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« on: April 01, 2005, 04:15:39 PM »

-Log of Klaus Kerr
-U-73 - Based at Loriant



-Dec. 11, 1942

00:12
This morning we leave port for our 18th patrol.

Lieutenant Totenhagen has plotted a course for Grid DO97 using common convoy
lanes used by the UK and US. Hopefully the extra time that this envolves will
pay off.



Lieutenant Carlewitz has informed me that the crew is in great shape. I trust
his judgement on such matters. Some may say his youth is a detrament, but this
trait and his high spirits endear him to the crew. They openly speak to him
about subjects that they would not with me.

-Dec. 13, 1942

22:00
Grid BE6. Warship heard on sonar at very long range, We've decided not to engage
but continue our current course. British air patrols the area regularly and
could be upon us within an hour if we are spotted.


-Dec. 16, 1942


02:00
Mr. Totenhagen has notified me that we have made our turn south along the shipping
lanes, perhaps daylight will shine upon our quarry.

-Dec 18, 1942

02:30
Currently South East of the Azores. I cannot sleep. The seas have been rough, we
have had a fruitless run so far, and I fear my crews morale may start to suffer.
Carlewitz tells me they are restless. My Officers keep me level headed, and I have
grown to appreciate thier honesty over the last two years. I am thankful for thier
presence. I can only hope our turn to the west in a few days will prove to be more
bountiful.

-Dec. 21, 1942

23:55
Awoken by my radio man, WO Hugo. A contact report from BdU has a merchant 12 nautical
miles to our east heading nothbound. Plotting intecept.



-Dec. 22, 1942


00:35
We are in position.








01:25
Engaged a C2 and a C3. One miss and one hit on each. We are currently shadowing
them. The C3 in rear took bow hit and it is digging hard into the crests...it may
not last long. The C2 is currently on fire. Both are travelling at reducded speed.



01:45
One more torpedo strikes the C2 midship and it erupts into an inferno. Within a
minute the C3s screw is out of the water, sumberging the front half. The heavy sea
quickly swallowed the vessel.

Report radioed in to BdU.


17:30
Our western turn has been made. Heavy seas persist and has become far too rough for
surface travel. This will slow our progress to our grid.

-Dec 24, 1942
*Christamas Eve*

01:49
Sound Contacts at long range, radar seems to indicate multiple ships. Changing
course to intercept.



01:52
Multiple contacs confirmed much closer than previously thought. Submerging.






02:25
We have stumbled upon unescorted convoy. 2 sunk, and many are on fire. 2 Aft torps
left with no way to access the external stores. We will follow them to take note of
which may sink on thier own. Hoping the storm breaks soon.

03:05
After earlier hit, Aft torpedo strike on troop carrier has it listing badly. Aft
torpedo shot at an obviously disabled tanker, no result.....blast this weather.
I will follow them into the straights of Gilbralter if I have to.

04:42
Parascope check reveals the troop transport is no longer with us.

08:22
The convoy must have made a turn during the dawn hours after we had surfaced to
recharge. We still have very faint readings on the hydrophone. Making course
correction and searching with radar.



08:47
Targets reaquired...though I do not find any thrill in it. I feel as I may turn
around this evening or the morning before the crew begins to mumur 'Ahab', as if
thier exhaustion would permit more than a mumur. It has been a long night. This
weather is far too rough to have men out on the deck to restock our torpedos.
I've already lost one sailor too many in my career.

I'm letting the men get some well deserved rest, down to skeleton crew  

I've radioed in a report in the hope that someone may be able to them before they
reach the straights.



22:00
After 1200km, with no let up in the weather, I've turned back to follow the original
course. Songs on the grammphone, a good meal, and a good nights sleep lay ahead with
thoughts of our families back home. Merry Christmas.

-Dec. 30, 1942

08:30
Fighting the wind and rain has forced me to take a more direct route to our grid
due to fuel concerns. A week of rest has done all the men well...including myself.

Still looking forward to the opportunity to bring the external stores below.

