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Chrystine
11-04-2005, 12:34 PM
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* Message from Bdu *

It is with regret that Admiral K. D¶nitz informed the family Semmes residing in Germany & France, Leipzig, Lübeck, Bamberg, Amiens and Cherbourg, of the loss of Kapit¤nleutnant Kara Bethany Semmes and U-132 with all hands, which occurred in the early morning of 1 March, 1942 at approximately 5:20 am. and estimated some 800 kilometers West, North-west of the Irish Coast while attacking an inbound convoy.
Axis ships active in that sector report that the weather was moderate at the time U-132 met her fate.
Fragmentary Intelligence and simple reasoning leads to the conclusion that, as U-132 never reported contact with the convoy, the Escort in Force was significant and prevented surfacing for radio communications with Bdu.
Radio intercepts from the RN Destroyer, Clemson, HMS Sea Hawk attributed the destruction of U-132 to its combined operation in detachment from the convoy with the Corvette HMS Darius, the latter of whom is officially cited and credited by the Royal Navy as having dropped the fatal depth charge.
No scrap or remains from U-132 were reported sighted or recovered.
Bdu regards this loss as a grievous one of a Kapit¤nleutnant and veteran crew with great promise.
They will all be missed.
Kapit¤nleutnant K. B. Semmes has left to posterity a record of notable merit.
The Führer and the Fatherland are eternally grateful for their exceptional service.

http://idealhorizons.intuity.net/Fate_of_Kara_Semmes_U-132.jpg


* sigh *

The F. Corvettes are now three for three, having ended every one of my Careers.

Best regards,
~ C.

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Chrystine
11-04-2005, 12:34 PM
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* Message from Bdu *

It is with regret that Admiral K. D¶nitz informed the family Semmes residing in Germany & France, Leipzig, Lübeck, Bamberg, Amiens and Cherbourg, of the loss of Kapit¤nleutnant Kara Bethany Semmes and U-132 with all hands, which occurred in the early morning of 1 March, 1942 at approximately 5:20 am. and estimated some 800 kilometers West, North-west of the Irish Coast while attacking an inbound convoy.
Axis ships active in that sector report that the weather was moderate at the time U-132 met her fate.
Fragmentary Intelligence and simple reasoning leads to the conclusion that, as U-132 never reported contact with the convoy, the Escort in Force was significant and prevented surfacing for radio communications with Bdu.
Radio intercepts from the RN Destroyer, Clemson, HMS Sea Hawk attributed the destruction of U-132 to its combined operation in detachment from the convoy with the Corvette HMS Darius, the latter of whom is officially cited and credited by the Royal Navy as having dropped the fatal depth charge.
No scrap or remains from U-132 were reported sighted or recovered.
Bdu regards this loss as a grievous one of a Kapit¤nleutnant and veteran crew with great promise.
They will all be missed.
Kapit¤nleutnant K. B. Semmes has left to posterity a record of notable merit.
The Führer and the Fatherland are eternally grateful for their exceptional service.

http://idealhorizons.intuity.net/Fate_of_Kara_Semmes_U-132.jpg


* sigh *

The F. Corvettes are now three for three, having ended every one of my Careers.

Best regards,
~ C.

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Celeon999
11-04-2005, 12:39 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

I guess thats the way it is.

The most beautiful Kaleuns always end in an cold wet sailor´s grave. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Why ?!!

WHY ?!!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Kaleun1961
11-04-2005, 12:51 PM
Verdammt! Again? Plotting revenge, the lips of the Atlantic Wolf curl back, revealing sharpened fangs anxious for the opportunity to sink into the flank of the next convoy to be sighted. No mercy shall be shown, no quarter given.

HW3
11-04-2005, 12:52 PM
The Semmes family has the condolences of Leutnant Z. S. Otto von Klug and the crew of U-52. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

mrky
11-04-2005, 01:01 PM
the Semmes family has also the condolences of U-269 LT Cmndr Marky commanding, and of U-99, Lt Mark commanding

thank you comrades, and farewell, u shall be missed

the next allied vessels shall feel the true wrath of Cmndr Mrky

~S~

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/8343/germanyf2t11x2ef7uo.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Chrystine
11-04-2005, 01:25 PM
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Much & many thanks guys €¦
It€s appreciated.

