Depth Charge Attacks

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    George
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    Within the terms of the rules, can E-boats carry out depth-charge attacks?

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    #154440

    invisible officer
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    Sure. The Data cards for S 38 and S 100 note optional depth charges.

    S-Boote could carry up to eight.

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    #154445

    George
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    Ah. So the term ‘MTB’ in the rules includes E-boats? Are there any instances of the Germans using this tactic?

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    #154446

    Raxonika
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    Yes. There are pictures and records of S boats with depth charges.

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    #154453

    George
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    Yes. I’m aware E-boats carried depth charges; but did they use the tactic of dropping them in front of the bows of enemy vessels while passing at high speed?

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    #154458

    invisible officer
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    The Kriegsmarine delivered small floats that could be fixed to DC. These kept them near the surface, ready to blow a following enemy up.

    But for weight reasons DC are not carried in every Mission. Mines for example are carried on same space. And minelaying was much more often than torpedoe attack missions.

    The reserve torpedoes are normally not carried too if DC are on board.

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    #154463

    George
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    The DC float sounds like a neat idea. How could we work that one into the game?

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    #154465

    invisible officer
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    Hmm. perhaps like a static Torpedo? A marker at the throwing point, the enemy able to change course?

    The use was more intended to discourage the enemy from following than for effect.

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    #169753

    Blake Smith
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    Might check out youtube. I was watching a video of a British MTB or MGB which depth charges and smoke to discourage sboats chasing them down. I thought it was interesting.

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    #170019

    Mark Skansberg
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    How would this work? DC’S explode at set depths, not on contact. That’s why they have mines.

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    #170023

    invisible officer
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    Normal DC are constructed to sink as fast as possible.

    The Kriegsmarine floats mentioned above made the DC sink much slower and at 15 m (Standard minimum setting) it exploded.

    Sinking rate and distance / Speed of follower, a simple calculation over the thumb.

    To know that a 60 Kilo SW 18 explosive charge will make booom is not very encouraging.

    Most coastal warfare vessel hulls are far weaker that submarine hulls. And near the surface the explosion has much bigger effect against surface vessel than deep against subs.

    Most mines had bigger loads but some even less. Like German FM river ones.

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