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So far really enjoying. Question, did they use noisemakers in WWII? I had no idea.


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Also, and this is the land lubber in me.

There are only 3, maybe 4 escorts. I understand the supply ships were the prize and that torpedos are very limited but would it not make sense for the (a) Wolfpack to sink the 2-4 escorts and then focus on the convoy using deck guns when pertinent?

I do understand the escorts have fangs so to speak but the UBoats still had a pretty decided advantage at least early on, no???


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Much harder to sink escorts. Very maneuverable and fast. Unlike the convoy which was dogshit slow. They would go at the slowest ship speed. Escorts would move about while screening. U Boats also had a limited amount of torpedos. Using them on escorts isn’t the best use. Destroyers are easily replaced. Troop ships not so much.
 
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A classic that's related, Robert Mitchum captain's a Destroyer Escort crossing the Atlantic with a convoy

 
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Just finished it this morning. I thought it was excellent, if a little short.

Hanks was as good as usual. He has a passion for WW2 history, and it clearly comes through in his work on things like this.
 
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Also, and this is the land lubber in me.

There are only 3, maybe 4 escorts. I understand the supply ships were the prize and that torpedos are very limited but would it not make sense for the (a) Wolfpack to sink the 2-4 escorts and then focus on the convoy using deck guns when pertinent?

I do understand the escorts have fangs so to speak but the UBoats still had a pretty decided advantage at least early on, no???


I believe at one point, that is what the Germans did; attacking the escorts ships using wolf pack tactics, putting multiple torpedoes from multiple angles. It was successful for a time.
 
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Great flick...we enjoyed it. Hanks was great as usual.


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