London, South Kensington
1 November 2001
A STATIC DISPLAY MODEL OF THE WWII PERIOD GERMAN MIDGET "SEEHUND" TYPE XXVIIB CLASS SUBMARINE
with conning tower with periscope and breathing tubes, hatch with glazed dome, two side-slung torpedoes, propellor with swivelling Kort nozzle rudder over, up-and-down vanes and other details, the hull rusted overall and mounted on a plinth within brass bound glazed display case engraved along one edge seehund german -- wwII -- 6 x 17¼ x 4¼in. (15 x 44 x 11cm.)
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This was the most successsful type of German midget submarine produced in this period. 39 feet long and propelled by a diesel/electric plant they had [when fitted with extra tanks] a range of 500 miles at 7kts. The special rudder made them highly manouvrable and depth charges had trouble sinking them, tending to throw them violently to one side. Over 300 were completed and several served in the French and Russian navies after the War.
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