Before the group was able to re-position themselves to face on oncoming vehicles, the familiar sound of MG42 fire started up from the conning tower once again, sending a hail of bullets chewing up the concrete beneath their feet. It was soon, silenced, however as Jorge calmly advanced towards it and lobbed a grenade right into the top of the tower, taking the four Kriegsmarine out instantly.
No sooner was that problem taken care of that the new one emerged – as two Hanomags came hurtling down the dockside towards them, also wildly spraying MG fire in their general vicinity. The fire was ineffectual due to the darkness and the fact that the party members had all taken up good positions behind Drakul’s car.
Lodd took a running leap and managed to grab onto the side of the sub, hauling himself onto it, with Terry and the injured Gorich also scrambling onboard. While the Padre and the Popoviches struggled to put the gangplank into position so that the Popoviches could get away from the firefight as soon as possible, the remaining party members held off the Germans’ attack.
With the majority of the Germans armed only with Kar-98’s and stumbling around in the darkness, they offered up easy pickings for the party members. Jorge took several of them out with a couple of grenades, as did Taffy from his vantage point up in one of the cranes. Lodd added to the slaughter with a blast from his bazooka.
The Nazis’ attack was badly coordinated so that, by the time that the second squad had arrived on the scene, the first squad had already been taken out all but a couple of stragglers who had found cover in the warehouse. Although several were taken out on the way, one of them managed to bayonet the Padre in the leg before he was taken out – along with the remainder of the second squad.
Just as it appeared that the fight was over and the rearguard was about to get onboard to sub, the remainder of the platoon arrived in a third SdKfz. arriving from the east side of the dock. Fortunately the vampires’ trucks were blocking the way, allowing Terry to take out several of the freshly arriving Germans before they could close on the rest of the party. The remainder were taken down by Jorge, Bob, Taffy and Piotr before Lodd could get either his bazooka or the 4" deck gun to bear upon them.
The dockside was now clear. Only the sub needed to be dealt with.
The remainder of the party all boarded the sub, squeezing into the conning tower. Gorich had been keeping an eye on the ladder up from the bridge, but it would appear that the Kriegsmarine down below were opting for the party members to bring the fight to them.
Knowing that the bridge area of the HMS Torbay offered plenty of perfect nooks and crannies for the Kriegsmarine to hide behind, taking out the party members one-by-one as they descended the ladder, Terry lobbed a smoke grenade down the hatch and waited for thirty seconds until the bridge would be totally full before the party members started to cautiously make their way down the ladder and started stumbling around the bridge, trying to remember what routes lead where.
It was Bob who made first contact with the Kriegsmarine as one of them fired out at him with a Luger from the Gyro Room. His nervous shot was off-target though and Bob soon took him down. Towards the aft of the ship, Jorge and Taffy were less lucky as they were both injured by Kriegsmarine leaping out upon them from their concealed position. Two of them tried to gang up on Piotr, but with a little help from Lodd and Bob, they didn’t last too long.
Kriegsmarine seemed to be coming out of them from the smoke in every direction, but the party members, who were all now also armed with pistols, took them all out no sooner had they rushed through the smoke towards them.
After a brief firefight, the bridge fell silent. The remaining Kriegsmarine seem to have decided that it was going to be better to bide their time until they could ambush the party members.
The group split up, with Bob, Terry, Katherine and Gorich heading for the engine room, while the remainder of the party headed aft. The bow of the sub proved to be empty, however. There were several Kriegsmarine hiding among the sub-officers’ messes and Piotr got hit by one of them, but they were quickly taken out by Jorge and Taffy.
The final four Kriegsmarine were hiding among the boxes of arms and ammo that were stored in the sub’s torpedo storage bay. But Taffy and Jorge were able to finish off the four of them without further incident.
Piotr opened the door to the torpedo room and, much to his relief, saw that it was packed like sardines full of the crew of the HMS Torbay. The party members were as relieved to see Lieutenant Clutterbuck as he was them as they realized that they aren’t going to have to walk back from Romania.
The party members all come to help untie the captives.
“Thanks, chaps,” Lieutenant Clutterbuck says as soon as he is ungagged. “Am I right to assume that it’s full astern and out of here on the double?”
“You are, indeed,” Piotr replies.
Clutterbuck barks out orders and the crew members run to their positions as soon as they are freed.
Taffy orders Lodd to bring his MG42 with him as the pair of them head backup to the conning tower to keep an eye out for any German reinforcements who may be on their way. However, although there is the sound of much activity in the rest of the town, no more Germans come into sight before Clutterbuck comes up to join them and orders the engine room to pull back from the dockside.
To everyone’s relief, the sub starts heading away from the dockside and the Romanian coast, out towards the comforting darkness of the Black Sea. As soon as they are over a mile away from the shore, the three of them head back down to the bridge and HMS Torbay sinks beneath the waves.
Immediately after the sub is submerged, Lieutenant Clutterbuck asks everyone to come with him back to his mess for a debriefing. Here the party members learn the missing pieces of the jigsaw.
Clutterbuck informs them that he received another message from Paula 24 hours earlier saying that there had been a change of plan – that the HMS Torbay was to head for a different harbour, Agigea, some 20 miles to the north. It was here that the crew were ambushed and the sub taken over by the Kriegsmarine who crewed it back to Mangalia.
Gorich was particularly furious at this turn of events. He calms down a short while later, however, when he realizes that they have still managed to achieve the primary objective of the mission as the Popoviches were safely extracted and that Churchill was going to be relieved that he didn’t accidentally sign control of Romania over to a vampire.
Clutterbuck dismisses everyone, thanking them once again for their help and everyone heads to their bunks.