Matrix Games Forums

Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm gets huge update and a Steam release!Battle Academy 2 opens up a new front!Flashpoint Campaigns Featured on weekly Streaming SessionFrontline: The Longest Day - New Screenshots!Deal of the Week: Hannibal Rome and CarthageFlashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm gets Players Edition!To End All Wars gets its first major patch! Hell is now available!War in the West Wacht am Rhein AAR Deal of the Week Panzer Corps: Allied Corps
Forums  Register  Login  Photo Gallery  Member List  Search  Calendars  FAQ 

My Profile  Inbox  Address Book  My Subscription  My Forums  Log Out

Suicide surface attacks by sub....

 
View related threads: (in this forum | in all forums)

Logged in as: Guest
Users viewing this topic: none
  Printable Version
All Forums >> [Current Games From Matrix.] >> [World War II] >> Uncommon Valor - Campaign for the South Pacific >> Suicide surface attacks by sub.... Page: [1]
Login
Message << Older Topic   Newer Topic >>
Suicide surface attacks by sub.... - 12/26/2002 10:24:26 PM   
jleknes

 

Posts: 21
Joined: 5/8/2001
From: Norway
Status: offline
Over the last 14 days my Japanese subs have attacked allied AP and AK's on the surface. This has led to disastrous results! One sub damaged and retreating to Truk for withdrawal and one sub sunk!! The last took multiple 3in and 40mm hits from an AP.

The subs had torpedoes left and had even put 1 or 2 into one of the ships before engaging with their 5.5in gun.

Anyone else experiencing the same?
Is this just bad luck or is something not 100% here....

_____________________________

PzB
'The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: when they're ready. & when you're not. '
Post #: 1
- 12/26/2002 10:44:11 PM   
Feinder


Posts: 6587
Joined: 9/4/2002
From: Land o' Lakes, FL
Status: offline
"The subs had torpedoes left and had even put 1 or 2 into one of the ships before engaging with their 5.5in gun."

I guess I'm not quite understanding your situation.

I have seen subs engage targets with their surface guns if you put them on Patrol/No Retire and they've run out of torps.

Also, be advised that subs will engage BARGES (AG) with surface weapons, because the barges have too shallow a draft for the torps. If you're IJN tho, it depends on when and what scenario you're playing for USN to have barges tho, I don't think they get them until '43.

I don't know what you mean by having torps left, taking a shot or 2, and then engaing with guns. I've never seen a sub fire more than 1 salvo of torps in a round, much less fire their surface guns after firing said salvo(s).

Whatever the case, to my knowledge your subs are probably engaging with surface weapons because
a. They're out of torps and on Patrol/No Retire. or...
b. They're engaging barges with their surface weapons because the barges have a shallow draft.

Hope this helps. Otherwise, I have no idea.
-F-

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 2
2.20 subs - 12/26/2002 11:09:23 PM   
Mogami


Posts: 12609
Joined: 8/23/2000
From: You can't get here from there
Status: offline
Hi, It was just bad judgement by the sub commander. (trying to conserve torpedos by using deck gun)
In 2.20 subs will return to homeport (and the player can not prevent this) when low on fuel, out of torpedos, or damaged.

Once the sub decides to return the only orders they will accept are a change of homeport.

_____________________________






I'm not retreating, I'm attacking in a different direction!

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 3
- 12/26/2002 11:27:09 PM   
jleknes

 

Posts: 21
Joined: 5/8/2001
From: Norway
Status: offline
I'll try to be more specific:

Couldn't find the combat report, but I mean that one of the subs first torpedoed the ship and then engaged with its gun.
(Isn't this possible?) If not, the ship must have been torpedoed on the turn before and then engaged on the surface.

This happened in the Townsville hex in august 42 playing scen 17 as Japan. The ship engaged was a rather large AP with 3in & 40mm Bofors guns.

In the other case an AK was engaged with gunfire and set on fire after a lengthy duel south of Luganville.

The subs were on patrol and weren't heading towards their homebase as they always do when they're out or torps.

My point is that I think subs should be more careful with engaging surface ships with their gun. If the attacked ship got a heavier gun armament than the sub...then it should stay down where it belongs ;)

It didn't help that the sub had a 5.5in gun vs 3in guns on the AP/AK. It shouldn't be difficult to stay out of 3in and 40mm gun range and pound the ship to rubble without any danger of getting a sound trashing back.

