Episode #1.2 

On board the crowded submarine, a tentative truce forms between the sailors and the survivors. Hartenstein's distress call has surprising consequences both for the rescue operation and the future conduct of the war.


Uwe Janson


Alan Bleasdale


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Episode credited cast:
Franka Potente ... Hilda
Ken Duken ... Werner Hartenstein
Andrew Buchan ... Thomas Mortimer
Matthias Koeberlin Matthias Koeberlin ... Rostau
Thomas Kretschmann ... Admiral Dönitz
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ... Mannesmann
Frederick Lau ... Fiedler
Simon Verhoeven ... Harro Schacht
Brian Cox ... Captain Sharp
Lindsay Duncan ... Elisabeth Fullwood
Ludovico Fremont ... Vincenzo Di Giovanni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ... William Williams
Jodi Balfour ... Sarah Fullwood
Marius Botha Marius Botha ... Bombardier Coleman
Oskar Brown Oskar Brown ... Waldemar


Part Two:- Kapitanleutnant Hartenstein sends out a call for assistance, which is picked up by British Naval Command in Sierra Leone. Fearing a trap, they inform the American air base at Ascension Island, but only of the sinking, not the presence of the U-boat or that its captain has signalled his intention not to attack anyone coming to assist the survivors. With his captain dead, Mortimer is the senior British officer amongst the survivors. Hilda is revealed to be of Anglo-German parentage, fleeing her native Germany after the rest of her family, anti-Nazi like herself, were killed by the Nazis. Hartenstein agrees to keep her secret as does Mortimer, moved by her plight as a genuine rapport builds between German and British, and Hartenstein drapes a makeshift Red Cross flag across the U-boat's deck. However, the U-boat is bombed by the Americans. Hartenstein recognizes the need to secure the safety of his boat and so puts the Laconia's survivors in lifeboats and casts them adrift to ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Official Sites:

Official site at UFA.de

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Talkback Thames See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both the Lieutenant and Captain in the HQ scenes have their shoulder boards reversed (the left one on the right shoulder & vice-versa). The "executive curl" always faces forward, whether on the shoulder boards, or on a jacket sleeve. They'd be liable to be told they were "sailing backwards", and probably have to stand a round of drinks for everyone in the officers mess. See more »

Alternate Versions

This British-German co-production exists in two versions. The British cut focuses more on the British side, the German one focusing more on the German side. This is mainly done by a different arrangement of the scenes. See more »

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