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...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 8:53:37 PM   
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In one of my Japanese pbems I got the following message for the first time that I can remember seeing it:

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


The same thing occured twice more in a row with two more different LCTs.

I knew that my opponent had sent barges to a dot base in the eastern Solomons, so I sent a sub there. I figured that the sub wouldn't spend torpedoes on an LCT, but I thought that the sub would go to the surface and shoot up the little barge-things.

Why didn't the sub do anything? I don't think that there were any escorts in the LCT TF.
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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 8:56:28 PM   
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ORIGINAL: ADB123

In one of my Japanese pbems I got the following message for the first time that I can remember seeing it:

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


The same thing occured twice more in a row with two more different LCTs.

I knew that my opponent had sent barges to a dot base in the eastern Solomons, so I sent a sub there. I figured that the sub wouldn't spend torpedoes on an LCT, but I thought that the sub would go to the surface and shoot up the little barge-things.

Why didn't the sub do anything? I don't think that there were any escorts in the LCT TF.

Stating the obvious, the reason the sub didn't do anything was this:
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

Just like IRL sometimes things didn't pan out, the game code has a bunch of random number calls - dice rolls - built in to simulate that.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:03:14 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ADB123

In one of my Japanese pbems I got the following message for the first time that I can remember seeing it:

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


The same thing occured twice more in a row with two more different LCTs.

I knew that my opponent had sent barges to a dot base in the eastern Solomons, so I sent a sub there. I figured that the sub wouldn't spend torpedoes on an LCT, but I thought that the sub would go to the surface and shoot up the little barge-things.

Why didn't the sub do anything? I don't think that there were any escorts in the LCT TF.

Stating the obvious, the reason the sub didn't do anything was this:
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

Just like IRL sometimes things didn't pan out, the game code has a bunch of random number calls - dice rolls - built in to simulate that.


That's what I am wondering about - the "firing solution" part. Here's all three instances from the same Combat Report:

Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-63

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

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Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-61

LCT-61 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

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Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-60

LCT-60 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


There is no damage to the sub, so I can't imagine that this is simulating a broken parascope...

Three times in a row seems a bit hard to explain by random chance, even in a Gary Grigsby game... I'm guessing that there is something about LCTs and sub attacks that is different than other sub attacks.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:18:02 PM   
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Can you even hit an LCT with a torpedo? Wouldn't it just pass underneath?

I'm seeing that they only had a draft of 3 to 4 feet, and I believe torpedoes were generally set to 6 feet or more. I don't know to what depths they could be reset to on the fly, however. LCTs were not very well armed so there would be no excuse (that I can think of) to not surface and shell. On the other hand, who sends out LCTs without an escort?


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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:26:04 PM   
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Can you even hit an LCT with a torpedo? Wouldn't it just pass underneath?


That's what I figured too, but why didn't the sub just go to the surface and shoot with the deck guns? My other subs are more than willing to do that against other ship classes. For example, here is a surface sub attack from the same combat report:

Submarine attack near Mangalore at 30,34

Japanese Ships
SS I-36

Allied Ships
xAKL Kalgan, Shell hits 16, heavy fires, heavy damage

xAKL Kalgan is sighted by SS I-36
SS I-36 attacking xAKL Kalgan on the surface


So I expected I-33 to go to the surface too and shoot up the LCTs.

I still think that something is odd here...

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:28:15 PM   
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Check my editing on my first post.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:30:18 PM   
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Can you even hit an LCT with a torpedo? Wouldn't it just pass underneath?

I'm seeing that they only had a draft of 3 to 4 feet, and I believe torpedoes were generally set to 6 feet or more. I don't know to what depths they could be reset to on the fly, however. LCTs were not very well armed so there would be no excuse (that I can think of) to not surface and shell. On the other hand, who sends out LCTs without an escort?



My opponent is very short on escorts... I've been hunting them very enthusiastically...

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:41:22 PM   
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I think it means that a sub cannot maneuver into a favorable spot and find a good AOA.
I know from my days playing Silent Hunter that due to a subs slow underwater speed and surface speed that if a target gets past you that you either have to settle for a wild long distance off angle shot or let it go. There is no catching up to some targets.

