View Full Version : What's the best U-Boat documentary film available?

04-22-2005, 01:08 PM
Iron Coffins? Sea Wolves? Hitler's Deadly U-Boat fleet? U-Boat war?

I've only seen Das Boot and I *crave* more information! I barely get a chance to play the sim, but I am totally addicted.

04-22-2005, 01:14 PM
if u mean fiction films, i cant think of any good uboat ones.

if u mean non fiction,

heres a link to the website of "the world at war"


this was a weekly documentary back in the 70's or 80's but its amazing. it has some free videos on the main page about uboats at the moment,interviews with otto kretschmer, doenitz, escort commanders etc.

u could even buy that episode. or the whole collection.

it really is amazing,i saw them when i was younger, but even though theyre a bit dated(no computer animations etc), the footage is amazing, and they have interviews with most of the major people because being 1970 they were all still alive!!

04-22-2005, 01:18 PM
*Many* thanks for that Con20or. I'll purchase a copy right now.

Do you have any good book recommendations? Specifically, the best historical book and the best fictional book on U-Boat warfare in your opinion.

Am very hungry for more quality knowledge on this fascinating subject.

Many thanks again, skipper.

04-22-2005, 01:35 PM
Iron Coffins is a good book if you dont have it. Its non fiction(most of it,some people dispute a few of his claims).

Im reading Hitlers Uboat war by Clay Blair at the moment, its two volumes, very indepth and very interesting although a bit heavy, and he doesnt seem to think the Uboats were effective as everyone else so maybe give that one a miss, it sort of takes away a bit from it.

The cruel sea by Nicholas Montserrat is a good fiction book, although its told through the eyes of an escort officer, not a uboat but thats just as interesting. it might give you an idea of how it was for the "other side".

he does a good book called "montsarrat at sea" which is a story of his own experiences during the battle of the atlantic on corvettes and frigates thats brilliant. not much action,but very interesting.

if you can track down the novel of Das Boot its meant to be good.ive never read it though.

amazon have some good uboat books,and i think if you go through Subsim.com u either get money off or they get a bonus,cant remember which.give it a go though.

plus www.uboat.net (http://www.uboat.net) and www.ubootwaffe.net (http://www.ubootwaffe.net) are good sites for info.

04-22-2005, 05:42 PM
There is a documentary they play on the History Channel called "Battle of the Atlantic."

I can't remember if it is 2 hours or 4 hours. They have great archival footage.

They talk about "The Game" with which all British convoy and asw captains were trained.

04-22-2005, 06:23 PM
Last night on the military channel they had documentary on u-505 with interviews of some of the actual crew.Really showed how accurate this game is. Excellent! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-23-2005, 10:07 AM
if any one has seen "DAS BOOT" by Wolfgang Peterson that is probably the best WW2 sub movie i have seen, other than U-571, or the enemy below.

04-23-2005, 03:58 PM
The best book I've ever read on the Battle of the Atlantic is "Bloody Winter" by John Waters. It's a terrific overview of the entire thing, but it's not boring with figures and totals like an accountant's report.

The stories from the merchant men give you the feeling of their dread as the night approached. Also, you get a good picture of how desperate the Allies became and how far they had to stretch resources to combat U-boats in the early years. 3-day convoy battles in raging seas; badly needed, barely sea-worthy escorts, exhausted crews, and incredible courage. A good look at U-boat crews and great anecdotal history from survivors, widows, and family of the combatants of both sides. Good pics too.


04-23-2005, 08:33 PM
Check out this vid called "A Century of Silent Service" at Battlefront.com (http://www.battlefront.com/index.htm)

04-23-2005, 11:06 PM
On fiction I think U-571 also has a lot of merit. Good flick.

04-24-2005, 04:00 AM
Many thanks for your thoughts, one and all.

I haven't yet found the Holy Grail of documentary films, but you may want to check out the book 'Business in Great Waters'. This puppy lays down the law on the subject.

04-27-2005, 08:49 PM
Yes,Business in Great Waters is a great read about the U-boat wars...that's WW1 and WW2. I've read through the WW2 chapters twice and am onto the WW1 chapters for a 2nd time.

Happy hunting

04-28-2005, 01:31 AM
theres a great documentory dvd called U-boat war. The dvd looks at the u-boat war from day one. Its quite hard to get unless you live in the usa as i only found its NTSC and not sold in europe though i got it off of ebay and its worth the effort