The Grey Wolves is 2007 documentary about the German Navy’s submarines in World War II.
Hitler was the proof that Germans did not understand the sea. Fortunately for him, his submariners did, and he had good reason to hand out awards to his U-Boat commanders. They had been preparing for war against England following the Anglo-German naval agreement of 1935.
When war broke out, only 57 U-Boats were available. He persuaded engineers that more boats were urgently required. Even so, the small, outgunned German fleet managed to strike painful blows to Great Britain by aiming directly for its soft underbelly. The Germans almost succeeded in cutting off Great Britain’s shipping lanes, and thus its supply of fuel and raw materials.
The German U-boat onslaught against British merchant ships during the autumn of 1940 was highly successful because the attacks were made on the surface at night and from such close range that a single torpedo would sink a ship. Soon, though, Allied technology was able to detect U-boats at night, and new convoy techniques, combined with powerfully-armed, fast modern aircraft searching the seas, meant that by 1941 it was clear that Germany was losing the war at sea.
The Grey Wolves Series
- Part 01: The Killing Begins (1939-1491).
- Part 02: Nowhere to Hide (1942-1943).
- Part 03: The End of the Dream (1943-1945).
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Bob Carruthers.
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- Running Time: 58 minutes.
- Rating: 13+.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.