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Heavy Cruiser
Small Battle Units
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Manned Torpedoes
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Other vessels
Minesweeper, Torpedo boat, Räumboot
Explosive motorboats
Midget submarines
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Combat swimmers
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The K-Verband (in English "small battle unit", derived from Kleinkampfverbände der Kriegsmarine "small battle units") was a World War II German naval unit that operated a mixture of midget submarines and explosive speed boats.[1] It was formed in April 1944[1] and operated until 26 April 1945.[2]

The miniature submarines were a mix of one and two-man craft. The Linsen explosive speed boats were operated in units of three with two boats carrying 660-800 lb of explosives and a third tasked with remotely controlling them during their final attack run.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Tarrant, pp.35–37
  2. ^ Tarrant, pp.222–223
  • Tarrant, V.E (1994). The Last Year of the Kriegsmarine. Arms and Armour Press. ISBN 1-85409-176-X. 

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