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The Boat

Season 1 1985

  • 1985-02-23T23:00:00Z on Das Erste
  • 51 mins
  • 5 hours, 6 mins
  • Germany
  • German
  • Drama, War

2nd World War, 1941: The crew of the U-boat U 96 runs on Hitler's orders to sea to sink British merchant ships. There are also some obstacles to overcome, even the opponents are well equipped! Then they received orders to pass through Gibraltar to enter a new port, which seems to be impossible ...

6 episodes

1x01 Operation Atlantic

  • Series Premiere

    1985-02-23T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

Autumn 1941: The crew of the U 96 celebrates its last day on land in La Rochelle, France. The exuberance of the men is nothing more than the fear of the next mission, which could be the last. War correspondent Lieutenant Werner does not understand the apparent cheerfulness, as he does not yet know the pitiless harshness of the war in a cramped submarine. But this changes very quickly, the first aircraft attack is not long in coming...

1x02 On Patrol

  • 1985-02-23T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

The U 96 crew has been running on patrol south-west of Ireland for days. Monotony, inactivity, and boredom on board are transformed into aggression. A message about a convoy changes the mood of the crew. The "old man" risks a periscope attack. Surprisingly, a destroyer emerges, which hunts the submarine with depth charges...

1x03 The First Attack

  • 1985-02-26T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

For almost four weeks, the submarine is traveling south-west of Ireland and is held underwater by a destroyer during its first attack on an English convoy. Exploding depth charges hurl the crew and submarine into chaos. But the "old man" succeeds in maneuvering U 96 out of the danger zone. Subsequently, the submarine gets into a storm period lasting more than three weeks. The crew is at the end of their capacity...

1x04 Suicide Squad

  • 1985-02-26T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

The U 96 encounters a convoy and sinks three cargo ships with its torpedoes. Then a 24-hour pursuit of the submarine begins with two destroyers dropping depth charges. The "old man" tries to escape in 230 meters of water depth. The end for U 96 seems to have come. Hours later, the boat can re-appear and sink a burning tanker. On the return voyage, the "old man" is ordered to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and head for the port of La Spezia in Italy...

1x05 Run Aground

  • 1985-03-02T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

The U 96 has been dispatched to the Mediterranean. After picking up supplies in the Spanish town of Vigo, the journey to Gibraltar begins. An aviation attack during the nightly crawl and cruising British ships force U 96 to a neck breaking dive - at 280 meters depth the submarine hits the bottom of the ocean ..

1x06 In The Homeland

  • 1985-03-02T23:00:00Z — 51 mins

The submarine is heavily damaged, lying on the ocean floor in a depth of 280 meters. Despite the seemingly hopeless situation, the crew starts with repair work and dares an attempt to emerge. After tormented tension the U 96 finally breaks off from the ocean floor and takes course to the home town of La Rochelle. Finally in the harbor the crew is surprised by an attack by enemy bombers ...