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Debra Roby

According to my spouse (whose avocation is naval history), Das Boot is more accurate. The early depth charges rolled off the stern of a ship.. straight line of attack. And there were few times that the Brits or other allies had enough escort ships to do a long 10-30 attack. So the UBoat would turn away to avoid the charges.

The main reason to depth charge was to keep the UBoats submerged (using up battery power and slowing them down. Submerged speed of an early UBoat is about 8 knots.. the fleet could outrun them).

Have real questions email him.. I'm sending it to you.

toobeaut

I too have seen submarine movies where the sub lies quiet on the sea bottom, engines shut off and everyone whispering so as not to be heard by the destroyer on the surface. But I don't think a destroyer carried enough depth charges to roll them off the stern for hours and hours on end.

Steven S.

I am away from my reference materials (indeed, you *have* one of them ;)) but the best way to put it is that tactics varied, depending on the time, place, and circumstance. Under direct depth charge attack, evasive action would be common; sitting and not running anything would be to convince the attackers (when they weren't busy depth-charging) that there wasn't anything left to attack.

(And, IIRC, it's not homage, it's almost biography. ;) The writer drew heavily upon his own experiences as a U-boat correspondent.)

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