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WWI U-Boat Activity U-Boats – German Submarines
Situation 1 You are a commander of a German U- Boat in You are cruising on the surface off the coast of Great Britain. Suddenly you see eight destroyers bearing down on you. You have Four Choices:
U-Boat Choices 1. Full Speed away 2. Fire Torpedoes 3. Head for the bottom 4. Move in and fire your guns
Option 1 Full speed away Not Your Best Choice U-boats are a lot slower than the destroyers
Option 2 Fire Torpedoes Not Your Best Choice Destroyers would most likely avoid the torpedoes. If you are in torpedo range then you are most certainly in gun range. You would be blasted out of the water
Option 3 Head for the bottom BEST CHOICE This is the obvious choice. If you are at the bottom you are safe. The depth charge has not been invented yet
Option 4 Move in and fire your guns Not your best choice The submarine deck gun is no match for the firepower of one destroyer, let alone eight.
Situation 2 You are a commander of a German U- Boat in You are cruising on the surface off the coast of Great Britain. Suddenly you see a small fishing boat You have Four Choices:
U-Boat Meets Fishing Boat 1. Full Speed away 2. Fire Torpedoes 3. Head for the bottom 4. Move in and fire your guns And The Best Answer is????
U-Boat Meets Fishing Boat Option 4 Move in and fire your guns
U-Boat Mission At this point in time your orders say to return home, but you have some torpedoes left. You would like to try a location off the coast of Ireland. Do you follow orders? If you go home the Game is over.
U-Boat Meets Ocean Liner You see a large liner moving fast. It will pass by you if you do not act. Do you fire torpedoes (1 ) or lie quietly and let it pass? (2)
Congratulations You Just Sunk the Lusitania!!!
Sinking of the Lusitania May 7, 1915 British Ocean Liner was torpedoed. It sunk in 18 minutes 139 U.S. citizens were killed 1,198 killed out of 1959 passengers Cruiser Rules Key Event which led the U.S. into WWI Siding with the Allies