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    We now have a fully automated killboard (members input thir own stats etc). You can view it by clicking my sigtag and going to 'Kills'. Obviously it may be used only by SGW members, so please don't register on it unless you've already enlisted.

    We use Beery&Co's Real U-Boot mod, currently v1.22. Additional rules are implemented for the sake of realism and may be seen on the rules page. Latest rule updates are linked within the rules text.

    Forums are provided for futher immersion and you are expected to maintain at least a rudimentary log in the logbook forum (a simple pic of your patrol log from the game will do, others write very entertaining diaries etc).

    If you like a more relaxed 'ladder' there's the 100k Officers Club. If you want a full-real challenge you are welcome to enlist in our unit. Both bases covered, all tastes catered for.
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    We now have a fully automated killboard (members input thir own stats etc). You can view it by clicking my sigtag and going to 'Kills'. Obviously it may be used only by SGW members, so please don't register on it unless you've already enlisted.

    We use Beery&Co's Real U-Boot mod, currently v1.22. Additional rules are implemented for the sake of realism and may be seen on the rules page. Latest rule updates are linked within the rules text.

    Forums are provided for futher immersion and you are expected to maintain at least a rudimentary log in the logbook forum (a simple pic of your patrol log from the game will do, others write very entertaining diaries etc).

    If you like a more relaxed 'ladder' there's the 100k Officers Club. If you want a full-real challenge you are welcome to enlist in our unit. Both bases covered, all tastes catered for.
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    The latest combat report from one of our Kaleuns. Very inspirational stuff, imho.

    "Patrol 4

    Dec 20, 1939
    It appears our much neaded shoreleave has been cancelled. I was hoping to give the men a chance to be with their families over the holiday, but I have received orders to head out on the 23rd to patrol grid BE33.

    While in port I have decided to ask the fleet maintenence officer to equip my boat with a KDB hydrophone. I have heard that it will increase our ability to hear contacts, but it can be easily damaged. I hope the payoff is worth it. He said it should take no more than a day for it to get installed on the deck of the boat.

    I have also decided to petition the base commander to transfere Freidherr Massmann to my command. He is a Senior Seaman with some prior sea experience and I could use his skills on my commnd. He should be arriving tomorrow morning for his new duty.

    I have talked with Chief Mannesmann about our armament. He will be getting with the Quatermaster of the base to arrange for the armament we need. We are going to load our front tubes with 2 each of Type I and Type II torpedoes. I have also given him orders to get Type II torpedoes installed in all the aft spaces, as well as the bow extra reserves and the external reserve. This will give us a nice range of torpedoes to use for different situations. I like having the Type II torpedoes in the aft section because if we ever have to run from a destroyer, the electric torpedoes wont be notices and may hopefully suceed in damaging or destroying the ship.

    Dec 23, 1939
    07:30 Hrs
    I has started snowing. The weatherman for the base says he thinks we will have a white Christmas this year. A lot of good that will do us, out at sea. A few of the men went out to the countryside and chopped the top off a small tree and brought it back to the boat. Our sad, sagging Christmas tree is standing in the corner of the command room with a few handmade ornaments decorating it. It is not much, but atleast it is a little bit of home for us when we are out to sea on Christmas day. I have also managed to get some extra chocolate loaded on the boat for the men on Christmas day.

    A few of the men went out into the town last night knowing it would be their last night to enjoy their shoreleave. The men are now just starting to drag themselves back to the boat after whatever mischief they managed to get themselves into last night. Lt Hartenstein and I were on the tower, overwatching the fueling, when a kubelwagen with the shorepatrol insignia pulled up to our dock. I could only smile and shake my head when two of my men where brought out of it by the shorepatrol. It seems that Ebe Fischer and Wilhelm Barsch got a little intoxicated last night and found their way to the base commander€s home where they decided the commander€s flowers needed a bit more watering, and then after said watering the decided the flowers would
    make a nice bed. Thankfully the commander, being a long time seaman, was more amused then angry and was lienent on the men. I tried to wipe the smile off my face as the shorepatrol escorted the young men onto the
    boat, but I think I must have failed in that task, by the looks of the shorepatrol as they left. As they men stumbled their way down the hatch, Hartenstein and I both had a good laugh.

