In World War II, the greatest threat to the British navy is the German battleship Tirpitz. Being anchored in a Norwegian fjord, it is impossible to attack it with any chance of success. But the navy trains a special commando to attack it, using little submarines to plant underwater explosives under it.Written by
The watch on Commander Fraser's wrist is the famous Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, a watch with a case that can be turned around so that the front faces downwards, thus protecting the glass from hard knocks. This robust watch is nowadays considered as an ultra-luxury item. See more »
The sub machine guns have wooden stock so are definitely not Stirlings which have curved magazines also. They look more like MP28 Schmiessers (not to be confused with the falsely named MP38/40) or Erma EMP35 which would have been in second line naval service at the time. (They may have been Austrian/Swiss Steyr-Solthuthurn MP34/S1-100 or even British Lanchester MK1 which were used by the RN in the war.) See more »
Spare a penny for the diver sir!
Hey, that's an idea - how do you spend a penny in this contraption?
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I first saw this in the 1960's and revisited it some fifty years later.
Of course it is of its time. It combines a story based on fact that is compelling and courageous, with a modest budget. The special effects are clunky, the costuming erratic, and armoury dubious, but it doesn't really matter. The story is well told, and dramatic. Submarine movies are at their best underwater where the claustrophobic drama is intense, and at their worst when that leaves them with nowhere to go. Here, fortunately the climax is on the surface, and incidental gems like a passing German patrol vessel playing music loudly also take place topside.
The portrayal of toffs in charge and salt of the earth ranks grate a little now, but John Mills is a sound, reflective toff.
Modern adrenaline junkies will not be impressed, but the simple heroism and determination portrayed is as impressive now as it was then.
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