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Torpedoes, am I right?

 

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I mean, they're essentially 19th-century steampunk guided missiles: all miniature steam engines (hellooo wet heaters), gleaming brass and mechanical control systems.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epvEyiVby9A

 

Amazingly, these things have spend a productive 150-year career being worked on and refined, and still haven't gone out of style.

 

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Best of all, they do this:

 

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Share your love for the torpedo here.

 

 

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That's pretty cool. 

 

Surprisngly effective too, as Lost pointed out, Both the Blucher when it sank and the Lutzow when it nearly broke in half but somehow made it back to safety were taken completely by surprise, they thought the Norwegians set up a minefield not realizing they actually had underwater launch tubes for the outdated Whitehead designs which were what actually sunk the Blucher, or at least highly sped it up. (The Lutzow was actually Torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Spearfish however while retreating.)

 

They never had a clue what actually happened.

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They never had a clue what actually happened.

 

They should have realized that it was the inevitable consequences of trying to force a narrow strait without good intel and the semantics were somewhat superfluous.

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They should have realized that it was the inevitable consequences of trying to force a narrow strait without good intel and the semantics were somewhat superfluous.

 

Yeah but this was the Kriegsmarine, they weren't exactly known for their prowess in strategy or tactics, or "making good decisions" in general.

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Mark 16 Torpedo. With a warhead weight consisting of 1,260lbs of either Torpex or HBX (Both incredibly effective underwater explosives), It is by and large not only the most powerful conventional torpedo ever deployed by the USN, but by any navy period.

 

Although in service by 1943, It's not known whether or not any were actually used in combat.

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And, for Colli, we obviously want to go bigger then conventional torpedoes, so....

 

The Mark 45 Nuclear Torpedo!

 

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And an old video intended for submarine crews who may use it.

 

 

In Action.

 

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To be fair to the Krauts, trading a couple of cruisers for an entire European country is a pretty good deal.

You can debate the wisdom of invading, conquering and garrisoning Norway in the grand scheme of things. But I wouldn't exactly portray it as an "LOL Germany, Y you so bad at war?" when they sealed of the entirety of Scandanavia in a few weeks and did so almost on a whim or afterthought.

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To be fair to the Krauts, trading a couple of cruisers for an entire European country is a pretty good deal.

You can debate the wisdom of invading, conquering and garrisoning Norway in the grand scheme of things. But I wouldn't exactly portray it as an "LOL Germany, Y you so bad at war?" when they sealed of the entirety of Scandanavia in a few weeks and did so almost on a whim or afterthought.

 

To be fair, if the USN did it with their much better doctrine, trained sailors and better ships, they could've done it much faster without losing a single ship (and possibly arrive before the Norewegian royal family evacuated, which was one of their objectives the KM failed to achieve.)

 

.....Assuming the USN wanted to invade Norway for whatever reason.

 

Edit: Plus, the USN had ships to spare even if something did go wrong, the KM had nothing really.

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Somewhat related to Torpedoes.

 

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/venturer864.htm

 

The story of the HMS Venturer sinking U-864, the only time in history a Submarine has sunk an enemy Submarine while both vessels were submerged and running. (this is made more impressive by the fact that this was done without the use of guided torpedoes.)

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Chinese Yu-6, standard PLAN "heavy" torpedo for submarines.

 

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What makes it significant is that, by the standards of a torpedo, it has an incredibly advanced set of electronics and a very strong processor, though it's supposedly not as reliable in certain conditions as the less powerful, but more tested ones used in the USN's Mark 48 for example.

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