Based upon the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C S Forester, this is the thrilling story of an Allied convoy crossing the North Atlantic in 1942 as it faces relentless attack by a German submarine wolf pack. The leader of the convoy's destroyer screen is a US Navy commander making his first Atlantic crossing. The story focuses on the his command responsibility as he fights the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea, and his deep fatigue as he chases down the attacking submarines in the deadly game of cat and mouse. The exciting story, a thrilling ride-along with the beleaguered captain, so deeply portrays the elements of battle command that for a long period of time the book was used as a text at the US Naval Academy.Written by
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In the movie, three of the four convoy escorts were large modern fleet destroyers - the Fletcher class USS Keeling/Greyhound, the Battle-class-looking HMS James/Harry, and the Grom-class-looking Polish ORP Viktor/Eagle. While such a mix of escorts at times did happen, it was very rare - a sizable majority of escort warships for North Atlantic convoys were ships that were usually smaller and slower, and, depending on type, were called frigates, corvettes, destroyer escorts, sloops, armed trawlers, sub chasers, coast guard cutters, minesweepers, and World War 1-era destroyers. The HMCS Dodge/Dicky was an example of such a ship, a smaller, slower Flower-class corvette.
These smaller ships were more dedicated for anti-submarine work, often having the same anti-sub armament as a full modern fleet destroyer. Fleet destroyers, however, with their higher speed, torpedo tubes, and more numerous and larger sized main guns, were more used to escort major warships and in other situation where they might see combat with enemy surface warships. See more »
Loved the authenticity and general faithfulness to the technical side of naval warfare. For me, this is a great movie, I love seeing small little details in how the captain commands his vessel, and every crewman doing their job, and quick glances to the CiC trying to keep track of enemy vessels. The movie didn't need to show the crewman following the captain around and repeating every word that Sonar/Radar reports, but it does so and adds a very nice detail that I found to be great, and also helped build the stress and tension everyone was under.
My only complaint is that the movie could have been longer. I could definately have watched a 3 hour version of this that took it slower in the style of Das Boot. Other than that, I recommend this movie for anyone that loves the more technical parts of warfare and especially naval vessels.
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