Hope this illuminates my point a little better :)

'Edited'
--------
Didn't see your post Mogami, but if you say that individual sub commander skill will decide whether the sub will engage on the surface or not...then great! I can live with that as long as not all the Jap commanders continue to get them self sunk. They can't all be that ill educated on enemy merchant armament and their ability to inflict damage!.)
-------

_____________________________

PzB
'The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions: when they're ready. & when you're not. '

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 4
- 12/26/2002 11:33:58 PM   
Feinder


Posts: 6587
Joined: 9/4/2002
From: Land o' Lakes, FL
Status: offline
Yep, it sounds like you were a victim of stupid sub commanders. The good part of that is that, at least they won't be contributing to the gene pool. The bad part is that, you lose the sub, and the whole gene-pool thing isn't modeled in UV.

-F-

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 5
- 12/27/2002 2:18:22 AM   
BigJoe417

 

Posts: 103
Joined: 12/19/2002
From: Somewhere over downtown Tokyo
Status: offline
I've experienced the same thing with US subs! But it is usually using the deck guns to attack jap AGs with low drafts so torpedos woulndt work but it also happened with an attack against an AP who promptly clobbered the sub and sank her!
I'll have to check if I have it set to patrol or not. Still very upsetting when this happens.
Another thing is my subs seem to suck in general. They miss a lot of their shots and the IJN destroyers just have to throw a rock overboard to hit and sink them. I think I saw a combat report once, "escort captain spits overboard... belt armor penetration... massive explosion"... ss-224 sinks. lol

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 6
Surface attacks - 12/27/2002 2:36:10 AM   
Mogami


Posts: 12609
Joined: 8/23/2000
From: You can't get here from there
Status: offline
Hi, I think "Mush Morton" might have lost Yahoo by trying an early morning surface attack. He loved using his gun.
I had one of my subs try a surface battle on an AP and get clobbered (AP scored 37hits subs scored 4)
I have also recently seen a USN S-Boat attacK IJN DD on surface and get sunk by Long Lance Torpedos (2 of them hit the sub)
Another USN Sub fired at Haguro and was hit by several 8inch shells. The only thing I am still waiting to see is a sub attack on a enemy sub.

_____________________________






I'm not retreating, I'm attacking in a different direction!

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 7
- 12/27/2002 3:05:49 AM   
GunRange

 

Posts: 44
Joined: 12/26/2002
Status: offline
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I plased a sub to IJN resupply route to Lunga. Two attacks in one day, first in surface, AP was hit by 4 or 5 shells and 5 torps! (Do they fire their torps more than once on surface, or was that fog of war?), second attack didn't fare so well. The S-boat got hit by shells 6 or 7 times. And no hits on small AP. Send her home fast.

_____________________________

-"Delete everything after crazy!"

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 8
Re: Surface attacks - 12/27/2002 3:10:44 AM   
dpstafford


Posts: 1910
Joined: 5/26/2002
From: Colbert Nation
Status: offline
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Mogami
[B]He loved using his gun.
[/B][/QUOTE]
What sort of man doesn't like using his gun?

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 9
- 12/27/2002 3:23:03 AM   
Cap Mandrake

 

Posts: 17009
Joined: 11/15/2002
From: Southern California
Status: offline
As IJN, I sent in my AG's unescorted to Tassaforonga out of desperation (four weeks of hell scenario) One convoy was atacked by a US sub on the surface, one AG was lost but put up quite a good fight with it's MG's, seriously damaging the sub and setting her afire. It was a brief highlight in a generally disastrous game.:D

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 10
Re: Re: Surface attacks - 12/27/2002 6:03:08 AM   
Admiral Scott


Posts: 622
Joined: 1/8/2001
From: Syracuse, NY USA
Status: offline
[QUOTE]Originally posted by dpstafford
[B]What sort of man doesn't like using his gun? [/B][/QUOTE]

Answer: LIBERALS!!!

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 11
Re: Re: Re: Surface attacks - 12/27/2002 6:13:11 AM   
dpstafford


Posts: 1910
Joined: 5/26/2002
From: Colbert Nation
Status: offline
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Admiral Scott
[B]Answer: LIBERALS!!! [/B][/QUOTE]
I wasn't talking about that gun. I'm talking about the one that comes attached with 2 salty satelites. But now that you mention it, there are a lot of conservatives that want to limit a person's freedom to discharge that little fellow.