    Chief Mannesmann is below on the deck, barking orders to just about everyone it seems, oblivious to rank. He is overseeing the loading of the provisions through the galley hatch as well as the loading of the torpedoes into their proper places and the refueling operation. I would be concerned about one man managing all those projects, but the Chief seem quite on top of things. He barks orders and even the young officers from the fleet maintenence snap to it without thought of rank. With the efficiency he is showing, we should be underway before night fall.

    16:30 hrs
    The ship has been refueled and rearmed and all provisions are on board. All men are on board as well, which I am glad for after hearing stories of last night€s debauchery. All preparations have been made and we have
    gotten underway for our patrol zone.

    Grid BE33 is to the SW of Ireland. I am sure it would be much quicker to head west through the English channel, but it would be much more foolhardy too, I am sure. So I have decided we shall head north along the
    coast of Norway and then head west around the northern tip of England and then back south to our patrol grid. It should take us a little more than 12 days to get to our grid, unless we run into trouble.

    Dec 24, 1939
    07:00 Hrs
    It is Christmas Eve. It is no longer snowing out, the weather is clear but cold. Though the men are a bit sad at having to be at sea when the holiday comes, I can tell many of the young men are excited at knowing Christmas is almost here. Cooky has arranged a special feast for tonight. Some fresh beef was loaded on board at port and he plans on making a nice meal with it, atleast as nice as can be managed with the limited galley we have.

    17:00 Hrs
    Cooky has finished his meal. While it is nothing too special, just a beef stew, he did put in some extra beef for everyone, which is a nice treat. He also managed to whip up some chocolate pudding for everyone as well. I made sure all the men got relieved as quickly as possible so everyone could enjoy the warm food and the pudding dessert. I think I may have to put Cooky up for a medal when we get back to port.

    Dec 25, 1939
    06:00 Hrs
    It seems we are not the only sailors to be stuck at sea on Christmas day. BdU has just sent us a radio updated with two friendly contacts in our area. Neither one of them will cross our path so we wont have to alter course to avoid them.

    I may get shot for saying this, but I hope we do not get any contacts today. I dont like the idea of having to chase down a ship and sink her, knowing that I am responsible for the deaths of so many men on Christmas day. Surely many of those men would be husbands and fathers, and I would hate for their families to get word that
    they had been killed on Christmas and they will forever be robbed of the joy that is this holiday. I think that if we do get a contact this day, we will just live and let live on this day.

    16:43 Hrs
    So far no contacts, and for that I am glad. We have just now started our turn for the northern tip of England. I have heard there are some good hunting along that northern corridor so I am sure we will stumble across some type of merchant along our trek. Thankfully, we will reach that area well after this day is done, and once the 26th rolls around, the gloves will once again be off and it will be unrestricted warfare again.

    Just a little while ago the men gathered around our Christmas tree and sang some Christmas tunes and traded gifts with each other. Most of the gifts were nothing special, a pen, a pin, a new cup, and the like. But as they say, it is the thought that counts. Despite being at sea, it is important for the men to be able to celebrate this holiday. I will be eager to join in the songs once my duty shift complete.

    20:40 Hrs
    We have made it to some deep water off the coast of Norway. I have decided to not only test the men€s ability to crash dive again, but I have also decided to take the boat as deep down as I think she can go. I need to know how far she can go, and what she can handle.

    21:00 Hrs
    It took 30 seconds for the crew to leave the watch deck and secure all the hatches and get the boat submerged. After that, I took her down to 175m before she started to creek and groan so much that I dared not take it any deeper. We have surfaced and are not proceeding along our course to the waters north of England.

    Dec 26, 1939
    07:00 Hrs
    Thankfully my loyalty to the war effort was never tested, as we never ran into any contacts on Christmas day. The day went without any problems. Cooky made another special Christmas dinner of some fresh ham and potatos. Not exactly what mom makes, but it€s better than our normal fare. Now that the holiday is over, though, we must return to our regular schedule.

    17:20 Hrs
    We are approaching the northern islands off the north tip of England. We just received a report from BdU of a contact SW of our position heading toward England. It is way too far for us to chase, so I can only hope
    another sub may catch it. We are continuing on our course.

    Dec 27, 1939
    08:20 Hrs
    We have been performing hourly sound dives with not even the faintest hint of a contact out there. Have the merchants taken the holidays off?

