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Old 06-27-2012, 04:03 PM
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Probably the best WWII sub movie ever made. The difference you noted between the XO and the other officers, particularly the CO is actually quite accurate in terms of portraying the difference between the Kriegsmarine leadership in general, and the Nazis specifically Hitler. One thing you might notice in a lot of footage taken from WWII, the Kriegsmarine generally maintained the traditional military salute instead of adopting the Nazis salute. Furthermore, political discussion and involvement was generally frowned upon by the more veteran officers especially when it dealt with the Nazis party. A prime example of this was Admiral Günther Lütjens, who sadly is portrayed disgustingly inaccurately in the movie, "Sink the Bismarck". The movie portrays him as a Nazis zealot who had a grudge from the first world war. In truth he was openly opposed to many of the Nazi's policies and deliberately refused to render the Nazis salute during Hitler's visit to Bismarck. My understanding is that Lütjens also wore the old Kaiserliche Marine dagger with his uniform as opposed to the Kriegsmarine dagger of the time. The main difference being that the Kriegsmarine one had the swastika on it.

Another thing that Horatio points out about the CO and many of the other officers feeling like they were merely cannon fodder, probably isn't far from historical truth either. The naval leadership at the time had originally expected that war would not break out until around the mid 1940s. This was because the German navy was practically non-existent. Even with all the U-boats being deployed throughout the war, the North Atlantic was still militarily dominated by the Allies. Germany had no real fleet to speak of. There were no carriers, only 2 battleships, and a maybe a dozen or so cruisers of various sizes and maybe somewhere on the order of 50 destroyers (battleship numbers are kind of iffy because the classification of at least 2 ships as a battleship or battle cruiser is up for debate). Compare that to the Royal Navy with 15 battleships at the start of the war with more under construction, 7 carriers, 66 cruisers with more under construction. over 180 destroyers with more under construction.

The German Navy was under the understanding that Germany would not go to war until the fleet had been rebuilt. However, for reasons that will always be debated, Hitler went to war in 1939. over half a decade earlier than what had been promised to the navy. Ships like Schlachtschiff "H", which would have been the German equivalent to the ships like the USS Missouri or the Yamato sporting anywhere from 16-20 inch guns, ended up being postponed until the presumptive German victory in the war so that the resources could be diverted U-boats and other projects. The result was a navy that literally had no ability to take on the allied navies in a direct confrontation with any hope of victory.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:37 PM
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Probably the best WWII sub movie ever made. The difference you noted between the XO and the other officers, particularly the CO is actually quite accurate in terms of portraying the difference between the Kriegsmarine leadership in general, and the Nazis specifically Hitler. One thing you might notice in a lot of footage taken from WWII, the Kriegsmarine generally maintained the traditional military salute instead of adopting the Nazis salute. Furthermore, political discussion and involvement was generally frowned upon by the more veteran officers especially when it dealt with the Nazis party. A prime example of this was Admiral Günther Lütjens, who sadly is portrayed disgustingly inaccurately in the movie, "Sink the Bismarck". The movie portrays him as a Nazis zealot who had a grudge from the first world war. In truth he was openly opposed to many of the Nazi's policies and deliberately refused to render the Nazis salute during Hitler's visit to Bismarck. My understanding is that Lütjens also wore the old Kaiserliche Marine dagger with his uniform as opposed to the Kriegsmarine dagger of the time. The main difference being that the Kriegsmarine one had the swastika on it.

Another thing that Horatio points out about the CO and many of the other officers feeling like they were merely cannon fodder, probably isn't far from historical truth either. The naval leadership at the time had originally expected that war would not break out until around the mid 1940s. This was because the German navy was practically non-existent. Even with all the U-boats being deployed throughout the war, the North Atlantic was still militarily dominated by the Allies. Germany had no real fleet to speak of. There were no carriers, only 2 battleships, and a maybe a dozen or so cruisers of various sizes and maybe somewhere on the order of 50 destroyers (battleship numbers are kind of iffy because the classification of at least 2 ships as a battleship or battle cruiser is up for debate). Compare that to the Royal Navy with 15 battleships at the start of the war with more under construction, 7 carriers, 66 cruisers with more under construction. over 180 destroyers with more under construction.

The German Navy was under the understanding that Germany would not go to war until the fleet had been rebuilt. However, for reasons that will always be debated, Hitler went to war in 1939. over half a decade earlier than what had been promised to the navy. Ships like Schlachtschiff "H", which would have been the German equivalent to the ships like the USS Missouri or the Yamato sporting anywhere from 16-20 inch guns, ended up being postponed until the presumptive German victory in the war so that the resources could be diverted U-boats and other projects. The result was a navy that literally had no ability to take on the allied navies in a direct confrontation with any hope of victory.
Interesting info!
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:20 PM
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Indeed, Akula. Your information helps put even newer light on my perceptions of Das Boot, and its characterizations.

