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U Boat strategy question
Posted by Frank Tauss on November 27, 2017, 9:42:11
This may seem kind of arcane, but...
In The Enemy Below the captain (Mitchum) said his wife was killed when his ship was torpedoed heading WEST to the US and the implication is it was late(r) in the war.
Because I apparently have to much time on my hands I started to think why would a U boat risk attacking a WEST bound ship let alone an entire convoy of empty ships that might be carrying German PoWs.
I would think the emphasis would be on loaded ships, and I realized all of what I have read talks about attacks on east bound convoys.
Yes I realize it's a nit to pick and it is a movie, albeit a good one.
So did U Boats attack empty convoys headed west? Seems like an equal risk for much less gain and loaded ships heading east seem much more valuable given a choice.
- Attrition - Graham November 28, 2017, 1:15:48
- Check the sinking of PoW transport SS Arandora Star by - Michael Potter November 27, 2017, 15:38:05
- Tonnage war - Richard Byrd November 27, 2017, 15:15:07
- I also have too much time on my hands... - Ralph Wood November 27, 2017, 11:54:42
- Westbound ships with POWs - Dan W. November 27, 2017, 11:52:35
- Generally, POW ships were labelled as such on the hull sides. - Gregg Wilson November 27, 2017, 11:45:29
- One of my favorites - Bill Oreto November 27, 2017, 11:21:49
- First off........ - Wade November 27, 2017, 11:18:06
- Are there reasons... - Randy Stone November 27, 2017, 10:24:11
- Re: U Boat strategy question - Bob Cicconi November 27, 2017, 9:57:57
- Re: U Boat strategy question - Matt E November 27, 2017, 9:57:50
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