Imperial Navy (1981)

Introduction Imperial Navy (連合艦隊, Rengo kantai) is a 1981 Japanese film directed by Shue Matsubayashi. The film is a retelling of the downfall of Japan’s Imperial Navy. Also known as The Imperial Navy, The Grand Fleet, and Rengo Kantai (original title). Outline In 1940, despite the opposition of the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet, Isoroku… Read More

Greyhounds of the Sea – History of the U.S. Navy Destroyer (1956)

Introduction This is the history of the US Navy’s destroyers from DD-1 USS Bainbridge of 1898 to the DD-931 USS Forest Sherman of 1952 as depicted through historical naval archival film. Past generations of destroyers that have served the navy in peace and war are shown. Outline Greyhounds of the Sea is a documentary outlining… Read More

War at Sea: Scotland’s Story (2015): S01E02 – The Battle of the U-Boats

Introduction Two-part documentary telling the story of the battle for control of the North Sea during the First World War. Also known as Scotland’s War at Sea. Part 01: The Dreadnoughts of Scapa Flow. Outline In April 1917, German U-boats were sinking a dozen British ships every day. The first sea lord, Jellicoe, warned that… Read More

War at Sea: Scotland’s Story (2015): S01E01 – The Dreadnoughts of Scapa Flow

Introduction Two-part documentary telling the story of the battle for control of the North Sea during the First World War. Also known as Scotland’s War at Sea. Part 02: The Battle of the U-Boats. Outline As the Great War began, the Royal Navy rushed to Orkney’s great natural harbour, Scapa Flow. David Hayman uncovers the… Read More

The Hunt for the Hood (2001)

Introduction A 2001 documentary about the hunt to find Britain’s Greatest Battleship. Outline She was a mighty symbol of Britain’s greatness, yet she was destroyed in just three-and-a-half minutes. Had the ship been fatally weakened by her twenty long years of all-but-continuous operations on the high seas? Hopefully, resurrecting this magnificent warship will provide the… Read More

The Hunt for Eagle 56 (2019): S01E03 – History Rewritten

Introduction In “The Hunt for Eagle 56,” Smithsonian Channel follows the Nomad Exploration Team as it makes the stunning discovery of the USS Eagle 56 shipwreck off the coast of Maine. Outline An unlikely team of citizen-historians and divers has found two pieces of the Eagle 56: a US warship sunk within sight of American… Read More

The Hunt for Eagle 56 (2019): S01E02 – The Mystery Deepens

Introduction In “The Hunt for Eagle 56,” Smithsonian Channel follows the Nomad Exploration Team as it makes the stunning discovery of the USS Eagle 56 shipwreck off the coast of Maine. Outline After discovering the bow of what is thought to be the long lost Eagle 56, an unlikely team of citizen-detectives discovers the mangled… Read More

The Hunt for Eagle 56 (2019): S01E01 – Lost to History

Introduction In “The Hunt for Eagle 56,” Smithsonian Channel follows the Nomad Exploration Team as it makes the stunning discovery of the USS Eagle 56 shipwreck off the coast of Maine. Outline An unlikely team of citizen-detectives discovers the mangled bow of the Eagle 56: a US warship sunk within sight of American shores during… Read More

The Hunt for Eagle 56 TV Series Overview

Introduction In “The Hunt for Eagle 56,” Smithsonian Channel follows the Nomad Exploration Team as it makes the stunning discovery of the USS Eagle 56 shipwreck off the coast of Maine. Outline The team is made up of citizen-historians and amateur divers who set out to solve a 74-year-old naval mystery. The three-part series features… Read More