in AoD; against escorted convoys is quite suicidal, against lone unarmed merchants isn't really amusing.

HeibgesU999
12-07-2004, 01:05 PM
and even prior to the outbreak of WWII, the British had already armed many of their merchantmen.

Jose.MaC
12-12-2004, 04:48 AM
What about shelling coastal instalations? Germs did sometimes.

SubSerpent
12-12-2004, 05:11 AM
I think the main purpose of the deck guns was to finish off a badly damaged ship. Why would a u-boat captain risk damage to his crew or sub when he has "fish" still onboard to sink the ship with. If the sub commander damaged a ship badly but didn't want to waste another "fish" on him, he would scan the horizon and using sonar to detect if other surface ships were in the area. If not he would surface his boat and finish off the ship with his deck gun. The cost and limit of torpedoes made them to valuable to waste, but they weren't valuable enough to surface the sub and risk damage to the hull or crew. An old saying once said, Don't get into a pissing contest with a skunk. Why would a sub surface and use deck guns against a surface warship? The sub would lose everytime! Staying undetected was also a concern. Why would a sub commander risk being seen in an area with surface ships. Aircraft would haunt him for the rest of his patrol if he were to be so foolish.