first by adding in additional assets such as airstrikes, artillery, and mines. Although helicopters are mentioned in the briefing there are none available for the US side. I will be playing again as the NATO force commander against a Soviet AI commander, with advanced difficulty settings (over and above what is suggested in the tutorial manual), as well as utilizing my own battle plan. There are a total of 24 turns available for both sides to secure Sector Six which affords a maximum of 100 Victory Points for the occupational force.
Type XXI U-Boat. These were the first submarines designed to operate submerged instead of on the surface, and in real life only two of these vessels made war patrols (sinking no ships). The U-2522 that I am provided with in the scenario was actually assigned to a training flotilla and eventually scuttled just seven months after having been launched.
U-505 by American Task Force 22.3, a Hunter Killer group formed around the USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) that was heading towards Casablanca to refuel. A destroyer had detected the German submarine and made an accurate depth charge attack which caused a significant amount of damage and flooding that panicked the new captain, Oberleutnant Harald Lange.
HMS Royal Oak by Kapitänleutnant Günther Prien in the U-47. This astounding demonstration of bravery in the opening days of the war was a major propaganda coup that resulted in the award of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for Prien. It demonstrated the weakness of the WWI era defenses that had fallen into disrepair and the vulnerability of the Home Fleet to the Kriegsmarine.
The Second Naval Battle of Narvik, where the British battleship HMS Warspite was sent with nine destroyers into the Ofotfjord to engage the Kriegsmarine forces operating off of the coast of Narvik. In the real life operation a catapult plane launched by the Warspite bombed and sank the German submarine U-64 which I have been assigned to captain in this mission. It would prove to be the only instance of the war where a battleship launched aircraft sank a U-Boat.
U-331 that in real life was skippered by Kapitänleutnant Hans-Dietrich von Tiesenhausen who was featured in the first episode of this series Barham. In real life during this period the U-331 was on a number of uneventful patrols in the Med, and would later be attacked and sunk on November 17, 1942 while on her 10th wartime patrol.
high-frequency direction finding equipped ships, the British were at a distinct disadvantage in detecting nighttime surface attacks by the Germans. This resulted in catastrophic losses among the merchant fleet, with over 280 ships being sunk between July and October 1940.