I have €" and yet am €" really taking this one hard. It€s rather knocked the proverbial wind out of my sails.
I was more fond of and attached to this personality (Career) and crew than any to date (I wonder if it will continue to be that way with each new one?).

Kara had a close friend who served as €˜Political Officer€ aboard U-132, and between them, and among the many little 'liberties' Kara allowed the crew, she permitted €˜free rotations€ of the picture to be hung in the radio room on a 1 in 3 patrol rotation. That is to say €" every third patrol (at-minimum) a picture of either the Fuhrer or of D¶nitz was to be hung on the wall, the following two patrols, the men could hang any picture they pleased €" and some pretty sleazy ones seemed to please them €" to which Kara never said a word.
On the ninth patrol, they surprised her and, only minutes after getting underway, they asked her to come into the radio room to look at the picture they€d chosen for the patrol.
She went in and had a look €" to her somewhat embarrassed but grateful and deeply-touched surprise, she saw they had framed her, their beloved Fraukaleun.

http://idealhorizons.intuity.net/Kara_RadioRoom_1a.jpg
http://idealhorizons.intuity.net/Kara_RadioRoom_1b.jpg

She promised to autograph the picture for them at the end of the 10th patrol when they returned to Port, and promised to do so while sharing a drink with them in the Poney dansant tavern the men so loved on Lorient€s waterfront.
They never returned from that patrol.

I don€t have any idea why anyone would really (except she is very pretty) €" but if anyone would like this framed photo of Kara Semmes for their radio room, please feel free to drop me a note and you€ll have it. It€s the only €˜Mod€ I€ve ever done for SH III (as yet), and will be glad to let anyone who might enjoy it, have it€¦

Thanks again for your kind condolences Kameraden €¦

Best,
~ C.

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weedle2005
11-04-2005, 01:45 PM
Sincere condolonces to the Semmes family from Kapit¤nleutnant Michael von Schuyler and the crew of U-96.

"U-96 will avenge the death of a fellow Kaleun Kara Semmes and shall not give no corvette and no destroyer any mercy. That is a promise."

Kapit¤nleutnant Michael von Schuyler
commanding U-96

Ratek
11-04-2005, 02:07 PM
Franz von M¶gel and the crew of U-46 will at once venture out to sea to dish out revenge at this. Flowers getting no mercy... Prime targets for this patrol.

The U-boat will carry a mourningband across the tower.

The_Silent_O
11-04-2005, 02:21 PM
Kapitan-leutnant Thor Rammstein and the the crew (band?) of U-2 espress regrets and condolences at the loss of such a fine commander...

...We will fashion a wreath out of cookie's hard moldy rolls with and toss it over the side during our ceremony for KL Semmes' loss...

...At the same time we will fire a 21 Star Shell salute with our deck gun (saving the more deadly AP/HE rounds to exact a revenge on the next flower I see)...

...We will break out the boats ration of beer and toast and guzzle, toast and guzzle, ... anyways we seem to be doing circles as my Navigator can't seem to be waked for duty.

Were there any little Semmes to carry the fight on for their mother(s)???

I will dive to recover that photo, perhaps Kara signed it before it went for the last dive?

ILikePortillos
11-04-2005, 02:47 PM
Hmm. . .I wonder why they would have decided to hang that picture up? Maybe it's because she's HOT?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif These are sailors here, I mean come on. If I were a twenty-something year old seaman (no pun intended) and this was my Captain, I'd sign up for another tour!

But seriously, condolences from a fellow Captain of the 2nd. We'll hold a ceremony in Lorient. You gotta hand it to the British; they're more tenacious than at the war's beginning.

May I ask how you put that picture up? I like the idea of swapping that photo out for other's I may find. Kudos! And who is that, really?

Also, may I ask if you learned anything from the attack?

