KM A-01 (TB-1930)


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Half a dozen of the A type torpedo boats were allowed to be kept after the 1919 and 1923 treaties. These small torpedo boats were used hard  and were given to the Police Marine unit for use as patrol vessels intercepting boats trying to leave or enter German waters. This type of vessel was one the Germans liked for use in the Baltic and North Sea / English channel areas, so they were happy to build replacements during the 1930's. The 'A' designation stood for "Aktion' boats.

With two 88mm/L56 dual purpose guns they had weapons that could help in getting themselves in close to their intended targets. The six torpedo tubes were mounted one either side of the bow in fixed positions firing forward, while the other four were sited in two twin sets amidships. The light AA were extremely useful in the English Channel fighting off the Commonwealth MTB's and MGB's.


Displacement 495 tons std, 710 tons full load
Length 236.5 ft
Breadth 24.5 ft
Draught 9 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines, 14,000shp
Speed 35 knots
Range 500 miles @ 35knots
Armour nil
Armament 2 x 88mm (2x1)

2 x 37mm (1x2)

6 x 20mm (2x2 2x1)

Mines 20 when fitted
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x1 2x2)
Complement 62
Notes A-01


From 1941 the single 40mm was replacing the twin 37mm. Coastal convoy in background under escort.


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