It may seem a bit silly to have this happen for a barge but imagine the sub surfaces and spots a barge that it missed with it's periscope. The barge is moving at 8 knots or however fast they travel. But the barge has already passed the sub and is several thousand yards away. By the time the sub turns and builds up to full speed it will have dropped another 1,000 yards. Then the barge vanishes into a rain squall or fog or in heavy seas the crew can no longer spot it due to wave caps.

A sub has low speed and only has a very small window to attack. It is not a battlecruiser that can chase down foes.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:44:21 PM   
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I also noticed your playing as the Japanese. Their doctrine would probably not even make them give chase to a 'worthless' target like a LCT anyways.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 9:48:39 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Fallschirmjager

I also noticed your playing as the Japanese. Their doctrine would probably not even make them give chase to a 'worthless' target like a LCT anyways.


I've seen lots of cases where there is a report that the sub's skipper has "chosen not to fire on this target" when it comes to small escorts. (That usually backfires on the sub...)

But this message is different.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 10:05:32 PM   
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For a submarine going onto the surface to engage in a gun duel (with anyone) is somewhat fraught with danger...damage might very well prevent the submarine from submerging (other than once)...so the decision to do so would be one that a (real as opposed to virtual) commander would consider carefully. A sub stuck on the surface is dead meat to most other warships or aircraft.


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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 10:09:43 PM   
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I think target size and mvr are the key factors here for calculations. The US LCT have a mvr value of 42, with is about the best any combat ship gets.
And it is tiny, even compared to an average size PB or AKL.

As for not attacking on the surface, I think in case of sub attacks the game does not really discern between a torpedo and a gun attack.
No firing solution means not attack, independent on the subs weapon system in question.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 10:18:12 PM   
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I think target size and mvr are the key factors here for calculations. The US LCT have a mvr value of 42, with is about the best any combat ship gets.
And it is tiny, even compared to an average size PB or AKL.

As for not attacking on the surface, I think in case of sub attacks the game does not really discern between a torpedo and a gun attack.
No firing solution means not attack, independent on the subs weapon system in question.



Ah, that sounds like a possibility...

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/27/2012 10:20:35 PM   
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Can you even hit an LCT with a torpedo? Wouldn't it just pass underneath?

I'm seeing that they only had a draft of 3 to 4 feet, and I believe torpedoes were generally set to 6 feet or more. I don't know to what depths they could be reset to on the fly, however. LCTs were not very well armed so there would be no excuse (that I can think of) to not surface and shell. On the other hand, who sends out LCTs without an escort?


I did some digging and totalling:

In this particular Scenario 2 match it is January 22, 1943, and my opponent does have his problems with finding escorts for his TFs… here are the Allied ship losses, F.O.W. included, but I have seen many of these go down for good…

DDs: USN – 19, Dutch – 4, British – 6, Australian – 2
DEs: Indian – 2
APDs: USN – 5
AMs: USN – 5, Dutch – 4, British – 4, Australian – 16
DMs: USN – 2
PCs: USN - 3
PGs: USN – 4, Dutch – 1, British – 1
KVs: Canada – 1, British – 2

Plus lots and lots and lots of MLs, AMcs, MTBs, PTs, HDMLs, YMS, CMs

And there is the Big Stuff:

CVL: British – 1
CVE: USN – 2
BBs: British 7, USN – 1
CAs: USN – 6, British – 3, Australian – 2
CLs: USN – 2, NZ – 2, Dutch – 4, British – 5, Australian – 3
CLAAs: USN – 1, Dutch – 1
Subs: USN – 22, Dutch – 4, British – 1

Misc stuff:

AE: USN – 1, AVP: USN – 4, Dutch – 1, AMC: Indian – 1, British – 2, Australian – 1, AG: Dutch – 1, 4 AOs, 13 TKs, 19 xAPs, 7 APs, 92 xAKs/xAKLs, 3 AKs, 1 AKV

In comparison, here are the Japanese losses:

DDs: 2, APDs: 2, Subs: 11, SSX: 5, AMC: 2, DMS: 5, SC: 1, PB: 7, E: 3, TK: 2, xAK/xAKL: 12, xAP: 12



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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 2:46:10 AM   
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Actually its just another way of telling the player that the die roll was not in your favor, it just makes your bad luck a little more palatable.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 5:08:37 AM   
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You can't make more palatable the entire Japanese fleet passing through a submarine screen of more than thirty subs without even a sighting, this happened to me.

