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pmh273
05-21-2007, 09:48 AM
Hello all,

I'm currently thinking of making the run throught the Straights of Gibralter, has anyone got any tips on survival (other than: Don't do it!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)? The year is late 1941 by the way.

And is there anything worth going for if I make it through alive (quite fancy heading into the port itself)?

All help gratefully appreciated

Thanks as always!!

pmh273
05-21-2007, 09:48 AM
Hello all,

I'm currently thinking of making the run throught the Straights of Gibralter, has anyone got any tips on survival (other than: Don't do it!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)? The year is late 1941 by the way.

And is there anything worth going for if I make it through alive (quite fancy heading into the port itself)?

All help gratefully appreciated

Thanks as always!!

danurve
05-21-2007, 11:33 AM
If you keep to the northern side of the channel and pass within 'observation range' you can make it through. I say 'observation range' because that does not mean stay at periscope depth. Especially in the mouth of the harbour. Most of the channel is deep enough for a sloooow crossing. Depends on the time of year as well, as things don't liven up in the Med as soon as they do around Britain. Also speaking of the harbour, if you do scope it, you may find nice almost irresistable targets. Cruisers, transports, massing convoy ships, I even spotted the Queen Mary. However even if you make it past mines and nets, and manage to slab a ship or two remember to get in range you need to be in the mouth of the harbour. That means your already trapped and at least a half dozen DD-DE's will simply blast your jazz to no end.

Ant__.
05-21-2007, 12:32 PM
Take it slow and steady through the strait, at night preferablyin case you hve to surface.

As for inside the harbour, top left as you look at the map, away from the main harbour, I've found a Tanker or two.

Good luck Kaleun!

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif Don't forget to save your game before committing!

geoffwessex
05-21-2007, 07:34 PM
And, historically, no U-boat that entered the Med ever got out again! And, err, it's GibraltAr. Pedantic? Moi?

PavelKirilovich
05-21-2007, 09:35 PM
Wait outside the mouth of Gibraltar, loitering at about three knots to conserve diesel. If you spot an aircraft, crashddive immediately. Wait until dark. If it is dark, if you are lucky you will also have stormy weather. Enter at Ahead Standard - it is a short run, do not worry about fuel consumption. Run in the dark, fully manned bridge watch, and be paranoid. If you make a "glancing" contact, bring your boat down to periscope depth (or sufficiently deep that the conning tower doesn't broach the surface if the surface is very rough) and run for fifteen minutes or more depending on bearing and range of that contact.

Don't be afraid to run deep and run silent. Traversing the strait is much, much easier with a schnorkel so you can air out your boat without surfacing, but you can't do that until 1943. In 1941, you'll be relatively safe.

pmh273
05-22-2007, 02:14 AM
Hi all,

Thanks very much for all the tips. I appreciate your help! I think I'll have a go at it over the weekend. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Geoff, yep you're correct, it is indeed Gibraltar, please excuse my shoddy typing skills http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

OttoVonStrunfh
05-22-2007, 03:31 AM
ok if it is late 1941st that means thay hawe radars, surface pasing is out of question. go close to african coust at night and bad weather (strong wind), diwe at periscop depth but dont take periscop out, and go on silent running plus put speed on 2 knots to save batteries. be patient and trust your hidrofone, sometimes u will maybe need to manower to avoid destroyers. Good luck herr kaleun

Cooper_468
05-23-2007, 08:26 AM
Yeh stay slow and low, and have some patience mate.

Stingray-65
05-23-2007, 09:36 PM
If you find yourself surrounded by destroyers pinging you all night & they eventually give up at dawn just as you need to pop open a hatch for air... be afraid, very afraid. They may have pulled back because planes are patrolling your triangulated position.

pmh273
05-24-2007, 01:53 AM
Thanks again to all for the advice. With that and a bit of luck, hopefully I'll make it through and back.

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stuartcphillips
05-24-2007, 02:49 AM
Remember there's a strong current running from the Atlantic into the Med. Therefore if you dive you only barely need your engines turning over as the current is worth about 2 or 3 knots anyway. This helps keep things quiet! Which is always good if there are Destroyers about.

Foehammer-1
05-25-2007, 05:57 PM
Here is how I've done it, with screens, and the topic name is "Reason why one does NOT surface in Gibraltar strait" (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/5331071935?r=6031074935#6031074935) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Karl_Donitz_Jr
05-26-2007, 01:11 AM
This is just me, but I took my Type IX in there once in '42.

The way I did it was to hit the straight a flank speed (full engine upgrades) just after dusk and hugged the African coast for the whole route blasting ay any aircraft and Elcos that showed up, praying that no warships appeared.

I was running in water less than 10 meters deep all the time so I couldn't dive, but apart from one aircraft when I was in the Med and heading for deep water I saw nothing.

May just be luck but it appears that if you are hugging the coast they won't look for you because:

a/ They'll crash
b/ You can't submerge!