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Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 10:08:48 AM   
Chef Chaudard

 

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I create this thread because I did not find the answer to my problem ...
I play the Allies, and I do not understand the sub warfare doctrine.
I thought that historically, the Allis subs were focusing on transports, cargos and tankers attack, as the japanese one were focusing on combat ships attacks.
In my current game (version 26B), it seems that is exactly the opposite.
I am in July '43, and my sub score is very poor. For instance, an american sub is crossing a japanese convoy with 8 cargos and a PB, and it attacks (anf fails) the PB instead of attacking the cargos.
On the other side, I've got a convoy with 4 cargos and 2 DE as escort, and the jap sub attacks (and sinks) 2 of my cargos.
That seems unhistorical. Is there a way to tune the submarine warfare doctrine for the Allies, in an historical way ?
Thanks for help ! I need it
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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 10:42:46 AM   
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No

Sub doctrine was removed from the game:
https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=3187591


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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 11:01:41 AM   
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Thanks for the quick answer !

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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 11:51:19 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Chef Chaudard

I create this thread because I did not find the answer to my problem ...
I play the Allies, and I do not understand the sub warfare doctrine.
I thought that historically, the Allis subs were focusing on transports, cargos and tankers attack, as the japanese one were focusing on combat ships attacks.
In my current game (version 26B), it seems that is exactly the opposite.
I am in July '43, and my sub score is very poor. For instance, an american sub is crossing a japanese convoy with 8 cargos and a PB, and it attacks (anf fails) the PB instead of attacking the cargos.
On the other side, I've got a convoy with 4 cargos and 2 DE as escort, and the jap sub attacks (and sinks) 2 of my cargos.
That seems unhistorical. Is there a way to tune the submarine warfare doctrine for the Allies, in an historical way ?
Thanks for help ! I need it


Those results have nothing to do with "sub doctrine".

Firstly it is a myth that the Japanese had an overall doctrine which focused exclusively on enemy combatants. In the first 6 months of the war Japanese subs sank many Allied merchant ships. IN AE it is up to the players themselves how they determine their subs should be used.

Secondly, whether a sub TF shoots at combatants or merchants is dependent on various factors, chief amongst them being individual ship detection levels, and leader ratings. To the mix add randoms.

Alfred

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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 12:16:31 PM   
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As Alfred said. I place my subs where I feel they will find the most targets. Such as choke points. You should exchange out your captain's as well. I use aggressive ones....GP

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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 12:27:36 PM   
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I have sunk loads of Japanese tankers by placing subs near oil production centers and chokepoints.

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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 4:01:40 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Chef Chaudard

For instance, an american sub is crossing a japanese convoy with 8 cargos and a PB, and it attacks (anf fails) the PB instead of attacking the cargos.

Thanks for help ! I need it


PBs are slow. If there's only one and you sink it, the convoy is wide open for destruction. You will be able to use your deck gun. If the opportunity presents, always take out the sole escort.

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RE: Sub warfare doctrine - 3/15/2020 4:33:02 PM   
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Both sides had spectacular successes against warships. The Indianapolis, the Yorktown and the Shinano are examples. IJN doctrine usually had subs deploying ahead of the KB. It is true that the sub war was not exactly like the one with the Unterseeboots in the Atlantic, but the Pacific is vast in comparison and the potential routes of Allied shipping much less restricted than in the Atlantic. The Japanese Empire is full of shipping of resources to the Home Islands and the routes are narrow. There is virtually no Allied shipping of resources in the Pacific aside from pineapples and bananas. Troop and supply convoys are the targets and they are headed to Pearl, NZ, Sydney and Karachi and possibly (but don't count on it) to Perth. Routes from the West Coast will mostly make a turn somewhere around Christmas Island. Interdict fuel shipments from the West Coast successfully and you will absolutely slow down the Americans. Lying in wait for naval TFs on both sides is problematic both in selecting ambush points and overcoming the escorts. Patrol off Pearl, SF and LA and expect ASW TFs to find you.

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