    08:30 Hrs
    Apparently they have not. We just received a report and have plotted it on our map. There is a contact just WSW of our location about 29km away. The contact is heading ENW at a medium speed. We are plotting an intercept course.

    09:28 Hrs
    The watch crew has spotted smoke on the horizon at bearing 021, long range. The sun is starting to rise so I have ordered the boat to periscope depth before we are seen. We are along the ships projected course and all we need to do is patiently wait for her to come infront of us for us to shoot our torpedoes. No ID on the ship yet.

    09:39 Hrs
    We believe it to be a small merchant at this time, but because of it€s currently angle on us, it€s hard to tell exactly. Once she gets closer to us and we begin to get a profile that is closer to 90 degrees we€ll be able to
    indentify her better. If we have plotted her course correctly we should end up as close as 700m by the time she passes in front of us. I have rigged tubes 2 and 4 for a salvo. Both tubes are Type II torpedoes set at 8m with magnetic pistol and a spread of 1 degree.

    09:50 Hrs
    We have launched our salvo at the British small merchant at a range of approximately 900m. Both eels are running normal.

    09:52 Hrs
    Both torpedoes struck the target, both to the aft of the ship. After the second torpedoe hit she caught on fire and then exploded a moment later. Within 30 seconds the ship had sunk below the waves. She never knew what happened to her. Ewald, the young man with the camera and who I have appointed as the ship€s photographer, has captured some pictures of the ship as the torpedoes hit. I am sure they will be quite the topic of talk once we get back to port.

    1 merchant sunk
    Est tonnage: 2000

    We have surfaced the boat and are making our escape from the area with all haste. Carlewitz is below decks overseeing the reloading of the torpedoes so I shall go up on deck for the watch. The radio operator has radioed our sucess to BdU.

    11:00 Hrs
    We have made good our escape from the area and have just now finished loading all the torpedoes. It took longest to get the one from the external reserve into the ship. The men are all tired but we can€t rest while we
    are still close to the English shore and it€s daylight. Now that we are fully back in action, we are once again starting our hourly sounding dives.

    I have also decided, for safety, to swing north of the Faroe Islands. It will add about another day on our patrol but with the weather this clear, I dont want to fall prey to British airplanes.

    Dec 28, 1939
    11:00 Hrs
    I am afraid that the parties and good times back at port must have taken a toll on the men. They are showing fatigue far too early in our patrol. We haven€t even rounded the Faroe Islands yet and most of the men are so tired it€s hard just to keep a fresh crew on shift. All the men have time for is work and sleep. Without some quality down time, they will continue to get fatiqued, and I am afraid that will end up hurting us when we most
    need our best. It seems as soon as one shift goes to bed that it€s time to wake them up to replace another shift who has gotten tired.

    I would have thought that attacking our last contact would have inspired the crew to greater reaches, but instead it seems to have only tired the men out. Prior to our attack, the men were in good spirits and seemed rested. After the attack, the men just looked and acted worn out. I cannot imagine what happened to them. Maybe it is the northern climate. Maybe it is the weird hours of daylight this far north. It is 11:00 hours and the sun is just now starting to come up over the horizon! I think even I am feeling the effects of this. Here it is nearly noon by
    our clock and we have been awake for hours, yet this sun is only now coming up. How this plays havok with our internal clocks! I will have to make a mental note of this and consult the base doctor when we get back. Perhaps they will be interested in doing some research on this subject. For now though, I am constantly altering the shifts to try and keep the men as rested as possible. I just hope they dont fall asleep at their posts when the British start coming down on us.

    15:20 Hrs
    We received a radio report from BdU of a contact ahead of us, heading north. Unfortunately, the contact is moving at a medium speed and will be long gone by the time we can cross it€s path. We€re gonna have to let
    this one go and hope another boat in the area might be able to catch it.

    Dec 29, 1939
    06:40 Hrs
    We are just now rounding the northern part of the Faroe Islands and are proceeding WSW toward our patrol zone, which is still 4 days away at our current speed.

