Battle of the Atlantic Movie Coming March 2019


  • 2019 2018

    Tom Hanks wrote the screenplay and stars in Greyhound, based on the C.S. Forester novel The Good Shepherd. Hanks plays Commander Ernest Krause, USN, whose first wartime mission is to escort a convoy across the Atlantic in early 1942. Filming is ongoing, and the release date is 22 March 2019.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhound_(film)


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 '13 Moderator

    Thanks . Had no idea about this.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Thanks for the info.  The Wikipedia article mentions that “Pre-production photography took place in January 2018 at sea on board HMCS Montreal, a frigate of the Royal Canadian Navy”, which is a bit perplexing because the current vessel of that name (FFH 336) is a 1990s-vintage Halifax-class frigate whose exterior (and, presumably, its interior as well) is far too modern to convincingly represent a WWII warship.  (The original HMCS Montreal (K319), a River-class frigate dating from 1943, would have been perfect for the role, but it was scrapped in 1947.)

    Anyway, I’m hoping they’ll do a good job of adapting Forester’s novel.  If you’re planning to see the film when it comes out, two movies along the same lines that you might want to watch between now and then are the American film Action in the North Atlantic (1943), with Humphrey Bogart, and the British film The Cruel Sea (1953), with Jack Hawkins.  Both deal with convoy warfare, though they’re very different in style and tone.  Action in the North Atlantic is a wartime morale-raiser that celebrates (deservedly so) the merchant mariners who kept the Allied oceanic supply lines open, and many of whom found themselves on the receiving end of U-boat torpedoes in the process.  It’s not very realistic, either in terms of production values (it was shot mostly in a studio) or its depiction of naval warfare (for instance there’s a wolf-pack attack in which a ridiculously large number of freighters and of U-boats are sunk in the course of about five minutes), but it’s entertaining and dramatic and it has some nice contemplative character-focused moments.  The Cruel Sea, based on a novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, almost comes across as a documentary in its tone and realism: it’s gritty and sober and at times downright grim, and much of it was shot on two real WWII-era warships (a corvette and a frigate).


  • 2018 2016

    i look forward to this movie but “Das Boot” is about as good as it gets.



  • I am going to pass on this, I don’t like seeing movies about the Battle of the Atlantic since that battle was very one sided and almost every movie ignores Italy being part of it.


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    They were part of it. The Italian fleet was the part under the water, resting.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13

    @Caesar:

    I am going to pass on this, I don’t like seeing movies about the Battle of the Atlantic since that battle was very one sided and almost every movie ignores Italy being part of it.

    Yo in my last game it wasnt one sided.
    Wolf packs glare but allies finally tamed it with tacs and destroyer depth charges. Even had Had 3 Italian Subs convoy raiding. Game ended with Italy still convoy rating.  I should of shot a video of it.
    Then we all could of watch the movie Battle of De Atlantic.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Caesar:

    the Battle of the Atlantic since that battle was very one sided

    The Battle of the Atlantic was ultimately won by the Allies, but it wasn’t one-sided.  The advantage swung back and forth several times – sometimes dramatically – between the two sides during the war.  The subtitles of Clay Blair’s two-volume history of the Battle of the Atlantic, “Hitler’s U-Boat War”, pretty much sums up who [from the point of view of the U-boats] had the upper hand at what time [with exceptions, since there were swings during each half of the war]: “The Hunters, 1939-1942” and “The Hunted, 1942-1945”.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13

    @CWO:

    @Caesar:

    the Battle of the Atlantic since that battle was very one sided

    The Battle of the Atlantic was ultimately won by the Allies, but it wasn’t one-sided.  The advantage swung back and forth several times – sometimes dramatically – between the two sides during the war.  The subtitles of Clay Blair’s two-volume history of the Battle of the Atlantic, “Hitler’s U-Boat War”, pretty much sums up who [from the point of view of the U-boats] had the upper hand at what time [with exceptions, since there were swings during each half of the war]: “The Hunters, 1939-1942” and “The Hunted, 1942-1945”.

    You nailed it CWO.



  • It was one sides, Germany and Italy’s only advantage was operating their submarines inside the Bomber Gap, neither fleet could take the US or British fleet head on in the Atlantic.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    @Caesar:

    Germany and Italy’s only advantage was operating their submarines inside the Bomber Gap

    If the mid-Atlantic bomber gap (which did indeed exist) was Germany’s only advantage in the U-boat campaign, how did Germany manage to sink three million tons of Allies shipping (about 25% of their total score for the entire Second World War) off the east coast of the United States during the first half of 1942, and lose only 22 U-boats in the process?



  • @CWO:

    @Caesar:

    Germany and Italy’s only advantage was operating their submarines inside the Bomber Gap

    If the mid-Atlantic bomber gap (which did indeed exist) was Germany’s only advantage in the U-boat campaign, how did Germany manage to sink three million tons of Allies shipping (about 25% of their total score for the entire Second World War) off the east coast of the United States during the first half of 1942, and lose only 22 U-boats in the process?

    Just because I said the Bomber Gap a great strength doesn’t mean that carriers automatically beat Submarines. Remind me again how many ships and total strength the allies lost compared to the Axis, I just can’t seem to remember.


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  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    @Caesar:

    I am going to pass on this, I don’t like seeing movies about the Battle of the Atlantic since that battle was very one sided and almost every movie ignores Italy being part of it.

    Which side I wonder?

    I just looked at the stats - Allied manpower losses are basically 2-1 against axis.  66,000 dead to 30,000 axis.  And ships is 3-1 axis, and planes is about 800 to nil.

    Sure Axis lost the war but just looking at those stats they put up a HELL of a fight in the Atlantic.

    Bet this movie will be great!


  • 2017 2016 2015

    Hope it’s better than Dunkirk. The fighter pilot was cool and the civilian captain wasn’t too bad, but all and all, not that good imo


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    @barney:

    Hope it’s better than Dunkirk. The fighter pilot was cool and the civilian captain wasn’t too bad, but all and all, not that good imo

    Dunkirk is a very misunderstood film.  It’s a HORROR movie.  Not a War movie.  There is a big difference.

    Hence all the music, not seeing the enemy till the end, all the intensity etc…


  • 2017 2016 2015

    That’s a very good point Garg. That’s exactly what is. Wasn’t quite what I was expecting


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