Escape From DORA

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A screenshot photo of part of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) base in Trondheim, Norway, during the first part of the second mission in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

Part of the Kriegsmarine base is seen during the first Trondheim mission in Medal of Honor: Allied Assualt.

Now that Lt. Mike Powell has destroyed an important prototype, killed a number of people and scuttled the U-529, he’s got to escape from DORA. And no, there will be no Spanish involved.

DORA, or as it was officially called, DORA 1, was the Kriegsmarine’s U-boat bunker in its Trondheim base. Though Powell was once able to wander freely in the guise of a German officer, the explosions on the U-529 have turned the base into a hornet’s nest.

All Powell needs to do is escape, but that’s easier said than done. Inside DORA, piles of crates and concrete walls offer the only cover from German soldiers with Kar98k rifles and MP40s that swarm the pens ahead of him. When playing on the hardest difficulty, the lone rifleman on the U-boat is the deadliest enemy, as one bullet from his rifle will take away 48 percent of Powell’s health.

On one hand, you’ll want to get through this as fast as possible (the constant alarm is deafening), but you’ll have to take it slow, abiding by Capt. Richards’ advice in the first mission, “advance from cover and check your corners.” A good combination of sniping with the Springfield and advancing with the MP40 works best.

A screenshot photo of the entrance to the air ducts in the ceiling of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) U-boat bunker in Trondheim, Norway in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

Lt. Powell approaches the ladder that will take him into the air ducts inside the ceiling of the Kriegsmarine base.

Once out of the sub pens, things get a little easier as Powell climbs into the ventilation system, though there are some surprises along the way.

With 11-foot-thick ceilings built to withstand heavy bombing, the vents are spacious and sturdy enough for Powell to move about as he escapes. The walls of DORA are just as thick, at 9.8 feet, and the entire base was built with the help of slave labor.

DORA gets its name from the letter “D” in the German phonetic alphabet, as Trondheim was “Drontheim” in German. Construction on the building began in 1941, but it wasn’t officially handed over to the Kriegsmarine until June 20, 1943, four months after Powell infiltrates the base in Allied Assault. As depicted in the game, it had five U-boat pens with space for seven boats. While U-boats operated from Trondheim starting in 1940, the 13th Flotilla and DORA didn’t organize until June 1943, which may be why no boats with the 13th Flotilla’s emblem (only the 11th) are seen in the pens.

Once out of the bunker, Powell must fight his way through unending hordes of German soldiers (they keep coming if you don’t advance), and even when he’s made it to the exit, the hardest is still ahead. From the time he opens the final door, Powell has 110 seconds to run across a supply yard to a railroad, where a train commandeered by Norwegian resistance forces has arrived to aid his escape. For half of the yard, numerous crates provide cover from the Germans on the ground and on the roof. But, the last half of the yard is completely open and necessitates a mad dash to the train as the three-man rescue team inside provides covering fire.

Today, the bunker is home to the Regional State Archives, a bowling alley and several businesses. The U-boat pens are used as a harbor for civilian and commercial vessels. Nearby, DORA 2, another bunker that was begun in 1942 but not finished by the end of the war, is used as a shipyard. For anyone who’s curious, you can get a closer look here, and even take a virtual tour.

A photo from an unknown source of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) U-boat bunker DORA 1 from WWII as it is today.

Today, DORA 1 has been added to (the blue building) and has multiple uses.


~ by John on January 3, 2011.

2 Responses to “Escape From DORA”

  1. Yet another excellent post. I never realized that this level was a real location.

    • Thanks, and yeah, I didn’t either, until I came across DORA while reading up on some other stuff. I just updated the post with this, but if you’re interested, you can get a closer look at it on Google Maps, and even go around it on street level. I don’t want to post the massive link in this comment, but it’s now posted at the end of the post itself.

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