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 12
- 12/27/2002 7:04:53 AM   
Snigbert

 

Posts: 2956
Joined: 1/27/2002
From: Worcester, MA. USA
Status: offline
Hey now, I'm a liberal and I like guns just fine :)

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 13
- 12/27/2002 7:40:04 AM   
BigJoe417

 

Posts: 103
Joined: 12/19/2002
From: Somewhere over downtown Tokyo
Status: offline
Hahahaha Funny guys! But maybe we should leave politics out of this. Afterall, that kinda thing has been known to start wars!

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 14
- 12/27/2002 9:06:40 AM   
GunRange

 

Posts: 44
Joined: 12/26/2002
Status: offline
Start wars? Politics? Never....

_____________________________

-"Delete everything after crazy!"

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 15
Ah, yes, guns - 12/27/2002 9:10:25 AM   
pasternakski


Posts: 6565
Joined: 6/29/2002
Status: offline
I like guns, too ...

_____________________________

Put my faith in the people
And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
And I carry on anyhow.

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 16
- 12/27/2002 11:01:36 AM   
PBYPilot


Posts: 183
Joined: 3/13/2002
From: Marina del Rey, CA
Status: offline
[QUOTE]Originally posted by jleknes
[B]
It didn't help that the sub had a 5.5in gun vs 3in guns on the AP/AK. It shouldn't be difficult to stay out of 3in and 40mm gun range and pound the ship to rubble without any danger of getting a sound trashing back.
[/B][/QUOTE]

Though I agree with the concerns about Sub AI (at least the decision to surface and use deck gun) may need a little tweaking, the diference in maximum range of the guns should play no role.

Both guns had a max range of more than 12,000 yards (14k for the 3", probably more for the 5.5"). But the issue is fire control, not max range. We're not talking great fire control systems here for either ship. Probably optical sights, even "iron" ones, a hand held range finder maybe. And the AP/AK would be a more stable gun platofrm in most sea conditions.

So no gyro stabilization, fire direction computers on anything that helps long range gunnery. Basically Tsushima era ranges. Just point, shoot, and hope.

Heck, the max range of from a merchant gun position to the horizon was probably only about 12,000 - 14,000 yards anyway, even in perfect visibility.

So the idea of a "sweet range" where the sub could hit the AP but not vice versa probably isn't credible.

And I'd bet that gunfire between merchants ships and subs during the war was conducted at 5000 yards or less. Anybody know of any accounts of combat beyond that?

PBYPilot
"Slow airplanes and fast women"

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 17
Sub attacks - 12/28/2002 6:04:33 AM   
entemedor

 

Posts: 65
Joined: 6/14/2002
From: Barcelona (Spain)
Status: offline
Under v2.20 my IJN subs are getting quite good at last.
Last turn I-3 attacked an (apparently) unescorted convoy as it entered Moresby, torpedoing two different ships in succession; to my surprise, she even surfaced to finish-off one of them with gunfire (so this actually happens in UV):
AK CASSIOPEA 2 torpedo hits
AK DRACO 2 torpedo hits, 3 shell hits
The second ship was reported sunk immediately, the other appeared in the list of sunken ships some days later.

Cheers,

Entemedor

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 18
- 12/28/2002 11:13:12 AM   
Califvol


Posts: 134
Joined: 11/8/2002
From: The Land of Yore
Status: offline
I have not had this problem with IJN sub's.

But, have had simaliar issues with USN subs getting beat up by IJ merchants when doing a surface attack. However, this has not happened enough to be an issue and within the confines of this game's reality I don't have a problem with it.

I have had a problem that I-23 attempted a Banzi Charge from 100'. The result was that all the men drowned when they opened the torpedo tubes to get out of the sub.

On an intersting note, I did have a PBY pick up a Capt "Wild Bill" Kelso that a IJN sub had dropped off in 1941, evidently he was really annoying the sub crew.

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 19
Daddy was a jarhead and said... - 12/28/2002 10:43:04 PM   
RevRick


Posts: 2540
Joined: 9/16/2000
From: Dontblinkyoullmissit, GA
Status: offline
"This is my rifle, this is my gun.
This is for fighting. This is for fun"

And he always told me that the gun was only for use on the home shooting range. He had a funny way of putting it - KYPIYP! Anyone remember that one. He also had a unique way of reminding me of those instructions - at an incredible decibel level and with some punctuation I can't use here about what would happen to certain portions of my anatomy should I fail to remember that lesson.

