Fahrzeuge mit Batterieantrieb
- Published: 08 December 2012 08 December 2012
- Last Updated: 08 December 2012 08 December 2012
by Gareth Collins
Neger: Manned torpedo (1 man) seated where the warhead is and operating it with breathing apparatus. It had 12hp with a maximum speed of around 7 nautical miles per hour with a maximum operational time of 3-4 hours. Its weapon was an attached torpedo, fired at the very last moment possible.
Marder: Manned torpedo (1 man), an upgraded version of the Neger. The Marder had built-in compressed air canisters and potassium cartridges so no mask was needed. One other change was that a targeter was inside the dome. Everything else was as the Neger.
Schweine: Manned torpedo (2 men). The riders were 1 frogman and 1 trained technician. The weapon was a 300kg explosive. The torpedo had a range of 10 nautical miles per hour and a maximum depth of 30 metres. They were of Italian development and taken over by German Forces. They were tested but never operationally used.
Haie: Manned double-torpedo (Cornelius-Torpedo) and consisted of 2 centrally placed torpedos. It had improved maneuverability and greater speed than the Marder. It was only operational at the end of the war.
Molche: One man submersible craft of about 11 metres in length with a 35cm tower with a fixed periscope of approximately 1.50 metres in length pivoting 30 degrees either side. It had a speed of 3 nautical miles per hour with a range of 9 hours. Breathing apparatus was used and it was armed with 2 outboard torpedoes.
Hechte: Two-manned submersible of about 10.4 metres in length. It had an operational range of 90 nautical miles at a speed of 5.7-6 nautical miles per hour. It was armed with a limpetmine or torpedo. Trials were aborted in 1944 and it was never used operationally.
Do you have any corrections or additions to the material presented on the site?
Please help us improve the site by sending them to us.