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the SECRETS OF SUBMARINE HUNTING [Main]

  • Country: GB
  • Year: 1918
  • Runtime: 17 mins
  • Description:
    Review of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) techniques, and a tribute to the British scientists who devised the instruments which defeated the U-boat.

    U-boat's commander (actually RN) takes bearings before submerging. Medium shot of periscope cutting the water as the U-boat approaches its helpless victim . Merchantman sights U-boat (now surfaced), and sends SOS to fleet - cut to medium long shot across fleet anchorage, taken from HMS Canada (cf THE EMPIRE'S SHIELD, IWM 551). PC boats leave harbour. Smokescreen laid to cover their manoeuvres. Inboard medium shot as hydrophone gear is hoisted out and lowered into the sea. Close-up of operator. Destroyers in line ahead hasten to the scene (cf IWM 551). Long shot as British submarine cruiser (K Class) appears towing CB airship. Various aerial and surface views as smoke bombs are dropped to screen approaching destroyers. Aerial and inboard views of a destroyer dropping depth charges. Submarine conning tower breaks the surface, and the crew abandons ship. Patrol craft lower boats to rescue survivors. Airship SS23 is returned to its shed after a successful day. PC boats return to harbour. Final titles show the numbers of U-boats destroyed each year, 1914-18, demonstrating the growing efficiency of British ASW forces. End medium shot silhouette of London Class battleship.

  • Keywords: EFG1914
    World War I
    Royal Navy, CANADA (HMS), battleship
    Royal Navy, Charing
    Royal Navy, Trego
    Royal Navy, PC43
    ships, British naval - special operations: PC43 (Q-ship)
    ships, British naval - special operations: Charing (Q-ship)
    ships, British naval - special operations: Trego (Q-ship)
    ships, British naval - escort: PC43
    ships, British naval - battleship: London Class
    ships, British naval - submarine: K Class
    aircraft, British naval - airship: SS23
    combat [simulated], British naval - anti-submarine
    equipment, British naval - surveillance: hydrophone
    equipment, British naval - surveillance: periscope
    weapons, British naval - CBW: smokescreen
    weapons, British naval - depth charge
    propaganda, British - inspirational
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  • Provenance: Imperial War Museums
  • Provider: Imperial War Museums
  • Production company:British Instructional Films
  • Colour: Black & White
  • Sound: Without sound