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Submariners must have had nerves of steel, even setting foot in a modern submarine, which in comparison was a spacious palace made me claustrophobic. Let alone spending weeks at sea in combat staring a watery grave in the eye.
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Submariners must have had nerves of steel, even setting foot in a modern submarine, which in comparison was a spacious palace made me claustrophobic. Let alone spending weeks at sea in combat staring a watery grave in the eye.
If you haven't seen the brilliant Das Boot yet I strongly recommend and really hope you do. You will never forget it.
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Submariners must have had nerves of steel, even setting foot in a modern submarine, which in comparison was a spacious palace made me claustrophobic. Let alone spending weeks at sea in combat staring a watery grave in the eye.
My father joined the Royal Navy on his 15th birthday in 1930 and after 18 months at HMS Ganges (the short based training school for the lower deck) spent two years on HMS Hood. He served on destroyers for the rest of his 15 years which included the World war 2 - North Atlantic and Gibraltar convoys, Dunkirk (6 trips to pick up troops), the Indian Ocean and the Far East.

As a kid I would go with him to Navy Days in Portsmouth every year but the one type of ship he would never set foot in was a submarine. This was partly because he'd spent a lot of the war trying to sink them but mostly because one of his younger brothers had been killed when his cruiser had been torpedoed in the South Atlantic.

But my brother in law was happy to go to sea on a Polaris submarine for months at a time - spending a large part of 22 years service under water (and even on the relatively modern Polaris when you were on duty another matelot would be sleeping in the bunk that you would be sleeping in later). Not for the faint hearted.
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I wish I hadn't, as it's that good, but I have watch it several times. I hope the modern sequel has done it justice.
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Submariners must have had nerves of steel, even setting foot in a modern submarine, which in comparison was a spacious palace made me claustrophobic. Let alone spending weeks at sea in combat staring a watery grave in the eye.
My late dad was a wartime submariner.

He was an Asdic operator on HMS Trusty, Sea Devil and Umbra. Though he mainly associated his service with Trusty

He never spoke a great deal about his service, unless he'd had too much to drink (very rare) and then only when he was much older

The most upsetting experience he had was the bombing of HMS Collingwood, which was erased from history for a long time. He was stationed there at the time but fortunately on leave when it occurred.

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I wish I hadn't, as it's that good, but I have watch it several times. I hope the modern sequel has done it justice.
The modern follow on isn't really on the same level at all (though it's still very good imo)

It's a good story, with half of it based on land, but there is none of the sheer terror of the original film.

Just treat it as a wartime series based around a U Boat and its base in France and its a good watch. It really isn't in an way comparable to Das Boot though
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My dad fought at Jadotville in the Congo, of the 157 men that fought with him there were atleast 10 suicides. They were fighting against a force (Mercs & Katangans) estimated to number between 3000- 4000. Then they became prisoners of war for 6 weeks. They made a film out of it which told the story reasonably accurately unfortunately with a bit of spicing up to 'sell it'
It's on Netflix, I watched it earlier this year. I'd not known about the battle until then. The film is OK, but unfortunately they couldn't resist a corny ending. Hat's off to your dad and his comrades as the situation seemed a little like Rourke's Drift in numbers.
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It's on Netflix, I watched it earlier this year. I'd not known about the battle until then. The film is OK, but unfortunately they couldn't resist a corny ending. Hat's off to your dad and his comrades as the situation seemed a little like Rourke's Drift in numbers.
Tks....agreed about the corny ending and some of the scenes were more Hollywood than wartime Congo, but i suppose they had to make it more palatable for the audience.

Some incredible stories on here, must admit the thought of being a sub-mariner would be very frightening, but wherever they were on day day took a lot of bravery
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My father joined the Royal Navy on his 15th birthday in 1930 and after 18 months at HMS Ganges (the short based training school for the lower deck) spent two years on HMS Hood. He served on destroyers for the rest of his 15 years which included the World war 2 - North Atlantic and Gibraltar convoys, Dunkirk (6 trips to pick up troops), the Indian Ocean and the Far East.

As a kid I would go with him to Navy Days in Portsmouth every year but the one type of ship he would never set foot in was a submarine. This was partly because he'd spent a lot of the war trying to sink them but mostly because one of his younger brothers had been killed when his cruiser had been torpedoed in the South Atlantic.

But my brother in law was happy to go to sea on a Polaris submarine for months at a time - spending a large part of 22 years service under water (and even on the relatively modern Polaris when you were on duty another matelot would be sleeping in the bunk that you would be sleeping in later). Not for the faint hearted.
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I wish I hadn't, as it's that good, but I have watch it several times. I hope the modern sequel has done it justice.
It's not as good unfortunately and 50% is set on land but it would be very hard to top the original

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