Das Boot

While crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, the U-Boat is attacked by British cruisers and begins to sink. They sink below 300 metres and just as it seems the boat is about to explode under the pressure, they hit a sand bar and teeter for awhile. With their main tanks capsized and unable to surface, the men start to move water by hand, the work made even more excruciating because of the lack of oxygen. Just as it seems the men are about to die, the Chief's plan works and the ballast tanks kick in, and the boat starts to rise. The U-Boat arrives at the port to a hero's welcome, only to be strafed by British bombers. Lt. Werner runs out after the bombing is complete to find most of the crew dead, among them Johann, 2WO, Ullmann and Preacher. Werner then sees the Kaleun propped up against the docks as he watches his boat sink. Just as the U-Boat slips under the waves, the Captain collapses and dies.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the first attack by the destroyer - where she misses the U-boat and throws her bombs further away - the boatswain makes 22, then 23 strokes on the slate of the Control Centre,thus counting the number of depth charges used against the boat.A few seconds later, in a shot from another angle, with the slate in full view, we see only 22 strokes. (01:03:30)

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2nd Lieutenant: First time on U-boat?
Lt. Werner: Yeah. First time. It's gonna be exciting.
2nd Lieutenant: Do you have a will?
Lt. Werner: Excuse Me?
2nd Lieutenant: 13 boats down last moth. Sank with men and mice. Exciting, huh?

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Trivia: The full sized mock up of the U boat was rented by Steven Spielberg for use in the first Indiana Jone's film.

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Question: I know practically nothing about submarines, so this seemed a bit strange to me. When there's that huge storm, why do they keep staying at the surface, only going down for an hour at a time?

Answer: U-boats also travelled much faster on the surface...about 18 knots, vs only 8 knots or so beneath the surface.

Answer: Because that's what the U-boat was designed to do. Unlike modern nuclear boats, they didn't have the capacity to stay submerged for long periods - basically just as long as the air lasted; there wasn't atmosphere control equipment. They would 'snorkel' near the surface, recharge the batteries with the diesel engines, and then dive for a few hours at most before having to come back up and repeat the process.

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