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Operation Cerberus/the Channel Dash

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As I'm a fan of the Scharnhorsts, I suddenly remember I didnt cover their great GTFO that still brings facepalms and impressions all the same so why not?

 

I PRESENT TO YOU THE CHANNEL DASH

 

Goddamn Cerberus is such an epic name for an op that involves running back to mommy after the Limeys threw rocks at their toys...

 

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RUN BOY RUN! THIS WORLD IS NOT MEANT FOR YOU!

 

As per the bit I would really counter people who say that the Germans sub cheesing the Atlantic is the best method while the surface ships being pirates are inferior in the role of commerce raiding, piracy was scary BECAUSE merchantmen saw the jolly roger on a pirate ship that then proceeded to open fire if boarding was impossible. As it happened on the German raiders: the sub's threat is the fear on where it would ambush the convoy or in the worst case scenario, getting sighted by a wolfpack that but a surface raider's threat is evident enough when it appears over the horizon and starts blasting the crap out of merch ships. Also attempting to counter them is way different as the sub is dead meat if ASDIC hears them and the escorts start depth charge saturation to either kill it underwater OR force it to surface and THEN kill it whereas a surface raider only needs to get the hell out of dodge to a friendly port before the heavier ships respond to blast them.

 

So it happened that Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were in French ports and used em as staging points for piracy shenanigans along with some of the raiders that werent with Tirpitz up north. Normally Bismarck would have joined them after getting repaired in the St Nazaire docks since Tirpitz at that time would either be just recently finishing fitting outs or about to start the strenuous shakedown but thanks to a battlecruiser and a really new post-dread dying and being moderately maimed respectively, the Brits went full ANGERY and ganked the battleship close to French coasts. And when the Brits saw them there, the plane spam began in earnest. 

 

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how to scare the shit out of merch ships: see a warship type silhouette over the horizon that reveals itself as a Scharnhorst

 

Daylight bombing to the gritty bomber pilots sometimes being dragged to the new ass B-17's because MURICA was utterly ridiculous and would likely ought to spray the instigator of that mad idea with fire retardant but dropped a crapload of bombs during several heavy sorties that damaged Prinz Eugen, the Twins, a bunch of destroyers and some of the E-boats stationed in the coastline and somehow, mustache boy wanted them to come back to Germany because it was only a matter of time for the ships to take a crippling hit when they're within bomber range, and adding the fact that the Luftwaffe were kinda running thin in fighters during this time because Russian YAKs and those rage inducing IL-2's are quite pesky, so the order was given to get the hell out of dodge and back to Germany where flak is heavier than in France, and if they survived the gauntlet, be ready to act in Norway because the Brits might have this silly idea of attempting a naval incursion there.

 

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This guy was running the battlegroup, Admiral Otto Ciliax. Unique commander when WG

 

It would have been fine if not for several things:

 

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You're running through THAT in order to cry to mommy with beer in hand faster than circumnavigating the British Isles and pray no sub is skulking nearby 

 

The Brits and Germans aren't that dumb not to cram shore dakka near Dover and Calais and you can guess mine spamming is the norm near there, the Brits laying a buttload of it since there was a possibility that shore guns alone and plane spam cant kill any ship jumping through there. The Germans ran mine sweeps and seaborne meteorology by u-boats so that when they DO run there, they grind with least resistance and hopefully way away from the scrambling bombers and torpedo bombers thats going to inevitably strike the moment they're seen.

 

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Behold the Enigma bawks. This had an Army, Navy and Air Force model to write and read secret messages by scrambling the living hell out of them

 

This thing, which was probably the lovechild of a watchmaker, a mathematician, and a precision instruments maker, was, for a time, incredibly complex and was really hard to break but thanks to the Poles who snagged a box and that time when brave sailors YOLO'd into a sinking sub that failed to be a pirate to snag a navy box AND the code books to go with it, got broken quite fast. That intact Enigma the Poles smuggled? Made THIS:

 

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Its da Bombe. No really, its called Bombe.

 

Due to the fact that the Enigma has a code crunch possibility of several trillion combos, this thing would attempt to crunch the Enigma code by running EVERY POSSIBLE CRUNCH that hopefully struck gold on the then-used settings used by the Germans, and after securing the codebooks, the Bombe was pretty much unraveling every super sekrit code sent... and the Germans didnt know of it. Basically the relay was told and the Brits knew that they were planning a run but the question was when and exactly where. The order was to GTFO back home but it didnt specify when to do so and add the fact that Tirpitz just arrived in her cozy lil fjord, they had to monitor both the units in the French coast and Tirpitz moving one day.

 

The last was the Brits anticipating such a move. They crammed a radar station near the strait so that if a large ship did try to ninja through they would know of it and scramble very quickly. They even stationed some available destroyers that were picketing for subs in the event if it did happen as their surface QRF.

