Frogmen, Divers, Combat Swimmers and their equipment

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Post by Sniper1946 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:57 am

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Skorzeny did not have control of German submarines and frogmen for long before WW2 ended, but he did send them on to at least one unsuccessful mission to blow up bridges.
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German frogmen beleaguer the bridges

You could call the action of the German frogmen here a genuine act of daring. Putting their own lives in danger, they attempted in the dark of night to lay bombs around the pillars of the Nijmegen rail and road bridges. Would they succeed in remaining undetected and disable the bridges?

In September 1944, the divers of the German Marine Einsatzkommando MEK 65 were given the highly dangerous task of blowing up the river bridges in Nijmegen. Of the 12 frogmen involved in the operation to destroy these two bridges, ten were captured by the British. Three of these men later died of wounds sustained during their attack. Two frogmen of the first group, whose target was the railway bridge, managed to escape capture. In the fast-flowing waters of the river Waal, the men lost touch with each other. Around 6 o'clock in the morning, the two divers heard a huge explosion - it was the railway bridge. The divers were later awarded high military honours for this action.

The Germans charged to blow up the road bridge were less successful. The Waal river current was too powerful, and they were seen. Under heavy fire, they desperately tried to sink their bombs to the correct depth, and activate the detonator timing. They succeeded in the latter, but the bombs were too far out of position, and therefore only did minor damage. The frogmen, totally exhausted, floated to the banks of the river, where they were captured by the Allies.
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Post by Sniper1946 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:34 am

A job for fit men, or your nuts wanting to do this.
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UDT-23 Training. Beach Recon / Combat Swim, Ft. Pierce, FL, 1944.
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Lt. j.g. Don Lumsden of UDT-11 photographed off Borneo in the South Pacific during World War II after returning from a reconnoiter of the Japanese-held island.
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SOE had built this one-man submarine. In it, there was a frogman who was to carry out secret reconnaissance missions or attack enemy ships
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The Royal Navy had dismissed the idea of manned torpedoes as impractical and dangerous, but during the Second World War Italian frogmen the Siluro a Lenta Corsa (Slow Running Torpedoes) successfully attacked British naval bases in Malta, Gibraltar and Alexandria. This led to a change of policy and the formation of the Experimental Submarine Flotilla in 1942.

The training was rigorous and intense. The torpedo boats, called Chariots, were unwieldy to use and took time to master. Meanwhile oxygen poisoning, burst eardrums and sinus problems all contributed to the difficulty. Even so, none of these challenges would prepare the unit for combat.

The frogmen faced high odds of being either captured or killed in action. It was as dangerous an occupation as you could find in the war, but then the unit wasn’t without success either. The frogmen undertook raids against Italian and German boats, winning several tactical battles, whilst the unit also played a role in the D-Day landings. Demonstrating their amphibious prowess, the frogmen surveyed the sea floor before D-Day and demolished beach obstacles during the landing itself.
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Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Maritime Unit (MU) combat divers are seen training with the Lambertsen Amphibious Respiratory Unit (LARU) during WWII.
Provisional OSS Platoon in Night Reconnaissance Arakan Coast, Burma, October 1944 through April 1945 India - Burma Campaign Capt Martin J.
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