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wsimmons1980
02-06-2010, 11:45 AM
Just for grins I decided to try and navigate the passage called Heriben (?) .... talk about a das boot feeling! nerve racking and fun. I was hoping to mabe run across a task force since they always seem to be there when i am nor but no luck so far. But still a very tense trip!

PhantomKira
02-09-2010, 10:58 AM
Where is this passage? I'd like to see what you're talking about.

wsimmons1980
02-10-2010, 01:29 PM
Its off the NW shore of Britain. Its a small passage called Beridben ( GWX so the names are in German) very narrow and darn shallow. I was really just trying a short cut with the chance to literally run headlong into a merchant or two. Instead I got nothing but 2-4 Warship contacts at all times lol.

Kaleun1961
02-10-2010, 01:55 PM
I think you are referring to the Hebrides. Yes, that is a busy little strait. I've never taken a small Type II there but I do use it sometimes with a Type VII when on my to the convoy lanes. I find it best to enter the strait just at sunset and proceed through on the surface. The number of contacts there is astounding; some juicy merchant ships sail through there. It does seem to be heavily patrolled but mostly by small craft with poor ASW equipment. I usually avoid them by diving and going quiet, or if it is dark enough I plot a high speed surface run and stay outside their visual range. If you time it right, you exit the strait around sunrise and are set to run for the convoy lanes and the seabed is deepening as you sail to the southwest. I've ever tried going through here in '43 to '45, but early war it is a good way to get some tonnage by picking off lone merchantmen. I've never spotted a convoy in there, so you are unlikely to find an experienced and determined escort group.

wsimmons1980
02-11-2010, 10:16 AM
Hey Kaleun1961, Are there any other good convoy spots in GWX that I dont know about? Seems like the old normal ones (AM(N?) 51 52 53 and the SW cost of Britain have been very empty for me. In fact the only convoys that I have run across have been in such terrible weather that if I make contact with them I cant see the ships if they get more than 500 meters from me. Almost looking forward to the Americans entering so I can maybe get some calmer waters on that side of the pond lol.

PhantomKira
02-12-2010, 03:49 PM
In my experience, BF13 and BF15 are very hot. That whole area off the south coast of Ireland. The Irish Sea in general. The Bristol Channel.

Others:

Try the BE, CF areas, though you may have to hunt for a convoy. Try off Gibraltar, but watch for heavy patrols. The choke point between Sicily and Tunis. The convoy route WNW of Alexandria. I advise against Freetown or Capetown, as I've had little success for the trip involved.

Once you get overseas, ED11 is a good spot. The single merchant route through DL6 and DL11 off the Yucatan has a few.

Run just north of Cuba past the 1000 meter curve on the NE side.

The single merchant line through EE 1, 4, and 7 usually has big tankers loaded with fuel from Port of Spain.