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wessenhammer
02-11-2006, 10:26 AM
My favorite if there is any depth where I am is to just flank speed spiral down to 100mtrs, release 2 decoys then crash dive again but immediately go to silent with rudder amidship. I have yet to sustain any damage that would take me out of the attack by depthcharging just flak/deckgun damage, of course I'm at a date where I think the hedgehog weapon systems not around yet. I imagine when the yanks n brits get them that maneuver will not work.

Jose.MaC
02-11-2006, 01:49 PM
Hedgehog should work better against subs close to surface. So if you're at a decent depth, don't fear it.

vietvet1950
02-16-2006, 11:48 AM
There have been a number of posts regarding hedgehogs and the pros and cons. Does anyone know if the projectiles went "safe" or inactive beyond a specific depth such as beyond the possible maximum depth any sub could go? Again I refer to something I remember reading that they were more effective in the Pacific because of the generally deeper depths involved, and less false detonations?

lecek
02-16-2006, 12:24 PM
It is my understanding, and I am no expert, that shallow bottoms might detonate the hedgehogs. This would make it difficult to know if you hit anything.

In deep water the hedgehogs would only detonate when they hit a sub.

I looked for a depth, I didn't find one. I didn't read in depththough. Check it out here:

http://www.de220.com/Armament/Hedgehog/Hedgehog.htm

Jose.MaC
02-16-2006, 01:49 PM
The way they are shoot, they form a circle that gets wider as they keep moving. So if you're fair deep, chances to be directly impacted by one of them get dramatically reduced.

wessenhammer
02-16-2006, 07:38 PM
How do you know if they are launching hedghogs? will the hydrophone operator say something like "hedgehog attack !" ??

I read off of a Janes site subscription at a friends who in the military that hedghogs detonated when they hit the sea floor if hitting a solid object not just sand or silt.

trident42
02-16-2006, 07:42 PM
hedgehogs are very bad, believe me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

stringz54
02-17-2006, 02:03 AM
I've been hedgehoged to death twice. Its a ringlet of smaller charges that surround your sub and then go BOOM! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif
The tricky thing about them is where DC's come off the stern, the hedgehog was thrown forward and off to one side or the other from the escort. I was at p-depth, waiting for the circling escort to go past me when you hear this multiple 'plop'. 2 sec later, toast http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

The first time it happened, I didnt expect an escort to DC me as it was approaching slowly, as opposed to when they up their speed for a DC run, it was very deceiving and rude of that escort! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif

The second time, just plain carelessness.

wessenhammer
02-17-2006, 02:25 PM
good tips, will peddle hard if approached by a DD that seems reluctant to charge in at 'attack run !' speed , thanks

vietvet1950
02-17-2006, 02:58 PM
Has anyone ever tried this?, just had a thought, what if you fired a torpedo at a slow speed as a decoy for the escort to chase while you ran silent in another direction? Anybody know if that can be done?

lecek
02-17-2006, 07:58 PM
I think they can tell the difference between a sub and a torpedo. Kind of like how you can tell the difference between a merchant and a warship.

Best not to waist your torpedo.