Käpt'n Korky

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  1. Good day, in 1939 the chinese navy is not worth mentioning. Todays situation is.... different: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/19/royal-navy-scrambles-shadow-chinese-warships-english-channel/ This is the english version a few days ago. I discovered it in a german news about them crossing into the baltic sea yesterday.
  2. I only just realized I made a joke about an attack on Scapa Flow in VB time one day after it happened in real life. Pure, blissful coincidence, I swear. No one in germany in Kowalskis position can possibly know about it until two days later. Kowalski will get one for it in the near future. XD 16. Oktober 1939, late evening in front of the KMM, Reichpietschufer, Berlin. Es war bewölkt an diesem Herbstabend als Korky endlich in das bestellte Auto der Fahrbereitschaft steigen konnte. Seinen Seesack warf er in den Kofferraum, den Aktenkoffer behielt er bei sich. Die Fahrt dauerte mindestens vier Stunden, die konnte er nicht die ganze Zeit mit dem Fahrer reden. Da kam ihm der Papierkram gerade recht. It was a cloudy autumnevening when Korky was finally able to climb into the ordered car of the navy motor pool. He threw his kitbag into the trunk, the briefcase he kept to himself. The drive would take at least four hours, he couldn’t talk to the driver the whole time. The paperwork was very welcome. Die positiven Nachrichten aus dem Saarland und Polen hatten im „Gästehaus“ im Keller für eine spontane Feier gesorgt, so dass der UvD es eilig hatte ihn zu entlassen. „Weihnachten feiern wir in Paris!“ hatte einer von diesen Grünschnäbeln auf dem Weg nach draußen gerufen. The positive news from la sarre and poland had led to a spontaneous party in the “guesthouse” in the basement of the ministry, so the UvD* hurried to get him out. “We celebrate christmas in paris!” shouted one of those greenhorns on the way out. Das hatte er schon einmal gehört. Damals, vor 25 Jahren als auch er es nicht erwarten konnte dem Vaterland zu dienen und schon traurig war, dass er mit 17 Jahren zu jung war. Der Krieg war aber „gnädig“ mit ihm, so dass er sich ein Jahr später als Abiturient für eine Offizierslaufbahn einschreiben konnte. Und weil er dachte, dass er dort eher überleben würde, wählte er die Marine. Er konnte schwimmen, das reichte. He had heard this once. Back then, 25 years ago, when he too couldn’t wait to serve the Fatherland and was sad, because he was 17 and too young for war. But the war was “merciful” with him, so he could sign up one year later as Abiturient** and sign up for a officers career. And because he thought he would more likely survive there, he chose the navy. He could swim, that was sufficient. Vor dem Fahrzeugfenster zog das verdunkelte Berlin an ihm vorbei. Das letzte was Korky noch verbindlich gewusst hatte bevor er und seine Mannschaft unter Arrest gestellt wurden war, dass es eine große Schlacht in Polen gegeben haben musste. Und scheinbar war sie gewonnen worden. Er fragte sich wer bis zuletzt durchgehalten hatte: Hela, Warschau, Przemysl***? Und wie war es im Westen weitergegangen? Scheinbar hatte sich erneut ein statischer Krieg entwickelt. Warum sonst sollte im Saarland gekämpft werden. Naja, Grabowski würde ihn schon auf den neuesten Stand bringen. The blacked out Berlin passed on the other side of the carwindows. The last thing Korky had known for sure before he and his crew were arrested was the beginning of a big battle in Poland. And it was apparently won. He wondered who had stood to the last: Hel, Warsaw, Przemysl? And how did it develop in the west? Apparently the war there was static again. Why else should there still be fighting. Well, Grabowski would update him properly. Korky griff in seine Aktentasche. Eine Mappe mit der Aufschrift „Sachstand der Verhandlungen über die sogenannte internationale Schutzmarine“ kam hervor. Korky öffnete sie und begann zu lesen. Offiziell hatte es den ersten Angriff einer Nixe am 28. September gegeben. Die Quelle war laut Text die britische Admiralität. Korky verzog eine Augenbraue. „Und wir haben den fliegenden Holländer bekämpft oder was?