    Dec 30, 1939
    13:00 Hrs
    The last few days have been really rough on the men, but they are finally starting to show some signs of recuperation. I think, perhaps, the bitter cold northern winds were taking their toll on the men to the point where it drove them to near exhaustion. Now that we are back to a more outhern lattitude, the men seem to be responding better and lasting longer at their duty stations. I was beginning to worry that perhaps some type of bug was making it€s way through our crew, sapping their strength. I am glad to see the men are starting to show signs of life again.

    Dec 31, 1939
    05:00 Hrs
    We received a radio report of a small contact in grid AM52. It is much too far for us to try and chase, and frankly in an area I truly do not want to go chasing any contacts. We are continuing along our current course to
    our patrol grid.

    We are approaching a high traffic area. We are increasing our sounding dives to hourly intervals, instead of every hour and a half. It€ll be tiring on the crew, but while we head south through this high traffic area I want
    to know what€s out there, if for no other reason then just to make sure some patroling destroyer doesn€t wander on top of us.

    10:00 Hrs
    The sun is up, the skies are clear, and the British RAF are going to be out in force, I am sure. Only a few months ago I was wishing the stormy weather would let up so I would stop throwing up my meals, and today I
    only wish for some overcast skies to keep the planes off our back. We are passing through an area that I am sure is well patrolled by the English, and we dont even have the help of mother nature in keeping us hidden. I can only hope that we see no signs of patrolling planes or destroyers.

    12:40 Hrs
    We received a radio report of a medium travelling contact about 20km SE of our position heading west. It should only take an hour to intercept the target with only a minor deviation to our current course.

    13:29 Hrs
    Smoke spotted on the horizon at 308 degrees, long range. The weather is calm so we€ll be diving to keep from being spotted.

    13:44 Hrs
    The ship has been identified as a British small merchant, about 2000ton. We are closing in on her for a broadside attack at full speed. I have ordered tube 1 armed with an impact pistol for a depth of 5m and fast

    13:48 Hrs
    Tube 1 fired! Torpedoes is running straight and normal.

    13:49 Hrs
    Torpedoe successfully struck the target in the foward 3rd of the ship. She is listing heavily to the fore and I believe she will sink shortly.

    13:51 Hrs
    Sonar reports bulkheads crushing and the ship is sinking to the fore. She is on fire and leaving a nice smoke signal for anyone in the area, so we must make good our escape from this area as quickly as possible. There are a few survivors jumping into the ocean, but I€m sure they will be picked up by British destroyers who are sure to arrive here shortly.

    1 Merchant Sunk
    Est tonnage: 2000

    Tube 1 is being reloaded. This close to Britain I have decided not to inform BdU of our success. I dont want any nearby British vessels to pick up the signal.

    Jan 1, 1940
    00:00 Hrs
    Hartenstein has just awoken me. At first I thought it was so that the crew could celebrate the new year, but I quickly found out that we had a sound contact on the hydrophone during our sounding dive . By the sounds of
    it, we think it may be a convoy. The sound is coming from an arc about 10 degrees wide and there are no decernable screws that we can detect, just a loud group of noises. It is currently about 340 degrees bearing. If I
    had to wager a guess, I would say the range is atleast 20km or more.

    It seems that this new year will be a lucky one for us. The weather is clear, which may be good or bad for us. There is a 3/4 moon out so visibility will be good, both for us and the contact.

    00:10 Hrs
    We adjusted course to put the contact due ahead of us and listened for a few minutes. We now think the contact is heading in a northerly direction. I have ordered the boat surfaced and proceeding at ahead full in a course we think will intercept this contact. In 30 minutes we€ll dive again and find out what the status of the contact is.

    00:35 Hrs
    We just dived to 20m and immediately my sonar operator reported atleast 3 merchant contacts at 063 degrees moving slow at long range. This is definately a convoy! And we seem to be getting ahead of her! The men are excited. Happy new year, to the U-49!

    01:07 Hrs
    We dived once again and heard the contacts at 110 degrees. We have gotten way ahead of the contacts so I have altered course to a more southerly one. We still haven€t pinned down the contacts exact location or
    heading other than it€s a northerly one.

    01:09 Hrs
    Carlewitz has just announced that they spotted a merchant about 8000m out at bearing 028. I dont see anything in this pitch blackness but I€ll take his word for it.

    01:12 Hrs
    The first ships of the convoy are now visible. From what I can see, there are atleast 3 to 4 heavy cargo ships and atleast 6 lighter cargo ships.

