TV Movie | | Drama, History, War
German film loosely based on the sinking, by a Soviet submarine, of a Nazi troop-transport ship in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945.
This film's closing epilogue states: "Over 9000 people lost their lives that night [the Gustloff ship sank]. Most were women and children. There has never been a formal investigation."
In the film, Military Captain Petri argues that the ship should sail in deep water, and have its navigation lights on to avoid a collision. While Civilian Captain Kehding argues that the ship should sail near the cost and keep off the navigation lights. Realistically, these roles should be reversed. Petri's strategies are against military protocol, despite him being a military officer, while Kehding's strategies all apply to military protocol, despite him being a civilian. In real life, the military captain argued that they should follow military protocol, while the civilian captain argued against it.
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