Anyways, references to die rolls identify you as an old fogey like me. The current generation barely knows what a dice is. So sorry, I meant die. It takes two to make dice.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 6:33:33 AM   
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the phrase 'cannot acquire firing solution' covers a multitude of possibilities - the target zigged unexpectedly, a rain-squall rolled in, or the TDC team screwed up. mebbe the potential target detected the sub & made a radical course/speed change. the in-game msgs have a limited 'vocabulary' to describe what happened.

look at the bright side - your sub didn't waste torps on a sure miss, & extended its time on-station.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 8:20:51 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: ADB123


quote:

ORIGINAL: witpqs


quote:

ORIGINAL: ADB123

In one of my Japanese pbems I got the following message for the first time that I can remember seeing it:

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


The same thing occured twice more in a row with two more different LCTs.

I knew that my opponent had sent barges to a dot base in the eastern Solomons, so I sent a sub there. I figured that the sub wouldn't spend torpedoes on an LCT, but I thought that the sub would go to the surface and shoot up the little barge-things.

Why didn't the sub do anything? I don't think that there were any escorts in the LCT TF.

Stating the obvious, the reason the sub didn't do anything was this:
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

Just like IRL sometimes things didn't pan out, the game code has a bunch of random number calls - dice rolls - built in to simulate that.


That's what I am wondering about - the "firing solution" part. Here's all three instances from the same Combat Report:

Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-63

LCT-63 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-61

LCT-61 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Submarine attack near Kirakira at 116,140

Japanese Ships
SS I-33

Allied Ships
LCT-60

LCT-60 is sighted by SS I-33
SS I-33 cannot acquire firing solution on enemy LCT


There is no damage to the sub, so I can't imagine that this is simulating a broken parascope...

Three times in a row seems a bit hard to explain by random chance, even in a Gary Grigsby game... I'm guessing that there is something about LCTs and sub attacks that is different than other sub attacks.





Have never seen a succesful attack on an LCT or LCI, subs probably just can't do it (except with gunfire).

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 5:28:47 PM   
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ORIGINAL: spence

For a submarine going onto the surface to engage in a gun duel (with anyone) is somewhat fraught with danger...damage might very well prevent the submarine from submerging (other than once)...so the decision to do so would be one that a (real as opposed to virtual) commander would consider carefully. A sub stuck on the surface is dead meat to most other warships or aircraft.




+1

My experience is if I want a consistent submersible surface raider (i.e. sub deck gun attacker) then I must have a leader rated in the 70’s for aggression for this to be most of the time. If my sub commander aggression is in the 50’s it will be a seldom occurrence and in the 40’s not at all. If that same leader doesn’t also have a naval skill of at least 50 then there is a very good chance that the target (if armed) can do some nasty damage to the sub or even sink it. It also appears to me that the game code prevents a sub from doing a surface attack when the odds are it will lose such an engagement- i.e. things like a surface attack against a BB or overwhelming numbers of small ships with guns.

I play against the AI and often use the 6 inch gunned US subs as surface raiders in the sea of Japan as that is mostly barrage traffic, one shot obliterates the target (Ok, even a 3 incher does that). It’s just fun to use them as a surface raider. If I don’t replace low aggression/naval leaders my surface raiding subs don’t do much.

Beyond surface attacks, aggression on subs is so critical that I exhaust all the PP’s on December 8th to get the US sub fleet in Manila to have all new commanders in the 60-70 aggression range (Replace the sub skipper, not the TF leader. The sub skipper is the default TF leader- replacing the sub skipper makes it a onetime change/expenditure of PP (as he stays with the sub). In my games this has resulted in early sinking of Japanese Merchantmen well before 1942. Just like the real war the Allied subs sink most of the enemy ships in my games (more like 2-3 times above real life, early war that is the result of the old coffin S Boats being uber killers in this game). The point here is, to get a surface attack I need a very aggressive commander and for a successful surface attack I need naval skills as well.

To be fair though, I am playing US against the AI, anybody playing Japanese against a human will have to have a game style that fits that mold and my experience may not be directly applicable.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 7:10:51 PM   
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the phrase 'cannot acquire firing solution' covers a multitude of possibilities - the target zigged unexpectedly, a rain-squall rolled in, or the TDC team screwed up. mebbe the potential target detected the sub & made a radical course/speed change. the in-game msgs have a limited 'vocabulary' to describe what happened.

look at the bright side - your sub didn't waste torps on a sure miss, & extended its time on-station.