_____________________________

"Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 20
- 12/28/2002 11:20:23 PM   
Snigbert

 

Posts: 2956
Joined: 1/27/2002
From: Worcester, MA. USA
Status: offline
KYPIYP - Keep your pistol in your pants?

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 21
- 12/29/2002 12:17:33 AM   
pasternakski


Posts: 6565
Joined: 6/29/2002
Status: offline
Five for six, Snig. Woody Woodpecker knows the sixth word ...

_____________________________

Put my faith in the people
And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
And I carry on anyhow.

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 22
- 1/16/2003 5:48:36 AM   
PzB


Posts: 5062
Joined: 10/3/2000
From: No(r)way
Status: offline
More and more reports of Jap subs getting spanked by surface ships that they are engaging on the surface!

.................................................................................................
Sub attack at 43,68

Japanese Ships
SS I-4, Shell hits 20

Allied Ships
AO Tippecanoe, Shell hits 11, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage
.................................................................................................

I've now experienced half a dozen such incidents in short time...more than happened in the entire war I guess.

If a sub torpedoes and opens fire with a 5'5in guns on a merchant, the surprise and shock should greatly decrease the chance of taking damaging return fire.

_____________________________



"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without"
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 23
Same thing for USN - 1/16/2003 6:02:10 AM   
Grumbling Grogn


Posts: 207
Joined: 10/20/2002
From: Texas!
Status: offline
I had the same thing happen to a pair of S class boats last night in the slot.

I was engaging a HUGE convoys of unescorted IJN transports on two separate occassions.

One sub had 3 salvos left the other had 2 salvos left. One ended up sunk and the other so crippled it could not make it back to any port other than Tulagi where it was able to hide for a week and repair enough of its FLT damage to limp home (theres a story for "Life"). Both were on the surface and shelling the transports.

Something needs to be tweaked in the sub AI IMHO.

_____________________________

The Grumbling Grognard

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 24
- 1/16/2003 12:29:30 PM   
bradfordkay

 

Posts: 8252
Joined: 3/24/2002
From: Olympia, WA
Status: offline
I've had my subs surface to fight regularly, usually at night but not always. I find it hard to fault the boys for being too aggressive. After all, I sent them out there to destroy the enemy. Sometimes they don't show a lot of common sense, going after combat vessels on the surface. But at least they're taking the fight to the enemy.

The other night I was surprised to receive a report of the S-47 putting a torpedo into the Yamato (June 14, 1942) on the approaches to Shortland. I like to keep a sub on patrol in that area, it has been a very good hunting ground. Unfortunately, there have been no subsequent reports from the S-47, so I can only assume that Yamato's escort exacted their revenge. I suppose we should call htat one a suicide attack, but the Yamato was not part of a bombardment mission to Lunga a couple of night's later. Maybe their sacrifice saved a few lives...

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 25
S boat sunk by Barge - 1/16/2003 9:50:22 PM   
fcooke

 

Posts: 176
Joined: 6/18/2002
From: Hoboken, NJ
Status: offline
It's a great comment on the quality of UV that we're down to niggling about over aggressive subs.....that said, I've had a S boat in pretty good health (under 5 sys damage) get sunk outright by a IJN barge. Barge hit the S boat a few times with the heavy machine guns and bye bye S boat. Seemed a bit extreme but I can chalk it up to the wackiness of war. Probably not worth diverting resources from WITP but would like to see it sorted out in UV at some point.

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 26
- 1/17/2003 12:12:09 AM   
HawaiiFive-O

 

Posts: 295
Joined: 12/21/2002
From: USA
Status: offline
I routinely have my subs peppered by 25 mm fire from barges. In fact, just a few days ago, 3 S-Boats were knocked out by barge fire. Not sunk, but they'll have to go back to Pearl.

I admire my captain's aggressiveness, but question their intelligence!

(in reply to jleknes)
Post #: 27
Page:   [1]
All Forums >> [Current Games From Matrix.] >> [World War II] >> Uncommon Valor - Campaign for the South Pacific >> Suicide surface attacks by sub.... Page: [1]
Jump to:





New Messages No New Messages
Hot Topic w/ New Messages Hot Topic w/o New Messages
Locked w/ New Messages Locked w/o New Messages
 Post New Thread
 Reply to Message
 Post New Poll
 Submit Vote
 Delete My Own Post
 Delete My Own Thread
 Rate Posts


Forum Software © ASPPlayground.NET Advanced Edition 2.4.5 ANSI

0.130