 

pssst Artur, is it a coincidence that this is named Rendezvous and the theme is urgency~? Because this is perfect for this event

 

The battlegroup, consisting of the Twins, Prinz Eugen, and several destroyers and torpedo boats, had a good screen of Luftwaffe aircraft with Bf 109's and the fatter Fw 190's as their fighters, Stukas, and I dunno if there was some present, level bombers, moving up with them from above when they left Brets in the dead of night and somehow did not encounter pickets and patrols as they started the dash. A thing that probably did help the Germans is the fact that they were as silent as the grave. I can't be sure if that bit about how German radar also gives off an acoustic signature via distorted static on the instruments was true (normally a ship should have only two acoustic signatures and that's their propellers and breaking water the bow's making) but as it stood, they were silent in ninja vanishing from France to the point they were signal jamming stuff that when the morning came in, the Brits weren't really that prepared for contact report from radar stations and the RAF Bomber Command was, as a friend put it, had their heads up their asses as they struggled to form an intercepting wing right after Spitfires that returned too reported that they got interdicted by Bf 109's and they saw the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as well as the escorting ships starting to crank their AA suites which gave the collective cry of "OH SHIT" everywhere at the fact that the German battlegroup was already well underway.

 

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Do you hear the tracers whizz in the air? The AA guns go "dakka dakka dakka"?

 

Any nearby British shore guns started firing into the mist at last radar contact pinged only to miss the group which was way beyond the assured radar range for the guns to crunch data on and it was then the RAF Bomber Command scrambled the available Swordfishes along with the Spitfires to attack, wading in the heavy flak just to score a torpedo strike on something just as the German fighter escort had to get back home to refuel. Then ran the British PT boats that were operational and tried their torpedo run which failed with them running back because there are big scary destroyers blasting them. During this time there was a gigantic lolwut on the strike aircraft in Britain since they were expecting the notion that they would have seen this run to the north and THEN arm their shit so it happened that there was no heavy dedicated strike aircraft attacks for a few while until the level bombers were already finalized and were in the air. Then Scharnhorst struck a mine which resulted in her lagging behind before damage control fixed her long enough to finish the gauntlet and the British destroyers nearby attempted a torpedo run but was met with heavy fire from Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, adding insult to injury being their torpedoes didnt do squat. A second time Scharnhorst got struck by a mine that completely stopped her and Gneisenau got a taste of her first mine strike afterwards but in the end, the group escaped the gauntlet none the worse for wear. Messed up, sure, but they made it back home to Germany for repairs, Scharnhorst taking half a year on hers.

 

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 If its crazy and stupid but works, it aint both.

 

This daring move was, in my opinion, crazy and risky. There's a good reason why Tirpitz was called The Lonely Queen of the North due to untold brick shitting that will happen would she go full pirate but it also was lul. I mean the only thing the convoys now had to worry about was playing Pin the depth charge on the u-boat which resulted in silly things like improving ASDIC or MAC ships carrying depth charge lugging seaplanes and not on the fear that a surface ship won't just appear out of nowhere and proceed to blast the hell out of merch ships and, on one rare occasion, pulled a fast one on a British battleship because lol for that matter. Sure the Germans kept their ships sort of intact, but this means that they're also trapped there since they couldn't ninja past Greenland anymore now that there are battleships stationed there because of The Frozen Queen is scary. It also didnt really help that Gneisenau wasnearly  totaled by a bomb strike afterwards that the order was given to rebuild her to the Gneisenau you see in-game as was originally planned on the Scharnhorsts, also as additional reprisals the Brits made was the Raid at St. Nazaire which the Campbelltown totaled the slipway which was THE only one really large enough to hold the available German battleships.

 

In-game wise, I'm expecting this to be a new German centered event under the scenario name "Cerberus" where you'll need to escort the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau through open water thats also mined as per Dunkirk and like in Empress Augusta Bay/Cherry Blossom, initially limited to German destroyers and cruisers from tier 6 to 8 since heavy waves of aircraft plus the occasional PT boat attack will harass the gauntlet as well as the sporadic destroyer interdiction. PLEASE GIBE ICICLE SCHARNHORST CAMO.

 

Derp.exe has now crashed

 

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On 1/6/2019 at 12:33 AM, EvyL said:

The Frozen Queen is scary

Whats Frozen Queen ?

And I would also like to such operation with a Gneisenau  camo though

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3 hours ago, pokeranger24 said:

Whats Frozen Queen ?

And I would also like to such operation with a Gneisenau  camo though

 

I'm referring to Tirpitz as she was called The Lonely Queen of the North, doubling down that since Norway is usually associated with fjords, ice and cold when it does snow, its fitting to call her the Frozen Queen

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34 minutes ago, EvyL said:

 

I'm referring to Tirpitz as she was called The Lonely Queen of the North, doubling down that since Norway is usually associated with fjords, ice and cold when it does snow, its fitting to call her the Frozen Queen 

Ah, I thanks for the clarification, I knew Tripitz was called Lonely Queen but Frozen Queen was something that I haven't heard of

On that note Azur Lane's collab with Mixx garden provides us with a perfect drink for the occasion

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