I am loving this discussion, everyone.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:57 PM
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Probably the best WWII sub movie ever made. The difference you noted between the XO and the other officers, particularly the CO is actually quite accurate in terms of portraying the difference between the Kriegsmarine leadership in general, and the Nazis specifically Hitler. One thing you might notice in a lot of footage taken from WWII, the Kriegsmarine generally maintained the traditional military salute instead of adopting the Nazis salute. Furthermore, political discussion and involvement was generally frowned upon by the more veteran officers especially when it dealt with the Nazis party. A prime example of this was Admiral Günther Lütjens, who sadly is portrayed disgustingly inaccurately in the movie, "Sink the Bismarck". The movie portrays him as a Nazis zealot who had a grudge from the first world war. In truth he was openly opposed to many of the Nazi's policies and deliberately refused to render the Nazis salute during Hitler's visit to Bismarck. My understanding is that Lütjens also wore the old Kaiserliche Marine dagger with his uniform as opposed to the Kriegsmarine dagger of the time. The main difference being that the Kriegsmarine one had the swastika on it.

Another thing that Horatio points out about the CO and many of the other officers feeling like they were merely cannon fodder, probably isn't far from historical truth either. The naval leadership at the time had originally expected that war would not break out until around the mid 1940s. This was because the German navy was practically non-existent. Even with all the U-boats being deployed throughout the war, the North Atlantic was still militarily dominated by the Allies. Germany had no real fleet to speak of. There were no carriers, only 2 battleships, and a maybe a dozen or so cruisers of various sizes and maybe somewhere on the order of 50 destroyers (battleship numbers are kind of iffy because the classification of at least 2 ships as a battleship or battle cruiser is up for debate). Compare that to the Royal Navy with 15 battleships at the start of the war with more under construction, 7 carriers, 66 cruisers with more under construction. over 180 destroyers with more under construction.

The German Navy was under the understanding that Germany would not go to war until the fleet had been rebuilt. However, for reasons that will always be debated, Hitler went to war in 1939. over half a decade earlier than what had been promised to the navy. Ships like Schlachtschiff "H", which would have been the German equivalent to the ships like the USS Missouri or the Yamato sporting anywhere from 16-20 inch guns, ended up being postponed until the presumptive German victory in the war so that the resources could be diverted U-boats and other projects. The result was a navy that literally had no ability to take on the allied navies in a direct confrontation with any hope of victory.
No doubt...over 1200 U boats constructed and held of the allied fleets and supplies untill the code was broken and they began sinking them by the hundreds.

Bad play by Hilter.
He really was insane.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:56 AM
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I gotta see Das Boot again. It's been a long time. I remember Spielberg used the Das Boot Submarine for the submarine shots in Raiders. Both films were being shot on the same lot or the Indy shoot went to where Das Boot was being shot for those sequences. Can't remember.
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No doubt...over 1200 U boats constructed and held of the allied fleets and supplies untill the code was broken and they began sinking them by the hundreds.

Bad play by Hilter.
He really was insane.
I saw this documentary recently about a German film of the Titantic disaster that Hitler and his propaganda machine made. Hitler pulled a major warship from the frontlines to pose as the Titantic and pulled a good deal of troops from the war effort to act as extras in the film.

He also had one of the film's directors put to death for speaking out against the Nazis.

He definitely was insane. Invading Russia in the winter didn't help much either. Didn't help Napoleon when he did that as well.
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I gotta see Das Boot again. It's been a long time. I remember Spielberg used the Das Boot Submarine for the submarine shots in Raiders. Both films were being shot on the same lot or the Indy shoot went to where Das Boot was being shot for those sequences. Can't remember.
Now that is an interesting little factoid, Livingston. Certainly saves some money.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:22 AM
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LOL! Horatio, we were talking about whether or not the actor that played Thomsen in the party scene was drunk? I'm listening to the audio commentary with Wolfgang Petersen, Jurgen Prochnow, and the director's cut producer.....Petersen said that actor was indeed drunk for that shot!
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:25 AM
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And the actor who portrayed Lt. Werner, (Herbert Gronnemeyer) the journalist (the character who is essentially the author of the novel of Das Boot) went on to become a major rock musician in Germany. (Heh...I always thought he kinda had a Thomas Dolby/Howard Jones look to him.)
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And to think, this movie was originally being shot as a six hour show for television.
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