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RE: Quality of submarines
Posted by: David W ()
Date: September 21, 2000 11:18PM

On paper, the only category where the American subs came up short is in the depth rating. The Germans could go 160M easy. The newest American "thick skins" could only do about 100M in the Gato class and 130M for the Balaos'.
In the general discussion section a month or so ago, I learned from others that due to a shortage of raw materials, namely copper, the Germans were forced to use an inferior direct drive propulsion system that was prone to failure. The American subs diesel engines drove generators which either drove electric motors for propulsion or charged the batteries. The electric motors drove the sub whether it was surfaced or submerged.
I also read somewhere that the Germans didn't expect the war to last but about 5-7 years and engineered their subs accordingly. The Americans from the O class on up shot for a life expectancy of 20 years.
I don't know how the British or Russian subs stack up. I'm sure others here do!

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RE: Quality of submarines David W 09/21/2000 11:18PM
RE: Quality of submarines - RN vs VIIC Andrew Hetherington 09/22/2000 11:01AM
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RE: Max depth US subs Forest 09/27/2000 12:14AM
RE: Pressure Testing Submarine Hulls Don Baker 09/27/2000 04:42PM
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RE: Max depth US subs kurt 09/27/2000 04:34PM
RE: Max depth US subs David W 09/28/2000 01:39AM
US vs German subs Kurt 09/24/2000 09:05PM
Underwater manueverability David W 09/25/2000 11:31PM
RE: Underwater manueverability Forest 09/26/2000 01:31AM
RE: Quality of submarines bernard zimmermann 09/25/2000 10:32AM
RE: Quality of submarines kurt 09/25/2000 08:58PM
RE: Mk24 and "Cutie" Don Baker 09/26/2000 05:04AM
RE: Mk24 and "Cutie" Steve Cooper 09/26/2000 12:10PM
RE: Mk24 and "Cutie" joe brandt 09/26/2000 03:56PM
RE: Mk24 and "Cutie" Don Baker 09/26/2000 09:16PM
RE: Mk24 and "Cutie" kurt 09/26/2000 08:59PM
RE: Mk24 and Cutie Performance Don Baker 09/27/2000 08:29PM
Correction to Cutie performance Don Baker 09/28/2000 01:02AM
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RE: Hellions of the Deep Don Baker 09/30/2000 02:26PM
RE: Hellions of the Deep Forest 09/30/2000 04:22PM
TBM/TBF Avenger Don Baker 09/30/2000 06:16PM
Re: RE: Hellions of the Deep ROBERT M. 06/26/2012 06:06PM
Re: Quality of submarines Walter Schmidt 06/26/2012 03:02PM
Re: Quality of submarines ROBERT M. 06/26/2012 05:50PM
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Re: Quality of submarines ROBERT M. 06/26/2012 08:52PM
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