From: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
LargeSlowTarget mentioned he added the German merchant cruisers Thor and Michel. I didn’t realize you could already do this with the PacWar editor. I don’t know if they would work better as “subs” or surface ships. For the next patch, if you want to include the less successful Japanese merchant cruisers, here is some information on them:
[Source: Japanese Warships of World War II, A. J. Watts, London: Ian Allen, 1966. Page 318.]
“Armed Merchant Cruisers”
“Merchant conversions: 14”
“At the start of the Second World War 14 merchant ships were taken over by the Navy, armed and sent out as armed merchant raiders.”
“Armament varied considerably from ship to ship. The guns fitted were of 5.9, 5.5, or 4.7 in. calibre, and some ships carried one or two seaplanes. Three ships—Bankok Maru, Kinjosan Maru and Saigon Mru—carried mines (Kinjosan – 400, Bankok and Saigon –500) in addition to 4-4.7 in. and 1-7.7 mm guns.”
“The German armed merchant cruisers were extremely successful but the Japanese vessels did not distinguish themselves and the raiding campaign soon petered out. At the end of 1943, 5 vessels had been los and 7 had been converted to other roles. The remaining 2 units were lost in 1944.”
“The 14 vessels are listed below. The names of all ships have the suffix Maru.”
[The tonnage is in British Registered Tons and R/R means rerated (reconverted to a merchant ship). Dimensions, year built, and builder are omitted.]
Aikoku, 10,437, R/R transport 10/43.
Akagi, 7,398, Lost 17/2/44.
Asaka, 7,398, R/R transport 11/43.
Awata, 7,397, R/R transport 11/43.
Bankok, 5,350, Lost 20/5/43.
Gokoku, 10,438, R/R transport 10/43.
Hokoku, 10,439, Lost 11/11/42.
Kinjosan, 3,260, Lost ?/?/43.
Kinryu, 9,310, R/R transport 7/42.
Kiyosumi, 6,984, R/R transport 10/43.
Kongo, 7,043, Lost 10/3/42.
Norshiro, 7,184, R/R transport 8/42.
Saigon, 5,350, Lost 18/9/44.
Ukishima, 4,730, Lost 26/1/43?
[ April 22, 2001: Message edited by: Greg Wilmoth ]