    01:28 Hrs
    We have put ourselves into position ahead of the convoy and have submerged. The convoy should go directly over our heads. When we are ready to attack, we will raise the periscope and launch all 4 of our front and our 1 aft torpedoe and then run out of the convoy.

    01:41 Hrs
    We launched 2 torpedoes at a T2 tanker, both hit. We launched a torpedo at a troop transport, missed. Another front torpedo at a C3 cargo, missed. Our aft torpedo was launched at another C3, hit. We are diving deep to reload and then will return to periscope to see what€s left for us to tackle.

    01:59 Hrs
    Tubes 1, 2, and 5 are reloaded. We are going to periscope depth to take a look.

    02:07 Hrs
    While we had our periscope up looking around, a destroyer sunk behind us. The convoy was ahead of us and the destroyer behind us. He almost caught us unawares. I ordered an emergency dive and a knuckle to the port. At the same time, we launched our aft torpedoe. A few seconds later, an explosion was heard and my sonar man reported that the destroyer was sinking. That€s one lest escort we have to worry about.

    1 Warship Sunk
    Est Tonnage: 1000

    02:15 Hrs
    Another destroyer came down on us. We tried to dive and do a knuckle, but the ship didn€t responde quickly and the destroyer went over head while we were no more than 30m deep. I am truly surpised the depthcharges did not kill us completely, though the ship is heavily damaged, especially the stern part. A few valves in the command room have sprung a leak. One of the bolts that broke off richocheted around the room, breaking one of the clocks by the navigation map.

    The Chief has just come back from checking the damage in the stern. He reports that the flooding is controllable but the stern dive planes are damaged beyond repair, as well as the starboard rudder. He says that the boat will still respond, but will do sluggishly.

    The men are a bit frightened. This is their first time under combat. They were a bit slow to react to the damage to the boat, but thankfully Ernst was there to bolster the men and direct them to their duties. The €œold sea dog€ has once again been a faithful friend and has been there when we needed him the most.

    02:55 Hrs
    The destroyer has left to go back to guarding the convoy. The flooding has been stopped and the water pumped out. All damage that was repairable has been repaired.

    We have surfaced and have found a cargo ship that is dead in the water. I€m not sure if it is abandoned, but the destroyer does not seem concerned with guarding it. Once we close, we will finish her off with the deck gun, then swing back north and try to shadow the convoy till we can setup again for a new attack run.

    03:02 Hrs
    About 10 shells to the waterline of the cargo ship, and our first merchant of the convoy goes to the bottom. It was a heavy cargo ship, we estimate the tonnage at over 6000.

    1 Merchant Sunk
    Est tonnage: 6000

    03:15 Hrs
    A destroyer has come back to the area of the cargo ship. I guess the ship was not abandoned and that it contacted the warship. We have dived deep once again, but not without sustaining a little damage to the
    conning tower. Thankfully, all the men were able to get below without getting injured.

    04:00 Hrs
    We are once again on the surface, trying to shadow the convoy until we can setup for another attack. Repairs have been completed to the conning tower. We were unable to complete the loading of the stern torpedo due to the second destroyer, but we are continuing that now. There is still a tanker in the convoy that needs to be finished off. I€m hoping we can find her and send her to the bottom before we call it quits on this convoy.

    04:57 Hrs
    Carlewitz called me up onto the watch bridge. He wanted to show me a fine sight. Off at 90 degrees there is a speck of light. It is no search light. It is no beacon light. It is the fires of the still-burning tanker. I can€t believe, though, that the ship has not succumbed yet. Those fires are raging, and yet the fuel or oil she carries still has not gone up. One more torpedo should do her in. That will leave us with 2 more bow torpedoes and 1 stern torpedo with which to wreak more havoc on the convoy.

    05:47 Hrs
    We are ahead of the convoy. We lost sight of it about 45 minutes ago, but still tracked it on the hydrophone. The watch crew has just now spotted the distinct glow of the fire on the tanker again. The tanker that we hit earlier will be our primary target, and if possible, we will try to hit another large cargo or tanker, and use our stern torpedo for a small cargo ship.

