The video follows the fortunes of the U-Boat war and provides rare footage from German archives. There is also interesting bonus material. This is a video documentary that all naval enthusiasts will want to watch. It plays successfully on DVD-V enabled computers in addition to playing on domestic entertainment DVD players.
NAME: German U-Boats
CLASSIFICATION: Video,DVD, reviews
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Military, History Films
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 55 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
PRICE: GB £15.99
SUBJECT: WWII, 1939-1945 War, naval warfare, naval architecture, technology, Battle of the Atlantic, U-Boats, anti-submarine warfare, submarines, torpedo
DESCRIPTION: Pen & Sword Military have published a series of video documentaries produced by the German History Films production company. This produces a common format for these documentaries with a commentary choice of English or German. A major component is war film from German archives. The production quality is very good and the German commentary is the authentic voice. The English commentary is a straight-forward translation of the German and in parts can seem ponderous. For non-Germans, the commentary may appear to be rewriting history but it is a German perspective that reflects the attitudes at the time when the original war film was shot. In this DVD the archive film has been well selected and is accompanied by bonus archive films and photo galleries. Germany began WWII with a relatively small number of U-Boats, of which most were smaller coastal boats. Through the war the most numerous and successful boats were the Type VII which was based on a WWI design. Given that three U-Boats were required for each patrol, one on patrol, a second heading out to take over and a third returning to port, Germany could only operate a handful of U-Boats on patrol in the early stages of WWII. As boats required major repairs to battle damage and to operational wear, the building programme was initially hard pressed to maintain the numbers on patrol achieved in the first month of the war. As construction began to pull ahead, the next challenge was in finding and training crew for the new boats. Briefly, the U-Boats came close to achieving their objective of halting the convoys supplying Britain from North America. However, Allied naval aviation and US shipbuilding soon turned the U-Boats from hunters to hunted. German U-Boat losses were terrible and few crew survived a sinking. The next wave of technical development came too late for Germany with only a few of the revolutionary new submarines entering service in the final months of the war when the French submarine bases had been lost and U-Boats again had to break out of German ports to reach the Atlantic. The video follows the fortunes of the U-Boat war and provides rare footage from German archives. There is also interesting bonus material. This is a video documentary that all naval enthusiasts will want to watch. It plays successfully on DVD-V enabled computers in addition to playing on domestic entertainment DVD players.