The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor destroyed most of America's Pacific Fleet. Nearly untouched however, were the U.S. Navy's submarines. In the next four years they would inflict catastropic losses on the Japanese Imperial Navy and merchant marine.
Featured on this DVD are five rare U.S. Navy films made in the WWII era showcasing the capabilities that led to America's triumph in the Pacific war. Watch a rare, silent newsreel of the recovery of the USS Squalus and its crew after a diving accident. See recruits train for action in the pre-war silent service, and watch rare WWII combat footage as U.S fleet boats enter Japanese home waters, operating with impunity and sinking everything in sight.
Also featured is a film showing one of the great triumphs of the war: the capture of the Nazi submarine U-505 at sea. The DVD concludes with a showcase of post-war development, including the construction of the Guppy-class diesel conversions and the launch of the nuclear powered USS Nautilus.
- The Silent Service (Rare full color film)
- Captured German Film
- Rescue of the Squalus (Two newsreels)
- Service in Submarines
- Submarines at Sea
- Sinking German U-Boats
- Now It Can Be Told (The capture of the U-505)
- Take 'Er Down
Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm and 35mm prints, many of these films have never before been available to the public, Some have only recently been declassified. Please note: because of age and rarity of these films, quality can vary.
Run time is about 90 minutes in B+W. Format is NTSC DVD.