Operación Úrsula (El misterio del submarino C-3) (2006)

A missing submarine in Spanish Civil War leads to the first German Navy operation before WW2. Republican submarine C-3 was the victim of international secrecy and intrigues, after a torpedo from U-34 sunk it on December 12th 1936.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Coronado ... Narration (as José Coronado)
Willard C. Frank Willard C. Frank ... Himself
Antonio Checa Antonio Checa ... Himself
Ángel Viñas Ángel Viñas ... Himself
Paul Preston Paul Preston ... Himself
Pablo Diaz Morlan Pablo Diaz Morlan ... Himself
Claude Huan Claude Huan ... Himself
Ramón Cayuelas Ramón Cayuelas
Juan Asensio Juan Asensio
Bernardo Ros Bernardo Ros
José Garcia Nicolás José Garcia Nicolás
Isidoro De la Orden Isidoro De la Orden
Pedro De la Orden Pedro De la Orden
Rita Campillo Rita Campillo
Rafael Heredia Rafael Heredia


This documentary is the result of a strong research in archives and personal memories, for an investigative film which is also an international co-production. The story of a missing submarine of the Spanish Republican fleet, the C-3, had all the ingredients for such a film: its records had been manipulated at the Spanish Navy archives (to disguise the acquisition of an Italian fascist submarine, by Franco, when international laws forbid it, during the Civil War), and its memory erased from all the witnesses and families of the crew. After 40 years of dictatorship government, no traces of the truth remained, until the wreck was located by an amateur fisherman and local lawyer. Apart from this "memory recovery" task, the most appealing fact for an international film was the fact that, behind the C-3's disappearance, was the intervention of German u-boots in Spain, in 1936, in combat missions, something totally unknown to historians. This u-boot mission (the Operation Ursula) was the ... Written by Hergueta, José Antonio

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Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

11 December 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Ursula See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaga, Spain See more »


Box Office


€800,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The wreck of submarine C-3 was only located and identified in 1998. Even if the location had been seen by many people, and still was named by fishermen as "the submarine point", memory had been erased by decades of dictatorship, fear to any reference of Republican war action by Franco censorship. See more »


Willard C. Frank: The crews of both German u-boots swore, under pain of death, never to talk about their exploits in Spain
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Copla de la novia del submarino
Written by Jose Antonio Canta
Performed by Jose Antonio Canta
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