I said I was going to bring board wargaming to this blog, and here I have finally done so!
Kommandant Otto Falkenhayn takes U-440 out for its maiden patrol on the high seas around the British Isles in September 1939, just after the war has begun. After completing its minelaying mission, U-440 encounters a British convoy. Surfacing at night in the very midst of the Allied ships, she launches a salvo of torpedoes and sinks one of the vessels. Diving to avoid the convoy’s escorts, Falkenhayn’s boat endures a barrage of depth charges, not without damage. But he slips away into the dark waters of the North Atlantic, only to follow the convoy and engage it again later.
3In the second engagement, U-440 sinks two more Allied ships, including the massive 42,300-ton <i>Empress of Britain</i>. Again, Falkenhayn eludes the convoy escorts without sustaining further damage to his boat. Back at port, there will be bier and schnitzel to celebrate while the boat is in refit!
Meanwhile, Ardwulf, in his first game of The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 from Consim Press, messes up a bunch of rules, only some of which get removed in post.