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The Germans were unaware of a torpedo battery near Oscarsborg's main gun battery at North Kaholmen Island. Built in 1901, it was equipped with three shore-mounted dual elevators firing the torpedoes via underwater tunnels. The torpedoes were Austro-Hungarian-built Whitehead torpedoes (in the torpedo factory of Fiume, Hungarian Kingdom, now Rijeka, Croatia) of the same turn-of-the-century vintage. These torpedoes had been practice-launched well over 200 times before being fired in anger, and no-one was certain if they would function or not. They did. Blücher received two direct hits, one near her forward turret Anton and the second in the engine room, leaving her drifting out of control in the narrow fjord. The torpedoes sealed her fate.
Found it by trial and error on Google Translate: Serbian...Natter wrote:Thank you. What language is this..??Dili wrote:Yes it is in Paluba forum here: http://www.paluba.info/smf/index.php?topic=6601.0
Inside the bay isn't that strange, considering a harbourdefence, but I'm puzzled of the main torpedocourse and the area it could cover (I'm not familiar with the region: What potential enemies would approach from the east..??). It seems like a barrage for ships passing out to the Mediterranean sea.Dili wrote:Yes it is strange inside the bay.
Thank you! Very interesting... Seems there is more widespread historic use of onshore torpedobatteries than I knew. Certainly something I need to look more intoludvig wrote:Here is an old Austrian fortress map of Kriegshafen Castelnuvo :
Thanks again! A little confusing as the position on this map doesn't match the position given in the serbian forum mentioned above (ref. my aerial photo), so probably different batteries from different eras...ludvig wrote:Here is another old Austrian fortress map with locations of coast artillery , booms ,
uncontrolled minefields and two torpedo batteries . The Kobila torpedo battery just
north of Rat Kobila
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