“, dachte er und las weiter. Solche außergewöhnlichen Kämpfe fanden wohl ausschließlich auf See statt. An Land hatte es bisher keine Sichtung von vergleichbaren Kreaturen gegeben. Seitdem wurde im Völkerbund darüber gestritten wie der Bedrohung zu begegnen sei. Korky reached into his briefcase. A file with the label “Status of the negotiations about the so called international naval protection force” came out. Korky opened and started reading. The first official attack of a Nixe happened on the 28th of September. Korky raised an eyebrow. “And we fought the flying dutch man?”, he thought and read on. Such extraordinary fights seemed to take place exclusively on sea. On land no fights with comparable creatures were reported. Since then a discussion inside the league of nations had arisen, how to fight the new threat. Schnell waren wohl die Neutralitätspatroullien aus der Zeit des spanischen Krieges zur Sprache gekommen. Sogar das deutsche und das japanische Reich waren dazu geladen worden. Seehandel und –für die kriegführenden Nationen viel wichtiger- Seekrieg waren fast vollständig zum Erliegen gekommen. Nur Schiffe auf denen sich eine Walküre manifestiert hatte waren in der Lage eine Konfrontation mit den Nixen zu überleben. Italien hatte wohl schon seine Unterstützung zugesichert, Japan schien auch angetan, nur Deutschland zögerte. Soon the neutrality patrols from the spanish civil war were discussed as a role model. Even the german and japanese empire were invited to the meetings. Sea trading – and for the warring states much more important- sea warfare were heavily disrupted and nearly completely halted. Only ships with manifested Walküren were able to withstand an attack of the Nixen. Italy had already signaled support for the idea, Japan seemed intrigued as well, only Germany hesitated. „Zu Recht!“, ging es Korky durch den Kopf. „Die Walküren zu neutralisieren bedeutet vermutlich den Seekrieg gegen England aufzugeben. Und England würde auch weit mehr von gesicherten Seerouten profitieren als wir. Also warum machen wir da mit?“ fragte er sich während er die Liste der Nationen mit bekannten Walküren durchsah. Sogar die Niederlande und Spanien hatten welche. Und Polen…. Wie es ihr wohl ging? „Justified!“, crossed Korkys mind. „To neutralise the Walküren would probably mean to give up the sea warfare with England. And England would profit much more from secure sea trading than we would. So, why are we joinig in at all?” he asked himself while he checked the list with nations known to have Walküren. Even the Netherlands and Spain had some. And Poland…. How she’d be right now? Nach einem kurzen Nickerchen wachte Korky vom Regenprasseln an der Scheibe des Auto auf. "Wie weit ist es noch?“, fragte er den Fahrer. „Noch eine gute Stunde bei diesem Wetter, Herr Kapitän.“ kam die Antwort. Korky griff sich den Einsatzbefehl und begann zu lesen. „Herr Kapitän?“ „Hm?“ brummelte Korky zurück. „Stimmt es dass Herr Kapitän eine Walküre zur Braut hat?“ Korky guckte völlig verwirrt auf. „Zur Braut? Junge ich bin vor drei Jahren durch den Tod geschieden worden. Seitdem wäre mir aufgefallen wenn ich geheiratet hätte.“ „Aber Herr Kapitän fahren doch nach Kiel, oder? Dort liegen alle Walküren der Ostsee im Moment.“ „Das mag sein, aber geheiratet habe ich sie nicht.“ „Aber das Schiff ist doch die Braut des Seemanns Herr Kap’tän. Und Walküren sind doch das Schiff habe ich gehört.“ „Hm, ist das so? Ich konnte meine leider noch nicht so gut kennenlernen. Und jetzt fahren’se mal lieber mehr mit Augen auf der Straße, Oberbootsmann. Ich muss diese Akte bis Kiel gelesen haben.“ „Jawohl, Herr Kapitän!“ After a short nap Korky woke up from the rain hitting the car’s window. “How far still?”, he asked the driver. “A bit over an hour in this weather, Herr Kapitän.”, came the answer. Korky grabbed the mission order and started reading. “Herr Kapitän?” „Hm?“, Korky muttered back. „Is it true? Herr Kapitän has a Walküre as his bride?