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Submarine films in war films

Submarines in military service were used for the first time as early as 1775, but until 20th century they were merely novelties, the technology testers that had not much value for the navy. Of course their capability of stealth movement were perfect for reconnaisance missions - they could have just enter the enemy port and leave it without being spotted, but early submarines had very limited range, very limited speed, which made them barely useful for anything. Although even in late 19th century some submarines were armed with torpedoes, guns or machine guns, their construction and lack of power sources other than steam made them hard to build, operate, not to mention using it in combat. World War I changed the situation - German U-Boats were able to cruise through the waters around United Kingdom and attack British merchant navy, which had influence on the war (although not as much as during World War 2). The use of submarines against warships was still beyond technological reach - while lacking any support in calculating the torpedo track the effectiveness of attacks on moving targets was marginal. The most dynamic progress in submarine warfare was during World War II, when again Germany tried to cut Britain from supplies using their flotillas of U-Boats, this time with devastating effect. Improvement in submarine construction (diesel and electic power, multiple torpedo tubes, sonar, calculators) made them a deadly weapon, but at the same time started the arms race and improvement of anti-sub warfare. On Pacific American US Navy was down after attack on Pearl Harbor, until the power of Pacific Fleet was restored the submarine crews were slowing down the expansion of Japan over the area. First homing torpedoes were invented during World War II, although limited by technology and resources they did not make much change. After World War II nuclear power and nuclear weapons made the submarines one of the most important warships in any navy. Powered by nuclear reactors they can stay submerged for long time and travel around the world without need to resupply. The ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads made the modern submarines weapons that can attack any place in the world without being detected until they fire the weapons.



Das Boot 1981

Das Boot 1981 war film

Action in the North Atlantic 1943

Action in the North Atlantic 1943 war film

After their tanker was sunked on Atlantic by German U-Boat, crew members take part in another risky journey - large Allied convoy to Soviet Union aboard brand new Liberty class ship.

Ice Station Zebra 1968

Ice Station Zebra 1968 war film

During the Cold War the American submarine was sent with a mission to the North Pole. It is very good thriller with many twists and surprising ending.

Alfa Tau! 1942

Alfa Tau! 1942 war film

The Sinking of the Laconia 2010

The Sinking of the Laconia 2010 war film

The Hunt for Red October 1990

The Hunt for Red October 1990 war film

The film is set during the Cold War. With the Soviet military base flows submarine "Red October", the ship captain wants to convey to Americans and ask for political asylum. But the Russians are shipped in pursuit of his ship the entire fleet of the Atlantic.

We Dive at Dawn 1943

We Dive at Dawn 1943 war film

Down Periscope 1996

Down Periscope 1996 war film

Operation Pacific 1951

Operation Pacific 1951 war film

Crimson Tide 1995

Crimson Tide 1995 war film

Ghostboat 2006

Ghostboat 2006 war film

Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean 2005

Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean 2005 war film

Below 2002

Below 2002 war film

American submarine picks up three survivors from British hospital ship torpedoed in the middle of North Atlantic. This triggers series of strange events.

Sharks and Little Fish 1957

Sharks and Little Fish 1957 war film

Four young cadets decide to switch from merchant navy to U-Boats after their ship is sunk by British airplanes.

On the Beach 1959

On the Beach 1959 war film

The film tells the story of atomic holocaust Earth and the last months of his life in Australia, which arrives later than radioactive cloud.

Torpedo Run 1958

Torpedo Run 1958 war film

American submarine commander Barney Doyle has to make a decision if it is worth to attack Japanese carrier and risk killing his own family or let the enemy just leave.

Britannic 2000

Britannic 2000 war film

Story of voyage of HMHS Britannic to Greece in 1916, during which agents of both sides will face in a deadly duel.

Crash Dive 1997

Crash Dive 1997 war film

Terrorists from former Yugoslavia trick the captain of submarine to let them on board. After taking over the sub they threaten to launch nuclear missiles on Washington.

Battle of the Coral Sea 1959

Battle of the Coral Sea 1959 war film

1941 1979

1941 1979 war film

December 13, 1941, one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese submarine surfaces near the coast of California and causes havoc among the American forces in the area.

U-571 2000

U-571 2000 war film

During the Second World War on the Atlantic has been damaged German submarine (U-571) and Americans wanting to take advantage of the situation, they send their disguised as a German submarine to win the Enigma machine, which is the secret of success in Germany.

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