P.S. I don't mean to mis-represent. The real Portillos is very a happily married man. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

paulhager
11-04-2005, 03:19 PM
I must admit - I'm shocked. What a strange reaction to a character created out of a game but, there it is.

The one positive is you can try again. It took me three (or was it four) Bruno Stachel's to finally last out a career. As I noted before, my nemesis has always been aircraft: Sunderlands and B-24's seem to be the worst. That's why I've developed such a fondness for the Mark 42 3.7cm twin FLAK. Talk about your can of "whupass".

Condolences, and good luck on your next career.

Kaleun1961
11-04-2005, 03:22 PM
Right now in my current career I have the single 37mm flak gun with a slow rate of fire. Are the later versions faster? I put flak qualified PO's on the guns, which speeds up the reload time significantly. I'm looking forward to getting a fully automatic heavy flak gun.

paulhager
11-04-2005, 03:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
Right now in my current career I have the single 37mm flak gun with a slow rate of fire. Are the later versions faster? I put flak qualified PO's on the guns, which speeds up the reload time significantly. I'm looking forward to getting a fully automatic heavy flak gun. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, Mark 42's are faster than other 37mm FLAKs - and they throw up twice as much metal.

I was sold on the quad 20's until I discovered the destructive power of the Mark 42.

Of course, if I had my druthers, I'd outfit my sub with a CIWS 20mm gatling, firing depleted uranium.

Note, the Mark 42 is semi-auto and has a lower ROF than machine guns.

Kaleun1961
11-04-2005, 03:44 PM
Are we talking in terms of rounds per second, or seconds per round? My crew currently pumps out about one round every 2 seconds or so.

Celeon999
11-05-2005, 11:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Kapitan-leutnant Thor Rammstein and the the crew (band?) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

*Celeon starts headbanging *and says:*

"BENZIN !! BENZIN!!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Chrystine
11-05-2005, 12:16 PM
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Salute!
&nd thanks very much comrades.

Much appreciated sentiment and shared sense of outrage, Weedle_ and Ratek - Kapit¤nleutnant von Schuyler and Franz von M¶gel, respectively.
I€ve also just finished reading your accounts as shared and disclosed in K-61€s Thread <span class="ev_code_pink">Atlantic Wolf Avenges Kara Semmes & U-132</span> (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/8701019373).
As inspiring as they are moving €" and of course, deeply appreciated.

Thanks very much as well to our dear Silent Otto.

€œWere there any little Semmes to carry the fight on for their mother(s)???€

Sadly, no. None of Kara€s own €" and nephews and niece, yet far too young to exact revenge or take any combative role in the war.

€œI will dive to recover that photo, perhaps Kara signed it before it went for the last dive?€

A lovely & most-admirable inclination €" however hopeless with our technology today.
U-132 sank (likely in many pieces) in water literally unfathomable by echo-location, well over 1,000 meters in depth.
On a brighter note, an Uncle and cousin who came to Lorient from Lübeck, discovered in her home, hidden in the drawer of an old scholar€s desk, two prints of that same photo, one of them having been autographed, presumably as a gift to D¶nitz.
(Please feel free to let me know if you€d like one?).

Many thanks to you also, ILPortillos.

€œHmm. . .I wonder why they would have decided to hang that picture up? Maybe it's because she's HOT?! These are sailors here, I mean come on. If I were a twenty-something year old seaman (no pun intended) and this was my Captain, I'd sign up for another tour!€

Her crew did love her €" adored her in fact.
They were also very clever in their little €˜mutiny€ of the rotation system €" believing as they did that her image (infinitely preferable to them, than looking at Hitler or even D¶nitz) would trump all others; that her friend and U-132€s political officer would not require her image to be taken down in lieu of either of the others€¦
The success of their plan unfortunately, never had time to be proven or disproved.

€œBut seriously, condolences from a fellow Captain of the 2nd. We'll hold a ceremony in Lorient. You gotta hand it to the British; they're more tenacious than at the war's beginning.€

Thanks much - &nd yes indeed, they sure are€¦ Skillful too!