    06:21 Hrs
    We are within 2000m of the convoy now and submerged. They have stopped zig zagging, apparently they think they have left us far behind. Tubes II and III are fired at 1800m at a troop transport. They are set at 9.5m and magnetic pistol. Both torpedoes hit the ship. She is on fire now.

    06:27 Hrs
    I€m not sure what the tanker we had hit earlier is doing. She doesn€t seem to be following the same pattern the rest of the convoy is. Long before our first torpedo hit the troop transport, she was cutting a path across the convoy and almost hit another ship in the convoy. I wonder if they are having more problems onboard. Soon they will have more, as we have swung around and have launched our final bow torpedo at her. At first we thought it had missed. I could hear the crew groan as Beckman said the torpedo was past the impact time. It must have been a good 10 seconds later that an explosion was heard. I looked in the scope in time to see the gush of water at the far bow of the ship. Surely she can€t survive 3 torpedo hits!.

    The troop transport we hit earlier is still afloat, though barely. She is very heavy in the water. It looks like her deck is nearly awash in water. I am confident she will sink soon.

    06:32 Hrs
    We have launched our last torpedo, the one in our stern tube, at a small merchant 500m away. Again the torpedo ran late, but was on target. She exploded amidships.

    Also, a few minutes ago sonar reported a large explosion. I looked at our previous hits. The troop transport was blocked by another ship, but I could see the smoke from her fires burning. The tanker, however, is a
    burning ball of fire. Our last torpedo did her in. We are all out of torpedoes now, I can only hope that troop transport succumbs to her wounds. We are diving deep and will try and avoid the destroyers, who I am sure will find it hard to track us right now while in the middle of the convoy.

    2 Merchants sunk
    Est Tonnage: 12000

    07:00 Hrs
    Sonar reports the warships are moving off at a fast speed. I think they have given up on us. I took a listen at the hydrophone myself. I€m not sure what it is, but there is €œsomething€ behind us still. Last time I looked the troop transport we had hit was dead in the water and on fire. I think this something is the troop transport. It€s not screws that we hear, but it sounds more like water rushing or fire raging. It would seem that, like the cargo ship earlier, the convoy is leaving this ship behind for the wolf. We€re going to head up to periscope depth to see what is indeed behind us.

    07:22 Hrs
    It looks like the troop transport is indeed behind us. She€s still on fire and heavy in the water. I think we€ll just wait here for a while and see what happens. If she does not sink, we€ll wait till we are sure the convoy is long gone and we€ll surface and put her under with the deck gun.

    08:11 Hrs
    We have surfaced and put about 10 shells into the troop transport and she has now sunk below the waves. Our last victim of the convoy is gone and we must now make good our escape and return to port for repairs. I€m sure High Command will not be too happy that we never made it to our patrol zone, but when they learn that we tore into a convoy, I think that will help ease their concerns.

    1 Merchant sunk
    Est Tonnage: 8000

    08:24 Hrs
    The watch crew has reported a warship on the horizon behind us. Apparently the convoy wasn€t as far away as I had hoped, and the destroyers have come to investigate the sinking of the transport. They are well behind us, however, and dont seem to see us. I think we will easily be able to slip away while they foolishly search for us far to our rear.

    The men are exhausted. This last day has taken a tremendous toll out of them. This is the first real combat they have seen and the first time we have come under depthcharge attack. I am proud of the way the men have handled themselves. It was a stressful time, and they performed their tasks admirably. Even if we were not damaged and out of torpedoes though, I think I would head for port. The men near a much needed rest after this convoy attack.

    Jan 4, 1940
    07:00 Hrs
    The last few days there has been nothing to report. The men are tired though happy. It has been a good patrol, and New Years Day was a splendid day for the men. I think the men finally feel a sense of accomplishment. We encountered our first convoy and came away victorious, to a degree. It would have been nice to have single
    handedly denied the enemy of the contents of the entire convoy, but that is unrealistic. But we can rest easy at night knowing that a group of troops destined to fight our soldiers will not be doing that, and that much needed oil to keep the RAF flying will not reach it€s destination.

    Even though I said we can rest easy, for me that is not true. I find myself awaking with nightmares. I sit there at night, wondering how many men perished on that troop transport. How many young men, no older than my own crew, were just sitting in their bunks waiting to arrive in Britain, when suddenly their world becomes flames and death as my torpedo hits their ship. How many of them were still alive when the ship sunk below the waves? How many of them were trapped in the ship as she plummeted thousands of feet to the bottom of the ocean, with their air quickly running out.

