Six hundred miles from the coast of Africa, in September 1942, a German U-boat, U-156, sinks the British troopship Laconia carrying 1,800 Italian POWs, 80 British civilians, and 268 Polish and British soldiers. After realising that there were POWs and civilians on-board, and that they are facing certain death without rescue, U-Boat Commander Werner Hartenstein (Duken) makes a decision goes against the orders of Nazi high command. The U-boat surfaces and Hartenstein instructs his men to save as many of the shipwrecked survivors as they can. Over the next few days U-156 saved 400 people, with 200 people crammed on board the surface-level submarine and another 200 in lifeboats. Hartenstein gave orders for messages to be sent out to the Allies to organise a rescue of the survivors, but they were spotted by American B-24 Liberator bombers which moved in to attack. The Sinking of the Laconia takes a look at the human side of the remarkable events that took place: the friendships that ...
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The number of lifeboats being towed often changes from shot to shot. See more
The German version dubs all the actors to German, creating confusing moments in the story. In some scenes the original dialogues have to be changed to make it appear that the characters have not listened well to the German soldiers instead of understanding their language. In addition, in the opening and end credits, they give priority to German actors and 10 actors who play the British crew are uncredited. See more
Featured in When TV Goes to War
6 January 2011 (UK)
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The Sinking of the Laconia
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Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
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