The Submarine that Sank Itself
The Submarine that Sank Itself

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Being a submariner during the Second World War wasn't an easy job. It was dark, cramped, and death could be at any moment – even at the hands of your own torpedoes. Torpedoes were the main weapon of WWII submarines, but they were also plagued with a number of problems, like premature detonation and depth gauge issues. Another issue these torpedoes had was the very minor, slight tendency to circle back on the firing submarine and sink it... no big deal. After about the first World War, engineers designed torpedoes to be able to correct their course towards a target. This was done using a mechanically set gyro angle, which was set before the torpedo was launched, while still in the submarine. After the torpedo was fired, it would travel straight for a given distance, until the gyro steering mechanism would begin helping correct the course to turn the warhead. After it turned the given angle, the torpedo would straighten out again and hopefully hit its target. But here's the thing, some of the torpedos' gyro mechanisms failed during that turning process and the torpedos themselves would never stop turning. This would cause the torpedoes to run in circles, which obviously would cause some precarious situations for the attacking submarine. There are 30 documented cases of this happening during the war. Luckily, only 2 were fatal. All images courtesy of Creative Commons or protected under Fair Use. For questions or concerns about the use of any media, please contact the page directly. Music: DEVASTATION AND REVENGE by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100694 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ HERO DOWN by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100880 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ INFADOS by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100449 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ DARKEST CHILD by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100783 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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