U-571 - Page 2




 
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December 2nd, 2004  
Trevor
 
What did they have on the S-33's deck (the american sub in that movie). DId anyone see?
December 2nd, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
Well the deck cannon was used when the U-boat had either eluded the escorts or the escorts weren't present. basically in any situation the U-boat could use the gun, it was in control of the situation that's why they were able to sink so many ships with it.
December 3rd, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
http://uboat.net/types/viic.htm by the U-Boat number, this boat should have been a Type VIIC. the movie version does look simular, but you have to remember, its a movie.

These type subs were issued with a deck gun, for surface use. the standard was a 88mm/45 caliber (see the explanation of gun caliber in the technology section). they carried 220 rounds for this weapon. Machine guns were various as to the whims of the captains.

Most submarine captains in the early part of the war preferred to conserve their torpedoes by surfacing on single ships, giving the crew of the ship time to abandon and then sinking it with the deck gun. Later on, when the ships were being armed to fight back, and blimps and patrol bomber air craft were increased...the U-Boat took it back under the sea, as it was too dangerous to go to surface action.

How does a weapon keep dry? it doesn't. theres no way to make a breech or a plug that can resist pressure. the guns were made from saltwater resistant materials. A tampion plug was placed in the muzzle end to prevent weird sea creatures from finding a home in the barrel. To fire the weapon, you elevated the muzzle, pouring the water from the open breach after removing the tampion, and then sighting thru the open breech to ensure you would not shoot anything foreign in the barrel.
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December 3rd, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
lol, fish in the barrel?
December 3rd, 2004  
beardo
 
whats wrong with firing a swordfish at an enemy ship....might do a better job
December 3rd, 2004  
SwordFish_13
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by beardo
whats wrong with firing a swordfish at an enemy ship....might do a better job
NO that would be cruel ..................i am gonna call PETA
December 3rd, 2004  
beardo
 
just bend its nose back into shape....it be 'rite
December 3rd, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
and strange...
December 3rd, 2004  
beardo
 
Mod: I was not seeking your opinion on the matter
December 5th, 2004  
dougal
 
 
What materials and mechanism did they use to with stand the salt water