Forgotten Heroes: Merchant Seamen at War

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War Documentary hosted by Sean Barrett, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Timewatch series in 1994 - English narration

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This episode from the acclaimed BBC history series Timewatch investigates the role of British merchant seamen in World War II. One in four of them lost their lives in battle, killed by strikes from German U-Boats, or victims of burning oil and freezing seas as they sought their escape in packed lifeboats. While the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945) itself is not always remembered, less still do we remember the men of the Merchant Navy and the important part they played in Great Britain's survival in World War II. Britain's dependence on merchant shipping was an economic fact and never more evident than in total war. Huge quantities of food and raw materials had to be imported and soldiers and airmen shipped overseas and sustained. Over 190,000 people were employed on British merchant ships in 1938, some 50,000 of whom were Indian and Chinese. 150 ships were sunk in the first nine months of the war. By the end of the war, nearly 32,000 merchant seamen had died and 4,786 ships flying the British flag had been sunk. This Timewatch episode tells their story. Filmed aboard the John W. Brown, British and foreign merchant seamen recall their experiences of life at sea, the terrific Atlantic weather, the convoys, the sinkings by U-boats and their survival for days and weeks in lifeboats, often in terrible weather conditions. All this and their feeling that their service was much ignored at the time; it is surely little recognised today. The Tower Hill Memorial in London, England, records the name of over 20,000 of these men. Testimony from those who survived build up a picture of the sacrifices their comrades had to make. An October Films Production for BBC in association with Lionheart Television Inc.

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Video Codec: XviD 1.0.3
Video Bitrate: 1785 kbps
Video Resolution: 576x432
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 49:08.308
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 699 MB
Ripped by: unknown

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