From the Imperial War Museum collection, featuring rare and fascinating original film preserved in the museum's archives.
During the Second World War, the Atlantic convoys offered a besieged Britain a vital lifeline. They brought in food, munitions, oil and other essential materials. The Nazi's realised that if they could stop the convoys, Britain would be helpless and subsequently unleashed the full might of their U-Boat Wolf-Packs and bomber fleets against them. Protecting the convoy became one of Britain's top priorities.
These five carefully selected films, all made during the war, vividly depict life onboard the Atlantic convoys and the weaponry and tactics used to protect them.
1. Operational Height (1942): Featuring genuine merchant seamen and RAF personnel re-enacting their duties for the camera, this film follows the role of 'The Comely Bank' in helping to protect Allied convoys.
2. Night Attack On A Convoy (1940): This rarely seen Royal Navy instructional film is aimed at senior officers and warns them not to ignore any possible sightings of U-Boat raiders.
3. Food Convoy (1940): This film provides a vivid account of life for men of the Merchant Navy manning a vital food convoy bound for Britain.
4. Escort Teams At Work (1943): This Royal Mail instructional film was made for the admiralty to stress the importance of teamwork on board convoy escort vessels and includes graphic authentic footage of both an air raid on a convoy and use of the 'Hedgehog' anti-submarine weapon.
5. Merchant Seamen (1941): Made by the Crown Film Unit and featuring genuine men of the Merchant Navy re-enacting their duties before the cameras. Merchant Seamen is the story of 'Nipper' a young seaman who narrowly escapes with his life as his ship is torpedoed from under him. Determined to strike back against the Nazis, he takes a gunnery course and waits for an opportunity to use his new skills against a U-Boat.
Audio seems a bit out of sync in the 5th film (Merchant Seaman). The problem exists on the original dvd.