“ Korky lokked up totally puzzeled. “As bride? Boy I was divorced three years ago through death. I would’ve noticed if I had remarried since then.” “But Herr Kapitän is going to Kiel, right? All Walküren of the Baltic sea anchor there at the moment.” “That’s possible but I didn’t marry her.” „But the ship ist the bride of the seaman, Herr Kap’tän. And Walküren are the ship, so I have heard.” „Hm, that’s the case? Regrettably I couldn’t get to know mine very well yet. And now drive with the eyes on the road, Herr Oberbootsmann. I have to finish reading this file until we are in Kiel.” “Yes, Herr Kapitän!” „Diese Akte“ waren seine Einsatzbefehle. 1. Kommando über sein Schiff und die Walküre übernehmen, 2. Den „Walkürenbefehl“ verlesen, 3. Vorräte auffüllen, 4. Mannschaft falls nötig ergänzen und trainieren, 5. Auf weitere Befehle warten. Das Schiff wurde der 2ten Nixenjägergruppe – Gruppe Ostsee zugeteilt. Eigentlich ganz einfach. Wenn er nicht so unsicher wäre ob seine Walküre weiterhin sein Kommando akzeptierte. Immerhin waren sie nach wenigen Tagen getrennt worden. Außerdem wusste er nicht wer von den Männern gehen würde. Sowohl wegen der Gefährlichkeit der Aufgabe als auch wegen der veränderten Auftragslage. Immerhin sollten mit den Nixenjägern vornehmlich Nixen und nicht der Engländer* versenkt werden. Das könnte einigen Torfköppen den „Spaß“ nehmen. Pah, Spaß. Als wäre ein Krieg Spaß. „This file“ were his mission orders. 1.Taking command of his ship and the Walküre, 2. To read the “Walkürenorder” to the crew, 3. Resupply, 4. Replenish and train new crew if necessary, 5. Await new orders.The ship was to be assigned to the 2nd Nixenhuntergroup – group baltic sea. Actually pretty simple. If he weren’t so unsure if his Walküre still accepted his command. They had been separated after a few days after all. He also was unsure how many men would leave the crew. Reason could be the danger of the mission as well as the changed mission parameters. After all the Nixenhunters were to hunt Nixen primarily and not sink the English. It could take the “fun” out of the mission for some peatheads. Pah, fun. As if war was fun. Die wahre Schwierigkeit lag allerdings im vierten Punkt. Wenn wirklich ein Teil der Männer gehen würde, wer würde als Ersatz kommen? Bestimmt nur Halsabschneider und Aussortierte. Es war kein Geheimnis, dass die Nixenjäger ein Himmelfahrtskommando waren. Nur Leute die ehrgeizig und dumm waren oder keine Wahl hatten würden als Ersatz kommen. Und der Befehl galt für zunächst zwei Wochen. Wie zur Hel sollte er da Leute trainieren die vielleicht zuletzt in der Grundausbildung auf einem Schiff gewesen waren? Korkys Stirn legte sich in Falten. Bevor er sich Sorgen um die Nixen machen konnte musste er erstmal das eigene Haus in Ordnung haben. Sorgenvoll blickte er in den nächtlichen Regen hinaus. Alas, the true difficulty hid in the fourth point. If really a portion of the men went away, who would replace them? Probably only cutthroats and sorted out ones. It was no secret: The Nixenjäger were a suicide squad. Only people who were ambitious and stupid or had no other choice would be send as replacements. And the orders lasted only for two weeks. How in hel should he train people who had set foot on a ship the last time in basic training? Korkys furrowed his brows. Before he could worry about the Nixen, he had to get his house in order. Sorrowful he gazed into the nightly rain. ------- *UvD: Short for "Unteroffizier vom Dienst". The seargent on guard duty at the moment. Often accompanied by the GvD "Gefreiter vom Dienst", the private on guard duty. ** Someone holding a school degree allowing you to attend university in germany. It's called Abitur (read: ah-bee-tour). *** I apologise for the lack of polish letters
  3. Well some ports ARE known expressis verbis through the KS-Campaign and it IS known for who has more than one port (usually major powers) and who doesn't (usually minor powers). My question would aim at an explanation what criteria were used in choosing some ports that aren't obvious. Scapa flow would be obvious*, but what if they chose something on the british mainland? And how were secondary ports for britain and italy chosen? And if not Kiel for the Ost.... Baltic sea, why not? *just like San Diego, Norfolk, Wilhelmshafen, Napoli.... all well known major military ports. And another one related to a german specific thing: Will the Kiel-Canal be passable ingame? (even the Scharnhorst-class fits, jfyi) Much better question than mine.
