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Versuchs Schnellboot 5 (VS 5) Semi-submersible Attack Boat

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Germans were into some weird designs and prototypes in every aspect of arms and vehicles. Seems like the VS-5 Torpedo boat or Versuchs Schnellboot 5 was one of them. Basically the answer to the question "can we mix something up that's neither a sub nor a conventional attack boat",  VS-5 was a concept proposal by a Rudolf Engelmann (that later produced a working prototype) of a quick and stealthy semi-submersible attack boat armed with 20mm cannons and 533mm torpedo tubes. VS-5 didn't get past that stage due to development troubles, but still quite a weird and interesting design. More info if interested:

https://oldmachinepress.com/2017/12/05/versuchs-schnellboot-5-vs-5-semi-submersible-attack-boat/

http://strangevehicles.greyfalcon.us/VS 5.htm

And some eye candy ( above links got more pics, schematics and more detailed history).

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An idea that's not totally lost given that the drug cartels in S. America have resorted to something similar...

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