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Best U-Boat Captain

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Canadian_Super_Patriot, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Ome_Joop

    Ome_Joop New Member

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    Is the question Best U-boat captian the same as most succesful?

    Kptlt. Georg Lassen - 26 ships sunk (156.082 tons) and 5 ships damaged (34.419 tons) in only 4 Patrols....


    Kptlt. Kretschmer - 46 ships sunk (272.958 tons) and 5 ships damaged (37.965 tons) in 16 patrols....


    You don't want to know what that does to statistics don't ya :eek:

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  2. Ricky

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    But then it depends on when they were active, what their patrol areas were... etc etc.
     
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    otto kretschmer is by far the best, he sunk the most tonnage
     
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    Quillin, what part of Belgium do you live in ?
     
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    some were in the area of east-flanders (oost-vlaanderen)
    and you??? where do you come from?
     
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    Very true. Not all areas were as heavily defended as the North Atlantic convoy lanes were.
     
  7. Quillin

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    the line britanny halifax was by no doubt the most protected line
    the u boats always had to go further and further in order to get in an area were ships would sail unprotected
     
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    Indeed. Even the Type IXC boats had just enough range to reach the US East Coast and have fuel enough to conduct a useful patrol before returning to France. It was much more difficult for the shorter-legged Type VIIC boats, until the advent of the "milch cows".
     
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    where those milch cows armed, i mean, did they had torpedoes wich they could fire, a deck gun and some flak guns?? or did the germans left all that away in order to create more space for the supplies?? it would be stupid if they did that
     
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    Günther Prien and his crew, sunk the Battleship HMS "Royal Oak" IN SCAPA FLOW. To sink lots an lots of tonnage is not so important, the mainthings are single actions. For example to deal with a very difficult situation. Torpedos can be shoot by every idiot, however to survive and to do
    awesome actions, like GP did, they were the real great "Ubootmänner". Or Oblt.z.S Jenisch, who sunk the Oceanliner "Empress of Britain" (42.348 BRT)


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    Nevertheless, I feel sry for the 833 men who lost their lives

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    Che.
     
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    all respect and honour for Prien but when he did that attack scapa flow wasn't quite good protected against enemy submarines. i think that even kretschmer, schepke and some other u boat aces would be able of doing the same thing if they got the mission. anywhy, it was one hell of an attack wich prien did
     
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    It was not easy to maneuver there, because of the tides, current and the riffs. There were also Submarine detectors, nets and mines e.t.c., however the Luftwaffe found a small gap in it.

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    BTW THE NUMBER 5 IS THE SMS DERFLINGER! ! ! !


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    no doubt it was easy. Prien gets some more respect and honour for me. i didn't thought there were mines and nets. i always thought those things were only installed after priens attack.
    by the way, from witch side of the foto did Prien came?
     
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    hey,
    don´t know, however it seems that he get inside to the "Burray-Gap" ??
     
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    i thinks he came from just north of Burray
     
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    The milch cows carried AA guns, but no other armament. Their biggest flaw was that they had no internal stowage for carrying extra torpedoes; they carried four in external canisters, a totally inadequate number. The Germans tried to remedy this by creating a variant of the Type VII as a torpedo carrier.
     
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    So do we all, Che. :cry:

    I didn't know that ROYAL OAK was still on the bottom of Scapa Flow; I figured they would have raised her by now, if only to recover the bodies and get her out of the way.
     
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    does anybody know what u-boots he commamdered?
     
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    he commanded the U35
     
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    My uncle, a retired Brig General of the RCAF, and former paymaster of the Canadian Department of Defence, has retired in Malaga Spain where he plays tennis with a former U-Boat captain every morning. They are both in their eighties and play better than I do.

    The Mutant Poodle
     

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