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Arctic Convoys Operations

Discussion in 'Atlantic Naval Conflict' started by Mounsif, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Mounsif

    Mounsif New Member

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    With the recent announcement of submarines making a possible entry into the game, I now see a possibility for a new operation (or series of operations) that could be added to the game.

    Arctic Convoys
    The Arctic Convoys were a series of mass deliveries of war materiel that launched from the UK, Iceland, and the United States with destinations being the northern ports of the Soviet Union, typically Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. These convoys were vital to the war effort and were often fraught with dangers, ranging from the bitter sea and weather conditions of the North Atlantic and Arctic Seas to the threat of German U-Boat and warship raids.
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    Perhaps the most infamous of these was Convoy PQ 17, which resulted in the loss of the majority of the merchant transports (24 sunk out of 35). Following PQ 17, the convoys were suspended until a new plan could be made. PQ 18 had a close escort of over a dozen British destroyers at one point as well cover from HMS Avenger, a brand-new escort carrier which carried a flight of Sea Hurricane fighters. Various other covering forces were in the area which comprised of several County-class cruisers. On the eastern side, the convoy was protected by four Soviet destroyers which included Gremyashchy.
     
  2. HESH

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    Hello Mounsif,
    Is this a suggestion for the game 'World of Warships' by WarGaming?
    Possibly better to suggest it on the WoWs forums?
    Another question, do you play WoWs yourself?

    Regards,
    Hesh
     
  3. Kai-Petri

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    Pq17 as I recall went berserk of the Tirpitz rumour and ships did not protect each other but instead separated far apart making them easy targets for the Luftwaffe and u-boats.

    Tirpitz never attacked a convoy. Wonder what it could have done under Luftwaffe protection.
     
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  4. Carronade

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    The order to disperse, subsequently restated as "convoy is to scatter", came from the Admiralty and came as a surprise to the convoy and escort. Although they had lost a couple of ships, they felt they were doing all right.

    One escort, the trawler Ayrshire, collected three merchant ships and sheperded them through to Russian waters. This might have been a good model, although difficult to improvise on the fly. The six destroyers in the escort were pulled out with the expectation that they might be heading to battle the German fleet, but this left three other trawlers, three fleet minesweepers, four corvettes, and the two antiaircraft ships. Also, the two Hunt II class destroyers were of little value in a fleet action but were well suited to antiaircraft and antisubmarine defense. Leamington, one of the ex-American WWI-era flush-deckers, might also have been more useful protecting a couple of merchant ships.

    This was the occasion when escort commander Jackie Broome in the destroyer Keppel passed one of the escort's two British submarines. Presumably to avoid friendly fire incidents, the sub signaled "I intend to remain on the surface as long as possible." Broome replied "So do I."!
     
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