Convoy: War for the Atlantic

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War Documentary hosted by Jamie Lee, published by National Geographic in 2009 - English narration

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"During the war only one thing ever frightened me – the U boat peril. Battles might be won or lost but our power to fight and keep ourselves alive rested on our struggle to keep control of the Atlantic." - Sir Winston Churchill By May 1940, Britain was an isolated nation, cut off from the rest of Europe. The Nazi's controlled France and Norway, posing a deadly threat to the southern and eastern shores. Cornered by Hitler, Britain’s only hope for survival was to import food, raw materials, and munitions from America. Merchant ships sailing the Atlantic in convoys became the nation's crucial lifeline, one that the Nazi's were determined to break. Thus began the longest and bloodiest campaign of World War 2. Over four years, 100,000 people died and 2,500 ships were sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic. It brought Britain to the brink of defeat. From the eastern seaboard of the U.S.A. to the west coast of Africa, those who died had no graves – only their names carved on memorials. This four part series unpacks the critical moments of the biggest naval campaign of the 20th Century. Powerful interviews with those who fought in the battle, dramatic archive - some of it in colour, and impressionistic drama reconstructions brings the horrors of the Atlantic war to a new generation. Darlow Smithson Productions / Convoy Films Inc. 2009

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Atlantic Ocean - a forgotten front of one of the most brutal battles of the Second World War. In 1940, Britain stands alone against Nazi Germany, relying on Atlantic supply ships to keep her from surrendering. But German U-boats are hunting the convoys, bringing Britain to the edge of defeat. It was a battle of strategies - attack and counterattack, the race to technological supremacy or getting Lady Luck on her side.

[edit] The Hunt

In 1941, supply ships supporting Britain in the epic struggle against Hitler are being devastated by German U-boats. But slowly, the convoys begin to fight back, turning the hunters into the hunted. Since the beginning of the war the elite crews of German U-boats destroyed more than two and a half million tons of goods, they called it their happy times, but those happy days will soon come to an end. The war changed and the Germans were under threat of defeat.

[edit] Brink of Defeat

December 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor finally led the U.S. to enter World War II. Desperate to cripple Britain's shipping lifeline, Hitler's U-boats are sent to North America in 1942, in search of easier prey. The success of their attacks push the Allies to the edge of collapse.

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January 1943, the Battle of the Atlantic is approaching its climax. There are more German U-boats prowling the North Atlantic than ever before. Unless the threat is neutralised, it will be impossible for the Allies to mount the biggest campaign of WWII: D-Day. The allied convoys get the most important mission - they need to carry weapons and soldiers for the invasion of Europe. To stop the convoys Germany invents new weapons and new submarines. It was a desperate war whose purpose was to stop the largest invasion in the history.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 3 329 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 46mn 59s
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 1.09 GB
Source: HDTV
Ripped by: DiCH

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