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WW2 Submarines

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/26/2014

During World War 2, no ocean-going surface vessel was safe from the attack submarine.

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There are a total of 36 WW2 Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1940
Ammiraglio Cagni
With coastline as long as that of Italy's, it behooved the nation to promote considerable naval firepower across the Mediter...
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1939
Archimede (1939)
The Archimede was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine serving the Regia Marina of Italy during World War 2. She was bo...
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1944
Biber (Beaver)
All of the major naval powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized some sort of submersible "midget" submarine. These midget s...
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1933
FS Rubis (1933)
During the latter half of the 1920s, the French Navy placed its mine-laying duties in the hands of the six-strong Saphir-clas...
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1934
FS Surcouf (N N 3)
Surcouf (N N 3) was a mammoth French-built attack submarine developed and built during the interwar years between World War 1...
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1942
HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or simply Type "KS") of Japanes...
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1932
HMS Thames (N71)
HMS Thames led the new Thames-class (also "River-class") of attack submarines appearing during the early part of the 1930s fo...
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1940
HMS Upholder (P37)
Ordered in 1936 HMS Upholder (P37) was the seventh U-class submarine built by the Vickers Armstrong company for the Royal Nav...
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1943
HMS X-class / X-craft (Series)
The British naval fleet had to keep their battleships and carriers near or in home waters to protect the vital shipping lanes...
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1945
IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the war in the Pacific, there w...
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1940
IJN I-15
The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-Type, nicknamed the "I-15...
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1945
IJN I-201
Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy was forced to enact as em...
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1941
IJN I-21
As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in her naval power projection...
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1945
IJN I-351
During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put effor...
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1944
IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines...
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1944
IJN I-58
The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down on December 26th, 1942, la...
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1937
IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest submarines ever put to sea by ...
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1944
Kaiten
The Kaiten (meaning "Reverse Destiny" or "Change the World") was based on the Japanese Navy Type 93 torpedo and was a top sec...
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1939
Maiale (Pig)
In 1935, it had become painfully obvious to Italian authorities that the Italian Navy maintained a weak position in the Medit...
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1936
Type I U-Boat
Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the German government funded ...
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1938
Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type IX class being lost to the...
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1936
Type VII U-Boat
Type VII u-boats made up a large part of the u-boat fighting force in the Atlantic. This class of fighting ship helped the Ge...
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1944
Type XXI U-Boat
The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in 1944. Their type was des...
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1944
Type XXIII U-Boat
The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow waters between England an...
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1944
Type XXVII Seehund (Seal)
The Seehund (or "Seal") was the most successful of the several Nazi Kriegsmarine attempts to perfect a "midget" submarine. Mi...
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1936
U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versailles to formally restrict...
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1941
U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one of her captains committi...
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1943
USS Bowfin (SS-287)
The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. The vessel accounted for ...
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1941
USS Gato (SS-212)
The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 boats and, along with the B...
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1942
USS Grunion (SS-216)
The USS Grunion (SS 216) is best known for her mysterious dissappearance. Until recently, little was known of the last wherea...
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1943
USS Ling (SS-297)
The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine of which 77 were produce...
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1944
USS Piranha (SS-389)
Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between the various islands makin...
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1935
USS Porpoise (SS-172)
USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat was a conventional diesel...
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