Comic 340 - Surprise Attack(s)
9th Aug 2018, 12:00 AM in Parabellum
Surprise Attack(s)
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Microraptor edit delete
- So I guess that's why the Canadian Nazi base doesn't show up in history books...

- I hope my understanding of thermodynamics isn't all too erroneous here...
My reasoning here is that lacking an engine, a sailboat doesn't have any major heat sources: Nothing gets burned here, and also there aren't any large constantly moving parts. In fact, only the humans onboard would be notable heat sources, and they are comparably small.
So the boat should overall have a temperature roughly similar to its environment, right?
(I just now realized: Another potential heat source could the bow ploughing though the water, because of the friction. Oh, well...)

- The existence of the heat-seeking torpedos is in itself a bit of artistic license: Wikipedia says that the Third Reich was in fact developing heat-seeking weapon systems, but wasn't yet at the stage of implementing them by the end of the war. And the article seems to be mainly talking about infrared-missiles anyway.
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Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
OK, totally not speaking from any sort of other source of knowledge here, but sailboats are a bitch for submarines.

They are next to invisible on passive sonar, they're small and hard to spot on the scope, and even with active sonar there's not much hull to reflect.

That said, the WWII method for dealing with sailboats/junks/small coastal traffic is to surface, man the deck guns, and blast them to matchsticks with surface weapons. The presence of armaments--however obsolete--on Camilla's ship probably factored into the decision to attack submerged.

edit: also, infrared/heat seaking is not used on modern undersea weapons.
Microraptor edit delete reply
In the next few pages, there will quite probably be a lot more stuff to nitpick concerning the topic of naval battles, ranging from cases of deliberate artistic license, over stuff I have a vague feeling that it's improbable, to what for me may as of yet be "unknown unknowns"...

A different method for attacking sailboats with submarines, for instance, will crop up later, obviously.
(I found a solution that is... rather unorthodox, at least in comparison to the one you describe here...)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
This sort of reminds me of kayaking in north Florida, and how it's scary to cross the deep water channels that actual boats as opposed to our kayaks can go in, and you paddle across as fast as you can to avoid being run down by a retiree.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Interesting association! :-D

There are many islands too, where this here is supposed to take place, though it may be a bit colder than in Florida... ;-)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
I would much rather have the retirees (who would apolgetically fish you out of the water) and the almost-tropical climate!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Almost-tropical climate + retirees > near-arctic climate + getting hunted down by u-boats! :-D