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Minesweeper 1943 Type was a further simplified and slightly enlarged version of the M 1940. These ships were designed for block construction which had originally been suggested by AG Neptun, Rostock and each block, weighing up to three to five tons and the assembly work was to have been distributed amongst eleven shipyards.

However, the block system suggested by AG Neptun was dropped in favour of Dr Rodin of F. Schichau GmbH, Königsberg prefabricated system due to the logistics involved a further nine months of design work was needed to perfect the prefabricated sections.

Planned production was for three to four weeks for the construction of a section, and up to one week for assembly and launch, two weeks were fitting out, and one week for trials. However, due to delays caused by the deteriorating war conditions, delays of up to six months or more were not unusual.

The prefabricated sections were as follows

section 1 Aftership.

section 2 Crew accommodation.

section 3 Engine room.

section 4 Boiler room.

section 5 Foreship.

section 6 Deck, Bridge.

section 7 Upper deck and superstructure.

A total of twenty four ships were built by the following shipyards.

AG Neptun, Rostock
F. Schichau GmbH, Königsberg

M 613 through to M 616 construction completed all launched in 1945 and commissioned shortly after scuttled at the end of hostilities.

M 617 through to M 633 construction not completed.

M 634 through to M 666 construction not completed.

M 667 through to M 800 construction not started.

M 809 through to M 813 construction not completed.

M 814 through to M 816 construction not completed.

M 817 through to M 886 construction not completed.

M 887 through to M 1000 construction contracts not granted.

M 1001 through to M 1009 construction not started.

M 1010 through to M 1050 construction contracts not granted.

Many went on to serve in German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA), the United States Labour Service (LSU) and the Office of Military Government, United States (OMGUS). Several boats were transferred back to the post-war German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine) in 1956.

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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