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strange German river boats - any ideas?

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    hi, please see the attached photos of German soldiers messing about in boats. But what sort of boat is it? Its a little too large for a motorised canoe but its not an assault craft either. Any ideas?

    cheers, daveClick image for larger version. 

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    Much like the late-war one-man Demolition-Boats...
    cheers, Glenn

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    I don't believe these are Linsen boats (explosive boats) too narrow and no trigger railing on the bow .
    Cheers Chris

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    Quote by CBH View Post
    I don't believe these are Linsen boats (explosive boats) too narrow and no trigger railing on the bow .
    I agree, I was referring to the similarity in configuration...the long, sleek bow/front end -for the charge- and the crewman far in the back...Perhaps a Training-Session on the Rhein?
    cheers, Glenn

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    Linsen boats were small radio controlled , wooden shells 17ft long with a 4 1/2 ft beam with a draught of 16 inches . Carrying an explosive charge of 1000 lbs and powered by a Ford V-8 producing 90 hp or 95 hp in a later models . These were used by K Flotilla .
    Cheers Chris

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    agree with Glenns remarks.

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    Great Info on a subject I have yet to explore in detail...
    cheers, Glenn

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    It came from "Kommando" German Special Forces of World War Two by James Lucas 1985
    Good book , talks about Brandenburg and other commando type units .
    Cheers Chris

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    a Ford V8 motor? You'd definitely need a grab rail on that little number!! Thanks guys, not sure I care about the boat the German gentlemen are playing with, the Ford V8 version sounds a load more fun.

    many thanks and regards, dave

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    The Ford V-8 was in the German boat , and the Railing on the bow contained an explosive charge that blows the bow off the Linsen boat when striking it's target vessel , causing it sink so that the main charge would detonate underwater with the force of a sea mine . It was pretty much a surface torpedo , that was Captained to a few hundred yards from its target , then the radio control was turned on and the Captain jumps over the side . He would then be picked up by a Command vessel who also had the Radio control unit .
    Cheers Chris

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