BIBER GERMAN ONE-MAN SUBMARINE

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The smallest submarine in the German navy during the Second World War


The Biber (Beaver) was hastily developed in the spring of 1944 to help meet the threat of the Allied invasion and to carry out attacks on coastal shipping. The craft were first used operationally on 29-30 August 1944 against ships of invasion fleet in the Bay of the Seine. Neither this operation nor subsequent efforts achieved any significant success.

Although 324 Bibers were delivered, they never posed a real threat to the Allies because of basic technical flaws and the inadequateĀ  training of crews.

Technical specifications:
CREW:
one


ENGINE
– Surface: One 32hp Otto petrol engine
– Submerged: One 13hp electric motor

SPEED
– Surface: 6,5 knots
– Submerged: 5,3 knots

ARMAMENT:
Two 21-inch (53 cm) torpedoes

DIMENSIONS:
– Length: 29 ft 4 in (8,9 m)
– Width: 9 ft (2,7 m)
– Height: 5 ft 4 in (1,6 m)
– weight: 6 tons (6,096 kg)

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