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janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Boat handling and orders given were very inaccurate, four torpedoes fired out of the two forward starboard tubes in the space of 5 minutes.
Capt took charge for the attack with no briefing on current tactical situation.
Periscope on seemed to be left up at all times, no sign of U Boat snorting but diesel engines were running.
 
ok but that was the BBCs version of it, probably didn't have proper advisors, and of course there is artistic licence, but I think it gave a good account of how the blokes must have felt.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
They had Jeff Tall as an advisor, He is the main man at the Submarine Museum and an ex Boat Captain, maybe they didn't listen to him.
 
I suspect they used Jeff's A boat and were not prepared to pay enough to restore outside telemotor power and get the scope of the pins. As to the dialogue, it wasn't supposed to be a second by second account of the engagement and the interviews with the NO indicated there was in fact a fair ammount of briefing and discussion.

Knowing Jeff I am sure that he gave them chapter and verse and they then excercised their editorial authority and made what they thought was the best they could do for the cash and to satisfy the viewing public.

The non snorting U boat with diesels running was a strange bit, I will have to ask Jeff if I find an excuse to visit him again.
 
yes maxi, but you are seeing it from a submariners perspective. Look at it from someone who is interested in history.

I learnt a lot, I never even realised that you could have sub on sub, one has to accept the artistic inaccuracies I think to make the transmission to the layperson more relevant.

I have no idea what a non snorting U boat is, but I am not sure that it detracted from the story that was being told.

Although I am sure it pained you to see the inaccurancies, just as Judge John Deed pains me!
 

neil6814

Badgeman
Even as a non submariner I noticed a lot of inaccuracies, also I found the presentation boring. On top of that I can't stand docu-dramas. It seems to me that they would rather keep rubbish actors in work than to take the trouble I searching the archives I find accurate footage. I switched off after 20 minutes and went to bed. Sad old git aren't I?
 

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