View Full Version : Coming under battleship gun fire!!! Yikes!!!

10-13-2005, 11:20 AM
I was having a tough time with a convoy as it seemed to be changing course. Once I finally closed in on the lead destroyer I thought I was set. It was early 1942 so I had those 4 homing torpedoes and took out the lead Hunt class, went off silent and waited as I reloaded a straight runner.
As the convoy approached I could see a Revenge class battleship. It was night but calm. The convoy was traveling west from Gibraltar and I took a shot at a troop ship that missed.
This caused a star shell that was right over me and a corvette coming up from behind got my stern home boy.
Because I have added many escorts to all the convoys I knew there were 4 or 5 more
It was as bright as day and the battleship turned its search lights on and, gulp, found my periscopes (I use the Observation as a rear cover). Luckily for me a C3 was now in between me and the battleship as first machine guns and then entire broadsides from the secondary six inch guns fired. The night was now very bright.
I fired a fish but hit the C3 which was being blasted by the battleship. The 15 inch turrets were turning on me and I fired 2 more fish one to each side of the sinking C3 (I did not get credit for that merchant!) and pulled down my scope but was hit by either the 15inch or 6inch guns that destroyed the conning tower, radio and both periscopes..
However, the battleship was hit by both fish and went down.
I could not see submerged and could not place men on the bridge so made my way home with 29950 tons and no merchant ships.
50 more tons would have done much in the medal hunt.
Trivial considering I survived the attack of a battleship.
It was a massive display of light and sound of which I have never seen or heard in SH3. Just seeing those twin 15 inch turrets trained on me (from the light of the burning, sinking C3) was enough to take my breath away.
Funny how a virtual battleship can still be scary!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif


10-13-2005, 11:29 AM
DOH!!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

10-13-2005, 12:30 PM
Wow, they actually trained their main guns on you? Scary.

I've had more than my fair share lately of run-ins with battleships. I've sunk a Revenge in each of my last two convoy battles, as well as encountering another Revenge sailing in a taskforce. I quickly fired off two torpedoes, which as I figured, missed, due to the distance of over 4000 metres at a vanishing contact in the dark.

I am no historian, but it seems strange to me how this game puts these valuable capital ships in with slow convoy ships. Like I said, I'm no historian, but I think that when capital ships escorted convoys, they sailed independently, outside of the convoy, but near enough to assist if the convoy was threatened by a surface raider. In doing so, they could maintain a higher speed and more easily maneuver in such a manner as to make a torpedo attack less likely to succeed. The same applied to passenger liners, whose superior speed rendered them almost invulnerable to sub attack.

10-13-2005, 12:46 PM
Battleships? They really exist? And I suppose they're driven by little green men?

10-13-2005, 12:53 PM
I can assure you, they are not driven by little green men, neither are the aircraft carriers. Do enough patrols and you will see one.

10-14-2005, 08:10 AM
k61.. im into my 19th patrol, 'june 41 (started in 39 out of Wilhelmshaven) and as yet i havent seen a battleship or a cruiser or a carrier, and the only liner i've come across was a flaming yankee one! im hanging out for a juicy big target... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

10-14-2005, 11:38 AM
Battleships were in many convoys but not in line with mechants.
Unfortunately, that is the only way to place them in a convoy. To add them as a close cover force would mean to duplicate close by waypoints and testing that would be very extensive.I put them in the RND file for a few convoys as a 20% option.
They were there to protect against surface raiders. The US used older BBs for their mid Atlantic convoys for armed merchant cruisers.
I may try them as an escort and see how they act.