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Robert Boyens
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Kapitanleutnant von Boyen began his career with a patrol of the British Isles in Sept. '39 in a type VIIA. First target spotted was an escorted tanker - what luck. Put 2 torpedoes into her but she did not sink. Escort drove the boat off and the tanker survived. Second sighting was an unescorted tanker, which fell prey to torps and gunfire - the first sinking, of 14,000 tons! Final leg of patrol saw U-101 encounter a convoy. Was able to sink just one small freighter of 3,900 tons, largely due to dud torpedoes. Then home, with minimal damage and a successful (barely)patrol.

Two months later headed to the British Isles once again. Very small pickings as most of the patrol went without a contact. Finally, just before heading home, came across a convoy of all large freighters. In a night attack was able to sink just one, of 10,400 tons. Escort did not detect and was able to get home unscathed with a second successful patrol.

Again headed to the British Isles for the third patrol, thinking I was such a lucky captain. No contacts - an entire patrol with nothing to show for it. Doenitz was not happy.

Once again headed for the British Isles for the 4th patrol. Encountered 2 unescorted small freighters and sank both, one of 4,600 tons and one of 2,400 tons - small fish but a successful patrol - my third. Turns out my doctor is an expert! (Would have preferred a crew improvement).

Then in May of '40, was sent to Norway where things brightened. Sank one unescorted small freighter and one unescorted large freighter (12,100 tons combined). And then, what should appear in the periscope but the HMS Courageous!! I can see the headlines now - fame, fortune, Knight's Cross - as I put 2 torpedoes into her. What? She refused to go down and the escorts were really ticked off. After surviving repeated attacks, limped home.

Following a prolonged refit period, was sent back to the Isles and sank 1 small and 1 large freighter (11,200 t total).

Now it was time for promotion, and so as a newly minted Korvettenkapitan I head to the Atlantic. Expecting a lot from my first Atlantic patrol with my new rank, am disappointed to have no encounters at all - my CO is wondering if I deserved that promotion.

One month refit and back to the Isles where I bag a tanker (6,000t) and a large freighter (9,900t), but getting slightly hammered by escorts. Another 3 successful patrols and my crew is upgraded to veteran.

After a two-month refit, it is back to the Atlantic where I find a convoy. I manage to bag just one tanker (6,900t) before being chased off by the escorts. Darn faulty torpedoes.

After refit, another excursion to the Atlantic where I encounter a convoy and take down 1 large freighter of 6,900t. Escort does not detect me (lucky die rolling throughout my career).

Back to the Isles after refit, but only a small freighter to show for my efforts (4,500t). I am now up to 85,900 tons - getting within reach of a Knight's Cross!

Able to choose the Isles for my patrol thanks to my rank, and am able to sink 2 large freighters (17,100 tons total) - now have my Knight's Cross and a promotion. With these am able to secure a new Type VIIC boat and keep my now Elite Crew!! Things are looking good.

I again chose to go to the Isles (good hunting there) and have great luck, sinking 4 large freighters with a total 26,700 tons!! Won't Doenitz be proud!! Able to avoid all detection attempts.

Now a first, sent to the Spanish Coast where I sink 2 small and 1 large freighter for a total of 14,500 tons. No problem with the escorts. I am a charmed U-Boat commander.

This was such a good hunting ground, I choose to head back to Spain. Hmm, not such good hunting this time - only 1 large freighter found and sunk (8,000t).

After the requisite 1 month refit, sent back to the British Isles where I sink 1 small and 1 large freighter that are unescorted (12,100 tons total). Then just before heading home I come across an ecorted small freighter and put one torp into her (darn dud)but she does not sink. Is my luck running out? Escort detects and makes repeated attacks. With significant hull damage and flooding, both diesels knocked out, and other damage, am finally able to avoid detection and slink home (thanks to efforts by crew to repair damage). Luck still with me.

After a 3 month refit, head out to the Atlantic in June of '42. While transiting the Bay of Biscay, am spotted by aircraft. Attack results in severe wound to my expert doctor - worse yet the boat is sunk on modified roll of 13! Luck completely gone. As the boat sinks, relieved to see a flying boat coming to the rescue of the crew (not in the rules, but I figure the plane got us as we were diving, we were close to home, and most of the crew (less the doctor) got out).

Career total - 24 ships for 164,300 tons plus damage to a Brit carrier.

I shall continue in my new Type IX boat!


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Nice, evocative write-up.

You have further accentuated my feelings of regret when, in a moment of financial need, I rather impetuously sold this game BEFORE I'D EVEN PLAYED IT!!!

I've been on the look-out for a copy to buy ever since, to no avail...

Moral of the story: never, EVER sell a game until you've played it and sell all other possible household items before getting to wargames. cry
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thechangingman wrote:
Nice, evocative write-up.

You have further accentuated my feelings of regret when, in a moment of financial need, I rather impetuously sold this game BEFORE I'D EVEN PLAYED IT!!!

I've been on the look-out for a copy to buy ever since, to no avail...

Moral of the story: never, EVER sell a game until you've played it and sell all other possible household items before getting to wargames. cry


I would say you are welcome to borrow mine, but I see you are in England - a bit of a drive and then there is the language problem lol. Trade would also be tough - too bad. You could probably find someone local willing to trade.
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RBoyens wrote:
thechangingman wrote:
Nice, evocative write-up.

You have further accentuated my feelings of regret when, in a moment of financial need, I rather impetuously sold this game BEFORE I'D EVEN PLAYED IT!!!

I've been on the look-out for a copy to buy ever since, to no avail...

Moral of the story: never, EVER sell a game until you've played it and sell all other possible household items before getting to wargames. cry


I would say you are welcome to borrow mine, but I see you are in England - a bit of a drive and then there is the language problem lol. Trade would also be tough - too bad. You could probably find someone local willing to trade.


Thanks for the thought...

I'll hang in there, knowing that one day, if I keep my patience, another copy will turn up for me.

 
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