battery section of midget submarine X-7

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  • MAR 560.1
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  • whole: metal
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  • full name: battery section of midget submarine X-7
  • simple name: submersible : British
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Badly battle damaged battery section of the midget submarine X-7. Although the Germans raised the stern section of X-7 following the attack on the Tirpitz on 22 September 1943, they failed to find the remainder of the vessel. This was susequently found by a British Sub Aqua Club expedition during their search for the X-5 (not found) in 1974. The remains were relocated again in 1976 and raised from 160 feet of water, when they were confirmed as being those of X-7.

History note

Godfrey Place took command of X7, one of three midget submarines assigned to attack the German battleship Tirpitz in Kaa Fiord, Norway, on 22 September 1943. During the attack, the X7 twice became entangled in anti-torpedo nets but broke free and surfaced close to the Tirpitz. It struck the German battleship's side and slid under the keel, where Place released his starboard explosive charge. He then went astern for some 200 feet and dropped the port charge. As Place tried to get away, X7 was again caught in the nets and came under fire, eventually being shaken free by the explosion of the charges. With compasses and diving gauges out of action, Place decided to abandon ship. Two of the crew were drowned and Place and another officer became prisoners of war. The attack immobilised the Tirpitz for several months. Although the Germans were able to salvage the rear part of the vessel at the time, they failed to find this bow section.

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