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lapatrie88 Inactive Member05 Jan 2012 10:33 a.m. PST

Anyone try something like Mal Wright's convoy games or FleetAction set in WW1? Could escorts have any luck with hydrophones and depth charges against the smaller subs of that time? The dazzle camouflage of the time is really tempting to model. What merchant ships, escorts, and subs are available in miniature?

Omemin Inactive Member05 Jan 2012 11:06 a.m. PST

As I understand it, the most effective type against U-Boats (in terms of sinking same) in WWI was other submarines.

That says a lot about the effectiveness of hydrophone-equipped surface escorts.

Oddball05 Jan 2012 11:35 a.m. PST

I think you are correct on sub on sub sinkings. During W.W. II many subs were caught on the surface and sunk by other subs.

Interesting idea on a W.W. I action. I don't think they used group tactics (wolfpacks) in W.W. I, lone wolf instead.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

And the convoy system wasn't introduced until 1917. Before then it was lone wolf against lone merchant ship or occasionally the lone Q Ship.

ptdockyard Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2012 5:50 p.m. PST

I make some WW1 subs, a subchaser and a US armed yacht in 1/1200. Will be expanding these in the year to come.

You have the battles in the Med also, involving German, Austrian, French, Italian and British subs. The Baltic saw some interesting actions as did the Black Sea with Russian subs terroizing the Turkish mechant ships. It wasn't all in the Atlantic!

A good source on all theaters Paul Halpern's " A Naval History of WW1"

Dave G
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