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Subject: Combat Procedures (Escorted and unescorted) rss

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I just need some clarification. Is this the correct procedure for both of these combat instances?

Combat Procedure (Ship(s) + Escort):
a.Day: If the attack is during the Day it will be a Submerged Attack.
Decide if the U-Boat will fire just the Forward Torpedoes or just the Aft Torpedoes. Firing both Forward/Aft torpedoes in the same round is not permitted during a Day time attack.

b.Night: If the attack is during the Night it will be a Night Surface Attack.
Decide if the U-Boat will fire Forward Torpedoes, Aft Torpedoes, or both Forward & Aft Torpedoes.
If there is a 1st and 2nd Salvo (Forward and Aft torpedoes both being fired in one round): The U-Boat will be easier to detect with an Escort present. Therefore a penalty is applied (+1 modifier on the Escort Detection Chart.)

To conduct a 2 Salvo attack place the 1st Salvo (Forward Torpedoes), which will fire first, opposite from the 2nd Salvo (Aft Torpedoes) which will fire second (or vice-versa).
You CANNOT wait to see the results of the 1st salvo before deciding to fire the 2nd salvo.

c. Place selected torpedoes in the “Torpedo or Gun Attack” Box on the [U4] U-boat Combat Display Mat that corresponds to the ship(s) you are targeting. Allocate torpedoes any way you wish, including firing them all at one target.

d. Choose range: Close Range, Medium Range, or Long Range.
Place the designated Range Marker in the appropriate “Range” Box on the [U4] U-boat Combat Display Mat.

Close Range: If firing at Close Range against ships with Escort, FIRST roll on the Escort Detection Chart [E2] PRIOR TO firing torpedoes - see Escort Encounter Procedure. If the U-Boat is NOT detected then come back to complete the Combat Procedure. If the U-Boat is detected it will not be able to attack. Return all torpedoes to the U-Boat Display Mat and go through the detection depth charge attack cycle as outlined in the Escort Encounter Procedure.

e. Fire 1st salvo for each target.
Refer to chart [U1] U-Boat Torpedo/Deck Gun Fire Chart to determine Hits. Roll 2d6 and add/subtract Die Roll Modifiers for each torpedo.

f. Fire 2nd salvo (if there is one):
Refer to chart [U1] U-Boat Torpedo/Deck Gun Fire Chart to determine Hits. Roll 2d6 and add/subtract Die Roll Modifiers for each torpedo.
Note: The “-1 Night or Unescorted Surface Torpedo” modifier is a bonus for using the UZO (torpedo aiming device).

g. Determine Dud Torpedoes for each torpedo that scored a Hit: Roll 1d6 and check modifier +1 Superior Torpedoes. Results indicated = Dud. [U2] Chart.

h. Target Damage Results -successful Torpedo Detonation - Roll 1d6 and check Die Roll Modifiers. [U3]Chart.
j. After firing torpedoes and determining target ship damage go to Escort Encounter Procedure.


Combat Procedure (No Escort Present):
a. Day: If the attack is during the Day it will be a Submerged Attack.
Decide if the U-Boat will fire Forward Torpedoes, Aft Torpedoes, or both Forward & Aft Torpedoes.

b.Night: If the attack is during the Night it will be a Night Surface Attack.
Decide if the U-Boat will fire Forward Torpedoes, Aft Torpedoes, Deck Gun (must be at Close Range), or a combination of all three.

There is NO penalty applied for a 2 salvo attack due to that there is no Escort.

The U-Boat can fire up to 2 Points of Ammo from the Deck Gun.

To conduct a 2 Salvo attack place the 1st Salvo (Forward Torpedoes), which will fire first, opposite from the 2nd Salvo (Aft Torpedoes) which will fire second (or vice-versa).

You can wait and see the results from the 1st salvo before deciding to fire the 2nd salvo, or results from the Deck Gun.

c. Place selected torpedoes and up to 2 Points of Ammo in the “Torpedo or Gun Attack” Box on the [U4] U-boat Combat Display Mat that corresponds to the ship(s) you are targeting.

Allocate torpedoes and Points of Ammo any way you wish, including firing them all at one target.

d. Choose range: Close Range, Medium Range, or Long Range.
Place the designated Range Marker in the appropriate “Range” Box on the [U4] U-boat Combat Display Mat.

Close Range: Added increase Hit parentage and the U-Boat is able to fire the Deck Gun.

e. Fire weapons/salvo in any order and wait to see results before firing the next weapon.

- Fire 1st salvo for each target: Refer to chart [U1] U-Boat Torpedo/Deck Gun Fire Chart to determine Hits. Roll 2d6 and add/subtract Die Roll Modifiers for each torpedo.

-Fire 2nd salvo: Refer to chart [U1] U-Boat Torpedo/Deck Gun Fire Chart to determine Hits. Roll 2d6 and add/subtract Die Roll Modifiers for each torpedo.

-Fire Deck Gun: Refer to chart [U1] U-Boat Torpedo/Deck Gun Fire Chart to determine Hits. Roll 2d6 and add/subtract Die Roll Modifiers for each Point of Ammo.
Note: The “-1 Night or Unescorted Surface Torpedo” modifier is a bonus for using the UZO (torpedo aiming device).

f. Determine Dud Torpedoes for each torpedo that scored a Hit: Roll 1d6 and check modifier +1 Superior Torpedoes. Results indicated = Dud.
[U2]Chart.

g. Target Damage Results -successful Torpedo Detonation - Roll 1d6 and check Die Roll Modifiers.
[U3]Chart.
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Gregory Smith
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Heya,

Just two quick comments:

(I may have more, I haven't read this in depth, BUT these two stood out right away).

Against escorted:
1. Just because it is night, you do NOT have to attack on the surface. As a matter of fact, starting in 1941, you might not WANT to attack on the surface, even at night, depending on how much risk you want to take. You have a choice to attack surfaced or submerged at night.


Against unescorted:
2. Just because it is day, you do NOT have to attack submerged here. There is NO escort....the target is a sitting duck. Attack from point blank on the surface, and if your deck gun doesn't get her, then use torps.
This would be the one case in which you CAN attack on the surface, during the daytime.


I hope that makes sense,

Greg

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Thanks for clarifying.

What is the penalty for a Night Surface attack with escort present?
 
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+1 DRM for escort detection (starting from 1941) and +1 DRM for the 1st round of escort attack.
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Interesting that being on the surface when doing an attack doesn't give the escorts any higher chance of detecting you for the first couple years. Once they detect you, it just gives them higher chance of hitting you.
 
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Surface radar sets coming into use from 1941 on.
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