  4. For everyone who wonders what happened on date XX.XX 1939-1945 I found this interesting german source: https://weltkrieg2.de/geschichte/kriegstagebuch/ You can switch to english at the top of the site.
  5. @Nel Celestine Please, can I cross reference this story in the KMM, Frau Konteradmiral?
  6. They're daft, they all are. And I love'em for it. (Also check the generals around 1:21, mes amis. Nous vous aimons. )
  7. I asked something related in the general questions. The answer was, neutral ports are usable but only to a minor degree than allied ports. You can resupply, but you can't build new ships there for example. Internment wouldn't make much sense imho, because if you join the Belle-squad you will more or less be forced to join, or at least treated like a member of, the INPF. And the INPF is a neutral, international force that helps humanity. So in theory you should be able to achieve to harbour your ORP Wicher in Wilhelmshaven if you want to later in the game. Depending on your progress I suppose. Edit: I don't want to doublepost, so I edit this one. It's kind of a specific question and it was blocked once, but since we are asked for Lore questions now: What harbours are implemented ingame and why (possible City A instead of possible City B, or why THAT neutral port.)? It really interests me.
  8. Okay since von_Lipstig hinted at propaganda I wonder why there was none posted yet. The U.S. cartoon industry was very activa in that regard. I'll leave you to them.
  9. Some education (Not WWII but whatevs):
  10. That's the sole reason why I have nothing to contribute here. Every question I can or could come up with until now is answered somewhere already. I find it really hard to formulate a valid and unanswered one. But maybe I have the wrong concept of answers in my mind and seeing the first Lore related update will set it free and I will explode with questions. idk. Edit: Oh, oh I got one: Do the Belles have any memory of Belles who awoke in the distant past maybe? Like in the "golden age of piracy" or in the classic ancient times? Or when the sea people came? I don't think that Lore question was answered anywhere yet. Amiright???
  11. I'm sorry comrade but I think that ship has sailed. If I get it right, we can only pair interviewed Belles. So like the forces defending Madrid we have fought long and hard, but lost. I second Kiwov and New Owleans, for those exact reasons. And it's a bolly good defense I'd say, Herr Admiral. I also second the de Ruyter & another culinary Belle option. Maybe it can become a recipe thing, more often than once? I want a cookbook! *hint* *hint* And my sinister side has to suggest a serious conversation or encounter between Nürnberg and Camicia Nera.
  12. That was a nice interview and a very good end to the interviews. I'm really troubled about her design. I absolutely like her hair and her green suit and tie... but I don't like the overall design. And her attitude is ... boring? But I will not refuse her if I find her lost in a certain minefield. And just to drop an anecdote: Texel is mentioned in the interview. It's mid-july so Texel should be swarmed by german tourists right now. Our summer holidays are in full swing since this week.
  13. Count me in, and I would favour Option 3, 2 and 1 in that specific order.
  14. Well Mahan desperately tries to lecture us on naval tactics, strategies and analytic naval history..... just saying.