Producer
Director
Sebastian Dehnhardt, Ricarda Schlosshan
Producer
Digital Betacam
Genre
History
Broadcaster
ZDF / History Channel
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2001
The war of the century
Deadly trap

At the outbreak of war, they were the pride of the German navy: the submarines. But soon the "grey wolves of the seas" went from being the hunter to being the hunted.

In the first 18 months of the war, German U-boats sank more than 1,000 British ships. Even Winston Churchill considered this weapon the greatest danger to the Empire. But then the Allies made a groundbreaking technological discovery that changed everything. The film depicts the dramatic events of the years 1939 to 1943 and relentlessly reveals how the battle in the Atlantic turned into a disaster for the German U-boat weapon after initial successes. 39,000 submariners fought on 863 boats - more than 27,000 did not return.

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