In World War II, lethal German U-Boats sailed all over the world wreaking havoc and destruction. This unique DVD charts the true, close-run fight that took place. With rare, original footage of actual battle scenes and interviews with U-Boat commanders and crew members from both the Allied and Axis naval forces, these three programs give the viewer an inside look at the destructive nature of these deadly "Iron Coffins".
Episode One - Sea Wolves
U-Boats were active from the first day of the war to the last. The menace provoked Winston Churchill to write, "The threat the U-Boats posed in the Atlantic was the only thing that really frightened me during the war. On their defeat hung the outcome of World War II." Witness the actions of the famed Wolf Packs in this riveting episode.
- Amazon.com has the DVD
on this page. Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 based on 4 reviews.
- An Amazon user review for this :
[quote]Intelligent, informative, and at times moving., September 22, 2003
Reviewer: A viewer
U-Boat War is a great example of how to do a military history documentary the right way. Each of the three approximately 50-minute episodes smoothly blends archival footage, present-day footage of key locales and ships (including U-boat interiors), and intelligent, thought-prooking commentary by historians and participants in the war. Interview segments with famed U-boat captains like Kretschmer, Topp, and Werner (author of the gripping memoir Iron Coffins) are a particular highlight.
The episodes cover the major events, key players, and significant economic, political, tactical, and moral elements of the U-Boat war. The documentary understandably doesn't go into great technical detail--books will serve you better there--but it does discuss major devices and tactics in layman's terms: ASDIC, radar, HF/DF, depth charge and torpedo firing patterns, the Wolf Pack system, Enigma, schnorchels, and so forth.[/quote]