View Full Version : Why would convoys follow certain routes?

08-06-2005, 08:15 AM
We know that they did but why? It's not like there was an easier way over the mountains or anything.


08-06-2005, 01:21 PM
They could be tracked and if need be easily rescued if something happened what ever it may have been, if they zig zagged across the ocean they could possibly never have been found, let alone ran out of fuel.

Also the routes could have been standardized before any of the wars came into play where subs were lurking around and they decided to just stick with them, the whole safety in numbers and well lit areas so to speak.

08-06-2005, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by Sgt_Starbuck:
We know that they did but why? It's not like there was an easier way over the mountains or anything.


It may have something to do with currents. Like riding a bicycle with a tailwind. Just an idea, maybe I'm wrong.

08-06-2005, 02:21 PM
The allies regularly changed the routes to avoid u-boats. Since they had ultra (decrypts of enigma) they would steer convoys into areas less patrolled.

They had to be carefull what they chased down and sank using ultra because they didn't want to make it obvious that they were decrypting the messages but they made exceptions for milkcows and the supply ships on station for Bismark during its mission.

08-06-2005, 02:32 PM
I learn something every day here.


08-06-2005, 03:32 PM
Yeah, like its impossible to bite your own elbows.

Now that everyone has read this, secretly, you all have tried it. Just like I was dooped into doing.

08-07-2005, 10:13 AM
On top of surface currents, allso the great cirkel distace must have played a rol i guess...

08-07-2005, 06:32 PM
Correct. The great circle is a main part of it. Also, the longer the route, potentially the greater amount of time a convoy is exposed to attack. They also tried to minimize the number of nautical miles travelled without the air cover umbrella. A major limiting factor was the endurance of the escorts, who could not make a crossing from one side to the other, in the early years of the war. Convoys would be passed off to another escort group and pick up a return convoy for the trip back.

08-10-2005, 01:11 AM
It's like driving on the interstate.... Everyone does it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif