The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

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The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby von Jager » Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:56 pm

Called to compulsory service for The Reich, Jochiem von Jager rejected the idea of service in the Luftwaffe and was not too excited to server in the Heer; so he chose the Kriegsmarine as his service. Having finished at the University, he was chosen for the Officers Course, which he excelled in finishing first in his class.
Encouraged to choose the Unterboot Waffe, von Jager accepted and started U-Boat courses on the very day the War erupted.
Completing the course in record time, and because the fatherland needed him, von Jager reported to Kiel where he was posted to U 26 as its commander on October 31st, 1939; after a week of shakedown and crew training in the Baltic U-26 started its first cruise on Nov 11th.
The Cruise was un-eventful for the first 24 days, then U-26 spotted the HMS Barnham and her escort; Barnham,31,000 ton's and a veteran of Jutland in the last war was approached submerged and attacked with 3 eels, damaging the ship and slowing it down. The escort was unable to puck up the signature of U-26 and she escaped detection and followed the stricken ship, where three more eels were dispatched sending the Barnham down with over 900 officers and men. U-26 sailed away, happy in her first kill a capitol ship.
As the Unterseeboot continued to finish the patrol, she ran into the 10,000 ton Jagersfontein, but only manage to damage the ship as all but one of the eels proved to me a dud.
The victorious U-26 returned to Kiel with its pennant of victory flying high, and von Jager was sent to Berlin where he was decorated with the Knights Cross for his efforts. Spending the Hiolidays at home, the crew of U-26 were celebrated across Germany, and the Fuerher lunched with the newly decorated unterseeboot commander on Christmas Eve before heading home to family and friends in Hamberg.

Upon their return, the crew of U-26 were told that their ship was due to be replaced, but a mine laying mission was in order first; von Jager believing in things like luck and the sort, requested that his new Hull be given the same U-Boat number, and be allowed to keep the Shamrock insignia on the conning tower. The request was forwarded to Bdu for consideration; meanwhile out to the British Isles and mine laying.
The 2nd Mission laying Mines was largely un eventful, encountering no ships and upon arrival in the area where the mines were to be set; while recharging the batteries and launching mines an aircraft approached striking the ships hull and killing four crew members. Crash diving, the U-Boat waited out the aircraft and moved to another sector to finish the mine laying mission, surfacing to finish laying mines and recharging the batteries. Then sailing home and encountering no ships along the way. A second successful cruise and a rest for the crew as they awaited Bdu's decision on the new boat.
March 2nd 1940, Ober Lt. zurSee von Jager insects his new hull rechristened U-26 with a bright Green Shamrock on its Conning Tower; the ship a Type VIIB is slated for another patrol in the British Isles and von Jager decides to do a shakedown of the new hull as part of the mission.
March 3rd, 1940 the boat leaves Kiel and spends a week testing the hull and performing drills of the crew, who have a few new replacements for those lost. March 15th U-26 encounters the SS Ogonts a 5,000 ton freighter unescorted and promptly fires two eels into her and sinks her. On March 17th, the U-26 encountered a large Freighter again unescorted.
This Freighter was the old friend of U-26 The Jagesfontein that got away the last time being damaged; firing first the deck gun then 4 eels into the freighter at night and on the surface, she goes down in less than twenty minutes. On March 18th at 2000 Hrs the U Boat encounters an escorted convoy.
The Convoy yields two small Freighters of 4,600 and 4,900 tons and a tanker of 10,000 tons and a large freighter of 9,600 tons.
Limited in eels and facing an escort, von Jager gets cautious and approaches at long range on the surface and chooses the tanker and large freighter as the primary targets. a steam eel misses the tanker and one electric is a dud and the second misses as does the aft eel. Getting lucky, von Jager avoids detection and manages to successfully follow the convoy. firing one electric forward and one aft electric, the last eels available.
The forward eel his but is a dud the tanker will get away; the aft eel hits the tanker and is not a dud and at long range hits and explodes, but yields on one hit of damage. it too will escape later identified as the Protesilus.
heading home having expended all her fish, U-26 encounters no additional ships, but trouble looms.

Alarm, screams the watch as a British aircraft zooms in for the kill, scoring a near deadly kill (were the plane not piloted by a green pilot, the boat would have been sunk, but she took five hits instead causing a hull hot and two flooding hits and a deck gun damage but not before damaging the aircraft. a crew KIA is also had in the initial attack. The second attack damages the hull again before the damaged plane leaves the area as U-26 slips below the water.
Nearing the entry of Kiel, U-26 is again hit by aircraft this time damaging the periscope and seriously wounding the Chief Engineer. U-26 limps into Kiel, victorious with two pennants and 15,000 tons sunk, but at cost in crew and an officer would be out for five months and would be reassigned.
The boat would be out of commission for two months, and in that time his first officer would gain in rating to expert.
U-26 will sail again. with 46,000 ton's of shipping under her keel.

( The Hunters-German U-Boats at War 1939-1943 is a fantastic solo game; hats off to Gregory M Smith its designer and Consimpress for its printing.)

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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby Whiterook » Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:15 pm

I wasn't sure where to move this one, myself :lol:

is this an actual solo-Wargame? I couldn't find anything on it as a game or a scenario. Without a little more info on what specifically this is (beyond a kickass repelling of battles)m I'll place it here for you, for now. I wasn't quite sure what about it made it an announcement :D
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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby von Jager » Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:16 pm

Its a solo game called The Hunters by Cosimpress, a very good solo game. This is the mission's to date .

I have since (today) completed three additional missions that have finally taken the crew of U-26 and its commander Jochiem von Jager to the Atlantic.....More to follow

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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby Whiterook » Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:35 am

Ahhhhhhhhhh, very cool!!!! I must admit I wasn't aware of the game. Thanks for bringing it to our attention....there has been interest by some members on sea battle systems.

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The Hunters, by Cosimpress

http://www.consimpress.com/the-hunters/

I like that this is solitaire based. A quick read of the site mentions that fans of the old Avalon Hill B-17 game will find familiarity here in mechanics (to some extent). I'm curious to hear of your reactions to the play of the system.

The counter art looks fab!

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The Hunters, counters example
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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:42 pm

AHIKS has run a couple of tonnage tournaments. They were quite fun.

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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby Whiterook » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:42 pm

Duncan wrote:AHIKS has run a couple of tonnage tournaments. They were quite fun.


'...tonnage tournaments'

That's the first time I've heard that term :D I'm guessing is means, per number of ships?
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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby OldTymeGamer » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:56 am

If you win the tonnage tournament, the title of "Jagermeister" is conferred on you! You get slurring, sloppy bragging rights and a terrible headache in the morning.

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Re: The Adventures of Von Jager and his U-Boat

Postby Duncan » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:52 pm

Highest tonnage wins. There is long tonnage and short tonnage, which refers to the length of the game.


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