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A midget submarine is any submarine under 150 tons , typically operated by a crew of one or two but sometimes up to 6 or 8, with little or no on-board living accommodation. Midget submarines normally work with mother ships, from which they are launched and recovered, and which provide living accommodation for the crew and other support staff.

Both military and civilian midget submarines have been built. Military types work with surface ships and other submarines as mother ships. Civilian and non-combatant military types are generally called submersibles, and normally work with surface ships.

Most early submarines, such as the United States Navy's USS Holland (SS-1) and the British Royal Navy's HMS Holland 1, would now be considered midget submarines.

Midget Submarine in Days of InfamyEdit

The midget submarines were the first elements of the IJN to engage the Americans in World War II, attacking Pearl Harbor. All the submarines were destroyed and the crews lost, save for Kazuo Sakamaki, who was captured by the Americans, and was later executed by the Japanese.

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