U-Boote westwärts

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U-Boote westwärts !
Directed by Günther Rittau
Written by Georg Zoch
Starring Herbert Wilk
Music by Harald Böhmelt
Cinematography Igor Oberberg
Edited by Johanna Meisel
Distributed by UFA
Release dates
  • 9 May 1941 (1941-05-09)
Running time 48 minutes
Country Nazi Germany
Language German

U-Boote westwärts ! (in English: U-boat Westward!) was a 1941 German war propaganda film promoting the Kriegsmarine.[1] It concerns a U-boat mission in the Battle of the Atlantic and was produced by UFA. The U-boat used for the film was U-123, which would later play a major role in Operation Drumbeat.[2]

Plot[edit]

The short film (48 minutes) opens aboard a U-boat as its returns from a mission. It then follows the crew onshore the day before they ship off for their next mission—meeting their family and sweethearts, spending a last night at a club, and so forth. Then they ship off, soon sighting and boarding a Dutch merchant ship, which they inspect for contraband. The boarding of the ship is shown being done professionally and in a non-confrontational manner. While they are aboard the Dutch ship, a Royal Navy ship spots them and tries to torpedo them, but the U-boat ends up sinking it.

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Motifs[edit]

The British are shown as cowardly and duplicitous.[1] It also glamorizes death in battle: the British ship was torpedoed even though it had German POWs, and one dies, speaking of the honor of dying for the fatherland.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hertzstein, Robert Edwin (1978). The War That Hitler Won. New York: Putnam. p. 284. ISBN 0-399-11845-4. 
  2. ^ Gannon, Michael (1991). Operation Drumbeat: The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-boat Attacks Along the American Coast In World War II. New York: Harper Perennial. p. 11. ISBN 0-06-092088-2. 

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