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RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic
Date: August 21, 2000 10:12AM

Dear all,

Thankyou for your replies to my question, they are most informative. I find it interesting that despite being such advanced 'machines', U-Boats still relied on techniques first layed out by the Babylonians.

Do you think it was possible to take a sighting via the periscope? Obviously a sextant would not have been practicable, but could a sextant have been built into the optics of the periscope? I dont see why it would have been impossible, though it might reduce the choice of stars. In the right latitude a noon-sight might have been possible?

It is interesting to note that U-Boat navigation must have been quite reliable, because wolf-pack tactics relied on U-Boats knowing where they were. If a U-Boat was a little way-out when it sighted a convoy, and that position was related to a U-Boat that was also slightly adrift, and that second U-Boat was unable to take an accurate sighting whilst moving to position of the first U-Boat, the second U-Boats could easily never find the convoy. I suppose working in the U-Boats favour is the fact that some of these convoys were huge and covered quite a lot of ocean, on the other hand the Atlantic is a big place.

Thanks again for your posts,


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Subject Written By Posted
Navigation Andrew Hetherington 08/18/2000 08:09AM
RE: Navigation Robert Eno 08/18/2000 11:38AM
RE: Navigation Jay Baker 08/19/2000 02:55PM
RE: Navigation Rbbert Eno 08/19/2000 03:20PM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Andrew Hetherington 08/21/2000 10:12AM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Robert Eno 08/21/2000 05:29PM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Steve Borgianini 09/05/2000 01:22AM
RE: Navigation and the Wolf Pack tactic Robert Eno 09/05/2000 11:42PM

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