Cold War Submarine Adventures: K-19 Doomsday Submarine

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History Documentary hosted by Herrie ten Cate, published by Discovery Channel in 2002 - English narration

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The true story of the disastrous first combat patrol of the Hotel Class submarine K-19, the Soviet Union's first atomic-powered nuclear missile submarine. Story was later made into a movie starring Harrison Ford, but this is a real-life documentary on K-19 including rare footage, interviews, and computer simulated footage.

In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, the USSR hastily built the first nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear ballistic missiles – specifically R-13 SLBM rockets. The K-19 sub was the product of a vigorous arms race with the US, that had almost reached boiling point, causing corners to be cut in production. Before it was launched, 10 workers and a sailor died due to accidents and fires, yet Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demanded the show must go on. In 1961, under the lead of Captain Zateyev, it took part in a covert operation where its job was to imitate a US vessel of the same kind orchestrating an attack.

K-19, the lead ship of the Soviet Navy's first line of SSBN's, was then on its first combat-ready patrol as part of a larger Soviet naval exercise in the Norwegian Sea code named Arctic Circle. It was to travel from the Norwegian Sea, into the North Atlantic, around Iceland and head back to Soviet territory. "K-19 - Doomsday Submarine" examines how the events unfolded.

Film focuses on a major accident aboard K-19 on 4 July 1961, where its nuclear reactor malfunctions and eight crew die while attempting to rig an emergency cooling device. The crew saved the ship from sinking, but radiation damage was irreparable. K-19 had to be towed back on the surface over the course of several days from the accident site southeast of Jan Mayen Island to its base on the Kola Peninsula. The accident took place during the height of the Berlin Crisis, a situation which had the Cold War superpowers considering options of nuclear war.

In total, twenty-two of the 139 men in the submarine's original crew in 1961 died of radiation sickness over the few years following the incident. The K-19 went on to have a mostly jinxed career.

In 1991 the Soviet Union decommissioned the K-19. The submarine,nicknamed "Hiroshima" by the sailors of the Northern Fleet, was then tied up in storage for scrapping at the navy base at Polyamy.

A CineNova Production in Association with Discovery Channel and History Television Inc.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L3
Video Bitrate: 1 079 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x480
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 24.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 52 min 3 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 451 MB
Source: WEB-DL
Capper: DRY for MVGroup

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