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WWII German Marder and Torpedo

Semi-suicide Device not Considered Successful

Sign reads:
This German Marder (Pine Marten) and torpedo was captured during World War II and donated to Mare Island in 1947. Developed and used sparingly by the German Navy, they were used in the English channel and Mediterranean. They were not considered successful; 80% of them were sunk.

The top section of this semi-suicide device was used to escape from the target area after the torpedo carried beneath was release by the operator who sat in the hooded cockpit.

Display is located on Mare Island, Vallejo, California. WW2HQ staff photo.