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Midget submarine (wikipedia.org)
22 points by smacktoward on Aug 8, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 9 comments



Well, here is a timely (only 18 hours old as of this post) video about WWII midget submarines https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zt1O8RIX9pw


And a complementary video on the neighboring channel Military History Visualized: "Kriegsmarine's Wunderwaffen or Desperation Weapons?" [1]; showing and describing one of Germany's late war midget submarine models.

[meta] The concept of "submarine articles" [2] comes to mind (sorry).

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[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF-bnhgZ_mY.

[2] http://paulgraham.com/submarine.html


I was just going to post that one myself - a very interesting channel about navel history.


Looking at North Korea's fleet was an incredibly interesting Wikipedia hole I went down earlier this year (link below). The mixture of indigenous and foreign built, looking at their age and getting an idea of when they built a lot and when they didn't, and looking at totals is interesting. Especially since it's supposed to be a cohesive fleet. This wikihole also pairs well with reading about their naval doctrine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_ships_of_the_Ko...


A key use of midget submarines was Operation Source against the German’s battleship Tirpitz.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Source


There’s 2 WW2 XT class midget submarines in Aberlady Bay in Scotland. They were used for target practise and you can walk out to them at low tide. http://coastkid.blogspot.com/2012/01/ww2-xt-class-submarine-...


I was expecting a submarine built for midgets. It'd be a smaller target and cheaper to build!


Japanese midget submarines made it as far as Sydney Harbour in 1942:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Sydney_Harbour


russia uses midget submarines in the baltic region https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/...




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