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Geoff C
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What is this? If this is an offshoot of another master thread, linkbacks would be helpful. If it is a standalone, some explanation of how this event will run and how to enter will be helpful as well.
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Geoff C
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So can people jump in or must you already have a boat for this? Linkback to your startup thread please.
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Jim P
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But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you… And I will beat you.
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Jump in and out as you have time! That's the beauty of this campaign.
 
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Todd R
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Flotilla & Patrol Zone: Sixth Flotilla, British Isles, October 1940
U boat: U-70 (Type VIIC)
Kmdt: Oberleutnant HEG von Zieten
Ships Sunk: 1
Tonnage: 4200
Months for Refit: 1 month
Promotions/Upgrades: N/A
Lifetime Modified Tonnage: 4200

Officers:
Kommandant: HEG von Zieten
First Warrant Officer: Steinmetz
Second Warrant Officer: Obergraven
LI(Engineer): Kleist
Doctor: Laurens

Patrol Report:
Filed by Oberleutnant HEG von Zieten


I have been recently assigned to U-70 after being promoted from First Warrant Officer of U-45. U-70 is one of Germany’s brand new Type VIIC boats that I am proud to command. I come from a long line of German naval officers including my grandfather who was at the Jutland. The officers and men of U-70 are trained, but entirely new to each other and this boat. 1WO Steinmetz who served as the 2WO on U-27 is the only other man on the boat to have been to sea on a U-boat. 2nd WO Obergraven is a good kid, but hardly looks old enough to enlist in the navy. Engineer Kleist grew up fixing tractors on his father’s farm. He has never been to sea before, but claims he can fix just about anything. My final officer is Doctor Laurens. Laurens was an army medic who recently put in a transfer to the navy. He claims he was tired of mud.

After completing our sea trials, went to the Flotilla Commander’s office to report U-70 ready for her first patrol. He informed me that the flotilla would be going to the British Isles in order to catch unwary shipping on their final approached to British ports.

Late in the evening of October 5, we casted off our lines and headed out into the Bay of Biscay. With increased enemy air patrols, I decided to run the bay at night. We encountered no enemy activity. We continued our transit to the British Isles without any contacts and enter out patrol zone in the western approaches to Britain.

In our first pass across the patrol zone we had no contacts.

In our second pass we encountered a single merchant ship alone at night. As we approached her Obergraven identifies her as the Gro (4200 tons). I ordered the deck gun cleared for action and torpedoes readied. We came into close range of Gro without her seeing us and I opened fire with the deck gun. The first round hit Gro and she stareds to slow down and list. The second round rewarded us with a blinding flash as the Gro exploded and sank quickly.

On our third and fourth passes across the patrol zone we had no contacts.

Our transit back to France was uneventful as well.

We arrived back in France. We sunk only 4200 tons of shipping, but U-70 suffered no damage and no casualties. U-70 is eager for another hunt.


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Chuck Wicklund
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Unfortunately, no time for a nice AAR write-up this month. Fortunately, this is because my wife and I recently welcomed the birth of our second child! A healthy baby boy.

I managed to squeeze this game in during the lull between visits from grandparents.

2 Convoy encounters, damage from the first nearly forced me to abort the patrol, but I was able to repair the damaged diesel and motor#1. In total, 3 ships sunk. LF5900, LF6400, and T12800. One LF 10000 was damaged but able to escape when unescorted stragglers split up.


Respectfully submitted,
KptLt Heinrich Luther
30 October 1940


AAR:
U-52
1st Flotilla- Atlantic Ocean
3 ships sunk
25100 tons unmodified
26355 tons modified
1 month in port refit
No Promotions, Awards, Transfers
5% tonnage bonus Jan 1941
52255 Lifetime Tons Modified
6 Ships Sunk Total
Mission Record: 2/0

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Rick D
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U-66, VII-B Brest Station
OltzS Richard Zapp, commanding

To: BdU, OKM
Subject: October 1940 Patrol of British Isles

During this uneventful patrol, I encountered only one convoy, and it was soon lost due to rough seas. I was able to fire four torpedoes, but three missed their targets and one was a dud. An aircraft was spotted on returning to the Bay of Biscay, but we crash dived before it could attack. The U-66 received only very minor hull damage and no crew members were injured

My detailed radio logs are attached:





Respectfully submitted,
OltzS Richard Zapp
31 October 1940

AAR:
U-66
1st Flotilla- Atlantic Ocean
0 ships sunk
0 tons unmodified
0 tons modified
1 month in port refit
No Promotions, Awards, Transfers
5% tonnage bonus January 1941 (not sure if I get this with one box of
hull damage)
22900 Lifetime Tons Modified
4 Ships Sunk Total
Mission Record: 1/1
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