Maybe this question would be more appropriate in a military history group, but modelers seem to be pretty knowledgeable in that area, so I will ask here. I have never served a day on a submarine, never even been in the navy, but I have seen I don't know how many submarine movies: "Run Silent, Run Deep," "Destination Tokyo," "The Enemy Below," "Das Boot," "U-571," the old TV series "The Silent Service," etc. etc. In almost every one a submarine comes under heavy depth-charge attack, the charges sometimes seeming to detonate with a few feet of the submarine, practically on its deck at times. The destroyers attacking the subs seem to have an unlimited supply of depth-charges. Yet how subs many are sunk? None. They spring leaks, quite ferocious ones at times, yet all manage miraculous escapes. Yet at the same time, I read that casualties in the submarine service were sometimes quite high, for example about 75% among German crews in WW II. So, my question is: Was the depth-charge really that ineffective a weapon, or is this all Hollywood bull?
17 years ago