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Hitler's Lost Sub

Program Overview


NOVA follows an American dive team trying to identify the wreck of a German U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey.

The program:

  • follows researchers as they spend more than six years diving to the 230-foot- (70-meter) deep wreck searching for clues to its identification.

  • depicts the challenges of deep-sea diving.

  • documents changes in submarine design from the 1800s to after WWII using diagrams, actual movie footage, and interviews with surviving German submariners.

  • provides accounts of what life was like on a submarine.

  • outlines the use of submarines and their attack and defense strategies in WWI and WWII.

  • depicts Drumbeat, a German submarine operation that executed attacks on American shipping along the Atlantic Coast during the winter of 1941-1942.

  • relates the Allies' development of technology, such as improved radar and sonar, that played an important part in neutralizing the success of German submarine warfare toward WWII's end.

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Hitler's Lost Sub
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