Rule beneath the waves with the Royal Navy T-Class Submarine!
Launching into the Cruel Seas is the Royal Navy T-Class Submarine. Break the surface and prey on unsuspecting foes with this powerful addition to your fleet.
The Triton (or “T”) class of submarines played a major role in the Royal Navy’s submarine force during the Second World War. Formidably armed with no fewer than eleven torpedo tubes, a 4-inch deck gun, and an Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft gun, these mighty vessels served ably in the North Sea, the Bay of Biscay, and especially in the Mediterranean. Of the 53 built, 15 were lost in action. At the end of the war, the older vessels of the class were scrapped. The newest examples, however, were modernised, and continued to serve well into the 1960s and ‘70s with the Dutch and Israeli navies.
“Two fine excellent views of HMS Totem in September 1945. Her eponymous totem pole can clearly be seen on the bridge in the broadside shot, while the shot from astern shows two of her three aft-firing torpedo tubes.”
Equipped with 8 bow torpedoes the T-class followed the British doctrine of the time; whereby launching a massive salvo in a spread to guarantee the targets destruction was the order of the day.
As such, the T-Class became an effective submarine killer. 14 Axis submarines were destroyed by the type over the course of the war, and many were modified post-war to hunt Soviet intruders.
“A view of HMS Truncheon moored to a buoy, showing the type’s distinctive bulbous bow.”
In Cruel Seas
Our new T-Class Submarine model depicts one of the “Group Three” boats. It has a welded hull without such niceties as handrails or jackstaffs due to wartime austerity measures. Ordered between 1940 and 1942, the Group Three boats comprised the majority of the T-Class fleet. Many went on to see service long after the war.
Used on the surface, as they often were during the war, they can wreak havoc on your foes. Follow the example of the Turbulent, which sank over 90000 tons of Axis shipping, or launch daring raids on harbours and anchorages with your 4-inch gun!
“Keep an eye out for more in-depth (pun definitely intended) submarine rules and models for Cruel Seas in the future! “