Part Two:- Kapitanleutnant Hartenstein sends out a call for assistance, which is picked up by British Naval Command in Sierra Leone. Fearing a trap, they inform the American air base at Ascension Island, but only of the sinking, not the presence of the U-boat or that its captain has signalled his intention not to attack anyone coming to assist the survivors. With his captain dead, Mortimer is the senior British officer amongst the survivors. Hilda is revealed to be of Anglo-German parentage, fleeing her native Germany after the rest of her family, anti-Nazi like herself, were killed by the Nazis. Hartenstein agrees to keep her secret as does Mortimer, moved by her plight as a genuine rapport builds between German and British, and Hartenstein drapes a makeshift Red Cross flag across the U-boat's deck. However, the U-boat is bombed by the Americans. Hartenstein recognizes the need to secure the safety of his boat and so puts the Laconia's survivors in lifeboats and casts them adrift to ...
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Both the Lieutenant and Captain in the HQ scenes have their shoulder boards reversed (the left one on the right shoulder & vice-versa). The "executive curl" always faces forward, whether on the shoulder boards, or on a jacket sleeve. They'd be liable to be told they were "sailing backwards", and probably have to stand a round of drinks for everyone in the officers mess. See more
This British-German co-production exists in two versions. The British cut focuses more on the British side, the German one focusing more on the German side. This is mainly done by a different arrangement of the scenes. See more