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Thread: Average ages of Company of Heroes 2 player!6 Dec 2014, 10:38 AM
17.... Am I too young?
In: Scrap Yard
Thread: WW2: The story of the U-boats5 Dec 2014, 17:50 PM
Type II (1934)
U 2 in Kiel, 1935
A small submarine for coastal operations. It had 1 hull and a inner ballast tank for fast submerging. This type is named "II" but it actually was the first type build in Germany after WW1. This submarine is related to the finnish Vesikko, which was build by german engineers in Finland during the treaty of Versailles. They were small submarines with a great maneuverability and a short range. Many improvements were made over the years, which led to 4 "Ausführungen": A,B,C,D. Also the design was changed a bit from year to year.
You already know this picture from the first post: the plans of the type II class
The production of this type was stopped after 1941 because the other types of high sea U-boats like VII and IX were more important. They were used mostly in the coastal water around Germany, the english channel in 1939/40 and later against the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea in the summer 1941. Many were also used as training submarines for the new crews. Some of the managed to get through the east european channels in the Black Sea where they disturbed the supply of the Red Army (for example the siege of Sewastopol) until 1944. Most of the type II U-boats were sunk by their own crews at the end of the war.
Thread: WW2: The story of the U-boats4 Dec 2014, 17:49 PM
Type IA (1935)
U 25 at the beginning of the war
U-boats for operations in the high sea with 1 hull and big side ballast tanks. The Type IA class only consisted of 2 units: U 25 and U 26. These U-boats were related to the turkish submarine Gür or span. E 1, which was build by german engineers in Spain during the treaty of Versailles in 1932. U 25 and U 26 were basically prototypes for the IX type and were never meant to fight the enemy, but they still were send on Feindfahrten (= "enemy cruise", or just patrol or operation). Both units were lost in the summer 1940; U 25 ran on a mine in the North Sea and U 26 was sunk by destroyers and aircraft in the North Atlantic.
Thread: WW2: The story of the U-boats1 Dec 2014, 15:50 PM
You are of demanding, Ich am of writings. Soon when I am a bit more organized.
Thread: WW2: The story of the U-boats1 Dec 2014, 15:44 PM
1 Dec 2014, 07:36 AMLümmel
Always in favor of history porn!
Yeah, Typhoon class was a cold war submarine . I also have read about it. It was a try to provide the crew a bit more free room. Normally, a sub is too small to have any comfort. Even the commander sleeps in a room smaller than a prison cell. You can see the result on this wonderful pics: a incredible big submarine, maybe a bit too big. But since it was a nuclear missisle sub, the length was not that important. The special thing about the Typhoon class was that is has 2 nuclear reactors and not only one that most nuclear subs have (explains also the size). So we have here a nuclear sub armed with nukes . I think the most ones were put out of service in the late 90's and only like 6 were build (don't remember exactly).
Okay, I've found it again: 20 nuclear missisles, 6 533mm torpedoes (actually since WW2 international standart caliber), 8-10 AA missisles and build on the Sewerodwinsk shipyard. Also named as "Projekt 941". Typical is that is under water double as fast as above (thanks to the german WW2 scientists, the "Walter Turbine"). Like 170m long and 23,3 m in width. I have used "TK-202" for this data. They were build to as an answer to the US Ohio class and when the Cold War ended there was no need to maintain them. "TK-202" was put out of servic in 2006. Man, I love this book .
Thread: WW2: The story of the U-boats29 Nov 2014, 12:45 PM
we already have a lot of threads with pictures and discussions about the war ashore. So how about the naval warfare? To be honest, the naval history is more interesting for me and I have read a ton of books about it so I thought I want to share my knowledge a bit with you. The poll will show if you like it or not. If you do, I would be happy to write more about the german submarines. This thread is about the beginning of the german submarines (also called "U-boats") in the Kriegsmarine. The next episodes would be about specific types, their armament and so on. I apologize for the grammer mistakes, etc.
U 18, a type II B submarine, is heading towards the sea, 1937
On 16th March 1935 Germany terminated the treaty of Versailles. A part of this treaty was the prohibition of developing own submarines, which was a hit in the nerve since the german submarines were quite successful in WWI. The building of U 1 started already in 1934, but this violation of the treaty was not punished in any way. In June 1935 the english-german naval agreement was signed and only eleven days later, on 29th of June, U 1 was armed in Kiel, the later main base of the submarines. Versailles maybe prevented Germany from developing and building its own submarines, but german engineers were also designing submarines for other countries like Finland, the Netherlands and Turkey in the past 17 years. This means that the engineering was still quite modern. With the english-german naval agreement the Kriegsmarine was still limited in the quantity, but it was a start.
The type II plans. U 1 belonged to this
The first problem was: who is going to be the commander of the submarines? You need a man with experience and strategic knowledge who is hard-working. Erich Raeder (1876-1960), the supreme commander of the Kriegsmarine, already had an idea: Karl Dönitz (1891-1980). Dönitz was an successful U-boat commander in WWI. Unfortunately, his submarine UB 68 was sunk in September 1918 and he was captured by british forces. He returned to Germany in 1919 and continued his career. He just came back from a long travel through Asia when he got promoted to the commander of the submarines. The second problem was the naval agreement between the UK and Germany. The goal was a big fleet with big submarines with a long range, but on the other side the tonnage was limited. Dönitz decided to build many U-boats who were small and for coastal operations. The type II was designed. For better understanding: the U-boats also had diffrent A's (Aufsführungen) who were also named A, B, C, etc. Dönitz also invented the "Rudeltaktik", the "wolf packs". This strategy was designed to attack convoys. It was simple: many submarines were patrolling in the same part of the ocean, but the distance between them was big enough to have a wide "screen" of submarines. One submarine detects a convoy and sets a signal for the others. They follow the convoy through the day and slowly surround it. The attack happens always at night, when dodging torpedoes was harder. With a submarine fleet like this, Dönitz wanted to cut off the supply lines of the enemy and to make him surrender as fast as possible. An ideal strategy to fight the UK - but thats a spoiler.
