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HMS X7 Midget Submarine

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The X7 was a fifty-three foot British midget submarine developed to reach those inaccessible locations where conventional submarine could not go. The X7 was armed with two thirty foot charges that could be deployed from below its target. The charges were set with timers allowing the escape of the sub.

The X7 was deployed during the British attack on the German battleship Tirpitz in 1943. Upon trying to escape the sub was damaged resulting in the captain the order to surface. As the captain climbed out under fire, the sub began to sink. Only one out of the three remaining crew members still inside was able to get out alive.

In 1974, divers located the remnants of the X7 and raised the wreckage in 1976 and they were given to the Imperial War Museum.

Special thanks are given to Darren Baker for providing Model Shipwrights with these photos of the X7 Midget Submarine from his recent visit to the Imperial War Museum.
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About the Author

About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...


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