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nelson92506
10-27-2008, 11:43 PM
http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Avatars/CurtJurgens1-1.jpg Klcarroll's praises of the virtues of the Type IID prompted me to try a raid against Loch Ewe in my own IID. The raid by U-6 was carried out in Nov. of 1939. German Naval Intelligence had information that both HMS Nelson and HMS Revenge might be present at Loch Ewe. Orders were given that all ships encountered during the voyage to Loch Ewe should be given wide berth. It was imperative that the entire complement of 5 torpedoes should be available for use against the battleships if indeed they were present at Loch Ewe. The destroyer screen that patroled the approaches to Loch Ewe consisted of 2 Hunt I class, a J class, a V&W class and an armed trawler. An unidentfied vessel, suspected to be a Tribal class destroyer, was also in the vicinity. U-6 was able to thread its way through this screen by varying its speed between 1 and 3 knots and changing its course appropriately whenever one of the screening destroyers approached too closely. In the predawn darkness U-6 crept into the harbor mouth of Loch Ewe making speed of a single knot. The vague outline of a V&W class destroyer could be seen patrolling the outer harbor a mere 1500m ahead. U-6 altered course slightly in order to pass astern of the enemy. Almost immediately the V&W picked up speed and headed directly at U-6. Taking a chance that it hadn't actually been detected U-6 dropped its speed to 0 knots and lowered its periscope as much as possible without losing sight of the approaching destroyer. U-6 could have fired a torpedo and blown the V&W out of the water. But that would have meant one less torpedo for use against a battleship. She held fire and gambled that the V&W would turn away. At 500m, it did! Whenever the V&W showed her stern to U-6, U-6 would bring her speed up to 1 or 2 knots and alter course away from the destroyer but always in the general direction of the main channel that leads to the inner harbor. Time and again the V&W would pick up speed and head directly at U-6. Each time U-6 would drop her speed to 0 knots. Each time the V&W would veer off. Finally U-6 was able to sidestep the V&W one last time. She was through the main channel and inside the inner harbor. There were several destroyers moored at the docks: 3 Tribal class, 1 V&W class and a Hunt 1 class. And there, stationed in the harbor, away from the docks, was HMS Nelson. A lone C class destroyer was stationed nearby. Across the harbor and on the other side of the docks could be seen the superstructure of HMS Revenge. None of the ships seemed to have their steam up. The sky was just starting to lighten in the early morning hours when U-6 started its approach towards HMS Nelson. Again she crept along at 1 knot. Any faster and she might be discovered. That would mean certain death. At periscope depth, U-6 had just 6 meters under her keel. There would be no diving to safety. Slowly U-6 crept to within 500m of HMS Nelson. A three torpedo narrow spread salvo was prepared. All three Type I torpedoes were set for fast speed with magnetic pistols set to explode 1 meter below the keel. The intention was to shatter her bottom plates rather than try to punch through her armoured belt. The outer doors were opened. A final firing solution was determined. Then the order was given: FIRE ONE! FIRE TWO! FIRE THREE! At the last minute HMS Nelson attempted to accelerate. It was too late. In rapid succession, all three torpedoes exploded under the keel. HMS Nelson began to settle quickly and within a couple of minutes she was nestled in the mud of Loch Ewe. The C class destroyer came to life and made a feeble attempt at a search. She did, however, come within 600 meters of U-6 at one point, whereupon U-6 dropped her speed to 0 knots. When the destroyer veered away U-6 immediately turned toward the docks. Her speed never exceeded 1 knot. It took over an hour to creep the short distance to where HMS Revenge was docked. U-6 had to work around to the far side in order to line up her shots. The last two Type I torpedoes were set for fast speed with magnetic pistols set to explode one meter below the keel. This time the spread of the salvo was increased in hopes that the torpedoes might explode under the magazines of the turrets at both ends of the ship. At less than 400m, the outer doors were opened. A final firing solution was determined. Then the order was given: FIRE ONE! FIRE TWO! In rapid succession both torpedoes exploded under the keel. Neither caused the hoped for magazine explosion. The HMS Revenge quickly settled at her berth. U-6 turned away and crept at 1 knot all the way back to the harbor entrance. She was not molested in any way by any of the destroyers on her way out of Loch Ewe. U-6 was extremely lucky to have no dud torpedoes. She was able to sink two of Britain's finest warships with just 5 topedoes. Best of all, U-6 and her crew escaped unscathed and were able to tell their story. http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2123-37-40-80.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2202-57-42-04.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2203-28-45-72.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-28-50-10.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-28-51-44.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-28-52-79.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-28-57-76.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-29-00-16.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-29-20-19.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-30-10-52.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-31-31-69.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-49-25-85.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-50-08-77.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2204-53-22-51.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-12-19-05.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-12-52-15.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-13-17-08.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-14-00-04.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-14-00-04.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-14-56-69.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-15-27-86.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2205-34-02-51.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-02-54-38.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-00-51.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-03-35.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-07-36.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-15-90.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-15-90.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-35-01.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-45-40.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-03-45-40.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2206-08-38-94.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2208-10-47-85.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2208-11-36-51.jpg http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%[IMG]http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo285/nelsonspangler/Raid%20on%20Loch%20Ewe%20Nov%201939/sh32008-10-2208-13-51-33.jpg 201939/sh32008-10-2208-12-42-26.jpg

mariuszj1939
10-28-2008, 03:31 AM
I remember my visit to Loch Ewe and that time I was so surprised both BB are present in the port.
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/19...991011315#1991011315 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/1991011315?r=1991011315#1991011315)

klcarroll
10-28-2008, 06:16 AM
Excellent work!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

klcarroll

Realjambo
10-28-2008, 11:08 AM
A great report and screenshots! You should feel justly pleased with yourself! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

tambor198
10-28-2008, 07:41 PM
Nice screenshots and great story, nelson. Every time I ever ventured into Lock Ewe only the Nelson was at anchor. You musta got there at the right time. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

tuddley3
10-28-2008, 10:12 PM
Hey Nelson, if you like writing stories, we have a Short Story Competition coming up soon, so keep that in mind.

K_Freddie
10-30-2008, 09:49 AM
'Son of Nelson' ..not trying to be your nagging grammar teacher...
Would you mind putting some format into your story. For example: more paragraphs at points where the story switches from one scene to the next.

It makes for easier reading. All I can see.. is 'code'.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Goose_Green
10-30-2008, 10:04 AM
Great story and screenshots http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And welcome to the forums http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

nelson92506
10-30-2008, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by K_Freddie:
'Son of Nelson' ..not trying to be your nagging grammar teacher...
Would you mind putting some format into your story. For example: more paragraphs at points where the story switches from one scene to the next.

It makes for easier reading. All I can see.. is 'code'.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Hello K Freddie. I originally had indented paragraphs in all my recent posts. However when I went to post my messages, the forum software reformated my paragraphs and left justified everything. Realjambo already brought this to my attention in another post. I will separate my paragraphs with blank lines in the future. I agree that it is hard to read as one long post. You have my apologies.

Heinrich505
10-30-2008, 09:29 PM
Nelson,
Real nice mission. Lots of patience crawling along at 1 knot...or less at times.

Lucky there was enough depth below the battleships that you got credit for sinking them. Sometimes the depth is too shallow, and the sinking ships don't register as sunk.

Congratulations Kaulein. There will be music and dancing girls on the quay upon your return.

Heinrich505