€œMay I ask how you put that picture up? I like the idea of swapping that photo out for other's I may find. Kudos! And who is that, really?€

It does take a little €˜special€ doing, so to speak, to replace that image €" I€ll send you a little €˜walkthrough€ for how it can be done.
Who? It€s Kara Semmes€¦ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
Really, I don€t have a clue €" don€t know, didn€t want to know when I grabbed the image.
As said somewhere previously some weeks ago €" one morning I got up and spent the morning just picking up replacement photos for my SH3C, so that a woman is automatically €˜created€ in my SH3C-generated Career Profile(s).
I grabbed a Lot of photos looking for variety, but with an eye typically looking for attractive blondes, etc. (have to give me something! since there€s no prayer of finding even one dressed as a Uboot Kapitan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ).
I don€t know who any of them are €" and don€t want to know€¦ It would just ruin the €˜effect€ for me, for my purpose.
As far as I€m concerned they aren€t €˜anybody€ until I and SH3C create them. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

€œAlso, may I ask if you learned anything from the attack?€

You know I always love that question, don€t you? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
It is the most sagacious one to ask.

I did in fact.
I learned for one thing, a little of the difference in the behavior of the AI operating at 100% Freaking brutal and deadly.
As regards the more apropos question of anything learned concerning tactics, or etc€¦
Yes, I learned how painful the mistake of over-aggressiveness can be.
I was never not-aware of everything in my AO €" where it was, what it was and what it was doing (with the exception that I learned rather late that the aft escort was a Clemson, although I was always aware there was an aft escort, and I guessed it was probably a Clemson, since every convoy I€d seen to date had a Clemson in that position).
I attacked the convoy €˜smartly€ €" and scored three hits; two C3€s (American) and one C2 (British), though decks aflame and smoldering billows of smoke, none were even slowed down.
We dove under the convoy to 148 meters, quit silent running and were ahead full reloading the tubes in hope of one final shot at the stern of the 3rd column lead C3, carrying mechanized armor and seemingly the most seriously hurt in the last look we ever took through the periscope.
I was closely watching (Overseeing) the reloading of the fore tubes, counting seconds and running through the checklist of steps to take for regaining periscope depth, coming into position and making the final solution (no German WWII pun intended) for the last strike planned €" when I heard in rapid sequence€¦
€œTube One Loaded!€
€œWe€ve been detected €" enemy is pinging us!

We spent the next 40-45 minutes in a cat and mouse with the Clemson and Corvette who had our position soundly pinpointed.
The Corvette executed the most brilliant DC attack I€ve seen as yet in three full Careers €" it was picture-perfect and too innovative to even be called €˜textbook.€
Operating in joint with the Clemson, it timed a DC drop to our established depth in mid turn (with both of our flanks nullified for movement by K-gun DC€s) €" and scored a direct hit on the fore of the bridge at a depth of 148 meters.
Death and implosion were instantaneous.

Lesson learned: Over-aggressiveness is an error If or When it subsumes taking the enemy€s possibilities for granted.
The most perfectly laid €˜plan€ can be ruptured by the X-factor €" and thus, any plan which does not include contingency elements to abort from phase one to the final phase of its execution, is a mistake.
A plan which has a commitment €˜point of no return€ is probably (or at-minimum, potentially) a catastrophic-error in its inception.

€œP.S. I don't mean to mis-represent. The real Portillos is very a happily married man.€

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Understood. Boys will be boys€¦


Hi Paul,

€œI must admit - I'm shocked. What a strange reaction to a character created out of a game but, there it is.€

It is, isn€t it?
I€m not shocked by it €" but even I find it a bit peculiar. It€s just €˜weird.€
Really, created out of my imagination €" and I€ve been seriously contemplating the possibility and (possible) merits of attempting a novella based on a Career.
With that thought in mind, I€ve been consistently putting more and more effort into my sketching out certain details and furthering the €˜immersion€ factors.
I think this has most to do with why it feels so personal €" somehow€¦ Although, that said, I do agree €¦ It€s just €˜strange.€

€œ The one positive is you can try again.€

Indeed. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
&nd try again I shall. In fact, I€ve gotten the new start underway today.

