I know that a "Spinne-battery" were established in Vlissingen, but I have never seen any documents on this (jooperaya might have more on this). However, I seriously doubt they converted the existing battery. As you can read from previous postings in this thread, the "Spinne-batterien" were initially planned for France, but after the allied invasion and continued attacks made this plans impossible, most batteries were evacuated north to Holland, Belgium, Germany and Denmark (nearly half of all the batteries and torpedoes ended up in Denmark).underground_Ed wrote:2. I'm very interested in the fact that I believe that at first it was the plan that this torpedobatterie was planned to be an 'normal' torpedo launch installation. At the end, when the Spinne was developed they adjust the installation to become an spinnebatterie. Does someone know ?
The G7f(TX) "Spinne" was based on the G7e(TII), and this torpedo - as all electric torpedoes, due to their more delicate tailsection - would not have been suitable for a surface-launch of the hight you see in the Vlissingen battery. As you also can read from previous posts, there were three different methods of launching the TX-torpedo, and I struggle to see how thay might have implemented any of those in the existing battery... I'd love to be proven wrong by documents/photos though.
It would be very interesting to see any more documents relating the "Spinne-batteries". As most batteries were under establishment in France, my guess is they might have been transferred from one of the planned/abandoned sites there?underground_Ed wrote:3. And in october 1944, a few days before the assault on Vlissingen by NO4 commando ( 1 november 1944) the Spinnetorpedo's arrived at Vlissingen. The see commandant mentioned this in his kriegstagesbuch. Where are the torpedo's coming from ? Directly from Germany or Rotterdam or Oostende ?
It's a G7a(TI). It's being prepared for launch (or just readiness), as the airtank is being filled/topped up, and the igniting charge for the boiler-chamber is being inserted (by the guy at the left. I can't tell what the other guy is doing - perhaps removing or adding the safetylock for the starterlever).underground_Ed wrote:4. Can someone identify what kind of torpedo they working on (picture).