-Jan. 1, 1943

12:45
A new year brings new hope

-Jan. 5, 1943

10:50
We have arrived in our assigned patrol grid. We have no signs of vessels in the
area. We will plot a search pattern and hope for the best.

-Jan. 6, 1943
 
17:30
Search pattern completed with no contacts. I intend to move us west to Peurto Rico.
Still looking for a break in the weather.

-Jan. 9, 1943

12:45
Weather has broken. The vacation for the men is over. We have started to bring weapon
stores below.



23:00
We have finished the tranfer below and have plotted a course towards the St. Lawrence
seaway where the hunting is always good. With reduced speed, we should have the fuel
left for the chase if the need arises...and we hope it does.



-Jan. 18, 1943

17:40
Radio traffic indicates a contact 200km to our NE. The coordination between my engineers,
Mr. Friedrichs and Mr. Witte, is impeccible...our motors growl with a purposful tone.
We race to catch them.

-Jan. 19, 1943
 
02:03
Merchant ship was located and destroyed.

-Jan. 21, 1943

06:45
Mr. Hugo has recieved report of large convoy 200km ahead of our current position...
it seems the hunt is on.

-Jan. 22, 1943.

00:41
An updated report has us closing fast. We are estimating contact by midday.

07:10
First radar contacts made. I have informed Mr. Hugo to shut the radar down, so
that we may not be detected. We are closing much faster than expected.

07:40
Mr. Carlewitz has spotted a warship on the horizon. Our radar warning device has
gone off as well. We will run submerged at this point. It, may be a long day.




08:00
Our presence was detected early. Currently running silent and disengaging from
the escorts. We must get ahead of the convoy.

10:10
The sun has arisen with us on the surface of a placid sea, which is helping us
make good time at flanking the convoy.



-Jan. 23, 1943

12:15
Dispatched a small merchant overnight with deck gun, and have reaquired the convoy.
We are moving closer and will lie in wait.












16:30
After a blistering battle, 6 merchants and 2 warships have been sunk. One merchant
now flounders with her bow lowering by the minute...but we have paid a heavy price.
Our boat is damaged and more heartbreaking is the loss of 3 men. All three killed
by a shell landing just forward of the deck gun as they were manning it.

*Seaman Axel Bauer
*Chief Seaman AXel Albrecht
*Warrant Officer Wilhem Barsch

All three men have served with me throughout this war, and were all well liked. I have
dicussed it with my officers and will have thier burial at dawn tommorow.

Our damage control team is currently making light repairs to get us on our way.

We are out of ammunition and have decided to make for home.

Radioed  our intentions into BdU.

-Jan. 24, 1943

10:00
Our dead have been buried at sea.

Feb. 1, 1943

12:20
After an thankfully uneventful week at sea, we are within an hour from home. We are all
tired and long to see our loved ones. As I write this, I hear cheers from the men. The
Watch can see the light houses of Lorient. I feel I may join them.

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2005, 04:43:45 PM »

Hot damn!  This is VERY COOL!  Nice job Booner!  Gonna play some more this weekend, now that I've cleansed it of Starforce.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2005, 05:50:33 PM »

A very kick ass story, Booner. Excellently written, and the screenshots bring your journey to life.

Hope to see more of this. biggrin
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005, 06:07:19 PM »

I may do another in the next week or so.

About 1/2-way through the patrol, when the weather was preventing me from bringing my stores below, I was beginning to think it was going to end up as a really crappy AAR. I'm really glad I found some action near the end.  smile

It's just real slow going. I keep wordpad open and just alt-tab to jot down a few line with the proper dates and times as things start to happen or if an odd thought comes to mind. Then I'll take screenshots during the action to let them speak for themselves...rather than writing it all down. I took so many that it was tough to decide which ones to use.


Anyways, Thanks for the kind words guys. I'm glad you enjoyed this.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2005, 06:25:00 PM »

Haven't played a 'Sim' prolly since 688 attack sub.  Your AAR brought back some good memories thanks for the write up smile.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2005, 11:23:44 PM »

I'm wondering why I don't already own a copy of Silent Hunter III... Especially since gogamer has it for $28!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2005, 11:46:26 PM »

I picked up a copy, haven't played it but think I'm a little daunted by the vast amount of things to do.

