• Short Summary

    British submarine has a refit in the Mediterranean then sets off again; also German prisoners.

  • Description


    Somewhere in the Mediterranean.

    A British submarine returns from a patrol for a refit. It comes alongside its depot ship and the Commander goes aboard to hand in his reports. The submarine crew disembark and we see brief shots of them having showers and relaxing with a cup of tea on the depot ship.

    Meanwhile, in the workshops we see men making repairs on the sub and fresh torpedoes being lowered in. The next trip is worked out by the Staff Officer of Operations and the Commander and the sub leaves port.

    Activity in the submarine as it prepares to make a test dive. The submarine starts to submerge and the air escaping sends spray high into the air. Raising and lowering the periscope. The sub comes back to the surface and starts to fire her guns. She launches a torpedo while on the surface.

    C/U of a tape machine, tapping out details of British submarine successes. Quick shot of skull and crossbones flag flying. Then we see prisoners from the U-93 German boat come ashore at a port and climb into the back of a truck. A white Ensign flag now flies below the skull and crossbones flag.

    Cataloguer's note: not sure of significance of skull and crossbones - did the Germans fly it on their U-boats or did Allies put is there to show "this is the Hun"?

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:23:00 / 01:26:37:00

Comments (1)

  1. MikeAsh says

    To answer the cataloguer\'s query, the Jolly Roger flag belonged to the British submarine shown. According to Tim Clayton\'s \'Sea Wolves\' (2011, Little,Brown), the custom started in WW1, when sub commanders returning from a successful patrol flew a flag to express their \'piratical\' character (compared to the rest of the Royal Navy). The number of white bars on the Jolly Roger was to reflect the number of target ships hit, similar to the symbols painted on aircraft in WW2.

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