Karl Dönitz in 1943 Erich Raeder
The coming types
This was just a simple introduction. I am more likely to write about the types and their stories.
If you like this idea, I would write about the following types of german submarines:
- Type I
- Type II (for coastal operations)
- Type VII (the workhorse)
- Type IX (most successful)
- Type XB
- Type XIV (the "milk cow")
- Type XXI (the first modern submarine)
- Type XXIII
- mini subs
- captured submarines (from France, Norway, Netherlands and more)
Thank you for reading this far. As said this is a test. Waiting for your reactions .
Thread: USF winning guide for Dummies9 Nov 2014, 11:19 AM
OKW counter strat for dummies:
(1) Pin the first Rifle with Kübel and push it away with Sturmpio and get some volks
repeat this with the units coming next, I recommend doing this at his cutoff
(2) dodge grenades by clicking your right mouse button
(3) if he gets M20 get Puma; if he keeps teching get Luchs and blob your Volks with Schrecks
if he gets 57mm get Stuka and don't forget to get a minesweeper
(4) get the real Übersoldaten to counter everything standing on legs + blob everything
(5) If he doesn't have Major you have won, otherwise get Panther; kill all his inf with
Übersoldaten and wreck Jacksons with Schrecks, then finish every armour off with Panther
(6) if you are annoyed by p47 get Flak-HT, keep overwhelming him with your blob and rush in with
Panthers unti he ragequits
In: COH2 Gameplay
Thread: Commentary from the Steam Forums8 Nov 2014, 10:37 AM
8 Nov 2014, 09:49 AMSierra
And if you would have played some Allies you would see that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
The problem is the German armor (especially after the Oct-2014 patch) have poor accuracy. What generally happens in armor engagements is: the Panther/Tiger gets spotted before it spots the enemy tanks, then takes 1 or 2 hits (which 90% of the time score penetrating frontal armor hits) before it can even return fire. And when I do return fire I miss say 50% of the time unless the Panther happens to be Level 2 vet or higher.
And why are your tanks in the first line? This is a L2P issue. The other thing is called "RNG".
By this time the Panther's healths is at half while the enemy armor is full, which means good bye Panther since it can't even pull back due to its ridiculous slow speed.
Panther max. speed (both factions): 6.6
Normal Sherman: 6.4; EZ8 just 6.1 Jackson: 6.5
T34/76: 6.5 T34/85: just 6.3 SU85: 5.7
And Panther has a abillity called "Blitzkrieg". You should try it. This means the Panther is even without Blitzkrieg faster than nearly every tank the Allies have except M10 (7.0) and with Blitzkrieg you get a free out-of-jail-card. Tank micro is really hard, isn't it?
Flanking is out of the question, unless you're playing against a lower level (noob) opponent, because the speed of German armor in this game is again pathetic and any veteran allied player will easily counter this.
Blitzkrieg. Smoke. Offmaps for AT-guns. By the way, why are you attacking with tanks alone? You do realize that the times of Panther-solo-everything are over? Use some supporting infantry. In other words: L2P.
The only other option is to have Pak's move with your tanks or PZGren's with Schreks but this defeats the point of mobile warfare altogether. Also a Jackson rush with 3 or 4 Jacksons easily spells doom for the overpriced two Panthers you might have been lucky to save up for at this point in the game.
As if you would have read my post while I was writing it. Jacksons are TDs, you know? They have no AI capabilities. You just named the right thing. PAK + PGrens with Schreck.
So my point is: What's the point of having such an expensive tank compared to allied tanks when it performs worse? At this point no one can say German units are OP because it just isn't true, at this point its an issue of balance in terms of unit cost. If German units are performing the same, or worse than allied units, they should be as cheap to build and reinforce. It's only fair.
As pointed out, Panther does not perform worse. It is faster, has good range and a strong frontal armor.
Yes Grenadier rifle grenades can be deadly but again by the time they're fired an experienced allied player can easily dodge them costing you 30 munitions for no return. In comparrison the Shock Troop grenade, Guards Rifle grenade, and Rifle Squad grenades are insta-launched. Like I said, all units are equal after the patches, no German units are OP and no allied unit is OP (except the ISU-152), so since all units now perform the same they should cost the same and have the same abilities.
I must be some kind of Übermensch. I have the abillity to dodge Guards/Schocks/Rifles grenades . Again L2p.
In: COH2 Balance
Thread: When a noob teammate balmes you..2 Nov 2014, 20:48 PM
Blaming your partner is always easier than admitting own mistakes. It shows a weak character.
Thread: Axis Comebacks2 Nov 2014, 00:28 AM
The game is just not punishing heavy losses. You can still come back after a 30 min basepin and 3 lost tanks and still float manpower (tanks to stupid upkeep system). Just make manpower upkeep dependant on mapcontrol again and unfair comebacks won't be so easy anymore.
In: COH2 Balance
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