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2005, 03:46:04 AM »

WOW!  That is incredible!  Excellent job!
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2005, 05:43:23 AM »

Agreed.  I will probably never play this game but it's nice to be able to experience it anyway.  Great stuff.  Keep it up.
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2005, 08:44:35 AM »

Nice job, Booner, with your account of this patrol.  Your log creates a believable experience and greater immersion into the "sim".  I believe that''s the best way to approach this "game".  The visuals and detail make it easy to do this.

I've only gone out on two patrols so far and have enjoyed the experience - having gained insight into the "sim" each time.  We'll be heading out later today on our next patrol - inspired by your efforts!
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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2005, 10:19:43 AM »

Nice story Booner! Going to have to pick this one up. Props to morlac for the 688 Attack Sub reference. I believe that was the last sub sim I played as well.
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« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2005, 03:23:04 AM »

Isn't starforce installed along with SHIII?
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« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2005, 03:35:13 AM »

Quote from: "Inigo Montoya"
Isn't starforce installed along with SHIII?


Yup, and thats the only thing that kills my boner when reading these awesome AARs.
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« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2005, 04:54:14 AM »

Sorry to here that Starforce is such a problem for you fellas, because it hasn't affected me what so ever.

*shrug*
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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2005, 03:40:50 PM »

The game sounds interesting, but the starforce thing freaks me out.  Post more AAR's so I can play the game vicariously.
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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2005, 08:04:29 PM »



How do you get that compass wheel around your (or other) ships on the map screen?

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« Reply #16 on: April 03, 2005, 09:01:03 PM »

Just one of the great mods I use.  Cool

Like this one....


You can grab a bunch of different ones over at SubSim.com
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2005, 02:55:52 PM »

Great writeup. I too have been enjoying SH3.

Quick question: On the campaign games, whenever I leave port and once I  past the lighthouse, it won't let me time accelerate (orange text) and I don't feel like waiting until I'm in the open sea. Can you auto-skip? How do you handle leaving and returning?

Thanks!
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2005, 03:10:49 PM »

Quote from: "Raintitan"
Great writeup. I too have been enjoying SH3.

Quick question: On the campaign games, whenever I leave port and once I  past the lighthouse, it won't let me time accelerate (orange text) and I don't feel like waiting until I'm in the open sea. Can you auto-skip? How do you handle leaving and returning?

Thanks!


No skipping on the way out, but you can go into your 'main' config and modify your settings. I have my Land Proximity set to 16x to speed things up. As far as returning, I'll only sail my boat back in if I'm already fairly close and out of torps, otherwise I'll just end the patrol with the return to base option.
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« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2005, 01:45:07 PM »

Thanks for the help! That did the trick.
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2005, 10:55:30 PM »

I don't wander over to the PC game forums very much for some reason, but this post was awesome!  I might have to go pick that game up this weekend thanks to you.
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2005, 12:01:57 AM »

Yeah I doubt very much that I'll be able to play this game well, but reading this makes me want to put in another order to GoGamer.

More!
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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2005, 12:06:08 AM »

So, what are the names of the mods in question? (or a link to where we can get them) slywink
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« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2005, 07:02:29 AM »

Great Post Booner!!

Reminds me of when I use to play Silent Hunter like 10 or 11 years ago. The game was great back then too.

Not to trade old war stories but I remember one mission, it was early morning as my U-boat was sailing south of Great Britan out to my assigned Grid. We were running surfaced and a thick fog covered the sea. You couldn't see 10 feet in front of you.

Suddenly, the sonar operator reports 26 contacts!!! Its a full merchant fleet and the escort was on the far side of the convoy.

Immediately, I manned the deck gun and started to sink ship after ship. By the time the escort figured out where the attack was coming from and responded, I had already sped to a different location and continued the attack.

I sank the whole convoy and then finally submerged and torpedoed the escort. I hadn't even made it out of the strait and we had thousands of tonnage already sank!!! Great gaming memory!
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