€œAs I noted before, my nemesis has always been aircraft: Sunderlands and B-24's seem to be the worst. That's why I've developed such a fondness for the Mark 42 3.7cm twin FLAK. Talk about your can of €˜whupass€.€

* nodding agreement & understanding *

I€ve never yet had opportunity to acquire the Mark 42, but look forward to it.
Number me among those in favor of a €˜case of whuppass.€
The more the better€¦

Thanks again guys €" to each one and all for the thoughts, views and sentiments shared in your replies here.
All are much appreciated.

Best,
~ C.

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doug.d
11-05-2005, 01:24 PM
Geez, I hate funerals. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Just goes to show though, whether in war or peace, women are just suckers for Flowers. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Chrystine
11-05-2005, 03:00 PM
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€œJust goes to show though, whether in war or peace, women are just suckers for Flowers.€

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif €¦Hey!
..uhmmm€¦. uhhhh€¦.
..Hey! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

( Can€t deny it €" I really do love flowers! )

Let me guess then €¦ whether in war or peace, men are just suckers for Corvettes? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers Doug!
~ C.

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Ratek
11-05-2005, 08:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chrystine:
Let me guess then €¦ whether in war or peace, men are just suckers for Corvettes? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Got me there... I just love the mto death... Literally, I like to stroke them with a lot of gunshells, they don't seem to like it very much.

Baldricks_Mate
11-06-2005, 02:13 AM
Condolences from the U63 and Cpt Lt Mini Me. News was late reaching us.

We have just returned from an arduous tour of Lake Eucumbene, Australia, spreading fear amongst the local trout population who are known British sympathisers.

Our crew and those of the tender "Red Dwarf" will muster all hands for a memorial service with a smoked trout dinner afterwards, forthwith.

macker33
11-07-2005, 03:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chrystine:
She promised to autograph the picture for them at the end of the 10th patrol when they returned to Port, and promised to do so while sharing a drink with them in the Poney dansant tavern the men so loved on Lorient€s waterfront.
They never returned from that patrol.

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

After 10 patrols i'd expect a lot more than a smelly photo and autograph,i've been through hell darnit.

Chrystine
11-07-2005, 04:03 AM
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€œCondolences from the U63 and Cpt Lt Mini Me. News was late reaching us.€

Thanks Baldricks Mate.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif @ €˜Lt. Mini Me.€

Good to see you back €" again €¦

€œ..spreading fear amongst the local trout population who are known British sympathizers.€

€˜Well I guess we showed those Capitalist bastards, eh comrade?!€


€œAfter 10 patrols i'd expect a lot more than a smelly photo and autograph,i've been through hell darnit.€

Expectation is the most-familiar precursor of disappointment €¦

Best,
~ C.

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Baldricks_Mate
11-07-2005, 04:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chrystine:
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€œCondolences from the U63 and Cpt Lt Mini Me. News was late reaching us.€

Thanks Baldricks Mate.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif @ €˜Lt. Mini Me.€

Good to see you back €" again €¦

€œ..spreading fear amongst the local trout population who are known British sympathizers.€

€˜Well I guess we showed those Capitalist bastards, eh comrade?!€


€œAfter 10 patrols i'd expect a lot more than a smelly photo and autograph,i've been through hell darnit.€

Expectation is the most-familiar precursor of disappointment €¦

Best,
~ C.

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Mmmm, The fish was delicious.

fresh caught smoked rainbow trout with lime juice and olive oil and a garden salad. On a boat no less. Why, oh why is there no cook specialisation? It is unseemly that a Captain should be Catering Officer too.

macker33
11-08-2005, 03:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chrystine:
Expectation is the most-familiar precursor of disappointment €¦

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tsch,the story of my life,

Dragos_Mateescu
11-08-2005, 05:06 AM
Condolences to the Semmes family from Kaleun James DeFontana and the crew of U-557. It`s very sad to see the best of us taking the final dive. And of course sorry for the delay, we were under radio silence till this morning.