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Nazi Attack on America 

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor German seizes the opportunity to attack cargo ships along the United State East coast while the United States is unprepared. This program describes the ... See full summary »
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Episode credited cast:
Bob Ballard Bob Ballard ... Himself
Robert Church Robert Church ... Himself
Gordon Claudius Gordon Claudius ... Himself
Homer H. Hickam Jr. ... Himself
Werner Hirschmann Werner Hirschmann ... Himself
Martin K.A. Morgan Martin K.A. Morgan ... Himself
Axel Niestlé Axel Niestlé ... Himself
Ed Offley Ed Offley ... Himself
Craig Sechler ... Himself - Narrator
Horst von Schroeter Horst von Schroeter ... Himself
Daniel Warren Daniel Warren ... Himself
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Following the attack on Pearl Harbor German seizes the opportunity to attack cargo ships along the United State East coast while the United States is unprepared. This program describes the scope of the German assault as a backdrop to the efforts of a group of investigators to determine how the first sunken German submarine, U-166, met its fate to determine if disgraced Commander Herbert G. Claudius deserves credit to the kill. Written by David Foss

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English

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6 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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First Rate.
28 July 2016 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

A splendid documentary.

In early 1942 German U-boats are sinking American ships along the east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Off New Orleans, U-166 torpedoes the Robert E. Lee and is in turn depth-charged by the naval escort PC566, commanded by LCDR Claudius, who made two runs over the U-boat. An oil slick appeared and Claudius sent in an after-action report claiming the submarine had been either sunk or so damaged that it would have been unable to return to port.

Far from commending him, the U. S. Navy rejected the report, claiming he hadn't followed prescribed PC doctrine, relieved Claudius of command and sent him back to school.

The program follows a team of underwater explorers that painstakingly fits together photos of the wrecked U-166 and justifies Claudius' original claim. The escort evidently had sunk the submarine through an extraordinary combination of skill and good luck. Claudius' surviving son receives the Legion of Merit seventy-three years post facto.

The execution and interpretation of the underwater exploration is fascinating in itself, despite the fact that we've recently been hit over the head with so many similar films. In between scenes with the explorers, the program sketches in with considerably clarity what was called the Battle of the Atlantic. The images of the U-boat and of the wrecked Robert E. Lee are startlingly crisp and colorful.

Everyone involved did a fine job.


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