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German torpedo boats and torpedo cruisers from pre World War One up to the end of World War Two.

Torpedo Boat Crew / Torpedo Division 1.  Photographed at Wilhelmshaven, original postcard dated 24th November 1914.

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Mowe, 1938.

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1923 Type Mowe Class torpedo boats, Greif leading followed by Mowe, and what looks like Albatros then Falke behind. 1928.

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Mowe Class torpedo boat Seeadler, 1928.

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Mowe Class torpedo boat, Albaros, 1928.

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Mowe Class torpedo boat Falke, 1928.

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Torpedo boat Kondor

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Torpedo boat D99.

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Torpedo boat Jaguar possibly at Wilhelmshaven.

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Torpedo boat Seeadler at full speed.

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Torpedo boat Jaguar possibly at Wilhelmshaven.

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German torpedo boats at speed.

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Leopard, 1929.

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Luchs, 1929.

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Torpedo Boat Tiger.

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Torpedo Boat Luchs.

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Torpedo Boat S4, 1934.

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Torpedo Boat S9, 1935.

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German Torpedo Boats.  

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German Torpedo Boats in Scapa Flow.

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A German Torpedo Boat at Tongku.

 A group of German Torpedo Boats. 

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Torpedo Boat Division 1 pictured in November 1924. © Tony Davies

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German Torpedo Boat S42 before she was accidentally sunk by the British steamer Firsby.

Unknown German Torpedo Boat

German Torpedo Boat Albatros, 1923 Type.

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Seeadler

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1923 Type torpedo boat, Seeadler

Unknown German Torpedo Boat (2)

Unknown German Torpedo Boat (3)

Unknown German Torpedo Boat (4)

Torpedo Boat Flotilla led by a 1923 Type.

1923 Type Torpedo boats Seeadler and Kondor in Wilhelmshaven

A German Torpedo boat alongside SMS Deutschland.

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A Torpedo boat lists in severe weather

Torpedo Boat S59

 

Deeds That Thrill The Empire. Page 157 Volume I

The Sinking Of A2 And A6 By The Miura And Leonidas 

            When the Germans occupied Antwerp in October 1914, they lost no time in adapting for their own ends the shipbuilding yards they found there.  It was of no use for them to build battleships, even if they could have done so, if only because British superiority in sheer fighting strength was far too great, and growing at too rapid a rate, for the enemy to entertain any hope of making any impression on it.  Therefore they devoted the yards at Antwerp and Hoboken to the building of submarines and small torpedo boats, which could creep out to the coast by way of the canals that connected the Belgian port with the seaward town of Zeebrugge.  The only type of German ship that could hope to justify its existence was one that could sneak furtively about the seas, and either hide itself under water or run away when it sighted a British warship.  The first experience of the Antwerp built torpedo boats was not a happy one for them.  On Saturday, May 1st, two of these fast little craft managed to get over somewhere near the English coast without being detected, and their commanders probably obtained a certain amount of information that would have been useful had they got back to Antwerp with it.  On the return journey however, they made a fatal mistake.  They sighted four British armed trawlers engaged on patrol work, and the temptation of such an easy haul was not to be resisted.

            At three o’clock in the afternoon flouting international law by flying no international colours, they opened fire on the Columbia, a vessel so small that her crew numbered only seventeen all told.  As soon as they heard the firing the other vessels lumbered towards the scene of action as fast as they could; but they were to late to save their little consort, which was destroyed by a torpedo that literally cut her in two, so that she sank like a disappearing letter V.

            The German torpedo boats, the A2 and the A6, then turned their attention to the remaining three vessels, the Barbados, Miura and Chirsit.  They attacked them heavily with machine gunfire, riddling their upper works with holes, but fortunately doing little real damage.  They devoted special attention to the Barbados, the vessel of the senior officer, Lieutenant Commander Sir James Domville, and wounded her skipper severely in the foot.  Domville immediately took the wheel he, and handled the vessel with such ability that she dodged one torpedo that was aimed at her and gave the enemy no opportunity for firing another.

            The other trawlers were not idle.  The Chirsit, a vessel we had previously captured from the enemy, had a good turn of speed, and her commander, Sub-Lieutenant Stapleford, of the Royal Naval Reserve, drew away from the melee in order to attract to himself the attention and the fire of the enemy.  The manoeuvre was successful, and the A6 was so occupied with this phase of the fight that she gave little heed to the Miura (Sub Lieutenant Leslie Kersley, R.N.R.), coming up steadily on her quarter.  Presently, however, the Germans fired a torpedo at her.  It would have blown her out of the water had it hit; but it did not, and a few minutes later the Miura crashed into the stern of the torpedo boat with such force as to send some of her crew toppling over the side, besides knocking a hole in her below the water line.

             After this blow the Germans thought it tie to be making for home, but they were too late.  The Barbados had already got into touch with the destroyer Leonidas by wireless, and the Leonidas had called up three of her sister craft; and before long the A2 and the A6, the latter down by the stern because of the bump she had received from the Miura, found themselves pursued by four columns of smoke that rapidly resolved into particularly fast and well armed British destroyers.  In less than an hour the first pair of torpedo boats turned out by the Germans in the shipbuilding yards of Antwerp were lying at the bottom of the North Sea.
 

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