    Now I understand why so many of the other u-boot commanders spend an unusual amount of time in the officer€s club. Though they do not talk of such things, only of the marvelous victories they have had, I can see
    in their faces that many of them are haunted by the same thoughts that I am. Being in the company of other commanders, as well as in the company of a bottle of liquor, seem to help banish the phantoms, atleast for a short period of time. The young men in my crew dont think of such things, I can tell. I look at their happy faces, and they are not shadowed by the uncertainty of their acts. For them, it is just a ship sunk, some cargo lost. They dont think of the men, and maybe even women, that are on board these vessels that we send to the bottom. They dont think of the young lives cut short by their actions. I hope for them that they never do have these dark thoughts. For me, though, I think of it constantly. I know these dark thoughts will not interfere with my duty, which is clear; to sink ships and destroy the enemy, but I feel that I shall have troubled dreams for a long long time to come.

    I decided to go along the southern edge of the Faroe Islands this time. It will cut a significant amount of time off our trip home, though it will put us within range of the RAF. We did not see any planes on our way to our
    patrol zone and I hope we will not come across any on our way home. We are currently east of the Islands on our way to the islands north of Scapa Flow. Once we round that tip and start our trek to the ESE, I will feel more at ease.

    Jan 5, 1940
    13:45 Hrs
    We have just rounded the islands north of Scapa Flow and are now heading ESE on a course that will take us to port. We are still in dangerous waters, but the men are starting to feel a bit more secure in the knowledge that we are on our way home and soon to be in waters that are far less dangerous then the ones we have been in recently.

    14:42 Hrs
    The watch crew has shouted down that they spotted a ship. I scrambled up the ladder to the deck and scanned the horizon. I spotted nothing. I asked Carlewitz what he saw. He turned to one of the other men on the watch. That young man says he spotted a slight shape at about 140 degrees, he couldn€t tell what it was. None of the other men saw the shape. Just to be on the safe side I order a sounding dive.

    14:47 Hrs
    The young man was right, there is a contact out there. Slow screws at about 140 degree. We have no torpedoes and dont want to risk a surface engagement this close to England, so we shall steer clear of this vessel. I€ve ordered Hartenstein back to the surface and to maintain our course for home.

    Jan 7, 1940
    09:26 Hrs
    We are in grid AN34 and the watch crew has spotted a merchant at 045 degrees only a few km out. Looks to be a small coastal merchant on unknown nationality. We are far from British waters, so I cannot guess what flag she flies. I think we shall come up on her and find out what she is about. I have ordered a radio report to be sent to BdU, maybe some near by vessels can help us out. I have ordered our course changed to the south and we are closing at standard speed.

    09:39 Hrs
    She is a small merchant flying a Polish flag. We have pulled up close to her and have ordered the ship stopped and abandoned. Once the crew have left the ship, we will sink her with the deck gun.

    09:45 Hrs
    The ship was sunk by our deck gun. The men of the ship have been left in their life rafts with some provisions. We are making our escape at standard speed before some patroling British ships come to pick up the men. After our last engagement and the sleepless nights I have been having, I feel good about this engagement. Even though we are enemies, we can still be civil at times.

    1 Merchant sunk
    Est tonnage: 2000

    Jan 9, 1940
    00:00 Hrs
    We are now in home waters. The weather is a bit on the poor side so we will be having a tug meet us at the mouth of Wilhelmshaven bay to escort us into dock.

    Final Tally
    7 Merchants sunk
    Tonnage: 34,847

    1 Warship Sunk
    Tonnage: 1,188

    Total Tonnage: 36,035

    2 Promotions have been earned.
    1 Iron Cross has been earned
    7 U-boot Front Clasps have been earned
    2 U-boot War Badges have been earned"
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  4. #4
    Oh its not real either simulated real is a better term
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  5. #5
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by LW_lcarp:
    Oh its not real either simulated real is a better term </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    But it is. I go to bed every night stinking like a greasy pig.
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  6. #6
    Great War Diary!
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  7. #7
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
    But it is. I go to bed every night stinking like a greasy pig. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    A little bit more information than we needed to know.
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