Against RL this doesn't happen often enough in the game. Read patrol reports.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 7:26:22 PM   
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I saw this message for the first time just this morning, but it was only after the sub in question had nailed two or three other landing barges.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 9/28/2012 7:27:24 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Bullwinkle58


quote:

ORIGINAL: jmalter

the phrase 'cannot acquire firing solution' covers a multitude of possibilities - the target zigged unexpectedly, a rain-squall rolled in, or the TDC team screwed up. mebbe the potential target detected the sub & made a radical course/speed change. the in-game msgs have a limited 'vocabulary' to describe what happened.

look at the bright side - your sub didn't waste torps on a sure miss, & extended its time on-station.


Against RL this doesn't happen often enough in the game. Read patrol reports.

Or Blair's Silent Victory.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 10/2/2012 1:06:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: geofflambert

Can you even hit an LCT with a torpedo? Wouldn't it just pass underneath?

I'm seeing that they only had a draft of 3 to 4 feet, and I believe torpedoes were generally set to 6 feet or more. I don't know to what depths they could be reset to on the fly, however. LCTs were not very well armed so there would be no excuse (that I can think of) to not surface and shell. On the other hand, who sends out LCTs without an escort?


I did some digging and totalling:

In this particular Scenario 2 match it is January 22, 1943, and my opponent does have his problems with finding escorts for his TFs… here are the Allied ship losses, F.O.W. included, but I have seen many of these go down for good…

DDs: USN – 19, Dutch – 4, British – 6, Australian – 2
DEs: Indian – 2
APDs: USN – 5
AMs: USN – 5, Dutch – 4, British – 4, Australian – 16
DMs: USN – 2
PCs: USN - 3
PGs: USN – 4, Dutch – 1, British – 1
KVs: Canada – 1, British – 2

Plus lots and lots and lots of MLs, AMcs, MTBs, PTs, HDMLs, YMS, CMs

And there is the Big Stuff:

CVL: British – 1
CVE: USN – 2
BBs: British 7, USN – 1
CAs: USN – 6, British – 3, Australian – 2
CLs: USN – 2, NZ – 2, Dutch – 4, British – 5, Australian – 3
CLAAs: USN – 1, Dutch – 1
Subs: USN – 22, Dutch – 4, British – 1

Misc stuff:

AE: USN – 1, AVP: USN – 4, Dutch – 1, AMC: Indian – 1, British – 2, Australian – 1, AG: Dutch – 1, 4 AOs, 13 TKs, 19 xAPs, 7 APs, 92 xAKs/xAKLs, 3 AKs, 1 AKV

In comparison, here are the Japanese losses:

DDs: 2, APDs: 2, Subs: 11, SSX: 5, AMC: 2, DMS: 5, SC: 1, PB: 7, E: 3, TK: 2, xAK/xAKL: 12, xAP: 12




Sorry but I can't see heavy losses here. The only painful are the 16 aussie AMs, and the 19 DDs which is not a high number.. I have played as allied and suffered double losses of DDs and manage to keep all my convoys escorted.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 10/2/2012 1:28:14 PM   
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You can't make more palatable the entire Japanese fleet passing through a submarine screen of more than thirty subs without even a sighting, this happened to me.

Anyways, references to die rolls identify you as an old fogey like me. The current generation barely knows what a dice is. So sorry, I meant die. It takes two to make dice.


You do realise that the Japanese player must have sunk so much into R&D that they came up with a cloaking device.

As to being an old fogey....get in the queue!!

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 10/2/2012 3:00:35 PM   
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One reason for "cannot acquire firing solution" is when front tubes are empty and sub has only rear tube torpedoes. That makes it more difficult to attack targets.

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RE: ...cannot acquire firing solution on enemy... - 10/2/2012 10:10:31 PM   
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good point, Sardaukar.

i'll add this to my checklist, where twice a month or so i'll run down the All Ships > SS list, to make sure that all boats w red fuel are set to auto-disband if an upgrade is due. i'll also the the Fask Force > Sub Ops > Show Ammo screen, boats w/ expended front tubes will be sent back for reload/upgrade. now that my game-date is in August 43, i've got enough subs that they don't have to stay at sea 'til all ammo/fuel is gone.

SpitfireIX: i liked 'Silent Victory' a lot, i'd like to get Blair's 'Hunters/Hunted' books on the Atlantic sub-war.

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